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Lavrov says U.S. has no proof of Russian vote meddling

Sep 23, 2017 - 8:40 AM

Instead, the Russian foreign minister suggests the allegations had been invented by ex-US president Barack Obama's 'small-hearted and vengeful' administration

'NO PROOF.' Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says the US doesn't have any proof that Russia interfered in the 2016 US elections. File photo by Natalia Kolesnikova/AFP

Russia 'concerned' by escalation of Korea tensions after Trump, Kim exchange – Kremlin

Sep 22, 2017 - 6:12 PM

'Moscow still calls on all interested parties to display restraint so as not to provoke this escalation even further,' spokesman Dmitry Peskov says

DONALD TRUMP. US President Donald Trump addresses the 72nd Annual UN General Assembly in New York on September 19, 2017. Photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP

Special prosecutor ups pressure on Trump with broad data requests – reports

Sep 21, 2017 - 8:55 AM

The New York Times and Washington Post report that Robert Mueller recently asked the White House for records and communications covering 13 specific areas, particularly key actions by Trump since he became president in January

In this file photo, US President Donald Trump leaves the Oval Office as he departs the White House in Washington, DC, May 19, 2017. Jim Watson/AFP

WATCH: Hollywood stars, ex-spies launch Russia investigation campaign

Sep 20, 2017 - 11:19 AM

'We need our president to speak directly to us and tell us the truth,' says actor Morgan Freeman

Trump lawyer denies any ties to Russian election meddling

Sep 19, 2017 - 11:34 PM

'I have never engaged with, been paid by, paid for, or conversed with any member of the Russian Federation or anyone else to hack or interfere with the election,' Cohen says

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

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Sep 19, 2017 - 8:28 PM

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China, Russia urge end to North Korea vicious cycle

Sep 19, 2017 - 1:07 PM

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov urges all parties to seek a 'peaceful resolution' to the current stand-off with Pyongyang over its nuclear weapons program

This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on September 16, 2017 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un inspecting a launching drill of the medium-and-long range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 at an undisclosed location. KCNA via KNS / AFP

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Sep 19, 2017 - 12:19 PM

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Tillerson meets Russia's Lavrov ahead of UN assembly

Sep 18, 2017 - 11:44 AM

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova tells a reporter that 'the meeting was on cooperation in Syria crisis Middle East issues and Minsk agreement'

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (L) exits the Russian Permanent Mission to the UN following a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on September 17, 2017 in New York. Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP

Lawmaker offered White House deal to let off Assange – report

Sep 16, 2017 - 3:01 PM

The Wall Street Journal says Republican lawmaker Dana Rohrabacher told WikiLeaks' Julian Assange that in exchange, he would receive a 'pardon or other act of clemency' from President Donald Trump

MIDDLE MAN. A report says Republican lawmaker Dana Rohrabacher offers a White House deal to Julian Assange. Photo from Rohrabacher's Facebook page

3 astronauts reach ISS for 5-month mission

Sep 13, 2017 - 11:45 AM

Russia s Roscosmos space agency says that the Soyuz MS 06 spacecraft successfully docked at the ISS at 0255 GMT

The Soyuz MS-06 spacecraft carrying NASA astronauts Mark Vande Hei and Joe Acaba and cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin of Roscosmos is seen on the right approaching the International Space Station on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. The spacecraft docked to the station at 10:55 p.m. EDT. Credits: NASA Television

Russian, U.S.-led strikes kill 35 civilians in Syria's Deir Ezzor – monitor

Sep 12, 2017 - 6:19 PM

UPDATED The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights earlier reported a toll of 28 dead in Russian and US led strikes but raises the figure after new Russian raids on the village of Hawayej Thiab in the west of the province

UN unanimously backs new sanctions on North Korea

Sep 12, 2017 - 7:35 AM

The resolution caps tough negotiations during which the United States dropped initial demands for a full oil embargo and a freeze on the foreign assets of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in a bid to win support from China and Russia

The Security Council unanimously adopts resolution 2375 (2017), condemning the sixth nuclear test of the Democratic People'€™s Republic of Korea (DPRK), and extending the targets and scope of the sanctions regime imposed on that country, September 11, 2017 at the United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten

U.S. softens North Korea resolution ahead of UN vote

Sep 11, 2017 - 12:49 PM

UPDATED The new draft moderates the toughest parts of the original proposal with a potentially crippling oil embargo on North Korea to be introduced progressively diplomats say

Residents watch a big video screen on Mirae Scientists Street in Pyongyang showing newsreader Ri Chun-Hee as she announces the news that the country has successfully tested a hydrogen bomb on September 3, 2017. Kiim Won-Jin/AFP

Russia detains dozens at protest supporting Rohingya

Sep 10, 2017 - 8:27 PM

Moscow continues to be mute over Myanmar

Japan, South Korea push Putin over Pyongyang sanctions

Sep 07, 2017 - 2:55 PM

UPDATED Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe: We must make North Korea immediately and fully comply with all relevant UN Security Council resolutions and abandon all its nuclear and ballistic missile programs

In this file photo, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe answers questions during a joint press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May at the state guest house in Tokyo on August 31, 2017. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

U.S. pushes oil embargo on North Korea, takes aim at Kim Jong-Un

Sep 07, 2017 - 7:43 AM

The draft UN Security Council resolution takes aim directly at North Korea s leadership proposing a freeze on Kim s assets as well as those of the ruling Worker s Party of Korea and the government

Residents watch a big video screen on Mirae Scientists Street in Pyongyang showing newsreader Ri Chun-Hee as she announces the news that the country has successfully tested a hydrogen bomb on September 3, 2017. Kiim Won-Jin/AFP

NATO chief sees no 'imminent threat' in Russia war games

Sep 06, 2017 - 11:49 PM

We will monitor the Zapad activity closely and we are vigilant but also calm because we don t see any imminent threat against any NATO ally NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg says

JENS STOLTENBERG. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (L) and Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo pose for photographer prior to a meeting in Warsaw, Poland on August 25, 2017. Photo by Janek Skazynski/AFP

Russia may reduce US diplomatic personnel by 155 – Putin

Sep 05, 2017 - 3:43 PM

Putin: We reserve the right to make a decision on how many American diplomats there are in Moscow But we will not do that for the moment

AMERICAN OUTPOST. People walk past the entrance to the US embassy building in Moscow on July 31, 2017. Mladen Antonov/AFP

North Korea 'begging for war' after nuke test – U.S.

Sep 05, 2017 - 7:46 AM

UPDATED The US accuses North Korea of begging for war and pushes for the strongest possible measures on Pyongyang following its sixth and most powerful nuclear test

A wide view of the UN Security Council emergency meeting to consider the hydrogen bomb for intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test, conducted by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), on 4 September 2017. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

China, Russia at UN urge talks with North Korea

Sep 04, 2017 - 11:33 PM

Russia backs China s proposal for a freeze on North Korea s nuclear and missile tests in exchange for a suspension of US South Korea military drills

HYDROGEN BOMB. Residents watch a big video screen on Mirae Scientists Street in Pyongyang showing newsreader Ri Chun-Hee as she announces the news that the country has successfully tested a hydrogen bomb on September 3, 2017. Photo by Kim Won-Jin/AFP

BRICS leaders 'strongly deplore' North Korea nuclear blast

Sep 04, 2017 - 8:27 AM

UPDATED BRICS is already struggling to live down doubts about its own cohesion that have spiked since nuclear armed China and India engaged in a protracted standoff over a disputed Himalayan region

Delegates arrive prior to the opening ceremony of the BRICS Business Forum in Xiamen, Fujian province on September 3, 2017. Fred Dufour/Pool/AFP

U.S. warns North Korea of 'massive military response' after nuke test

Sep 04, 2017 - 7:31 AM

US Defense Secretary Mattis: We are not looking to the total annihilation of a country namely North Korea But as I said we have many options to do so

PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT. Residents watch a big video screen on Mirae Scientists Street in Pyongyang showing newsreader Ri Chun-Hee as she announces the news that the country has successfully tested a hydrogen bomb on September 3, 2017. Kim Won-Jin/AFP

U.S. agents close Russian trade mission, Moscow protests

Sep 02, 2017 - 8:33 AM

UPDATED The spat between the two nuclear armed powers is another blow to US President Donald Trump s pledge to try to improve relations with Russia s Vladimir Putin

CLOSURE. Black smoke billows from a chimney on top of the Russian consulate on September 1, 2017 in San Francisco, California. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Burger King has its own 'whoppercoin' cryptocurrency in Russia

Aug 29, 2017 - 4:03 PM

Eating Whoppers now is a strategy for financial prosperity tomorrow claims Burger King Russia s communications head

CRYPTO-CRAZE. The fastfood chain joins the surging but volatile industry. Image for illustration purposes only


18 die in Russia as bus plunges into sea

Aug 25, 2017 - 4:59 PM

UPDATED A spokesman for OTEKO the conglomerate which owns Tamanneftegaz says the bus was carrying people who were working on the company s construction site but who were not employed by the company directly

Russia charges top director with fraud

Aug 22, 2017 - 11:48 PM

The Investigative Committee which probes serious crimes says Kirill Serebrennikov is charged with defrauding the state of at least 68 million rubles 1 15 million 977 000 euros in arts funding over 3 years from 2011 to 2014

U.S. to pause issuing non-immigrant visas in Russia – embassy

Aug 21, 2017 - 5:51 PM

The US embassy in Moscow will also cease issuing visas to citizens of Belarus – which does not have a US embassy – and they will now be redirected to Kiev Warsaw and Vilnius

7 hurt in Russia knife attack, terror 'not main angle'

Aug 19, 2017 - 10:27 PM

The incident takes place on Saturday morning August 19 in the city of Surgut where the man carried out attacks on passers by causing stab wounds says Russia s Investigative Committee which probes major crimes

Russia drops U.S. neo-Nazi site from .ru domain

Aug 17, 2017 - 9:33 PM

Alexander Zharov the head of Russia s telecommunications watchdog Roskomnadzor says in a statement they asked the domain registrar Ru center to stop hosting it

China, Russia urge talks with North Korea on missile launches

Aug 16, 2017 - 12:02 AM

Some analysts suggest Kim is opening a possible path to de escalating tensions which spiked dramatically with recent bellicose exchanges between US President Donald Trump and Pyongyang

DE-ESCALATING TENSIONS. This picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on April 24, 2016 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (R) inspecting an underwater test-fire of a strategic submarine ballistic missile at an undisclosed location in North Korea on April 23, 2016. File photo by KCNA/AFP

Russia's Lavrov warns risk of North Korea escalation 'very high'

Aug 11, 2017 - 11:04 PM

I believe the risks are very high especially considering this rhetoric when direct threats of using force are voiced Lavrov says at a youth forum in the Vladimir region east of Moscow

SERGEI LAVROV. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during a meeting with his Cambodian counterpart in Moscow on October 3, 2016.  Photo by Natalia Kolesnikova /AFP

Indonesia to barter palm oil, coffee for Russian fighter jets

Aug 08, 2017 - 3:51 PM

The agreement comes as Russia faces sanctions from the EU and the US for alleged meddling in the US presidential election and its annexation of Ukraine s Crimea

RUSSIAN JETS. Indonesia plans to barter its top commodities with Russia, in exchange for fighter jets. JAPAN OUT AFP PHOTO / DEFENSE MINISTRY VIA JIJI PRESS

Russian vote meddling led to 'serious mistrust', says Tillerson

Aug 07, 2017 - 12:12 PM

After meeting Sergei Lavrov in Manila Rex Tillerson said he had also warned him Washington was deciding on a response to the Kremlin s decision to order a cut in the size of the US mission in Moscow

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson gives an opening statement during the ASEAN-US Ministerial meeting of the 50th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) regional security forum in suburban Manila on August 6, 2017. Erik De Castro/Pool/AFP

Russian diamond giant to review production after accident

Aug 06, 2017 - 8:46 PM

Eight mine workers of Alrosa remain missing following the flooding of its Mir mine

Rappler Talk: Amy Searight on changing Southeast Asian and global power dynamics

Aug 05, 2017 - 2:24 PM

Policy analyst Amy Searight: It s a challenge for this administration who wants to focus in Asia and Southeast Asia

Russia probe team asks White House for records – report

Aug 05, 2017 - 1:00 PM

The document request while not a formal subpoena is the latest signal that the probe is gathering pace

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

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Aug 04, 2017 - 7:54 PM

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Russia's diamond giant says 9 missing after mine flooded

Aug 04, 2017 - 6:32 PM

3rd UPDATE Russian President Vladimir Putin who visited Siberia this morning is briefed about the accident his spokesman Dmitry Peskov tells the TASS state news agency

Trump lashes out over Russia probe, after news of grand jury

Aug 04, 2017 - 9:12 AM

UPDATED The establishment of a grand jury will allow special counsel Robert Mueller to subpoena documents and get sworn testimony It could well lead to criminal indictments

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Aug 03, 2017 - 7:21 PM

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Russia says two tourists killed in Abkhazia munitions blast

Aug 03, 2017 - 6:38 PM

Russia s investigative committee adds some 30 Russian tourists were among dozens injured without giving more details on their conditions

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Aug 03, 2017 - 12:59 PM

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Aug 03, 2017 - 11:00 AM

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Trump grudgingly signs Russia sanctions into law

Aug 02, 2017 - 10:56 PM

UPDATED Trump bows to domestic pressure and puts efforts to improve ties with the Kremlin in peril

ICONIC DOMES. A policeman walks on the Red Square near the St Basil 's Cathedral on May 6, 2016 in Moscow. Joel Saget/AFP

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Aug 02, 2017 - 8:46 PM

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Aug 02, 2017 - 1:13 PM

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Tillerson: U.S.-Russia ties could still get worse

Aug 02, 2017 - 10:06 AM

The great power rivals remain divided over Russia s intervention in Ukraine US sanctions against Kremlin allies and Moscow s support for Bashar al Assad s Syrian regime

CIVIL. In this file photo, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson shakes hands with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov ahead of their bilateral meeting in Moscow, Russia, on April 12, 2017. State Department photo/ Public Domain

Pence slams Russian 'occupation' on Georgia visit

Aug 01, 2017 - 6:10 PM

Pence is currently on a tour of Eastern Europe aimed at reassuring US allies rattled over Russia s 2014 annexation of Crimea and backing for a bloody separatist rebellion in Ukraine

PENCE. US Vice President Mike Pence arrives at Trump Tower in New York City on November 18, 2016 in New York. Photo by Dominick Reuter/AFP

Trump dictated son's statement on Russia talks – report

Aug 01, 2017 - 11:21 AM

The Post said the president dictated the statement to his son while on a flight home from the G20 summit in Germany

In this file photo, Donald Trump Jr. delivers a speech during a ceremony for the official opening of the Trump International Tower and Hotel on February 28, 2017 in Vancouver, Canada. Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images/AFP