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    The Russian model has had no qualms about exposing her body … Anastasiya Kvitko has made Instagram burn with the size of her curves, which were fully exposed due to the small blue and white bikini with which she appears in an erotic selfie in front of the mirror. The little garment has failed to cover all of her prominent curves. It should be noted that the set is very similar to those that usually promote the very same Emily ratajkowski, especially the lower part of this particular design. Here is a sample of the little bikinis from Emily Ratajkowski, Who does not have the same curves as the Russian model, but who does share with her the...
    Calling the past month a tumultuous one for United States digital policy might be an understatement. Between remote working and learning, Netflix binging, and doomscrolling, internet usage has swelled during the pandemic. The Trump administration, meanwhile, continues its campaign against Chinese telecom Huawei and has touted banning TikTok in the United States. On top of that, General Paul Nakasone, head of US Cyber Command and director of the National Security Agency, said last month, “We’re going to act when we see adversaries attempting to interfere in our elections.” President Trump publicly confirmed a reported US Cyber Command operation in 2018 to knock Russia’s Internet Research Agency offline during the midterms. And Democratic representatives have requested an FBI briefing on foreign...
    MINSK (Reuters) - Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said on Thursday that a group of alleged Russian mercenaries detained by security forces last week had broken the law in Belarus, the Belta news agency reported. Belarus has accused the men of plotting to destabilise the country ahead of its Aug. 9 presidential elections. Russia has said the men were only passing through Belarus on their way to an unnamed Latin American country. (Reporting by Andrei Makhovsky; writing by Tom Balmforth; editing by Maria Kiselyova) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    Irina Baeva She is extremely grateful to Mexico for all the job opportunities she has received and for having found in Gabriel Soto to the person with whom he wants to spend the rest of his life, and he is so fond of these lands that he is seriously thinking about acquiring nationality. In an interview for “Hoy”, the actress affirmed that she has lived in Aztec land for the time established by law to be able to begin with the procedures, although she does not know what are the other requirements she needs to be able to finalize the process, but she will take advantage of the quarantine to find out and start everything as soon as possible....
    Former FBI Director James Comey has become "radioactive" as more details about his actions during the Russia investigation become public, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. told "Hannity" on Wednesday. "People are running away from him like he's got the plague," Graham told host Sean Hannity. YATES: COMEY WENT 'ROGUE' WITH FLYNN INTERVIEW Graham made the comments after former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates told the panel that an FBI interview of then-incoming National Security Adviser Michael Flynn in January 2017 was done without her authorization and she was upset when she found out about it. Graham pressed Yates on the details of the bureau's "Crossfire Hurricane" investigation and the circumstances surrounding the White House interview of Flynn, at one point asking her, "Did Comey go rogue?" SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM ON FBI...
    Lebanese authorities were repeatedly warned about the danger of the ammonium nitrate stored at the Beirut port for six years.  Director General of Lebanese Customs Badri Daher said the country's judiciary was told repeatedly about 2,750 tons of the hazardous chemical stored in a warehouse in the Lebanese capital.  Customs officials are understood to have asked authorities to move the dangerous substance from Hangar 12 due to the danger they believe it posed to the city, but were never given permission.   'We requested that it be re-exported but that did not happen. We leave it to the experts and those concerned to determine why,' Daher said. Another source close to a port employee said a team that inspected the ammonium...
    Years before a devastating blast killed at least 100 people and injured more than 4,000 in Beirut Tuesday, a maritime analyst issued a public warning that a Russian “floating bomb” was languishing in the city’s docks. Maritime monitoring systems tracked the Rhosus into port in Beirut in September 2013. The ship, which was flagged in Moldova, listed its official cargo as “agricultural commodities.” The 2,750 metric ton cargo of ammonium nitrate would primarily be used for fertilizers or high power explosives. To put it in context, less than two metric tons of ammonium nitrate was used in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. The Russian-owned cargo ship called into port in Beirut for reasons unknown, possibly after running into trouble...
    Facebook Semion Mogilevich A new true crime documentary series dropped on Netflix on August 5, World’s Most Wanted, which profiles five of the most notorious fugitives of the past few decades. One of the episodes focuses on Ukrainian-Russian mobster Semion Mogilevich, who is considered by many agencies to be the “boss of bosses” of the majority of Russian mafia organizations. A 2009 press release by the FBI says he was born on June 30, 1946, in Kyiv, Ukraine, but sometimes puts July 5, 1946, as an alternate date of birth. He has been called the “most dangerous mobster in the world” by the FBI and was added to their Ten Most Wanted fugitives list in 2009 for his...
    (CNN)As Americans are finding out, intelligence is a two-way street. And Donald Trump is a dead end. Samantha Vinograd For years, the President has abused intelligence to fit his personal needs. For years, the President has clothed himself in a blindfold and earplugs whenever he meets intelligence that he finds inconvenient. Now, with his latest interview with Axios -- in which he claimed that he still hasn't been briefed on Russia allegedly putting bounties on American soldiers in Afghanistan -- we're faced with one more example in a litany of unpatriotic incidents from this President.When it comes to literal life and death national security issues, Trump continues to cling to a transparent and jaded ignorance-is-bliss card. What he fails to...
    The debauchery of finding a new coronavirus vaccine is perhaps “the space race” of the 21st century. If in the middle of the last century space and conquering it was the challenge of the great powers, now it is to find a solution that ends the pandemic. And again, like half a century ago, Russia wants to leave its contenders behind: last week, the Kremlin announced that it would start a massive vaccination project against the coronavirus in October with an injection of which little is known and whose efficacy has already been confirmed. has been questioned by international experts. “The first coronavirus vaccine, developed by the Gamaleya Institute, has completed its clinical trials and documentation is now being prepared...
    (CNN)President Trump's National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien on Monday invoked Ronald Reagan "looking down on us with a knowing smile" in a Washington Post opinion column under the headline, "President Trump is committed to defending the U.S., and Russia knows it." The President, wrote O'Brien, "has demonstrated to Russia that he means what he says about putting 'America First'." Jim SciuttoThis is a claim Trump himself has made repeatedly throughout his four years in office. But it is one that several former senior advisers reject. In fact, when interviewing current and former Trump administration officials for my upcoming book, "The Madman Theory: Trump Takes on the World," I found that explaining Trump's deference to Russia was one of the...
    Even amid national crisis and deep polarization, there remains one bipartisan establishment pledge: that the US military presence abroad must continue — forever. Witness the reaction to President Trump’s recent decision to redeploy nearly 12,000 troops away from Germany. “A serious error,” warned GOP Rep. Liz Cheney. Sen. Mitt Romney had a hawkish fit. Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen alleged that only the Kremlin would cheer such a move. She apparently hasn’t examined polls showing a plurality of Germans want the troops gone — and, more tellingly, that the vast majority, nearly 80 percent in some surveys, would prefer Berlin to stay neutral or even side with Russia in a hypothetical US-Russian conflict. For the permanent-war contingent in Washington, however, America...
    Why is Russia’s closest international ally, Belarus, suddenly accusing Moscow of trying to infiltrate the country with military contractors to destabilize it ahead of its most contested election in decades? On Wednesday, Belarus’ security service—still known as the KGB—announced that 200 militants had crossed the country’s open border with Russia and that it had arrested 33 of them.  The country’s president, Aleksandr Lukashenko, accused Russia—Belarus’ biggest economic trading partner—of making excuses to explain away its “dirty intentions” in an unusually strongly worded address given at a meeting with his security council in Minsk. 
    (CNN)A Moscow court sentenced former U.S. Marine Trevor Reed to nine years in prison Thursday for endangering "life and health" of Russian police officers in an altercation, state-run news agency TASS reported -- a sentence that drew swift condemnation from the top US diplomat in Russia. Reed, 29, was taken into custody last year after a night of heavy drinking during a visit to Russia to visit a longtime girlfriend Alina Tsybulnik, according to TASS and Reed's family. Police told state-run news agency RIA-Novosti that Reed was involved in an altercation with two women and a police unit that arrived at the scene following complaints of a disturbance and took him to a police station. Police alleged Reed resisted the...
    Misha Friedman/Getty Images This week, U.S. President Donald Trump reiterated his intent to move forward with reducing the U.S. military presence in Germany, without any consultations with Berlin. And even as members of the U.S. Congress and America’s allies abroad expressed concerns about the drawdown, the Trump administration’s decision brought joy to the Kremlin and Russian media. Back on June, 22 Republican members of the House Armed Services Committee urged Trump not to go ahead with the move, stating in a letter: “We believe that such steps would significantly damage U.S. national security as well as strengthen the position of Russia to our detriment … In Europe, the threats posed by Russia have not lessened, and we believe that...
    This week, U.S. President Donald Trump reiterated his intent to move forward with reducing the U.S. military presence in Germany, without any consultations with Berlin. And even as members of the U.S. Congress and America’s allies abroad expressed concerns about the drawdown, the Trump administration’s decision brought joy to the Kremlin and Russian media. Back on June, 22 Republican members of the House Armed Services Committee urged Trump not to go ahead with the move, stating in a letter: “We believe that such steps would significantly damage U.S. national security as well as strengthen the position of Russia to our detriment ... In Europe, the threats posed by Russia have not lessened, and we believe that signs of a weakened...
    The Russian Penguins didn’t last long—or win much—earning a record of 2-9 during the 1993-94 International Hockey League season. But the Russian ice hockey club is possessed of a crazy history, thanks in part to Howard Baldwin, the Hollywood movie producer behind Ray and then co-owner of the Pittsburgh Penguins, as well as Steve Warshaw, an oddball marketing guru. In 1993, Baldwin was on the hunt for other Western investors for the struggling Moscow-based outfit—which is where Disney enters the picture. Filmmaker Gabe Polsky’s eye-opening documentary Red Penguins chronicles the dramatic rise and fall of the hockey team—a tale rife with gangsters, dirty money, and even live bears serving fans beer on the ice. In this exclusive clip...
    Savannah Rychcik July 30, 2020 0 Comments Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is defending the Trump administration’s handling of reports suggesting Russian operatives placed bounties on U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan. During his testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday, Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) asked Pompeo if he raised the issue with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Pompeo insisted he has raised all of his concerns with Russia. “Yes, I can assure you and the American people that each time I’ve spoken with Foreign Minister Lavrov, I have raised all of the issues that put any American interests at risk, whether it’s our soldiers on the ground in Syria, soldiers on the ground in Afghanistan, the activities that are taking place...
     Late-night hosts Trevor Noah, Seth Meyers, and Jimmy Fallon tackled a variety of news stories during their Wednesday night shows — all focusing on different revelations from this week’s news. Noah spent his time on President Donald Trump’s interview with Axios’ Jonathon Swan, during which he confessed that he did not ask Russian President Vladimir Putin about the bounties placed on American troops in Afghanistan during a recent conversation. “And what I found striking in the interview was that he was incurious about this. He dismissed it on its face. He wrote it off as fake news,” Swan later said on MSNBC of his interaction with Trump regarding the bounties. “And it did not comport with his world view in the way that he thinks...
    New York (CNN Business)Feeding incendiary documents to news outlets. Infiltrating activist groups. Sowing division and confusion. It might sound like a recap of Russia's efforts to meddle in the 2016 US election, but some of these same tactics were laid bare in a CNN television report on Soviet disinformation efforts back in 1983. The report detailed how Russia was suspected of using forgeries and planted stories to wreak havoc in the West during the Cold War through influence operations rather than with military might. And these tactics didn't stop with the fall of the Berlin Wall. In fact, social media and the cloak of online anonymity it provides have only made it easier and potentially more effective for governments and...
    The U.S. reportedly sent secret warnings to Russia threatening to take action if Moscow offered cash to the Taliban in exchange for killing American troops - despite Trump dismissing reports of the bounties as 'fake news.' The Defense Department has been in 'serious' talks with Moscow over claims that a Russian military intelligence unit offered payments - running as high as $100,000 -and weapons for every U.S. or allied soldier the Taliban killed in Afghanistan, The Daily Beast reported, citing anonymous sources. Two senior officials told the website the warnings were issued in June, when the New York Times published a report claiming U.S. intelligence found evidence of the bounties which had been included in Trump's presidential daily briefing in...
    New York (CNN Business)Shell companies with hidden owners. Middlemen who shield the identities of buyers and sellers. Inadequate safeguards to keep out shady money. It's all part of the ultra-secretive art world, according to a bipartisan Senate investigation released Wednesday. And that's why it's susceptible to money laundering and sanctions evasion, the report found. The Senate report details how a pair of Russian oligarchs with ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin allegedly seized on the secrecy of the art industry to evade sanctions by making more than $18 million in high-value art purchases. "This is just the tip of the iceberg," investigators for the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations told reporters on a call. The art world is considered to be...
    Former Vice President Joe Biden was the “architect” of the Obama administration’s support for the development of a Russian technology initiative known as Skolkovo, explained John Solomon, editor in chief of Just the News and author of Fallout: Nuclear Bribes, Russian Spies, and the Washington Lies that Enriched the Clinton and Biden Dynasties, offering his comments in an interview on Tuesday’s edition of SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily with host Alex Marlow. Breitbart News reported on the Skolkovo initiative in 2016: As part of her duties during the so-called Russian reset, then-Sec. of State Hillary Clinton led the way on U.S. involvement in a Russian government technology initiative that was intended to be the Russian equivalent of America’s Silicon Valley known as...
    Neil Bush is co-chairman of a Chinese company that inked a deal last year with a Chinese aerospace giant that the Pentagon deemed last month to be an arm of the People’s Liberation Army. Bush and his partner, Wang Tianyi, organized a symposium last year that featured guests with the Chinese aerospace company, Communist party officials and Russian space officials. The U.S. government is increasingly concerned about China’s space efforts, as well as its burgeoning partnership with Moscow. Neil Bush, a relative of two former presidents, is the co-chairman of a Beijing-based real estate firm that partnered last year with China’s main producer of space and military equipment, which the Pentagon recently deemed an arm of China’s military....
    In this week’s News Brigcast interview series, News Brig editor-in-chief Nilay Patel talks with Wired senior editor Andy Greenberg, author of Sandworm: A New Era of Cyberwar and the Hunt for the Kremlin’s Most Dangerous Hackers. As the title describes, Greenberg’s book is all about a group of hackers inside the Russian government called Sandworm, who were responsible for damaging cyber warfare attacks in various countries over the past few years and forever escalated what we think of as “cyberwar.” Andy and Nilay discuss the origins of Sandworm, the intricacies and ramifications of their attacks, and what mysteries and situations are still left unsolved. Listen here or in your preferred podcast player to hear the entire conversation. Below...
    MARCA Radio Holds this position in Russian Zenith Listen to the interview here He Zenith Saint Petersburg has signed a successful season making himself so much with the Russian League as with the cupbearer trophy. Behind this double is the work of a marvelous squad made under the squad and Javier Ribalta. The sports director of the Russian champion was invited by David Snchez to talk in ‘A Diario’ about his team: “Now the fans will ask us to have a greater dominance in European competition, to go beyond being the best in Russia.” Also Ribalta opin on the figure of the Spanish sports director: “I see well that we go out and carry the flag across Europe, where...
    The leader of the cybercrime gang linked to Garmin’s massive service outage is a big-spending playboy hacker with an affinity for sports cars and alleged ties to the Russian government. Maksim Yakubets is the alleged ringleader of Evil Corp., the hacker group that reportedly claimed the smartwatch maker as its latest victim last week. The Moscow-based bloc is behind the WastedLocker ransomware that took out Garmin’s fitness-tracking platform for about four days before it was partially restored by Monday morning, according to news reports. While Garmin confirmed that a cyber attack caused the outage, it’s uncertain whether Yakubets was personally involved. But he has a long history of using malicious software to steal fortunes from firms around the world,...
    THE Russian hacker who heads up the Evil Corp group behind the Garmin cyberattack is a playboy who drives a personalised Lamborghini and owns a tiger. Maksim Yakubets, 33, is the head of the cybercriminal group who targeted Garmin devices and demanded $10million to restore their operation. 6Maksim Yakubets speaks to a cop in front of his personalised Lamborghini 6Alyona Yakubets is thought to be the playboy's second wifeCredit: Alyona Yakubets 6Garmin confirmed its operation was down in a Twitter messageCredit: Twitter Yakubets is said to have run the operation since May 2009 from a number of cafes in Moscow. It’s alleged he employed dozens of people to steal money from victims in 43 countries using computer viruses that are...
    CHELSEA legend Branislav Ivanovic accidentally broke the Russian Cup - after his Zenit side beat FC Khimki in the final. The centre-half and skipper lifted the trophy to celebrate, but then watched in horror as it slipped from his grasp and smashed. 1Zenit skipper Branislav Ivanovic lifts the Russian Cup - before dropping and smashing it It landed on the floor and then broke. / The Serbian's Zenit side had defeated Khimki 1-0 in the showpiece final in Moscow. But the St Petersberg club had to put their celebrations on hold as they tried to fix the cup, but to no avail. And Twitter went into meltdown afterwards. Martin Ogilvie tweeted: "Having a breakable football trophy probably not the brightest...
    Zenit busts the Cup trophy as soon as it is lifted: “A Sergio Ramos in Russian and live” Branislav Ivanovic, captain of the Saint Petersburg team, dropped the crystal trophy on the grass and it broke into several sharp pieces. ESPN commentators did not credit what they see live, comparing it immediately with the incident of Sergio Ramos and the Copa del Rey that fell off the bus.
    Khamzat Chimaev dominated Rhys McKee. Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images Khamzat Chimaev — remember the name. The unbeaten fighter only made his UFC debut last week, but won so dominantly he demanded a second bout on "Fight Island." His latest victory Sunday was more dominant as he picked his opponent Rhys McKee up like a baby, dragged him around the cage, and then ground-and-pounded him until the ref called a first round finish. Chimaev is "a star in the making" for the UFC, the MMA and boxing reporter Kevin Iole tweeted. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. FIGHT ISLAND — A Russian UFC athlete produced a perfect fight, won his second bout in a...
    The J. Edgar Hoover Building in Washington, which houses the headquarters of the FBI, on May 27, 2020. (Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times) WASHINGTON — Not long after the early 2017 publication of a notorious dossier about President Donald Trump jolted Washington, an expert in Russian politics told the FBI he had been one of its key sources, drawing on his contacts to deliver information that would make up some of the most salacious and unproven assertions in the document. The FBI had approached the expert, a man named Igor Danchenko, as it vetted the dossier’s claims. He agreed to tell investigators what he knew with an important condition, people familiar with the matter said — that the FBI...
    Donald Trump reportedly asked the FBI during his first intelligence briefing in 2016 whether the Russians were bad — a question that came as the FBI was reportedly warning the candidate that they were trying to infiltrate his campaign. A summary of the briefing published on Friday by Politico showed that Trump was curious about the threat that Russia posed, especially when compared to the Chinese. At the time, the FBI was investigating whether the Kremlin was interfering in the U.S. presidential election, and would later conclude that it did with the goal of helping Trump to be elected. As The Huffington Post noted, Trump asked the person delivering the briefing whether Russia or China was worse when it came...
    THIRTY years after the so-called Soviet iron curtain crumbled, the West has entered a new Cold War with Russia. President Vladimir Putin has tightened his grip on power in Moscow and continues to be the most ruthless political operator on the planet. 4Vladimir Putin continues to disrupt elections and carry out state-sponsored killings on foreign soilCredit: Reuters In recent years, the Kremlin has carried out bloodthirsty assassinations on foreign soil and is even accused of meddling in the 2016 US election – a claim it furiously denies. Relations with the West have not just soured, they've curdled with Putin appearing to double down on his reputation as a menace to western democracy. A damning report this week revealed the ex-KGB...
    During a speech on the WHO’s Twitter account, the organization’s director of emergency programs, Dr Michael Ryan, spoke about when people could be vaccinated against the coronavirus. Vaccine available from the first half of 2021 at best Michael Ryan said during his speech on the ’Twitter accountWorld Health Organization, Wednesday July 22, that the population would begin to receive a vaccine against the coronavirus from the first half of 2021, at the earliest. He spoke of the advances in research and development of the drug, but noted the need to be realistic about lead times. “Vaccines … are for everyone” The director of emergency programs atWHO also specified that the international institution would ensure that the future vaccine is accessible...
    Russia and NATO are each increasing their military presence in the Arctic as receding ice opens up new opportunities to expand in the region. The potential for a conventional conflict in the Arctic is low but an increasing military buildup by both Russia and NATO could quickly set the stage for “great power competition,” according to Business Insider. The region is becoming more accessible for military and commercial activities because Arctic sea ice has declined 10% over 30 years, National Geographic reported. The Los Angeles-class submarine USS Annapolis rests on the Arctic Ocean after breaking through three feet of ice during an exercise (Tiffini M. Jones/U.S. Navy via Getty Images) The United States took part in a NATO military operation...
    The decision was taken to promote domestic tourism as Russia’s borders are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. In May, Michoustine had already called on his fellow citizens, big fans of foreign beaches in the summer, to spend their holidays in their country, believing that it was “better and less dangerous”. “The government has decided to allocate 15 billion rubles (about 184 million euros) for the development of domestic tourism,” Michoustine told MEPs in the Duma, the lower house of parliament. According to him, this money will be used in particular to reimburse part of the trip of Russians spending their 2020 vacation in their country. “The amount of the reimbursement will be between 5,000 and 15,000 rubles (between 61...
    A Russian submarine carrying land attack missiles has been intercepted in the English Channel by two Royal Navy warships. The Krasnodar sub was spotted passing through the Dover strait, close to UK waters. It is feared it may have breached treaty rules that forbid the route except for exceptional repair reasons. HMS Mersey was deployed to take over from HMS Tyne to make sure the sub was accompanied The Krasnodar submarine was spotted entering UK waters by the Naval authorities It comes as a bombshell report by the UK government's Intelligence and Security Committee accused Russia of meddling in Britain by interfering in the 2014 Scottish Referendum, flushing dirty money through London and conducting cyber warfare.  RELATED ARTICLES Previous...
    RUSSIA has targeted the UK with a campaign of hacking, disinformation and political meddling, a shock report reveals. Successive British governments “took their eye off the ball” and “badly underestimated” the threat posed by Moscow, MPs found. 6President Vladimir Putin's Russia targeted the UK with a campaign of hacking, disinformation and political meddling, a shocking report has found 6The report says that Russia tried to interfere in the 2016 EU referendumCredit: AFP - Getty London has scornfully become known as “Londongrad” because so many of President Vladimir Putin’s cronies live there. The capital has even become a “laundromat” for dirty Russian money, the report found. And dodgy oligarchs have penetrated the very heart of our democracy by donating to political...
    “Anti-feminist” lawyer Roy Den Hollander’s split from his Russian bride nearly 20 years ago helped trigger a women-hating tailspin that culminated in his murderous rampage at a female federal judge’s home, according to court documents and his ex-wife’s divorce lawyer. “In my opinion, he was already a controlling, misogynistic, sexist, delusional and disturbed individual before his marriage failed,” lawyer Nicholas J. Mundy told The Post on Tuesday. “But my success helping this poor girl thwart his subsequent attempts to control and destroy her in the divorce and immigration context really aided in pushing him over the edge.” For Hollander, 72 and dying of melanoma, that meltdown came Sunday afternoon, when he appeared at the North Brunswick, NJ home of Judge...
    A miracle goalkeeper has signed a new contract and is ready to play again just two-and-a-half weeks after he was struck by lightning on a football pitch. The moment Russian Ivan Zaborovsky, 16, was struck was captured in a dramatic video taken in Orekhovo-Zuevo, near Moscow.  He was seen to be hit in the chest by a thunderbolt as he kicked the ball while taking part in a training session with his football team. Ivan Zaborovsky, 16, was stuck by lightning but miraculously survived, and has now signed a professional contract with his football team There was a flash of light and a split second later, black smoke was seen rising from burning the pitch, and Zaborovsky was left lying face down...
    Al Jazeera journalist Kimberly Halkett is insisting she didn't call Trump Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany a 'lying b***h' at a White House press briefing.   Social media users flocked to Twitter claiming to have heard Halkett utter the remark from behind her face mask during a tense exchange with McEnany on Tuesday.  But Halkett, who works as Al Jazeera's White House correspondent, quickly denied using the profanity when questioned by one of her online followers.  'There's a lot of misreporting out there about that briefing,' Halkett wrote.  'The answer to your question is, I DID NOT. What I said was, 'OKAY, YOU DON'T WANT TO ENGAGE.'' Al Jazeera journalist Kimberly Halkett insists she didn't call Trump Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany...
    Madonna has revealed she was hit with a one million dollar fine by the Russian government. The 61-year-old pop icon tweeted on Monday that she was issued the fine in 2012 'for supporting the Gay community'.  'I made this speech at a concert in St. Petersburg 8 years ago,' began the Ray of Light hitmaker's tweet. Making trouble: Madonna has revealed she was hit with a one million dollar fine by the Russian government 'I was fined 1 million dollars by The government for supporting the Gay community,' continued the artist, whose full name is Madonna Louise Ciccone. She concluded, 'I never paid.................... #freedomofspeech #powertothepeople #mdna'. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Celebrity Call Center: Nikki...
    For more than a week, tens of thousands of protesters have flocked to the streets of Khabarovsk, a region in eastern Russia that has become the epicenter of one of the largest mass protests in the country in the last years. In its eponymous capital, which is more than 6,000 kilometers east of Moscow, around 40,000 people -in a city of 600,000 inhabitants- participated in this Saturday’s call with banners reading “Free Sergei Furgal” , according to local media reported. Sergei Furgal, governor of Khabarovsk Krai, was arrested on July 9; The Russian authorities accuse him of having ordered the murder of several businessmen 15 years ago, without specifying a specific number. He is one of the few regional leaders...
    The following is an exclusive excerpt from investigative journalists John Solomon and Seamus Bruner’s new book, Fallout: Nuclear Bribes, Russian Spies, and the Washington Lies that Enriched the Clinton and Biden Dynasties. *** Obama’s advisors were divided. On one side were CIA Director Leon Panetta and FBI Director Robert Mueller. Panetta wanted to rescue their informant, a Russian asset who had exposed the domestic spy ring, and Mueller wanted to arrest the Russian sleeper agents. On the other side were the White House and the State Department, who wanted to keep the whole thing quiet. Vice President Joe Biden, National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, and the “diplomatic players” agreed with the president. Biden and Donilon strongly argued in favor of...
    Ivannia SalazarFOLLOW London correspondent Updated: 07/17/2020 09:33 AM Save Related news Russian state-sponsored hackers target their attacks to pharmaceutical companies and research groups working to develop a Covid-19 vaccine in countries like the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States. This was revealed this Thursday by the National Cyber ​​Security Center of the United Kingdom (NCSC) in a statement, which specifically points to a group known as APT29. According to the Center, it is “almost certain” that the team of “hackers”, also known as “the Duke” or “Cozy Bear”, is operating as part of the Kremlin intelligence services, since the objective of the attacks is to steal medical secrets. Although they did not confirm whether any of the attempts...
    London (CNN)The UK took its "eye off the ball" in relation to Russia's attempts to influence British politics and allowed illicit finance to swirl around London unchecked, a long-awaited report says.British intelligence services were distracted by the post 9/11 terrorist threat and didn't give enough priority to Russia's attempts to gain influence in the UK, which Moscow regarded as one of its top targets, the UK parliament's cross-party Intelligence and Security Committee said. The British government failed to conduct a proper inquiry into allegations of a Kremlin-sponsored influence campaign during the Brexit referendum, the report concluded. One of the members of the committee said the government was afraid of what such an investigation might show. British intelligence agencies didn't see...
    MOSCOW—Russian researchers at five leading scientific institutes and several private laboratories have expended a tremendous effort in a search for a coronavirus vaccine. Some have injected themselves with experimental doses. They’ve worked weekends and holidays. Russia is currently proposing eight experimental vaccines to the World Health Organization, as prospective treatments or prophylactics for COVID-19.  But just being good was apparently not enough for Russia’s propagandists—they want to be first to a vaccine. And Western nations are now accusing Moscow of scientific cybercrime, saying it helped hackers target coronavirus research in the U.K., U.S., and Canada. (Russia’s ambassador to London has denied the claims.)  Special services in the three Western nations have accused Russian authorities of assigning a group of cyberspies—known...
    July 20 (Reuters) – The British Parliament’s intelligence and security committee’s report on Russian influence in politics will disclose that the Kremlin tried to influence the result of the Scottish independence referendum but not the Brexit vote of 2016, The Daily Telegraph reported. The report, which will be published on Tuesday, will describe that Russia tried to divide the UK in 2014 and that it was “the first post-Soviet interference in a Western democratic election,” the newspaper added, citing comments from the 50-page report. (Reporting by Aakriti Bhalla in Bengaluru; Editing by Leslie Adler)
    A bizarre new type of fish called a 'sturddlefish' that is a cross between a Russian sturgeon and American paddlefish has been created by scientists in a lab. A team from the Research Institute for Fisheries and Aquaculture, Hungary, were trying to coax eggs from the endangered sturgeon into reproducing asexually. Experts wanted to use a process called gynogenesis to find a way to make the sturgeon eggs fertilise themselves but this requires sperm to get it started. They used American paddlefish sperm as it was thought the two species would be unable to reproduce due to the fact they have never come into contact with each other and the asexual process required the 'sperm but not its DNA'. However, despite...
    The senior executive of a German finance firm who fled as it collapsed amid claims of a fraud is thought to be hiding in Russia under the protection of the GRU. Jan Marsalek, COO of Wirecard and a prime suspect in an alleged £1.7billion scam, is rumoured to be hiding in an apartment west of Moscow. Marsalek, who is now one of the world's most-wanted men, has connections to the GRU and a man called Andrey Chuprygin, who is believed to be a former agent. Jan Marsalek, COO of Wirecard and now one of the world's most-wanted men, is thought to be hiding in an apartment near Moscow under the protection of military intelligence The 40-year-old Austrian was head...
    KFC is working with a Russian 3D bioprinting company to create lab-produced chicken nuggets. The fast food giant announced its 'meat of the future concept' and plans to have a product ready to test by the end of this year. 3 3KFC is aiming to have a product to test by autumnCredit: Credit: Radim Beznoska / Alamy Stock Photo KFC said in a statement: "KFC is taking the next step in its innovative concept of creating a "restaurant of the future" by launching the development of innovative 3D bioprinting technology to create chicken meat in cooperation with the 3D Bioprinting Solutions research laboratory. "The idea of ​​crafting the “meat of the future” arose among partners in response to the growing...
    (CNN)Last Thursday, security officials from three countries told us that Russian hackers were targeting organizations involved in Covid-19 vaccine research in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Dr. Kent SepkowitzAt first glance, this seems like an old school Cold War story with everyone other than James Bond involved. All of the familiar elements are present: a shady group of Russians called APT29, which also goes by the name "Cozy Bear" -- the same group accused of hacking the Democratic National Committee in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election -- and a stout denial of wrongdoing from Kirill Dmitriev, who leads the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), the country's sovereign wealth fund, which has invested in at...
    Social media star Evgeniya Lvovna sent temperatures soaring after wowing her 1.1 million Instagram followers with a double-post update where she sizzling in a tiny sequin bikini. The skimpy top was a classic triangle style, with a deep plunging neckline that flaunted the fitness model’s décolletage. String ties formed a halterneck design that fastened behind her neck, and trendy gold rings were placed at the top of each cup for an added accent. The bottoms matched the top and were similarly revealing. It fastened with string ties that knotted around the hip, serving to accentuate Lvovna’s hourglass figure. Metallic rings also featured on each side of the attire. However, the most eye-catching aspect of the bikini set was the fun...
    Another presidential election is approaching, which means Russian election interference is back in the news. Maybe you’ve already made up your mind about your favorite candidate, and so you’re immune to the social media messaging being circulated by Russian trolls — right? Not exactly. Russian trolls aren’t only targeting behaviors, like pulling a voting lever. They’re targeting beliefs, trying to stoke tribalism and polarization. Those who think they are immune to Russian tactics could become complacent, and feed right into Russian hands. To understand what the Russians are up to, a bit of a history lesson is in order. During the Cold War, researchers at Rand Corp. began applying game theory to national security policy. The Soviet military, in comparison,...
    Even the biggest dog lovers will struggle to get a perfect score on this tricky quiz.  The online challenge, from Playbuzz user Michael Rogers asks you to identify the breeds of the 15 dogs pictured in the images below.  Breeds from all over the world are represented in this quiz, from Japan to France, the US and the UK.  Think you got watch it takes? Answer the multiple choice questions below, and no cheating! Scroll down to the bottom for the answers. 1. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 2 Next Mummy blogger Constance Hall, 36, transforms her... How to sculpt your dream body anywhere: Victoria's Secret... Amateur baker wows foodies with her...
    Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden warns of Russian election interference after receiving intelligence briefings Hillicon Valley: Russian hackers return to spotlight with vaccine research attack | Twitter says 130 accounts targeted in this week's cyberattack | Four fired, dozens suspended in CBP probe into racist, sexist Facebook groups Trump campaign's Brad Parscale calls media 'criminal network' MORE on Saturday mourned the death of Rep. John LewisJohn LewisBill and Hillary Clinton on John Lewis death: 'We have lost a giant' Pelosi remembers John Lewis as 'a titan' whose 'bravery transformed our nation' Civil rights legend Rep. John Lewis dies MORE (D-Ga.), saying the civil rights leader was “truly a one-of-a-kind, a moral compass who always knew where to point us...
    A US Navy officer stationed in Virginia was charged with feeding classified information to a Russian national.  Authorities did not disclose the specific content leaked, but Chief Petty Officer Charles T. Briggs faces a slew of charges as a result. Briggs, an information and technology officer at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, will be arraigned next Wednesday at a general court-martial, The Virginian-Pilot reports.  He has been accused of unauthorized distribution of classified information obtained from a government computer, obstructing justice and communicating defense information. Additionally, he was charged with possessing child pornography, attempting to view child pornography, two counts of violating a general regulation and three counts of making false official statements. Chief Petty Officer Charles T. Briggs of the US Navy is accused of leaking classified...
    On Thursday, the United States, Britain and Canada alleged that hacking group APT29, known as Cozy Bear and believed to be part of the Russian intelligence service, is attempting to purloin information from academic and pharmaceutical research institutions involved in coronavirus vaccine development.“While the Russians would like to be the first to acquire the vaccine they want Westerners to play the part of the guinea pigs.”Russian state media, which serve as a barometer of the Kremlin’s worldview, have provided disturbing insight into the motivations behind such activity. For months on end, politicians, Kremlin insiders, military experts and influential thought leaders appearing on Russian state television have argued that development of a COVID-19 vaccine can serve as the lever of...
    By The Associated Press The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ A top-division Russian soccer game has been called off after nine people at FC Sochi tested positive for the virus. The Russian Premier League says Sochi’s game against Tambov will not take place as scheduled on Thursday. The league hasn’t said how many of the nine are players. There was no mention of whether the game could be rescheduled. The league is scheduled to finish its season next Wednesday. Sochi last month won a game 10-1 against FC Rostov after a virus outbreak forced Rostov to send a team of youth and academy players. Another club, FC Orenburg, forfeited two games...
    Russian hackers are trying to steal COVID-19 vaccine research from the US through cyber attacks against medical organizations and universities, according to security officials.  The 16-page advisory prepared by the US National Security Agency and made public by Britain, the US and Canada accused APT29, also known as Cozy Bear and Dukes, of using custom malicious software to target a number of organizations globally.   Cozy Bear has been identified by Washington as one of two Russian government-linked hacking groups that broke into the Democratic National Committee computer network and stole emails ahead of the 2016 presidential election. The other group is usually called Fancy Bear. The groups are said to specialize in exploiting known vulnerabilities in software and then rapidly...
    THE UK has called for an end to repeated cyber attacks that have been trying to steal a coronavirus vaccine from Britain. But who has the Government linked to these cyber attacks? Here is everything we know... 2There have been repeated attacks on the UK's vaccine projectCredit: Getty - Contributor What is Cozy Bear? Cozy Bear is a Russian hacker group believed to be associated with Russian intelligence. The clandestine group of hackers is also known as “the Dukes” or “Fancy Bear”. Cozy Bear has been blamed for the hacks of the White House and the U.S State Department. Intelligence services also uncovered that Russia tried to meddle in the UK election last year by spreading documents on US and UK...
    SINISTER Russian hackers Cozy Bear are back in the spotlight after striking again to try to steal Britain’s coronavirus vaccine. UK cyber-spies have accused the group of launching a new campaign to snatch the secrets of the prototype Covid-19 jab. 4The Russian hacking group known as Cozy Bear was behind a string of cyber attacks over the yearsCredit: Getty Images - Getty The National Cyber Security Council said it had unmasked a targeted attack against drug companies and universities at the forefront of vaccine research. The NCSC said the hackers, which are also known as APT29 and the Dukes “almost certainly operate as part of Russian Intelligence Services”. Little is known about the mysterious gang, apart from the fingerprints they...
    ‘We’re focused on the paper returns’: As the IRS reopens offices — how long will it take to receive your tax refund? Der Nacht-Wagen: Inside the 2020 Mercedes-AMG G63 at Night Prince Rostislav says the Russian royal family is the worlds best-kept secret because most people believe there were no survivors © Dominique Boutin\TASS via Getty Images Prince Rostislav Romanov of Russia. Dominique Boutin\TASS via Getty Images Prince Rostislav Romanov says the surviving members of the Russian royal family are "the world's best-kept secret." Rostislav — a British-Russian painter who resides in the UK — is a descendant of the royal family who were brutally executed during the Russian Revolution in 1918. He designed a watch using his...
    The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ A top-division Russian soccer game has been called off after nine people at FC Sochi tested positive for the virus. The Russian Premier League says Sochi’s game against Tambov will not take place as scheduled on Thursday. The league hasn’t said how many of the nine are players. There was no mention of whether the game could be rescheduled. The league is scheduled to finish its season next Wednesday. Sochi last month won a game 10-1 against FC Rostov after a virus outbreak forced Rostov to send a team of youth and academy players. Another club, FC Orenburg, forfeited two games following an outbreak...
    One of the areas most affected by these massive fires, which repeat year after year, against a backdrop of warming climate, is the city of Yugorsk, more than 1,600 kilometers northeast of Moscow, where a group more than 100 firefighters and volunteers are deployed. “The city has been cut off from fire and it is not threatening homes, but when the wind turns in the morning, smoke enters the city,” said . Alexei Maksimeniouk, a municipal official. In Yakutsk, a city of more than 300,000 inhabitants in eastern Siberia, photos and videos published on social networks show thick gray smoke enveloping streets and buildings. According to local authorities, dry thunderstorms caused three fires in the outskirts of the city, in...
    President Donald Trump and President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan speak to troops at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan on Nov. 28, 2019. (Erin Schaff/The New York Times) The U.S. military convoy was almost back to Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan when a vehicle, laden with explosives, careened into it and detonated. The powerful blast blew up a heavily armored troop carrier, engulfing it in flames. Marines poured out of the other vehicles in the convoy as they battled desperately to save the occupants of the burning carrier, including a Marine reservist — a New York City firefighter — who had once rescued a woman from a burning high-rise apartment. But all of the American ingenuity that had gone into armoring...
    Meant to be! Nikki Bella spoke candidly about her desires of changing into a mother lengthy earlier than her January 2020 being pregnant announcement. Us Weekly confirmed on January 29 that the retired skilled wrestler and her fiancé, Artem Chigvintsev, expect their first baby. The Whole Bellas alum’s twin sister, Brie Bella, can be pregnant with child No. 2 and due inside one week and a half of her sibling. “@briebella this life simply desires you and I to be twinning at all the pieces we do lol and despite the fact that we had been shocked, past shocked, right here’s one other journey that I’m so grateful to God to have you ever by my facet,” Nikki wrote...
    Russian cosmonauts have built an engineered cartilage in the microgravity of the International Space Station for the first time, and it could help in long space flights.   Oleg Kononenko used a new type of 'scaffold-free' tissue engineering approach developed by Moscow firm 3D Bioprinting Solutions that uses magnetic fields.  The technique draws on the power of magnetic fields to overcome obstacles faced by traditional scaffolding-based approaches to cartilage engineering.  This approach, called 'levitational bioassembly', may also pave the way for advances in space regenerative medicine that could be used in long-distance space travel where astronauts and cosmonauts may be away from Earth for months or years. Oleg Kononenko used a new type of 'scaffold-free' tissue engineering approach developed by...
    On the occasion of the French national holiday, Russian President Vladimir Poutine extended his greetings to both the French and Emmanuel Macron. “Russian-French relations have a very rich history” As part of the national holiday of July 14, Vladimir Poutine wrote a message for the French andEmmanuel Macron. In the text posted on the Kremlin website, the President of Russia congratulated his French counterpart. The Russian head of state insisted that “Russian-French relations have a very rich history”. >>> Interview of July 14: Emmanuel Macron’s television intervention “An important role in ensuring security and stability” in Europe Through his wishes for France, Vladimir Poutine also referred to the Franco-Russian role for security in Europe. He said that “The interaction...
    A Russian influencer has married her 20-year-old stepson after divorcing his father, and has announced they are expecting their first baby.  Marina Balmasheva, 35, hit headlines when she shared a picture in May of herself with her ex-husband's son Vladimir Shavyrin when he was seven, alongside a snap of them together now.   But instead of persuading people to support her, attracted a storm of protest when she shared the before-and-after photo on Instagram with her 420,000 followers. Marina, who hails from the western Russian region of Krasnodar Krai, lived with her husband Alexey, 45, from 2007 for over 10 years before the relationship ended in divorce. This week she shared a video as she married Vladimir at a local registry office,...
    Roger Stone said he'll do anything to help President Trump win reelection short of violating the law. In an interview with Axios published Monday, Stone, who had his full prison sentence commuted by the president last week, also said he intends to write a book about the Russian collusion controversy. "I will do anything necessary to elect my candidate, short of breaking the law," the GOP operative said. "First, I'm going to write a book about this entire ordeal to, once and for all, put to bed the myth of Russian collusion." The White House announced Friday evening the commutation of the three-year prison sentence Trump's longtime friend and adviser faced as a result of being convicted of charges...
    A tourist is stuck close to the crater of the highest active volcano in Eurasia with rescuers unable to reach him by foot or helicopter.  The ailing man is stranded some 650ft below the rim of the giant 15,580 ft Klyuchevskaya Sopka in Russia's Kamchatka peninsula.  Spewing volcanic activity and a melting high-altitude glacier is preventing rescuers getting close to the tourist, aged 35.  Rescuers attempt to scale the giant 15,580ft volcano, Klyuchevskaya Sopka, in Russia's Kamchatka peninsula to rescue a stranded tourist Spewing volcanic activity and a melting high-altitude glacier is preventing rescuers getting close to the tourist, aged 35 (file image of Klyuchevskaya Sopka) A helicopter bid to lower rescuers onto the rim of the volcano so...
    Damage caused by a car bomb in Kabul, Afghanistan, July 29, 2019. (Jim Huylebroek/The New York Times) KABUL, Afghanistan — During one of the most violent stretches of fighting in northern Afghanistan, as the Taliban scored victories that had eluded them since the beginning of the conflict, the top U.S. commander went public with a suspicion that had nagged for years: Russia was aiding the insurgents. In diplomatic circles in Kabul around the time of that accusation, in 2017, there were murmurs that the Russian assistance had included night-vision goggles and armor-piercing ammunition. But Gen. John W. Nicholson, the commander, offered no definitive evidence, and that spoke to how confusing the battlefield had become as three longtime adversaries —...
    Lindsey Graham has granted a request for Robert Mueller to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee after the former special counsel wrote an op-ed defending the Russia investigation.   'Apparently Mr. Mueller is willing - and also capable - of defending the Mueller investigation through an oped in the Washington Post,' Graham tweeted. 'Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee have previously requested Mr. Mueller appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee to testify about his investigation. That request will be granted.' But Democrat Adam Schiff told CNN: 'I suspect all Lindsey Graham wants to do is continue his counter-factual, that is that Donald Trump was somehow the victim when Donald Trump was the one inviting Russians to help him get elected in the...
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    In defense of President Trump's decision to commute the prison sentence of friend and former aide Roger Stone, the White House says special counsel Robert Mueller has no room to criticize the president. The White House responded on Sunday to Washington Post opinion piece published Saturday, in which Mueller defended the prosecution and conviction of Stone, whom he referred to as a "convicted felon, and rightly so." Stone was charged as part of Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The White House pushed back on Mueller's thoughts, pointing to his leading of an investigation that "wasted taxpayer dollars trying to undo an election." "Robert Mueller and his corrupt investigation failed to hold anyone...
    President Trump told The Washington Post that he authorized a 2018 cyberattack on the Russian Internet Research Agency (IRA), the first time he’s acknowledged doing so. In an interview with Post columnist Marc Thiessen, Trump confirmed that the attack— which the Post reported on last year— started on the day of the 2018 midterm and was successful in disrupting a disinformation campaign by Russia that was meant to raise doubt about the midterm results. “Look, we stopped it,” the president told Thiessen. In 2016, the IRA operated a troll factory as part of Russia’s overall election meddling, which also included stealing emails from the Democratic National Committee. In the past, President Trump had questioned whether Russia was involved...
    Norilsk, Russia (CNN)Vasily Ryabinin stands on the banks of the River Daldykan and pushes a long stick into the blood-orange sludge. Raising the stick, he puts a lighter to it and it ignites it like a torch."Still burns really well," Ryabinin says. "It's very likely that these puddles are stretching all over the river and will be polluting it for a very long time."We were a few kilometers from the Siberian city of Norilsk, where six weeks ago a huge fuel tank at a power plant ruptured, spilling thousands of tons of diesel into the river.The owner of the plant, the Nornickel metals giant, says the spill was quickly contained, and the damage limited. Ryabinin has sacrificed his job and...
    One of the perennial lessons of the Trump presidency is that you can never put anything past him. There is no bottom—he will go as low as he can. That became painfully apparent once again last week, when we learned that Trump has sat on his hands for months and did nothing in response to reports that Russia paid bounties for the targeted killing of American soldiers in Afghanistan. The New York Times reported that Russia’s military intelligence arm has offered a bounty to Taliban fighters for every confirmed kill of U.S. and coalition fighters serving in Afghanistan. The CIA reportedly confirmed the veracity of the information after interrogating prisoners and recovering a large stash of U.S. dollars at a captured Taliban base....
    What to Watch this Weekend: Charlize Theron and Tom Hanks bring summer movie season to streaming Dow futures under pressure to end the week as investors take stock of coronavirus recovery Shocking video shows the moment a 16-year-old Russian soccer player was struck by lightning during training and left in a coma © Instagram/fcztofficial The horrific moment was captured on camera by an onlooker. Instagram/fcztofficial A 16-year-old Russian soccer player was left in a coma after being struck by lightning during a training session. Ivan Zaborovsky was jogging with the ball at FC Znamya Truda's home ground on July 4, when a crack of lightning shot down and hit him.  "When I ran up, his whole shirt on his...
    The horrific moment was captured on camera by an onlooker. Instagram/fcztofficial A 16-year-old Russian soccer player was left in a coma after being struck by lightning during a training session. Ivan Zaborovsky was jogging with the ball at FC Znamya Truda's home ground on July 4, when a crack of lightning shot down and hit him.  "When I ran up, his whole shirt on his chest burned out," Anton Basov, who gave Zaborovsky CPR at the scene, told the club. "He did not breathe for a while." The teenager was placed on life support shortly after, however is now on the road to recovery.  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A 16-year-old Russian soccer player was left in...
    (CNN)Secretary of Defense Mark Esper confirmed Thursday that he had been briefed on information regarding Russian payments to the Taliban, seemingly acknowledging that Russia's support for the militant group in Afghanistan is not a "hoax," as President Donald Trump has claimed. However, Esper also made clear that he has not seen intelligence that corroborates claims that American troops were killed as a result of the "bounty" payments, walking a delicate line between acknowledging a well-known threat and potentially clashing with the President.Esper's comments came during a long-awaited appearance before the House Armed Services Committee, where lawmakers had their first opportunity to ask the defense secretary and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley about their knowledge of...
    A Russian military village in the country's far north has been evacuated due to tests of Vladimir Putin's new hypersonic missile, Russian news reports have claimed. Some 500 locals in Nyonoksa were told they were living in a 'danger zone' and were advised to leave their homes for a 36-hour period due to unspecified military activity. The sudden evacuation of the military village has been linked to tests of the 6,000 mph Zircon hypersonic nuclear powered missile currently under development by the Russian military, potentially capable of striking intercontinental targets. The evacuation comes a year after seven people - five employees of Rosatom nuclear corporation and two Defence Ministry staff - were killed in an explosion of a nuclear powered...
    The news that Russia was paying Taliban militia a bounty to kill American soldiers was shocking. The idea that Donald Trump had known about it for a matter of months, and not only failed to take action, but pressured the G7 to readmit Russia even more so. But since that initial story broke, the date of Trump’s knowledge keeps moving back, and the extent of Trump’s actions in support of Vladimir Putin keeps getting underlined. Trump wasn’t just briefed in February, he was given a personal briefing by John Bolton over a year ago. Even with that knowledge, Trump has repeatedly supported Russia and made an unprecedented series of private, unrecorded calls to Putin—at least five just in the last...
    WASHINGTON — A growing chorus of American officials have said in recent days that the intelligence suggesting Russians paid “bounties” to induce the Taliban to kill American service members in Afghanistan is less than conclusive. But the debate about that narrow and contested issue distracts from a larger, often-overlooked consensus, current and former military and intelligence officials say. U.S. intelligence agencies have assessed for years that Vladimir Putin’s Russia is supporting America’s enemies in Afghanistan with cash and weapons. And President Donald Trump has said nothing publicly about it, even as he has pursued warmer relations with Putin and Russia, including ordering his intelligence agencies to cooperate with Russia in the Middle East. “We should always remember, the Russians are...
    Evgenia Novozhenibna/Reuters MOSCOW—When the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) arrested journalist Ivan Safronov on charges of “state treason” this week, many of his friends were quick to remember what happened to his father. Both men covered news about national defense and Russia’s space program and were recognized as authorities in their field. The elder Safronov, who also was named Ivan, wrote for the newspaper Kommersant until one day in 2007 he plunged out of a window to his death. The younger Safronov never believed the official conclusion that his father committed suicide. Neither did colleagues at Kommersant. “Defenestration,” pushing people out of windows and blaming accidents or suicide, is viewed as a common, if conspicuous, technique allegedly used by...
    U.S. intel officials have been alleging that according to their sources, the Russian government offered a bounty to Taliban extremists if they would kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Just Security discussed these allegations with some former Trump Administration officials, trying to get some insights on what President Donald Trump and his officials knew about Russian government activity in Afghanistan. “Why would the Russian government think it could get away with paying bounties to the Taliban to kill American soldiers?,” Just Security’s Ryan Goodman writes. “One answer to that question may be the extraordinary response that Moscow received when the Trump Administration learned of a precursor to the bounty operation. From mid-2017 and into 2018, Pentagon officials became increasingly confident in...
    On Wednesday, Politico’s Melanie Zanona outlined a key reason why Congress is unlikely to take action in the wake of reports that Russia paid bounties to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan. One of the main reasons: Congress already handed the relevant authority to do so to the White House. “Even if Congress chooses to act, they’ve already given the Trump administration many of the tools it can use to punish the Kremlin, namely the authority to impose biting sanctions,” wrote Zanona. “‘I’m interested in hearing an administration speak clearly about their plans that aren’t just hypothetical sanctions sometime out in the future, but what should we be doing now to make the GRU have more doubts about their behavior not just in...
    Moscow has angrily told the US embassy to 'mind your own business' after Washington's diplomatic mission raised concern about curbs on media freedom in Russia. Rebecca Ross, the spokeswoman for the US embassy, on Tuesday expressed concern about a clampdown on journalists in Russia. 'Watching arrest after arrest of Russian journalists - it's starting to look like a concerted campaign against #MediaFreedom,' she tweeted. 'Mind your own business,' the Russian foreign ministry tweeted late Tuesday. Earlier that day the FSB security agency, the successor to the Soviet-era KGB, arrested a respected former journalist, Ivan Safronov, 30, on suspicion of state treason. His detention sparked an uproar among supporters and journalists who say his arrest is punishment...
    Roger Sollenberger July 7, 2020 11:00PM (UTC) When former national security adviser John Bolton stepped down in September 2019 (or was fired, depending), he cited a disagreement with President Trump about Afghanistan. Specifically, Bolton pointed to an argument with the president about Trump's proposal to invite Taliban leaders to Camp David for peace negotiations a few days ahead of the Sept. 11 anniversary. Around the same time, Trump was withholding military aid from Ukraine, seeking leverage with President Volodymyr Zelensky's government with the promise of weapons, equipment and other supplies that Ukrainian troops counted on to sustain them in border skirmishes with better-armed Russian soldiers and pro-Russian militias. : These two events seem unrelated, and have not been tied together...
    Former Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker told “Outnumbered Overtime” Tuesday he agreed with the Trump administration's reported move to launch an internal investigation to determine who leaked intelligence that Russian officials had paid Taliban-linked militants bounties to kill American soldiers. “Anyone that leaks classified information, obviously, is violating their agreement with the United States government for access to that," Whitaker said. "So, they have committed a crime and that should be investigated. “We did investigate those cases while I was at the Department of Justice.” VideoPolitico reported earlier Tuesday that administration officials have interviewed people with access to the intelligence and believe they have narrowed down the possible leak suspects to fewer than 10 people. President Trump and the White House have repeatedly downplayed the reports and denied claims the president was briefed on the...
    Donald Trump’s silence over the Russian scheme to kill American soldiers in Afghanistan hasn’t been getting much press, displaced from the headlines by Trump’s own schemes for killing wholesale volumes of American civilians in America. But never let it be said that Trump can’t multitask. Trump can hate everyone who tries to inject any semblance of reality into the nation’s planning for the coronavirus pandemic, and Trump can hate everyone who spilled the beans on how he kept chatting up Vladimir Putin months after he was aware that Putin had put on contracts on Americans.  As Politico reports, Trump is engaged in an internal investigation to locate and punish the people who let slip both the knowledge of Russia’s efforts to...
    Donald Trump's CIA intelligence briefer, Beth Sanner (pictured), made rare public comments on Monday as she spoke about the challenges she faces while delivering intelligence to the president Donald Trump's CIA intelligence briefer made rare public comments on Monday as she spoke about the challenges she faces while delivering intelligence to the president.  According to Politico, Beth Sanner, who is a senior official at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, spoke during an event hosted by the Intelligence & National Security Alliance.  Sanner said it's important to understand if this 'is someone who reads? Someone who likes a story? Operates on visuals?' 'You figure out before you go in what that person needs from you.' She then...
    The New York Times published a seemingly bombshell report June 26 claiming that President Donald Trump had been briefed on intelligence about a Russian spy unit allegedly paying Taliban-linked militants to carry out attacks against U.S. troops. Days later, the publication issued a second report undercutting its original story – after the White House, the Pentagon, national security advisor Robert O’Brien and others denied it. In light of the NYT softening its bombshell report, here’s a look back at some of the other moments when the publication has stumbled while reporting on matters of US intelligence. (RELATED: With Follow-Up Report, NYT Subtly Undercuts Key Aspects Of Its Russia-Taliban Bounty Scoops) NYT first reported in definitive terms that Trump was briefed on the Russian bounty report, but...
            by Edward Ring  America was at a historic crossroads in 1971. The war in Vietnam increasingly was seen as unwinnable, while triggering ongoing unrest in cities and college campuses across the nation. The economy was challenged with rising inflation and rising trade deficits. In August 1971, the British ambassador turned up at the Treasury Department to request that $3 billion be converted into gold. That same week, President Nixon ordered a freeze on all prices and wages in the United States. In the Communist world, America’s problems were trumpeted as the inevitable collapse of capitalist imperialism. Russia and China stood triumphant over a declining West. And what did Nixon do? He stunned the world by traveling to China....
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday constitutional amendments approved in a nationwide vote created the conditions for Russia's "progressive development" for decades to come. One of the changes approved in the week-long vote that ended on July 1 makes it possible for Putin to seek two more terms as president and, if re-elected, to stay in power until 2036. Other changes grant former presidents immunity from prosecution, enshrine a reference in the constitution to God, offer pensions protection and define marriage as a union of a man and a woman. Opponents said the vote was illegal and illegitimate, and an independent monitoring group said the vote was deeply flawed. But Russian news agencies quoted Putin as saying:...
    MOSCOW, July 5 (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday constitutional amendments approved in a nationwide vote created the conditions for Russia’s “progressive development” for decades to come. One of the changes approved in the week-long vote that ended on July 1 makes it possible for Putin to seek two more terms as president and, if re-elected, to stay in power until 2036. Other changes grant former presidents immunity from prosecution, enshrine a reference in the constitution to God, offer pensions protection and define marriage as a union of a man and a woman. Opponents said the vote was illegal and illegitimate, and an independent monitoring group said the vote was deeply flawed. But Russian news agencies quoted Putin...
    Sen. Jack ReedJohn (Jack) Francis ReedSunday shows preview: Lawmakers to address alarming spike in coronavirus cases Republicans fear backlash over Trump's threatened veto on Confederate names Senate Dems request briefing on Russian bounty wire transfers MORE (D-R.I.), the top Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee, on Sunday criticized President TrumpDonald John TrumpProtesters tear down statue of Christopher Columbus in Baltimore 'Independence Day' star Bill Pullman urges Americans to wear a 'freedom mask' in July 4 PSA Protesters burn American flag outside White House after Trump's July Fourth address MORE’s response to intelligence alleging Russian officials offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants to kill U.S. service members, saying the president should have “seized” on those reports. “If there’s credible evidence that...