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Russia's Bolshoi to premiere postponed 'Nureyev' ballet in December


MOSCOW Russia's Bolshoi Theater said on Friday it would hold the postponed premiere of its ballet about late Soviet dancer Rudolf Nureyev in December, but probably with a new director standing in for the Kremlin critic who was originally in charge.

Trump dismisses Facebook ads controversy as part of 'Russia hoax'

WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday questioned Facebook Inc's decision to overhaul how it handles paid political advertisements amid investigations into alleged Russian interference in U.S. elections.

World, Facebook, 9:41am EDT

Senator asks FBI if it warned Trump campaign about Russian meddling

WASHINGTON The head of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee has asked the FBI whether it warned Donald Trump's presidential campaign about alleged attempts by Russia to infiltrate the campaign.

Politics, Election 2016, Sep 21 2017

Russia says will target U.S.-backed fighters in Syria if provoked

MOSCOW/WASHINGTON Russia warned the United States on Thursday it would target U.S.-backed militias in Syria if Russian troops again came under fire, as the United States disclosed an unusual face-to-face meeting between U.S. and Russian generals meant to avoid such clashes.

World, Syria Sep 21 2017

Exclusive: Turkey to deploy troops inside Syria's Idlib - Erdogan

NEW YORK Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday Turkey will deploy troops in Syria's northern Idlib region as part of a so-called de-escalation agreement brokered by Russia last month. | Video

Thursday Morning Briefing

U.S. Senate Republicans plan to vote on healthcare, Trump weighs whether to scrap the Iran deal and the search continues in Mexico for survivors of the 7.1-magnitude quake.

Ukraine's Poroshenko rejects Russia's 'hybrid' peackeeping offer

UNITED NATIONS Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko dismissed a Russian proposal to deploy U.N. peacekeepers in eastern Ukraine as an effort to legalize its proxies and freeze the conflict.

World, United Nations Sep 20 2017

Investigators ask White House for details on FBI director firing, Flynn ouster: NYT

WASHINGTON The special counsel investigating Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election has asked the White House for documents on a range of subjects including President Donald Trump's firing of the FBI director and his son's meeting with a Russian lawyer, the New York Times reported on Wednesday.

Politics, Election 2016, Sep 20 2017

Trump campaign manager Manafort offered to brief Russian billionaire during 2016 race: Washington Post

WASHINGTON Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, offered to provide briefings to a Russian billionaire with close ties to the Kremlin on the status of the 2016 U.S. presidential election less than two weeks before Trump accepted the Republican nomination, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday.

Politics, Election 2016, Sep 20 2017

Democrats seek disclosure after Russia-backed political ads

Democratic U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday urged the Federal Election Commission to require transparency for social media advertising after Russians bought U.S. political ads on Facebook Inc in an alleged attempt to influence the 2016 elections.

Politics, Election 2016, Sep 20 2017

North Korea may consider H-bomb test in Pacific, Kim calls Trump 'deranged'

SEOUL/NEW YORK North Korea said on Friday it might test a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean after President Donald Trump vowed to destroy the reclusive country, with leader Kim Jong Un promising to make Trump pay dearly for his threats. | Video