Putin Fast-Tracks Effort to Extend His Rule in Russia
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Putin Fast-Tracks Effort to Extend His Rule in Russia

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin on Thursday fast-tracked work on constitutional changes that could keep him in power well past the end of his term in 2024 while lawmakers quickly sealed his choice for new prime minister. Speaking to... Read More

Putin Announces Constitutional Changes, His PM Steps Down
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Putin Announces Constitutional Changes, His PM Steps Down

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed a constitutional overhaul Wednesday to boost the powers of parliament and the Cabinet, a move signalling Putin's intention to carve out a new position for himself after his current term ends. Prime... Read More

Russian Hackers Attacked Burisma in Midst of Impeachment Inquiry, Security Firm Says
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Russian Hackers Attacked Burisma in Midst of Impeachment Inquiry, Security Firm Says

WASHINGTON — In the midst of the impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump, Russian hackers attacked the Ukrainian gas company linked to the inquiry, according to cybersecurity experts. Researchers at Area 1, a security company run by a former National... Read More

Trump Aide ‘Concerned’ Russia May Be Trying to Undermine Biden
2020 Elections
Trump Aide ‘Concerned’ Russia May Be Trying to Undermine Biden

WASHINGTON — The U.S. government is “concerned” about a report that Russia may be attempting to undermine Democrat Joe Biden’s presidential campaign, President Donald Trump’s top national security official said Sunday. Trump has warned his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, not... Read More

Russian ‘Evil Corp’ is Behind a Decade of Hacks, US Says
Cybersecurity
Russian ‘Evil Corp’ is Behind a Decade of Hacks, US Says

WASHINGTON — The U.S. unveiled criminal charges and sanctions against members of a hacking group that calls itself Evil Corp, which authorities blame for some of the worst computer hacking and bank fraud schemes of the past decade. The Justice... Read More

White House, GOP Embraced ‘Fictional Narrative’ on Ukraine, Witness Warns as impeachment Hearings End
Impeachment
White House, GOP Embraced ‘Fictional Narrative’ on Ukraine, Witness Warns as impeachment Hearings End

WASHINGTON — Two weeks of public hearings in the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump closed Thursday with a collective warning from witnesses: Russia is again trying to sow political discord in the U.S. and interfere in the presidential election... Read More

US Bans Government Funding of Cultural Exchanges with Cuba, Other Nations
Political News
US Bans Government Funding of Cultural Exchanges with Cuba, Other Nations

The White House has banned government agencies from funding educational and cultural exchanges with Cuban, Syrian, Russian and North Korean government entities and officials as part of the Trump administration’s efforts to halt people trafficking in those countries, according to... Read More

US Officials Try to Contain the Damage And Assure Allies After Trump’s Syria Withdrawal
Foreign Affairs
US Officials Try to Contain the Damage And Assure Allies After Trump’s Syria Withdrawal

WASHINGTON — As President Donald Trump claims victory in the Turkish-Russian takeover of northern Syria, members of his government are traveling the globe in an attempt to control the damage and reassure spooked allies about U.S. intentions. Defense Secretary Mark... Read More

Facebook Identifies Iranian, Russian Foreign Influence Campaigns
2020 Elections
Facebook Identifies Iranian, Russian Foreign Influence Campaigns

NEW YORK — Facebook Inc. discovered four separate misinformation networks — three tied to Iran and one to Russia — that the social network said it shut down as part of an ongoing effort to counter “foreign influence campaigns.” Facebook... Read More

Esper Warns US Now Confronting New Era of 'Great Power Competition'
Geopolitics
Esper Warns US Now Confronting New Era of 'Great Power Competition'
2019-09-19 12:49:18
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Mark Esper had a stark warning for attendees at a major U.S. Air Force conference Wednesday morning, telling them "great power competition has once again returned to the global stage" and as a result, "we must... Read More

Jon Huntsman, Trump's Ambassador to Russia, Resigns
Diplomacy
Jon Huntsman, Trump's Ambassador to Russia, Resigns
2019-08-06 20:13:03
by Dan McCue

U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman, turned in his letter of resignation Monday, telling President Donald Trump that after two years in Moscow, its “time to reconnect with our growing family and responsibilities at home.” “American citizenship is a privilege... Read More

The INF Treaty Is History and the World Less Safe, Expert Says
Geopolitics
The INF Treaty Is History and the World Less Safe, Expert Says
2019-08-02 20:16:33
by HJ Mai

The United States on Friday officially withdrew from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, more commonly referred to as the INF Treaty. This Cold War-era arms control agreement was hailed as historic at the time of its signing and resulted in... Read More

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