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Senate Passes Sweeping Sanctions Bill Targeting Iran, Russia
Jun15

Senate Passes Sweeping Sanctions Bill Targeting Iran, Russia

WASHINGTON – A frequently polarized Senate found common ground Thursday as Republicans and Democrats joined forces to approve a sweeping sanctions bill that punishes longtime adversaries Iran and Russia with an array of financial penalties. The bipartisan legislation passed overwhelmingly Thursday, 98-2, more than five months after U.S....

Germany, Austria Slam U.S. Sanctions against Russia
Jun15

Germany, Austria Slam U.S. Sanctions against Russia

Germany and Austria have voiced sharp criticism of the latest U.S. sanctions against Moscow because they could affect European businesses involved in piping Russian natural gas to Europe. The Republican-led Senate voted Wednesday to slap new sanctions on key sectors of Russia’s economy and individuals over its interference in the U.S....

Senate Approves Sanctions Bill to Punish Russia for Meddling
Jun15

Senate Approves Sanctions Bill to Punish Russia for Meddling

WASHINGTON — The Republican-led Senate voted decisively to punish Moscow for interfering in the 2016 election by approving a wide-ranging sanctions package that targets key sectors of Russia’s economy and individuals who carried out cyber attacks. Senators on Wednesday passed the bipartisan sanctions legislation 97-2, underscoring broad...

Tillerson to Testify in House as Russia Sanctions Vote Nears
Jun14

Tillerson to Testify in House as Russia Sanctions Vote Nears

WASHINGTON – Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will testify before a House panel as momentum builds on Capitol Hill for a package of new Russia sanctions aimed at punishing Moscow for meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Tillerson is scheduled to appear Wednesday before the Foreign Affairs Committee, just hours ahead of a vote in the Senate...

Tillerson Warns Against Steps That Cut off Talks with Russia
Jun13

Tillerson Warns Against Steps That Cut off Talks with Russia

WASHINGTON – Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday the U.S. relationship with Russia is at an all-time low and deteriorating further, yet he cautioned against taking steps that might close off promising avenues of communication between the two former Cold War foes. Testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Tillerson...

Researchers: We’ve Discovered Power Grid-Wrecking Software
Jun12

Researchers: We’ve Discovered Power Grid-Wrecking Software

PARIS – Researchers have found a troubling new form of power grid-wrecking software, tying the discovery to a recent Ukrainian blackout in two reports published Monday. The malicious software has the ability to remotely sabotage circuit breakers, switches and protection relays, the reports say, a nightmare scenario for those charged with keeping...

U.S. Envoy Haley Berates UN Rights Council, Demands Reforms
Jun07

U.S. Envoy Haley Berates UN Rights Council, Demands Reforms

GENEVA – U.S. President Donald Trump’s ambassador to the United Nations on Tuesday berated the U.N.’s top human rights body, calling it a “forum for politics, hypocrisy and evasion” that allows rights abusers to whitewash their images and foes of Israel to criticize the Jewish state unfairly. Nikki Haley, in the first...

Special Counsel’s Trump Investigation Includes Manafort Case
Jun03

Special Counsel’s Trump Investigation Includes Manafort Case

WASHINGTON – The special counsel investigating possible ties between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia’s government has taken over a separate criminal probe involving former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, and may expand his inquiry to investigate the roles of the attorney general and deputy attorney general in the...

Malaysia Airlines flight returns to Melbourne after passenger tries to enter cockpit
Jun01

Malaysia Airlines flight returns to Melbourne after passenger tries to enter cockpit

Armed police remove a man from Malaysia Airlines flight MH128 at Tullamarine Airport in Melbourne, Australia June 1, 2017. David Henderson/Handout via REUTERS (Reuters) Passengers and crew on a Malaysia Airlines flight from Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur tackled a fellow passenger who attempted to enter the cockpit shouting he had a bomb, authorities...

Putin: Russian State has Never been Involved in Hacking
Jun01

Putin: Russian State has Never been Involved in Hacking

President Vladimir Putin insisted Thursday that the Russian state has never engaged in hacking and scoffed at allegations that hackers could influence the outcome of elections in the United States or Europe. But the Russian leader admitted the possibility that some individual “patriotic” hackers could have mounted some attacks amid...

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