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Russia’s Putin calls leaked Trump memos ‘utter nonsense’

Russian President Vladimir Putin has described allegations his country holds compromising material on US President-elect Donald Trump as “utter nonsense”. Mr Putin questioned what reason Russian intelligence would have had to spy on Mr Trump before he entered politics. He

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Trump ‘willing to work with Russia and China’

US President-elect Donald Trump says he is willing to work with Russia and China, providing they cooperate. Mr Trump told the Wall Street Journal that newly-imposed sanctions on Russia would remain “at least for a period of time” but could

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Donald Trump promises report on election hacking

Donald Trump has promised to issue a report within 90 days on allegations of Russian hacking during the US presidential election campaign. In a series of tweets, the president-elect called the claims “made-up facts by sleazebag political operatives”. US intelligence

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US tanks and troops in Poland a threat, Russia says

Russia says it views the arrival of more than 3,000 US soldiers in Poland as a threat to its own security. The troops are part of President Barack Obama’s response to reassure Nato allies concerned about a more aggressive Russia.

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Trump pick Tillerson: ‘Fair assumption’ Putin behind hacks

It is a “fair assumption” that Russian President Vladimir Putin was behind US election hacks, secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson has said. The former CEO of Exxon Mobil told his Senate confirmation hearing the intelligence report on Russian tampering

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Trump denies Russian ‘leverage’ amid claims of compromising material

US President-elect Donald Trump has reacted furiously to allegations that Russia has compromising material on him, saying Moscow has “never tried to use leverage on me”. Mr Trump condemned US intelligence agencies for allowing “fake news” to “leak” into the

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Russia ‘tired’ of US hacking ‘witch-hunt’

Russia says US allegations that it ran a hacking campaign to influence the American presidential elections are “reminiscent of a witch-hunt”. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters Moscow was tired of the accusations. He said a report released by US

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Syria conflict: Bomb kills dozens in Azaz on Turkish border

At least 45 people have been killed in a car bomb blast in the rebel-held Syrian town of Azaz, near the Turkish border, reports say. The explosion occurred outside a courthouse in the town, some just 7km (four miles) from

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Donald Trump blasts ‘fools’ who oppose good Russian ties

US President-elect Donald Trump has posted a series of tweets condemning those who oppose good relations with Russia as “‘stupid’ people, or fools”. Mr Trump vowed to work with Russia “to solve some of the many… pressing problems and issues

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Syria conflict: Russia ‘starts to reduce forces’

Russia is starting to withdraw forces from Syria and its aircraft carrier group will be the first to leave, the Russian armed forces chief says. The announcement comes days after Russia and Turkey negotiated a ceasefire in Syria which is

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Trump election: US ‘identifies agents behind Russian hack’

The US has identified the Russian agents behind alleged hacking ahead of the presidential election won by Donald Trump in November, reports say. The agents, whose names have not been released, are alleged to have sent stolen Democratic emails to

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Donald Trump backs Julian Assange over Russia hacking claim

President-elect Donald Trump has backed Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in casting doubt on intelligence alleging Russian meddling in the US election. Mr Assange said Russia was not the source for the site’s mass leak of emails from the Democratic Party.

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Syrian conflict: Rebels threaten to boycott Astana talks

Syrian rebel groups say they are suspending participation in the preparations for peace talks planned by Russia and Turkey for later this month. In a statement, the rebels cited “many and large violations” of the ceasefire by the Syrian government

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Russian diplomats expelled by Obama over hacking leave US

Thirty-five Russian diplomats expelled from the United States by President Barack Obama have left the country, Russian news agencies report. An embassy official said the plane had taken off with all the affected personnel and their families aboard. Mr Obama

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Syria conflict: UN welcomes Russia-Turkey truce efforts

The UN Security Council has voted to back efforts by Russia and Turkey to end fighting in Syria and plans for fresh peace talks next month. The resolution, drafted by Russia, also calls for rapid access for humanitarian aid to

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