Is Marine Le Pen’s Russian cash pipeline drying up?

Is Marine Le Pen’s Russian cash pipeline drying up?

Russia’s federal banking monitor has launched steps to recover a loan issued in 2014 to the French far-right party, adding to Marine Le Pen’s financial woes as she gears up for looming election battles. Another election campaign, another frantic fundraising effort for France’s chronically cash-strappedNational Front (FN). The Eurosceptic, anti-immigrant party had heaved a sigh […]

UK appoint ‘tough negotiator’ and ex-Russian ambassador Tim Barrow as new EU envoy

UK appoint ‘tough negotiator’ and ex-Russian ambassador Tim Barrow as new EU envoy

British Prime Minister Theresa May appointed a senior career diplomat as envoy to the European Union on Wednesday to replace an ambassador who quit with a scathing resignation letter that exposed frustration among officials over her strategy. Tim Barrow, political director at the Foreign Office, will take up the post next week following the abrupt […]

US set to announce response to Russian election hacking

US set to announce response to Russian election hacking

The Obama administration plans to announce a series of retaliatory measures against Russia over its alleged hacking during the US election in an effort to help President-elect Donald Trump, two U.S. officials said on Wednesday. Both officials declined to specify what actions President Barack Obama has approved, but said targeted economic sanctions, indictments, leaking information […]

Russian ambassador to Ankara killed in gun attack

Russian ambassador to Ankara killed in gun attack

Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, was shot dead at the opening of an art exhibition in Ankara on Monday by an off-duty policeman who shouted “don’t forget Aleppo” as he pulled the trigger. The attack happened at the Cagdas Sanatlar Merkezi, a major art exhibition hall in the Cankaya district of Ankara where most […]

Trump dismisses ‘ridiculous’ claims of Russian interference in election result

Trump dismisses ‘ridiculous’ claims of Russian interference in election result

President-elect Donald Trump rejected as “ridiculous” U.S. intelligence reports that Russia intervened in the presidential election on his behalf through targeted hacking, putting him at odds with top lawmakers who vowed to investigate the findings. He blamed Democrats for news reports on the intelligence findings and said he did not believe they came from the […]

FBI under scrutiny amid speculation over Trump’s Russian ties

FBI under scrutiny amid speculation over Trump’s Russian ties

Speculation has mounted in recent days over what the FBI knows about Donald Trump’s ties to Russia, from a preliminary FBI probe into a former Trump adviser to an ex-spy’s claims that the Kremlin sought to cultivate Trump over several years. FBI Director James Comey set off a firestorm of controversy on Friday by announcing […]

Russian, Syrian armed forces declare ‘humanitarian pause’ in Aleppo

Russian, Syrian armed forces declare ‘humanitarian pause’ in Aleppo

Russian and Syrian armed forces will pause attacks on the Syrian city of Aleppo for eight hours on Thursday to allow civilians and rebels to leave the city, the Russian defence ministry said on Monday. But Moscow ruled out a lasting ceasefire, a step that Western governments have been demanding, saying that would only give […]

FBI investigates possible Russian hack targeting New York Times reporters

FBI investigates possible Russian hack targeting New York Times reporters

The FBI is investigating cyber intrusions targeting reporters of The New York Times and is looking into whether Russian intelligence agencies are responsible for the acts, a U.S. official said Tuesday. The cyberattacks are believed to have targeted individual reporters, but investigators don’t believe the newspaper’s whole network was affected, according to the official, who […]

Russian adventurer ‘breaks round-the-world hot air balloon record’

Russian adventurer ‘breaks round-the-world hot air balloon record’

Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov has broken the record for the fastest round-the-world flight in a hot air balloon, his crew said Saturday, surviving a gruelling endurance test of storms and freezing temperatures. Flight coordinator John Wallington said Konyukhov, who took off from Western Australia on July 12, had successfully flown the route by Saturday afternoon. […]

At least 36 football fans arrested in Lille unrest

At least 36 football fans arrested in Lille unrest

French riot police charged and used tear gas to disperse rowdy English soccer fans in Lille on Wednesday, though the northern city was spared feared clashes with Russian supporters. Throughout the day, police said, 36 people were arrested for various offences as Russia lost to Slovakiain Lille and England prepared to play Wales in the […]