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New York Times: US begins first cyberoperation against Russia aimed at protecting elections

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The United States Cyber Command is targeting individual Russian operatives to try to deter them from spreading disinformation to interfere in elections, telling them that American operatives have identified them and are tracking their work, according to officials briefed on the operation. Read mo...

Guardian: World’s oldest intact shipwreck discovered in Black Sea

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Archaeologists have found what they believe to be the world’s oldest intact shipwreck at the bottom of the Black Sea where it appears to have lain undisturbed for more than 2,400 years. Read more here. The post Guardian: World’s oldest intact shipwreck discovered in Black Sea appeared first...

US president intends to build up country's nuclear arsenal to have leverage over China, Russia, -...

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U.S. President Donald Trump warned on Monday that the United States intended to build up its arsenal of nuclear weapons to pressure Russia and China.

Bloomberg: Bolton tells Russians election interference was ineffective

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White House National Security Adviser John Bolton told his Russian counterpart that his country’s interference in the 2016 presidential election didn’t affect the outcome but has nonetheless damaged relations with the U.S. Read more here. The post Bloomberg: Bolton tells Russians election interfe...

RFE/RL: Trump cites China nuclear buildup in vowing to abandon treaty with Russia

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U.S. President Donald Trump says that his decision to withdraw from a decades-old nuclear treaty with Russia was driven not just by Moscow’s alleged violations but by a need to respond to China’s nuclear buildup. Read more here. The post RFE/RL: Trump cites China nuclear buildup in vo...

Wall Street Journal: Merkel changes course, concedes to US gas imports

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BERLIN – Chancellor Angela Merkel has offered government support to efforts to open up Germany to U.S. gas, a key concession to President Trump as he tries to loosen Russia’s grip on Europe’s largest energy market. Read more here. The post Wall Street Journal: Merkel changes course, concede...

Washington Post: New video appears to show Saudi suspect wearing Khashoggi’s clothing

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ISTANBUL — Surveillance video recorded by Turkish law enforcement appears to confirm reports that Saudi agents accused of carrying out the killing of Jamal Khashoggi used a body double as part of an attempted coverup. Read more here. The post Washington Post: New video appears to show Saudi suspe...

Putin imposes sanctions against Ukraine

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President Vladimir Putin of Russia signed a decree imposing sanctions against Ukraine.

RFE/RL: Trump, Erdogan in phone call demand full explanation in Saudi journalist’s killing

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U.S. President Donald Trump and Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan have agreed in a phone call that the killing of Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul must be fully explained, the Turkish presidency has said. Read more here.  The post RFE/RL: Trump, Erdogan in phone call demand fu...

UNIAN: Latvian envoy explains NATO move to reinforce contingent in Baltics

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Without participation in such major international unions as the EU and NATO, it would be very difficult for Latvia to retain its independence in the current geopolitical situation, according to the country’s ambassador to Ukraine Juris Poikans. Read more here. The post UNIAN: Latvian envoy ...

Washington Times: Russia probe revival expected if Dems win House

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House Democrats are expected to re-open the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election if they win the majority in November. But they would have to be selective in what they investigate. California Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House intelligence panel, has said his ...

CNN: Saudi foreign minister says killing of Khashoggi was ‘tremendous mistake’

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Saudi Arabia Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told Fox News that the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi was a “tremendous mistake” and part of a rogue operation, adding that his government would punish those responsible for his “murder.” Read more here. The post CNN: Sau...

Bloomberg: Manafort in wheelchair as he gets sentencing date

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Paul Manafort, the former campaign chairman to President Donald Trump, appeared in a wheelchair in a Virginia courtroom where his lawyer said he had “significant” health issues and the judge set a Feb. 8 sentencing for his conviction on fraud counts. Read more here. The post Bloomberg: Manafort i...

The Economist: The end of engagement – how the world’s two superpowers have become rivals

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For the past quarter century America’s approach to China has been founded on a belief in convergence. Political and economic integration would not just make China wealthier, they would also make it more liberal, pluralistic and democratic. There were crises, such as a face-off in the Taiwan Strai...

Washington Post: Trump doubts Saudi account of journalist’s death

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U.S. President Donald Trump strongly criticized Saudi Arabia’s explanation for the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi late Oct. 20, saying that “obviously there’s been deception, and there’s been lies.” Read more here. The post Washington Post: Trump doubts Saudi account of journalis...

New York Times: This is the front line of Saudi Arabia’s invisible war

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A battlewagon roars through the gates of a beach villa on Yemen’s Red Sea coast, a luxury property with a 20-foot chandelier and indoor pool, now repurposed as a busy field hospital. Young fighters, drenched in the sweat of the battle, leap from the pickup and hoist a wounded comrade, blood strea...

Reuters: Hundreds of thousands take to streets in London demanding second Brexit vote

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LONDON/BELFAST – Hundreds of thousands of supporters of the European Union marched through London on Oct. 20 in the biggest demonstration so far to demand that the British government holds a public vote on the terms of Brexit. Read more here. The post Reuters: Hundreds of thousands take to ...

RFE/RL: Trump declares US will withdraw from Cold War-era missile treaty

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U.S. President Donald Trump says the United States will withdraw from a key Cold War-era arms control treaty with Russia. Read more here. The post RFE/RL: Trump declares US will withdraw from Cold War-era missile treaty appeared first on KyivPost.

The Guardian: UK backs Trump’s nuclear treaty withdrawal, blames Russia for breakdown

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Britain stands “absolutely resolute” with the United States, the UK defence secretary, Gavin Williamson, has said, after Donald Trump’s announcement he would pull out of a decades-old nuclear weapons pact with Russia. Read more here. The post The Guardian: UK backs Trump’s nuclear treaty wi...

New York Times: Uproar over dissident rattles Saudi royal family

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BEIRUT, Lebanon — As international outrage grew at Saudi Arabia over the apparent killing of the Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul, an alarmed King Salman dispatched a senior royal to address the matter with Turkey’s president. Read the full story here. The post New York Time...

Belgian province of Limburg marks 70 years of Ukrainian community

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GENK (BELGIUM) – Genk, the former heart of coal industry in the Belgian province of Limburg, has held an event to mark 70 years of the presence of its Ukrainian community. The special event, hosted by Genk Mayor Wim Dries and the Ambassador of Ukraine to Belgium Mykola Tochytskyi, was held on the...

RFE/RL: What will kill you (INFOGRAPHICS)

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A study reveals the 20 leading future causes of death. Watch the infographics here. The post RFE/RL: What will kill you (INFOGRAPHICS) appeared first on KyivPost.

New York Times: Three internet trolls convicted of systematic defamation against journalist in Fi...

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MOSCOW — For more than three years, a Finnish journalist who investigated Russia’s army of vicious internet trolls faced a barrage of false accusations online that she was an American intelligence operative, a drug dealer and an unhinged bimbo driven by Russophobia. Read more here. The post New Y...

Reuters: Saudi Arabia admits Khashoggi died in consulate, Trump says Saudi account credible

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DUBAI/GLENDALE, Ariz./WASHINGTON – Saudi Arabia said on Oct. 20 a missing journalist had died in a fight inside its Istanbul consulate and it had fired two senior officials over his death, an account President Donald Trump said was credible but U.S. lawmakers found hard to believe. Read mor...

Reuters: US judge drops some charges against ex-Trump campaign aide Manafort

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. – U.S. prosecutors on Oct. 19 agreed to drop criminal charges against Paul Manafort that a jury deadlocked on in August, as a federal judge set a Feb. 8 date for the former Trump campaign manager’s sentencing on charges of bank fraud and filing false tax returns. Read more h...