Russia investigation: Mike Pence hires personal legal counsel

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Pences office confirmed he retained Richard Cullen to assist him in responding to inquiries by special counsel Robert Mueller Vice president Mike Pence has hired outside legal counsel to oversee his response to investigations into possible inquiries by special counsel Robert Mueller. The vice president is focused entirely on his duties and promoting the presidents […]

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US senators reach deal to stop White House easing Russia sanctions without approval

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The agreement, which includes new sanctions, is intended to punish Russia over issues including its alleged meddling in the 2016 US election US senators have reached an agreement on legislation imposing new sanctions on Russia, including a provision that would prevent the White House from easing, suspending or ending sanctions without congressional approval. The agreement, […]

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James Clapper says Watergate ‘pales’ in comparison with Trump Russia scandal

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Former US spy chief attacks the sharing of intelligence with Putin and says firing of James Comey inexcusable The share intelligence with the Putin regime as very problematic. He described Trumps testimony later this week by Comey before the Senate intelligence committee. The committee is examining whether Trumps campaign colluded with Russian officials who interfered […]

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Qatar: FBI says Russian hackers ‘planted fake news story’ that led to crisis report

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Bureau experts visited Doha in May to analyse alleged cyber breach in which hackers placed story with state news agency, CNN reports US intelligence officials believe Russian hackers planted a false news story that prompted Saudi Arabia and several allies to the US broadcaster said. Saudi Arabia then cited the false report as part of […]

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Russia investigates ‘gay purge’ in Chechnya

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Putin officials pursue claims of homosexual men jailed and tortured in republic ruled by Kremlin-backed Ramzan Kadyrov Russian officials are actively investigating claims of a purge of gay men in Chechnya, a process that could lead to a showdown between Moscow and the local Kremlin-backed strongman, Ramzan Kadyrov. Dozens of men in the southern republic […]

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Nato stages summit to counter alleged Russian interference in elections

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Security specialists from 27 nations including Britain and the US will meet for five-day conference in Prague Security specialists from 27 countries including Britain and the US will meet in Prague in what is being billed as the most concerted attempt yet to counter alleged Kremlin destabilisation measures aimed at undermining western elections. The Czech […]

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China’s Xi lays out $900bn Silk Road vision amid claims of empire-building

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Global leaders attend Belt and Road infrastructure summit to praise plan Xi Jinping says will bring a new golden age of globalisation Chinese president Xi Jinping has kicked off a two-day showcase of what some call the most ambitious development project ever by comparing his country to a peace-loving explorer set on transforming the world […]

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‘There’s nothing there’: White House staff deny Comey sacking is linked to Russia

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Apparently taken aback by scale of political firestorm, White House sent out Sean Spicer, his deputy and Kellyanne Conway to defend its position It was just after 9pm when, cloaked in darkness, the White House press secretary held one of his most peculiar briefings yet. Sean Spicer had just finished an outdoor TV interview defending […]

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Syria safe zones hit by clashes on first day

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Reports of bombing in Hama province as Russian-led agreement intended to stop conflict between government and rebel forces comes into force Syrian government forces and rebels clashed in the north-western province of Hama on Friday shortly after a Russian-led deal to establish safe zones took effect, a monitor and a rebel official said. The zones, […]

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