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Facing prison, Manafort asks for leniency in Mueller case

WASHINGTON — Paul Manafort, the longtime political consultant who once led Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, asked a federal judge for leniency Monday as he faces the potential of spending the …


Snowman builders aim for big money in video contest

Building a snowman isn’t always just a way to while away a long winter. For some people in Russia and Ukraine, it’s a way to possibly earn some significant money.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019

Rosenstein plans to leave Justice Deparment next month

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein plans to leave the Justice Department in mid-March, an official familiar with the matter said Monday.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019

Trump lashes out at officials involved in Russia probe

President Donald Trump is lashing out at key officials involved in the Russia probe, namely former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and the current deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019

Ex-FBI official says ‘Crime may have been committed’ by Trump

WASHINGTON – Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe said in an interview that aired Sunday that a “crime may have been committed” when President Donald Trump fired the head of …


FBI official feared Russia probe would end after Comey fired

Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe said in an interview aired Thursday that he worried that investigations into President Donald Trump’s ties to Russia and possible obstruction of justice would …


Polar bears invade Russian town; locals delighted but wary

Russian wildlife specialists are heading for an Arctic archipelago to try to resolve a situation that has both terrified and delighted the locals: Polar bears who have moved into a …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019

Judge orders Roger Stone to court over Instagram post

A federal judge on Tuesday ordered Roger Stone to appear in court to consider whether to revoke his bail after the Trump confidant posted a photo on Instagram of the …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 7, 2019

Russian official: Another nuclear pact with U.S. in trouble

Another U.S.-Russian nuclear pact is in danger following the U.S. move to withdraw from a Cold War-era arms control treaty, a senior Russian diplomat said Thursday.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 6, 2019

Russian court sends Jehovah’s Witness to prison for 6 years

A regional court in western Russia on Wednesday sentenced a Danish Jehovah’s Witness to six years in prison, in arguably the most severe crackdown on religious freedom in Russia in …


Moscow faces 300 bomb threats, up to 50,000 evacuated

Russian news reports say that a flurry of fake bomb calls has prompted the evacuation of tens of thousands.


Russia to pull plug on nuclear arms pact after US does same

Following in the footsteps of the U.S., Russia will abandon a centerpiece nuclear arms treaty but will only deploy intermediate-range nuclear missiles if Washington does so, President Vladimir Putin said …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 1, 2019

Trump suspends arms treaty, citing Chinese, Russian threats

The United States announced Friday that it is pulling out of a landmark nuclear arms treaty with Russia, arguing that it should not be constrained by a deal Moscow is …


Ukrainian court convicts ex-president of treason

A Ukrainian court on Thursday sentenced former President Viktor Yanukovych in absentia to 13 years in prison after finding him guilty of treason and helping Russian aggression.


Turkey’s president in Moscow for Syria talks with Putin

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sat down for Syria-focused talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Wednesday as their governments bargain over zones of influence in the war-torn country.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 22, 2019

Russia, Japan make no visible progress on WWII territorial spat

The leaders of Russia and Japan acknowledged Tuesday that settling a decades-long territorial dispute poses a daunting challenge but vowed to continue negotiations. The Soviet Union took the four southernmost …


Doping agency forgives Russia, but says more work needed

The World Anti-Doping Agency has forgiven Russia for its tardiness in turning over lab data but raised the specter of an Olympic ban if that data is found to have …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 17, 2019

Facebook shuts hundreds of Russia-linked pages, accounts

Facebook shuts hundreds of Russia-linked pages and accounts it says were part of two big disinformation operations.


Report: 2 killed, 40 detained in new gay purge in Chechnya

The Russian republic of Chechnya has launched a new crackdown on gays in which at least two people have died and about 40 people have been detained, LGBT activists in …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 11, 2019

Report: FBI probed whether Trump secretly worked for Russia

The New York Times reported that law enforcement officials became so concerned by President Donald Trump’s behavior in the days after he fired FBI Director James Comey that they began …


Trump: Didn’t know about allegations Manafort shared polling

President Donald Trump says he did not know anything about allegations his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, shared polling data during the 2016 presidential campaign with a business associate accused …


Russian lawyer who met Trump Jr. charged in unrelated case

A Russian lawyer who became a focal point of the investigation into whether there was collusion between Russians and President Donald Trump’s election campaign was charged with obstruction of justice …


Senators renew attempt to protect special counsel Mueller

Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee are renewing their attempt to protect special counsel Robert Mueller’s job.


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 6, 2019

Secret campaign to use Russian-inspired tactics in 2017 Alabama election stirs anxiety for Democrats

A secret effort to influence the 2017 Senate election in Alabama used tactics inspired by Russian disinformation teams, including the creation of fake accounts to deliver misleading messages on Facebook …


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 6, 2019

Brother questions why American man being held by Russia

Russia’s deputy foreign minister has brushed back suggestions that an American being held in Moscow on suspicion of spying could be exchanged for a Russian citizen.


Bail sought for ex-Marine held in Moscow for alleged spying

A Russian lawyer representing a former U.S. Marine who was detained in Moscow for alleged spying says his client is enduring custody well but he is trying to get him …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 2, 2019

U.S. ambassador meets with American held for spying in Russia

U.S. ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman met in Moscow on Wednesday with a Michigan man who has been detained on espionage charges as the American government seeks answers about his …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019

Trump defends Syria exit as Putin, Erdogan fill a U.S. void

President Donald Trump defended his decision to withdraw from Syria as the fulfillment of a campaign promise, pushing back against criticism from lawmakers in his own party that the abrupt …


Israeli official confirms Syria airstrikes as Russia objects

An Israeli security official on Wednesday confirmed responsibility for overnight airstrikes in Syria, saying the air force had hit a series of targets involved in Iranian arms transfers to the …


Putin issues sinister warning on rising nuclear war threat

The world is facing a rising threat of a nuclear war because of the U.S. pullout from arms control treaties and its destabilizing military plans, Russian President Vladimir Putin said …