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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan speaks to Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) during their meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia, August 9, 2016. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan speaks to Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) during their meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia, August 9, 2016. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin


From Washington, this is VOA News.

I’m Frances Alonzo reporting.

Russian President Vladimir Putin Tuesday hosted Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in their first encounter since Ankara downed one of Moscow's warplanes last November, sparking a deep diplomatic crisis.

"Your visit today, despite a very difficult situation regarding domestic politics, indicates that we all want to restart dialogue and restore relations between Russia and Turkey." Those are comments from Mr. Putin as the two met in Saint Petersburg.

The visit to Russia is the first foreign trip for Erdogan since the failed coup against him in July that sparked a purge of political opponents and cast a shadow over Turkey's relations with the West.

The privately-run American University in Afghanistan (AUAF) in Kabul has formally announced that its campus operations will remain temporarily suspended after Sunday's kidnapping of two of its foreign teaching staff members.

Afghan authorities say unknown gunmen Sunday evening abducted the lecturers, an American and an Australian, from Darulaman Road near the university.

So far there have been no immediate claims of responsibility.

Fifty senior Republican national security officials have issued a stinging rejection of their party's White House nominee Donald Trump, warning if elected he would be "the most reckless president in American history".

The group included former homeland security chiefs and intelligence directors, senior presidential advisors and a former U.S. trade representative. They served under Republican presidents from Richard Nixon to George W. Bush.

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