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Russia looks for positive signals in Trump's speech to Congress

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MOSCOW Russia's deputy foreign minister said on Tuesdays that relations with the United States were at their lowest ebb since the Cold War, but hoped they could improve under U.S. President Donald Trump.

Congress' Trump Russia probe takes partisan turn

WASHINGTON The head of a congressional committee investigating contacts between Donald Trump's campaign and Russia said on Monday the panel had not seen evidence of inappropriate communications, prompting the panel's top Democrat to insist it was too early to make such a determination. | Video

Politics, Election 2016, Feb 27 2017

Syria opposition seeks clarity from power-broker Russia at Geneva talks

GENEVA The main opposition group at Syrian peace talks in Geneva wants to meet Russian envoys to discuss what it says are Moscow's broken ceasefire promises, a move diplomats say aims to put pressure on the Russian-backed Syrian government delegation.

World, Feb 27 2017

In Ukraine, separatists issue ultimatum to end rail blockade

KIEV Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine said on Monday they would take control of Ukraine-run businesses in rebel-held areas if the Ukrainian government does not end a rail blockade that has halted coal supplies.

World, Feb 27 2017

Russia's VTB plans to slim down in Europe, keep London as hub

MOSCOW Russian bank VTB plans to cut costs by slimming down its operations in the European Union to focus on Frankfurt while keeping London as the base for its investment banking business, the bank's first deputy president said.

Feb 27 2017

White House does not rule out Sessions recusal on Russia probes

WASHINGTON The White House on Sunday did not rule out that Attorney General Jeff Sessions may recuse himself from Justice Department investigations into allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Treason charges against Russian cyber experts linked to seven-year-old accusations

MOSCOW Treason charges brought in December against two Russian state security officers and a cyber-security expert in Moscow relate to allegations made by a Russian businessman seven years ago, according to the businessman and a source connected with the investigation.

World, Tech, Cybersecurity Feb 26 2017

Thousands march in Moscow to honor Kremlin critic killed in 2015

MOSCOW Thousands of Russians marched through the center of Moscow on Sunday to honor opposition leader Boris Nemtsov two years after he was gunned down near the Kremlin walls, and to call for further investigations into his killing. | Video

World, Feb 26 2017

Russian opposition activist leaves jail after court scrapped conviction

MOSCOW Russia has released anti-Kremlin activist Ildar Dadin from a Siberian prison, freeing the first person jailed under new rules that made some forms of non-violent protest a criminal offence, his lawyer told Reuters on Sunday.

World, Feb 26 2017

Syrian opposition impatient for talks, wants Russian pressure

GENEVA Syria's opposition is impatient for face-to-face peace talks in Geneva, but things could fall apart if Russia does not pressure President Bashar al-Assad on holding talks and push it to abide by a ceasefire, an opposition member said on Saturday.

World, United Nations, Syria Feb 25 2017

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