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Trump owes lenders at least $315 million, disclosure shows

WASHINGTON D.C.: President Donald Trump had personal liabilities of at least $315.6 million to German, U.S. and other lenders as of mid-2017, according to a federal financial disclosure form released late on Friday by the U.S. Office of Government Ethics. He had roughly $20 million in income from his new marquee Washington hotel, which opened…

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Russian army says may have killed Daesh chief

MOSCOW: The Russian army on Friday said it hit Islamic State leaders in an airstrike in Syria last month and was seeking to verify whether IS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had been killed. In a statement, the army said Sukhoi warplanes carried out a 10-minute night-time strike on May 28 at a location near Raqa,…

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Australian PM pokes fun at Trump in leaked audio

SYDNEY: Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has taken a comical swipe at Donald Trump, mimicking the US president’s mannerisms and even making reference to the Russia scandal. In a leaked audio recording that comes just months after a tetchy phone call between the two leaders rattled ties soon after Trump took power, Turnbull is heard…

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Sad news for Maria Sharapova fans

Moscow: Maria Sharapova withdrew from Wimbledon on Saturday after failing to recover from a thigh injury, dealing another blow to the superstar’s bid to rebuild her career following a doping ban. The 30-year-old Russian, who was champion at the All England Club in 2004, was due to play in the qualifying event in the hope…

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Putin says he never takes a day off as president because he’s a man

It seems like the competition between US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin about who can be more sexist has gotten fierce. In an interview with filmmaker Oliver Stone, Putin felt the need to mention that he never takes a day off as president because he’s a man. “I am not a woman,…

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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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North Korea fires Scud-class ballistic missile, Japan protests

PYONGYANG: North Korea fired at least one short-range ballistic missile on Monday that landed in the sea off its east coast, the latest in a fast-paced series of missile tests defying world pressure and threats of more sanctions. The missile was believed to be a Scud-class ballistic missile and flew about 450 km (280 miles),…

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Trump son-in-law Kushner under FBI scrutiny in Russia probe: media reports

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, a senior White House adviser, is under scrutiny by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the Russia probe, the Washington Post and NBC News reported on Thursday. Kushner is being investigated because of his meetings in December and other possible interactions with the Russian ambassador and a banker…

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Approval of President Trump drops to lowest since inauguration: Reuters/Ipsos poll

NEW YORK: Public approval of President Donald Trump has dropped to its lowest level since his inauguration, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Friday, after Trump was accused of mishandling classified information and meddling with an FBI investigation.

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Putin offers transcript to prove Trump did not pass Russia secrets

SOCHI/MOSCOW: Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that U.S. President Donald Trump had not divulged any secrets during a meeting in Washington with Russian officials and offered to prove it by supplying Congress with a transcript. But a leading U.S. Republican politician said he would have little faith in any notes Putin might supply. Two U.S….

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Oil drops on rising US crude inventories, defies expected supply cut extension

SINGAPORE: Oil prices fell 1 percent on Wednesday after data showed an increase in U.S. crude inventories, stoking concerns that markets remain oversupplied despite efforts by top producers Saudi Arabia and Russia to extend output cuts.

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Trump says he has ‘absolute right’ to share info with Russia

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday insisted he had the right to share “facts” with Russia, saying he acted to help Moscow in its “fight against ISIS and terrorism.” His Twitter message came one day after news broke that he allegedly divulged classified information to Russia’s foreign minister and ambassador to Washington during their visit…

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Trump revealed intelligence secrets to Russia: officials

WASHINGTON: U.S. President Donald Trump disclosed highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister about a planned Islamic State operation during their meeting last week, two U.S. officials with knowledge of the situation said on Monday.

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Organisations hit by global cyberattack

NEW YORK: A huge range of organisations around the world have been affected by the WannaCry ransomware cyberattack, described by the EU’s law enforcement agency as “unprecedented”. Here are some of the most prominent victims, from Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) to French carmaker Renault and the Russian interior ministry. – NHS – The British…

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Kremlin says may retaliate against U.S. over expulsion of Russian diplomats

Russia may retaliate against the United States for the Obama administration’s expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats it said were spies, a top Kremlin aide said on Friday. Moscow is also waiting for the return of two diplomatic compounds seized in the United States during the same espionage scandal, Yuri Ushakov, a Kremlin foreign policy aide,…

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Video: Grand fireworks in Russia over WWII win anniversary

Celebrating the 72th anniversary of victory over the Nazis in WWII, Russia organized a huge parade with a display of its military might in Moscow’s Red Square. Later in the night, lavish fireworks were carried out. Watch the clip.

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Trump fires FBI Director Comey, setting off US political storm

WASHINGTON: U.S. President Donald Trump ignited a political firestorm on Tuesday by firing FBI Director James Comey, who had been leading an investigation into the Trump 2016 presidential campaign’s possible collusion with Russia to influence the election outcome.

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Tennis: Bouchard beats fallen idol Sharapova in Madrid

MADRID: Eugenie Bouchard matched her fighting talk with some thrilling tennis to shock Maria Sharapova 7-5, 2-6, 6-4 in the second round of the Madrid Open on Monday.

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Philippines, US launch annual military exercises

MANILA: The Philippines and United States launched annual military exercises in Manila on Monday but the longtime allies scaled them down in line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s pivot to China and Russia. Duterte has in his 10 months in office sought to weaken ties with the United States, the Philippines’ mutual defence treaty partner and…

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China’s WeChat blocked in Russia

MOSCOW: Chinese internet giant Tencent said Saturday its messaging app WeChat had been blocked in Russia, adding it was in touch with authorities to resolve the issue. WeChat, known as Weixin in China, is the world’s most popular messaging service, with 889 million global users by the end of 2016. As well as messaging, it…

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