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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
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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
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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

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
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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
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Pro-Russia party wins Latvia election

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption The governing coalition of Prime Minister Maris Kucinskis has fallen in popularity A pro-Russia party has won the most votes in Latvia following Saturday's general election.The Harmony party polled 19% with the pro-EU For Development party taking 12% and two populist parties, the KPV LV and the New Conservatives winning 27% between them.In the past, parties have formed pacts to keep Harmony out of
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Newspaper headlines: Group GP appointments and Russia ‘targets teens’

[ad_1] Image caption The Times says the Kremlin is targeting British teenagers through Russian-controlled accounts as part of an online "disinformation campaign". Accounts have posed as Harry Potter fans and used images of celebrities such as actress Emma Watson to gain young followers on social media, the newspaper reports. Image caption The Telegraph reports that patients will be expected to see their GPs in groups of up to 15 under

Russia’s GRU ‘targeted chemical weapons watchdog OPCW’

[ad_1] Image copyright Dutch Government Image caption The four suspects travelled on diplomatic passports Dutch security services say they expelled four Russians over a cyber attack plot targeting the global chemical weapons watchdog. The operation by Russia's GRU military intelligence allegedly targeted the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in The Hague in April.The OPCW has been probing the chemical attack on a Russian ex-spy in the UK.The allegations