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Trump defends congratulatory phone call to Putin


WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump defended his congratulations to Vladimir Putin on the Russian president's disputed re-election victory on Wednesday, saying he wants Putin's help in solving crises from North Korea to Syria and beyond.

Sparks fly in Moscow as Russia and Britain trade accusations over spy poisoning

MOSCOW Britain accused Moscow on Wednesday of running an assassination program to eliminate its enemies, while Russia said Britain may itself have orchestrated the poisoning of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in England. | Video

World, Mar 21 2018

Britain to seek EU condemnation of Russia over nerve agent attack

BRUSSELS Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May will seek on Thursday to persuade EU leaders to condemn Russia over what London says was a nerve agent attack in England directed by Moscow but she must overcome resistance within the bloc from Russia's allies.

World, Mar 21 2018

Germany condemns Turkish military offensive in Syria

BERLIN German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday Turkey's military offensive in Syria's northern town of Afrin was unacceptable and she criticized Russia for "just watching" the continuing attacks by Syrian forces on eastern Ghouta.

Tusk lays bare EU split on Russia with Putin 'reappointment' dig

BRUSSELS European Council President Donald Tusk said on Wednesday he offered no congratulations for what he called Vladimir Putin's "reappointment" as president, because of a spy poisoning case for which Britain blames Russia.

World, Mar 21 2018

Academic in Facebook storm worked on Russian 'dark' personality project

MOSCOW/FRANKFURT The psychologist at the center of a scandal over the misuse of millions of Facebook users' personal data worked with Russian researchers on a study of toxic personality traits.

Tech, Facebook Mar 21 2018

Russia to use World Cup like Hitler used Olympics to bolster image: UK's Johnson

LONDON Russian President Vladimir Putin will try to bolster Russia's image through hosting the World Cup in much the same way as Adolf Hitler used the 1936 Olympics in Nazi Germany, Britain's foreign minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday.

World, Germany Mar 21 2018

Kiev tightens requirements for Russians traveling to Ukraine

KIEV Kiev will tighten control over travel by Russian citizens to Ukraine, according to a decree signed by President Petro Poroshenko on Wednesday, a further move by the authorities to distance Ukraine from its neighbor and one-time ally.

World, Mar 21 2018

Identical twins and 'carousels': Russia's fairground election

UST-DJEGUTA, Russia Ludmila Sklyarevskaya, a Russian hospital administrator, voted on Sunday in an election that gave Vladimir Putin another term as Russia's president.

World, Mar 21 2018

Exclusive: Rosneft, Eni fail to discover oil at Black Sea well - source

MOSCOW Russia's state oil company Rosneft and Italy's Eni did not make a commercial oil discovery in the Black Sea as the well they were drilling proved to be dry, a source close to the operations told Reuters on Wednesday.

Italy Mar 21 2018

Israel admits bombing suspected Syrian nuclear reactor in 2007, warns Iran

JERUSALEM Israel for the first time admitted that it bombed a suspected Syrian nuclear reactor in 2007 and said on Wednesday the strike should be a warning to Iran that it would not be allowed to develop nuclear weapons. | Video