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Russia to deploy military police on Golan Heights

Russia will deploy its military police on the Golan Heights frontier between Syria and Israel, its defense ministry said on Thursday, after weeks of mounting volatility in the area. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s sweeping away of rebels in southwestern Syria has worried Israel, which believes it could allow his Iranian …

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Leader of breakaway South Ossetia meets Assad in Syria

The leader of South Ossetia, a Russian-backed breakaway region of Georgia, met Moscow’s ally Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus on Monday, Syrian state media reported. South Ossetia’s President Anatoly Bibilov is on a three-day visit to Syria two months after Damascus recognized his country’s independence, the Syrian state news agency SANA reported. South Ossetia and Abkhazia broke away from Georgia in wars in …

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FBI releases Carter Page’s surveillance records

The FBI on Saturday night released the surveillance records from the wiretap on Carter Page, a onetime Trump campaign aide whose surveillance by the FBI was at the center of a declassified Republican memo released in February by House Intelligence Committee Republicans. The documents released were once classified as top secret. The …

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The Trump Putin Summit – Quick Take

For nearly 80 years the US and Russia (or the former Soviet Union) have held summits.  In each case, it has been a forum for domestic political debate.  The president’s supporters always say the summit took solid steps towards peace and understanding, even while the president remained forceful and unyielding.  …

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Trump says he misspoke on Russia poll meddling

President Donald Trump said Tuesday he accepts the conclusion that Russia sought to influence the 2016 US election, attempting to quell a firestorm over his failure to challenge Vladimir Putin a day earlier. “I have felt very strongly that while Russia’s actions had no impact at all on the outcome …

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Trump, Putin tout reset in ties at summit

Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin vowed a fresh start to troubled relations between the world’s greatest nuclear powers at their first summit on Monday, as the American leader rejected a chance to condemn Moscow’s alleged manipulation of US elections. The US and Russian leaders came out of their meeting …

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Trump-Putin summit kicks off an hour late with trade, nuclear arms and China on agenda

President Donald Trump told his Russian counterpart that he would discuss “everything from trade to military to missiles to nuclear to China” during their one-on-one meeting at a high-stakes summit in Helsinki Monday. Not mentioned in his opening remarks during a handshake photo opportunity: Moscow’s interference in the 2016 presidential election, …

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Trump Can’t Play Putin’s Game in Syria

In some alternate universe, it may make sense for the president of the United States to meet with his Russian counterpart to negotiate an end to the fighting in Syria. It would be a universe in which the American president weren’t constantly denigrating European allies, and the Russian president weren’t habitually lying about …

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Putin says Russia not aiming to divide EU

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said Russia is not trying to split the European Union. His remarks come ahead of a visit to Austria, his first trip to a Western European country in nearly a year. He told Austria’s ORF station he wanted a “united and prosperous” EU, calling the …

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All ‘foreign forces’ to leave Syria, Putin tells Assad

Russian President Vladimir Putin told Syrian President Bashar al-Assad Thursday that “foreign armed forces” would leave Syria, according to Syria’s state-run news agency, SANA. Assad was on a surprise visit to Russia. He and his counterpart hailed the beginning of the “political process” in Syria amid an ongoing “fight against …

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D.N.C. Lawsuit Alleges Trump-Russia Conspiracy

The Democratic National Committee opened a new legal assault on President Trump on Friday by filing a lawsuit in federal court alleging that the organization was the victim of a conspiracy by Russian officials, the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks to damage Hillary Clinton’s presidential run. The 66-page lawsuit, filed in …

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Russia ‘test-fires hypersonic Kinzhal missile’

Russia says it has successfully test-launched a hypersonic missile, one of a range of nuclear-capable weapons announced by President Vladimir Putin earlier this month. The country’s defence ministry released video footage showing the missile detaching from a fighter jet and leaving a fiery trail behind it. It said the intended …

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Russia’s Putin boasts of all-powerful nuclear missile

Russian President Vladimir Putin boasted Thursday that his country has developed a nuclear-powered missile with an unlimited range that is also completely immune to enemy intercept. Speaking during an annual state-of-the-nation speech in Moscow, Putin said the cruise missile is capable of penetrating any missile defense and can reach virtually any target around the …

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Russia Busts Crypto Miners at Secret Nuclear Weapons Lab

Russia’s still debating laws on cryptocurrencies, but engineers at a top-secret nuclear lab were already busy mining them, authorities said. The Scientific Research Institute for Experimental Physics, where the first Soviet nuclear weapon was produced in 1949, Friday reported “an attempt at unauthorized use of the institutes’s equipment for personal …

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