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Inside Hillary Clinton’s Secret Takeover of the DNC

When I was asked to run the Democratic Party after the Russians hacked our emails, I stumbled onto a shocking truth about the Clinton campaign.<p>Before I called Bernie Sanders, I lit a candle in my living room and put on some gospel music. I wanted to center myself for what I knew would be an …

Middle-class

German Chancellor Merkel receives Putin, Poroshenko and Hollande for Ukraine talks

Leaders from Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France are meeting in Berlin for talks on reviving the stalled peace process in eastern Ukraine. The …

Russia

Putin removes Mutko as sports minister, makes him deputy prime minister | Reuters

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed to remove Vitaly Mutko as minister of sport, appointing him a deputy prime minister overseeing sports, tourism and youth policy instead, Russian news agencies reported on Wednesday.<p>Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko delivers a speech …

Russia

Russia threatens US with 'asymmetrical' and 'painful' retaliation if tougher sanctions imposed

Sanctions, which the European Union vowed to impose on Monday and the US backs, would be tied to Russia's actions in Syria, where numerous and credible reports have tied Moscow to war crimes in its efforts to reinforce Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime during the six-year-long Syrian …

Russia

Finland sees a 'systematic lying campaign' of Russian propaganda questioning its independence

The country shares a 1,340 km (833 mile) border and a difficult and bloody history with Russia, of which it was once a part. Moscow's annexation of Crimea in 2014 and saber-rattling in the Baltic Sea have raised security concerns in the militarily neutral European Union country.<p>Earlier this month, …

Russia

Lawmakers: Russia's violation of nuke treaty has 'worsened'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Russia's violation of a key nuclear arms control treaty has become more egregious, two top Republican congressmen said in a letter released Wednesday that urged the Obama administration to confront and impose penalties against Moscow.<p>Rep. Devin Nunes of California, chairman of the …

Russia

U.S.'s Kerry plays down Syria deal hopes as Russia joins Geneva talks | Reuters

GENEVA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry played down expectations of a new Syrian ceasefire deal with Russia after talks in Geneva aimed at agreeing on how to separate al Qaeda-linked militants from opposition fighters in the besieged city of Aleppo.<p>A Civil Defence member …

Middle East

Russia may be getting ready 'to level Aleppo to the ground'

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu made the announcement in a televised meeting with military officials, saying he expected Syrian rebels inside Aleppo to use the pause in the fighting to leave the city through two special corridors.<p>He said the rebels could bring their weapons with them, and he …

Middle East

Catholic Persecution in Communist Russia Chronicled in Landmark Book

WARSAW, Poland—The head of Russia's Catholic Church has welcomed a book documenting the cases of hundreds of Catholics killed or jailed under …