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AG’s Recusal Portends Continued Pressure on Russia Meddling
Mar03

AG’s Recusal Portends Continued Pressure on Russia Meddling

Attorney General Jeff Sessions may not have been clear about his contacts with Russian officials during the 2016 election, but this much is evident: The controversy over any Kremlin involvement in American politics is not going to fade away anytime soon. Sessions on Thursday became the second high-ranking member of the Trump administration to...

Sweden institutes military draft over concerns about Russia
Mar03

Sweden institutes military draft over concerns about Russia

Sweden’s left-leaning government instituted a military draft for both men and women Thursday because of what its defense minister called a deteriorating security environment in Europe and around Sweden. Sweden abolished compulsory military service for men in 2010 because there were enough volunteers to meet its military needs. It has never...

Trump’s Attorney General, Under Fire, Removes Himself from Campaign Probes
Mar03

Trump’s Attorney General, Under Fire, Removes Himself from Campaign Probes

WASHINGTON – U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions removed himself on Thursday from any investigations into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election because he was involved with President Donald Trump’s campaign. But Sessions, a long-time U.S. senator before becoming the country’s top law enforcement official,...

Trump Says No Reason for Sessions to Leave Russia Probe
Mar02

Trump Says No Reason for Sessions to Leave Russia Probe

A growing number of Republicans joined Democratic leaders Thursday in calling for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to step aside from an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 White House election. President Donald Trump said there was no need and he retains “total” confidence in Sessions. Top Democrats demanded that...

Sweden Institutes Military Draft for Both Men and Women
Mar02

Sweden Institutes Military Draft for Both Men and Women

COPENHAGEN — Sweden’s left-leaning government instituted a military draft for both men and women Thursday because of what its defense minister called a deteriorating security environment in Europe and around Sweden. Sweden abolished compulsory military service for men in 2010 because there were enough volunteers to meet its military needs....

Kremlin: Sessions uproar an impediment to fixing relations
Mar02

Kremlin: Sessions uproar an impediment to fixing relations

A senior lawmaker called it “hysteria.” The Foreign Ministry said it was “media vandalism.” The Kremlin lamented the “emotional atmosphere” currently in Washington about Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ meetings with a Russian diplomat, saying it could thwart efforts to mend relations. The uproar is widely...

Russia-Backed Rebels Take Over Factories, Mines in Ukraine
Mar01

Russia-Backed Rebels Take Over Factories, Mines in Ukraine

MOSCOW — Russian-backed rebels are taking over scores of factories and mines in eastern Ukraine, many of them belonging to a tycoon whose foundation has been the largest provider of humanitarian aid to a war-battered population. The moves announced Wednesday by the rebels came after a weeks of blockade of the east by Ukrainian nationalists and...

Trump recommits to U.S. allies but says they must pay ‘fair share’
Mar01

Trump recommits to U.S. allies but says they must pay ‘fair share’

President Donald Trump on Tuesday reaffirmed support for the United States’ longstanding security alliances around the world but insisted that friends and partners from Europe to the Middle East to the Pacific must “pay their fair share of the cost.” In his first nationally televised speech to Congress since taking office on Jan. 20, Trump...

US Condemns Attacks on Special Monitoring Mission in Eastern Ukraine
Feb26

US Condemns Attacks on Special Monitoring Mission in Eastern Ukraine

WASHINGTON – The United States on Sunday condemned an attack on special monitoring missions in eastern Ukraine and called on Russia and the separatist forces it backs to immediately observe the ceasefire under the Minsk agreements. ‎”We condemn Friday’s targeting of OSCE special monitoring mission (SMM) monitors and the seizure of a...

Ukrainian Lawmaker Visits Rebel East, Urges Prisoner Release
Feb25

Ukrainian Lawmaker Visits Rebel East, Urges Prisoner Release

MOSCOW – A Ukrainian lawmaker visited the rebel-held east on Friday to meet with Ukrainian prisoners there, a trip that irked many in Ukraine. Nadiya Savchenko, a pilot who spent two years in a Russian prison before her release last year, visited a prison in the rebel-held city of Makiivka. Savchenko said on Facebook that her goal is to help free...

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