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Kremlin critic running for Russian president

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Russian activist Alexey Navalny kicked off a run for the country's presidency on Sunday even though an embezzlement conviction would appear to disqualify him from pursuing the job. [Source]

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Oil producer Obsidian Energy hits back at activist FrontFour Capital

Jan 17 (Reuters) - Canadian oil sands producer Obsidian Energy Ltd said on Wednesday it could not add major shareholder FrontFour Capital's candidate to its board, despite "extensive" negotiations.

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Doping: CAS to hear appeals from 39 banned Russians next week

(Reuters) - The cases of 39 Russian athletes given lifetime Olympic bans following doping violations at the 2014 Sochi Games will be heard next week, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said on Wednesday.

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UPDATE 2-Twitter may notify users exposed to Russian propaganda during 2016 election

WASHINGTON, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Twitter may notify users whether they were exposed to content generated by a suspected Russian propaganda service, a company executive told U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday.

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Facebook widens probe into alleged Russian meddling in Brexit

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc said on Wednesday it would conduct a new, comprehensive search of its records for possible propaganda that Russian operatives may have spread during the run-up to Britain's 2016 referendum on EU membership.

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Holder Fernandez leads at Europeans, French pair upset Russian rivals

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Spain's Javier Fernandez stumbled on a quad Salchow but still took the lead after the short program at the European figure skating championships on Wednesday before French duo Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres upset their Russian rivals in the pairs.

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Exclusive: Activist investor Sachem Head pushes Whitbread to consider break-up - sources

LONDON (Reuters) - Activist investor Sachem Head has asked Whitbread to consider a break up of its Costa Coffee chain from its hotels and restaurant businesses, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

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REFILE-UPDATE 1-Twitter may notify users exposed to Russian propaganda during 2016 election

WASHINGTON, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Twitter may notify users whether they were exposed to content generated by a suspected Russian propaganda service, a company executive told U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday.

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Twitter may notify users exposed to Russian propaganda during 2016 election

WASHINGTON, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Twitter may notify users whether they were exposed to content generated by a suspected Russian propaganda service, a company executive told U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday.

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Arson attack rips through office of Russian human rights group

MOSCOW (Reuters) - One of Russia's biggest human rights groups said on Wednesday that one of its offices in southern Russia had been badly damaged in an overnight arson attack, an incident it said was part of a campaign to drive it from the region.

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Russian assets give up gains as oil heads lower

MOSCOW, Jan 17 (Reuters) - The Russian rouble and stock indexes stepped further away from recent multi-month peaks on Wednesday as prices for oil, Russia's key exports, inched lower.

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UPDATE 3-Hess cutting hundreds of workers as it battles activist investor

HOUSTON, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Hess Corp is cutting roughly 13 percent of its workforce and streamlining operations as it battles an activist hedge fund shareholder pushing for the U.S. oil and gas producer to post its first quarterly profit since 2014.

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UPDATE 2-Hess cutting hundreds of workers as it battles activist investor

HOUSTON, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Hess Corp is cutting roughly 13 percent of its workforce and streamlining operations as it battles an activist hedge fund shareholder pushing for the U.S. oil and gas producer to post its first quarterly profit since 2014.

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Hess to cut hundreds of workers as it battles activist investor-sources

HOUSTON, Jan 16 (Reuters) - U.S. oil and gas producer Hess Corp is cutting hundreds of employees and streamlining operations as it battles an activist shareholder agitating for higher margins, according to two sources familiar with the matter.

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Russian pollster pulls pre-election research over closure fears

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's only major independent pollster, the Levada Center, said on Tuesday it had stopped publishing polls about the forthcoming presidential election because it feared the authorities might shut it down for perceived meddling.

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Activist fund Elliott urges changes to Bezeq Telecom board

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Activist investor Elliott called for sweeping changes to the board of Bezeq Israel Telecom as it disclosed it has a 4.8 percent stake in the company, which has been under...

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Review: Hipsters Double-Check Their Privilege in ‘Cute Activist’

A new comedy at the Bushwick Starr satirizes 20-somethings, gentrifiers, landlords and activists. In other words, Bushwick.

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Bahrain court upholds jail sentence against rights activist Rajab

DUBAI (Reuters) - Bahrain's top court on Monday upheld a two-year prison sentence imposed last year by a lower tribunal on rights campaigner Nabeel Rajab over comments he was alleged to have made to journalists, a rights group said.

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Russian foreign minister accuses US of 'destabilizing' world

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has accused the United States of destabilizing the world, airing a list of grievances over the Trump administration's foreign policy.

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Britain scrambles two Typhoon jets to intercept Russian planes

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain scrambled two Royal Air Force Typhoon jets on Monday from Scotland to intercept Russian planes near the United Kingdom's airspace, a defense ministry spokesman said.

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Anti-abortion activist resigns from HHS

Anti-abortion activist Teresa Manning resigned from her post as deputy assistant secretary for population affairs on Friday, a Health and Human Services Department spokesman tells CNN.

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U.S. charges Maryland businessman with bribing Russian official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. authorities have charged a Maryland businessman with bribing a Russian official in an effort to win contracts to ship uranium to the United States.

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In rut, Russian communists register surprise candidate to challenge Putin

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian Communist Party moved to overhaul its geriatric image on Friday, registering a wealthy 57-year-old farm boss to challenge incumbent Vladimir Putin for the presidency in a gamble it hopes will revive its electoral fortunes.

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Russian and Turkish foreign ministers discuss Syria by phone: Russia

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's foreign ministry said on Friday that minister Sergei Lavrov had spoken over the phone with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu about preparations for the Syrian Congress of National Dialogue.

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Russian, Iranian foreign ministers discuss Syria

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov spoke by telephone with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif about preparations for a Russian-hosted Syrian People's Congress, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Friday in a statement.

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Obama explains 'what the Russians exploited' in new interview with Letterman

Former President Barack Obama weighed in on the potential consequences of Russian meddling in social media platforms during the 2016 election in a new interview with David Letterman.

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Russians may be planning hack to cast shadow on Olympics: researchers

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A Virginia-based cybersecurity firm said on Thursday it had found early indications that Russia-based hackers may be planning attacks against anti-doping agencies in retaliation for Russia's exclusion from next month's Winter Olympic Games.

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Putin says Kremlin critic Navalny is U.S. pick for Russian presidency

MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that opposition leader Alexei Navalny was Washington's pick for the Russian presidency, which was why the United States had complained about Navalny not being allowed to run for office.

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Putin: Kremlin critic Navalny is U.S. pick for Russian presidency

MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday opposition leader Alexei Navalny appeared to be Washington's pick for the Russian presidency, which was why the United States had complained about Navalny not being allowed to run for office.

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Non-Russian airlines to operate internal charter flights for World Cup

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Foreign airlines will be allowed to carry out a limited number of charter flights between Russian cities during the World Cup in June and July, Russian Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov said on Thursday.

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DC to rename street in front of Russian embassy after murdered anti-Putin dissident

Washington's city council has unanimously passed a measure to rename the street in front of the Russian Embassy after Boris Nemtsov, a pro-democracy activist and critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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Kremlin: U.S. report accusing Russia of election meddling harms relations

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin on Thursday described a report published by Democratic U.S. lawmakers accusing Russia of election meddling as damaging for bilateral relations, as well as for the United States itself.

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Kremlin rejects U.S. charge of meddling in Mexican presidential poll

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin dismissed a U.S. allegation it was meddling in Mexican politics ahead of a presidential election there as unfounded.

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Pope Invites the Poor to the Circus, and Animal Activists Protest

The Vatican’s charity office secured free tickets for 2,100 people, among them the homeless and refugees, but some critics quickly spoke up.

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Russian man rams armored personnel carrier into shop, steals wine

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A man rammed an armored personnel carrier into a shop window before climbing through the rubble to steal a bottle of wine in a town in northern Russia on Wednesday morning, according to local media and video posted on social media.

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Report: US must act now to ward off more Russian election meddling

The US will not be prepared to defend against possible Russian meddling in the 2018 midterm elections or the 2020 presidential contest unless it takes action now, according to a new report detailing the extent to which Moscow has tried to shape elections across Europe.

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Ford Sollers to hire 600 to meet growing Russian car demand

MOSCOW, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Ford's Russian joint venture Ford Sollers plans to create 600 new jobs at its Elabuga plant and institute a six-day week to meet growing demand, it said on Wednesday.

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Tennis: Rublev leading the Russian advance into Melbourne

(Reuters) - "Sound the alarm! The Russians are coming" sounds like Cold War paranoia but when applied to the world of men's tennis it might be worth sitting up and taking notice.

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Activist Peltz to CEOs: We'll work with you

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Billionaire investor Nelson Peltz has a message for America's corporate chiefs; when he calls they do not automatically have to fear for their jobs.

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Forty-two Russians appeal against Olympic bans: CAS

ZURICH (Reuters) - Forty-two Russians have lodged appeals against bans issued by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) following doping violations at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said on Tuesday.

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Sport court says 42 Russians appeal IOC doping decisions

ZURICH (Reuters) - The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said on Tuesday it has registered 42 appeals by Russian athletes seeking to overturn International Olympic Committee (IOC) penalties against them linked to doping violations at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

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Russian historian who exposed Stalin's crimes faces enforced psychiatric testing

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian historian whose exposure of Soviet leader Josef Stalin's crimes angered state officials is due to begin enforced psychiatric testing this week amid fears he will be falsely declared insane, his lawyer said on Tuesday.

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Mourning Erica Garner: ‘When Her Father Died, an Activist Was Born’

Although the death of Ms. Garner, 27, was attributed to natural causes, some mourners said her heart had been beaten down by injustice.

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Britain sends frigate to escort Russian ships through English Channel

LONDON (Reuters) - A British frigate escorted Russian ships through the English Channel on Monday, Britain's defense ministry said, adding that it was the latest sign of an upsurge in Russian naval activity near UK waters over the festive period.

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A-list actresses bring activists to Golden Globes red carpet

A group of A-list actresses had some important guests by their side during Sunday's Golden Globes red carpet.

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Putin OKs resumption of Russian airline service to Cairo: document

MOSCOW/CAIRO (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin authorized the resumption of regular Russian airline flights to Cairo, according to a document published on the Moscow government's website on Thursday.

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Suspected Russian jets kill at least 20 near Syrian capital: residents

AMMAN (Reuters) - Suspected Russian jets killed at least 20 people and wounded dozens early on Thursday when they dropped bombs on two residential buildings in a besieged rebel enclave east of the Syrian capital, residents and a war monitor said.

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SEC mixes message on Apple shareholder proposals, activists say

BOSTON (Reuters) - Apple Inc was allowed to disregard one activist shareholder proposal on greenhouse gas emissions but told to hold a vote on another concerning human rights issues, in closely watched securities rulings that tested new guidance from U.S regulators.

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At least seven Russian planes destroyed by shelling at Syrian air base: Kommersant

MOSCOW (Reuters) - At least seven Russian planes were destroyed by rebel shelling at the Hmeymim air base in Syria on Dec. 31, Russian daily Kommersant reported late on Wednesday, citing two sources.

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Bannon calls Trump Jr. meeting with Russians 'treasonous': book

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon has called a June 2016 meeting with a group of Russians attended by Donald Trump Jr. and his father's top campaign officials "treasonous" and "unpatriotic," according to excerpts of a new book seen by Reuters on Wednesday.

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The former WH chief strategist blasts Donald Trump Jr.'s 2016 meeting with Russian lawyer in new book

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon called the 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Trump campaign officials and a Russian lawyer purportedly offering damaging information about Hillary Clinton "treasonous," according to a new book obtained by The Guardian.

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Singapore bans film focused on indicted Palestinian teen activist

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore has banned a film festival from screening a documentary later this week that features a teenage Palestinian female activist whose arrest last month has made her a symbol of resistance to Israeli military occupation in the West Bank.

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Russian military helicopter crashes in Syria, killing two: agencies

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian military MI-24 helicopter crashed in Syria on Dec. 31 due to a technical fault, killing both pilots, Russian news agencies cited the Ministry of Defence as saying on Wednesday.

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U.N. rights experts decry repression of activists in Saudi Arabia

GENEVA (Reuters) - United Nations human rights experts called on Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to end "repression" of rights activists and release dozens detained since September for peacefully exercising their civil and political rights.

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Erica Garner, activist daughter of New York chokehold victim, dies at 27

(Reuters) - Erica Garner, the daughter of a New York man whose death during an attempted arrest helped spark the “Black Lives Matter” movement against police brutality, died on Saturday, a posting on her official Twitter account showed.

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Erica Garner, Activist and Daughter of Eric Garner, Dies at 27

Ms. Garner, whose father died in 2014 after being put in a police chokehold, was a prominent critic of policing tactics.

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Activist Erica Garner dies after heart attack

Erica Garner -- an activist for social justice and the eldest daughter of the man who died from a police choke hold in New York in 2014 -- died on Saturday days after suffering a heart attack, according to her official Twitter account.

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Russian court upholds ban on Navalny running against Putin in 2018

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's Supreme Court on Saturday dismissed an appeal by Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny against a decision by the country's central election commission to bar him from taking part in next year's presidential election.

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Russian supreme court approves ban against opposition leader Navalny from 2018 presidential election

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's Supreme Court on Saturday dismissed an appeal by Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny against a decision by the country's central election commission to bar him from taking part in next year's presidential election.

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Putin tells Assad Russia will help defend Syrian sovereignty - Kremlin

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin told his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad in a new year's greeting that Russia will continue supporting Syria's efforts to defend its sovereignty, the Kremlin said on Saturday.

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Exclusive: Russian tankers fueled North Korea via transfers at sea - sources

LONDON/MOSCOW - Russian tankers have supplied fuel to North Korea on at least three occasions in recent months by transferring cargoes at sea, according to two senior Western European security sources, providing an economic lifeline to the secretive Communist state.

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Exclusive: Russian tankers fueled North Korea via transfers at sea

LONDON/MOSCOW - Russian tankers have supplied fuel to North Korea on at least three occasions in recent months by transferring cargoes at sea, according to two senior Western European security sources, providing an economic lifeline to the secretive Communist state.

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Russian environmental activist hospitalized after beating

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A leading Russian environmental activist said on Friday he had been hospitalized after being severely beaten by unknown assailants in the southern city of Krasnodar.

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Kremlin says Russian satellite launch failures being investigated

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin said on Thursday that Russia was analyzing its space sector after two failed satellite launches in as many months.

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Kremlin says Putin critic Navalny's protest call to be investigated

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin said on Thursday that a call by opposition leader Alexei Navalny to hold nationwide protests to back a boycott of next year's presidential election would be investigated to see if it broke the law.

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Russian police seize ex-factory owner who fled after shooting

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian police arrested on Thursday the former owner of a pastry factory who had returned to the plant and opened fire wounding one person before escaping a siege by special forces, according to a statement.

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Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels swap prisoners before New Year

HORLIVKA, Ukraine (Reuters) - Ukraine and pro-Russian separatist rebels conducted the largest exchange of prisoners since conflict broke out in 2014, sending hundreds of captives home to their families on Wednesday ahead of New Year and Orthodox Christmas.

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Putin files re-election bid as Kremlin critic calls for protests

Russian President Vladimir Putin officially launched his bid for a fourth term as Russia's president on Wednesday, as his main opponent called for a day of protests against the elections.

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Putin critic Navalny calls election boycott rallies

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Opposition leader Alexei Navalny announced on Wednesday a series of rallies across Russia in January to press home his call for a boycott of next year's presidential election, a move likely to draw a sharp response from the Kremlin and police.

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Russian opposition leader Navalny calls for election boycott rally

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said on Wednesday he was organising a nationwide rally on Jan. 28 to support his call for a boycott of next year's presidential election.

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U.S., Germany urge China to release jailed activist

BEIJING (Reuters) - The United States and Germany called on China to immediately release a prominent human rights activist who was jailed for eight years on Tuesday for subversion, the harshest sentence passed in a recent crackdown on activism.

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Barred From Running, Barred From Boycotting: A Russian Candidate’s Quandary

First Aleksei A. Navalny, an anticorruption activist, was blocked from running for president. Then he was warned not to organize a boycott of the election.

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Kremlin: Russia ready to act as mediator for US and N. Korea

Russia is ready to serve as a mediator between North Korea and the United States if both sides agree, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told CNN on Tuesday.

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Kremlin seeks investigation of vote boycott called by Putin opponent

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Hundreds of Russian celebrities, sportspeople and politicians nominated President Vladimir Putin for re-election on Tuesday, hours after the Kremlin said it wanted opposition leader Alexei Navalny investigated for calling for a boycott of the vote.

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UPDATE 2-Russian court approves settlement of Rosneft, Sistema dispute

MOSCOW, Dec 26 (Reuters) - A Russian court approved a settlement between the Sistema conglomerate and Russia's largest oil producer Rosneft on Tuesday, ending their dispute over the Bashneft oil company, RIA news agency said.

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Russian court approves amicable agreement between Rosneft, Bashneft and Sistema - RIA

MOSCOW, Dec 26 (Reuters) - A Russian court has approved the amicable agreement reached on Friday between the Sistema conglomerate and Russia's largest oil producer Rosneft in their dispute over the Bashneft oil company, RIA news agency said on Tuesday.

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Kremlin: Must check if Navalny election boycott call complies with law

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Calls by Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny to boycott next year's presidential elections need to be carefully studied to see whether they comply with the law, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Tuesday.

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China hands down harshest sentence yet in crackdown on activists

BEIJING (Reuters) - China sentenced a prominent rights activist to eight years in jail for subversion on Tuesday, his lawyer said, the harshest sentence passed in a government crackdown on activism that began more than two years ago.

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Chinese Activist Sentenced to 8 Years in Prison for Shaming Officials

Under President Xi Jinping, determined activists like Wu Gan, who once survived at the edges of official tolerance, have come under concerted attack.

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Man blacklisted by Russian media is now on YouTube

Blacklisted by state-controlled media, Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny is using YouTube to galvanize protests against the Kremlin.

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Britain escorts Russian ship near national waters amid strained relations

LONDON (Reuters) - A British ship escorted a Russian vessel as it passed near UK territorial waters over Christmas, Britain's defense ministry said on Tuesday, adding that Russian naval activity near Britain had increased in the holiday period.

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Syrian rebel groups reject Russian-sponsored Sochi conference

AMMAN (Reuters) - Syrian rebel groups on Monday rejected Russia's planned Sochi conference on Syria, saying Moscow was seeking to bypass a U.N.-based Geneva peace process and blaming Russia for committing war crimes in the war-torn country.

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Eric Garner's activist daughter in coma after heart attack

The eldest daughter of Eric Garner, who died after a New York City police officer put him in a chokehold, is in a coma after suffering a heart attack, according to social media accounts.

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Kremlin critic barred from entering Russian presidential race

Russian officials barred activist Alexey Navalny from entering the country's presidential race a day after he held nomination gatherings to kick off his run, according to state-run media outlet RIA-Novosti.

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Putin critic Navalny barred from Russian presidential election

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's central election commission voted on Monday to bar opposition leader Alexei Navalny from running in a presidential election next year, saying he was ineligible because of a past criminal conviction.

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Topless Femen activist tries to snatch Jesus statue from Vatican crib

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - A topless activist from the feminist group Femen tried to snatch the statue of the baby Jesus from the Nativity scene in St. Peter's Square on Monday but was stopped by police as she grabbed it.

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Kremlin hopes Rosneft/Sistema settlement to be smoothly implemented

MOSCOW, Dec 25 (Reuters) - The Kremlin said on Monday it hoped an out-of-court settlement reached between Russia's largest oil producer Rosneft and the Sistema conglomerate would be implemented smoothly.

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Kremlin critic running for Russian president

Russian activist Alexey Navalny kicked off a run for the country's presidency on Sunday even though an embezzlement conviction would appear to disqualify him from pursuing the job.

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Navalny Is Nominated by Hundreds to Challenge Putin for Russian Presidency

The move allows Aleksei Navalny to ready the endorsement papers required for candidacy, putting pressure on the Kremlin to allow one of the Russian president’s most formidable foes to run.

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Putin critic Navalny clears first hurdle in bid for Russia presidency

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny cleared the first hurdle on Sunday toward taking part in next year's presidential election, even though the central election commission has previously ruled him ineligible to run.

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Venezuela freeing some jailed activists, may expel diplomats

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's leftist government prepared to release some 80 jailed anti-government activists on Saturday, and threatened to expel envoys from Canada and Brazil after criticism over rights.

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Venezuela frees some activists, may expel diplomats

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's leftist government began releasing some 80 anti-government activists on Saturday, and threatened to expel envoys from Canada and Brazil after criticism over rights.

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Editorial: For Russian Artists in 1917, Art Was the Thing, Not Revolution

Amid suffering and chaos, painters of every leaning largely continued doing what they had been doing, whether to mark time or to provide escape.

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Venezuela may free activists, expel foreign diplomats

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's leftist government may release 80 anti-government activists, and expel two senior diplomats from Canada and Brazil after criticism over rights, an official said on Saturday.

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Beirut activists hold vigil in tribute to murdered women

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Dozens of people gathered outside Beirut's national museum on Saturday evening to light candles for a British woman and three Arab women murdered in the past week in Lebanon.

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Russian foreign ministry: Moscow ready to cooperate with U.S. on Afghanistan - RIA

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Moscow stands ready to cooperate with the United States on Afghanistan, Russia's Foreign Ministry official said in an interview with RIA state news agency published on Saturday.

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US-backed Ukrainian government has long sought the arms in its fight against Russian-backed separatists

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IOC bans 11 Russian winter athletes for life for Sochi 2014 doping

ZURICH (Reuters) - The International Olympic Committee said on Friday it had banned 11 Russian athletes for life after they committed doping offences at the 2014 Sochi winter games.

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Stop meddling in foreign elections, UK's Johnson tells Russian hosts

MOSCOW (Reuters) - British foreign minister Boris Johnson told his Russian counterpart on Friday there was "abundant evidence" of Moscow meddling in foreign elections, but said any Russian efforts to interfere in last year's Brexit referendum had fallen flat.

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Kremlin: Putin favours amicable agreement in Rosneft-Sistema row

MOSCOW, Dec 22 (Reuters) - A possible amicable agreement in a row between Russian oil major Rosneft and conglomerate Sistema was a topic of Russian President Vladimir Putin's informal meeting with businessmen on Thursday, the Kremlin said on Friday.

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Eastern Russian port of Nakhodka chokes on coal

NAKHODKA, Russia (Reuters) - The far eastern Russian port of Nakhodka on the Sea of Japan is swathed in coal dust. It blankets the streets, clogs the air and is blamed by some for a rise in respiratory diseases among the city's 150,000 residents.

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Russian Foreign Ministry says latest U.S. sanctions are 'grotesque'

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The latest U.S. sanctions imposed on five Russians and Chechens are grotesque and groundless, and Moscow will hit back with tit-for-tat sanctions, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday.

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Kremlin: U.S. arms license for Kiev may trigger new bloodshed in east Ukraine

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The approval by the United States of an export license for Ukraine to buy certain light weapons and small arms from U.S. manufacturers may provoke "hotheads" among Ukrainian nationalists to seek to unleash a new bloodshed in eastern Ukraine, the Kremlin said on Thursday.

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Dying for a paycheck: the Russian civilians fighting in Syria

ORENBURG, Russia (Reuters) - When Vladimir Kabunin signed up as a private military contractor, he saw a chance to make a wage much higher than any he could earn in his provincial Russian hometown.

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Cardinal's death prompts U.S. sexual abuse activists to take stock of progress

BOSTON (Reuters) - The death on Wednesday of Roman Catholic Cardinal Bernard Law, who covered up the church's child sex abuse scandal for decades, prompted U.S. activists to reflect on how far their efforts have come to make sure abusers can be prosecuted and how many hurdles remain.

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U.S. Punishes Chechen Leader in New Sanctions Against Russians

Sanctions could be a sign the Trump administration is heightening pressure on some Russians despite a more accommodating tone with President Vladimir V. Putin.

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A New Russian Ploy: Competing Extradition Requests

Moscow is seeking to block U.S. trials of cybercriminals by trying to extradite them to Russia for crimes allegedly committed years before.

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Russian Paralympic Committee ban remains, final decision on Winter Games participation in January

LONDON (Reuters) - The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) said on Wednesday it was maintaining its suspension of the Russian Paralympic Committee but had yet to make a final decision on whether Russia can compete at the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea.

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Russia working on defensive measures to counter possible new U.S. sanctions: Kremlin

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia is working on defensive measures to prepare for possible new sanctions from the United States and other countries, the Kremlin said on Wednesday.

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Russian rouble firms buoyed by end-year tax payments and steady oil

MOSCOW, Dec 20 (Reuters) - The Russian rouble opened unchanged to the dollar on Wednesday and slightly firmed shortly afterwards, moving within a narrow trading band, propped by end-year tax payments, subdued speculative activity on the market and steady oil prices.

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Exclusive: Russian oil firm Tatneft ran Crimea fuel station, despite sanctions risk

MOSCOW (Reuters) - One of Russia's biggest oil companies, Tatneft, has been doing business in Crimea despite the risk of being placed on a U.S. sanctions blacklist, according to company documents and a source close to Tatneft.

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Kremlin dismisses Trump's 'imperialist' security strategy

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin dismissed U.S. President Donald Trump's new national security strategy as imperialist on Tuesday, but welcomed Washington's willingness to cooperate in some areas.

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Kremlin says cannot agree that Russia poses threat to United States

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin cannot agree that Russia poses a threat to the United States, spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Tuesday, after the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump presented a new national security strategy.

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U.S., Russian, Japanese crew arrive at space station

(Reuters) - A trio of U.S., Japanese and Russian astronauts arrived at the International Space Station on Tuesday, a NASA TV broadcast showed.

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Activist investor files Chevron proxy resolution on Myanmar rights concerns

HOUSTON, Dec 18 (Reuters) - An activist investor in Chevron Corp said on Monday it filed a shareholder resolution that would require the oil producer to report on the feasibility of ending operations in Myanmar, where a crackdown on minority Rohingya Muslims has been decried by the United States as "ethnic cleansing."

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UK sees growing threat from Russian propaganda, cyber-attacks

LONDON (Reuters) - Russia poses an increasing threat and is willing to use propaganda, subversion and cyber-attacks to undermine Britain and the rest of Europe, Britain's national security adviser said on Monday.

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Russian bobsledder Voevoda banned for life from Olympics

ZURICH (Reuters) - Russian bobsledder Alexey Voevoda has been given a life ban from the Olympics for anti-doping violations at the Sochi Games where he won two gold medals, the International Olympic Committee IOC) said on Monday.

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Kremlin-backed broadcaster launches French language news channel in wary Paris

PARIS (Reuters) - The Kremlin-funded Russian broadcaster RT was due to launch its French language news channel on Monday night amid heavy suspicion by the government and President Emmanuel Macron who has dubbed it "an organ of propaganda".

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Kremlin says U.S. tip-off about planned attack 'saved many lives'

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday that a U.S. tip-off about a planned attack in St Petersburg had helped save many lives and that Russia and the United States should try to cooperate in the same way in future.

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For Russian ‘Trolls,’ Instagram’s Pictures Can Spread Wider Than Words

An anti-Islamic image created by a Kremlin-connected group has proved hard to kill, an indication of the challenge of monitoring social media for propaganda.

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C.I.A. Helped Thwart Terrorist Attack in Russia, Kremlin Says

President Vladimir V. Putin called President Trump on Sunday to thank him for the help disrupting an ISIS attack in St. Petersburg.

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Kremlin says U.S. tip-off helped Russia halt terrorist attack

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin telephoned U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday to thank him for a tip-off that helped prevent a terrorist bomb attack on a cathedral in the Russia city of St Petersburg, the Kremlin said.

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U.S. tip-off helped Russia halt terrorist attack: Kremlin

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin telephoned U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday to thank him for information that allowed Russia to prevent a terrorist attack on its soil, Interfax news agency quoted the Kremlin as saying.

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Cuba’s Castro and Russian oil executive meet in Havana

HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuban President Raul Castro and the head of Russian oil company Rosneft met in Havana on Saturday, the latest sign the two countries are readying a major energy agreement.

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U.S., Russian, Japanese crew blasts off for space station

(Reuters) - A trio of U.S. and Japanese astronauts and a Russian cosmonaut blasted off from Kazakhstan on Sunday for a two-day trip to the International Space Station, a NASA TV broadcast showed.

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Russian and French foreign ministers discussed situation in Syria

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian discussed the situation in Syria and other issues during a phone conversation on Dec. 14, the Russian ministry said in a statement on Saturday.

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Trump called Putin yesterday to thank him after the Russian president praised him

President Donald Trump said Friday that he spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday to thank him for comments he made about the President's efforts to grow the American economy.

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For Russians Tired of ‘Swan Lake,’ a Contemporary Alternative

Diana Vishneva’s Context is a high-profile festival devoted to contemporary dance in a country synonymous with ballet.

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Russian ex-minister Ulyukayev jailed for eight years over $2 million bribe

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Former Russian economy minister Alexei Ulyukayev was found guilty of soliciting a $2 million bribe from Rosneft chief executive Igor Sechin and sentenced to eight years in jail on Friday.

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Fancy Sausages and a $2 Million Bribe: A Trial Uncovers Kremlin Infighting

Aleksei V. Ulyukayev, a former economy minister, has been convicted of corruption after a power struggle with the head of the state oil company.

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Russian court jails ex-minister Ulyukayev for eight years in bribery case

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian court sentenced ex-economy minister Alexei Ulyukayev to eight years in prison on Friday after finding him guilty of taking a $2 million bribe from Igor Sechin, the CEO of oil giant Rosneft.

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NATO sounds alarm on banned Russian missile system

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO allies on Friday publicly raised concern about a Russian cruise missile system that the alliance says may break a Cold War-era pact banning such weapons, in a show of support for Washington.

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Kremlin: Putin and Trump agreed to exchange information on North Korea

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin said on Friday that President Vladimir Putin and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump had agreed in a phone call to exchange information about North Korea and cooperate on possible initiatives to resolve a crisis around the Asian nation.

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Russian ex-minister Ulyukayev found guilty of bribe-taking

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Former Russian economy minister Alexei Ulyukayev was found guilty on Friday of soliciting a $2 million bribe from Rosneft chief executive Igor Sechin in a court case that has shone a rare light on infighting among the Russian elite.

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Russian court rules ex-minister Ulyukayev extorted bribe

MOSCOW, Dec 15 (Reuters) - A Russian court has established that former Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev had extorted a $2 million bribe from Igor Sechin, the CEO of oil company Rosneft , judge Larisa Semyonova said on Friday.

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UPDATE 1-Russian ex-minister Ulyukayev found guilty of bribe-taking

MOSCOW, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Former Russian economy minister Alexei Ulyukayev was found guilty on Friday of soliciting a $2 million bribe from Rosneft chief executive Igor Sechin in a court case that has shone a rare light on infighting among the Russian elite.

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Russian court finds ex-minister Ulyukayev guilty of taking a bribe - judge

MOSCOW, Dec 15 (Reuters) - A Russian court on Friday found ex-economy minister Alexei Ulyukayev guilty of taking a bribe.

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Britain says West must defend undersea cables from Russian navy

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain and its NATO allies must defend deep sea cables against a potentially catastrophic attack by the Russia navy that could disrupt trillions of dollars in financial transactions, the head of Britain's armed forces warned.

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Russian parliament sets March 18 as presidential election date

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The upper house of the Russian parliament voted on Friday to set March 18 as the date of next year's presidential election.

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Putin, Trump discuss bilateral relations, Korean Peninsula situation: Kremlin

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump discussed bilateral relations and situation in the Korean Peninsula during a telephone call, the Kremlin said in a statement early on Friday.

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U.S. jets fire flares to warn Russian jets in Syria

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two U.S. F-22 fighter aircraft fired warning flares on Wednesday after two Russian Su-25 jets entered an agreed upon deconfliction area in airspace east of the Euphrates river in Syria, the U.S. military said.

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US F-22s intercept Russian jets over Syria, fire warning flares

Two US F-22 stealth fighters intercepted two Russian aircraft Wednesday after the Russian jets crossed the Euphrates River in Syria, flying east of the "de-confliction line" that is supposed to separate Russian and US-led coalition aircraft operating over Syria, two US defense officials told CNN.

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Sources: US jets intercept Russians

US F-22 stealth fighters intercepted two Russian aircraft after the Russian jets flew east of the "de-confliction line" that is supposed to separate Russian and US-led coalition aircraft operating over Syria, two US defense officials told CNN.

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Putin says will run as independent candidate for new Kremlin term

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin, seeking a new term in office in a March election, said on Thursday he would run as an independent candidate while hoping for support from more than one political party.

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Russian court rejects Siemens claim that Crimea turbines sale was invalid

MOSCOW, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Moscow's Arbitration Court on Thursday rejected a claim by Germany's Siemens that the sale of its turbines which were delivered to Crimea was invalid.

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Moscow, Cairo may sign deal on Friday to resume Russian flights to Egypt: TASS

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia and Egypt may sign an agreement on Friday allowing to resume Russian civilian flights to Egypt, the TASS news agency cited Russian Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov as saying on Thursday.

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Activist investor Primestone urges Tennant to merge with Nilfisk

COPENHAGEN/LONDON (Reuters) - Activist hedge fund Primestone Capital on Wednesday urged U.S. cleaning equipment company Tennant and Danish peer Nilfisk to consider merging after building up minority...

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UPDATE 2-Activist investor Primestone urges Tennant to merge with Nilfisk

COPENHAGEN/LONDON, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Activist hedge fund Primestone Capital on Wednesday urged U.S. cleaning equipment company Tennant and Danish peer Nilfisk to consider merging after building up minority stakes in both firms.

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Facebook Sees Little Evidence of Russian Meddling in ‘Brexit’ Vote

The social media giant’s statement came in response to questions from the British Parliament, but a member of Parliament called Facebook’s answer insufficient.

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Facebook says Russian-linked accounts spent just 97 cents on ads over Brexit

LONDON, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Russian-based operatives placed three adverts on Facebook in the run-up to Britain's 2016 referendum on EU membership, spending just 97 cents to raise the issue of immigration, the social media platform said on Wednesday.

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Greek top court clears way for U.S. extradition of Russian cybercrime suspect

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's top court cleared the way on Wednesday for the extradition to the United States of a Russian man, also wanted in Moscow, suspected of having laundered billions of dollars in the digital currency bitcoin.

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Greek top court paves way for U.S. extradition of Russian bitcoin fraud suspect

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's Supreme Court on Wednesday paved the way for the extradition to the United States of Russian bitcoin fraud suspect Alexander Vinnik.

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Kremlin calls U.S. allegations of subversive activity 'groundless'

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin said on Wednesday that U.S. allegations it was involved in a new generation of warfare, including internal political subversion, against the United States, were groundless and not backed by facts.

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Kremlin says Austrian gas accident underlines Gazprom's projects importance

MOSCOW, Dec 13 (Reuters) - The explosion, which rattled Austria's main gas pipeline hub and led to gas supplies disruptions in Europe, has underlined the need for Gazprom's gas projects, a Kremlin spokesman said on Wednesday.

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Backed by Putin, Russian military pushes into foreign policy

MOSCOW (Reuters) - From Damascus to Doha, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu has been showing up in unexpected places, a sign of the military's growing influence under Vladimir Putin.

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Pakistani court summons police in case of missing peace activist

LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) - A Pakistani court on Wednesday summoned a police officer investigating the case of a missing peace activist who is believed to have been kidnapped by unidentified men this month.

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Russian gas flows to Italy have resumed

MILAN, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Gas flows from Russia, interrupted by a blast at the Baumgarten gas hub in Austria, resumed at 2000 GMT on Tuesday, a spokesman for Italian gas grid operator Snam said. (Reporting by Stephen Jewkes, editing by Louise Heavens)

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Russia will keep bases in Syria to strike at insurgents: Kremlin

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia will keep a naval and an air base in Syria capable of carrying out strikes against insurgents if required after a partial military pull-out announced by President Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin said on Tuesday.

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IOC bans six Russian female ice hockey players for life over doping

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has banned six Russian female ice hockey players from the Olympics for life over doping allegations linked to the 2014 Sochi Games, the ruling body said on Tuesday.

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Be careful, murdered Iranian activist's daughter tells European exiles

THE HAGUE (Reuters) - The daughter of an Iranian Arab activist killed in the Netherlands last month linked his death to political conflict in the Middle East, and warned other exiles in Europe to be on their guard.

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Russian credit to cover part of S-400 missile deal with Turkey: agency

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia will offer Turkey partial financing for Ankara's purchase of S-400 surface-to-air missile systems, the Interfax news agency reported on Tuesday, citing a Russian presidential aide.

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Russia will keep bases in Syria to strike at 'terrorists': Kremlin

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia will keep a naval and an air base in Syria capable of carrying out strikes against "terrorists" if required after a partial military pull-out announced by President Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin said on Tuesday.

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Kremlin: We see Trump's tweets as official statements

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Tweets by U.S. President Donald Trump are viewed in Moscow as his official position and read by his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin said on Tuesday.

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Russia Olympic body to support neutral Russian athletes at Winter Games

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) will support Russian athletes who choose to compete in next year's Winter Games in South Korea, ROC President Alexander Zhukov said on Tuesday.

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Kremlin says widespread Russian forces no longer needed in Syria

MOSCOW (Reuters) - There is a no longer the need for widely-deployed Russian military forces in Syria, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday.

Rumors and Misinformation nytimes.com

Fingerprints of Russian Disinformation: From AIDS to Fake News

In the 1980s, the Soviets peddled “bum dope about AIDS” around the world. Moscow’s tactics haven’t changed much in the years since.

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Russian Olympic Committee to support Winter Games athletes: draft

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) will support Russian athletes who choose to compete in next year's Winter Games in South Korea, according to a draft document seen by Reuters on Tuesday.

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Russian court to hear new Rosneft lawsuit against Sistema in Jan

MOSCOW, Dec 12 (Reuters) - The Arbitration Court of Bashkortostan will hold preliminary hearings of a 131.6-billion-rouble ($2 billion) lawsuit filed by Russia's Rosneft and Bashneft against Sistema on Jan. 12, court documents showed.

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Russian Olympic Committee proposes backing Russian athletes to attend Winter Olympics: draft

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian Olympic Committee proposes supporting Russian athletes to attend the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea, according to a draft document seen by Reuters on Tuesday.

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U.S. tech firm settles probe of Russian work on defense project

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Netcracker Technology Corp will not face criminal charges for allowing Russian nationals without security clearance to work on a U.S. defense project after it agreed to adopt enhanced cyber security measures, authorities said on Monday.

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Hackers hit U.S., Russian banks in ATM robbery scam: report

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A previously undetected group of Russian-language hackers silently stole nearly $10 million from at least 18 mostly U.S. and Russian banks in recent years by targeting interbank transfer systems, a Moscow-based security firm said on Monday.

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UPDATE 1-Hackers hit U.S., Russian banks in ATM robbery scam-report

FRANKFURT, Dec 11 (Reuters) - A previously undetected group of Russian-language hackers silently stole nearly $10 million from at least 18 mostly U.S. and Russian banks in recent years by targeting interbank transfer systems, a Moscow-based security firm said on Monday.

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Hackers hit major ATM network after U.S., Russian bank breaches: report

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A previously undetected group of Russian-language hackers silently stole nearly $10 million from at least 18 mostly U.S. and Russian banks in recent years by targeting interbank transfer systems, a Moscow-based security firm said on Monday.

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Putin, in Syria, says mission accomplished, orders partial Russian pull-out

MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin flew into Syria and ordered "a significant part" of Moscow's military contingent there to start withdrawing on Monday, declaring their work largely done.

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Three more Russian athletes file doping appeals: sport court

ZURICH (Reuters) - The Court of Arbitration for Sport said on Monday three more Russian athletes -- champion biathlete Olga Zaytseva and cross country skiers Yulia Chekaleva and Anastasia Dotsenko -- have appealed against doping bans levied by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

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Putin orders 'significant part' of Russian forces in Syria to withdraw

MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin ordered "a significant part" of Russia's military contingent in Syria to start withdrawing on Monday, saying Moscow and Damascus had achieved their mission of destroying Islamic State in just over two years.

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Putin orders withdrawal of Russian troops in visit to Syrian base

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a partial withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria during a visit to the war-torn country on Monday.

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Russians want to compete at Olympics, even as neutrals, says official

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Most Russian athletes want to go to next year's Winter Olympic Games even though they would have to compete as neutrals, an official of the country's Olympic committee said on Monday.

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Putin orders Russian forces to start pulling out of Syria

MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin on Monday ordered Russian forces in Syria to start withdrawing, saying that after a two year military campaign, Moscow and Damascus had achieved their mission of destroying Islamic State.

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Russian military chief criticizes U.S., Japan and South Korea drills

TOKYO (Reuters) - Russia's military chief warned on Monday that military exercises by Japan, the United States and South Korea aimed at countering North Korea only raise hysteria and create more instability in the region.

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Situation on Korean Peninsula risks moving into 'hot phase': Ifax cites Russian foreign minister

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The situation on the Korean Peninsula risks to move into a "hot phase", Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned on Monday, the Interfax news agency reported.

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Hong Kong activist fund tells Toshiba chip unit sale to Bain group not necessary

TOKYO, Dec 11 (Reuters) - A Hong Kong-based activist investor in Toshiba Corp has told the embattled conglomerate that the $18 billion sale of its chip unit sale to a Bain Capital-led group is no longer necessary after its recent capital injection, according to a letter seen by Reuters.

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Rep. Schiff: Evidence of Russian collusion is damning

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) says the signs of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign are damning.

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Argentina blocks two activists from entry on eve of WTO meeting

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentina blocked two European activists from entering the country on the eve of the World Trade Organization's ministerial meeting in Buenos Aires, the two told a local radio program on Saturday.

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Russia's delayed Nureyev ballet to test Kremlin tolerance

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Bolshoi Theatre ballet about the life of Russian dancer Rudolf Nureyev set to premiere on Saturday contains tender scenes of gay romance, testing the Kremlin's tolerance for what it calls "homosexual propaganda".

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UPDATE 1-#NoRussiaNoGames: Twitter "bots" boost Russian backlash against Olympic ban

* But automated, semi-automated Twitter accounts amplify reach

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US concerned Russian aircraft behavior over Syria could spark clash

Amid what it sees as an increase in unsafe behavior by the Russian military, the US military is concerned it might have to shoot down a Russian aircraft over Syria if the Russian plane is seen as a threat to US or coalition forces fighting ISIS.

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Liberal Activists to Democrats: Protect Young Immigrants or Shut Down Government

Democrats want a deal to shield young undocumented immigrants from deportation, but liberal activists question their party’s willingness to provoke a shutdown.

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Russian operatives tried to contact Hope Hicks, NYT reports

Russian operatives tried to correspond with adviser Hope Hicks multiple times after Donald Trump's 2016 election victory, prompting the FBI to caution Hicks, people familiar with the events told The New York Times.

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F.B.I. Warned Hope Hicks About Emails From Russian Operatives

Top counterintelligence agents met with Ms. Hicks, one of President Trump’s closest advisers, to urge caution about Russian outreach efforts.

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In Syria’s Skies, Close Calls With Russian Warplanes

American air commanders complain that the Russians are flouting their agreements aimed at avoiding midair collisions.

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#NoRussiaNoGames: Twitter 'bots' boost Russian backlash against Olympic ban

MOSCOW (Reuters) - What began as a grassroots online campaign featuring a schoolboy has grown into a mass hashtag protest against Russia's exclusion from the Winter Olympics - backed by what appear to be fake Twitter accounts and users connected to past pro-Kremlin causes.

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#NoRussiaNoGames: Twitter "bots" boost Russian backlash against Olympic ban

* But automated, semi-automated Twitter accounts amplify reach

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Top Russian pork producer Miratorg reports ASF outbreak

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's largest pork producer Miratorg on Friday reported an outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) at one of its sites in the Belgorod region in central Russia.

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Competitions needed for Russians not going to Games, says ROC chief

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Olympic Committee President Alexander Zhukov said competitions should be organized for Russian athletes who decide not to compete at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games, R-Sport news agency reported on Friday.

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Russian speaker says lawmakers should shun Olympics if no national flag: Ifax

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian lawmakers should not attend the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics to support athletes unless they are competing under the Russian flag, the Interfax news agency quoted Russian parliament speaker Vyacheslav Volodin as saying on Friday.

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Lavrov: U.S. pressure on Russian diplomats and media is unacceptable

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told his U.S. counterpart Rex Tillerson that U.S. pressure on Russian diplomats and media was unacceptable, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.

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Russian military: mission accomplished, Islamic State defeated in Syria

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's military said on Thursday it had accomplished its mission of defeating Islamic State in Syria, and there were no remaining settlements there under the group's control.

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Kremlin says up to arbitration court to decide on Rosneft's claim against Sistema

MOSCOW, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday it was up to an arbitration court to decide on a new claim brought by Russia's largest oil producer Rosneft against Sistema conglomerate.

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'SUPERPUTIN' exhibition gives Russian leader a pop-art make over

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin is seen riding a brown bear in medieval armor, cuddling a puppy and dressed as Santa Claus - it's not his latest series of publicity photos, but rather artwork at a new Moscow exhibition focused on Russia's leader.

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Russian ex-minister Ulyukayev: I am victim of 'monstrous set up'

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Former Russian economy minister Alexei Ulyukayev, accused of taking a $2 million bribe from Rosneft chief executive Igor Sechin, told a court on Thursday he was the victim of "a monstrous and cruel provocation."