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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
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S-300 missile system: Russia to upgrade Syrian air defences

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Il-20 aircraft was returning to a Russian base on the north-western coast of Syria (file photo) Russia is to send new anti-aircraft missiles to Syria, a week after Syrian forces accidentally shot down a Russian aircraft during an Israeli air strike.Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said the S-300 surface-to-air missile defence system would be delivered within two weeks.The reconnaissance plane was downed
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Russia reinstated by Wada after doping scandal suspension

[ad_1] Rusada's suspension was imposed in November 2015A decision to lift the suspension of Russia's anti-doping agency (Rusada) has been labelled "the greatest treachery" of clean athletes.The World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) has ended a three-year suspension which followed a major doping scandal.Leading athletes and anti-doping bodies had opposed the move.A lawyer for Russian whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov called it "the greatest treachery against clean athletes in Olympic history.""The United States is
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Russia pension protests: New rallies sparked by opposition call

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Ongoing protests highlight President Putin's sharp drop in popularity over pension reforms Fresh protests against raising the retirement age are being held across Russia, after a call by jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny.Pension reforms have caused widespread public anger, and Mr Navalny's supporters have planned rallies in more than 80 cities to capitalise on this.Concessions by President Putin, whose popularity has suffered over the