• Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, right, shakes hand with Russian President Vladimir Putin prior to their annual bilateral meeting,  on the sidelines of the BRICS summit, where they are expected to discuss Syria and Afghanistan, in Goa, India, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

    Putin, Modi hold talks to remove irritants in relationship

    BENAULIM, India (AP) — India and Russia renewed their long-standing close ties during annual talks on Saturday, signing a slew of cooperation agreements and discussing misgivings about recent irritants in their decades-long relationship.