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French President Calls for More Cybersecurity for Election
Feb15

French President Calls for More Cybersecurity for Election

French President Francois Hollande is calling for new security measures around the country’s presidential race, notably to protect against hacking. Hollande’s order came after the campaign of centrist Emmanuel Macron accused Russia of trying to sway the April 23-May 7 election. Hollande asked top security officials Wednesday to...

Trump Fires New Broadsides at US Intelligence Community, Media, Obama
Feb15

Trump Fires New Broadsides at US Intelligence Community, Media, Obama

U.S. President Donald Trump launched new attacks Wednesday against media reports of alleged links between him and Russia, blaming the country’s intelligence community for what he said were “illegal” leaks to news outlets. “The real scandal here is that classified information is illegally given out by...

Pentagon Chief Mattis Makes Clear that U.S. Committed to NATO
Feb15

Pentagon Chief Mattis Makes Clear that U.S. Committed to NATO

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday made clear that the United States was committed to NATO while also reinforcing the Trump administration’s demand that allies pay their fair share. Speaking at his first NATO defense minister’s meeting, Mattis called the alliance “a fundamental bedrock for the United States and for...

The ruble dives after Trump tweets ‘Was Obama too soft on Russia?’
Feb15

The ruble dives after Trump tweets ‘Was Obama too soft on Russia?’

The Russian ruble is tumbling. The Russian ruble extended its earlier losses after US President Donald Trump tweeted about President Barack Obama’s stance on Russia with respect to Crimea. The petro-currency is down by 1.2% at $57.8170 per dollar as of 7:55 a.m. ET. “Crimea was TAKEN by Russia during the Obama Administration. Was...

Russia Dismisses Reports of Contacts With Trump Campaign Before Election
Feb15

Russia Dismisses Reports of Contacts With Trump Campaign Before Election

Russia on Wednesday dismissed a New York Times report that members of U.S. President Donald Trump’s campaign and other associates were in contact with senior Russian intelligence officials ahead of the November U.S. election. The Times cited four current and former U.S. officials saying law enforcement and intelligence agencies intercepted...

Business highlights – Food prices will soar as cereal supplies dwindle, UN body warns
Feb15

Business highlights – Food prices will soar as cereal supplies dwindle, UN body warns

Food prices will soar as cereal supplies dwindle, FAO warns The prices of staple crops such as maize and sorghum are soaring as Kenya’s cereal supplies dwindle Prices of staple cereals have doubled in some markets, reaching record and near-record levels in swathes of Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Uganda and Tanzania A United...

Donald Trump: White House tries to insulate President from Russia scandal
Feb15

Donald Trump: White House tries to insulate President from Russia scandal

Flynn was asked to resign on Monday, after what the White House said were weeks of internal investigation. The White House battled Tuesday to insulate Donald Trump from a scandal over his top aide’s contacts with Russia, as it emerged that the president was aware of the problem for weeks before acting.With calls for an independent...

Russia’s Lavrov to meet US’ Tillerson Thursday: foreign ministry
Feb15

Russia’s Lavrov to meet US’ Tillerson Thursday: foreign ministry

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov plans to meet his US counterpart Rex Tillerson for the first time Thursday in Germany, a foreign ministry spokeswoman said Wednesday. “The meeting with Secretary of State Mr Tillerson has been planned and is being prepared” on February 16, when both diplomats will be in Bonn for the G20 ministerial...

White House struggles to insulate Trump from Russia scandal
Feb15

White House struggles to insulate Trump from Russia scandal

The White House on Wednesday struggled to contain fallout from the resignation of the US national security advisor, as Moscow denied reports of contacts between Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and Russian officials. The New York Times reported that US intelligence agents intercepted calls showing that members of Trump’s 2016...

Rex Tillerson: Russia’s Lavrov to meet US Secretary on Thursday
Feb15

Rex Tillerson: Russia’s Lavrov to meet US Secretary on Thursday

Lavrov will also hold his first meeting with German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, who was appointed last month. Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov plans to meet his US counterpart Rex Tillerson for the first time Thursday in Germany, a foreign ministry spokeswoman said Wednesday.”The meeting with Secretary of State Mr...

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