Astrakhan shootings: 4 gunmen dead in southern Russia after 2 deadly attacks on police

Astrakhan shootings: 4 gunmen dead in southern Russia after 2 deadly attacks on police

Astrakhan shootings: 4 gunmen dead in southern Russia after 2 deadly attacks on police Four suspects in the twin attack on police in Russia’s southern city of Astrakhan have been shot dead during a manhunt, hours after their second attack since Tuesday, the National Guard said. The gunmen killed two officers, seriously injuring two others. Three Russian National Guard servicemen were shot at from a moving vehicle at a checkpoint on Thursday, RIA Novosti reported. One of the attackers was killed on the spot. Police cordoned off the entire district…

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Most Americans Say FBI Investigation Of Trump-Russia Ties Is Necessary

Most Americans Say FBI Investigation Of Trump-Russia Ties Is Necessary

Most Americans Say FBI Investigation Of Trump-Russia Ties Is Necessary The public largely believes that it’s worthwhile to investigate links between Russian government officials and associates of President Donald Trump, according to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll. Americans say by a 17-point margin, 48 percent to 31 percent, that the Trump administration’s relationship with Russia is a legitimate issue. Forty-seven percent say they consider it a serious problem, although just under one-third say it’s very serious. Thirty-seven percent say it’s not very serious or not a problem at all, with another 16…

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Crimea Lawmakers Vote to Join Russia, Ship Sunk to Block Port

Crimea Lawmakers Vote to Join Russia, Ship Sunk to Block Port

Crimea Lawmakers Vote to Join Russia, Ship Sunk to Block Port SIMFEROPOL, Crimea – Lawmakers in Crimea voted today for this mostly Russian enclave to become part of Russia and moved up a referendum to decide the matter to March 16. Ukraine’s interim government and Supreme Court have rejected talk of a Crimean referendum to determine its status, calling it unconstitutional. Russia says it will decide how to go forward after the referendum happens. The referendum will asks Crimeans two questions: whether they want to be part of Russia or…

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Russia Is Accusing Activists in Crimea of Terrorism

Russia Is Accusing Activists in Crimea of Terroris

Russia Is Accusing Activists in Crimea of Terrorism Russia’s federal security service, the FSB, is cracking down on Ukrainian activists in Crimea. Late last week, it announced the arrest of four people in its newest jurisdiction for allegedly planning to blow up various targets, including a Lenin statue. VICE News interviewed one of the suspects, an activist named Gennady Afanasiev, shortly after the March referendum that Russia used to justify its annexation of the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine. We had been in touch with Afanasiev in the regional capital of…

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Russia Ukraine ‘terrorist attacks’ in Crimea foiled

Russia: Ukraine 'terrorist attacks' in Crimea foiled

Russia Ukraine ‘terrorist attacks’ in Crimea foiled Moscow says it has also beaten back an armed assault by Kiev, which called the claims “hysterical and false”. The allegations of Kiev’s attacks in Crimea are likely to fuel further tensions between Russia and Ukraine [Reuters] Russia’s federal security agency says it has thwarted “terrorist attacks” by the Ukrainian military in Crimea, which Moscow annexed from Kiev in 2014, and beaten back an armed assault. The FSB said on Wednesday that one of its officers was killed in an armed clash while arresting “terrorists”…

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Ukraine on high alert over Crimea tensions with Russia

Ukraine on high alert over Crimea tensions with Russia

Ukraine on high alert over Crimea tensions with Russia Ukraine has put its forces around Crimea on high alert, as tensions soared after Moscow accused Kiev of attempting to mount armed incursions into the disputed peninsula. Russia’s FSB security service said on Wednesday it had thwarted “terrorist attacks” in Crimea this week by Ukrainian military intelligence and beaten back armed assaults, but Kiev fiercely denied the claims. The allegations ratcheted up the heat in a feud sparked by Moscow’s 2014 seizure of the Black Sea peninsula from Ukraine and raised fears of…

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Russia ‘We’re not returning our territory’ Crimea to Ukraine

Russia 'We're not returning our territory' Crimea to Ukraine

Russia ‘We’re not returning our territory’ Crimea to Ukraine Russia’s Foreign Ministry has indicated that it intends to keep Crimea and not return it to Ukraine because it considers it to be part of Russia. Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters Wednesday during a weekly news conference: “We’re not returning our territory. Crimea is part of the Russian Federation.” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Tuesday that Trump had been taking a tough line with Russia and that he expected Moscow to withdraw from the region, which…

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Libya Why the EU is looking to Russia

Libya: Why the EU is looking to Russia

Libya Why the EU is looking to Russia (CNN)EU leaders are turning to Russia as they seek to stabilize Libya, stem the flow of migrants departing its shores for Europe and combat Islamist terrorism. But what is Russia’s stake in the volatile North African nation? One Libyan figure may prove to be central to any negotiations: Gen. Khalifa Haftar, whose forces have been fighting Islamists and control a chunk of the country’s east. He’s already been talking to Russia. Here’s what you need to know: What is the current state…

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RUSSIA SETS THE STAGE FOR RELIGIOUS DIVERSITY WITH NEW BUDDHIST TEMPLE

RUSSIA SETS THE STAGE FOR RELIGIOUS DIVERSITY WITH NEW BUDDHIST TEMPLE

RUSSIA SETS THE STAGE FOR RELIGIOUS DIVERSITY WITH NEW BUDDHIST TEMPLE MOSCOW’S FIRST BUDDHIST TEMPLE, SYMBOLIZING RUSSIA’S RELIGIOUS DIVERSITY AND PROMOTING FRIENDLY INTER-CONFESSIONAL AND INTER-ETHNIC RELATIONS, WILL BE BUILT IN RUSSIA’S CAPITAL BY 2017. A first in Moscow, a Buddhist temple is being constructed under the premise of promoting acceptance of diverse religious beliefs and facilitating relations between various ethnic and religious groups. In the spring of 2015, ground will be broken for the construction of the temple; it’s expected that the temple will be complete by 2017.  With a…

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Ukraine sues Russia over Crimea annexation and on-going war

Ukraine sues Russia over Crimea annexation and on-going war

Ukraine* sues Russia over Crimea annexation and on-going war Ukraine* has filed a case against Russia at the United Nations’ highest court, accusing Moscow of illegally annexing Crimea and illicitly funding separatist rebel groups in eastern Ukraine*. Kiev also is seeking compensation for deadly incidents including the2014 shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. In the case announced Tuesday by the International Court of Justice, Ukraine* accused Moscow of “intervening militarily in Ukraine*, financing acts of terrorism, and violating the human rights of millions of Ukraine’s citizens.” Russia troops in unmarked uniforms walk past…

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