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 […]

Former FBI Director Mueller named special prosecutor to probe Trump-Russia ties

ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press JULIE PACE, Associated Press NANCY BENAC, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department abruptly appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller Wednesday night 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 […]

Israel lauds US security ties following Trump disclosures

ARON HELLER, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli officials on Wednesday sought to downplay any damage caused by President Donald Trump’s disclosure of classified information to senior Russian officials that was reportedly provided by Israel, and lauded the robust security cooperation with the United States just days before the president is due to arrive for […]

Trump defends sharing terrorism ‘facts’ with Russians

VIVIAN SALAMA, Associated Press DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday defended his right to share “facts pertaining to terrorism” and airline safety with Russia, saying in a pair of tweets he has “an absolute right” as president to do so. Trump’s tweets did not say whether he revealed classified […]

Trump declares US-Russia relations may be at ‘all-time low’

VIVIAN SALAMA, Associated Press JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Laying bare deep and dangerous divisions on Syria and other issues, President Donald Trump declared Wednesday that U.S. relations with Russia “may be at an all-time low.” His top diplomat offered a similarly grim assessment from the other side of the globe after meeting […]

Trump says US not going to get involved in Syria

VIVIAN SALAMA, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says the U.S. is not going to get involved in Syria but that he had to act because of chemical attacks there. His comments, aired Wednesday on Fox Business News, come less than a week after Trump ordered a retaliatory strike on Syria based on […]

The Latest: Russia says it wants ‘productive talks’ with US

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S. meetings with world leaders on the recent chemical weapons attack in Syria (all times local): 7 a.m. Russia’s foreign ministry says it hopes for “productive talks” with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, as Tillerson heads to Moscow in his first visit to Russia as the top U.S. […]

US strike on Syria is widely hailed, but angers Russia

ZEINA KARAM, Associated Press SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — World leaders rallied around the United States after it launched a missile strike early Friday on a Syrian air base in response to this week’s chemical attack, while Russia condemned the move as “aggression” and suspended crucial coordination with Washington in Syria’s congested […]