House chairs say memos prove no obstruction

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican chairmen of three House committees say memos written by former FBI Director James Comey recounting conversations with President Donald Trump show that Comey never “felt obstructed or threatened.” House Judiciary Committee Chairman Robert Goodlatte, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy […]

Rudy Giuliani to join Trump legal team in Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, an outspoken supporter of Donald Trump since the early days of his campaign, is joining the team of lawyers representing the president in the special counsel’s Russia investigation. With the addition of Giuliani, Trump gains a former U.S. attorney, a past presidential candidate and a […]

Russian begins blocking messaging app Telegram

 MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s communications watchdog said Monday it has begun enforcing a nationwide ban for the popular messaging app Telegram. Telecommunications providers have been instructed to block Telegram in Russia after a court last week sided with authorities who demanded that the app be kept of the country until it hands over the keys […]

UN rejects Russian attempt to condemn US aggression in Syria

 UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council overwhelmingly rejected a Russian resolution calling for condemnation of “aggression” by the United States, United Kingdom and France against Syria on Saturday, a vote reflecting support for the allied airstrikes on Syrian chemical sites. But the vote at the end of an emergency meeting called by Russia […]

UN Security Council schedules meeting on Syria

 New York (AP) – The U.N. Security Council has scheduled another emergency meeting Friday at Russia’s request on the threat to international peace from possible air strikes on Syria by the U.S. and its allies. Russia had requested a briefing by U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. But there was no briefing on the U.N. chief’s schedule for […]

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, […]

Could enemies target undersea cables that link the world?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Russian ships are skulking around underwater communications cables, causing the U.S. and its allies to worry the Kremlin might be taking information warfare to new depths. Is Moscow interested in cutting or tapping the cables? Does it want the West to worry it might? Is there a more innocent explanation? Unsurprisingly, Russia […]

Russia responds quid pro quo to diplomats’ expulsions

 MOSCOW (AP) — Russia announced the expulsion of more than 150 diplomats, including 60 Americans, on Thursday and said it was closing a U.S. consulate in retaliation for the wave of Western expulsions of Russian diplomats over the poisoning of an ex-spy and his daughter in Britain, a tit-for-tat response that intensified the Kremlin’s rupture […]

Russia expects deal with major rebel group in Syria’s Ghouta

BEIRUT (AP) — Russia’s military said Monday it expects to reach an agreement with a major Syrian rebel group to arrange its exit from the last rebel-held town in eastern Ghouta in another key victory for President Bashar Assad’s forces as they push to gain control of the region on the edge of Damascus. Douma […]

27 reported missing in Russian mall fire that killed 37

 MOSCOW (AP) — A shopping mall fire in a Siberian city killed 37 people and 27 are considered missing, the Russian government said Monday. The fire at the four-story Winter Cherry mall in Kemerovo was extinguished early Monday after burning for hours. State news agency Tass cited the Russian Emergencies Ministry as saying the earlier […]