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Russia Supreme Court bans Jehovah’s Witnesses

Russia’s Supreme Court on Thursday issued a ruling banning Jehovah’s Witnesses after finding the group to be extremist. Supreme Court judge Yury Ivanenko said Russia had decided to close down “the administrative centre of Jehovah’s Witnesses and the local organisations

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NATO says it sees sharp rise in Russian disinformation since Crimea seizure

NATO accused Russia of escalating a disinformation campaign since the Kremlin’s 2014 seizure of Ukraine’s Crimea region, saying Russian websites such as Sputnik and RT had posted false stories, the alliance’s spokeswoman said on Saturday. There is increasing concern among

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Trump voices new doubts about Russian efforts to sway U.S. vote

President-elect Donald Trump voiced new doubts on Wednesday that Russian hackers attempted to influence the U.S. election on his behalf, accusing Democrats of lax security and saying WikiLeaks had denied Moscow was behind the documents it made public. Trump, in

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Plane with expelled diplomats leaves US: Russian media

A plane carrying 35 Russian diplomats, expelled from the United States over Moscow’s alleged interference in the presidential election, took off from Washington on Sunday, Russian news agencies reported. “The plane has taken off, everyone is on board,” said the

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Russian military plane disappears from radar with dozens on board

A Russian Defence Ministry flight carrying dozens of people has vanished from the radar screens after departing from the resort city of Sochi, Russian media reported on Sunday, citing preliminary findings. A total of 91 people were on board the

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Boko Haram: Tension as Russians ‘likely to pull out of arms deal with Nigeria’

By John Oba, Abuja Nigeria’s fight against Boko Haram seems to be heading for the rocks as there are indications that Russia the major supplier of arms and ammunition to the Federal Government may be backing out any moment. AljazirahNigeria

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Bipartisan group of senators calls for probe of Russian role in 2016 US elections

A bipartisan quartet of high-profile senators said Sunday that “recent reports of Russian interference in our election should alarm every American,” as President-elect Donald Trump sharpened his unprecedented attacks on US intelligence agencies. The group — two Republicans and two

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Syria, Russia pound rebel-held Aleppo but advances halt

Syria’s military and Russian warplanes bombarded rebel-held districts of Aleppo on Saturday as Damascus’s allies said victory was near, but insurgents fought back and army advances halted after rapid gains during the week. The United States said it was meeting

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Russia denies it has any state-sponsored doping programmes

More than 1,000 Russians – including Olympic medallists – benefited from a state-sponsored doping programme between 2011 and 2015, a report claims. At least 30 sports, including football, covered up samples, the report says. “It was a cover-up that evolved

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Russia seeks full withdrawal of Aleppo rebels

Russia said on Saturday it was ready for talks with the United States about a withdrawal of all Syrian rebels from eastern Aleppo, where advances by the Russian-backed Syrian army and its allies threaten to deal a crushing blow to

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