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 […]

Moscow police detaining opposition protesters

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Russian opposition protest (all times local): 3:15 p.m. Riot police in Moscow have begun detaining demonstrators in an unsanctioned opposition rally in the center of the city. An Associated Press reporter saw at least three demonstrators detained on Tverskaya Street, a main thoroughfare leading from the Red Square area. […]

Sessions to appear before Senate intelligence committee

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions, whose contacts with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. during the presidential campaign have sparked questions, agreed Saturday to appear before the Senate intelligence committee as it investigates alleged Russian meddling in the election. Sessions recused himself in March from a federal investigation into contacts between Russia and the […]

Justice Department: Sessions recused from probe due to campaign

SADIE GURMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Ousted FBI Director James Comey provided a lot of answers during his public testimony before a Senate committee Thursday, but he left one substantial question unanswered: How did the FBI know Attorney General Jeff Sessions was going to step aside from the investigation into the Trump campaign’s Russia […]

Russia fires cruise missiles, targets IS positions in Syria

NATALIYA VASILYEVA, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Russians warships in the Mediterranean Sea have fired four cruise missiles at the Islamic State group’s positions in Syria, the Russian defense ministry said on Wednesday. The announcement came as Syrian government troops pushed ahead in their offensive against IS and militants in central and northern Syria. Moscow […]

AP source: Kushner sought secret back channel with Russia

VIVIAN SALAMA, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and a top White House adviser, proposed a secret back channel between the Kremlin and the Trump transition team during a December meeting with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. Kushner spoke with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak about creating that line of communication […]

Trump calls naming of special counsel a ‘witch hunt’

ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press JULIE PACE, Associated Press NANCY BENAC, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel to lead a federal investigation into allegations that Donald Trump’s campaign collaborated with Russia to sway the 2016 election that put him in the White House. Mueller […]