Russia calls diplomat expulsions a ‘mockery’ of the law

 MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s top diplomat on Thursday described the British accusations against Moscow over the nerve agent poisoning of an ex-spy as a mockery of international law and said Russia will push to find out the truth. Britain has blamed Russia for the March 4 poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter. In response, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Russia’s ambassador to United Nations falls ill, dies at 64 

EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations, a veteran diplomat known as a potent, savvy yet personable voice for his country’s interests who could both spar and get along with his Western counterparts, died suddenly Monday after falling ill in his office at […]