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China summons U.S. ambassador over military sanctions

Sep 22, 2018 - 11:19 PM

Washington has placed financial sanctions on a department in the Chinese Defense Ministry, and its top administrator, for its recent purchase of Russian fighter jets and surface-to-air missile systems

Trump's ex-lawyer Cohen cooperating in Mueller probe

Sep 21, 2018 - 1:11 PM

Michael Cohen 'has participated over the last month in multiple interview sessions lasting for hours' with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team

MUELLER PROBE. Michael Cohen, former lawyer to U.S. President Donald Trump, exits the Federal Courthouse on August 21, 2018 in New York City. Cohen reached an agreement with prosecutors, pleading guilty to charges involving bank fraud, tax fraud and campaign finance violations. File photo by Yana Paskova/Getty Images/AFP

Syria's Assad blames Israel over downing of Russian plane

Sep 20, 2018 - 12:05 PM

The Syrian president points to Israel but the Russian plane was downed by Syria's Russian-made S-200 air defense system and all aboard were killed

Syria downs Russian plane, Moscow blames Israel

Sep 18, 2018 - 12:23 PM

(UPDATED) The incident, which happened late Monday, is the worst case of friendly fire between the two allies since Russia's game-changing military intervention in September 2015

Propaganda-spewing Russian trolls act differently online from regular people

Sep 15, 2018 - 5:40 PM

Trolls take advantage of weaknesses in society, and the fix involves not just technological means but more so educating people


Poisoning suspects' 'tourism' claims raise eyebrows even in Russia

Sep 14, 2018 - 11:10 PM

Russian newspapers question why the two suspected poisoners – who said they were in England to admire the architecture – were unable to show identification or give more details on their work or private lives

AN EYEBROW-RAISING CHAT. A screengrab taken on September 13, 2018, from footage broadcast by Russia's state broadcaster Russia Today (RT), shows two men, purported to be Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov taking part in a television interview. Photo by RT/AFP

Russian World Cup hero Cheryshev cleared of doping

Sep 14, 2018 - 1:53 PM

Spain's anti-doping agency closes its investigation on Russian striker Denis Cheryshev

PROBE. The investigation on Russian midfielder Denis Cheryshev stemmed from an interview with his father. Photo by Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP

Skripal suspects interview 'lies' and an 'insult' – Downing Street

Sep 14, 2018 - 12:00 AM

'The lies and blatant fabrications in this interview given to a Russian state-sponsored TV station are an insult to the public's intelligence,' Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesman says

INTERVIEW. A screengrab taken on September 13, 2018, from footage broadcast by Russia's state broadcaster Russia Today (RT), shows two men, purported to be Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov taking part in a television interview. Photo by RT/AFP

Putin says Skripal poisoning suspects are not criminals

Sep 12, 2018 - 9:49 PM

Putin urges the men to address the media saying there was 'nothing criminal' about them, as he speaks at an economic forum in the far eastern city of Vladivostok

PUTIN. Russian President Vladimir Putin gives a speech at the plenary session of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok on September 12, 2018. Photo by Kirill Kudryatsev/AFP

Putin proposes Russia, Japan agree to historic peace deal

Sep 12, 2018 - 7:18 PM

Putin's sudden proposal comes just two days after he said that the territorial dispute between Japan and Russia was unlikely to be settled soon

PEACE DEAL? Russian President Vladimir Putin (L), Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (2R) and China's President Xi Jinping (R) attend the plenary session of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok on September 12, 2018. Photo by Kirill Kudryatsev/AFP

Alibaba, Russian tech firm Mail.ru agree to joint e-commerce venture

Sep 11, 2018 - 8:14 PM

The new company will be called AliExpress Russia – based on the name of an existing Alibaba platform

Russia launches biggest ever war games

Sep 11, 2018 - 12:30 PM

(UPDATED) The week-long deployment dubbed 'Vostok-2018' is condemned by NATO as a rehearsal for 'large-scale conflict'

[OPINION] From Russia with love

Sep 09, 2018 - 8:00 PM

The Philippines needs to think carefully how it intends to pursue its developing security relationship with Russia

Ex-Trump campaign aide jailed in Russia probe

Sep 08, 2018 - 12:21 PM

George Papadopoulos is the second person jailed amid the 16-month investigation into alleged Russian collusion during the 2016 elections

This undated image posted on his Linkedin profile shows George Papadopoulos posing on a street of London. Former Trump campaign aide, George Papadopoulos, pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his Kremlin-related contacts, and more specifically on a Moscow-linked professor who was offering "dirt" on Trump's election rival Hillary Clinton. LINKEDIN / AFP

Russians in UK spy poisoning posed as businessmen – report

Sep 07, 2018 - 6:16 PM

The Daily Telegraph newspaper, citing an unnamed security source, says the two men had posed as businessmen to obtain their visas from the British consulate in Saint Petersburg.

NOVICHOK ATTACK. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (R) talks with Wiltshire Police's Chief Constable Kier Pritchard (2L) near The Mill Pub in Salisbury, southern England, on March 15, 2018. File photo by Toby Melville/AFP

Putin 'ultimately' to blame for spy poisoning – UK

Sep 06, 2018 - 5:27 PM

UK Security Minister Ben Wallace on Putin: 'Ultimately he does in so far as he is the president of the Russian Federation and it is his government that controls, funds and directs the military intelligence, the GRU, via his ministry of defense'

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. Photo by Kay Nietfeld/AFP

Russia warns Google against election meddling

Sep 04, 2018 - 10:05 PM

Russian Central Election Commission member Alexander Klyukin says the commission sent an official letter to Larry Page, the CEO of Google's parent company Alphabet, regarding Alexei Navalny's use of YouTube.

GOOGLE. The new Google logo is displayed at the Google headquarters on September 2, 2015 in Mountain View, California. File photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Russia says space station leak could be deliberate sabotage

Sep 04, 2018 - 9:30 PM

Space agency chief Dmitry Rogozin says the hole detected last Thursday in a Russian space craft docked at the orbiting station was caused by a drill and could have been done deliberately, either back on Earth or by astronauts in space

SPACE STATION. This NASA TV frame grab shows a pair of US astronauts as they began a spacewalk outside the International Space Station on May 16, 2018 to swap and check on two external cooling boxes, nicknamed "Leaky" and "Frosty. File photo by NASA TV/AFP

Trump warns Syria, Russia and Iran against Idlib 'tragedy'

Sep 04, 2018 - 9:51 AM

The warning comes as Iran's foreign minister Mohammad Javed Zarif meets with Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad in a surprise visit to Damascus ahead of the looming offensive

WARNING. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump addresses the Pledge to America's Workers event at the White House in Washington, DC. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Ukraine rebel's murder a 'provocation' against peace, says Kremlin

Sep 01, 2018 - 5:26 PM

Alexander Zakharchenko, head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, is killed in a bombing at a cafe in Donetsk, becoming the 4-year conflict's most prominent victim from the Moscow-backed side

SEPARATIST LEADER. In this file photo taken on November 4, 2014, the newly elected leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, Alexander Zakharchenko (R), takes the oath during an inauguration ceremony in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk. Photo by Alexander Khudoteply/AFP

3 killed in blast at Russian explosives plant

Aug 31, 2018 - 11:58 PM

The blast rocks the Sverdlov plant in the city of Dzerzhinsk about 400 kilometers (250 miles) east of Moscow.

Lorenzana backtracks on Russian submarines

Aug 31, 2018 - 11:02 AM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana tells lawmakers the country might not be able to afford the maintenance of submarines

DEFENSE SECRETARY. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana at the House of Representatives for his agency's budget hearing on August 29, 2018. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Russia blocks publication of U.N. report critical of North Korea

Aug 31, 2018 - 9:37 AM

A diplomatic source says Russia's objection stems mainly from a part of the report that said North Korea had exceeded its 2018 import cap for oil that was set by the 2017 sanctions

TABLE OF POWER. Wide view of the UN Security Council Chamber during the Council’s meeting on the situation in the Middle East, 30 September 2014, United Nations, New York. File photo by Kim Haughton/UN Photo

Top White House lawyer to leave as Russia probe heats up

Aug 30, 2018 - 11:29 AM

Donald Trump makes the announcement on Twitter without first telling McGahn, The New York Times reports, citing people close to the president and the lawyer

MCGAHN. In this file photo taken on April 13, 2018 US White House Counsel Don McGahn walks after the investiture ceremony for US District Judge Trevor N. McFadden at the US District Court in Washington, DC. File photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images North America/AFP

Russian court jails Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny for 30 days

Aug 27, 2018 - 11:06 PM

Judge Alexei Stekliyev of the Tverskoy District Court in the capital rules Navalny had repeatedly violated Russian law with a call for a mass protest in January

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny takes part in a protest in Moscow on May 14, 2017, against the city's controversial plan to knock down Soviet-era apartment blocks and redevelop the old neighborhoods. File photo by Ivan Vodopyanov/AFP

Burning in hell: Russian press sheds few tears for McCain

Aug 27, 2018 - 10:38 PM

Accusing the former Navy pilot of lying about being tortured while being held prisoner during the Vietnam War, one popular tabloid concludes with the hope that McCain is now burning in hell

JOHN MCCAIN. Senator John McCain (R- AZ) answers questions after a town hall meeting on October 30, 2009 in Mesa, Arizona. Photo from Shutterstock.

Iran, Russia, Turkey to hold Syria summit on September 7 – Turkish TV

Aug 27, 2018 - 6:30 PM

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will travel to Iran to meet with his Russian and Iranian counterparts Vladimir Putin and Hassan Rouhani, state-run TRT Haber television says

ERDOGAN. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gestures as he speaks during a joint press conference with the Greek prime minister in Athens on December 7, 2017. File photo by Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

Russian opposition says Navalny detained outside his home

Aug 25, 2018 - 9:17 PM

His spokeswoman says it is 'probably linked' to Alexei Navalny's plans to hold protests against the Russian government's unpopular pension reform on September 9

OPPOSITION. Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny takes part in a protest in Moscow on May 14, 2017, against the city's controversial plan to knock down Soviet-era apartment blocks and redevelop the old neighborhoods. Photo by Ivan Vodopyanov

Trump's options narrowing as investigations close in

Aug 23, 2018 - 4:50 PM

The felony convictions of two former top aides on Tuesday, August 21, demonstrated that Trump's nonstop attacks have failed to impede Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia collusion and obstruction investigation against him

TRUMP'S OPTIONS? US President Donald Trump casts a shadow as he addresses a press conference on the second day of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit in Brussels on July 12, 2018. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Facebook, Twitter takedowns show quandary in curbing manipulation

Aug 23, 2018 - 12:39 PM

Gaping holes remain in online platforms and that not enough is being done to counter foreign interference, says former Facebook security chief Alex Stamos


Manafort conviction and Cohen plea boost Mueller probe

Aug 22, 2018 - 3:33 PM

Experts say every win counts for Robert Mueller, with a growing record of success making it more likely he will secure cooperation from future witnesses

AFP file photos

Paul Manafort: from Trump campaign to prison

Aug 22, 2018 - 9:18 AM

What should have been his dream job ended up being his undoing

PAUL MANAFORT. Donald Trump's former campaign manager is convicted of 5 counts of making false income tax returns, two counts of bank fraud, and one of failure to report foreign bank and financial accounts. AFP file photos

Facebook thwarts misinformation effort linked to Iran, Russia

Aug 22, 2018 - 9:12 AM

(UPDATED) Facebook removes more than 650 pages, groups, and accounts identified as 'networks of accounts misleading people about what they were doing,' according to chief executive Mark Zuckerberg

FACEBOOK. An illustration picture shows a person posing during a photo session showing the social platform Facebook logo reflected on April 25, 2018, in Paris. File photo by Christophe Simon/AFP

Russian hackers went after conservative U.S. groups – Microsoft

Aug 21, 2018 - 11:12 PM

The fake, lookalike websites were aimed at diverting users from the real ones in order to siphon off email and passwords, Microsoft says

Jury adjourns without verdict in Manafort trial

Aug 21, 2018 - 3:54 PM

While Paul Manafort is not charged with any crimes related to his brief time as Donald Trump's campaign chairman, the trial is seen as an important test for the Mueller probe

ADJOURNED. In this file photo, Paul Manafort walks outside the William B. Bryant US Courthouse Annex on October 30, 2017 in Washington,DC. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Trump lashes out at Russia probe as 'McCarthyism'

Aug 19, 2018 - 9:43 PM

United States President Donald Trump's latest Twitter storm is set off by a front-page report in the New York Times

(FILES) This file photo taken on August 8, 2017 shows US President Donald Trump speaking about North Korea at a meeting with administration officials on the opioid addiction crisis at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey. President Donald Trump said on August 9, 2017 the United States' nuclear arsenal was now "more powerful than ever before" in a fresh warning to North Korea over its missile tests. "My first order as President was to renovate and modernize our nuclear arsenal. It is now far stronger and more powerful than ever before," Trump wrote on Twitter before adding that "hopefully we will never have to use this power."  / AFP PHOTO / NICHOLAS KAMM

Tributes pour in for former UN chief, Nobel laureate Kofi Annan

Aug 18, 2018 - 7:48 PM

(4th UPDATE) World leaders and organizations pay tribute to the former UN Secretary General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate

UN CHIEF. In this file photo taken on April 28, 2004, United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan takes a question during a press conference at the UN Headquarters in New York. Photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP

Duterte hits U.S. for warning PH vs Russian equipment

Aug 17, 2018 - 7:27 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte lashes out against his country's sole treaty ally, scolding America for only giving hand-me-down defense equipment

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the inauguration of the new Communications, Navigation, Surveillance / Air Traffic Management (CNS/ATM) Systems Development Project at the Philippine Air Traffic Management Center (PATMC) in Pasay City on January 16, 2018, issues a stern warning on the local government officials who are found to be inefficient in their service. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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Aug 16, 2018 - 9:12 PM

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Prosecutors focus on Manafort 'lies' as trial draws to a close

Aug 16, 2018 - 4:55 PM

Paul Manafort, a Republican political consultant and lobbyist, is charged with 18 counts of tax evasion and bank fraud

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

U.S. official warns PH vs buying Russian equipment

Aug 16, 2018 - 1:43 PM

The Philippines 'should think very carefully' about dealing with Russia, says US Defense Assistant Secretary Randall Schriver

VISITING. US Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs Randall Schriver in a roundtable press interview at the US Embassy in Manila. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

India to send manned mission to space by 2022 – Modi

Aug 15, 2018 - 1:21 PM

Stepping up its rivalry with China, India has invested heavily in its space program in the past decade

SPACE EXPLORATION. Prime Minister Narendra Modi says India will send a manned mission into space by 2022. File photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP

5 Caspian Sea states sign landmark convention

Aug 12, 2018 - 4:05 PM

(UPDATED) The deal will settle a long-lasting dispute on whether the Caspian is a sea or a lake, which means it falls under different international laws

Locator map of Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Turkmenistan

Paris Gay Games a respite for oppressed athletes

Aug 11, 2018 - 9:55 PM

LGBT competitors from China to Uganda share their stories

GAY GAMES 2018. Ugandan swimmer Clare Byarugaba competes during the swimming competition at the 2018 Gay Games edition at The Georges-Vallerey swimming pool in Paris on August 9, 2018. Photo by Lucas Barioulet/AFP

PH pivot to Russia advances with port visit, submarine talks

Aug 10, 2018 - 11:31 AM

The Philippine Navy may have its first submarine by 2023 – if the timeline of Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana pushes through

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte meets with Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin in Moscow on May 24, 2017 prior to his return to the Philippines. President Duterte opted to skip his scheduled engagements and cut his official visit to the Russian Federation short as he decided to fly back to the Philippines after declaring a state of Martial Law in Mindanao due to the terror crisis in Marawi City. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Russia blasts 'unacceptable' new U.S. sanctions

Aug 09, 2018 - 8:00 PM

The action by the US State Department is the latest salvo in a series of disputes between the rival powers, and comes less than a month after US President Donald Trump met his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Helsinki

DMITRY PESKOV. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov attends a meeting of Russia's President Vladimir Putin with his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro at the Kremlin in Moscow, on July 2, 2013. File photo by Maxim Shemetov/AFP

U.S. hits Russia with sanctions over nerve agent attack in Britain

Aug 09, 2018 - 9:17 AM

The State Department says the action is aimed at punishing President Vladimir Putin's government for having 'used chemical or biological weapons in violation of international law'

SANCTIONS. In this file photo taken on March 8, members of the emergency services in green biohazard encapsulated suits fix the tent over the bench where former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found on March 4 in critical condition at The Maltings shopping centre in Salisbury, southern England. File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

U.S. reimposes tough, unilateral sanctions against Iran

Aug 07, 2018 - 12:25 PM

The first of two rounds of US sanctions kicked in at 12:01 am Tuesday, August 7, targeting Iran's access to US banknotes and key industries, including cars and carpets

Trump file photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Bodies of Russian journalists killed in Central Africa brought to Moscow

Aug 05, 2018 - 6:51 PM

The 3 journalists were reporting on the so-called Wagner Group, a company that sends Russian mercenaries to hotspots such as Syria and Ukraine

Russia names Steven Seagal humanitarian envoy with U.S.

Aug 05, 2018 - 1:36 PM

The Russian ministry says he would not be paid for his envoy role

BESTIES. In this file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) speaks with US actor Steven Seagal (L) during the Mixed fight Championship in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi on August 11, 2012. Aleksey Nikolskyi/RIA Novosti/AFP