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Netherlands, Australia hold Russia liable for downing MH17

A day after international prosecutors said they had unequivocal evidence of Russian involvement in the downing of a Malaysian passenger jet over Ukraine nearly four years ago, the Netherlands and …


Martin Schram: Intelligence role-playing – an interactive game for all ages

Today, fellow spymasters, we must briefly interrupt our fascination with President Donald Trump’s latest Twitter binge of victimization – his weeklong claims that he and his presidential campaign were innocent …


UPDATED: Thu., May 24, 2018, 8:21 p.m.

Dem, GOP leaders get classified briefings on Russia probe

Republican and Democratic lawmakers on Thursday huddled in classified briefings about the origins of the FBI investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election, a highly unusual series of …


UK slams Russian pranksters over Boris Johnson call

Britain’s Foreign Office on Thursday criticized “childish” Russian pranksters who phoned Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson posing as the leader of Armenia.


UPDATED: Wed., May 23, 2018, 5:40 p.m.

Seething over Russia probe, Trump tears into ‘spygate’

President Donald Trump has branded his latest attempt to discredit the special counsel’s Russia investigation as “spygate,” part of a newly invigorated strategy embraced by his Republican colleagues to raise …


Pompeo: U.S. will fight Russian interference in 2018 elections

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday the Trump administration will not tolerate Russian interference in the 2018 congressional midterm elections.


UPDATED: Sun., May 20, 2018, 3:23 p.m.

Trump to demand DOJ review claims of FBI spy on campaign

President Donald Trump says he’ll demand that the Justice Department review whether it or the FBI infiltrated his presidential campaign for political purposes and whether any demands or requests came …


CIA’s Haspel can tap undercover work in Russian operations

Scrutiny of the 33-year spy career of new CIA director Gina Haspel has focused on her undercover role in the harsh interrogation of suspected terrorists, but she cut her teeth …


UPDATED: Fri., May 18, 2018, 10:55 a.m.

Putin: New nuclear weapons to enter duty in next few years

President Vladimir Putin says the Russian military will start receiving new nuclear weapons in the coming years.


UPDATED: Thu., May 17, 2018, 10:10 p.m.

Syria’s Assad meets with Putin in Russia

Syrian President Bashar Assad made a surprise visit to Russia to meet President Vladimir Putin on Thursday at his summer residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.


UPDATED: Wed., May 16, 2018, 6:31 p.m.

Unapologetic Trump Jr.: Not troubled that I met with Russian

Questioned intently by a Senate committee, President Donald Trump’s son struck a firmly unapologetic tone, deflected many queries and said he didn’t think there was anything wrong with meeting a …


UPDATED: Tue., May 15, 2018, 8:11 a.m.

Russian opposition leader Navalny gets 30-day jail sentence

A court in Moscow has sentenced Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny to 30 days in jail for staging an unsanctioned protest in the capital.


Vice President Pence says it’s time for special counsel to ‘wrap up’ Russia investigation

Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday urged special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to bring his investigation into Russian election interference to a close, saying “it’s time to wrap it …


Porn star lawyer suggests Russian paid Trump attorney Cohen

Stormy Daniels’ lawyer said Tuesday he has information showing that Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s longtime personal attorney, received $500,000 from a company associated with a Russian billionaire within months …


Putin vows to boost Russian economy as he begins 4th term

Vladimir Putin on Monday launched his fourth term as president with an ambitious call to vault Russia into the top five global economies by developing its technological products and agricultural …


Trump: ‘13 angry Democrats’ on Mueller team should be wary

President Donald Trump said Monday he was “Fighting Back” against the Russia probe and warned the “13 Angry Democrats” on the special counsel’s team to “just wait ’till the Courts …


UPDATED: Sat., May 5, 2018, 6:59 p.m.

Nearly 1,600 arrested in Russia amid anti-Putin protests

Russians angered by the impending inauguration of Vladimir Putin to a new term as president protested Saturday in scores of cities across the country – and police responded by reportedly …


As he begins a new term, Putin pushes lofty goals for Russia

If Vladimir Putin fulfills the goals he’s set for his new six-year term as president, Russia in 2024 will be far advanced in new technologies and artificial intelligence, many of …


UPDATED: Fri., May 4, 2018, 4:54 p.m.

Nuclear experts on mission to educate young people

Two experts, including a Gonzaga University alumna who grew up in the Tri-Cities near the Hanford reactor site, are on a mission to educate young people about foreign diplomacy and …


UPDATED: Wed., May 2, 2018, 3:30 p.m.

Trump hires lawyer who represented Clinton in impeachment

President Donald Trump on Wednesday hired a veteran attorney who represented Bill Clinton during his impeachment process as the White House shifted to a more aggressive approach to the Russia …


Trudy Rubin: Russian troll factory hiring for new anti-U.S. operation; biggest danger is not to America

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia – The four-story building at 55 Savushkina St. that housed the infamous Russian internet “troll factory” that meddled in America’s 2016 election now appears empty. I saw …


Pompeo dives into NATO diplomacy as allies confront Russia

Less than 24 hours after assuming his post, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo plunged Friday into NATO diplomacy as the allies sought to toughen their response to Russian interference …


UPDATED: Thu., April 26, 2018, 4:43 p.m.

Senate committee OKs bill to safeguard special counsel

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday protect special counsel Robert Mueller’s job, putting the matter in the hands of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has said he won’t let …


Want to work for Ikea? Your next interview could be conducted by Russian robot.

A Russian startup has created a new way to help companies connect with job-seekers and interview them.


Rosenstein puts aside Russia probe to argue at Supreme Court

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has taken some time off from overseeing the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election to argue his first case at the Supreme Court.


Russian lawyer questions why Mueller hasn’t contacted her

A Russian lawyer who discussed sanctions with Donald Trump Jr. in New York during his father’s 2016 campaign for the U.S. presidency said Sunday that special counsel Robert Mueller has …


UPDATED: Sat., April 21, 2018, 8:10 a.m.

Dems’ lawsuit alleges conspiracy between Trump camp, Russia

NEW YORK – The Democratic Party sued Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, Russia, WikiLeaks and Trump’s son and son-in-law Friday, accusing them of an intricate conspiracy to undercut Democrats in the …


UPDATED: Fri., April 20, 2018, 8:23 p.m.

In court, Dems allege conspiracy between Trump camp, Russia

The Democratic Party sued Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, Russia, WikiLeaks and Trump’s son and son-in-law Friday, accusing them of an intricate conspiracy to undercut Democrats in the 2016 election by …


UPDATED: Thu., April 19, 2018, 4:24 p.m.

EU foreign policy hails Western Balkan efforts at membership

The European Union foreign policy chief on Thursday hailed efforts by nations in Western Balkans to advance toward membership in the bloc, ending a tour of the volatile region where …


UPDATED: Thu., April 19, 2018, 6:45 a.m.

Georgian engineers from Enguri Dam get break from Russian conflict at Coulee Dam tour

One of the world’s tallest hydroelectric dams is in the country of Georgia, a former Soviet state on the Black Sea.