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News of Saudi-Russian Truce Pleases Markets

Trump says the nations are poised to end their oil dispute

(Newser) - Wall Street pushed higher Thursday after a surge in oil prices helped resuscitate beaten-down energy stocks. The gains helped overshadow another report showing the coronavirus outbreak is forcing a record-breaking number of Americans into the unemployment queue, per the AP . The S&P 500 rose more than 2% in morning... More »

US Getting Medical Supplies From a Surprising Source

Russia has dispatched a plane with masks and other medical gear

(Newser) - It's Vladimir Putin to the rescue? Russia has sent a military cargo plane to the US with masks and other medical equipment, reports Politico . It was due to arrive Wednesday, though the exact details of what it's carrying remain unclear. The move came after a one-on-one phone call... More »

Structure Made of Mammoth Bones Baffles Scientists

It was built 25K years ago in what is now Russia, and 'it does boggle my mind,' says researcher

(Newser) - Archaeologists have found plenty of structures made of mammoth bones across Eastern Europe over the years, but none quite like this one. Previously discovered ones were fairly small, suggesting they were used as dwellings. But this is not only older than the rest—figure about 25,000 years old—it'... More »

Trump: A 'Full Pardon' Might Be in Order

The president tweets about former national security adviser Michael Flynn

(Newser) - President Donald Trump said Sunday he is considering a full pardon for former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who had pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about dealings with Russia’s ambassador before Trump took office, the AP reports. Flynn attempted to withdraw the guilty plea in January, saying... More »

Those 4 Terms Putin Served? They Could Transform to 0

As a way for him to again run for president

(Newser) - President Putin through 2036? It's a very real possibility. In what the Guardian describes as "a series of choreographed political steps that took just over three hours" on Tuesday, Putin came before parliament and said he would back a proposed amendment to the constitution that had just been... More »

Official: Russia 'Wants to Watch Us Tear Ourselves Apart'

Kremlin is stoking racial tensions as part of bid to sow discord in election year

(Newser) - Russia is urging violence by white supremacist and black extremist groups with the goal to sow discord in the US, multiple intelligence officials tell the New York Times . The effort to inflame racial tensions is part of a larger bid to influence the presidential election—and, some say, to promote... More »

Oil Prices Plunge Again

Saudis, Russians argue about oil production amid coronavirus fears

(Newser) - Oil prices are plunging amid worries that an OPEC dispute will lead an economy weakened by COVID-19 to be awash in an oversupply of crude, the AP reports. Brent crude, the international standard, lost $8.77, or 19.3%, to $36.50, as of 7:23pm Eastern time on Sunday... More »

Putin Wants Constitution to Ban Same-Sex Marriage

He proposes amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman

(Newser) - Like George W. Bush before him, Vladimir Putin is supporting a constitutional amendment to define marriage as being between a man and a woman. Unlike the American leader, the Russian president is highly likely to see the amendment become the law of the land. Russian lawmakers said Monday that Putin'... More »

Thursday Deaths Mark Serious Escalation in Syria

Attack raises risk of Turkey, Russia confrontation

(Newser) - Turkey says a Syrian government airstrike on its forces in northwestern Syria Thursday night killed 33 of its troops, the highest number of Turkish soldiers killed in a single day since Ankara first intervened in the Syrian conflict in 2016. The deaths were a serious escalation in the direct conflict... More »

Bernie Has Message for Putin After Revelation on Meddling

Briefed 'about a month ago' on interference to help him, Sanders says, 'Stay out of American elections'

(Newser) - First the Washington Post and New York Times reported Russia is interfering to help President Trump win reelection , per US intel. Now the papers are adding a new scoop: that Russia is similarly trying to help Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primaries. Sanders told reporters Friday that he received a... More »

Trump Sees 'Hoax No. 7' Underway in DC

He slams report of Russian meddling in the 2020 election

(Newser) - Reports that intelligence officials informed Congress that Russia is meddling on President Trump's behalf in the 2020 election have caught Trump's attention, and he's not happy with the news—specifically that the lawmakers were informed about it. Sources told the New York Times and Washington Post that... More »

Ex-Congressman: Yeah, I Talked to Assange About a Pardon

But Rohrabacher says Trump had nothing to do with it

(Newser) - Former GOP congressman Dana Rohrabacher tells Yahoo News in a new interview that, yes, he did talk to Julian Assange about getting the WikiLeaks founder a presidential pardon if Assange said that Russia was not responsible for the DNC email leak . However, he says he never actually spoke to President... More »

North Korea's Purebred Horses Aren't Home Grown

Customs data shows the country imported a dozen last year

(Newser) - An odd footnote to the story of Kim Jong Un's 2019 rides up a snowy sacred mountain on a white horse: It turns out North Korea imported 12 purebred horses from Russia in October, the same month as Kim's first ride. Reuters reports that customs data shows the... More »

Artist Who Released Lewd Video of Macron Ally Arrested

Though not for that incident

(Newser) - The Russian performance artist who released a lewd video of one of French President Emmanuel Macron's political allies last week, ending the man's campaign for mayor of Paris , was arrested in Paris Saturday. But, though that move has been widely condemned, Petr Pavlensky was not detained because of... More »

Report: Ukraine Wants Money Back From US on 6 More Deals

Kyiv reportedly put down payments on $30M arms, ammo deals held up by US for at least a year

(Newser) - The impeachment of President Trump revolved around a midsummer phone call to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and the holdup of almost $400 million in US military aide to the country in its war with Russia. But according to three Ukrainian officials and an ex-US senior official who talked to BuzzFeed... More »

536 Fishermen Rescued From Giant Ice Floe

Russians say men ignored safety warnings

(Newser) - Russia's emergency services rescued 536 ice fishermen after they got stranded on a giant ice floe that broke off the island of Sakhalin in eastern Siberia, officials say. Around 60 more people were able to get back on the shore on their own Tuesday evening, emergency officials said. The... More »

Report: Russian Spies Posed as Plumbers in Davos

Though Russia raises some questions about the report

(Newser) - It sounds like the plot of a movie: Police in Davos, Switzerland, believe Russian spies attempted to infiltrate this week's World Economic Forum by posing as plumbers, according to a local report and the Financial Times . Suspicion first arose when police questioned two Russian men back in August, after... More »

Boiling Water Floods Hotel, Killing 5

Heating pipe burst in Russia basement hotel

(Newser) - A heating pipe burst Monday in small Russian hotel, flooding rooms with boiling water that killed five people, including a child, and left six others injured in the city of Perm, emergency officials say. The nine-room hotel was located in the basement of a residential building in the city near... More »

Radio Station Cuts Deal to Air 'Russian Propaganda'

That forced RM Broadcasting to register as a foreign agent

(Newser) - Kansas City radio lovers can now hear six hours of Russian state-owned media per day, the Hill reports. That's because a Florida-based company, RM Broadcasting LLC, has agreed with Radio Sputnik to broadcast its Russian media through the Alpine Broadcasting Corp, which airs on three frequencies around Kansas City... More »

Putin Just Made a Big Power Move

He proposes changes to constitution as the prime minister resigns

(Newser) - It doesn't look like Vladimir Putin plans on giving up power in Russia for a long, long time. Two big developments in Moscow on Wednesday are seen as the first steps in Putin's plan to stay in control even when his fourth presidential term expires in 2024. By... More »

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