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    Mike Pence will seek to reassure U.S. allies in Europe on busy trip
    Feb17

    Mike Pence will seek to reassure U.S. allies in Europe on busy trip

    U.S. Vice President Mike Pence will seek on Saturday to soothe allies unnerved by his boss’s unorthodox statements on Russia and NATO as he stresses America’s commitment to Europe during the first major foreign address for the Trump administration. …read more Source:...

    World Leaders Will Be Hoping For Clarity on U.S. Priorities at the Munich Conference
    Feb17

    World Leaders Will Be Hoping For Clarity on U.S. Priorities at the Munich Conference

    BERLIN (AP) — Top world leaders, diplomats and defense officials are getting their first opportunity to meet with members of the Trump administration amid concerns over the new president’s commitment to NATO and posture toward Russia. Vice President Mike Pence, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly are...

    Russia Cautious on Flynn Resignation, Dismisses Tougher Ukraine Line
    Feb17

    Russia Cautious on Flynn Resignation, Dismisses Tougher Ukraine Line

    Russia reacted defensively and cautiously after the resignation of U.S. President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, Michael Flynn, considered among the most Kremlin-friendly in the new administration.Trump’s tougher stance on Crimea this week also ruffled feathers in Russia.VOA’s Moscow correspondent Daniel Schearf...

    Ukraine To Renew Search For Remains At MH17 Crash Site After Bone Found
    Feb17

    Ukraine To Renew Search For Remains At MH17 Crash Site After Bone Found

    Ukraine this spring will renew its search for human remains at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, Dutch Security and Justice Minister Stef Blok said on February 16. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    Top Trump envoys signal no quick changes to U.S.-Russia ties
    Feb17

    Top Trump envoys signal no quick changes to U.S.-Russia ties

    BRUSSELS — The Trump administration signaled Thursday there will be no change soon in U.S.-Russian relations, putting the onus on Moscow to prove itself if it wants closer cooperation with Washington. Russia’s support for Ukrainian separatists was underscored as a test case of its willingness to change behavior. …read more Source:...

    Russian touch in a Dutch vote has European officials on alert
    Feb17

    Russian touch in a Dutch vote has European officials on alert

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Harry van Bommel, a left-wing member of the Dutch Parliament, had persuasive allies in convincing voters that they should reject a trade pact with Ukraine — his special “Ukrainian team,” a gleefully contrarian group of émigrés whose sympathies lay with Russia. …read more Source: Pittsburgh...

    Ukrainian Hacker Gets 41 Months Jail In U.S. For Stealing Credit Card Data
    Feb17

    Ukrainian Hacker Gets 41 Months Jail In U.S. For Stealing Credit Card Data

    A Ukrainian hacker was sentenced to 41 months in prison for a scheme using more than 13,000 computers to steal log-in and credit card information, U.S. prosecutors said on February 16. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

    Democracy Promotion Is Smart Security Policy
    Feb17

    Democracy Promotion Is Smart Security Policy

    Adrian A. Basora, Kenneth Yalowitz Politics, Americas Domestic divisions and propaganda offensives undermine U.S. interests. We cannot “make America great again” unless America is secure both at home and in its global position. But what does this have to do with democracy? During the first decade after the 1991 fall of the Soviet Union, President...

    The Deep State Targets Trump
    Feb17

    The Deep State Targets Trump

    When Gen. Michael Flynn was forced to resign as national-security advisor, Bill Kristol purred his satisfaction, “If it comes to it, prefer the deep state to the Trump state.” To Kristol, the permanent regime, not the elected president and his government, is the real defender and rightful repository of our liberties. Yet it was this regime, the...

    Trump vs. U.S. intelligence? Intrigue abounds, and it starts with Russia
    Feb17

    Trump vs. U.S. intelligence? Intrigue abounds, and it starts with Russia

    WASHINGTON — A historic clash may be erupting between the intelligence apparatus of the United States and the country’s democratically elected president, with the high-level intrigue linked to questions about the Donald Trump campaign’s ties with Russia. The president announced Thursday that he’s instructed the Justice...