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Russia to pay $3M in Greenpeace ship settlement

May 18, 2019 - 11:30 AM

The settlement, reached after the Dutch dragged Moscow to various courts, was reached after talks between Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok and Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov

ARCTIC SUNRISE. In this file photo taken on February 22, 2005, Greenpeace ship the "Arctic Sunrise" arrives to the Canary Islands.  Photo by Samuel Aranda / AFP

Britain at UN presses Russia to answer for Idlib hospital attacks

May 18, 2019 - 10:15 AM

The UN says at least 18 hospitals and clinics have been destroyed or damaged by air strikes and shelling over recent weeks, several of which were on UN "no target" lists that detail exact locations of the health facilities to the warring sides

AFTERMATH. A picture taken on May 5, 2019 shows in an underground hospital on the outskirts of the town of Hass, in the south of the jihadist-held Syrian province of Idlib. Photo by Omar Haj Kadour / AFP

Iran urges China, Russia 'concrete action' to save nuclear deal

May 17, 2019 - 10:26 PM

'Iran and China need to think together and work together about preserving a multilateral global order and avoiding a unilateral global order,' says Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL. In this file photo, Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif talks with the Belgian foreign minister before their meeting at the Palais Egmont in Brussels on January 11, 2018. File photo by John Thys/AFP

U.S. slaps sanctions over Russia rights despite revived ties

May 17, 2019 - 5:48 PM

One of the 5 newly blacklisted figures is Ruslan Geremeyev, an interior ministry official in the restive North Caucasus region of Chechnya who is close to its leader Ramzan Kadyrov

IN MEMORY OF BORIS NEMTSOV. Opposition supporters march in memory of murdered Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov in central Moscow on February 24, 2019. - Photo by Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP

U.S., Russia see path forward on Syria but clash on election meddling

May 15, 2019 - 10:37 AM

Speaking for nearly two hours late into the evening in Putin's forested dacha in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Pompeo becomes the highest-ranking American to meet the Russian leader in 10 months

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U.S. does 'not seek a war with Iran' – Pompeo

May 15, 2019 - 3:04 AM

Pompeo's comments come during his first official visit to Russia, a key backer of Tehran

MIKE POMPEO. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attends a meeting with Russian President at the Bocharov Ruchei residence in Sochi on May 14, 2019. Photo by Pavel Golovkin/AFP

U.S., Russia clash on election meddling

May 15, 2019 - 2:07 AM

At a joint news conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo renews US concerns that Moscow meddled in the 2016 election to try to tip the vote to President Donald Trump

ON ELECTION MEDDLING. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at a joint press conference with Russian Foreign Minister following their talks in Sochi on May 14, 2019. Photo by Pavel Golovkin/AFP

U.S., Russia test tense ties as Pompeo visits Putin

May 14, 2019 - 11:54 AM

The renewed diplomacy follows the long-awaited report in the United States which found that Russia interfered in the 2016 election

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a press briefing at the US Department of State in Washington, DC, on October 3, 2018. - The United States said Wednesday it was terminating a 1955 treaty reached with then ally Iran after Tehran cited it in an international court ruling against Washington's sanctions policy. "I'm announcing that the US is terminating the 1955 Treaty of Amity with Iran. This is a decision, frankly, that is 39 years overdue," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters, referring to the date of the 1979 Islamic revolution. (Photo by Jim WATSON / AFP)

Pompeo to meet Putin on Russia visit – State Department

May 12, 2019 - 12:24 AM

The top US diplomat will meet Putin on Tuesday, May 14, in Sochi to 'discuss the full range of bilateral and multilateral challenges'

TOP DIPLOMAT. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo looks on during a discussion on the major foreign policy priorities of the State Department in Washington, DC, on April 29, 2019. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Russia, Japan say differences remain over disputed islands

May 10, 2019 - 6:28 PM

The territorial dispute centers on 4 islands, between the Sea of Okhotsk and the Pacific Ocean, seized by the Soviet army in the last days of World War II

'SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCES.' Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (R) speaks with Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono (L) during their meeting in Moscow on May 10, 2019. Photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

Europe rejects Iran 'ultimatum' but stands by nuke deal

May 09, 2019 - 10:06 PM

(UPDATED) The 3 European signatories to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal urge Iran to stick to its commitments after it said it would stop respecting some limits imposed by the agreement

MACRON. In this file photo, French President Emmanuel Macron delivers his speech during the annual general assembly at the United Nations headquarters in New York City on September 25, 2018. File photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

Kiev will not recognize Russian passports from rebel areas – PM

May 08, 2019 - 9:43 PM

'We will never recognize any citizenship that was issued by the aggressor state. This is like Nazi Germany issuing Ausweis (identity document) for certain people,' says Ukraine's Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman

UKRAINE. Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman gives a speech at the German-Ukrainian Economic Forum in Berlin on November 29, 2018. Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP

Russia probes pilot error after deadly plane blaze

May 07, 2019 - 10:31 PM

Investigators are still examining the black boxes from the plane and have so far given no official reason for the crash

PROBE. This handout picture taken and released on May 6, 2019 by the City News Agency 'Moscow' shows emergency workers at the site of a crash of a Russian-made Superjet-100 at Sheremetyevo airport outside Moscow, a day after the incident. AFP PHOTO / CITY NEWS AGENCY MOSCOW / SERGEI VEDYASHKIN

U.S. climate skeptics send shivers through Arctic cooperation

May 07, 2019 - 9:38 PM

In place of the traditional declaration, the Arctic Council releases a shorter 'ministerial statement,' which sets out future goals for the organization but conspicuously makes no mention of climate change

ARCTIC COUNCIL. Participants have taken their seats to attend the 11th Ministerial Meeting of the Arctic Council in Rovaniemi, Finland on May 7, 2019. Photo by Mandel Ngan/Pool/AFP

Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen, off to prison, says still 'much to be told'

May 06, 2019 - 11:01 PM

'There still remains much to be told. And I look forward to the day that I can share the truth,' Michael Cohen tells reporters as he leaves his Manhattan residence for the federal prison in Otisville, New York

Pilot says lightning caused deadly Russian crash landing

May 06, 2019 - 6:43 PM

Pilot Denis Yevdokimov tells Russian media the craft lost communication and needed to switch to emergency control mode 'because of lightning' on the Aeroflot flight to the Arctic city of Murmansk

ACCIDENT. This handout picture taken and released on May 6, 2019, by the Investigative Committee of Russia shows destroyed fuselage at a site of a fire of a Russian-made Superjet-100 at Sheremetyevo airport outside Moscow. Photo by HO / RUSSIAN INVESTIGATIVE COMMITEE / AFP

41 dead as Russian plane bursts into flames on landing

May 06, 2019 - 7:49 AM

(3rd UPDATE) A video shared on social media shows Aeroflot's Sukhoi Superjet 100 aircraft, land at Sheremetyevo international airport, flames and black smoke pouring from its fuselage

INFERNO. This handout picture taken and realeased on May 5, 2019, by the Investigative Committee of Russia shows a fire of a Russian-made Superjet-100 at Sheremetyevo airport outside Moscow. Handout photo/Russian Investigative Committee/AFP

Turkey to buy Russian missiles despite U.S. 'threats'

May 05, 2019 - 9:18 PM

The S-400 purchase is one dispute fuelling tensions between two nations also at odds over US support for Syrian Kurdish militias

Secretive Russian blogger StalinGulag reveals identity

May 03, 2019 - 5:21 PM

StalinGulag reveals himself as Alexander Gorbunov, born in 1992 in the North Caucasus city of Makhachkala

ALEXANDER GORBUNOV. StalinGulag reveals himself as Alexander Gorbunov in an interview with BBC Russia. Screenshot from BBC Russia YouTube channel at

Putin signs controversial internet law

May 02, 2019 - 5:41 PM

The law, which will come into effect in November, will allow Russian authorities to isolate the country's internet

RUSSIA'S INTERNET LAW. A protester holds a placard reading "Putin lies" during an opposition rally in central Moscow, on March 10, 2019, to demand internet freedom in Russia. File photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP

Barr faces tough questions on handling of Mueller report

May 01, 2019 - 11:12 PM

US Attorney General Bill Barr 'whitewashed the report,' Senator Dick Durbin, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, tells CNN ahead of the hearing

MUELLER REPORT. In this file photo, US Attorney General William Barr speaks about the release of the Mueller Report at the Department of Justice April 18, 2019, in Washington, DC. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Putin fast-tracks Russian citizenship for more Ukrainians

May 01, 2019 - 7:55 PM

(UPDATED) The new Kremlin decree published May 1 says several categories of Ukrainian nationals will have the right to receive a Russian passport within 3 months of applying for one

PUTIN. Russian President Vladimir Putin, officials and other attendees listen to the national anthem at the end of Vladimir Putin's annual state of the nation address in Moscow on February 20, 2019. Photo by Mikhail Klimentyev/Sputnik/AFP

Russian agent Maria Butina sentenced to 18 months

Apr 27, 2019 - 12:06 AM

The leader of a small Russian gun rights group, Maria Butina used her ties to the NRA firearms lobby to build a network of powerful Republican contacts

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 he welcomes China, Russia help over North Korea

Apr 26, 2019 - 11:24 PM

'I think we're doing very well with North Korea. A lot of progress is being made,' says US President Donald Trump

TRUMP ON NORTH KOREA. US President Donald Trump delivers remarks on April 10, 2019. File photo by Jim Watson/AFP

North Korea's Kim to Putin: U.S. acted in 'bad faith' at Hanoi talks

Apr 26, 2019 - 11:54 AM

Kim and Putin meet in the far eastern Russian port of Vladivostok for their first summit – squarely aimed at countering US influence

This picture taken on April 25, 2019 and released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on April 26 shows Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attending a reception following their talks at the Far Eastern Federal University campus on Russky island in the far-eastern Russian port of Vladivostok.  KCNA VIA KNS / AFP

Russia slams 'scandalous' order in Ukraine to boost local language

Apr 25, 2019 - 11:05 PM

The reaction comes hours after Ukraine's parliament approved a controversial law to enhance the status of the Ukrainian language at the expense of Russian

LANGUAGE. Young activists write a placard reading 'Ukrainian language is us!' during a rally in front of the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev on April 25, 2019. The Ukrainian parliament has passed a law enforcing the use of Ukrainian in official settings. Photo by Sergei  Supinsky/AFP

North Korea needs 'security guarantees' in exchange for denuclearization – Putin

Apr 25, 2019 - 7:18 PM

North Korea 'needs guarantees of its security, the preservation of its sovereignty,' Russian President Vladimir Putin says after talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un

FIRST MEETING. Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomes North Korean leader Kim Jong-un prior to their talks at the Far Eastern Federal University campus on Russky island in the far-eastern Russian port of Vladivostok on April 25, 2019. Photo by Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool/AFP

North Korea's Kim, Russia's Putin set for first summit

Apr 25, 2019 - 12:32 PM

Russian and North Korean flags are flying from lamp posts on Vladivostok's Russky island, where the summit is to take place on a university campus

This picture taken on April 24, 2019 and released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on April 25 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (C) being greeted by Russian officials after his arrival in Vladivostok by train.  KCNA VIA KNS / AFP

Russia eases citizenship rules in east Ukraine

Apr 24, 2019 - 11:14 PM

President Vladimir Putin signs the decree aimed at residents of the unrecognized Donetsk and Lugansk republics that broke away from Kiev in 2014 and are governed by Moscow-backed rebels

DONETSK. In this file photo taken on November 9, 2018, people stand as they wait for Denis Pushilin, acting leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk Republic, campaigning meeting and the concert in Donetsk. File photo by Aleksey Filippov/AFP

North Korea's Kim in Russia for first talks with Putin

Apr 24, 2019 - 1:22 PM

(UPDATED) 'I hope that during the talks...I will be able to have concrete discussions on resolving situations on the Korean Peninsula and on the development of our bilateral relationship,' says Kim Jong-un

Flags of Russia and North Korea are seen fixed on a lamp post in front of the railway station where North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is expected to arrive, in the far-eastern Russian port of Vladivostok on April 24, 2019.  STR / AFP

North Korea's Kim, Putin to hold first talks in Russia's Far East

Apr 23, 2019 - 9:47 PM

(UPDATED) Kremlin foreign policy aide Yuri Ushakov says the focus of the first meeting between the two men 'will be on a political and diplomatic solution to the nuclear problem on the Korean Peninsula'

The Mueller report is out, but the probes continue

Apr 20, 2019 - 9:15 AM

The final report from the probe makes clear that more than a dozen other cases, most of them secret, remain in the pipeline

RELEASED. An illustration shows printed pages of the Mueller Report at an office on April 18, 2019, in Washington, DC. Photo by Eva Hambach / AFP

Trump slams 'fabricated' testimony in Mueller report

Apr 19, 2019 - 9:18 PM

US President Donald Trump, who initially celebrated the publication of the report, is in a more defensive mood on Friday, April 19, insisting that he had done nothing wrong

RUSSIA PROBE. Composite photo shows Special counsel Robert Mueller and US President Donald Trump. Trump file photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP; Robert Mueller file photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

[ANALYSIS] How Congress can and will follow up on a redacted Mueller report

Apr 19, 2019 - 5:21 PM

Here are some of the ways the US House of Representatives will likely follow up with more investigation

CAPITOL BUILDING. By Noclip/Wikemedia Commons

With Kim-Putin summit, Moscow eyes role in North Korea

Apr 19, 2019 - 12:29 PM

Putin, who has long expressed his readiness to meet with Kim, is gearing up to play a bigger role in nuclear negotiations with Moscow's Cold War-era ally, with which it shares a short border

MEETING. This combination of files pictures made on April 18, 2019, shows portraits of Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) taken on December 31, 2014 in Moscow, and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un taken on February 27, 2019 in Hanoi. Photo by Alexey Druzhinin, Saul Loeb / AFP / RIA NOVOSTI

Redacted Mueller report released by U.S. Justice Department

Apr 19, 2019 - 12:09 AM

The report focuses on Russia's interference in the 2016 election, whether the Trump campaign helped in that effort and whether Trump tried to obstruct justice

File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

North Korea's Kim to meet Putin in Russia in late April – Kremlin

Apr 18, 2019 - 7:19 PM

'Following an invitation from Vladimir Putin...Kim Jong-un will visit Russia in the second half of April,' the Kremlin says in a statement on its website

KIM-PUTIN MEETING. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will visit Russia in late April to meet President Vladimir Putin. Putin file photo by Aris Messinis/AFP; Kim file photo by AFP PHOTO/KCNA VIA KNS

Russian MPs approve controversial bill restricting internet

Apr 11, 2019 - 6:00 PM

The proposed measures, set to take effect November 1 once it becomes a formal law, would create technology to monitor internet routing and steer Russian internet traffic away from foreign servers

Blast wounds 4 at Russian military academy

Apr 02, 2019 - 9:15 PM

(UPDATED) Those wounded in the blast did not have life-threatening injuries

11 go on trial for Saint Petersburg train bombing

Apr 02, 2019 - 8:47 PM

Ten of the defendants are alleged to have acted as the bomber's accomplices, including by providing him with explosives and false documents

TRIAL. Eleven people accused of taking part in the 2017 terrorist attack on the Saint Petersburg metro are seen inside of a defendants' cage during a court hearing at the Leningrad District Military Court in Saint Petersburg on April 2, 2019. Photo by Olga Maltseva/AFP

U.S. suspends F-35 deliveries to Turkey over Russian arms

Apr 02, 2019 - 7:33 AM

US officials have voiced concern that with Turkey in both camps, Russia could obtain F-35 data to improve the accuracy of the S-400 to shoot down Western aircraft

A Pentagon sign is seen during a press briefing at the Pentagon Briefing Room August 29, 2014 in Arlington, Virginia. Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Mueller report to be released by mid-April – attorney general

Mar 30, 2019 - 11:38 AM

A redacted version of the 400-page report is set to be released

PUSH BACK. Special counsel Robert Mueller (2nd L) leaves after a closed meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee June 21, 2017 at the Capitol in Washington, DC. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Ukraine's Poroshenko vows to beat comedian rival as campaign closes

Mar 29, 2019 - 10:39 PM

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has sought to position himself as the only candidate who can stand up to Moscow as he seeks to beat back support for poll-leader Volodymyr Zelensky

UKRAINE ELECTIONS. This combination of pictures show the 3 frontrunners in Ukraine's presidential election: comedian Volodymyr Zelensky, incumbent Petro Poroshenko and former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko. Photos by Petras Malukas and SergeiSupinsky/AFP

Kremlin says U.S. not to 'worry' about Russia-Venezuela ties

Mar 28, 2019 - 7:42 PM

(UPDATED) The Russian foreign ministry also insists the presence of its troops in Venezuela do not pose a threat to anyone

RUSSIAN TROOPS IN VENEZUELA. In this file photo, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova speaks to the media in Moscow on March 29, 2018. File photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

Measles: Nearly wiped-out, on the rise again

Mar 27, 2019 - 9:31 PM

The United Nations says worldwide cases of measles jumped by more than 30% in 2017, and infections continued to rise in 2018

MEASLES ON THE RISE. This file photo shows patients stricken with measles inside the pediatric ward of San Lazaro Hospital in Manila on February 11, 2019. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Australia and Netherlands in talks with Russia over downed Malaysia jet

Mar 27, 2019 - 6:53 PM

Five countries – Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, the Netherlands and Ukraine – continue to investigate the downing of flight MH17 over Ukraine

MH17. A picture taken on July 17, 2014 shows wreckages of the Malaysian airliner carrying 295 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur after it crashed, near the town of Shaktarsk, in rebel-held east Ukraine. File photo by Dominique Faget / AFP

Trump says Russia probe head acted honorably, but warns of retaliation

Mar 26, 2019 - 1:04 AM

President Donald Trump, who feels vindicated by the dropping of collusion allegations, says he will favor publication of the wider Mueller report

MUELLER REPORT. This file photo shows US President Donald Trump during a meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House January 11, 2019 in Washington, DC. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Kremlin denies meddling in U.S. vote after Mueller probe

Mar 25, 2019 - 7:31 PM

(UPDATED) Moscow calls reports of Russian interference 'malicious slander,' while analysts say the conclusions of the probe are unlikely to improve bilateral ties

'BASELESS.' Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov attend the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) leaders summit in Astana on October 16, 2015. Photo by Sergei Guneev/Ria Novosti/AFP

U.S. on edge for Russia probe findings on Trump

Mar 24, 2019 - 7:11 PM

The American public is still in the dark over what Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation uncovered about President Donald Trump's ties to Russia and alleged acts of obstruction of justice

RUSSIA PROBE. Investigators have asked the White House to hand over records related to the Russia probe. Trump file photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP; Robert Mueller file photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Russian protesters rally against Kremlin policies

Mar 23, 2019 - 8:39 PM

Several thousands call on Russians to take to the streets across the country to protest the latest raft of repressive laws and falling living standards