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Russian Bots Poised to Target US Midterm Elections

A site linked to the 2016 meddling claims to provide 'objective and independent" information'

(Newser) - An array of Russia-linked bots, trolls, and sites like one called USAReally appear to be testing the waters for pulling off meddling similar to that seen in the 2016 presidential election in the upcoming midterms, reports the AP . USAReally was launched in May by the Federal News Agency, part of... More »

Pussy Riot Issues Demands

Russian protest group claims responsibility for World Cup rushers

(Newser) - "Hello everyone from Luzhniki field, it's cool here!" So tweeted Pussy Riot after claiming responsibility for four people who rushed the World Cup final field Sunday in Moscow, the Washington Post reports. The one man and three women briefly stopped play by appearing in police uniforms,... More »

Authorities ID Source of Nerve Agent: a Small Bottle

Novichok found in residence of man poisoned; his girlfriend has died

(Newser) - A British mother of three died last week after she and her boyfriend were exposed to the same nerve agent blamed in the poisoning of a spy. Now investigators have traced the poison in the latest case to a bottle found in the home of boyfriend Charlie Rowley, who was... More »

The World's Biggest Digital Heist Is Ongoing

The Carbanak gang continues, even after a major arrest

(Newser) - A typhoon was winding down in Taipei on July 10, 2016, but two men braved the rain to make a surprise withdrawal from First Commercial Bank: stacks of bills that the ATM spat out without either man touching a button. They were two of 15 "mules" stealing the equivalent... More »

Couple Sickened by Novichok Handled Contaminated Item

Charlie Rowley, Dawn Sturgess described as found foaming at the mouth

(Newser) - The UK on Wednesday confirmed that the two people who lie critically ill in Salisbury District Hospital were exposed to Novichok, the same nerve agent that sickened Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia. The BBC reports the pair are Charlie Rowley, 45, and Dawn Sturgess, 44; Metropolitan Police on Thursday... More »

World Cup City's Suggestion to Locals: Take Showers Together

Due to heat and 'thousands of guests' in Russian city of Samara, there's a strain on water supply

(Newser) - Residents of the World Cup host city of Samara are being urged to take showers in pairs because the influx of fans is putting a strain on water supplies, the AP reports. The Samara Communal Systems utility company says the combination of a heat wave and "thousands of guests"... More »

Nerve Agent That Sickened Former Spy Strikes Again

Two people hospitalized in critical condition in England after exposure to same toxin

(Newser) - For the second time in four months, two people lie critically ill in England's Salisbury District Hospital after being exposed to a military-grade nerve agent developed in the Soviet Union, British police confirmed late Wednesday. The country's chief counterterrorism police officer says tests at Britain's defense laboratory... More »

Russia Pulls Off One of Biggest Upsets Ever in World Cup

Russia defeated Spain in a shootout

(Newser) - Russia shockingly eliminated Spain from the World Cup , surviving two hours of dominance by the 2010 champions in a 1-1 draw and then winning a penalty shootout 4-3, AP reports. Russia's captain and goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev saved spot-kicks from Jorge "Koke" Resurreccion and Iago Aspas, while all four... More »

The Trump-Putin Summit Is Happening

The event is expected to take place before or after the NATO summit next month

(Newser) - The long-anticipated Trump-Putin summit is now official. The US president and the Russian president will meet, likely in July, according to the Wall Street Journal . The meeting was announced by US National Security Adviser John Bolton after he met with Vladimir Putin on Wednesday; the timing and location will be... More »

'Too Far': Reporter Groped at World Cup Speaks Out

Julieth Gonzalez Theran says she was 'humiliated'

(Newser) - "We do not deserve this treatment," says a female reporter groped and kissed by a male bystander during a live report on the World Cup from Russia. Colombia's Julieth Gonzalez Theran completed the June 14 segment for Deutsche Welle's Spanish news channel without missing a beat—... More »

Odds of a Trump-Putin Meeting Just Got Better

National security adviser John Bolton is headed to Moscow to help prep

(Newser) - President Trump may have another high-profile summit to attend in the near future. National security adviser John Bolton will travel to Moscow next week to discuss a possible meeting between Trump and Vladimir Putin, reports Politico . A National Security Council spokesperson tweeted that Bolton will first meet with US allies... More »

Burger King Sorry for 'Clearly Offensive' World Cup Offer

It offered money, free Whoppers to women impregnated by soccer stars

(Newser) - Burger King's offer of lifetime supplies of Whoppers for Russian women came with a catch: They first had to be impregnated by a World Cup player. Now comes the seemingly inevitable apology: "We are sorry about the clearly offensive promotion that the team in Russia launched online,"... More »

Lump on Woman's Face Turns Out to Have Living Thing Inside

Well, this is disturbing

(Newser) - A Russian woman who watched perplexed as a lump appeared on her face and then moved from one place to the next discovered the lump was alive. Specifically, the woman had a parasitic worm, whose movement she tracked in selfies. Per LiveScience , the woman first photographed the lump below her... More »

Trump's 'Space Force' Raises 'Alarming' Flags for One Nation

Rep for Russian Foreign Ministry says new military branch would have 'destabilizing effect'

(Newser) - President Trump announced his plans Monday to build the "Space Force," a "separate but equal" sixth branch of the US military, spurring a fair amount of in-depth criticism , joshing , and outright mockery . But one nation in particular is taking Trump's pledge quite seriously, even expressing concern,... More »

Little Bugs are Big Annoyance For World Cup Athletes

The little midge is a mighty problem in Volgograd

(Newser) - Little bugs were a big annoyance at the World Cup on Monday. During England's 2-1 victory over Tunisia, midges descended on the Volgograd Arena. Players from both sides, but particularly those from England, spent an undue amount of time trying to ward them off during the match per the... More »

Roger Stone: Russian Wanted $2M for Dirt on Hillary

Trump confidant now recalls meeting with mysterious Russian

(Newser) - Two associates of President Trump claim the whole thing was an FBI setup. Longtime Trump confidant Roger Stone admits he met a man with a thick Russian accent in Florida in 2016, and the man—who went by the name Henry Greenberg—wanted $2 million for political dirt on Hillary... More »

Secret Russian Order Could Be 'Catastrophic' for Historians

A museum studying Soviet prison camps uncovers 2014 directive

(Newser) - A museum studying Soviet prison camps said Friday it has discovered a secret Russian order in 2014 instructing officials to destroy data on prisoners—a move it said "could have catastrophic consequences for studying the history of the camps." Up to 17 million people were sent to the... More »

Trump on G7: 'Russia Should Be in This Meeting'

President made remarks as he left White House for summit in Canada

(Newser) - President Trump is calling for Russia to be reinstated to the leading group of industrialized nations, now known as the Group of Seven, the AP reports. "Now, I love our country. I have been Russia's worst nightmare," Trump told reporters on the South Lawn of the White... More »

Putin Scoffs at US Indictment of His 'Chef'

Says the indictment of 13 Russians is 'ridiculous'

(Newser) - President Vladimir Putin ridiculed the US indictment of 13 Russians in a television interview broadcast late Monday, scoffing at the notion that a person described as his chef could interfere with a US presidential election, the AP reports. Special counsel Robert Mueller in February charged Yevgeny Prigozhin, a wealthy businessman... More »

Journalist Reveals How His Death Was Faked

It involved pig's blood, bullet-riddled shirt

(Newser) - How does a Russian journalist fake his own murder in Ukraine? Pig's blood and a make-up artist. That's what Arkady Babchenko said Thursday in an interview from Kiev cited by Reuters . Babchenko, whose wife found him in their apartment building, said he was even taught how to fall... More »

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