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Trump Offers $430,000 Of His Own Money For Aides' Legal Fees In Russian Probe

Trump Offers $  430,000 Of His Own Money For Aides' Legal Fees In Russian ProbeDonald Trump is offering at least $ 430,000 of his own funds to help defray the legal costs of aides amid federal probes into Russian influence in the presidential election.



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Netanyahu presses Russian defence minister on Iran

Netanyahu presses Russian defence minister on IranIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held talks with Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu on Tuesday, saying his country will not allow Iran to “establish itself militarily in Syria”. Both Russia and Iran, Israel’s main enemy, are backing President Bashar al-Assad’s regime in the civil war in neighbouring Syria.



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Obama administration approved nuclear deal with Kremlin after FBI uncovered Russian bribery plot

Obama administration approved nuclear deal with Kremlin after FBI uncovered Russian bribery plotThe Obama administration potentially knew of corruption at a Russian nuclear supplier years before it agreed to sign over 20 per cent of US’s uranium supply to the company, a new report has claimed. The Hill claims federal agents found evidence of illegal payments made to an employee at a Russian nuclear company years before the Obama administration allowed the company to make a major business deal.



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Russian trolls were schooled on ‘House of Cards’

Russian trolls were schooled on ‘House of Cards’A former Russian internet troll says the training for influencing the American election included screening "House of Cards," and reading – and writing – comments on the websites of the New York Times and the Washington Post.



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Russian police detain 66 anti-Putin protesters: monitors

Russian police detain 66 anti-Putin protesters: monitorsRussian police on Saturday violently broke up an opposition rally in Saint Petersburg and detained more than 60 people protesting against President Vladimir Putin on his birthday, a monitoring group said. Artyom Platov, spokesman for OVD-Info, a group that monitors politically motivated arrests, said at least 66 had been arrested in Russia’s second city and Putin’s hometown. Witnesses said police violently broke up the rally in which some 3,000 people took part, throwing protesters into police vans, injuring several demonstrators and forcing some to run for cover.



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Russian police detain 66 anti-Putin protesters: monitors

Russian police detain 66 anti-Putin protesters: monitorsRussian police on Saturday violently broke up an opposition rally in Saint Petersburg and detained more than 60 people protesting against President Vladimir Putin on his birthday, a monitoring group said. Artyom Platov, spokesman for OVD-Info, a group that monitors politically motivated arrests, said at least 66 had been arrested in Russia’s second city and Putin’s hometown. Witnesses said police violently broke up the rally in which some 3,000 people took part, throwing protesters into police vans, injuring several demonstrators and forcing some to run for cover.



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Russian protesters rally on Vladimir Putin's birthday

Russian protesters rally on Vladimir Putin's birthdayPolice detained more than 100 supporters of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny on Saturday as thousands rallied nationwide on President Vladimir Putin's 65th birthday, calling for the leader to retire.  Mr Putin, who has now reached the official retirement age of lower-ranking state employees, is widely expected to run again in next year's presidential election and enjoys a high approval rating. Mr Navalny has declared his intention to run in the election next March and was campaigning in provincial cities as part of his long-shot bid for the presidency.  He was arrested late last month and a court last week sentenced him to 20 days in jail on charges of repeatedly violating a law on organising public meetings. Demonstrators attend an unauthorised anti-Kremlin rally called by opposition leader Alexei Navalny Credit: AFP Mr Navalny's arrest galvanised supporters in 80 cities, who turned out on Saturday in a nationwide protest against the ruling. "I came out to support the opposition because I don't agree with the course our country has taken," said Anatoly Morozov, a student dressed in a fox costume at the St Petersburg protest. "The ignorance and insanity has reached impossible levels." Protesters chanted "Free Navalny," "Putin's a theif" and "Fourth term in prison," referring to the president's expected run for re-election. Last year Mr Putin played hockey on his birthday, but the mood this year was not as light. The Kremlin said on Friday he would be taking phone calls and attending a meeting of the security council in Sochi. Russian riot-police seen blocking Liteiny Prospekt on today Navalny support march in St-Petersburg Credit: DMITRI BELIAKOV for The Telegraph Local authorities refused permission for many of the demonstrations and told residents not to attend. Mr Putin's spokesman warned that violators could be prosecuted, but activists declared they would go ahead anyway. “Many supporters want to see Navalny as president, they come out on the streets because for now that's the only format in which they can express this,” said Polina Kostyleva, the head of Mr Navalny's St Petersburg campaign office. She was detained and fined this week after police raided the office and found fliers about the protest. A demonstrator chats slogans during an unauthorised anti-Kremlin rally Credit: AFP Police in several cities detained campaign activists before the protests even began. In the Urals city of Yekaterinburg, where an estimated 700 people came to the demonstration including maverick mayor Yevgeny Roizman, police detained at least 18 people, according to independent monitoring group OVD-Info. In Moscow, protesters chanted “down with the tsar” and marched toward the Kremlin before running into a wall of riot police. Russian riot-police seen arresting protester on today Navalny support march in St-Petersburg Credit: DMITRI BELIAKOV for The Telegraph At least one protester was detained, but there were no mass arrests that took place at protests in June, when 850 people were taken into custody. Police said 700 people had participated while activists put the number as high as 2,000.



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Russian strike kills 38 fleeing civilians in east Syria: monitor

Russian strike kills 38 fleeing civilians in east Syria: monitorA Russian air strike killed 38 civilians on Wednesday as they tried to cross the Euphrates river to escape fighting in eastern Syria’s Deir Ezzor province, a monitor said. Deir Ezzor borders Iraq and civilians have fled into the province to escape the battles against IS in their own country. Two campaigns are being fought against IS in east Deir Ezzor, with one on the western side of the Euphrates river that slices diagonally across the province led by Syrian troops and backed by ally Russia.



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IS claims Damascus attack, capture of Russian soldiers

IS claims Damascus attack, capture of Russian soldiersBEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group on Tuesday claimed a pair of suicide bombings in Damascus that killed 17 civilians and policemen, and released a video purporting to show two Russian soldiers the extremists claim to have captured in fighting in eastern Syria.



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Court jails Russian opposition leader Navalny for 20 days

Court jails Russian opposition leader Navalny for 20 daysMOSCOW (AP) — A Moscow court on Monday sent Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny to jail for 20 days for calling for an unsanctioned protest, which would keep him away from a major rally this weekend.



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