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After U.N. veto, Russia moves against chemical weapons watchdog

After U.N. veto, Russia moves against chemical weapons watchdogBy Anthony Deutsch THE HAGUE (Reuters) – After blocking U.N. Security Council action against Syria, Russia has proposed changing the rules for inspectors at the world’s chemical weapons body in The Hague, a move Western diplomats and experts said would undermine its work. It is the latest confrontation between Russia, a close ally and military backer of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and the West over an international inquiry established to determine who is behind ongoing chemical attacks in Syria’s civil war.



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'Is Ambassador Kislyak in the Room?' Jeff Sessions Jokes About Russia Ties During Conference

'Is Ambassador Kislyak in the Room?' Jeff Sessions Jokes About Russia Ties During ConferenceThe attorney general's relationship with Russia is under scrutiny



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Robert Mueller 'subpoenas Trump election campaign for Russia documents'

Robert Mueller 'subpoenas Trump election campaign for Russia documents'Special counsel Robert Mueller is said to have subpoenaed President Donald Trump’s election campaign for documents regarding Russia. Mr Mueller, currently leading an investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Kremlin, reportedly requested documents and emails from over a dozen top campaign officials that include several keywords related to Russia. A source told the Wall Street Journal the subpoena would not compel testimony before a grand jury.



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Russia Nixes Billionaire Plan to Turn the Tu-160 Bomber into the Ultimate Passenger Jet

Russia Nixes Billionaire Plan to Turn the Tu-160 Bomber into the Ultimate Passenger JetRich businessmen around the world want Russia to turn its Tupolev-160 strategic bomber into a private jet. A senior Tupolev executive claims that the aircraft manufacturer has turned down many requests to civilianize its Tu-160 (NATO codename Blackjack), a long-range strategic bomber that resembles America’s B-1 Lancer, and its TU-22M3 Backfire bomber.



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How Russia, Iran and China Could 'Sink' America's Nuclear Submarines

How Russia, Iran and China Could 'Sink' America's Nuclear SubmarinesA greater investment in anti-submarine warfare would be a great place to start. New detection methods could also help, although such methods could also be used against Washington’s subs. Here’s an idea: maybe America should get in on the act and get some of its own? There is no force patrolling the world’s oceans more powerful than the mighty U.S. Navy.



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Report: Mueller Issued Subpoena To Trump Campaign For Russia Documents

Report: Mueller Issued Subpoena To Trump Campaign For Russia DocumentsSpecial counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators reportedly issued a subpoena to President Donald Trump’s campaign last month, requesting Russia-related documents from over a dozen top officials, reports the Wall Street Journal.



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Jeff Sessions Says He Forgot Trump Adviser's Russia Comments In 'Chaos' Of Campaign

Jeff Sessions Says He Forgot Trump Adviser's Russia Comments In 'Chaos' Of CampaignWASHINGTON ― Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Tuesday that he had “no recollection” of a former Trump campaign adviser’s comments on Russia during a March 2016 Trump campaign meeting on national security ― until, that is, it emerged that George Papadopoulos had pled guilty to lying to FBI agents working with the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election.



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Erdogan swipes at Russia, U.S. missions in Syria

Erdogan swipes at Russia, U.S. missions in SyriaANKARA/SOCHI (Reuters) – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan took swipes at U.S. and Russian interventions in Syria on Monday and said if countries truly believed a military solution was impossible, they should withdraw their troops. Russian President Vladimir Putin and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump said in a joint statement on Saturday they would continue to fight against Islamic State in Syria, while agreeing that there was no military solution to the country’s wider, six-year-old conflict. “I am having trouble understanding these comments,” Erdogan told reporters before flying to Russia for talks with Putin.



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Israel signals free hand in Syria as U.S., Russia expand truce

Israel signals free hand in Syria as U.S., Russia expand truceBy Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel signaled on Sunday that it would keep up military strikes across its frontier with Syria to prevent any encroachment by Iranian-allied forces, even as the United States and Russia try to build up a ceasefire in the area. U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday affirmed joint efforts to stabilize Syria as its civil war wanes, including with the expansion of a July 7 truce in the southwestern triangle bordering Israel and Jordan. A U.S. State Department official said Russia had agreed “to work with the Syrian regime to remove Iranian-backed forces a defined distance” from the Golan Heights frontier with Israel, which captured the plateau in the 1967 Middle East war.



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We'll buy arms from Russia, Philippines' Duterte tells Putin

We'll buy arms from Russia, Philippines' Duterte tells PutinPhilippine President Rodrigo Duterte thanked Moscow on Friday for its “timely assistance” in defeating pro-Islamic State militants who took over a southern city for months, expressing his willingness to buy Russian weapons. “I want to build a strong armed forces and a strong police and the reason is very important for you to know that we are eyeing – we are buying arms from Russia this time,” Duterte told Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Vietnam. The Philippines was to buy more than 20,000 assault rifles from the United States, but some senators, concerned with Duterte’s human rights record and rising killings, blocked that sale.



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