Mueller turns to DC grand jury in Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — Special Counsel Robert Mueller is using a grand jury in Washington as part of an investigation into potential coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia, a person familiar with the probe says. The use of a grand jury, a standard prosecution tool in criminal investigations, suggests that Mueller and his team of […]

Trump grudgingly signs Russia sanctions bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dealt a striking congressional rebuke, Donald Trump grudgingly signed what he called a “seriously flawed” package of sanctions against Russia, bowing for the moment to resistance from both parties to his push for warmer ties with Moscow. Trump signed the most significant piece of legislation of his presidency Wednesday with no public […]

US VP Mike Pence: Balkans future is ‘in the West’

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday the future of the Balkans belongs in the West, reaffirming U.S. commitment to the still-tense European region amid strong Russian pressure to assert its historical influence there. Pence was speaking in Montenegro — a small Balkan country that joined NATO this year despite Moscow’s anger. […]

Trump asks about firing Sessions, calls his position ‘weak’

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has spoken with advisers about firing Attorney General Jeff Sessions, officials say, and launched a fresh Twitter tirade Tuesday against the man who was the first U.S. senator to endorse his candidacy. “Attorney General Jeff Sessions has taken a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes (where are E-mails […]

Trump rages at Sessions in New York Times interview

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump told The New York Times in an interview Wednesday that he never would have appointed Jeff Sessions as attorney general had he known Sessions would recuse himself from overseeing the Russia investigation. In an extraordinary denouncement of one of his earliest backers in Washington, Trump said Sessions’ decision to […]

A military and diplomatic analysis of the Syrian conflict

BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group is in retreat across Syria and Iraq, and the contours of a new conflict among the array of parties battling it are already starting to appear. The U.S. military shot down a Syrian government warplane on Sunday, saying it had targeted an American-allied Kurdish force that is battling […]

Russia verifying whether it killed IS leader in airstrike

BEIRUT (AP) — Russia said Friday it was verifying whether it had killed the leader of the Islamic State group in an airstrike targeting a meeting of IS leaders just outside the group’s de facto capital in Syria, dealing a potentially severe blow to the extremist group as it fights to hang on to its […]

Putin attacks opposition leaders

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s live call-in show (all times local): 3:45 p.m. President Vladimir Putin says he is willing to work with all politicians who want to help people’s lives but has dismissed unnamed opposition leaders for “exploiting” Russia’s economic difficulties. Tens of thousands took to the streets across […]

Reports say Mueller probe now examining possible obstruction

JAKE PEARSON and MARY JALONICK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The special counsel appointed to investigate Russian influence in the 2016 presidential campaign is now examining whether President Donald Trump tried to obstruct justice, it has been reported. Accusations of obstruction arose last month when Trump fired FBI Director James Comey. Last week, Comey testified […]

Conway says Comey testimony bad for Lynch

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on investigations into possible contacts between Trump campaign associates and Russia (all times local): 8:15 a.m. White House adviser Kellyanne Conway says testimony from former FBI Director James Comey “reflected very poorly on members of the Obama administration as well.” On “Fox & Friends” Monday, Conway noted Comey’s testimony that […]

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