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Microsoft uncovers more Russian attacks ahead of midterms

Aug. 21, 2018 12:16 AM EDT

Microsoft said Tuesday it has uncovered new Russian hacking attempts targeting U.S. political groups ahead of the midterm elections. The company said that a hacking group tied to the Russian government created fake internet domains that appeared to spoof two American conservative organizations: the Hudson...

Correction: Trump Portrait-Colorado Capitol story

Aug. 20, 2018 3:15 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — In a story Aug. 18 about a Colorado legislative aide, The Associated Press reported erroneously that House Speaker Crisanta Duran said the aide's security credentials were revoked. A corrected version of the story is below: Colorado legislative aide punished for Putin portrait prank An aide...

German foreign minister honors Nazi victims at Auschwitz

Aug. 20, 2018 12:46 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has labelled the Nazi death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland as "hell on earth," during a visit Monday intended to ensure the atrocities committed by his nation more than seven decades ago are not forgotten. He was guided at the somber site in...

Russia, Egypt pledge to strengthen military ties

Aug. 20, 2018 12:11 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia and Egypt have discussed ways to expand their military ties and boost anti-terrorism cooperation. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said during Monday's talks with his Egyptian counterpart, Mohamed Zaki, that Moscow strongly supports Egypt's efforts to combat militants in the...

Russian military braces for massive war games in the east

Aug. 20, 2018 7:51 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's military forces in the country's east were put on high alert Monday ahead of massive war games that also involve China and Mongolia, the largest show of power in nearly 40 years, the Russian defense minister said. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said the five days of military drills...

The Latest: US's Pompeo sends condolences over Annan's death

Aug. 18, 2018 9:07 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The Latest on the death of former U.N. secretary-general Kofi Annan (all times local) 3 a.m. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressed his sadness over the death of former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and sent his condolences to his family. "Mr. Annan spent his life advocating for...

Putin dances at Austrian wedding; talks with Merkel on Syria

Aug. 18, 2018 1:46 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin made a flying visit to Austria to attend the wedding of the country's foreign minister Saturday before heading to Berlin for talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Austrian authorities imposed tight security measures around the site of the ceremony near...

Merkel, Putin share a headache: Donald Trump

Aug. 17, 2018 3:43 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russia's President Vladimir Putin will have plenty to talk about when they meet Saturday — thanks in no small part to U.S. President Donald Trump, whose sanctions and criticisms over trade, energy and NATO have created new worries for...

Trump's list: Those who might lose their security clearance

Aug. 17, 2018 3:27 AM EDT

President Donald Trump has acted on a threat to revoke the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan, citing a constitutional responsibility to protect classified information. Brennan, who served in the Obama administration, had become an increasingly sharp critic of Trump's. Trump says he is...

Russia says drone attacks on its Syria base have increased

Aug. 16, 2018 12:50 PM EDT

HEMEIMEEM AIR BASE, Syria (AP) — Russian air defense assets in Syria have downed 45 drones targeting their main base in the country, its military said Thursday, after an attack by the Islamic State group on a Syrian army base a day earlier killed seven troops. The Russian Defense Ministry spokesman, Maj....