Mueller probe is ‘close to being completed,’ acting AG says

WASHINGTON (AP) — The special counsel’s Russia probe is “close to being completed,” the acting attorney general said Monday in the first official sign that the investigation may be wrapping up. Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker’s comments were a departure for the Justice Department, which rarely comments on the state of the investigation into whether […]

Russia prevents WADA from finding doping data in Moscow lab

MOSCOW (AP) — World Anti-Doping Agency inspectors are leaving Moscow empty-handed after Russian authorities prevented them from accessing key doping data that the country’s authorities had agreed to hand over. WADA reinstated the suspended Russian Anti-Doping Agency in September on the condition Russian authorities hand over lab data, which could help confirm a number of […]

Bolton faces tense talks with Russia over nuclear treaty

MOSCOW (AP) — U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton faces two days of high-tension talks in Moscow beginning Monday after President Donald Trump announced his intention to withdraw from a landmark nuclear weapons treaty. Trump’s announcement that the United States would leave the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces, or INF, treaty brought sharp criticism on Sunday from […]

Mattis condemns Russia for influence-peddling in Macedonia

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arrived in Macedonia on Monday, condemning Russian efforts to use its money and influence to build opposition to an upcoming vote that could pave the way for the country to join NATO, a move Moscow opposes. Mattis told reporters traveling with him to Skopje that there is […]

New Russia sanctions over poisoning of former spy, daughter

WASHINGTON (AP) — New sanctions against Russia will be imposed later this month for illegally using a chemical weapon in an attempted assassination of a former spy and his daughter in Britain earlier this year, the United States said. The penalties come despite President Donald Trump’s efforts to improve relations with Russia and its leader, […]

Bashar al-Assad’s government bombing opposition into oblivion

BEIRUT (AP) — Talks to cede the largest opposition holdout in southwestern Syria to the government have failed, triggering an intense overnight bombing campaign on the densely populated town of Nawa that killed over a dozen people and injured over a hundred, activists and rescuers said Wednesday. Separately, some 7,000 Syrians were expected to be evacuated […]

Russia’s post-summit view: Praise for Putin, pity for Trump

MOSCOW (AP) — For Vladimir Putin, holding a summit with Donald Trump was a victory in itself. While the U.S. leader went home to widespread criticism after their Monday meeting, the Russian president came home to universal praise in Moscow — even though there were no major breakthroughs. Yet most Russians aren’t saying Putin vanquished Trump. […]

Charges undermine Assange denials about hacked email origins

WASHINGTON (AP) — At the beginning of 2017, one of Julian Assange’s biggest media boosters traveled to the WikiLeaks founder’s refuge inside the Ecuadorean Embassy in London and asked him where he got the leaks that shook up the U.S. presidential election only months earlier. Fox News host Sean Hannity pointed straight to the purloined […]

Bolton visits Moscow to talk possible US-Russia summit

MOSCOW (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump’s national security adviser travelled to Moscow Wednesday for high-level meetings to lay the groundwork for a possible U.S.-Russia summit. John Bolton met Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov for talks that reportedly lasted two hours, after which he headed to the Kremlin for a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. […]

DOJ gives Congress new classified documents on Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department says it has given House Republicans new classified information related to the Russia investigation after lawmakers had threatened to hold officials in contempt of Congress or even impeach them. A spokeswoman for House Speaker Paul Ryan said Saturday that the department has partially complied with subpoenas from the House […]

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