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Oil prices spike as Saudi Arabia, Russia extend  cut

Saudi Arabia and Russia have agreed to extend their voluntary oil production cuts through the end of this year, trimming 1.3 million barrels of crude out of the global market and boosting energy prices.

The dual announcements from Riyadh and Moscow pushed benchmark Brent crude above $90 a barrel in trading yesterday, a price unseen in the market since November.

Armenia announced that it will hold Joint Military Exercises with the US next week

Armenia announced today that it will host joint military exercises with the United States next week, likely to irritate Russia, Reuters reported.

The Armenian Defense Ministry said the purpose of the "Eagle Partner 2023" exercise, which will take place from September 11 to 20, is to prepare Armenian forces to participate in international peacekeeping missions.

Russia downs three drones en route to Moscow: mayor

Russia's air defence systems destroyed three drones early Tuesday which were trying to reach Moscow, the Russian capital's mayor said.

Sergei Sobyanin said there had been "no casualties", according to initial information.

Air defence forces "destroyed drones which were trying to carry out an attack on Moscow", he said on Telegram.

Türkiye believes grain initiative can be revived soon: Erdoğan

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has expressed his belief that the Black Sea grain initiative can be revived very soon, stressing that Russia's demands should be addressed to this end, in his one-day visit to Sochi, where he held lengthy meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin.