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Why Trump must not declassify the Carter Page warrant

When a big, black SUV would pull up to my house at about 2 a.m., I knew it would be a while before I’d be getting back to sleep. As …


Russia’s reinstatement after doping scandal goes to a vote

Should Russia be reinstated without publicly admitting wrongdoing in its state-sponsored doping scandal? That question has caused ferocious infighting at the World Anti-Doping Agency, the watchdog body tasked with stopping …


With declassification, Trump preps latest Russia probe punch

President Donald Trump has opened a new front in his efforts to discredit the origins of the Justice Department’s Russia probe, with the White House saying he will declassify a …


Russia blames Israel for plane shot down by Syrian missile

A Russian reconnaissance aircraft was shot down by a Syrian missile over the Mediterranean Sea, killing all 15 people on board, the Russian Defense Ministry said Tuesday. It blamed Israel …


U.S. warns Russia over missile defense for Syria

The Trump administration is warning Russia that supplying Syria with an advanced missile defense system would be a “major mistake” and should be reconsidered. It also says U.S. forces will …


Russian meddling abroad: Does Vladimir Putin pull all the strings?

As alleged Russian plots, conspiracies and crimes unfold against the West, prosecutors and pundits routinely blame Vladimir Putin or a circle of Kremlin insiders said to be acting on direct …


As Trump threatens election meddlers, Russia says ‘so what?’

President Donald Trump is finally making moves against foreign election meddling – and Russia says it couldn’t care less.


Russian suspects in poisoning: We were in UK as tourists

The two Russian men spun an unlikely tale of hapless tourists defeated by grim British weather: They traveled more than 1,000 miles to see England’s famed Salisbury Cathedral but were …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 11, 2018, 7:20 p.m.

Russia launches biggest ever war games involving China

Hundreds of thousands Russian troops swept across Siberia on Tuesday in the nation’s largest ever war games also joined by China – a powerful show of burgeoning military ties between …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 9, 2018, 8:19 p.m.

U.S. backtracks on Russian spy suspect offering sex for access

Federal prosecutors are backtracking on their allegation that a Russian woman accused of working as a secret agent offered to trade sex for access, according to a Justice Department court …


U.S. lacks leverage as assault on Syrian enclave looms

Despite dire U.S. warnings and fears of a humanitarian disaster, the Trump administration has little leverage to stop Russia, Iran and Syria pressing ahead with a massive military assault against …


Iran, Russia, Turkey presidents meet in a high stakes summit on Syria

The presidents of Iran, Russia and Turkey met in a high stakes summit in Tehran on Friday to discuss the future of Syria as a bloody military operation looms in …


Britain charges 2 Russians over Novichok poisoning

Britain charged two alleged Russian military intelligence officers with the nerve agent poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the English city of Salisbury, officials said Wednesday, though …


GOP lawyer caught in crossfire on Kavanaugh, Russia probe

Bill Burck is a Republican insider being pushed into the limelight by two of the biggest political dramas in Washington: the Russia investigation of Robert Mueller and the Supreme Court …


Facing protests, Russia’s Putin offers pension concessions

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday scaled back plans to lift women’s retirement age by eight years to 63 as he offered concessions to a package of pension reforms that …


Cohen’s lawyer walks back claim Trump knew of Russia meeting

Another day, another twist in what Michael Cohen may – or may not – know about Donald Trump, Russian dirt and the 2016 election.


Russian opposition leader Navalny detained, hurt in Moscow

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was detained Saturday outside his home in Moscow ahead of planned nationwide anti-government protest rallies, and his spokeswoman said he was later taken to a …


Putin says latest U.S. sanctions senseless

U.S. economic sanctions against Russia are senseless, President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday, voicing hope that Washington will eventually agree to a constructive dialogue.


Russia says Taliban plan to attend Afghan talks in Moscow

Russia said Tuesday that the Taliban have accepted an invitation for talks next month, in what promises to be one of the insurgent group’s biggest diplomatic forays since the 2001 …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 11, 2018, 9:09 p.m.

New U.S. sanctions could pitch Russia relations to new low

The Trump administration announcement of export restrictions in response to accusations Moscow used a nerve agent to poison a former Russian spy in Britain sent the ruble tumbling to a …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 10, 2018, 4:30 p.m.

Florida Gov. wants proof from Sen. Nelson over hacking claim

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, calling the allegations sensational, demanded on Friday that U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson provide proof to back up his statement that Russian operatives have penetrated some of …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 10, 2018, 12:11 p.m.

Russian PM strongly warns U.S. against ramping up sanctions

Russia’s prime minister sternly warned the United States on Friday against ramping up sanctions, saying that Moscow will retaliate with economic, political and unspecified “other” means.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 9, 2018, 9:04 p.m.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers says she supports Russia investigation but won’t rule out impeaching Rod Rosenstein

A progressive-leaning group released audio from a July 30 fundraiser inside the Spokane Club in which Rep. Devin Nunes, head of the House’s Intelligence committee, talked about what’s holding up …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 8, 2018, 8:42 p.m.

U.S. to impose sanctions on Russia over nerve agent attack

The United States announced Wednesday it will impose new sanctions on Russia for illegally using a chemical weapon in an attempt to kill a former spy and his daughter in …


U.S. senator presents letter from Trump for Putin

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul has delivered a letter from President Donald Trump to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Russian leader’s spokesman said Wednesday.


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 4, 2018, 10:09 a.m.

Russia: 18 killed in Siberian oil worker helicopter crash

A Russian helicopter crashed shortly after takeoff Saturday in Siberia, killing all 18 people aboard, mostly oil workers, authorities said.


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 4, 2018, 12:42 p.m.

Facebook opens up on vote meddling, but is the shift real?

For a company bent on making the world more open, Facebook has long been secretive about the details of how it runs its social network – particularly how things go …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 2, 2018, 6:50 p.m.

White House asserts ‘vast’ effort to protect elections

Responding to wide-ranging criticism that it lacked a clear national strategy to protect U.S. elections, the Trump administration put on a show of force Thursday and said the president had …


Dead Russian reporters researched mercenaries, mining in CAR

Three Russian journalists were investigating Russian military contractors and mining industries in Central African Republic when they were killed there, their editor said Wednesday.


3 Russian journalists killed in Central African Republic

Three Russian journalists were killed in an ambush outside the town of Sibut in Central African Republic, officials in both countries said Tuesday.