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Former CIA Chief: My Security Revocation is Trump Attempt to Silence Critics

Former U.S. Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan says he believes President Donald Trump revoked his security clearance because he wants to "silence others who might dare to challenge him." In an opinion piece published Thursday in The New York Times, Brennan contended that Trump "clearly has become more desperate to protect himself ...

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Trump Revokes Ex-CIA Director’s Security Clearance

The security clearance of a former Central Intelligence Agency director was revoked Wednesday by U.S. President Donald Trump, who said in a statement that John Brennan has been sowing “division and chaos” about his administration. The clearances of other former officials also are under review, including those of former U.S. National Intelligence ...

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Jury Starts Deliberating Paul Manafort Fraud Case

A jury started deliberations Thursday on whether U.S. President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort is guilty of tax and bank fraud ...

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Islamic State ‘Well-Positioned’ to Rebuild Caliphate

Destroying the Islamic State is proving more difficult than the United States and its allies envisioned, with the most recent intelligence ...

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Protesters in Russia Accuse Government of Entrapping Young Critics

As the number of Russian teenagers arrested on extremism charges rises significantly, parents and others accuse the government of silencing dissent.

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Putin to attend Austrian minister's wedding

The Russian president will attend Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl's wedding on Saturday.

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Mystery Russian object alarms US

Official says "there is no way to verify" what object is and whether or not it may pose a danger.

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Defense Rests in Paul Manafort Fraud Trial, Calling No Witnesses

Defense lawyers for Paul Manafort, U.S. President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, rested their case at his tax and bank fraud trial Tuesday without calling any witnesses or having him testify. Judge T.S. Ellis rejected Manafort's bid to drop the 18 charges against him. The judge said that one of his lawyers and a prosecutor would make ...

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Trump Blames Attorney General, Fired FBI Agent for Russia Probe

U.S. President Donald Trump unleashed new attacks Tuesday on Attorney General Jeff Sessions and fired FBI agent Peter Strzok, blaming them for the investigation of Russian links to his 2016 U.S. presidential campaign that has consumed his presidency. The U.S. leader said on Twitter, "If we had a real Attorney General, this Witch Hunt would never ...

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US Raises Suspicions About Russia's New Space Weapons

The United States voiced deep suspicion on Tuesday over Russia's pursuit of new space weapons, including a mobile laser system to destroy satellites ...

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Reports of Election Site Hacking Rankle Florida Officials

Child's play or a signs of a serious security problem in one of the nation's swing states? That's the question confronting Florida election ...

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Far From Dead: Tens of Thousands of IS Fighters Linger in Iraq, Syria    

The Islamic State terror group may be far more resilient, stronger and dangerous than U.S. officials have been willing to let on, boasting a fighting force in Iraq and Syria that comes close to what it fielded at its peak. After four years of ... /
Issa Rae will host Rihanna’s annual Diamond Ball, Childish Gambino set to perform

  Rihanna is pulling out all the stops for her annual Diamond Ball. The singer has announced that she enlisted the help of Insecure star, Issa Rae who will host the star-studded charity event and if that’s not exciting enough, Childish Gambino will perform. “Issa Rae and Childish Gambino were the dream duo for the fourth Annual Diamond ...

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Five die in Tajik mountains helicopter crash but 13 survive

The aircraft was carrying mainly Russian climbers when it crash landed in the Tajik mountains.

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Report: FBI Fires Agent Who Sent Anti-Trump Texts

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has fired agent Peter Strzok, who had become the target of Republican anger over his text messages disparaging President Donald Trump, Strzok's lawyer said Monday. Strzok was a key figure in the early stages of ...

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US Prosecutors to Wrap up Manafort Case, May Soon Go to Jury

U.S. prosecutors on Monday plan to wrap up their tax and bank fraud case against former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort, making it likely the case ...

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US Wants to Remain ‘Partner of Choice’ in South America

High-profile U.S. officials have visited South America in recent weeks to signal strength in inter-American alliances amid U.S. competitors’ ...

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Killer whale mother finally lets dead newborn calf go, after 17 days

After 17 days, the orca at last stops carrying her newborn and begins chasing salmon off Canada.

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Trump Lawyer Won't Allow Questioning of President on Firing of FBI Chief

U.S. President Donald Trump's attorney said Sunday that his legal team will not allow special counsel Robert Mueller to question Trump about his firing last year of former FBI director James Comey. Comey, at the time Trump ousted him in May 2017, was chief of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and heading the agency's investigation of Russian ...

Assange 'considering' testifying before US Senate Intelligence Committee

Julian Assange and his legal team are "seriously considering" a request from the US Senate Intelligence Committee to testify on Russian election meddling.

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Bodies of Polish Tourists, Wreckage to Stay on Alaska Peak

A small airplane that crashed in Alaska’s Denali National Park, killing five people on board, will remain on a near-vertical mountainside because of ...

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Pussy Riot activist defies Russian travel ban

One of the original members of Pussy Riot says she "escaped" Russia to travel to the Edinburgh Fringe.

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South Korean Companies Accused of Illegally Importing Coal From North

A South Korean agency said three companies violated sanctions by bringing more than 30,000 tons of North Korean coal into the South, falsely ...

After Skripal attack, concerns grow for Russian defectors in the U.S.

Even before the attempted murder of Sergei Skripal in the U.K., Russia had been accused of killing its critics on foreign soil more than once.

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Russian Currency Plummets Following New US Sanctions

The Russian ruble fell to its lowest level against the dollar in almost two years after the U.S. imposed new sanctions on Moscow Wednesday over the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter in Britain. Russia has denied a role using novichok, and Moscow on Thursday called the measure illegal under international law and announced ...

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Analyst: New US Sanctions on Russia Are 'a Real Deterrent'

Russia has denounced a new round of U.S. sanctions over its alleged chemical weapons use, and says it runs counter to the "constructive atmosphere" at last month's summit between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. U.S. State Department officials say the new sanctions were triggered automatically in response ...

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Ukrainian hunger striker Sentsov 'near end' in Russian jail

Oleg Sentsov, jailed in Russia for 20 years on terror charges, began the protest on 14 May.

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