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Giant banner of Vladimir Putin hung from New York bridge

The banner showed Putin with the word 'Peacemaker'. Credit: EBU

New York City police are investigating after a giant banner featuring a picture of Russian President Vladimir Putin was hung from the Manhattan Bridge on Thursday.

The banner showed a picture of President Putin in front of a Russian flag with the word "Peacemaker".

Police were called at 2.45pm on Thursday and removed it around 30 minutes later.

Officers are studying CCTV footage of the bridge and nearby areas but are yet to arrest anyone.

Police removed the banner after around 30 minutes. Credit: Reuters


Johnson discusses aid convoy attack with Russian counterpart

Boris Johnson and International Development Secretary Priti Patel wait to hear Theresa May address the UN General Assembly. Credit: PA

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has met his Russian counterpart to discuss the "unacceptable" attack on an aid convoy in Syria.

Mr Johnson met Sergei Lavrov while the pair were in New York for the UN General Assembly.

A spokesperson for Mr Johnson said: "The ministers discussed the crisis in Syria and the increase in violence in recent days, including the recent unacceptable attack on an aid convoy.

"The Foreign Secretary pressed for Russia to use its influence constructively and underlined the need for the international community to work together to resolve the conflict.

"The Foreign Secretary was clear that while ongoing disagreements mean it is too early to normalise diplomatic relations, it is right that both countries continue to discuss important global issues."


Concerns of voting violations in Russian elections

Members of local election commission empty ballot boxes to start counting vote in Russia. Credit: Reuters

The head of Russia's Central Election Commission said on Monday that the results of parliamentary elections in "several" polling stations may need to be annulled following claims of voting violations.

Ella Pamfilova said that her team would be acting "thoroughly and quickly" to investigate reports in three regions - Dagestan, Rostov and Nizhny Novgorod.

During Sunday's voting day, webcam footage from some polling stations appeared to show ballot boxes being stuffed, while other amateur footage has surfaced that appears to show alleged malpractice during monitoring of the voting process.

"The results of the election may be cancelled at several polling stations in three regions (Dagestan, Rostov and Nizhny Novgorod)," Pamfilova said. "This is based on the information we have now.

"If we receive more information we will be checking it quickly and taking decisions."

Putin hopes US will stick to its commitments over Syria

Vladimir Putin said he believed a 'truce' over Syria was a common goal with America Credit: PA

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he hopes the US will stick to its commitments over a ceasefire in Syria brokered by both countries.

Speaking to reporters in the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek, Mr Putin added that he believed a truce in that country's conflict was the common goal of both Moscow and Washington.

Under the terms of the deal, if it lasts for a week, Russia and America will co-ordinate attacks against some rebel groups including Islamic State and al-Qaeda's former Syria branch known as the Nusra Front.

Mr Putin also commented on the upcoming US presidential election, saying Moscow would support any person in any country who "is friendly to us".

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