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Hillary Clinton mocks Trump by donning Russian hat during Yale speech: 'If you can't beat them, join them'

Hillary Clinton mocks Trump by donning Russian hat during Yale speech: 'If you can't beat them, join them'Hillary Clinton has publicly mocked US president Donald Trump by pulling out a Russian hat in the middle of a speech at Yale University. The president’s former Democrat rival brandished the distinctive Ushanka headgear in an apparent dig at Mr Trump over the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible links between his campaign and the Kremlin. During Sunday’s speech, Yale alumna Ms Clinton referred to the university’s tradition of wearing outlandish hats on graduation day – explaining she had decided to join in.



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Putin says Russian frigates in Mediterranean on standby over Syria threat

Putin says Russian frigates in Mediterranean on standby over Syria threatRussian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that Russian military vessels with Kalibr cruise missiles would be on permanent standby in the Mediterranean to counter what he said was the terrorist threat in Syria. The deployment shows how Russia has increased its military presence in the Middle East since it launched an intervention in Syria in 2015, turning the tide of the civil war in favor of its close ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Russia has in the past fired Kalibr cruise missiles from frigates and submarines stationed in the Mediterranean Sea at militant targets to support Syrian army offensives.



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The Russian Troll Facebook Ads Barely Targeted Swing States

The Russian Troll Facebook Ads Barely Targeted Swing StatesWASHINGTON ― Did Russians target the key swing states with their social media



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Paris terror attack: Knifeman shot dead by police after killing one and injuring four was Russian, sources say

Paris terror attack: Knifeman shot dead by police after killing one and injuring four was Russian, sources sayThe knifeman who killed one person and wounded four others in a suspected terror attack in central Paris was a Russian born in Chechnya in 1997, a judicial source said on Sunday. Armed with a knife, the attacker lunged at bystanders in the French capital on Saturday night, killing at least one man and injuring four others before being shot dead by police. The assailant shouted ‘Allahu Akhbar’ (Arabic for God is greatest) as he struck pedestrians. Two of the injured were in serious condition. His parents have been taken into custody, the source added. Forensic officers and French policemen walk in Monsigny street in Paris centre after one person was killed and several injured by a man armed with a knife Credit: AFP Islamic State of the Iraq and the Levant (Isil) claimed responsibility for the attack, according to the SITE monitoring group, but provided no corroborating proof. In a tweet, the French President Emmanuel Macron said: “France is paying the price of blood once again but is not yielding an inch to the enemies of freedom "I salute on behalf of all French people the courage of the police officers who neutralised the terrorist," he added  The attack took place around 9pm on rue Monsigny in the heart of Paris near the Palais Garnier Opera House in the 2nd arrondissement. The area, which has many cafés, restaurants, cinemas and theatres, was packed with people out for the evening. Policemen stand guard in Paris centre after one person was killed and several injured in a knife attack in Paris on May 12, 2018. The assailant was killed by police Credit: AFP PHOTO  The unnamed attacker targeted five people and then fled, according to Paris police and a witness. A 29-year-old man was killed, and four others were injured.  Police first attempted to taser the attacker, but opened fire after failing to subdue him, witnesses said. Police cordoned off the area after the attack and emergency vehicles converged on the neighbourhood. The attacker, who was dressed in black and reportedly looked in his early 20s, was not carrying ID and Pierre Gaudin, an official at Paris Prefecture,  said his motives were still unknown. Forensic officers were examining evidence at the scene and police said they would try to identify the attacker from his fingerprints and DNA, and by using facial recognition technology. Loic Travers, a police union spokesman, said the onslaught was similar to a knife attack carried out by a suspected jihadist in Marseille last year.  Forensic officers and French policemen stand in Monsigny street in Paris centre Credit: AFP François Molins, the Paris prosecutor, said a terrorism investigation had been opened and confirmed the attacker had shouted “Allahu Akbar”. Yvan Assioma, a police union spokesman, described the man as "bearded, with long hair.” Mr Assioma said he "looked North African.” Mr Collomb said his “first thoughts are with the victims of this odious act.” He added: "I salute the sang-froid and quick reactions of the police.” Kiomi, a woman who witnessed the attack, described the assailant as “dark-haired, of medium build.” Another witness, Fiona Zanetti, said she was in a restaurant when the attack happened. “The guy just targeted people, at random it seemed, attacking them in the street where they were standing or walking. People started running.” A third witness, a restaurant worker, said: “There was a lady standing near the entrance of the restaurant and he went for her and then stabbed her boyfriend. There was chaos, and then there were two shots.” Firefighters vehicles block Saint Augustin street in Paris centre after one person was killed and several injured  Credit: AFP Charles Pellegrin, a journalist, said: “I came out of a comedy show and was told to go back inside immediately because there was a madman with a knife. Once inside, we heard sirens and two gun shots.” More than 245 people have been killed in a string of jihadist attacks across France in the past three years.  In November 2015, gunmen wearing suicide vests killed 130 people at the Bataclan concert venue and nearby bars and restaurants. On 14 July 2016, a Tunisian man drove a 19-ton lorry into crowds of families on the Nice beachfront as they watched a Bastille Day fireworks display. The Isil group claimed both attacks. A knife attack outside the main railway station in Marseille in October last year that killed two young women was claimed by Isil, but French investigators have not confirmed it was a jihadist attack. In March this year, four people were killed by an Islamist armed with a gun and a knife, who attacked motorists, police and supermarket shoppers near Carcassone, in southern France. Arnaud Beltrame, a gendarme, was killed after volunteering to take the place of a woman hostage. Islamists have repeatedly targeted French police. In a 2016 attack, a policeman and his partner were stabbed to death at their home.  



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U.S. fighter jets intercept Russian bombers in international airspace off Alaska

U.S. fighter jets intercept Russian bombers in international airspace off Alaska(Reuters) – Two U.S. fighter jets intercepted two Russian bombers in international airspace off the coast of Alaska on Friday. The Russian TU-95 "Bear" bombers flew into a so-called Air Defense Identification Zone located about 200 miles off Alaska's west coast, at about 10 a.m. EST (1400 GMT), North American Aerospace Defense Command spokesman Canadian Army Major Andrew Hennessy said in a statement to CNN. Two Alaska-based NORAD F-22 fighter jets intercepted and visually identified the Russian bombers until they left the identification zone and the Russian aircraft never entered U.S. …



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Russian bombers intercepted off Alaska: NORAD

Russian bombers intercepted off Alaska: NORADWashington (AFP) – US fighter jets intercepted two Russian bombers in international air space off western Alaska, the North American Aerospace Defense Command said Saturday.



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Exclusive: Sanctioned Russian tycoon hands back his private jets

Exclusive: Sanctioned Russian tycoon hands back his private jetsBy Rinat Sagdiev and Polina Ivanova MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian tycoon Oleg Deripaska has handed back three private jets he was leasing because U.S. sanctions imposed on him last month make it impossible to keep using the planes, the firm retained by the owners to sell the aircraft said on Thursday. The aircraft are Gulfstream executive jets, favored by jet-setting business people for their long range and plush interiors. The return of the aircraft is an indication of how deeply the sanctions have affected Deripaska’s business empire, extending beyond the direct impact on his Rusal aluminum firm, whose sales and supply chains have been heavily disrupted.



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Exclusive: Sanctioned Russian tycoon hands back his private jets

Exclusive: Sanctioned Russian tycoon hands back his private jetsBy Rinat Sagdiev and Polina Ivanova MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian tycoon Oleg Deripaska has handed back three private jets he was leasing because U.S. sanctions imposed on him last month make it impossible to keep using the planes, the firm retained by the owners to sell the aircraft said on Thursday. The return of the aircraft is an indication of how deeply the sanctions have affected Deripaska’s business empire, extending beyond the direct impact on his Rusal aluminum firm, whose sales and supply chains have been heavily disrupted. Alireza Ittihadieh, director of Freestream, an aviation sales company that listed the three jets for sale, said the jets were owned by lenders Credit Suisse and Raiffeisen, and were then leased via a management company to Deripaska-controlled firms.



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The Curious Case Of The Russian Oligarch And National Park Service Latrines

The Curious Case Of The Russian Oligarch And National Park Service LatrinesWASHINGTON — Sanctions that the Trump administration slapped on a Russian



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Firm tied to Russian oligarch gave Michael Cohen $500,000, says Stormy Daniels' lawyer

Firm tied to Russian oligarch gave Michael Cohen $  500,000, says Stormy Daniels' lawyerThe payments were allegedly made between January and August 2017. Donald Trump’s attorney and legal fixer, Michael Cohen, was paid half a million dollars by a company affiliated with a Russian oligarch closely linked to Vladimir Putin, according to extraordinary allegations published on Tuesday. The claim was made in a research document drafted and posted online by Michael Avenatti, a lawyer for Stephanie Clifford, the pornographic film actor known as Stormy Daniels, who alleged she was paid in 2016 in return for agreeing not to disclose that she had sex with Trump.



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