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Donald Trump’s presidency could be finished

Donald Trump could be forced to leave office over the investigations into his administration’s links with Russia, a former national National Security Agency (NSA) analyst has warned. John Schindler, a security expert and former counterintelligence officer, said that if the US President was to face an indictment over allegations his campaign team colluded with Russia…

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FBI chief confirms probe of possible Russia links to Trump team

FBI Director James Comey confirmed for the first time Monday that the agency is investigating Russian interference in last year’s presidential election and notably Moscow’s possible collusion with President Donald Trump’s campaign. He also rejected Trump’s claim that predecessor Barack Obama wiretapped his Trump Tower in New York, saying both the Federal Bureau of Investigation…

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Trump tweets Russia collusion claims ‘fake news’

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump on Monday shot down as “fake news” allegations that he worked with Russia, which US intelligence says tried to tilt the US election in Trump’s favor. His tweet came just as the chiefs of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Security Agency were to testify before Congress about ties…

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FBI director to testify on Russia ties, alleged wiretap

WASHINGTON: The directors of the FBI and NSA are to give keenly awaited testimony before Congress on Monday on what ties President Donald Trump may have with Russia and his explosive allegation that he was wiretapped by his predecessor Barack Obama. Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey and Mike Rogers of the National Security…

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Trump to ask Merkel for advice on Putin, Ukraine – U.S. officials

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump will ask Chancellor Angela Merkel for advice on how to deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin, U.S. officials said on Friday, as the U.S. and German leaders meet next week after sometimes pointed disagreements in recent months. Merkel will visit the White House on Tuesday for talks with Trump and a…

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Putin pardons woman jailed over ‘treasonous’ text message

PUTIN: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday issued a rare pardon to a woman sentenced to seven years in jail for treason over a text message about movements of military equipment. Shopkeeper Oxana Sevastidi, 46, was convicted in March 2016 over an SMS sent eight years earlier about a train carrying hardware towards neighbouring Georgia,…

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In Russia, Women’s Day piles on the pressure for men

MOSCOW: In offices across Russia, the countdown to International Women’s Day is a whirl of last-minute meetings and dashes for gifts as men race to prepare festivities for their female colleagues. “We’ve sent out loads of emails, we’ve analysed the market, we’ve pooled ideas, and we’ve just got one more meeting ahead of the launch…

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Trump’s attorney general recuses himself from Russia probe

Washington: US Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Thursday he would recuse himself from any probe into the presidential election campaign as Donald Trump’s administration moved to cut short a snowballing controversy over its ties to Russia. Facing calls to resign over newly revealed meetings he held with Russia’s ambassador before the election, Sessions denied any…

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Putin says wants to stabilise Syria’s ‘legitimate’ power

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that Moscow’s goal in Syria was to “stabilise the legitimate authority” and strike a “decisive blow” against terrorism. “We have no plans to interfere in Syria’s internal affairs,” he told a group of naval officers returning from Syria, where six years of war have killed more than 310,000…

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Russia’s UN envoy Churkin dies suddenly in New York

MOSCOW: Russia’s combative ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, died suddenly in New York on Monday after being taken ill at work, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

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Russia calls for ‘post-West’ world order: Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called Saturday for an end to a world order dominated by the West and said Moscow wants to establish a “pragmatic” relationship with the United States. “I hope that (the world) will choose a democratic world order — a post-West one — in which each country is defined by its…

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Putin condemns Sehwan shrine bombing

Russian President Vladimir Putin sent a message of condolences to President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on the tragic consequences of the terrorist attack at Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine in Sindh province. “Nothing can justify this barbaric crime. We hope that those behind it will bear the punishment they deserve,” a statement by…

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Top Trump aide Flynn resigns over Russia contacts

WASHINGTON: Donald Trump’s national security advisor Michael Flynn resigned amid controversy over his contacts with the Russian government Monday, a stunning first departure from the new president’s inner circle less than a month after his inauguration. The White House said Trump had accepted Flynn’s resignation amid allegations the retired three star general discussed US sanctions…

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Syrian government forces used chemical weapons in Aleppo

AMSTERDAM: Syrian government forces used chemical weapons in opposition-controlled parts of Aleppo during battles to retake the city late last year, Human Rights Watch said in a report published on Monday.

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In call with Putin, Trump rebukes nuclear treaty

WASHINGTON: In his first call as president with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, Donald Trump denounced a treaty that caps U.S. and Russian deployment of nuclear warheads as a bad deal for the United States, according to two U.S. officials and one former U.S. official with knowledge of the call.

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Russian air strike kills 3 Turkish soldiers: army

Three Turkish soldiers were accidentally killed and 11 wounded on Thursday when a Russian war plane struck a building in Syria where the troops were deployed, the Turkish army said. The plane had been seeking to hit targets of Islamic State (IS) jihadists but “by accident three of our heroic soldiers were martyred when a…

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Hospitalised Putin critic suffered ‘acute poisoning’: wife

A Russian opposition politician in a coma with organ failure suffered “acute poisoning” by an unknown substance, his wife said Tuesday, two years after a suspected poisoning nearly killed him. Kremlic critic Vladimir Kara-Murza has been on a ventilator and undergoing renal dialysis since he was hospitalised after collapsing in Moscow on Thursday. “His condition…

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Russia calls regional conference on Afghanistan

MOSCOW: Russia on Tuesday said it was convening a conference of leading regional powers on Afghanistan and pushed again for talks with the Taliban. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov confirmed Moscow would host a meeting in mid-February with representatives from Afghanistan, Pakistan, China, Iran and India during a press conference with his counterpart from Kabul Salahuddin…

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Russia wants apology from Fox News over Putin comments

MOSCOW: The Kremlin said on Monday it wanted an apology from Fox News over what it said were “unacceptable” comments one of the channel’s presenters made about Russian President Vladimir Putin in an interview with U.S. counterpart Donald Trump. Fox News host Bill O’Reilly described Putin as “a killer” in the interview with Trump as…

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Trump lashes both friend and foe

Washington: US President Donald Trump stepped up his war of words against the world on Thursday, firing on friend and foe alike even as his new top diplomat arrived for work. Even Russia, with which Trump hopes to mend ties, was not spared: US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said sanctions will stay…

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US Senate confirms Tillerson as secretary of state

WASHINGTON: The U.S. Senate confirmed Rex Tillerson as President Donald Trump’s secretary of state on Wednesday, filling a key spot on the Republican’s national security team despite concerns about the former Exxon Mobil Corp chief executive officer’s ties to Russia.

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