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Russia meddling in U.S. election to boost Trump, lawmakers told

Feb 21, 2020 - 7:15 PM

A US intelligence official reportedly told lawmakers Russia is once again meddling in the US election on Donald Trump's behalf, according to The Washington Post and New York Times

US ELECTIONS. In this file photo, then Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire testifies before a hearing of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on September 26, 2019, in Washington, DC. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Russia warns Turkey, blocks U.N. bid to end Syria bloodshed

Feb 20, 2020 - 9:36 AM

Syrian aid workers call urgently for a ceasefire and international help for nearly a million people fleeing the regime onslaught

TUNNEL. Turkish-backed Syrian fighters inspect a tunnel, said to have been built by Kurdish fighters, in the Syrian border town of Tal Abyad, on October 21, 2019. Photo by Bakr Alkasem/AFP

Trump 'offered pardon' to Assange if he denied Russia leak, court hears

Feb 20, 2020 - 8:24 AM

The White House quickly issues a denial that Trump had dangled a pardon in exchange for help

PARDON PENDING. Wikileaks founder Julian Assange speaks on the balcony of the Embassy of Ecuador in London on May 19, 2017. Photo by Justin Tallis/AFP

Russia warns against Turkey operation in Syria

Feb 19, 2020 - 6:42 PM

(UPDATED) President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to launch an operation in Idlib by the end of the month if Damascus fails to withdraw its troops behind Turkish military positions

WARNING. Turkish military M60T tanks drive through the village of Matarim in the south of Syria's northwestern province of Idlib, near the M4 motorway that connects Aleppo with Latakia, on February 17, 2020. File photo by Omar Haj Kadour/AFP

Russia denies envoy’s meeting with PH military chief related to VFA repeal

Feb 19, 2020 - 1:07 PM

Ties between the Philippines and Russia are independent of any third party, says Russian Ambassador Igor Khovaev

COURTESY CALL. Russian Ambassador Igor Khovaev meets with AFP Chief of Staff General Felimon Santos Jr at Camp Aguinaldo on February 17, 2020. Photo from the Armed Forces of the Philippines

Trump calls for Russia to stop backing Syrian 'atrocities'

Feb 17, 2020 - 9:04 AM

A Russian-backed offensive has triggered the largest wave of displacement in Syria's civil war, with 800,000 people fleeing since December, the United Nations says

BLACK CLOUD. Smoke billows following reported bombardment by Syrian regime forces on the town of Kafr Ruma in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib, on January 27, 2020. Photo by Omar Haj KadourAFP

U.S., Europe clash over Washington's global retreat

Feb 16, 2020 - 12:20 AM

French President Emmanuel Macron warns of a 'weakening of the West,' as the world leaders face a more assertive China and Russia

SECURITY. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo adresses the audience on the podium during the 56th Munich Security Conference (MSC) in Munich, southern Germany, on February 15, 2020. Pool photo/AFP

Russia will keep trying to 'destabilize' West – Macron

Feb 16, 2020 - 12:11 AM

French President Emmanuel Macron predicts Moscow would be 'extremely aggressive' in this arena in the months and years to come

DESTABILIZE WEST. French President Emmanuel Macron cautions against Russia. AFP photo

From Russia with love: Soldier proposes to girlfriend inside special tank maneuver

Feb 15, 2020 - 4:19 PM

Inside a heart-shaped formation of 16 military tanks, a Russian soldier on bended knee tells his girlfriend: 'We've been together a very long time. We've stood the test of time and distance. Marry me!'

SAINT-PETERSBURG, RUSSIA - JANUARY 24, 2019: Сolumn of T-72B3 tanks on Palace Square. Dress rehearsal for the military parade in honor of the Day of the lifting of the blockade of Leningrad. shutterstock

Russian woman faces court for fleeing virus quarantine

Feb 14, 2020 - 8:54 PM

According to Russian laws, leaving quarantine is punishable by a fine

PRECAUTION. A family wearing a face mask walk in Biblioteka Imeni Lenina metro station in Moscow on February 7, 2020. File photo by Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP

Israeli strikes kill 23 Syrian, foreign fighters in Syria

Feb 06, 2020 - 11:58 PM

The reported Israeli strikes come as government forces press a blistering offensive against Syria's last major rebel bastion, in the Idlib region in the northwest

ISRAELI STRIKES. This image grab taken from a video released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency on February 6, 2020, shows an explosion following an Israeli air strike on an undisclosed location in Syria. AFP PHOTO/HO/SANA

Northwest Syria violence displaces 500,000 in 2 months

Feb 05, 2020 - 9:32 AM

According to the UN, the vast majority – 80% – are women and children

ESCAPE. Syrian refugees carry their belongings as they wait to enter Jordanian side of the Hadalat border crossing, a military zone east of the capital Amman, after arriving from Syria on May 4, 2016. Photo by Kahlil Mazraawi/AFP

Erdogan urges Russia to 'assume its obligations' in Syria's Idlib

Feb 04, 2020 - 10:09 AM

Turkey, which already hosts more than 3.7 million Syrians, fears a further influx of refugees fleeing violence in Idlib

SITE. A Syrian man clears debris at the site of helicopter gunfire which reportedly killed nine people near the northwestern Syrian village of Barisha in the Idlib province along the border with Turkey on October 27, 2019, where "groups linked to the Islamic State group" were present, according to a Britain-based war monitor with sources inside Syria. Photo by Omar Haj Kadour/AFP

Russia to deport foreigners with coronavirus

Feb 03, 2020 - 5:43 PM

'Now it's been added to the list of especially dangerous illnesses. That will allow us to deport foreign citizens if they are diagnosed with such an illness,' Prime Minister Mikhahil Mishustin says

MASKS ON. In this file photo taken on January 29, 2020 Tourists wearing facemasks walk on Red Square in downtown Moscow. Photo by Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP

Russia confirms first 2 coronavirus cases

Jan 31, 2020 - 9:46 PM

Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova downplays the risk of the infection spreading across the country, saying the two patients have been put in isolation

FIRST CASES. Russian President Vladimir Putin holds a meeting on preventing measures against the spread of novel coronavirus with Anna Popova, the head of Russia's consumer safety watchdog, deputy prime minister Tatyana Golikova, Health Minister Mikhail Murashko, Moscow, January 29, 2020. File photo by Alexei Druzhinin / Sputnik/AFP

Russia to shut border with China over coronavirus

Jan 30, 2020 - 9:07 PM

(UPDATED) Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin tells a government meeting that the order had been signed 'to take measures to close the border (with China) in the Far East'

TRAVEL BAN. Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin chairs a government meeting in Moscow on January 30, 2020. Photo by Dmitry Astakhov/Sputnik/AFP

The global spread of the coronavirus: Where is it?

Jan 24, 2020 - 8:34 AM

(9th UPDATE) Here are the countries that have confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus

PROTECTION. A woman holds a child wearing a facemask as they queue at the West Kowloon rail station in Hong Kong on January 23, 2020. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

U.S. suspects Russian interference in South America protests – report

Jan 23, 2020 - 10:18 AM

The US State Department observes suspicious activity on Twitter during the period of the protests

Suspected Russian 'plumber' spies found in Davos in 2019

Jan 21, 2020 - 11:33 PM

A Swiss newspaper says the two men, who were stopped but not arrested in August 2019, were suspected of carrying out 'preparatory work' for spying on the World Economic Forum, which is taking place in Davos this week

Putin sends political plan to MPs in quick-fire Russia reform push

Jan 21, 2020 - 8:46 AM

Top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny accuses Putin of wanting to remain 'leader for life'

CHANGE. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev meet with members of the government in Moscow on January 15, 2020. (Photo by Alexey Nikolsky/Sputnik/AFP)

Putin's new PM promises 'real changes' for Russians

Jan 16, 2020 - 11:41 PM

Mikhail Mishustin says his priority would be to 'increase citizens' real incomes' but also said the government must 'restore trust' with the business community and drive innovation

MIKHAIL MISHUSTIN. Mikhail Mishustin, President Vladimir Putin's nominee for the post of prime minister, speaks to lawmakers during a session of the State Duma lower parliament in Moscow on January 16, 2020. Photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP

Russian parliament to review Putin PM pick after shock overhaul

Jan 16, 2020 - 12:00 PM

This follows the shock resignation of the government in the wake of Putin's call for reforms to reshape Russia's political system

PUTIN'S PICK. Russia's Tax Service chief Mikhail Mishustin attends a meeting with Russian President in Moscow on January 15, 2020. (Photo by Alexey Nikolsky/Sputnik/AFP)

Putin picks little-known tax chief for prime minister

Jan 16, 2020 - 1:47 AM

Mikhail Mishustin will replace Dmitry Medvedev after the latter's surprise resignation following Putin's unveiling of a package of constitutional reforms

PUTIN'S CHOICE. Russia's Tax Service chief Mikhail Mishustin attends a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on January 15, 2020. Photo by Alexey Nikolsky/Sputnik/AFP

Russian government resigns after Putin announces reforms

Jan 15, 2020 - 9:56 PM

(3rd UPDATE) In a meeting with the President Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev says the reforms would make significant changes to Russia's balance of power, and so 'the government in its current form has resigned'

MEDVEDEV AND PUTIN. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev meet with members of the government in Moscow on January 15, 2020. Photo by Dmitry Astakhov/Sputnik/AFP

Putin proposes referendum on boosting parliament's powers

Jan 15, 2020 - 8:30 PM

Putin announces the proposed package of reforms in his annual address to lawmakers, saying the public's representatives needed to play a stronger role in governing

PUTIN. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev meet with members of the government in Moscow on January 15, 2020. Photo by Alexey Nikolsky/ Sputnik/AFP

Russia hacked Ukrainian gas firm in Trump impeachment – U.S. cyber firm

Jan 14, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Russia's GRU spy agency launched a 'phishing'' attack in November to access the email of Burisma Holdings employees, California cyber firm Area 1 Security says in a report

Libya's GNA accepts ceasefire with Haftar

Jan 12, 2020 - 4:01 PM

The acceptance of the ceasefire is in response to calls from Turkey and Russia, who have emerged as key players in the Libyan arena

GNA HEAD. In this file photo, Libya's Fayez al-Sarraj holds a cabinet meeting in the Libyan capital Tripoli on December 19, 2019. Photo by AFP

IOC chief Bach wants 'waterproof' CAS decision on Russian doping

Jan 11, 2020 - 9:25 PM

The Court of Arbitration for Sport must decide whether to confirm the four-year ban WADA imposed on Russia

DECISION.CAS has to make a clearcut decision over whether Russia is to be banned from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing as well as the 2022 football World Cup. Photo by Yuri Kochetkov/EPA-EFE

Ukraine, Canada demand accountability after Iran plane admission

Jan 11, 2020 - 2:34 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'This is a national tragedy, and all Canadians are mourning together,' Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says in a statement

CRASH. People stand near the wreckage after a Ukrainian plane carrying 176 passengers crashed near Imam Khomeini airport in Tehran on January 8, 2020. Photo by Rouhollah Vahdati/AFP

Iran nuclear deal hangs by thin thread

Jan 06, 2020 - 10:39 PM

Iran has not said it wants to quit the agreement, leaving some room for the deal's remaining parties to try to save it, according to analysts

IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL. This file photo taken on July 14, 2015, shows Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arriving to the final plenary meeting of a nuclear deal at UN's IAEA headquarters in Vienna, Austria. File photo by Joe Klamar/Pool/AFP

ISIS claims deadly attack on police in Russian Caucasus

Jan 02, 2020 - 8:14 PM

The Amaq statement on Telegram says the men are 'two fighters from Islamic state' who killed two officers and injured others

IN PHOTOS: New Year fireworks, smoke, and tear gas as decade begins with a bang

Jan 01, 2020 - 9:30 AM

(UPDATED) Revellers watch fireworks display from Australia to the United Kingdom to welcome 2020

BURST OF COLORS. Fireworks explode around the London Eye during New Year's celebrations in central London just after midnight on January 1, 2020. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Russia, Ukraine mulling new prisoner swap – Kiev

Dec 31, 2019 - 9:02 PM

The news comes after a massive exchange of prisoners on Sunday, with 12 Ukrainian soldiers and 64 civilians flown to Kiev

Polish PM condemns Putin for WWII 'lies'

Dec 30, 2019 - 12:28 PM

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki condemns Russian President Vladimir Putin for blaming Poland for the outbreak of World War II, saying Moscow was lying to deflect attention from recent failures

Russia challenges WADA doping ban

Dec 28, 2019 - 12:44 PM

Banned from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and other major global events, Russia argues that majority of its athletes are clean and should not be deprived of the right to compete

CHALLENGE. The World Anti-Doping Agency confirms that Russia has sent a legal challenge to its decision to ban the country from sporting events. Photo by Yuri Kochetkov/EPA-EFE

China, Russia, Iran to hold joint naval drills

Dec 26, 2019 - 6:43 PM

China's foreign minister says the exercises are part of 'normal military cooperation' between the 3 countries

COOPERATION. File photo of Iranian political deputy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran Abbas Araghchi (2nd L), and Kazem Gharib Abadi (L) Iran's Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), arriving at a meeting of the Joint Commission on Iran's nuclear program (JCPOA) at EU Delegation to the International Organizations office in Vienna, Austria, on December 6, 2019. Photo by Joe Klamar/AFP

Russia raids Navalny's offices but Kremlin critic is free

Dec 26, 2019 - 6:17 PM

(UPDATED) Alexei Navalny says he was not detained but was 'simply forcibly dragged out of the office (for some reason)'

DETAINED. File photo of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny gesturing as he delivers a speech during a demonstration in Moscow on September 29, 2019. Photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

Russia plans to compete in Tokyo Olympics under national flag

Dec 24, 2019 - 9:43 PM

Russia has been banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency for 4 years from competing in major global events, including the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

DEFIANT. Russian Olympic Committee Stanislav Pozdnyakov says they will do "everything in our power" to put together a team for the Olympics. File photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP

Russia extends detention of man accused as U.S. spy

Dec 24, 2019 - 7:31 PM

Paul Whelan, who also has Irish, Canadian and British citizenship, was arrested on December 28 last year for allegedly receiving state secrets

DETAINED. Paul Whelan is a former Marine. Photo from Whelan's Facebook page

Activists fear censorship as Russia tests internet for 'security'

Dec 23, 2019 - 10:20 PM

Russia troubleshoots its internet system to prevent cyberattacks, but activists fear of more censorship to come

CYBERSECURITY. Moscow seeks to protect its internet system from attacks. File photo by Mladen Antonov/AFP

Trump approves sanctions vs Russia-Europe gas pipeline

Dec 21, 2019 - 2:38 PM

The sanctions target companies building a pipeline that is seen by the United States to increase Russia's influence in Europe

SANCTIONS. US President Donald Trump seeks to weaken Russia's leverage over Europe with sanctions against the gas pipe. File photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP

Russia, China veto U.N. extending Syria cross-border aid

Dec 21, 2019 - 1:57 PM

Humanitarian aid currently flows into Syria through UN-designated checkpoints without the formal permission of the regime in Damascus, but that authority is due to expire on January 10

HARDSHIP. A displaced Syrian woman from Raqa walks at a camp for internally displaced people in Ain Issa. File photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Russian media say Moscow gunman had shooting hobby

Dec 20, 2019 - 5:48 PM

Russia has not said the shooting was terror-related

Vladimir Putin drops cryptic hint on 2024 exit in press marathon

Dec 20, 2019 - 12:17 AM

Russian President Vladimir Putin may have dropped a major hint about not running again in 2024

Russia to decide on appeal against doping ban

Dec 19, 2019 - 1:01 PM

The supervisory board of RUSADA will hold a meeting and is widely expected to announce its formal rejection against WADA's decision

BANNED. Russia is set to miss next year's Tokyo Olympics and the 2022 Beijing Winter Games after the World Anti-Doping Agency  banned the powerhouse from global sporting events for 4 years over manipulated doping data. Photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP

Russia's only aircraft carrier on fire in port

Dec 12, 2019 - 5:45 PM

(UPDATED) State news agency RIA Novosti quotes a source in the Zvezdochka shipyard as saying the fire broke out on the Admiral Kuznetsov during welding operations

THE ADMIRAL KUZNETSOV. A file handout photograph taken and released by the Norwegian Armed Forces Forsvaret on October 17, 2016 shows the Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov passing the Norwegian island of Andoya in the international waters on its way to the mediterranean sea. Photo by forsvaret/AFP

Pompeo insists Trump raised election meddling with Russia

Dec 11, 2019 - 11:45 PM

Sergey Lavrov says that Donald Trump never raised election meddling and that the topic had only come up in the context of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo raising it at the news conference

ON RUSSIA. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (R) shakes hands with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during a press conference at the US State Department in Washington, DC on December 10, 2019. Photo by Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

Russian court sentences 11 for Saint Petersburg bombing

Dec 11, 2019 - 9:35 AM

The bomb blast in April 2017 killed 15 people in the Saint Petersburg metro and wounded dozens more

Shokhista Karimova, accused of involvement in the Saint Petersburg metro bombing, reacts during the sentencing hearing at a court in Saint Petersburg on December 10, 2019. A military court in Saint-Petersburg on Tuesday sentenced 11 people to long terms including life in prison for involvement in a 2017 attack on the Russian city's metro system. OLGA MALTSEVA / AFP

Russia reacts with anger after doping ban from Olympics, World Cup

Dec 10, 2019 - 11:17 AM

(UPDATED) Russian athletes will still be allowed to compete at the Olympics next year and the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, but only as neutrals and if they can prove that they were not part of a state-sponsored system of doping

A person walks out of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) headquarters in Moscow on December 9, 2019. Russia will miss next year's Tokyo Olympics and the 2022 Beijing Winter Games after the World Anti-Doping Agency on Monday banned the powerhouse from global sporting events for four years over manipulated doping data. Alexander NEMENOV / AFP

Russia, Ukraine leaders in Paris for crunch talks on ending war

Dec 09, 2019 - 11:38 PM

No comprehensive peace deal is expected from the meeting but diplomats hope the summit will help to bolster trust between Russian leader Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky

TALKS. French President Emmanuel Macron (R) welcomes Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky (L) upon his arrival at the Elysee Palace to attend a summit on Ukraine, on December 9, 2019, in Paris. Photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP