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Iran protests: Russia berates US for UN talks on ‘internal affair’

Russia has fiercely criticised the US for convening the UN Security Council over protests in Iran. Russia’s envoy Vassily Nebenzia said involving the council in an “internal affair” damaged the top UN body. Minutes earlier, US Ambassador Nikki Haley praised the protests as a “powerful exhibition of brave people”. Iran’s ambassador said the US was abusing its power as a ...

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Trump hits out at FBI over Russia inquiry

Donald Trump lashed out at the FBI on Sunday, issuing a fresh denial that he asked former director James Comey to drop an investigation into the conduct of one of his top aides, Michael Flynn. In a Twitter tirade, Mr Trump said the FBI’s reputation was “in tatters”. His attack came amid a flurry of developments in Special Counsel Robert ...

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Putin signs ‘foreign agent’ media law

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law that allows the government to list any foreign media operating in the country as a foreign agent. The bill, in retaliation for Kremlin-backed broadcaster RT being told to register as a foreign agent in the US, was earlier approved by parliament. At least nine US-funded broadcasters, including Voice of America and Radio ...

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Russian Fancy Bear hackers’ UK link revealed

When Russia’s most notorious hackers hired servers from a UK-registered company, they left a trove of clues behind, the BBC has discovered. The hackers used the computers to attack the German parliament, hijack traffic meant for a Nigerian government website and target Apple devices. The company, Crookservers, had claimed to be based in Oldham for a time. It says it ...

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Argentina missing submarine: Russia joins search operation

Argentina has accepted help from Russia in the search for a military submarine that went missing with 44 crew in the southern Atlantic a week ago. President Mauricio Macri said the Russian leader, Vladimir Putin, had phoned him to offer to deploy a survey vessel and crew with experience of similar operations. More than a dozen countries, including the US, ...

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World Cup: FIFA urged to strengthen workers’ rights in Russia & Qatar

Fifa has been urged to strengthen efforts to address risks to workers’ rights on World Cup stadium construction sites in Russia and Qatar. It is one of 33 recommendations in the first report of the governing body’s new Human Rights Advisory Board. The panel, including representatives from the UN, trade unions and sponsors, was created to provide independent advice on ...

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Russia to build nuclear power plants in Nigeria

Russia has signed a deal to build two nuclear power plants in Nigeria, as Africa’s largest economy seeks to end its energy crisis. Russian state-owned company Rosatom will build one in the south, the other in the centre, sources at the Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission told the BBC. The deal’s exact worth is unknown, although some reports suggest it is ...

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Social media firms under scrutiny for ‘Russian meddling’

Facebook, Twitter and Google lawyers defended themselves to US lawmakers probing whether Russia used social media to influence the 2016 election. The three firms faced hard questions at a Senate panel on crime and terrorism about why they missed political ads bought with Russian money. Lawmakers are eyeing new regulations for social media firms in the wake of Russia’s alleged ...

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Russia-linked posts ‘reached 126m Facebook users in US’

Facebook has said as many as 126 million American users may have seen content uploaded by Russia-based operatives over the past two years. The social networking site said about 80,000 posts were produced before and after the 2016 presidential election. Most of the posts focused on divisive social and political messages. Facebook released the figures ahead of a Senate hearing ...

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Russia-linked posts ‘reached 126m Facebook users in US

Facebook has said as many as 126 million American users may have seen content uploaded by Russia-based operatives over the last two years. The social networking site said about 80,000 posts were produced before and after the 2016 presidential election. Most of the posts focused on divisive social and political messages Facebook released the figures ahead of a Senate hearing ...

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