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Moscow says Japan must recognize all Kurils as Russian

Jan 14, 2019 - 10:36 PM

'Sovereignty over the islands is not up for discussion, this is Russian territory,' says Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

DENIES. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks at a briefing during a meeting with members of the Association of European Businesses (AEB) in Moscow on October 31, 2017. Photo by  Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP

Trump under fresh scrutiny over relationship with Putin

Jan 14, 2019 - 7:25 AM

The reports come as Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation looms large in the background, punctuated by guilty pleas, convictions, and indictments of former Trump associates

SOURED RELATIONS. US President Donald Trump chats with Russian President Vladimir Putin as they attend the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting on November 11, 2017. File photo by Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/AFP

Trump blasts FBI counterintel probe into whether he worked for Russia

Jan 13, 2019 - 1:03 PM

US President Donald Trump on being asked if he had ever worked for Russia: 'I think it's the most insulting thing I've ever been asked'

DENIAL. US President Donald Trump denies working for Russia. File photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP

FBI opened probe into whether Trump working for Russians

Jan 12, 2019 - 11:40 AM

(UPDATED) The investigation – a dual counterintelligence and criminal probe – was launched after the president fired FBI director James Comey in May 2017, the New York Times reports

PROBED. US President Donald Trump during a meeting on border security in the Cabinet Room of the White House January 11, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP

Trump campaign chief gave polling data to Russian

Jan 09, 2019 - 2:52 PM

Paul Manafort denies allegations from the Russian collusion investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller that he had lied about his dealings with Konstantin Kilimnik

PAUL MANAFORT. Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort leaves the Prettyman Federal Courthouse following a hearing November 2, 2017 in Washington, DC. File photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Turkey trial to open into Russian ambassador's 2016 killing

Jan 08, 2019 - 3:07 PM

The Ankara prosecutor has charged 16 of the suspects with 'premeditated murder with the intention of causing terror,' according to the indictment

IN MEMORY. A woman attends a ceremony unveiling a commemorative plaque in memory of slain Russia's ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov in Moscow on December 19, 2017. File photo by Vasily Maximov/AFP

A 7 day budget for your Russian escapade

Jan 06, 2019 - 8:15 AM

Thinking of traveling to Russia? Here's your guide.

MOSCOW. Saint Basil's Cathedral is one of the most popular tourist sites in Russia. Photo by Joshua Berida/Rappler

Orthodox patriarch signs decree on independent Ukraine church

Jan 06, 2019 - 12:09 AM

'Dear Ukrainians, this is a historic event! This is a great day!' says Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko

SIGNED. This handout picture taken and released by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Service on January 5, 2019 shows Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I signing the 'Tomos' decree of autocephaly of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church at the Patriarchal Church of St George in Istanbul. Photo by Mykola Lazarenko/Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/AFP

Russia demands explanation over U.S. snub to space chief

Jan 05, 2019 - 5:55 PM

Dmitry Rogozin, chief of Russia's space agency and a nationalist politician known for his anti-Western rhetoric, is set to visit the US in February but NASA postpones his visit indefinitely

SPACE SNUB. Dmitry Rogozin, the head of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, meets with NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on October 10, 2018. Photo by Yuri Kochetkov/Pool/AFP

U.S. seeking access to ex-Marine detained in Russia – Pompeo

Jan 02, 2019 - 9:22 PM

Ex-Marine Paul Whelan's family denies he was a spy and says he was just visiting Moscow to attend a wedding

HELPING AN AMERICAN. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gives a press conference during a NATO Foreign ministers' meeting at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on April 27, 2018. Photo by John Thys/AFP

Rescuers pull more bodies from rubble of Russian gas explosion

Jan 02, 2019 - 7:01 PM

(UPDATED) The number of people killed in the deadly New Year's Eve gas explosion rises to 22, while 19 people are yet to be found

SURVIVOR. A 10-month old baby survives the gas explosion in Russia as rescuers continue to look for other remaining bodies. Photo by Ho/Russian Emergency Situations Ministry/AFP

14 confirmed dead in Russia high-rise blast

Jan 02, 2019 - 3:48 PM

(UPDATED) Rescuers pull more bodies from the rubble of the collapsed building

Rescuers pull baby alive from Russian block after gas blast

Jan 01, 2019 - 8:50 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The baby is found after rescuers are forced to temporarily halt the search for dozens of missing people in the rubble, for fear the rest of the block comes down

SURVIVOR. This handout picture released by The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry on January 1, 2019, shows emergency officers transporting a baby surviver after a gas explosion rocked a residential building in Russia's Urals city of Magnitogorsk. HO / RUSSIAN EMERGENCY SITUATIONS MINISTRY / AFP

IN PHOTOS: World welcomes 2019 with fireworks and festivities

Jan 01, 2019 - 10:29 AM

Here's how the world celebrates the new year

UNITED KINGDOM. Fireworks explode around the London Eye during New Year's celebrations in central London just after midnight on January 1, 2019. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

4 dead, dozens missing after gas explosion hits Russia high-rise

Dec 31, 2018 - 4:50 PM

(UPDATED) 70 people are still missing, feared to be trapped under the rubble

Putin says Russia still 'open to dialogue' with U.S.

Dec 31, 2018 - 10:06 AM

'Russian-US relations remain an important factor in order to guarantee strategic stability and international security,' says Russian President Vladimir Putin

US President Donald Trump (L) chats with Russia's President Vladimir Putin as they attend the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting, part of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' summit in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on November 11, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SPUTNIK / Mikhail KLIMENTYEV

BTS film screening in Russia canceled

Dec 30, 2018 - 7:04 PM

The screening of the movie 'BTS World Tour: Love Yourself in Seoul,' gets canceled after the group was accused of being 'gay'

Screenshot from Twitter/@bts_official

Russia, Turkey agree to coordinate on Syria after U.S. pullout

Dec 29, 2018 - 9:34 PM

(UPDATED) Russian Foreign Minister Sergie Lavrov says an 'understanding was reached' between military representatives of Russia and Turkey

COORDINATION. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says his country and Turkey will coordinate ground operations in Syria. Photo by AFP

Belgium reviews smartphone use by troops to counter spying – media

Dec 29, 2018 - 8:54 PM

A review is underway of all Belgian military and troops operating in Baltic states, including those bordering Russia, should no longer be allowed to use their smartphones in 'certain regions and circumstances,' news agency Belga says

Despite new friends, Philippines sticks it out with U.S. in 2018

Dec 21, 2018 - 6:00 PM

Engagements by the Philippines in 2018 show it is not moving away from the US despite President Rodrigo Duterte's rhetoric

Putin says Western spy cases aimed at 'holding Russia back'

Dec 20, 2018 - 7:17 PM

Russian President Vladimir Putin says the cases paint the country as 'a powerful player who needs to be reckoned with'

4TH TERM. Russia votes to hand President Vladimir Putin a historic 4th term. File photo by AFP

The world in 2018

Dec 19, 2018 - 10:00 AM

A look back at some of the major events that marked 2018

Central American migrants -mostly Hondurans- moving in a caravan towards the United States in hopes of a better life, head to Tijuana in Mexico's Baja California State, after leaving Mexicali on November 19, 2018. - US President Trump has sent about 5,800 troops to the border to forestall the arrival of large groups of Central American migrants travelling through Mexico and towards the US, in a move critics decry as a costly political stunt to galvanize supporters ahead of midterm elections earlier this month. (Photo by PEDRO PARDO / AFP)

Trump ex-security chief Flynn sold country out, says judge

Dec 19, 2018 - 7:18 AM

It's a sharp and unexpected rebuke to the highest-ranked Trump aide so far to face a judge in the Russian collusion investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller

Russian trolls aimed to deter black U.S. voters – study

Dec 18, 2018 - 11:53 AM

The primary goal of the Internet Research Agency (IRA) is to deepen divisions in US society and convince Democrat-favoring liberals – including Latinos, youths and the LGBTQ community – not to vote, a report says

Former FBI chief lashes out at Trump, Republicans

Dec 18, 2018 - 8:40 AM

'The FBI's reputation has taken a big hit because the president of the United States, with his acolytes, has lied about it constantly,' says former FBI director James Comey

COMEY. Former FBI Director James Comey testifies before the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, June 8, 2017. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

2018: Trump's year of disruption – and danger ahead

Dec 16, 2018 - 2:00 PM

From trampling near-sacred allies like Canada to trying to make good with rival Russia and enemy North Korea, Donald Trump's foreign policy shook up the world

Ukraine creates church independent from Russia

Dec 16, 2018 - 12:27 AM

Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko addresses the synod of bishops, saying Kiev's national security depends on 'spiritual independence' from Moscow

SYNOD. This handout picture taken and released by Ukrainian Presidential press-service shows Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (L) talking as he attends the historic synod expected to establish an Orthodox church independent from Russia on December 15, 2018. Photo by Genya Savilov/Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/AFP

U.S., Ukraine navy heads meet after Russia ship seizure

Dec 14, 2018 - 3:52 PM

Ukraine's foreign minister calls for a speedy international response to Russia's 'aggression' after it seized the 3 Ukrainian navy ships and 24 sailors

Accused Russian agent pleads guilty in U.S.

Dec 14, 2018 - 2:42 PM

Maria Butina – the first Russian convicted in the sprawl of cases arising from Moscow's interference in the 2016 presidential election – faces up to 6 months in prison, followed by likely deportation

GUILTY PLEA. This August 17, 2018, photo courtesy of the Alexandria, Virginia, Sheriff'€™s Office, shows Maria Butina's booking photograph when she was admitted into the Alexandria Detention Center in Alexandia. AFP PHOTO / Alexandria Sheriff'€™s Office

Trump says innocent in legal scandal, blames lawyer

Dec 13, 2018 - 10:03 PM

(UPDATED) In his first public reaction since the sentencing, Donald Trump says he was the victim of Michael Cohen's malpractice

MICHAEL COHEN. Michael Cohen, President Trump's personal lawyer arrives at the Hart Senate Office Building to be interviewed by the Senate Intelligence Committee on September 19, 2017 in Washington, DC. Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

Ex-lawyer blames Trump 'dirty deeds' as he gets 3 years

Dec 13, 2018 - 8:15 AM

Pleading for leniency in a packed Manhattan courtroom before US District Court Judge William H. Pauley III, Michael Cohen says he has been led astray by misplaced admiration for Donald Trump

3 YEARS. US President Donald Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen leaves US Federal Court in New York on December 12, 2018 after his sentencing after pleading guilty to tax evasion, making false statements to a financial institution, illegal campaign contributions, and making false statements to Congress. Photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP

Russian spacewalkers take sample of mystery hole at space station

Dec 12, 2018 - 3:13 PM

Roscosmos space agency says the aim is to discover whether the 'small but dangerous' hole has been made on Earth or in space

Trump's ex-lawyer Cohen faces hour of truth

Dec 12, 2018 - 2:37 PM

Judge William Pauley will have to decide if there is room to go easy on Michael Cohen, who has asked for the lightest sentence possible to 'start his life over'

HOUR OF TRUTH. In this file photo, Michael Cohen, former lawyer to U.S. President Donald Trump, exits the Federal Courthouse on August 21, 2018 in New York City. File photo by Yana Paskova/Getty Images/AFP

Russian ex-policeman convicted over 56 murders

Dec 10, 2018 - 2:50 PM

The court in the Siberian city of Irkutsk finds Mikhail Popkov 'guilty of killing 56 people between 1992 and 2007,' the Irkutsk regional prosecutor's office says

Russian offered Trump campaign 'political' cooperation in 2015

Dec 08, 2018 - 9:53 AM

(UPDATED) Based on Michael Cohen's testimony, a Russian allegedly offered 'political synergy' and 'synergy on a government level' to President Donald Trump's campaign as early as 2015

RUSSIA PROBE. In this file photo, then Republican president-elect Donald Trump speaks during election night at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York on November 9, 2016. Jim Watson/AFP

Ukraine calls for international action against Russian 'aggression'

Dec 06, 2018 - 11:57 PM

At a meeting of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Milan, Pavlo Klimkin says this is the fifth consecutive OSCE ministerial meeting to be dominated by Russia's 'destabilizing' behavior in Europe

PAVLO KLIMKIN. Ukraine's Foreign Affairs minister Pavlo Klimkin (L) talks with Turkey's Foreign Affairs minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (R) during a NATO Foreign Ministers meeting at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on December 4, 2018. Photo by John Thys/AFP

'Russian Google' unveils first smartphone

Dec 06, 2018 - 10:56 AM

While the design was created by Yandex, the phone is made in China

YANDEX. Russian internet giant Yandex on December 5, 2018 launched its first ever smartphone, ending several weeks of suspense for tech fans over the highly anticipated launch. Photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP


U.S. Special Counsel Mueller recommends no jail time for Flynn

Dec 05, 2018 - 10:03 AM

(UPDATED) The surprise recommendation comes ahead of Michael Flynn's upcoming sentencing, which has been postponed 4 times over the past year

MICHAEL FLYNN. Lieutenant General Michael Flynn (ret.), National Security Advisor Designate at a conference on the transition of the US Presidency from Barack Obama to Donald Trump at the US Institute Of Peace in Washington DC, January 10, 2017.  File photo by Chris Kleponis/AFP

Trump calls for his ex-lawyer Michael Cohen to be jailed

Dec 04, 2018 - 11:26 AM

US President Donald Trump also praises another former advisor, Roger Stone, for refusing to testify against him

COHEN. Donald Trump file photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP. Michael Cohen file photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

Legal problems back home dog Trump at G20 summit

Nov 30, 2018 - 9:54 PM

US President Donald Trump's G20 summit gets off to a rocky start with new allegations of hidden links to Russia overshadowing what he had hoped would be a triumphant burst of trade diplomacy

CLIMATE CHANGE. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump looks on during a rally in Elkhart, Indiana on May 10, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Putin defends 'lawful' seizure of Ukrainian ships

Nov 29, 2018 - 1:38 PM

Moscow and Kiev have traded angry accusations since Russian navy vessels fired on, boarded, and captured the 3 Ukrainian ships off the coast of Crimea

PUTIN. Russia's President Vladimir Putin is pictured at the start of the first working session of the G20 meeting in Hamburg, northern Germany, on July 7. File photo by Kay Nietfeld/AFP

Russia probe document shows closer Trump campaign-WikiLeaks contact

Nov 29, 2018 - 1:01 PM

The Corsi-Stone communications suggest a level of coordination and planning that have not before appeared in evidence released by the investigation headed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller

RUSSIA PROBE. This composite photo shows Trump campaign advisor Roger Stone (L) and Republican activist Jerome Corsi (R). Stone file photo by Lizzie Ochoa/WikiCommons; Corsi file photo from Facebook

Trump says may cancel Putin meet after Ukraine-Russia sea clash

Nov 28, 2018 - 7:21 PM

Trump is scheduled to meet Putin at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires at the end of this week, but that may not happen because of a confrontation at sea between Russia and Ukraine

-- AFP PICTURES OF THE YEAR 2018 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and US President Donald Trump attend a meeting in Helsinki, on July 16, 2018.  Brendan SMIALOWSKI / AFP

Trump faces China trade showdown, Russia, Saudi tensions at G20

Nov 28, 2018 - 4:02 PM

Trump is due to meet Chinese leader Xi Jinping in Buenos Aires for a working dinner at the Group of 20 summit

G20 MEETING. In this file photo, China's President Xi Jinping (L) and US President Donald Trump attend a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on November 9, 2017. File photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Ukrainian president warns of threat of 'full-scale war' with Russia

Nov 28, 2018 - 9:25 AM

'I don't want anyone to think this is fun and games. Ukraine is under threat of full-scale war with Russia,' says Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko

POROSHENKO. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko delivers his speech from Parliament tribune during an emergency session in Kiev on November 26, 2018, ahead of a parliamentary vote on the request of the Ukrainian President to impose martial law in the country. Photo by Genya Savilov/AFP

Facebook was warned of alleged Russian meddling back in 2014

Nov 28, 2018 - 7:47 AM

Internal Facebook emails show the company's engineers telling management in October 2014 that Russian IP addresses were accessing 3 billion data points a day

MIA. A demonstrator wearing a mask of Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg poses outside Portcullis house in London to question the refusal of Zuckerberg to give evidence to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee investigation into disinformation and €˜fake news€™ at the Houses of Parliament in London on November 27, 2018. AFP Photo/Gabriel Sainhas/UK Parliament


U.N. chief urges 'maximum restraint' from Russia, Ukraine

Nov 27, 2018 - 11:34 PM

UN secretary general Antonio Guterres urges Russia and Ukraine 'to take steps without delay to contain this incident and reduce tensions through all available peaceful means in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations'

CONDEMNING THE LAUNCH. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. File photo by Manuel Elias/UN

Ukraine backs martial law after confrontation at sea with Russia

Nov 27, 2018 - 2:00 PM

After intense debate, 276 lawmakers vote in favor of President Petro Poroshenko's request for martial law in border areas for 30 days

MARTIAL LAW. In this file photo, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko holds a press conference on August 30, 2014. File photo by John Thys/AFP

Ex-Trump advisor Papadopoulos imprisoned in Russia probe

Nov 27, 2018 - 9:32 AM

He is the second figure in the Mueller probe to be sentenced to jail, after Alex Van Der Zwaan, a London lawyer who got 30 days for lying about his work with Paul Manafort

JAIL TIME. This undated image posted on his Linkedin profile shows George Papadopoulos posing on a street of London. File photo from LinkedIn/AFP

NATO calls emergency meeting with Ukraine on sea clash

Nov 26, 2018 - 8:29 PM

A naval standoff between Ukraine and Russia off the coast of Crimea spikes tension in Europe

PROTEST. Activists of Ukrainian far-right groups hold flares during their rally in front of the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev on November 26, 2018, as they demand to set martial law in the country and to cut diplomatic relations with Russia. Sergei Supinsky/AFP