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    NSA-linked tools help power second global ransomware outbreak
    Jun28

    NSA-linked tools help power second global ransomware outbreak

    A potent ransomware attack has gripped organizations around the world for the second time in less than two months. And like the first outbreak in mid-May — which claimed hundreds of thousands victims in a game-changing cyberattack — Tuesday’s outburst is spreading via a Microsoft flaw originally exposed in a...

    EU and Ukraine hail closer ties, extension of Russia sanctions
    Jun22

    EU and Ukraine hail closer ties, extension of Russia sanctions

    With recently approved visa-free travel to Europe, Ukrainians have finally broken their historic chains to the Soviet Union and the Russian Empire, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Thursday. Stopping in Brussels to meet European Council President Donald Tusk on his return from a trip to Washington, Poroshenko boasted of robust...

    Russia’s pipeline power
    Jun20

    Russia’s pipeline power

    WASHINGTON — For months, Washington has been fixated on Russia’s interference in our presidential election, as well as similar concerns in elections of our European allies like France and Germany. Moscow’s actions are a direct threat to the credibility of our presidential elections and it’s...

    EU extends sanctions over Russia’s Crimea annexation
    Jun19

    EU extends sanctions over Russia’s Crimea annexation

    European Union foreign ministers Monday extended economic sanctions intended to punish Russia for the 2014 annexation of Crimea. At a meeting in Luxembourg, the ministers agreed to prolong by a year measures that prohibit EU companies from doing business in Crimea and the city of Sevastopol. The sanctions target investments and tourism in...

    Trump transition officials ordered to save Russia documents
    Jun16

    Trump transition officials ordered to save Russia documents

    Aides and volunteers on Donald Trump’s presidential transition were instructed Thursday to save any records related to “several pending investigations into potential attempts by Russia interests to influence the 2016 election,†according to a memo provided to POLITICO. In the memo from a transition lawyer,...

    Senate overwhelmingly passes Russia sanctions deal with new limits on Trump
    Jun14

    Senate overwhelmingly passes Russia sanctions deal with new limits on Trump

    The Senate on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a bipartisan package of new Russia sanctions that also lets Congress block President Donald Trump from easing or ending penalties against Moscow, the year’s most significant GOP-imposed restriction on the White House. The 97-2 vote on the Russia sanctions plan capped a week of talks that...

    Haley: US plans to retain Russia sanctions
    Jun04

    Haley: US plans to retain Russia sanctions

    Nikki Haley, President Donald Trump’s ambassador to the United Nations, on Sunday said her understanding is that the U.S. plans to “keep our sanctions strong and tough†on Russia in response to the Kremlin’s actions in Ukraine, despite reports that the White House is considering easing them....

    Anarchic Athens finds a new cause: Ukraine
    Jun04

    Anarchic Athens finds a new cause: Ukraine

    ATHENS — The neighborhood of Exarchia in central Athens has always been home to those who fight the system. Before Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ left-wing Syriza Party came to power in 2015, groups of police would stand on street corners bordering the area, riot shields at the ready, waiting for the streets to erupt...

    Edgy Eastern Europe seeks reassurance in Trump’s NATO talk
    May26

    Edgy Eastern Europe seeks reassurance in Trump’s NATO talk

    KIEV — These are worrying times for those members on NATO’s eastern edge, especially for countries such as Ukraine that are dependent on the alliance for support against a newly assertive Russia. And Donald Trump’s comments at this week’s summit in Belgium did little to alleviate their...

    G7 must face down Russia or suffer disaster
    May26

    G7 must face down Russia or suffer disaster

    KIEV — In 1936, when Winston Churchill cautioned that the “era of procrastination” was coming to an end and that the world was entering a “period consequences,” his warning had already gone unheeded for too long. Two years earlier, the British statesman had warned Europe about the impending peril and was dismissed as an alarmist....

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