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Putin says Russia won't expel U.S. diplomats

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia would not prevent the families and children (of diplomats) from using the customary rest and leisure facilities and sites during the New Year holidays. "Moreover, I am inviting all children of US diplomats accredited in Russia to the New Year and Christmas parties in the Kremlin," he said. | Getty

MOSCOW — President Vladimir Putin has condemned a new round of U.S. sanctions against Russia but said Moscow will not retaliate by expelling American diplomats.

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Duterte Alleges Possible U.S. Ouster Plots Against Him

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte fears that the United States is plotting to "undermine" his government. (WONG MAYE-E/AP)

In his latest barb aimed at Washington, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte alleged possible ouster plots against him Thursday, saying U.S. envoys, in general, spy on his government.

"Most of the ambassadors of the United States, but not all, are not really professional ambassadors. At the same time they are spying, they are connected with the CIA," Duterte said in a television interview. "The ambassador of a country is the number one spy. But [the] ambassador of the U.S., their forte is really to undermine governments."

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Russia doubts effectiveness of U.S. sanctions: Vladimir Putin’s spokesman

Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures during his annual news conference in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Dec. 23, 2016.

The spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that a new round of U.S. sanctions against Russia would harm relations between Moscow and Washington.

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Trump could reverse effects of Obama order on Russia - official

HONOLULU/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President-elect Donald Trump could reverse President Barack Obama's executive order and allow Russian intelligence officials back into the United States once he takes office, but that would be inadvisable, a senior U.S. official said on Thursday.

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Kremlin says Putin will order appropriate response to U.S. sanctions

REUTERS Russian President Putin takes part in a video link, dedicated to the start of natural gas supplying from mainland Russia to Crimea, in Moscow 

The spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that a new round of U.S. sanctions against Russia would harm relations between Moscow and Washington.

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