The proposed changes include provisions that would extend the presidential term from five to seven years, empower the president to appoint a temporary successor, and give the president power to dismiss parliament. The measures would aid Aliyev to tighten the grip his family currently holds on power. Source: RFERL
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Russia is in talks with European countries to determine the entry point of the second line of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline flow, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told journalists. Source Tass
French President Emmanuel Macron will host Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin for talks at the Versailles palace on May 29, the French presidency said on Monday. The meeting coincides with an exhibition to mark Russian Tsar Peter the Great’s visit to France 300 years ago. Source France 24
The Philippines and China played down on Monday a warning by President Rodrigo Duterte that China would go to war if the Philippines drilled for oil in the disputed South China Sea.The outspoken Philippine president has been facing criticism at home for being what some people see as too soft on China over a long-running territorial dispute. Source Reuters