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PNA to enter into 'news exchange' deal with Russia's Sputnik | Evening wRap

Nov 12, 2018 - 9:20 PM

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Russia slams Austria for 'unfounded accusations' in spy row

Nov 10, 2018 - 8:11 PM

Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl 'expresses hope that the steps will not affect the further development of bilateral cooperation,' the Russian foreign ministry says in a statement

SPY? Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (L) and Defense Minister Mario Kunasek give a press conference in Vienna, Austria, on November 9, 2018, to comment on the case of a retired colonel in the Austrian army suspected of having spied for Russia for several decades. File photo by Helmut Fohringer/APA/AFP

The week in photos: November 3-9, 2018

Nov 10, 2018 - 4:27 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

VICTORY PARADE. Russian cadets march during a military parade at Red Square in Moscow on November 7, 2018, to commemorate the 77th anniversary of the 1941 historical parade when Red Army soldiers marched past the Kremlin walls towards the front line to fight Nazi Germany troops during World War II. Photo by Mladen Antonov/AFP

PH, Russia finalize military cooperation activities for 2019

Nov 10, 2018 - 11:23 AM

The 2019 activities include cooperation and security consultations between Philippine and Russian defense officials, and reciprocal visits of delegations and observers for military training activities

PORT CALL. Russian guided missile cruiser Varyag makes a port call in Manila on April 20, 2017. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Russia raises North Korea sanctions at UN Security Council

Nov 08, 2018 - 5:28 PM

Russia requests for a closed-door meeting of the UN Security Council

SECURITY COUNCIL. This file photo shows a view of the UN Security Council, the most powerful and exclusive organ of the United Nations. UN file photo/JC McIlwaine

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Nov 08, 2018 - 12:56 PM

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Fears for Russia probe as Trump fires Jeff Sessions

Nov 08, 2018 - 7:05 AM

In announcing the resignation – in a tweet thanking him 'for his service' – Donald Trump right away names as acting attorney general Jeff Sessions' chief of staff Matthew Whitaker

FIRED. In this file photo, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions holds a news conference at the Department of Justice on December 15, 2017 in Washington, DC. File photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Kremlin says it sees no prospects for better Russia-U.S. ties

Nov 07, 2018 - 7:03 PM

'Rosy prospects for the normalization of Russian-US ties are not visible on the horizon,' says Dmitry Peskov, spokesman of Russian president Vladimir Putin

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov speaks on the phone before a session of the Council of Heads of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) in Sochi on October 11, 2017.  MAXIM SHEMETOV / POOL / AFP

U.S. prepares more Russia sanctions over Britain nerve gas attack

Nov 07, 2018 - 1:36 PM

Three months after the Untied States declared Russia violated a US law that seeks the elimination of chemical and biological weapons, the State Department tells Congress in a legally-mandated follow-up Moscow had not come into compliance

NOVICHOK ATTACK. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (R) talks with Wiltshire Police's Chief Constable Kier Pritchard (2L) as they stand near The Mill Pub in Salisbury, southern England, on March 15, 2018, where former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia went before being discovered on a nearby bench on March 4, following an apparent nerve agent attack. File photo by Tony Melville/AFP

Russia turns up uninvited to major NATO wargames

Nov 04, 2018 - 6:30 AM

Russia has already made clear its displeasure at NATO's Trident Juncture exercises, the largest by the alliance since the end of the Cold War

LARGEST EXERCISE. Around 50,000 participants from NATO and partner countries, some 250 aircraft, 65 ships and up to 10,000 vehicles take part in the Trident Juncture exercise. Photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

Facebook hackers sell private messages from 81,000 accounts

Nov 03, 2018 - 8:18 PM

Many of the hacked accounts belong to Facebook users in Ukraine and Russia

NATO urges Russia to comply with nuclear treaty

Nov 01, 2018 - 6:33 PM

After a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council, a statement by the transatlantic alliance says they 'urge Russia... to ensure full compliance with the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty without delay'

TRIDENT JUNCTURE. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg looks at a Tac 50 Mac Millan sniper rifle as he meets with members of the Canadian Army Patrol Pathfinder taking part in the Trident Juncture 2018, a NATO-led military exercise. Photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

Handful of states hold fate of world's vanishing wilderness

Nov 01, 2018 - 2:17 PM

New research published in the journal Nature finds that nearly 3 quarters of the wilderness that's left belongs to Australia, Brazil, Canada, Russia, and the United States

DEFORESTATION. This file photo shows a rainforest jungle in Borneo, Malaysia, destroyed to make way for oil palm plant. Shutterstock photo

Idlib province: Syria's last major rebel stronghold

Oct 28, 2018 - 7:30 AM

Syria's jihadist-dominated Idlib province is the last major area still outside regime control

Turkey to host Syria summit with Russian, French, German leaders

Oct 27, 2018 - 5:25 PM

The planned summit will be the first to bring together the Turkish and Russian leaders with the European Union's two most significant national leaders to 'try and find' a lasting solution to the Syrian war

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addresses members of parliament of his ruling AK Party (AKP) during a meeting at the Turkish parliament in Ankara, on October 16, 2018.  ADEM ALTAN / AFP

EU prize awarded to Ukraine's Sentsov in slap to Russia

Oct 25, 2018 - 11:39 PM

The European Parliament gives the Sakharov human rights prize to Ukrainian Oleg Sentsov and called for Russia to free the filmmaker

HUNGER STRIKE. In this handout picture released by the Federal Penitentiary Service in Russia's Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug on September 29, 2018, Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov undergoes medical examination at a state hospital in Labytnangi. Photo by Russian Federal Penitentiary Service/AFP

NATO shows Russia its military might in giant exercises

Oct 25, 2018 - 2:36 PM

Some 50,000 soldiers, 10,000 vehicles, 65 ships, and 250 aircraft from 31 countries are taking part in Trident Juncture 18, which is aimed at training the Atlantic Alliance to defend a member state after an aggression

EXERCISE. This file photo shows NATO paratroopers drop out of a US Air Force Hercules during the 'Swift Response 17' joint military exercise. File photo by Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP

U.S. security chief, Russians in tough talks over nuclear treaty

Oct 23, 2018 - 10:45 AM

John Bolton discusses the fate of the treaty with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and spends 'nearly 5 hours' in talks with Russian Security Council chief Nikolai Patrushev

US SECURITY CHIEF. In this file photo, US National Security Advisor John Bolton speaks to the Federalist Society in Washington DC on September 10, 2018. File photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

Major nuclear treaties between Moscow, Washington

Oct 23, 2018 - 4:00 AM

Here's a summary of key treaties signed by the US and Russia aimed at reducing nuclear weapons

SEAT OF POWER. A photograph taken on March 12, 2018 shows the Kremlin complex  and the Bolshoy Kamenny bridge crossing the river Moskva in Moscow. Photo by Mladen Antonov/AFP

U.S. withdrawal from nuclear arms deal 'dangerous step' – Moscow

Oct 21, 2018 - 6:20 PM

Russian deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov says it 'will have no choice but to undertake retaliatory measures' if America continues to act 'clumsily and crudely' and unilaterally back out of international agreements

SERGEI RYABKOV. Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Sergei Ryabkov warns against Trump's latest decision to withdraw from an arms treaty with Russia. Photo by Martti Kainulainen/Lehtikuva/AFP

Trump says U.S. will pull out of nuclear arms deal with Russia

Oct 21, 2018 - 9:48 AM

Russian senator Alexei Pushkov says the move is 'the second powerful blow against the whole system of strategic stability in the world' with the first being Washington's 2001 withdrawal from the Anti-Ballistic Missile treaty

ARMS DEAL. Following a campaign rally, US President Donald Trump speaks to reporters before boarding Air Force One at Elko Regional Airport in Elko, Nevada, on October 20, 2018. Photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Russia says 88,000 Syria rebels killed

Oct 20, 2018 - 6:42 PM

Britain-based war monitor the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says close to 365,000 people have been killed during the 7-year civil war.

WAR. Syrian rebel-fighters with the National Liberation Front (NLF) stand on a hill overlooking regime-held areas in northwestern countryside of Aleppo province on October 9, 2018. File photo by Aaref Watad/AFP

NATO flexes muscles in show of strength to Russia

Oct 10, 2018 - 2:00 AM

Exercises like Trident Juncture 18 are designed to teach troops how to move a large force quickly in the event of an invasion against a NATO member triggering the allies' 'Article 5' mutual defense clause

EXERCISE. Kosovo Security Force (KSF) members march during a farewell ceremony of the German NATO led-peacekeeping mission in Kosovo, in the town of Prizren on October 3, 2018. Photo bt Armend Nimani/AFP

Trump official sought Israeli help to disrupt rival campaigns – report

Oct 09, 2018 - 8:51 AM

Citing interviews and copies of the proposals, the The New York Times says the effort by Rick Gates seemed unrelated to an effort Russia was then escalating to interfere in the US election

GATES. Former Trump campaign official Rick Gates leaves Federal Court on December 11, 2017 in Washington, DC. Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP

Russian trust in Putin plunges to 39 percent

Oct 08, 2018 - 10:44 PM

This is the lowest trust rating for Russian President Vladimir Putin since 2014

PRESIDENT AGAIN. Presidential candidate, President Vladimir Putin meets with the media at his campaign headquarters in Moscow on March 18, 2018.  Photo by Sergei Chirikov/AFP

Hugs as Putin touts missiles in India

Oct 05, 2018 - 6:05 PM

Russia's Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi hug as they went into talks in New Delhi

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) welcomes Russian President Vladimir Putin prior to their meeting at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on October 5, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Yuri KADOBNOV

West accuses Russia of global hacking conspiracy

Oct 05, 2018 - 2:01 PM

A coalition of Western nations that have been targeted by alleged Russian cyber operatives has denounced the country's online espionage activities

INDICTMENT. Assistant U.S. Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers (L) announces the indictment of 7 Russian GRU intelligence officers for their alleged roles in hacking and related influence and disinformation operations targeting international anti-doping agencies, sporting federations and anti-doping officials. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP


US indicts 7 Russian military intel agents in global hacking conspiracy

Oct 05, 2018 - 1:18 PM

The defendants are Aleksei Morenets, 41, Evgenii Serebriakov, 37, Ivan Yermakov, 32, Artem Malyshev, 30, Dmitriy Badin, 27, Oleg Sotnikov, 46, and Alexey Minin, 46

RUSSIAN HACKING. Mike Murray, head of intelligence for the security firm Lookout, tells a briefing at the US Capitol on October 4, 2018 that hackers seeking to disrupt the US elections may install malware on mobile phones of candidates, journalists, donors and activists. Photo by Rob Lever/AFP


France says Russian global hacking claims 'worrying'

Oct 05, 2018 - 10:31 AM

Australia, Britain, Canada, The Netherlands, and the United States are now in a coordinated pushback against a series of hacking attempts said to be of Russian origin


Canada says it was targeted by Russian cyber attacks

Oct 04, 2018 - 10:49 PM

The Canadian government accuses GRU, Russian military's intelligence arm, as responsible

NATO military exercise to be biggest since Cold War

Oct 02, 2018 - 9:34 PM

NATO's Trident Juncture 18 exercise will bring 45,000 alliance troops, equipped with 150 aircraft, 70 vessels and around 10,000 land vehicles across northern Europe

NATO paratroopers drop out of a US Air Force Hercules during the 'Swift Response 17' joint airborn military exercise at Bezmer airfield near the village of Bezmer on July 18, 2017.  The US led 'Swift Response 17' airborne exercise, part of the multinational 'Saber Guardian 2017' exercise, involves up to 1,600 soldiers from the United States, Canada, Italy, Portugal and Greece. / AFP PHOTO / Dimitar DILKOFF

Russia captain Igor Akinfeev calls time on his international career

Oct 01, 2018 - 9:48 PM

The 32-year-old says he will be focusing instead on his club duties with CSKA Moscow

RETIREMENT. Igor Akinfeev hangs his spurs from the international stage. Photo courtesy of Alizada Studios/Shutterstock.com


Philippine Navy vessel makes historic visit to Russia

Oct 01, 2018 - 8:40 PM

The Philippine Navy's BRP Tarlac makes a historic port call to Vladivostok as President Rodrigo Duterte leads a pivot to Russia and China

HISTORIC VISIT. BRP Tarlac is seen about to dock in Vladivostok, Russia, on October 1, 2018. Photo courtesy of Philippine Ambassador to Russia King Sorreta

3 years of Russia strikes on Syria kill 18,000 – monitor

Sep 30, 2018 - 8:43 PM

Human rights groups and Western governments have criticised Russia's air war in Syria saying it bombs indiscriminately and targets civilian infrastructure

World War I allies celebrate first armistice in Greece

Sep 30, 2018 - 3:00 AM

Representatives from Britain, France, Italy, Russia, and Serbia celebrate the armistice of September 29, 1918 at the final resting place of 20,000 Allied soldiers

CENTENARY. The last guardian of the Serbian cemetery Djordie Mihailovic, 90, salutes next to the Serbian memorial at the Zeitelnik cemetery, the World War I Allied Military Cemetery and memorial park, during the Commemoration of the centenary of the Armistice of Thessaloniki, on September 29, 2018. Photo by Sakis Mitrolidis/AFP

Russia releases photo of hunger-striking director Sentsov

Sep 29, 2018 - 8:32 PM

G7 ambassadors as well as major figures from the world of cinema have all called for Oleg Sentsov's release

HUNGER STRIKE. In this handout picture released by the Federal Penitentiary Service in Russia's Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug on September 29, 2018, Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov undergoes medical examination at a state hospital in Labytnangi. Photo by Russian Federal Penitentiary Service/AFP

China, Russia denounce 'blackmail' as rift with U.S. exposed at UN

Sep 29, 2018 - 10:19 AM

The United States' relations with China and Russia continue to plummet amid President Donald Trump's accusations against the two countries

Israel PM lashes at Iran, claims secret atomic warehouse

Sep 28, 2018 - 2:28 PM

Iran 'hasn't abandoned its goal to develop nuclear weapons,' Benjamin Netanyahu tells the UN General Assembly

IRAN DEAL. This combination of pictures created on February 18, 2018 shows Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (L) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) as they attend the Munich Security Conference on February 18, 2018 in Munich, southern Germany. File photo by Thomas Kienzle/AFP

Russian parliament approves Putin's controversial pension reform

Sep 26, 2018 - 9:02 PM

The bill, which still has to go through the formality of a third reading and senate hearing, would see Russian men retire at 65 instead of 60 and has sparked rare national protest, with tens of thousands rallying across Russia in recent months.

PENSION REFORM. Presidential candidate, President Vladimir Putin gives a speech during a rally to support his candidature in the upcoming presidential election at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow on March 3, 2018. File photo by Kirill Kudryatsev/AFP

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