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Putins Soccer Ball for Trump Had Transmitter Chip, Logo Indicates

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s gift of a soccer ball to U.S. President tweeted, “I’d check the soccer ball for listening devices and never allow it in the White House.” It turns out they weren’t entirely wrong. Markings on the ball indicate that it contained a chip with a tiny antenna that transmits to nearby phones. But rather than a spy device, the chip is an advertised feature of the Adidas AG ball. Photographs from the news conference in Helsinki, where Putin handed the ball to Trump, show it bore a…

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The Accused Russian Agent as Trump Republican

Here are some things we know about Maria Butina. She is a 29-year-old white woman with an enthusiasm for guns who has attended multiple National Rifle Association events, socialized with NRA leaders and repeated NRA talking points. She attended Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's 2015 announcement seeking the Republican nomination for president, and later supported Republican Donald Trump for president. She attended the National Prayer Breakfast, a Republican gathering place, in Washington this year.    Butina published an grifter that is a According to Dusty Johnson, a South Dakota Republican and…

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Trump shows he trusts an ex-KGB agent more than US intelligence

New line on Russia opens up an unprecedented chasm between London and Washington For those hoping the US president would refrain from making unwarranted concessions to Vladimir Putin, the omens were not good. Before his departure for Europe, Trump predicted the Putin conversation was likely to be easier than his discussions with his Nato allies exonerating Putin for much of his behaviour in the past decade. In so doing Trump went into the Helsinki conference chamber not quite naked, but at least pleading guilty on his countrys behalf. In the…

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Trump responds to Mueller indictments by blaming Obama

President preparing to meet Vladimir Putin in Helsinki after special counsels indictment of 12 Russian spies Donald Trump has commented for the first time on the tweeted: The stories you heard about the 12 Russians yesterday took place during the Obama Administration, not the Trump Administration. Why didnt they do something about it, especially when it was reported that President Obama was informed by the FBI in September, before the Election? According to widespread vice-president Joe Biden, chief of staff Denis McDonough and senior adviser watered down by Republican Senate…

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Kelly Loses White House Clout as Trump Blazes Own Path

Chief of staff out of loop for several key recent decisions President and top aide at times now on different wavelengths Donald Trump’s side for crucial decisions on staffing and policy moves, according to several senior aides. Kelly wasn’t with the president last week when Trump abruptly decided to oust H.R. McMaster as national security adviser and replace him with John Bolton. Just two people were in the room for that decision: Trump and Bolton. And Kelly is rarely on the line any more when Trump calls foreign leaders. Last…

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Vladimir Putin wins Russian election with 74% of vote

Result expected to be declared legitimate despite some irregularities extending Putins time in office to nearly a quarter of a century Vladimir Putin cruised to victory in Sundays presidential elections in a result that was never in question. His fourth term as president will extend until 2024, making him the first Kremlin leader to serve two decades in power since Josef Stalin. With results still coming in, Putin looked set to exceed expectations by clinching more than 73% of the vote. Turnout, which was seen as a measure of the…

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Trump Scraps Possible Formal Meeting With Putin

President Donald Trump will not meet formally with Russian President Vladimir Putin at an Asia-Pacific summit in Vietnam this week due to a scheduling conflict, the White House said Friday, amid U.S. concerns that the meeting wouldn’t create genuine progress on key issues. “Are they going to bump into each other and say hello? Certainly possible and likely,” Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters. “But in terms of a scheduled, formal meeting, there’s not one on the calendar and we don’t anticipate that there will be one.” Any Putin-Trump meeting…

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Three Trump Associates Charged in Russia Collusion Probe

The federal investigation into whether President Read the full indictment here The accusations arrive after a months-long probe into possible crimes including obstruction of justice by Trump and other crimes by his associates. The Read more: Your Guide to Understanding the Trump-Russia Saga Manafort, 68, has been targeted by Mueller for months. A top Republican strategist who also worked extensively for foreign politicians, he left Trump’s campaign after only a few months in 2016. He departed after information surfaced about his work in Ukraine for a pro-Russian party, which intensified…

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Crimea the big budget Russian blockbuster the world will never see

Film depicting Vladimir Putins 2014 annexing of Crimea from Ukraine will only be shown in Russia and Belarus This is the kind of decision that is only taken once a century, says a voice on the trailer for Crimea, a high-budget Russian film that dramatises the 2014 Russian takeover of the peninsula. The film, which will premiere across Russia next month, features Russian soldiers, tanks, planes and a love story the director describes as a Romeo and Juliet tale. The Maidan uprising, and a man from Sevastopol who joins the…

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Chillaxed Vladimir Putin cultivates strongman persona with holiday adventures

Russias president spear-fishes in camouflage wetsuit, pilot a powerboat and catches some rays on Siberian holiday Russias President Vladimir Putin, who loves to cultivate a virile man-of-action image, was shown on Russian TV on Saturday spear-fishing in a camouflage wetsuit, piloting a powerboat and catching some rays while on a Siberian holiday. Putins affinity for the tough guy pose has been documented with shots of him bare-chested on horseback, diving in a submarine in Lake Baikal the worlds deepest and flipping a judo opponent. Putin said the US would have…

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Vladimir Putin denies he has compromising material on Donald Trump

Russian president tells Megyn Kelly he has no relationship with Trump and had never met him Russian President Vladimir Putin has denied he had any compromising material about US President Donald Trump. Well, this is just another load of nonsense, Putin said on NBC News Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly, when asked whether he had any damaging information on the Republican president. The remarks were the latest in a series of denials from Moscow that have had little impact so far on a political crisis in the United States over…

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Pussy Riot’s Masha Alyokhina on Putin, Trump and Brexit: ‘It’s useless to be afraid’

Set to headline Australias Dark Mofo in Hobart, the activist speaks about imprisonment, fear and discovering her son is violating the regime of school Are you able to keep calling her later today or late tonight? Maria Alyokhinas representative asks me, panicked. Or could you try any other day? In fact, he adds woefully, any scheduled interview with Masha is a risky idea. I receive the harried message just before I am due to speak to Alyokhina, the balaclava-wearing, punk-spouting Pussy Riot activist. Its well past mid-morning. But Masha, as…

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Trump blames constitution for chaos of his first 100 days

The president is learning the limits of power On his 100th day in office on Saturday, facing historically low popularity ratings, a succession of intractable foreign crises and multiple investigations of his links with Moscow, Donald Trump reminded the nation that 1 May was Loyalty Day. The day is a US tradition dating back to the cold war, when it was a bolster to stop a CNN/ORC poll. Trump claimed that car companies were roaring back in, an apparent reference to General Motors plans. Photograph: Paul Sancya/AP On his 100th…

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No ‘reliable information’ on Chechnya gay persecution, says Putin spokesman

Police in the predominantly Muslim republic allegedly rounded up more than 100 gay men and killed at least three In the face of police in the predominantly Muslim republic rounded up more than 100 men suspected of homosexuality and that at least three of them have been killed. Chechen authorities have denied the reports. But the UNs high commissioner for human rights and prominent international organisations have urged the Russian government to investigate the reported abuse. But Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists on Friday: We do not have any…

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