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Russia expects Libyan PM Sarraj to visit Moscow this month

MOSCOW Russia said on Friday that it expected the head of the U.N.-backed Libyan government, Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, to visit Moscow this month, the latest sign of Russia's desire to play a greater role in the divided country.

U.S. makes limited exceptions to sanctions on Russian spy agency

WASHINGTON The U.S. Treasury Department on Thursday adjusted sanctions on Russian intelligence agency FSB, making limited exceptions to the measures put in place by former President Barack Obama over accusations Moscow tried to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election with cyber attacks on political organizations.

Germany to move ahead on new short-range air defense system

BERLIN The German military has decided to replace its ageing short-range air defense systems and help fill a gap that has caused concern among NATO allies following Russia's annexation of Crimea, a defense ministry spokesman said on Thursday.

Russia to ban beef imports from New Zealand

MOSCOW Russia plans to ban temporarily imports of beef and beef products from New Zealand from Feb. 6 after finding the feed additive ractopamine in some samples, Russia's agriculture safety watchdog said in a statement on Thursday.

In Russia, McDonald's 'golden arches' have a Russian shine

MOSCOW When McDonald's opened its first Russian restaurant in 1990 in Moscow, it was not unusual to see wedding receptions held there, so strong was the appeal of the quintessential American brand at the end of the Cold War.

Russia violated opposition leader's rights, European court rules

MOSCOW/STRASBOURG Russia violated the rights of opposition politician and anti-corruption campaigner Alexei Navalny by breaking up demonstrations and detaining him on seven occasions between 2012 and 2014, the European Court of Human Rights ruled on Thursday.

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Immigrants across the U.S. skip work, school in anti-Trump protest

DETROIT/SAN DIEGO Businesses shut their doors, students skipped class and thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in cities across the United States on Thursday to protest President Donald Trump's immigration policies. | Video