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January 10, 2019 2:23 PM Anti-doping officials start work on copying lab data from Russia: RIA

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Officials from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) have begun working with Russian experts on the process of obtaining data from Moscow’s former anti-doping laboratory, Pavel Kolobkov, Russia’s sports minister, said on Thursday, RIA reported. Russia had been due to hand over the data to WADA by the end of 2018 in order for RUSADA 122

January 7, 2019 10:28 PM Brother of American detained in Russia explains why Paul Whelan has passports from 4 countries

The brother of the American detained in Moscow on suspicion of spying spoke to Fox News Monday afternoon about the surreal case of his twin, including his detainment in a notorious Russian prison and the reasons behind his passports from four countries. “I think Paul’s case proves that truth can be stranger than fiction,” Paul Whelan’s twin, David, told Shep Smith 127

January 7, 2019 10:24 AM Malaysian king abruptly abdicated throne after reported marriage to Russian beauty queen

Malaysian King Sultan Muhammad V abdicated in an unexpected and rare move, just after two years on the throne. (AP Photo/Yam G-Jun, File) The Malaysian king unexpectedly abdicated Sunday after just two years on the throne -- with some reports pegging his early exit as being related to his marriage to a Russian beauty queen last year. The palace said in a statement 129

January 2, 2019 8:33 PM U.S. demands Russia explain ex-Marine's detention on spy charges

BRASILIA (Reuters) - The United States wants an explanation of why Russia detained a retired U.S. Marine on spying charges in Moscow and will demand his immediate return if it determines his detention is inappropriate, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday. Speaking in Brasilia the day after Brazil’s new president Jair Bolsonaro was inaugurated 87

January 1, 2019 7:00 PM Doping: WADA 'bitterly disappointed' at Russia's failure to meet deadline

(Reuters) - The World Anti-Doping Agency on Tuesday said that Russian authorities had failed to provide access to laboratory doping data by WADA’s year-end deadline and that as a result it will consider sanctions against the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA). RUSADA was stripped of its accreditation in 2015 after a WADA-commissioned report found evidence 126

December 31, 2018 6:04 PM Russia detains U.S. citizen in Moscow for suspected spying

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia’s FSB state security service said on Monday it had detained an American citizen suspected of spying in Moscow and had opened a criminal case against him. The FSB said the American had been detained on December 28 but it gave no details of the nature of his alleged espionage activities. A U.S. State Department spokesperson said Russia 104

December 29, 2018 5:12 PM Russia, Turkey discuss coordination in Syria after U.S. withdrawal

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Foreign and defense ministers from Russia and Turkey discussed coordination between their forces in Syria after the United States’ decision to withdraw troops from the Arab republic, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Saturday. “Today, an understanding was reached on how military representatives of Russia and Turkey will continue 99

December 29, 2018 1:13 PM Turkey, Russia have common aim to clear Syria of terror organizations

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey and Russia have the common aim of clearing Syria of all terror organizations, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Saturday following a meeting with Russian officials in Moscow, state-owned Anadolu news agency reported. Cavusoglu also said Turkey would continue to be in close cooperation with Iran and Russia on Syria 79

December 29, 2018 8:42 AM U.S. OneWeb satellite service has not offered stake to Russia

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The U.S. satellite startup OneWeb, which plans to create a worldwide internet network using satellites, said on Friday that it had not offered the Russian government a stake in the project. Sources had earlier told Reuters that OneWeb had offered to sell a 12.5 percent stake to Russia, a move it hoped would allay Moscow’s concerns 126

December 28, 2018 11:17 AM The Latest: Kurdish official says Syria has not taken Manbij

This photo released on the Facebook page of the Military Council of Manbij City, shows U.S. troops based around the Syrian town of Manbij speaking with residents, in northern Syria, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018. (The Military Council of Manbij City via AP) A senior Syrian Kurdish official says Syrian government troops have arrived at the front lines of the flash-point 107