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Russia President Vladimir Putin mocks Mueller charges as ‘yelling and hollering’

Russian President Vladimir Putin called on the United States government to provide evidence his citizens meddled in the 2016 presidential election, dismissing the allegations as nothing more than “yelling and hollering” in Washington. By – Jessica Schladebeck  “I have to see first what they’ve done. Give us materials, give us information,” Putin said in a recent interview with NBC’s Megyn Kelly. Special counsel ...

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‘Kill Them All’: New ISIS Call for Truck Attacks as Stockholm Terrorist Goes on Trial

A pro-ISIS group has been issuing a wave of online posters in English and Arabic encouraging would-be jihadists to conduct simple attacks at home employing a variety of methods. By – Bridget Johnson The latest poster from the media group calling itself Muharar al-Ansar shows the front of a white cargo truck similar to that used to kill 86 people in ...

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Key Russian oligarch in touch with Russia, Assad before mercenaries attacked US troops

Before a Russian mercenary attack on US and allied forces in Syria earlier this month, the Russian oligarch believed to control the mercenaries — a man who the US special counsel indicted last week — was “in close touch” with Russian and Syrian officials, The Washington Post reported Thursday evening. By –  Eli Watkins The Post, citing US intelligence reports, said intercepted communications showed the ...

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Sweden fears of possible Russian election meddling

Russia could try to influence the outcome of national elections in Sweden in September if authorities in Moscow feel their strategic interests are threatened, the Swedish security service said on Thursday. By – Johan Ahlander  The service’s head of counter-intelligence, Daniel Stenling, cited membership of NATO – which Sweden has debated joining – and security around the Baltic Sea as two ...

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Iran’s Most Famous General Is More Popular Than President

The head of Iran’s most secretive, elite force has become increasingly popular at home as he helps expand Tehran’s influence through military victories by allies across the Middle East. By – Tom O’Connor Major General Qassem Soleimani, head of the expeditionary Quds Force branch of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), enjoyed a “very favorable” view among 67.7 percent of Iranians, according ...

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Iran threatens to ‘raze Tel Aviv to the ground’

IRAN has vowed to destroy Tel Aviv if Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu carries out his recent threats to launch military action against the Islamic republic as simmering tensions in the Middle East reach boiling point. By – express.co.uk Angry exchanges between the two countries have intensified recently with the bitter Syrian war spilling over into a wider proxy fight and Iran’s ...

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Tillerson leaves military response to Syrian chemical attacks on the table

THE bombardment of Syria’s rebel-held eastern Ghouta area near Damascus by pro-government forces has killed 250 people in the 48 hours since Sunday night, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday. By – Max Greenwood Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has suggested a U.S. military response to the Syrian government’s alleged use of chemical weapons remains on the table. “President Trump has already ...

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As West Fears the Rise of Autocrats, Hungary Shows What’s Possible

The senior leaders of Fidesz gathered on the banks of the Danube, in a building known as the Hungarian White House, stunned by the scale of their good fortune. Their right-wing party had won unexpectedly sweeping political power in national elections. The question was how to use it. By – Patrick Kingsley  Several men urged caution. But Viktor Orban, the prime minister-elect, disagreed. ...

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U.S.-Backed Force Could Cement a Kurdish Autonomy in Syria

A plan to create a new American-backed, Kurdish-led border force in northeastern Syria has raised alarms in the region that the United States may be helping to cement an autonomous Kurdish enclave that could further divide the country. By – Anne Barnard  The 30,000-strong force, vehemently opposed by Russia, Turkey, Iran and the Syrian government, could also ignite a new phase ...

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Anders Thornberg: Security Chief Says Terror Threat Is ‘New Normal’ in Sweden

Anders Thornberg told the BBC that, while the Scandinavian country only had to monitor around 200 extremists a few years ago, it now has at least 3,000 to contend with — no small task for a country of just 10 million people, where the authorities are already unable to deal with a growing migrant crime wave. By – Jack Montgomery  “We have never seen something ...

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