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Putin Holds Surprise Meeting With Assad, Will Call Trump By Phone Later Tuesday

Vladimir Putin held a surprise meeting with his Syrian counterpart, Bashar al-Assad, ahead of a diplomatic drive this week in Sochi where he will meet with Erdogan and Touhani to outline the terms of the end to Syria's bloody civil war. Just as notably, Putin said he would speak by phone with President Donald Trump later Tuesday.

France's Macron Covers For Saudi Aggression

"...Less charitably, what Macron is really doing is giving cynical cover to the Saudi rulers for their extraordinary acts of aggression towards Lebanon and their violation of that country’s sovereignty..."

Russia's Arms Sales To Middle East Countries Spike To Record-High Levels

"It’s not S-400 only. Russian weapons, especially aircraft and air defense systems, have proven to be a cost effective alternative to much more expensive Western systems...All in all, the spike in Middle East arms sales is a success story for Russia’s defense industry. "

Golden Catalysts

"The physical fundamentals are stronger than ever for gold...There’s just not that much gold available. But in the paper gold market, there’s no limit on size, so anything goes."