December 14, 2017

Costa Rica, Mexico & Panama learn World Cup opponents

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From CONCACAF A general view of the Final Draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia at the State Kremlin Palace on December 1, 2017, in Moscow, Russia. (Photo: FIFA via Getty Images) MOSCOW – The Final Draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup took place on Friday at the State Kremlin Palace. CONCACAF’s trio […]

Newly-obtained flight records shed light on Paul Manafort’s extensive Russia ties

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By Natasha Bertrand From Business Insider UK Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s flight records show that he traveled to Moscow at least 18 times while advising the pro-Russian strongman Viktor Yanukovych, who later became Ukraine’s president. Yanukovych fled to Russia in 2014, but Manafort continued advising Ukraine’s Opposition Bloc — a political party that is considered […]

Trump commerce secretary’s business links with Putin family laid out in leaked files

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By Jon Swaine and Luke Harding From The Guardian UK Donald Trump’s commerce secretary, Wilbur Ross, is doing business with Vladimir Putin’s son-in-law through a shipping venture in Russia. Leaked documents and public filings show Ross holds a stake in a shipping company, Navigator, through a chain of offshore investments. Navigator operates a lucrative partnership […]

Why Russia hasn’t successfully screwed with Germany’s election — yet

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BY COLIN DAILEDA From Mashable Germany heads to the polls on Sunday and, as the country’s election quickly approaches, signs of a giant Russian effort to sway voters are vanishingly small. Russia-linked hackers actually launched their most obvious cyber assault on Germany more than two years ago, which was thought to be just the start […]

Stanislav Petrov, who averted possible nuclear war, dies at 77

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From BBC A former Soviet military officer credited with averting a possible nuclear disaster at the peak of the Cold War has died at the age of 77. Stanislav Petrov was on duty at a Russian nuclear early warning centre in 1983 when computers wrongly detected incoming missiles from the US. He took the decision […]

Trump signs ‘Seriously Flawed’ Russia Sanctions Bill

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From Newsmax President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed what he called a “seriously flawed” bill imposing new sanctions on Russia, pressured by his Republican Party not to move on his own toward a warmer relationship with Moscow in light of Russian actions. The legislation is aimed at punishing Moscow for interfering in the 2016 U.S. […]

10 Dead, 50 injured in Russia subway blast

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From Newsmax ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — An explosion Monday afternoon ripped through a subway train in the Russian city of St. Petersburg, killing at least 10 people and injuring 50 others, the spokesman for the city’s governor told Russian television. The blast came as Russian President Vladimir Putin was visiting the city, his hometown. Putin, […]

Russia’s largest bank just pulled out of Ukraine

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AFP From Business Insider Moscow (AFP) – Russia’s Sberbank, the largest in the country, on Tuesday announced it had sold its Ukraine division, where operations have been complicated since Moscow’s annexation of Crimea. Sberbank, whose controlling stake is owned by the Russian state, said in a statement Tuesday that it had signed a deal with […]

U.S. probes banking of ex-Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort

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By Jack Gillum, Menelaos Hadjicostis, Eric Tucker Associated Press From Chicago Tribune The U.S. government investigation of President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, crossed the Atlantic earlier this year to the Mediterranean island nation of Cyprus, once known as a haven for money laundering by Russian billionaires. Treasury agents in recent months obtained […]

Tillerson plans to Skip NATO meeting, visit Russia in April

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From Newsmax Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to skip an April 5-6 meeting of NATO foreign ministers for a U.S. visit by the Chinese president and will travel to Russia later in the month, U.S. officials said on Monday, a step allies may see as putting Moscow’s concerns ahead of theirs. Tillerson intends to […]