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Russian police detain opposition leader, hundreds of protesters

Police detained hundreds of protesters across Russia on Sunday, including opposition leader Alexei Navalny, after thousands took to the streets to demonstrate against corruption and demand the resignation of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. Via: reuters.com The protests, reckoned to be the biggest since a wave of anti-Kremlin demonstrations in 2011/2012, come a year before a presidential election that Vladimir Putin is ...

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Russian elite invested nearly $100 million in Trump buildings, records show

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald J. Trump downplayed his business ties with Russia. And since taking office as president, he has been even more emphatic. “I can tell you, speaking for myself, I own nothing in Russia,” President Trump said at a news conference last month. “I have no loans in Russia. I don’t have any deals in Russia.” Via: reuters.com  ...

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UK troops in Estonia for massive NATO deployment

The first of 800 UK troops being sent to bolster Nato defences in the Baltic have arrived in Estonia. The 120 soldiers from the 5th Battalion The Rifles will set up a UK headquarters in the country before the remaining troops arrive in April. Via: bbc.com  The defence secretary said they would deter “Russian aggression”. The UK is taking a leading role ...

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North Korea’s Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site

Commercial satellite imagery of the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site shows that substantial tunnel excavation is continuing at the “North” Portal (previously the “West” Portal), which provided support for the last four of the five declared underground nuclear tests conducted by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. Via: 38north.org The North Portal tunnels provide direct access under Mt. Mantap, where up to ...

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The 23 most powerful nations on earth

The US has retained its position as the world’s most powerful nation, despite declining respect for its leadership. That’s according to US News and World Report, which has released the latest edition of its annual “Best Countries” study. Via: businessinsider.com  The media organisation evaluated 80 countries across a range of criteria, including cultural history, citizenship, and quality of life. Another key measure ...

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Behind the hack on Yahoo, Russian agents who had been courted by FBI

Just two years ago, the Obama White House welcomed Russia’s top internal security official, Alexander Bortnikov, to Washington, as the head of a Kremlin delegation attending a highly publicized U.S. government summit on countering violent extremism. Via: yahoo.com What U.S. officials did not then know is that officers of the agency that Bortnikov heads, the FSB or Federal Security Service, ...

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Russia deploy forces in Egypt, eyes on Libya role

Russia appears to have deployed special forces to an airbase in western Egypt near the border with Libya in recent days, U.S., Egyptian and diplomatic sources say, a move that would add to U.S. concerns about Moscow’s deepening role in Libya. Via: reuters.com The U.S. and diplomatic officials said any such Russian deployment might be part of a bid to support ...

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Leaked emails reveal Nigel Farage’s long-standing links to Julian Assange

Emails leaked to Business Insider show long-standing links between Nigel Farage and WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange. Farage visited the Ecuadorean Embassy on Thursday but declined to say whether he had met Assange, who lives in exile there. UKIP has campaigned in the European Parliament on behalf of Assange. Via: businessinsider.com There was much confusion Thursday when Nigel Farage was spotted by BuzzFeed ...

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Ukraine Appeals to U.N. High Court in Claim of Russian-Sponsored Terror

Ukraine is asking the United Nation’s International Courtof Justice to investigate its claim that Russia is sponsoring terrorism by funding and arming rebels in that country. Via: breitbart.com “Kiev will seek to convince the UN’s top court that Moscow is ‘sponsoring terrorism’ in a bloody conflict involving separatist pro-Russian rebels, as tensions escalate in war-torn eastern Ukraine,” Agency France-Presse (AFP) reported ...

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Trump : Obama Tapped My Phones

President Trump on Saturday accused his predecessor, Barack Obama, of having tapped his phones at Trump Tower the month before the election, calling Mr. Obama on Twitter a “bad (or sick) guy.” Via: nytimes.com Without offering any evidence or providing the source of his information, Mr. Trump fired off a series of Twitter messages alleging that Mr. Obama “had my ‘wires ...

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