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Trump says ‘no collusion’ after Russians indicted for election meddling

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Friday held up the indictment of 13 Russians — and no Americans — for meddling in the 2016 election as vindication that his campaign team did not collude with Moscow. “Russia started their anti-US campaign in 2014, long before I announced that I would run for president,” Trump tweeted,…

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Five points that may catch your interest in Berlin Film Festival

BERLIN: The Berlin film festival, Europe’s first major cinema showcase since the Harvey Weinstein sex abuse scandal roiled the industry, starts Thursday with 400 new movies slated and a controversy of its own brewing. US filmmaker Wes Anderson will kick off the race for the Golden Bear top prize with the animated feature “Isle of…

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Netanyahu flies to Moscow for talks on Syria with Putin

JERUSALEM – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew to Moscow on Monday to discuss Israeli concerns about any expansion of Iran’s military foothold in Syria with Russian President Vladimir Putin. “I will discuss with President Putin Iran’s relentless efforts to establish a military presence in Syria, which we strongly oppose and are also taking action against,”…

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Moscow cinema stops showing ‘Death of Stalin’ after police raid

Moscow :A Moscow cinema which screened British comedy “The Death of Stalin” in defiance of an official ban has announced that it will stop showing the film after a raid by Russian police on Friday. The culture ministry on Tuesday withdrew permission to screen British director Armando Iannucci’s film, which satirises the death of the…

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Do not interfere in internal affairs of Iran: Russia to US

MOSCOW: Moscow on Thursday warned Washington against interfering in Iran’s “internal affairs” after US President Donald Trump pledged to help Iranians “take back” their government following protests. The White House said it was weighing sanctions against those involved in a crackdown against the unrest, which has left 21 dead over five days. “We warn the…

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Russia’s Putin calls for Web activities of some firms to be monitored

MOSCOW: President Vladimir Putin said on Monday the Russian authorities should monitor the activity of “some companies” on social media during next year’s presidential election and assess the extent of their involvement in domestic politics, reported Reuters. He did not name the companies or say if he was concerned about the activities of foreign or…

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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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