Current, former US officials detail Russian cyberattacks
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Current, former US officials detail Russian cyberattacks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Current and former government officials painted a sinister portrait Wednesday of Russian cyberattacks on the United States aimed at interfering in the U.S. presidential election last year. Moscow stockpiled stolen information and selectively disseminated it during the campaign in an effort to undermine the legitimacy of the American political process, they said. … Continue reading

Worst treatment ever, Trump grumbles; Dems demand deep probe
National / Politics

Worst treatment ever, Trump grumbles; Dems demand deep probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — Surrounded by multiplying questions, President Donald Trump complained Wednesday that “no politician in history” has been treated worse. Democrats demanded an independent commission to dig into his firing of FBI Director James Comey, but Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan cautioned against “rushing to judgment.” Ryan said Congress needs to get the facts, … Continue reading

North Korea: New long-range missile can carry heavy nuke
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North Korea: New long-range missile can carry heavy nuke

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Monday boasted it successfully launched a new type of “medium long-range” ballistic rocket that can carry a heavy nuclear warhead, an escalation of its nuclear program that the U.N. Security Council warned could bring new sanctions on Pyongyang. Outsiders saw a significant technological jump in the weekend … Continue reading

New Russian military might on full display in Syria
Asia / International News / Middle East / Technology

New Russian military might on full display in Syria

HEMEIMEEM AIRBASE, Syria (AP) — Sleek combat jets loaded with precision bunker-buster bombs roar into the skies as soldiers in desert-style uniforms march past rows of neat housing at this Russian military base at one of Syria’s largest airports. The air campaign in Syria, Russia’s first military action outside the former Soviet Union since the … Continue reading

Russia fires missiles as Syrian troops launch ground push
Asia / International News / Middle East

Russia fires missiles as Syrian troops launch ground push

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Russian warships in the Caspian Sea fired cruise missiles as Syrian government troops launched a ground offensive Wednesday in central Syria, in the first major combined air-and-ground assault since Moscow began its military campaign in the country last week. The missiles, launched from a Russian flotilla in the Caspian Sea, travelled … Continue reading

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Official: US questions Russian flight incursion into Turkey

MADRID (AP) — The U.S. does not believe Russia’s incursion into Turkey’s airspace was an accident, a senior U.S. official said Monday, adding that urgent talks are underway on what to do about the weekend incident. The official said the event is the type of unprofessional military conduct that U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter spoke … Continue reading

Russia begins airstrikes in Syria, but West disputes targets
Europe

Russia begins airstrikes in Syria, but West disputes targets

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia launched airstrikes Wednesday in Syria, sharply escalating Moscow’s role in the conflict but also raising questions about whether its intent is fighting Islamic State militants or protecting longtime ally, President Bashar Assad. President Vladimir Putin called it a pre-emptive strike against the militants, and the Russian Defense Ministry said its warplanes … Continue reading

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The Latest: US seek talks with Russia about Syria air raids

MOSCOW (AP) — The latest developments as Russia and other nations counter Islamic State militants in Syria. All times local: 5:00 p.m. Pentagon’s press secretary says Defense Secretary Ash Carter has instructed his staff to talk to Russian officials about how to keep each other’s air operations in Syria from colliding or getting in each … Continue reading

Obama, Putin to confront tensions on Syria, Ukraine
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Obama, Putin to confront tensions on Syria, Ukraine

NEW YORK (AP) — Face-to-face for the first time in nearly a year, President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday will confront rising tensions over Moscow’s military engagement in Syria, as well as the stubborn crisis in Ukraine. Underscoring their deep differences, the U.S. and Russia couldn’t even agree on the purpose … Continue reading

Russian opposition draws thousands to anti-Putin protest
Europe

Russian opposition draws thousands to anti-Putin protest

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s beleaguered opposition drew several thousand people on Sunday to a protest rally in an outlying Moscow neighborhood to decry the 15-year rule of President Vladimir Putin. Protesters denounced the Kremlin-controlled political system that keeps Putin in power and prevents the opposition from running in elections. They complained of political repression and … Continue reading