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2 Nations Hold Russia Responsible for Downing Jet

Netherlands, Australia plan to seek legal compensation over MH17 crash in 2014

(Newser) - "The only conclusion we can reasonably now draw is that Russia was directly involved in the downing of MH17," Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Friday—a day after investigators concluded the missile system used to bring the plane down over eastern Ukraine in 2014 belonged to the... More »

McConnell: 'Nothing Surprising' at Briefing on Russia Probe

Lawmakers briefed on origins of FBI investigation

(Newser) - Republican and Democratic lawmakers have gotten classified briefings about the origins of the FBI investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election, a highly unusual series of meetings prompted by partisan allegations that the bureau spied on the Trump campaign . Democrats emerged from the meetings saying they saw... More »

Investigators Link MH17 Disaster to Russian Military

Missile came from Russian military, in military convoy: investigators

(Newser) - The missile system used to shoot down MH17 over eastern Ukraine four years ago, killing 298 people, came from the Russian military, Dutch investigators revealed Thursday. Investigators previously concluded the Malaysia Airlines flight was shot down on July 17, 2014, by a missile launched by a Russian-made Buk missile system... More »

Professor Named as FBI's Trump Campaign Informant

Justice Department will investigate 'any irregularities' surrounding Stefan Halper

(Newser) - The FBI informant President Trump accuses of "infiltrating" his 2016 campaign was Stefan Halper, an American professor who taught at the University of Cambridge from 2001 to 2015, according to multiple reports—and this is far from his first rodeo. The 73-year-old served in the Nixon, Ford, and Reagan... More »

Clinton Pulls Out Hat to Rib Trump at Yale

It wasn't a 'MAGA' hat

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton returned to Yale University this weekend, warning the graduating class of the "tumultuous times" that await them—and then using the school's tradition of over-the-top headwear to rib President Trump with her own unusual hat: a Russian fur cap. The audience laughed as she said, "... More »

Poisoned Ex-Spy Enters 'Important Stage in Recovery'

Sergei Skripal is out of the hospital

(Newser) - The former Russian spy targeted in a nerve agent poisoning has finally left a UK hospital. Sergei Skripal, 66, was discharged from Salisbury District Hospital more than two months after he and his daughter, Yulia, were found slumped on a park bench on March 4. "This is an important... More »

China Cancels US Orders, Buys Russian Soy

Beijing calls off investigation of US sorghum

(Newser) - The US-China trade dispute is excellent news for farmers—in Russia. Amid uncertainty over future US tariffs, China has canceled several shipments from American soybean producers and tripled the amount it is buying from Russia, Bloomberg reports. According to the Russian government's latest statistics, Russia sold 850,000 metric... More »

Putin Drives Truck Over Bridge, and Not Without Controversy

Russian president opened bridge linking Russia and Crimea, to the displeasure of Ukraine

(Newser) - "Let's hit the road!" So proclaimed Vladimir Putin before he drove a large construction truck Tuesday to road test the much-anticipated and controversial bridge linking southern Russia and the Crimean peninsula that Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014. The 11.8-mile bridge, which took two years to... More »

Putin Launches 4th Term With Ambitious Vow

He wants to launch Russia into the top five global economies

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin on Monday launched his fourth term as president with an ambitious call to vault Russia into the top five global economies by developing its technological products and agricultural exports, the AP reports. Putin, who has sought to restore Russia's military and diplomatic prominence on the world stage,... More »

US Spends More on War Than Next 7 Nations Combined

China is a distant 2nd

(Newser) - A "near-constant state of war" is just one of the reasons the US spends more than any other country in the world on its military—by a long shot. If the next seven major military spenders combined their funds, they still wouldn't measure up, according to a list... More »

Lawyer Who Met With Trump Jr. Admits: 'I Am an Informant'

Natalia Veselnitskaya's ties to Russian government official go against previous denials

(Newser) - The Russian lawyer who met with Donald Trump Jr. has long said she's nothing more than a private attorney who's not linked to the Kremlin—but she's now adding a new self-descriptor. "I am a lawyer, and I am an informant," Natalia Veselnitskaya said in... More »

House Panel on Russia: 'No Evidence' Trump Campaign Colluded

But Dems say probe into Russian election interference was sloppy, wrapped up too quickly

(Newser) - House Intelligence Committee Republicans have released their final findings on Russian interference in the 2016 US election, ending a yearlong probe, per the Washington Post . The heavily redacted 253-page report puts President Trump and his cohorts generally in the clear, noting the panel found "no evidence that the Trump... More »

Expelled Russia Diplomats May Have Tracked Defectors

Including one given a new identity under a CIA program, CNN reports

(Newser) - Some of the 60 Russian diplomats recently expelled from the US were suspected of spying on Russian defectors, including at least one person who was given a new identity under a CIA program, CNN reports, citing officials briefed on the matter. The diplomats were expelled in response to the nerve... More »

DNC Suit Alleges 'Unprecedented Treachery' From Trump Campaign

Complaint says Trump associates 'gleefully' welcomed Russia's help in tilting election

(Newser) - It was a "brazen attack on US soil" during the 2016 election, claims the Democratic National Committee—and now it's suing the Russian government, WikiLeaks, and Donald Trump's campaign for "unprecedented treachery." The Washington Post reports the DNC filed its complaint Friday in New York... More »

Trump's New Lawyer in Russia Probe Is a Familiar Face

Rudy Giuliani is joining, plus more of the latest developments related to Russia, Trump

(Newser) - Rudy Giuliani is joining President Trump's legal team with an eye on ending special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe. "I’m doing it because I hope we can negotiate an end to this for the good of the country and because I have high regard for the... More »

'Russia's Elon Musk' Was Tortured, Raped Before Dying: Report

Valery Pshenichny, 56, suffered horribly

(Newser) - An entrepreneur known as "Russia's Elon Musk" was apparently raped and tortured in prison before he died—a finding that casts doubt on the official account of his death, Newsweek reports. Valery Pshenichny, 56, was awaiting trial on charges of embezzlement when he was found hanging in his... More »

Haley on Russia Sanctions: 'I Don't Get Confused''

Remark seen as 'extraordinary rebuke'

(Newser) - It's not clear whether it was caused by crossed wires or an administration flip-flop, but Nikki Haley's back-and-forth with the White House over Russia sanctions appears to have exposed a fault line. After the administration denied that a decision had been made on sanctions Haley announced Sunday —... More »

Nerve Agent in Poisoning of Skripals Was Liquid

Investigators say full cleanup will take months

(Newser) - The nerve agent used on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia was delivered in liquid form, British officials said Tuesday, per the AP , revealing it will take months to clean up the toxic trail the poison left around the city of Salisbury. The UK Environment Department said... More »

US, Britain Issue Unusually Strong Warning About Russia

They warn of cyber threat, just as White House loses its cyber czar

(Newser) - Two big developments in the arena of cyber security: First, the US and Britain issued a joint warning, and an unusually strong one at that, about Russia. Second, the White House is losing its well-regarded "cyber czar," along with his boss. On the first development, the New York ... More »

Trump on New Russia Sanctions: Not So Fast

White House walks back Nikki Haley's comments

(Newser) - A day after Nikki Haley announced that the US would be hitting Russia with new sanctions due to the suspected Syria chemical attack, President Trump is walking back her comments. Haley, the US ambassador to the UN, said on Face the Nation that any Russian companies linked to equipment used... More »

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