Russian broadcaster RT France to close after assets frozen

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The French finance ministry has said the assets of the the French arm of the Russian state broadcaster were frozen in compliance with the most recent EU sanctions, and not on Paris's initiative, while the Kremlin has promised retaliation for the move.

French authorities seize Paris land owned by Al-Assad family

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The land, intended for property development, is owned by the uncle of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and is suspected by judicial authorities of being acquired with the proceeds of fraud.