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Russia investigation: leaked questions reveal what Mueller wants to ask Trump

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Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the US election, wants to ask Donald Trump about contact between his former election campaign manager Paul Manafort and Russia, the New York Times reported on Monday. The paper said it had obtained a list of nearly 50 questions that Mueller, investigating Russian meddling in the Read More

‘A political volcano just erupted’: is the US on the brink of the next Watergate?

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Ever since the Watergate scandal of the 1970s, the golden rule for presidents under investigation by a special prosecutor or special counsel has been that the president shall not fire the person conducting the investigation. For there – as medieval maps sometimes warned travelers – “be dragons”. Donald Trump has been lectured repeatedly on this Read More

Syria crisis has brought cold war back with a vengeance – UN

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Relations between the west and Russia have deteriorated sharply amid concerns about a US-led military strike in the Middle East, prompting the United Nations secretary general to declare “the cold war is back with a vengeance”. Adding to tensions on an extraordinary day of tit-for-tat exchanges, the UK published previously classified intelligence making fresh claims Read More

Israel has misjudged Russia in Syria. The consequences could be grave | Peter Beaumont

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Clever wheezes in the Middle East have the tendency to not look very smart for very long. A case in point, as has become sharply evident this week, is the much-vaunted “deconfliction” arrangement between Russia and Israel after the former entered the war in Syria on the side of the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad. Negotiated Read More

Trump administration hits 24 Russians with sanctions over ‘malign activity’

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The Trump administration announced new sanctions on seven Russian oligarchs and 17 top government officials on Friday, in a move that targets Vladimir Putin’s inner circle for “malign activity” including meddling in the 2016 US election and other aggressions. The new economic sanctions represent the most forceful action yet taken by the Trump administration against Read More

Russian spy attack: Johnson welcomes allies’ support

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The UK has been encouraged by the “strength of support” from allies to take action against Russia after the nerve agent attack on a former spy and his daughter, Boris Johnson said just hours before the US secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, was sacked by Donald Trump. Tillerson, who spoke to the foreign secretary on Read More

Russian spy attack: PM prepares reprisals as deadline passes

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Theresa May is preparing to chair a meeting of the national security council after the midnight deadline she set Moscow over the spy poisoning case passed. The prime minister is preparing to set out a range of reprisals against the Russian state, including calls for fresh sanctions, visa bans and crackdowns on Russian money in Read More

‘Bigger than Watergate’: Trump attacks Obama over Russia meddling response

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Donald Trump returned to the attack over the Russia investigations on Monday, claiming the Obama administration “did nothing” in response to election interference from Moscow other than investigate his campaign “to discredit so Crooked H could win”, producing a scandal “bigger than Watergate”. The president tweeted less than a week after the NSA and cyber Read More

Hey, that’s my hometown! How it feels to have Putin target your birthplace

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I snapped awake from a strange dream and pulled my phone off the headboard to see a string of news alerts that had flowed in overnight. “Russian President Vladimir Putin claims an array of new nuclear weapons can’t be intercepted and made NATO’s US-led missile defense system ‘useless’,” the LA Times told me. Great! Another Read More

Putin’s missiles are pointing at Tampa Bay but local mayors take laidback view

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Despite appearing to be in the crosshairs of Vladimir Putin’s new advanced ballistic weaponry, civic leaders in Florida appeared relaxed on Thursday about the threat of nuclear Armageddon raining from the sky. A blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment 43 seconds into the video animation that Putin presented to an enthusiastic audience in Moscow shows nine nuclear-tipped missiles descending Read More