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Barack Obama ‘sent digital bombs to Russia as revenge for election hacking’

Among his final days in office, the former US President gave intelligence agencies the power to deploy “implants” of cyber weapons in Russia’s infrastructure. The bombs are able to retaliate against future Russian cyber attacks, the Washington Post reports. The powerful programme was described as “the digital equivalent of bombs that could be detonated if the US found itself in ...

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Russia riled up as EU reaffirms 'solidarity’ with Ukraine

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko today told a joint news conference with the European Council President Donald Tusk: “I am happy to hear today from Donald Tusk and from our consultations with other leaders of the European Union that the position of the EU is unity and solidarity with regard to Ukraine, which is vitally important for us.” Mr Poroshenko added ...

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Trump asked top intel officials to deny Russia collusion: report

Two top intelligence officials privately told special prosecutor Robert Mueller last week that President Trump urged them to say there had been no collusion between his campaign and Russia, CNN reported Thursday. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Chief Administrator Mike Rogers told Mueller that Trump had suggested to them, in separate, private discussions, that they ...

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'We are not isolating Russia’ French minister insists renewed relations in snub to EU

Mr Le Drian made the comments during a news conference with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, in a move which could anger Brussels following the European Union decision to extend sanctions against Vladimir Putin’s nation. The French minister said: “France is neither looking to isolate Russia from the rest of Europe, nor is it trying to weaken it economically. “We ...

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Pentagon warns Russia for ‘unsafe’ intercept of US spy plane over Baltic Sea

The near-miss occurred over international waters on Monday, approximately 25 miles north west of Kaliningrad – a Russian enclave between Poland and Lithuania. Officials said the encounter was deemed “unsafe” due to the Russian pilot’s “high rate of closure speed and poor control of the aircraft”.  US Navy spokesperson Captain Jeff Davis, said: “Russia is certainly within its right to ...

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Russia cancels US meeting over sanctions as tensions escalate

The US State Department confirmed the meeting had been cancelled, but they remained optimistic about future discussions being held.  Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Wednesday the appointment with US Undersecretary of State Thomas Shannon would not go ahead as planned due to fresh sanctions against Moscow.  The high level meeting between the pair has been scrapped over ...

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Russia targeted 21 states' election systems in 2016: officials

WASHINGTON — Russian-aligned hackers targeted as many as 21 states’ election systems ahead of last year’s election, a top Department of Homeland Security official said on Tuesday. “We have evidence of election-related systems in 21 states that were targeted,” DHS Acting Deputy Secretary for Cybersecurity Jeanette Manfra testified to the Senate Intelligence Committee Wednesday morning. She and other officials wouldn’t ...

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AG Jeff Sessions obtains private lawyer for Russia probe

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has hired a private lawyer to deal with the ongoing investigations into possible collusion between Russia and President Trump’s campaign, according to multiple reports on Tuesday. Washington lawyer Chuck Cooper confirmed to The Associated Press that he’s representing Sessions but would not offer any more specifics. Cooper said in a statement that he won’t comment on ...

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Russia threatens to shoot down U.S., coalition aircraft in Syria

Russia on Monday threatened to target U.S. and coalition aircraft operating over Syria, further escalating already simmering tensions in the war-torn region. A day after the U.S. military downed a Syrian jet that it claimed was dropping bombs near U.S.-backed forces, the Russian Defense Ministry said all coalition jets and drones flying west of the Euphrates would be tracked as ...

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Russia warns US as Syrian jet shot down in Raqqa

Russia – which backs Syrian dictator president Bashar Assad – threatened to treat any plane from the US-led Coalition flying west of the Euphrates as a “target”.  It also suspended a hotline which allows the Coalition and Russia to ensure its planes do not clash in the crowded skies over Syria.  Syria, which claimed its bomber was attacking Islamic State, ...

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