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Think You've Had a Bad Flight Delay? Talk to These Folks

Passengers on an Air France flight to Shanghai got stuck in Siberia for 3 days

(Newser) - Bad: your flight making an emergency landing due to smoke in the cabin. Worse: being holed up for three days in a place that wasn't your original destination. Worst of all: that place being one of the farthest reaches of Russia. That was the plight of nearly 300 passengers... More »

'US Military Superiority Is No Longer Assured'

Commission warns Russia, China could prevail in war

(Newser) - A new report to Congress delivers a "flashing red" warning of a national security crisis. It's no migrant caravan, but the general degradation of American military might. "The US military could suffer unacceptably high casualties and loss of major capital assets in its next conflict. It might... More »

Illegal Russian 'Whale Jail' Investigated

Dozens of orcas, belugas seen in cramped pens

(Newser) - Some of the world's most majestic creatures are being kept in cramped conditions in an illegal "whale jail" in Russia, activists say. Prosecutors in the city of Vladivostok in Russia's Far East opened an investigation after drone video was released showing dozens of beluga whales and orcas... More »

Controversial Rohrabacher Loses His House Seat

Long-serving Republican loses to Democrat Harley Rouda in California

(Newser) - A familiar name in Congress won't be returning. Republican Dana Rohrabacher has lost his seat in Orange County, California, to Democrat Harley Rouda after serving almost 30 years. The AP called the race Saturday, with Rouda at 52% and up by about 8,500 votes. The 71-year-old Rohrabacher is... More »

Macron Calls for 'European Army' to Counter US, Russia

'Peace in Europe is precarious,' French president says, warning against rising nationalism

(Newser) - Emmanuel Macron is calling for the formation of a "real European army," and while two of that potential force's foes, per the French president, are usual suspects, it's the third that's raising eyebrows. During a tour of WWI memorials in Verdun on Tuesday, Macron encouraged... More »

Another Selfie Mishap, This One Caught on Video

Artworks by Salvador Dali, Francisco Goya now need fixing in Russia

(Newser) - An artwork by Salvador Dali is in need of repair after a selfie attempt gone wrong in Russia. Some women visiting Yekaterinburg's International Arts Center Main Avenue were reportedly attempting a selfie near a temporary wall showcasing two artworks—an etching by Spanish painter Francisco Goya and Dali's... More »

Pentagon to Hackers: Go Ahead, Access Russia's Cyber Systems

It's reportedly part of DOD plan in preparation for cyberattack if Russia interferes with midterms

(Newser) - What may soon become a more "regular currency of war": cyberattacks, per the Center for Public Integrity , and it notes that the US Department of Defense may start cashing in as early as next week. Current and former senior US officials reveal to the investigative journalism nonprofit that the... More »

'Extensive' Porn Browsing Led to Malware on Gov't Network

USGS employee visited 9K adult sites: inspector general's report

(Newser) - Russian malware found infecting a US government network got the in from a US Geological Survey employee who violated agency rules about watching porn on a government-issued computer. That's according to a Oct. 17 report by the Department of the Interior's inspector general, which found the unnamed employee... More »

Trump Ridicules Report About Risky iPhone Habits

NYT says China and Russia are eavesdropping on his iPhone calls

(Newser) - A new report from the New York Times accuses President Trump of being so lax with his phone habits that Russia and China routinely listen in on his personal conversations. Trump, however, ridiculed the idea in a morning tweet . "The so-called experts on Trump over at the New York... More »

Putin Pokes Fun at Official US Seal During Bolton Meeting

He had a question about the eagle

(Newser) - Russian President Vladimir Putin poked fun at the official seal of the United States while hosting President Trump's national security adviser Tuesday, saying he wondered if the American eagle had plucked all the olives from the branch in its talon. While sitting down with John Bolton at the Kremlin,... More »

Trump Says US Will Build Up Nukes After Pact Pullout

The president says he wants countries like China and Russia to come to their senses

(Newser) - President Trump issued a warning on Monday to world players: until you follow our rules, we'll be building more nukes. After announcing over the weekend that the US will pull out of the decades-old Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia, Trump told reporters "until people come to their... More »

Gorbachev: Trump's Move 'Not the Work of a Great Mind'

He's alarmed by plan to pull out of nuke treaty

(Newser) - Mikhail Gorbachev is puzzled and alarmed by President Trump's plan to pull the US out of a treaty that is part of his—and Ronald Reagan's—legacy. The 87-year-old former Soviet leader told Russia's Interfax news agency Sunday that Trump's move to scrap the Intermediate-Range Nuclear... More »

Russia to Trump: Treaty Pullout a 'Very Dangerous Step'

Britain 'absolutely' stands with White House, while Germany calls the move 'regrettable'

(Newser) - A day after President Trump announced his intention to scrap a landmark arms control deal with Russia, the Kremlin called the pullout "a very dangerous step." Trump is sending national security adviser John Bolton to Moscow to meet with Russian leaders, including Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Security... More »

Trump to Pull US Out of Nuke Pact With Russia

The president accused Moscow of violating the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty

(Newser) - President Donald Trump said Saturday he will pull the United States from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty because Russia has violated the agreement. The 1987 pact, which helps protect the security of the U.S. and its allies in Europe and the Far East, prohibits the United States and Russia... More »

Justice Dept: We Caught Russians Meddling in Midterms

Feds charge a Russian woman, Elena Khusyaynova, who works for a Putin ally

(Newser) - The FBI has been warning for a while that the Russians would try to interfere in the midterms, and the Justice Department has just brought a criminal case alleging just that. The feds charged a 44-year-old Russian woman, Elena Khusyaynova, with conspiracy to defraud the US, reports the Washington Post ... More »

Russians Blame 'Western Subculture' for School Massacre

'Everything started with the tragic events in schools in the US,' Putin says

(Newser) - After Wednesday's massacre at a vocational school in Crimea , Russians are looking for answers—and some of them are looking toward the West. Vladimir Putin said Thursday that the gun and bomb attack carried out by a student in Kerch "appears to be a result of globalization,"... More »

Russians to 'Go to Heaven' in a Nuclear Attack, Putin Says

He spoke on many topics at the annual Valdai Discussion Club

(Newser) - If Russia is ever attacked with nuclear weapons, the Russian victims will "go to heaven" as "martyrs," says Russian President Vladimir Putin, who made the comments Thursday during the annual Valdai Discussion Club in Sochi, the AFP reports. As for the aggressors in an attack on Russia:... More »

'The Boys Have Landed': 2 Astronauts' Close Call

American Nick Hague and Russian Alexei Ovchinin appear fine after rocket fails

(Newser) - Thursday morning's failure of a Russian rocket provided some white-knuckle moments for space officials in the US and Russia, but the two men who had to bail out for an emergency landing look to be unscathed. NASA posted images of US astronaut Nick Hague and Russia's Aleksey Ovchinin... More »

Intel Firm: Here's News on the 2nd Poisoning Suspect

Bellingcat says Alexander Petrov is really a doctor-spy

(Newser) - One of the two suspects in the poisoning of an ex-spy in England is a trained doctor who works for Russian military intelligence and traveled to Britain under an alias, investigative group Bellingcat reported Monday. Bellingcat says on its website that the man British authorities identified as Alexander Petrov is... More »

US Accuses 7 Russian Officers of Hacking

After other nations similarly level accusations against the GRU

(Newser) - The Justice Department on Thursday charged seven Russian intelligence officers with hacking anti-doping agencies and other organizations hours after Western officials leveled new accusations against Moscow's secretive GRU military spy agency, per the AP . Before the US indictment was announced, Western nations accused the GRU of new cybercrimes, with... More »

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