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In plea deal, Russian woman admits to being a secret agent

Dec. 13, 2018 2:56 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Russian woman accused of being a secret agent admitted Thursday that she conspired to infiltrate the American gun-rights movement to gather intelligence on conservative political groups as Donald Trump rose to power. Maria Butina, 30, agreed to plead guilty to a conspiracy charge as...

Russia says it's willing to keep key arms treaty with US

Dec. 13, 2018 11:01 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A top Russian diplomat says Moscow is willing to preserve a landmark arms treaty with the United States. The remarks by Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov came after the U.S. officially announced last week that it would suspend its obligations under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Treaty...

Russian parliament runs rap song contest amid crackdown

Dec. 13, 2018 8:14 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian parliament on Thursday announced a rap song competition amid a crackdown on contemporary music that evoked Soviet-era censorship of the arts. A dozen rappers have had their shows cancelled recently after warnings from officials who claim that their music promotes the wrong values....

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,...

Israeli, Russian officials discuss Syria in Moscow meeting

Dec. 12, 2018 9:21 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli military delegation has met with Russian defense officials in Moscow and discussed the situation in Syria. The military's statement on Wednesday says Israeli officers briefed Russian officials on an operation launched last week to "expose and thwart" Hezbollah attack tunnels...

A primer on the ongoing Trump-Russia investigation

Dec. 11, 2018 9:26 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is facing escalating criminal investigations in Washington and New York that are examining not only whether his campaign coordinated with the Kremlin but also whether he illegally bought the silence of two women who say they had sex with him. A look at the nearly...

Russia: Putin says he only heard of alleged spy after arrest

Dec. 11, 2018 12:17 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that he had never heard of a woman who is accused of spying for Moscow in the United States until her July arrest. U.S. prosecutors have alleged that Maria Butina gathered intelligence and worked to develop relationships with American...

Putin, opposition gather to honor prominent rights activist

Dec. 11, 2018 11:26 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Kremlin officials and Russia's opposition on Tuesday gathered to pay tribute to Russia's most prominent human rights activist, Lyudmila Alexeyeva, who died at age 91. Alexeyeva, a staunch and uncompromising rights advocate, made a name for herself in the 1960s and '70s protesting the...

Israeli military delegation to hold talks in Moscow

Dec. 11, 2018 11:06 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian Defense Ministry says it will host an Israeli military delegation for talks focusing on the situation in Syria. The ministry said the meeting scheduled for Wednesday follows a weekend phone call between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin...

Russia sends 2 nuclear-capable bombers to Venezuela

Dec. 10, 2018 3:46 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Two Russian nuclear-capable strategic bombers arrived in Venezuela on Monday, a deployment that comes amid soaring Russia-U.S. tensions. Russia's Defense Ministry said a pair Tu-160 bombers landed at Maiquetia airport outside Caracas on Monday following a 10,000-kilometer (6,200-mile) flight....