Technology

Russia internet freedom: Thousands protest against cyber-security bill

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA Image caption The government says the bill will reduce Russia's reliance on foreign internet servers Thousands of people in Russia have protested against plans to introduce tighter restrictions on the internet.A mass rally in Moscow and similar demonstrations in two other cities were called after parliament backed the controversial bill last month.The government says the bill, which allows it to isolate Russia's internet service from the
Health

Meet the women helping fill Russia’s rural healthcare gap

[ad_1] In vast, sprawling Russia, many people still live in small villages far from the nearest medical clinic. The government has been busy "optimising" medical care, a euphemism for the closure of thousands of rural hospitals and clinics, to save cash. The situation has got worse in recent years, so now one region has taken matters into its own hands.Dozens of old people, mostly women, have been training as first-aiders
US & World

Venezuela crisis: Russia condemns bid to ‘usurp power’ from Maduro

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThousands attended a rally in Caracas on Wednesday against President MaduroRussia has condemned foreign powers for backing a Venezuelan opposition leader who declared himself interim president, calling it a bid to "usurp power".Moscow said that the move violated international law and was a "direct path to bloodshed".Juan Guaidó declared himself interim leader on Wednesday - a move recognised by the US
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Russia collusion inquiry: Grand jury term extended

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Donald Trump's presidency has been dogged by accusations of collusion with Russians The federal grand jury being used by Special Counsel Robert Mueller in his probe into Russian collusion in the US 2016 election has had its term extended by up to six months.The initial 18-month term was due to expire this weekend.The jury's members have heard dozens of witnesses and have approved a
US & World

Paul Whelan: US seeks access to man accused of spying in Russia

[ad_1] Image copyright Whelan family Image caption The Whelan family released an undated photo of Paul Whelan The US is hoping to get consular access "within the next few hours" to see US citizen Paul Whelan who was arrested in Russia on Friday for spying.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters that they wanted to know more about the charges and "if the detention is not appropriate, we will demand
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Ukraine-Russia sea clash: Merkel rules out military solution

[ad_1] Image copyright action press/REX/Shutterstock Image caption Angela Merkel said only "sensible dialogue" would solve the crisis German Chancellor Angela Merkel has stressed there is "no military solution", after Ukraine's leader urged Nato to send ships to the Sea of Azov.Petro Poroshenko's request came following a naval confrontation with Russia in waters off Crimea.On Sunday, Russia opened fire on three Ukrainian ships and seized their crews in the Kerch Strait.Mrs
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Interpol presidency vote: Russia in surprise loss to South Korea

[ad_1] Image copyright Interpol Image caption Kim Jong-yang had been acting president since Meng Hongwei's disappearance Interpol has elected South Korean Kim Jong-yang as its president, rejecting the Russian frontrunner who had been accused of abusing the international police body's arrest warrant system.Mr Kim was chosen by Interpol's 194 member states at a meeting of its annual congress in Dubai.He beat Russia's Alexander Prokopchuk, who had been widely tipped to
US & World

Trump-Russia probe ‘under threat’ after Sessions fired

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionStaff applauded as Mr Sessions left the Department of JusticeThe Russia inquiry could be under threat after Donald Trump fired US Attorney General Jeff Sessions, top Democrats have warned.Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi called the decision a "blatant attempt" to end or impede the investigation.The Democrats, who captured the House of Representatives in Tuesday's mid-term polls, have vowed to protect it.Special
Entertainment

Hunter Killer film release delayed in Russia

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Actor Gerard Butler plays the lead role in Hunter Killer The Russian release of Hollywood action film Hunter Killer, in which US soldiers save a Russian president during a coup, has been postponed.The distributor, Megogo Distribution, asked cinemas not to show the film hours before the premiere, saying it had still not received a screening licence.Russia's culture ministry, which issues licences, said the
US & World

Twitter’s ‘Russia-Iran’ troll tweet trove made public

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images/Twitter Image caption The data trove covers 3,800 Russia-linked accounts and 770 Iran-attributed accounts More than 10 million tweets posted by suspected state-backed Russian and Iranian "troll farms" have been shared online by Twitter.It has published more than 360GB of material to aid studies into how its platform has been used to try to influence the public.The messages were posted from 2013 to 2018 and include