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Facing hurdles, Russia gears up for World Cup draw

NEWS DESK: The World Cup draw in the Kremlin on Friday launches Russia’s bid to turn a page on its history of football hooliganism and racism while warding off a terror threat linked to Moscow’s intervention in Syria, reported AFP. The success of the tournament is also a matter of personal pride for Vladimir Putin…

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Nigeria clinch stunning win over Argentina

MOSCOW: Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi scored twice as Nigeria stunned Argentina 4-2 in Krasnodar on Tuesday, while Sergio Aguero was reportedly taken to hospital after fainting in the dressing room. Sevilla midfielder Ever Banega and Manchester City striker Aguero fired Argentina, playing without the rested Lionel Messi, into a 2-0 lead after 36 minutes. But Leicester City striker…

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Kaspersky says it obtained suspected NSA hacking code from U.S. computer

SAN FRANCISCO: Moscow-based antivirus software maker Kaspersky Lab said on Wednesday that its security software had taken source code for a secret American hacking tool from a personal computer in the United States, reported Reuters. In September, U.S. officials ordered Kaspersky’s products removed from government computers, saying the firm was vulnerable to Kremlin influence and…

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Moscow seeks support for Russia-Chinese roadmap on North Korea

MOSCOW: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov urged world powers on Friday to get behind a joint Russian-Chinese roadmap for settling the crisis over North Korea’s weapons program, reported Reuters. Speaking at a conference on non-proliferation in Moscow, Lavrov said that the break-up of a deal on Iran’s nuclear program would send an alarming message about…

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World’s deepest Lake Baikal faces crisis

MOSCOW: Lake Baikal is undergoing its gravest crisis in recent history, experts say, as the government bans the catching of a signature fish that has lived in the world’s deepest lake for centuries but is now under threat. Holding one-fifth of the world’s unfrozen fresh water, Baikal in Russia’s Siberia is a natural wonder of…

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Washington ‘trying to squeeze Russian gas out of Europe’: Putin

MOSCOW: President Vladimir Putin accused the United States on Thursday of trying to squeeze Russia out of European energy markets, saying the latest round of U.S. sanctions was designed to force Europe to buy U.S. liquefied natural gas instead. Speaking at a policy forum in southern Russia, Putin launched a withering critique of U.S. foreign…

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North Korean missiles will be able to reach U.S. after modernization

MOSCOW:  North Korea’s leadership has told Russian lawmakers that it possesses a ballistic missile with a range of 3,000 kilometers (1864.11 miles) that will be able to reach U.S. territory after modernization, the Interfax news agency reported on Tuesday. Interfax cited Anton Morozov, a lawmaker and member of the lower house of parliament’s international affairs…

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Saudi king arrives in Moscow: Russian state TV

MOSCOW: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman arrived in Moscow on Wednesday, Russian state television footage showed, reported Reuters. The Rossiya-24 channel showed Salman’s plane arriving at Vnukovo airport outside the Russian capital. According to AFP, Saudi Arabia’s ministry of information called the visit by 81-year-old Salman “historic” as it would be the first official visit to…

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Russian strike wounds US-backed Syria fighters: coalition

Russian forces bombed US-backed fighters in Syria’s eastern province of Deir Ezzor early Saturday, the US-led coalition said after Moscow denied the claim. “At approximately 12:30 am GMT (3:30 am local time) September 16, Russian forces struck a target east of the Euphrates River in Syria near Deir Ezzor, causing injuries to coalition partner forces,”…

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Russian diplomats vacate three properties on US orders

SAN FRANCISCO: Russian diplomats vacated three properties in the United States on Saturday including the six-storey consulate in San Francisco, complying with a US order issued in retaliation for Moscow cutting the American diplomatic presence in Russia, reported Reuters. Staff at the San Francisco consulate were seen moving equipment, furniture and small items from the…

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Several wounded in Russian knife attack, attacker shot dead

SURGUT: From seven to eight people were wounded in a knife attack in the Russian Siberian city of Surgut, local criminal investigators said on Saturday, adding that the attacker had been shot dead by police. The militant Islamic State group, monitored in Cairo, said one of its fighters had carried out the attack, though a…

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Russia orders out U.S. diplomats in sanctions retaliation

MOSCOW: Russia on Friday ordered the United States to cut hundreds of diplomatic staff in retaliation for a new round of U.S. sanctions, and said it was seizing two U.S. diplomatic properties. Moscow’s decision, which had echoes of the Cold War, was announced by the Foreign Ministry a day after the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly approved…

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Russia used Facebook to try to spy on Macron campaign – sources

MOSCOW: Russian intelligence agents attempted to spy on President Emmanuel Macron’s election campaign earlier this year by creating phony Facebook personas, according to a U.S. congressman and two other people briefed on the effort. About two dozen Facebook accounts were created to conduct surveillance on Macron campaign officials and others close to the centrist former…

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Pressure builds on Trump at home over pledge for closer Moscow ties

WASHINGTON: During his presidential campaign, Republican Donald Trump praised Russian President Vladimir Putin as a “strong leader” with whom he would like to reset tense U.S.-Russian relations. But as Trump heads to his first face-to-face meeting as president with Putin on Friday at the G20 summit in Germany, he is under pressure at home to…

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Football: Portugal beat Mexico in Confed Cup third-place game

Moscow: Adrien Silva scored an extra-time penalty as Portugal recovered from a goal down to beat Mexico 2-1 in Sunday’s third-place play-off at the Confederations Cup in Moscow. Luis Neto bundled into his own net to hand Mexico a 54th-minute lead, but Pepe stabbed home a stoppage-time equaliser to force an extra 30 minutes at…

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Ukraine points finger at Russian security services in recent cyber attack

KIEV: Ukraine said on Saturday that Russian security services were involved in a recent cyber attack on the country, with the aim of destroying important data and spreading panic. The SBU, Ukraine’s state security service, said the attack, which started in Ukraine and spread around the world on Tuesday, was by the same hackers who…

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Trump slams Obama, demands ‘apology’ over Russia probe

US President Donald Trump on Monday demanded an apology over the Russia investigation rocking his presidency, as he kept up a days-long attack on Barack Obama for his handling of intelligence about election meddling by Moscow. In a storm of morning tweets, Trump charged that his predecessor “colluded and obstructed” by failing to act after…

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Violent storm kills 13 in Moscow area

Moscow: A violent storm swept through Moscow area Monday, leaving 13 people dead and dozens injured as freak winds toppled hundreds of trees, officials said. “The storm killed 11 people and 70 others have been seriously injured,” Moscow mayor Sergei Sobyanin said, according to Interfax. “The victims are receiving proper care”. Two more deaths were reported…

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Egypt and Russia discuss fight against ‘terror’

Cairo: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Monday held talks in Cairo with Russia’s foreign and defence ministers on ways to battle “terrorism”, his office said. A statement said the talks with Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu focused on “the struggle against terrorism” and bilateral cooperation. Lavrov earlier discussed the…

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Russia says U.S. missile strike on Syria was a threat to its forces

MOSCOW: Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu complained on Wednesday that a U.S. missile strike on a Syrian air base earlier this month had posed a threat to Russian troops and was forcing Moscow to take extra measures to protect them. Speaking at a security conference in Moscow, Shoigu restated Russia’s view that the strike —…

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Pakistan to attend Afghanistan peace conference in Moscow today

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan will attend a peace conference on Afghanistan Russia will host in Moscow today. A number of countries including Pakistan, China, India, Iran and Central Asian States have been invited to the conference. Additional Foreign Secretary Tasneem Aslam will lead the Pakistani delegation in the conference. –SAMAA/APP

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