Russia flaunts firepower at Africa summit | AFP

Russia shows off its next generation Kalashnikov assault rifles, helicopters and facial recognition systems as President Vladimir Putin hosts dozens of African leaders for a major summit in Sochi. The Wednesday and Thursday event at the Black Sea resort has brought together delegates to discuss everything from nuclear technology to mineral extraction — but on the sidelines, stands for arms companies dominate.

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Russia-Africa summit opens in Sochi | AFP

The first “Russia-Africa Summit”, symbol of Russia’s renewed interest in the African continent, opens in the seaside resort of Sochi. On the summit’s agenda, in response to the “Forums on China-Africa Cooperation” that enabled Beijing to become the continent’s leading partner, two days of discussions on topics ranging from “Nuclear Technologies for Africa’s Development” to “African Minerals for the Benefit of Africa’s People”. IMAGES

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Vladimir Putin meets with Cyril Ramaphosa at Russia-Africa summit | AFP

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is welcomed by Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Russia-Africa summit in Sochi. Putin is hosting dozens of African leaders as Moscow seeks greater influence on a continent where the West and China have a firm foothold. IMAGES

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Putin meets with el-Sisi at Russia-Africa summit | AFP

Vladimir Putin meets with his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah el-Sisi at the Black Sea resort of Sochi. The Russian president hosts dozens of African leaders for the first Russia-Africa Summit, as Moscow seeks greater influence on a continent where the West and China have a firm foothold. The two-day event will see more than 3,000 delegates prepare deals and discuss topics from nuclear technology to mineral extraction. IMAGES

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Here are the top stories for Tuesday, October 22nd: Trump calls impeachment inquiry a “lynching”; Presidents of Turkey and Russia meet in Sochi; Canada’s Trudeau wins second term; Jimmy Carter hospitalized after another fall.

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Putin, Erdogan start talks on Syria in Russia | AFP

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan to discuss the situation in northern Syria, where Erdogan has vowed to continue an offensive against Kurdish fighters. “The situation in the region is very severe,” Putin told Erdogan ahead of talks in the Russian city of Sochi, hoping that the good rapport between Russia and Turkey “will let us find an answer to even the most difficult questions.” IMAGES of the meeting

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