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Putin gives thumbs-up to Trump’s win in US
Nov09

Putin gives thumbs-up to Trump’s win in US

Russian President Vladimir Putin is giving a thumbs-up to president-elect Donald Trump’s victory. In a brief statement Wednesday, the Kremlin said Putin has sent Trump a telegram to congratulate him on winning. Putin expressed “his hope to work together for removing Russian-American relations from their crisis state.” Putin also...

Russian media backs Trump, questions US democracy
Nov05

Russian media backs Trump, questions US democracy

Russian state-owned media does little to hide its preferences in the U.S. presidential election. News reports about the race for the White House on Russian television devote most of their time to elaborating on Donald Trump’s allegations that Hillary Clinton is corrupt and the election is rigged. “Clinton has a choice. Either she gets...

FBI investigations into Trump-Russia ties yield little
Nov01

FBI investigations into Trump-Russia ties yield little

Washington (CNN)The FBI has been conducting multiple investigations of alleged connections between Russia and Donald Trump, his presidential campaign or its backers. But none so far has yielded proof of criminal connections between the parties.The view of US law enforcement and intelligence officials investigating various hacks of Democratic...

Hackers Reveal Ties Between Kremlin and Ukraine Rebels
Oct26

Hackers Reveal Ties Between Kremlin and Ukraine Rebels

MOSCOW — A group of Ukrainian hackers has released thousands of e-mails from an account used by a senior Kremlin official that appear to show close financial and political ties between Moscow and separatist rebels in Eastern Ukraine. Ukraine’s National Security Service said Wednesday the e-mails were real, although they added the files may...

Russian Military Holds Missile Exercise Near Western Border
Oct26

Russian Military Holds Missile Exercise Near Western Border

MOSCOW — The Russian military has conducted drills involving state-of-the art missiles near the nation’s western border, amid tensions in relations with the West. The Defense Ministry said Thursday that the drills involved Iskander-M missiles. The war games were held at a shooting range near the city of Luga, about 100 kilometers (60 miles)...

WHERE THEY STAND: Clinton, Trump on the issues
Oct22

WHERE THEY STAND: Clinton, Trump on the issues

A look at where Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump stand on three dozen issues: ABORTION Persistent Republican-led efforts to restrict access to abortion and to curb government funding for Planned Parenthood have been hotly debated in Washington and in states. The issue will be shaped in some way by the next president and could be shaped profoundly...

Norway Asks to Host Rotational Force of U.S. Marines
Oct19

Norway Asks to Host Rotational Force of U.S. Marines

STOCKHOLM – The United States wants to send a 300-strong rotational force of U.S. Marines to Norway, a NATO member that shares a border with Russia in the Arctic. Norwegian Defense Ministry spokesman Lars Gjemble said Wednesday that “a limited rotational U.S. Marine Corps presence in Norway is a possible option currently being...

Thousands Attend Warlord’s Funeral in Ukraine’s Rebel East
Oct19

Thousands Attend Warlord’s Funeral in Ukraine’s Rebel East

Thousands turned out Wednesday for the funeral of a senior commander of pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine, who was killed in a bomb blast. Arsen Pavlov, 33, also known by nom de guerre Motorola, was killed Sunday when an unidentified device exploded in an elevator of his apartment building in Donetsk. His bodyguard was also killed....

Germany Hosts Ukraine Summit, also Expected to Discuss Syria
Oct19

Germany Hosts Ukraine Summit, also Expected to Discuss Syria

German Chancellor Angela Merkel prepared to host a summit Wednesday with the leaders of Russia, Ukraine and France aimed at reviving the stalled peace process in eastern Ukraine. The conflict in Syria is also likely to be discussed. Prospects of significant progress on either front look poor. Merkel said ahead of the meeting that “we...

Finland sees propaganda attack from former master Russia
Oct19

Finland sees propaganda attack from former master Russia

Finland is becoming increasingly worried about what it sees as Russian propaganda against it, including Russian questioning about the legality of its 1917 independence.The country shares a 1,340 km (833 mile) border and a difficult and bloody history with Russia, of which it was once a part. Moscow’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 and...

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