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White House disputes multiple calls between Trump adviser, Russian envoy

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WASHINGTON The White House said on Monday that national security adviser Michael Flynn held just two phone calls with Russia's ambassador to Washington, amid reports that Flynn's communications are being scrutinized by U.S. counterintelligence agents.

U.S. military denies coordinating Syria air strikes with Russia

WASHINGTON The Pentagon on Monday denied that it had coordinated air strikes with Russia in Syria, after Russia's defense ministry said the United States had provided coordinates for Islamic State militants.

World, Syria 4:21pm EST

Russian bombers hit Islamic State near besieged Syrian army enclave

BEIRUT Russian jets pounded Islamic State in the eastern Syrian province of Deir al-Zor on Monday, seeking to thwart a full-blown assault by the militants against the last district in the region still held by the Damascus government.

World, Syria 2:12pm EST

Trump adviser had five calls with Russian envoy on day of sanctions: sources

(This January 13th story deletes reference to Interfax being state-run in paragraph 22)

Politics, Election 2016, 2:10pm EST

Putin allies propose easing penalty for domestic violence

MOSCOW President Vladimir Putin's allies have passed a preliminary draft bill in Russia's parliament that would ease some penalties for domestic violence, which supporters say would keep the state from meddling in the home but critics say would encourage abuse.

World, United Nations 12:50pm EST

France's Fillon tells Merkel Russia sanctions are pointless

BERLIN European Union sanctions on Russia are pointless, the frontrunner in France's presidential election Francois Fillon said on Monday in Berlin, warning Russia and the United States under Donald Trump could forge links that exclude the EU.

World, France 12:13pm EST

Syrian rebels call on Russia to help defend ceasefire

ASTANA A Syrian rebel group called on Russia to withstand pressure from Iran and the Syrian government to help ensure that a ceasefire agreed last month holds, the head of a delegation at peace talks told Reuters on Sunday.

World, Syria Jan 22 2017

Russia's Putin ready to meet Trump, preparations may take months: TASS

MOSCOW Russian President Vladimir Putin is ready to meet U.S. President Donald Trump but preparations for the possible meeting may take months, not weeks, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted as saying by TASS news agency.

World, Jan 21 2017

In Trump We Trust: Inauguration prompts celebration in Russia

MOSCOW The Kremlin may have spent years reviling America, but Russians hoping Donald Trump will usher in a new era of detente marked his inauguration on Friday with parties and trinkets from commemorative coins to "matryoshka" nesting dolls in his image.

World, Politics, Election 2016, Jan 20 2017

Spain arrests Russian bank-account hacker wanted by FBI

MADRID Spain has arrested a 32-year-old Russian computer programmer at Barcelona airport who is alleged to have designed and used software to steal bank account details from banks and individuals, Spanish police said on Friday.

World, Spain Jan 20 2017
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Iraqi forces claim recapture of eastern Mosul after 100 days of fighting

BAGHDAD Iraqi officials said on Monday government forces had taken complete control of eastern Mosul, 100 days after the start of their U.S.-backed campaign to dislodge Islamic State militants from the city.