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American held for spying is also British, Irish, Canadian

Jan. 4, 2019 4:07 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — The American former Marine who is being held in Moscow on spying charges also holds British, Irish and Canadian citizenship, officials said. Britain's foreign secretary charged Friday that Russia is trying to use him as a pawn in its geopolitical games. The news that Paul Whelan holds...

Putin issues ominous warning on rising nuclear war threat

Dec. 20, 2018 5:58 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a chilling warning Thursday about the rising threat of a nuclear war, putting the blame squarely on the U.S., which he accused of irresponsibly pulling out of arms control treaties. Speaking at his annual news conference, Putin warned that "it could...

The Latest: Putin rejects criticism of his foreign policy

Dec. 20, 2018 7:35 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Russian President Vladimir Putin's annual news conference (all times local): 3:30 p.m. President Vladimir Putin has rejected Western criticism of his foreign policy, describing it as part of a smear campaign serving internal political goals. Putin scoffed at Western claims that...

UK regulator says Russia's RT broke broadcasting rules

Dec. 20, 2018 7:22 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain's broadcasting regulator says Russian state-owned TV channel RT broke impartiality rules seven times after the poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal. Skripal, a former Russian intelligence agent, and his daughter Yulia were left critically ill after being exposed to the nerve agent...

US sanctions Russians for election meddling, nerve agent use

Dec. 19, 2018 7:15 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department imposed new sanctions on Wednesday against 15 Russians over hacking, interference in U.S. elections and a nerve agent attack in England. In a separate action, the agency also announced plans to lift sanctions on the aluminum manufacturing giant Rusal. It comes...

UK judge rules wealthy Russian died of natural causes

Dec. 19, 2018 10:55 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — A British judge says a wealthy Russian businessman who collapsed near his home outside London died from a heart attack. Alexander Perepilichnyy collapsed while jogging in November 2012. Police initially said the 44-year-old died of natural causes, but foul play concerns increased after...

Russia expels Slovak diplomat over spying spat

Dec. 13, 2018 6:16 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia says it has ordered the expulsion of a Slovak diplomat, responding in kind to a move by Slovakia over allegations a Russian diplomat was working as a spy under diplomatic cover. Slovakia's Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini said last week his country has expelled the Russian diplomat,...

UK nerve agent survivor fears poison will soon kill him

Dec. 9, 2018 12:11 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — A British man who was exposed to the deadly nerve agent Novichok said he is struggling with his eyesight and mobility, and fears the poison will kill him within a decade. Charlie Rowley, 45, fell ill in June near Salisbury, England, after coming into contact with the Soviet-developed nerve...

Slovakia says it expels Russian spy working as diplomat

Dec. 5, 2018 10:41 AM EST

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Slovakia's prime minister says his country has expelled a Russian diplomat after discovering he was a spy working under diplomatic cover. Peter Pellegrini said Wednesday the diplomat's activities were aimed against the interests of Slovakia and NATO. The prime minister says the...

UK intelligence chief outlines threats, urges more diversity

Dec. 3, 2018 8:32 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Britain's Secret Intelligence Service director used a rare public speech Monday to outline threats facing Britain and the need for more diversity in secret agent ranks. MI6 chief Alex Younger, known by the code name "C'', told students at his alma mater, the University of St. Andrews in...