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Turkish Onslaught in Syria Gives Putin Another Victory Headache

It’s only been a month since Russian President Vladimir Putin made a flying visit to Syria to declare victory in the civil war he helped turn around. …


Britain cannot keep up with Russian military advances, Head of Army to warn as he makes case for more funding

Britain is struggling to keep up with Russian military advances, the head of the Army will say on Monday as he makes the case for more funding.<p>Sir Nick Carter, Chief of the General Staff, will say Vladimir Putin’s aggressive modernisation of Russian forces means the Kremlin already has battlefield …

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Head of Russian outlet RT says US foreign agent order hurts

MOSCOW (AP) — The head of Russian television channel RT, which U.S. intelligence agencies allege took part in the campaign to influence last year's presidential election, says that having to register as a foreign agent in the United States is already hurting the Kremlin-funded outlet.<p>Margarita …


FBI flagged Moscow-connected Russians attending Trump inauguration: report

Several Russians connected to the Kremlin attended events in Washington, D.C., on Inauguration Day last year, drawing the FBI's attention, The …

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Russian Ministry of Finance to Legalize Cryptocurrency

January 21st, 2018<p>Chris Hall<p>In a volatile week for cryptocurrency, good news came from an unexpected source, as Russia is drafting a bill to legalize …


Our New President review – fake news buffet slyly links Trump with Putin

An audaciously assembled film , made up entirely of Russian state news clips and user-generated videos, is a fascinating and necessary curio<p>Russian-American director Maxim Pozdorovkin delivers a sly slow-burning oddity in this documentary about Russia’s love for Donald Trump, made up entirely of …

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2,140 false or misleading claims attributed to Trump in first year

WASHINGTON — One year after taking the oath of office, President Trump has made 2,140 false or misleading claims, according a Washington Post …

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The diplomacy behind Turkey’s operation in Syria

Surprising many opponents of the campaign, still active Syrian air defense and air forces did not intercept the Turkish military operation on the …


What has happened to each of Donald Trump's campaign pledges?

Donald Trump was elected on a pledge to "make America great again" - a feat, he said, he would achieve by boosting the economy; taking a tough stance against foreign allies and cutting immigration.<p>On his first anniversary of entering into office, what has happened to each of President Trump's …

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UK 'would struggle to match' the military strength of countries like Russia unless it invests in defence, army chief warns

Britain risks being vulnerable to enemy action, including cyber attacks, unless adequate resources are urgently devoted to the nation’s defence, the …


Kremlin spokesman: Putin, Ukraine's leader meet unannounced

MOSCOW – The Kremlin's spokesman says some contacts between Ukraine's leader and Russian President Vladimir Putin have taken place outside the public eye.<p>Dmitry Peskov, Putin's spokesman, did not specify how many contacts the Russian president has had with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko or …


Kremlin: no talks yet about any new Putin-Trump meeting: RIA

MOSCOW (Reuters) - There are no talks yet about any potential new meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted as saying on Sunday by state run RIA news agency.<p>Putin will have a chance to speak with Trump on the …


The next phase in this unending tragedy could prove even more dangerous

The next phase in this intractable and bloody tragedy could prove the most dangerous yet<p>The conflict in Syria, triggered by a grassroots uprising in 2011 against the repressive regime of Bashar al-Assad, is usually referred to as a civil war. But this description bears scant relation to what is …


Report: Trump Has Soured on Wilbur Ross, Who Can’t Stay Awake at Meetings

Commerce secretary Wilbur Ross has lost President Trump’s trust, according a new Axios report featuring some pretty brutal blind-quotes. Trump …

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Russian film watchdogs had a problem with ‘Paddington 2.’ It was too popular.

MOSCOW — A very British bear has found itself stuck in the middle of a Russian battle between public entertainment and limiting foreign influence.<p>The day before the animated family film “Paddington 2” was scheduled to debut in cinemas, Russia’s Ministry of Culture postponed the release from Jan. 18 …

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After Putin’s icy dip, U.S. ambassador tries shirtless diplomacy

MOSCOW — The latest attempt at Russian-American rapprochement came in the guise of a shirtless U.S. ambassador.<p>Wearing black swimming trunks, U.S. Ambassador Jon Huntsman Jr. on Sunday plunged into the icy waters of the Istra River outside Moscow as Russian journalists’ cameras rolled. The former …


Members of Russia's Elite Attended Trump Inauguration

Washington Post: “The attendance of members of Russia’s elite at Trump’s inauguration was evidence of the high anticipation in Moscow of a thaw in …


US senators are lobbying to sanction Putin’s top cop and Arsenal FC’s co-owner

There’s a furious lobbying campaign going on in Washington over a blacklist of oligarchs close to Russian president Vladimir Putin, due to be published by the Treasury on Jan. 29.<p>A host of oligarchs are doing everything they can to avoid being named. As Quartz has reported, ex-officials and think …


The U.S. Must Lean In to Preserve Its Stake in Syria

<i>OZY senior columnist John McLaughlin teaches at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and was deputy director and acting</i> …


Trudy Rubin: Trump wins the prize for undermining global press freedom

It’s too easy to dismiss President Trump’s constant harping about “fake news” as the bluster of a serial liar.What could be more absurd than those …


Russians Want Clinton Not Trump as President, as Disappointmeent Sweeps Moscow a Year After Inauguration Celebrations

A year ago on Saturday, Russian nationalists partied in central Moscow to celebrate Donald Trump’s inauguration as the 45th president of the United …


Young Russians risk futures to support Alexei Navalny, Vladimir Putin's nemesis

Shards of glass scattered all over Egor Cherniack's pillow and landed just short of his head the night a brick crashed through his bedroom window.<p>"I …


Narendra Modi need not explain hugging world leaders, being 'touchy feely' is the desi way of welcoming guests - Firstpost

The camera can be a bitch. Between awkward pats on the back and other places (US President George W Bush and German Chancellor Angela Merkel), …


Rocket Man, Russia and 'America First'

Thorny global issues abound a year into the Trump Presidency.

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Putin Has Something 'Bad' on Trump and President Is Trying to Hide It, Joe Scarborough Warns

Joe Scarborough of MSNBC claimed Friday that President Donald Trump is attempting to create perpetual scandal in order to desensitize the public so …

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Joe Scarborough: ‘Vladimir Putin Has Something on Donald Trump’

The host of “Morning Joe” says Trump’s daily distractions are intended to “numb” the American people”<p>Joe Scarborough closed out the week with a …

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Putin cast as national saviour ahead of Russia election

<b>Long presented as the bare-chested, macho leader who defends Russia against the West, President Vladimir Putin now has a rather more mystical image in state media.</b><p>With elections looming in March, leading state-controlled TV channels are roping in religion to cast him as a national saviour who …


Weirdest photos of Trump's year one, from the Saudi orb to a big truck's cab

On the anniversary of Donald Trump’s inauguration, we look back at some of the strangest photos from his first year as president

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Russian President Putin dips into freezing lake to mark Epiphany

Vladimir Putin stripped to his bathing trunks and immersed himself in the icy waters of Lake Seliger, about 250 miles north of Moscow.


Vladimir Putin takes icy plunge to mark Orthodox Epiphany

Russian president joins millions in braving freezing temperatures for annual religious ritual<p>Rarely someone to pass up a photo opportunity involving a manly activity and his bare chest, Vladimir Putin has stripped to his swimming trunks and immersed himself in the freezing waters of a lake in …