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Russia Mad It Can't Hang Around US Polling Places

Russian officials wanted to monitor the election in TX, LA, and OK

(Newser) - Russia apparently wanted to send officials to monitor the Nov. 8 US election in three states and is very upset it was turned down, USA Today reports. Russian officials sent requests to Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas asking to be allowed to have monitors at polling locations there. According to Politico... More »

WikiLeaks Releases New Clinton Campaign Emails

Clinton campaign implies Russia is behind leaks

(Newser) - WikiLeaks has released a second batch of emails allegedly from Hillary Clinton's campaign chief John Podesta. Unlike the first group of leaked emails— which included excerpts from Hillary Clinton's sought-after Wall Street speeches — no showstopping info has yet surfaced from this batch of some 2,000 emails... More »

US Officially Accuses Russia of Trying to Influence Election

'This is a huge deal'

(Newser) - The US bluntly accused Russia on Friday of hacking American political sites and email accounts in an effort to interfere with the upcoming presidential election, the AP reports. Moscow dismissed the accusations, which significantly worsen US-Russia relations that already had deteriorated to the lowest point in years. The White House... More »

Russia to US: Don't Think About Striking Syrian Army

Moscow has 'taken all necessary measures'

(Newser) - The Russian military on Thursday strongly warned the United States against striking the Syrian army, noting that its air defense weapons in Syria stand ready to fend off any attack. The statement underlined high tensions between Moscow and Washington after the collapse of a US-Russia-brokered Syria truce and the Syrian... More »

Russia-Made Kids Bed Modeled on Launcher That Shot MH17

Furniture-maker doesn't see a problem

(Newser) - A Dutch probe into what and who shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine in July 2014 is now pointing the finger at a surface-to-air missile brought into play by Russia. Which is why, perhaps, some people are outraged that a Russian furniture company has opted to design a... More »

US-Russia Relations Just Took 2 Big Hits

Moscow scraps plutonium pact as talks over Syria are suspended

(Newser) - Relations between the White House and the Kremlin have been souring of late, and that showed up in two tangible ways on Monday:
  • Plutonium: Vladimir Putin suspended a pact with the US in which the two nations agreed to dispose of surplus plutonium that could otherwise go into weapons. The
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Russia Warns Against US Attacks on Syrian Forces

Says any such attack 'will lead to terrible, tectonic consequences'

(Newser) - Russia has warned the US against carrying out any attacks on Syrian government forces, saying it would have repercussions across the Middle East, the AP reports. Russian news agencies quoted Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova as saying that a US intervention against the Syrian army "will lead to terrible,... More »

US Threatens Russia Over Syria as UN Decries 'Slaughterhouse'

John Kerry decries Russian and Syrian attacks, says US will cut off all contact

(Newser) - Secretary of State John Kerry is threatening to cut off all contact with Moscow over Syria, unless Russian and Syrian government attacks on Aleppo end, the AP reports. The State Department says Kerry issued the ultimatum in a Wednesday telephone call to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Kerry's spokesperson,... More »

Russian Missile Shot Down MH17: Investigators

Evidence in Dutch-led probe points to Buk missile brought into Ukraine from Russia

(Newser) - Dutch-led criminal investigators said Wednesday that after a two-year probe, they have solid evidence a Malaysian jet was shot down by a Buk missile moved into eastern Ukraine from Russia, the AP reports. Wilbert Paulissen, head of the Dutch National Police's Central Crime Investigation department, said communications intercepts showed... More »

Attack on Syrian Aid Convoy a 'Circle of Madness'

Witness tells 'NYT' everything went 'from paradise to hell' in a flash

(Newser) - Assistance for nearly 80,000 people in the Syrian town of Uram al-Kubra was on its way in a 31-truck convoy last week when the endeavor was blown to bits by airstrikes , killing nearly two dozen people and decimating 18 of the convoy's vehicles, per the New York Times ... More »

'Disturbing' Ties Between Trump Adviser and Russia: Report

Carter Page may be meeting with Russian officials about lifting sanctions

(Newser) - US intelligence officials are investigating a man who may or may not be a foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump and who may or may not be meeting with senior officials in the Russian government, Yahoo News reports. Carter Page—a businessman with a multitude of ties to Russia—was... More »

Dems: Russia Making 'Serious' Effort to Influence Election

Members of intelligence committees are convinced

(Newser) - The top Democrats on the House and Senate intelligence committees said Thursday they have concluded Russian intelligence agencies are making a "serious and concerted effort" to influence the US presidential election, the AP reports. A joint statement issued by Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Adam Schiff goes farther than... More »

Syrian Peace Hopes Rattled by 2 Big Hits

Medical unit hit, after aid convoy, while US and Russia are sniping

(Newser) - US and Russian diplomats say there's still hope of reviving a ceasefire in Syria, but developments on the ground suggest it would be a tall order. An overnight airstrike wiped out a mobile medical unit run by a French relief organization, reports the AP . At least five staffers from... More »

Russians Secretly Domesticated Foxes in Just 50 Years

No one thought it could be done with this most-untamable creature

(Newser) - For more than 50 years, scientists have been gathering foxes from the Russian wilderness and breeding them, picking the most human-friendly to mate to domesticate the supposedly untamable animals, much as dogs once were, reports. And it looks like the project the BBC says was started by Dmitry... More »

Video Shows Man Save Kitten Stuck on Highway

It's purrrrty cute

(Newser) - A surveillance video of a busy highway in Russia is melting hearts around the world: In it, a tiny kitten can be seen in the middle of the road in Kaliningrad on Monday as several vehicles drive around it, in what look to be near-misses at times. The kitten had... More »

Russia Riles Up Internet by Blocking Porn Sites

Government says complainers can 'meet someone in real life' instead

(Newser) - Anyone upset about Russia's recent blocking of 11 internet pornography sites should try to "meet someone in real life," according to the agency behind the ban. Roskomnadzor has the power to block websites the Russian government doesn't want its people to see, and the agency used... More »

Meteorologists Free After Being Trapped by Polar Bears

Supply ship arrives with flares to scare them off

(Newser) - Five Russian meteorologists trapped inside their Arctic weather station by a group of polar bears are free, at least for now. A relief ship reached their island with supplies and scared off the bears with flares, reports the Guardian . The ship also left behind flares and dogs to help keep... More »

Rio Revenge? Russian Hackers Hit Medical Info of US Athletes

'What we're seeing here is a digital temper tantrum,'

(Newser) - In what one analyst calls a "digital temper tantrum," hackers linked to the Russian government have hacked into the World Anti-Doping Agency's Olympic database and released information on star American athletes, including Serena and Venus Williams. WADA has confirmed the security breach, and the hacking group "... More »

Now, an Explanation for Russia's Blood-Red River

Norilsk Nickel blames the rain

(Newser) - As one of Russia's northernmost rivers turned a bloodlike red last week, plenty of fingers were pointed at the nearby Norilsk Nickel factory. But the world's "largest producer of nickel and palladium" initially had only denials, going so far as to say that "the color of... More »

US, Russia Announce Plan for Ceasefire in Syria

It could be a 'turning point' in the five-year civil war

(Newser) - Russia and the US announced plans for a ceasefire in the five-year Syrian civil war Friday, CNN reports. Under the agreement—which both the Syrian government and opposition groups have tentatively agreed to—calls for an end to hostilities starting at sundown on Monday. Secretary of State John Kerry says... More »

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