Monday, March 27, 2017

DICK CHENEY: 'No question' Russia meddled in the US election, and it could be 'an act of war' - Business Insider: "There's no question that there was a very serious effort made by Mr. Putin and his government, his organization, to interfere in major ways with our basic fundamental democratic processes," Cheney said. "In some quarters, that could be considered an act of war. "I would not underestimate the weight that we as Americans assign to Russian attempts to interfere with our process," Cheney concluded."

На торжественном вечере, посвящённом Дню войск национальной гвардии России.

На торжественном вечере, посвящённом Дню войск национальной гвардии России.

"There's no question that there was a very serious effort made by Mr. Putin and his government, his organization, to interfere in major ways with our basic fundamental democratic processes," Cheney said. "In some quarters, that could be considered an act of war.
"I would not underestimate the weight that we as Americans assign to Russian attempts to interfere with our process," Cheney concluded.


DICK CHENEY: 'No question' Russia meddled in the US election, and it could be 'an act of war' - Business Insider

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DICK CHENEY: 'No question' Russia meddled in the US election, and it could be 'an act of war'
Business Insider
In a wide-ranging speech at the Economic Times' Global Business Summit, former US Vice President Dick Cheney spoke unequivocally about Russia's meddling in the 2016 US presidentialelection. Cheney cited a "rising number of threats" in the world that ...

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Jared Kushner to be questioned over alleged Trump-Russia ties - BBC News

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Jared Kushner to be questioned over alleged Trump-Russia ties
BBC News
President Donald Trump's son-in-law and aide, Jared Kushner, will be questioned by a US committee investigating alleged ties between the Trump team and Moscow. Mr Kushner has volunteered to speak to the Senate Intelligence Committee, the White ...
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Senate Committee to Question Jared Kushner Over Meetings With RussiansNew York Times
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Donald Trump's golfing is a political problem thanks to Donald Trump - Washington Post

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Donald Trump's golfing is a political problem thanks to Donald Trump
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But we don't really know that, because the Trump White House is unusually coy about when he is or isn't playing golf. He's made at least a dozen visits to Trump-branded golf courses (and otherTrump properties) since he became president, but we only ...
President Trump Was at a Golf Course Again This WeekendTIME
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Merkel's Re-Election Chances Just Grew - U.S. News & World Report

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Merkel's Re-Election Chances Just Grew
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A day after elections, German Chancellor and the leader of the Christian Democratic Union, Angela Merkel delivered a speech during a joint press conference at the party's headquarters in Berlin, on March 27, 2017. (Erbil Basay/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images).
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Amtrak Train Derails Near Chicago's Union Station - NBC Chicago

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Amtrak Train Derails Near Chicago's Union Station
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The train was traveling from Boston and New York City before arriving in Chicago. There were 197 passengers on board and nine crew members at the time, officials said. "We felt a slight bump and the train came to an immediate halt," said passenger Neil ...
Three cars of Amtrak train derail in South Loop; no injuries reportedChicago Tribune
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Auburn baseball makes moves in latest national polls - AL.com

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Auburn baseball makes moves in latest national polls
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Following the Tigers' series win against Georgia over the weekend, Butch Thompson's club was again rewarded on the national scene. Auburn moved up three spots to No. 17 in the D1Baseball.com top 25, while the program made its debut in Baseball ...

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Why Russian protests are making the Kremlin rethink 2018 presidential elections - Christian Science Monitor

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Why Russian protests are making the Kremlin rethink 2018 presidential elections
Christian Science Monitor
The anti-corruption blogger-turned-politician wants to run for president in elections that are barely a year off, and has been conducting himself as if his campaign were already under way. The Kremlin has the means to prevent him, by invoking a ...

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Amtrak Train Derails in Chicago, No Injuries Reported: Local Media - U.S. News & World Report

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Amtrak Train Derails in Chicago, No Injuries Reported: Local Media
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It was the second derailment involving an Amtrak train in the last few days. On Friday, an Amtrak Acela train derailed and sideswiped a New Jersey commuter train at New York City's Penn Station, causing minor injuries. (Reporting by Tim McLaughlin ...
Three cars of Amtrak train derail in South Loop, no injuries reportedChicago Tribune

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Fox News said Trump spent the weekend 'working at the White House.' He was at his golf club. - Washington Post

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Fox News said Trump spent the weekend 'working at the White House.' He was at his golf club.
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The alert from Fox News went out at 5:30 p.m. Sunday. “PRESIDENT TRUMP SPENDING WEEKEND WORKING AT THE WHITE HOUSE,” the chyron announced, under an image of the White House presumably captured just minutes before. The timing of the ...
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Syrian Battleground: Why Russo-Israeli Relations are 'Essential' for Tel-Aviv - Sputnik International

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Syrian Battleground: Why Russo-Israeli Relations are 'Essential' for Tel-Aviv
Sputnik International
However, speaking to Sputnik last Monday, Ambassador Koren expressed hope that Russia will help ease tensions in the region. "We hope that Russia and Syria's allies will use their influence to bring Damascus to reason," Koren said, commenting on the ...

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Montenegro's bid to join NATO faces US Senate test - The Republic

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Montenegro's bid to join NATO faces US Senate test
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Montenegro is in the middle of a clash between the West and Russia over influence in the Balkans. The outcome could determine the way the region is heading: toward NATO and the European Union, or back to Russia's sphere of influence. Secretary of State ...

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Amtrak train derails in Chicago, no injuries reported - Daily Republic

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Amtrak train derails in Chicago, no injuries reported
Daily Republic
On Friday, an Amtrak Acela train derailed and sideswiped a New Jersey commuter train at New York City's Penn Station, causing minor injuries. Three cars appeared to have lost contact with the rail in Chicago at about 11:20 a.m., NBC TV affiliate WMAQ ...

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Unexpected deaths of six Russian diplomats in four months triggers conspiracy theories

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When Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations died suddenly in New York last week, he became the sixth Russian diplomat to die unexpectedly since November, leaving internet conspiracy theorists trying to spot a pattern.
Vitaly Churkin, 64, was rushed to hospital from his office at Russia’s UN mission on 20 February, after becoming ill without warning on his way in to work.
It was initially reported that Mr Churkin may have suffered a heart attack, but following an autopsy medical examiners said the death required further study. 
Media company Axios note that not only is Mr Churkin’s death unexplained, but it is also remarkably similar to the deaths of Russia’s Ambassador to India on 27 January, the country’s consul in Athens on 9 January, and a Russian diplomat in New York on US election day, 8 November.
The three other deaths were all also labelled “heart attacks” or the result of “brief illnesses”. 
Two more diplomats died more clearly violent deaths in the same period: Russia’s Ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, was assassinated by in Ankara at a photography exhibition on 19 December, and on the same day another diplomat, Petr Polshikov, was shot dead in his Moscow apartment. 
Additionally, an ex-KGB chief, Oleg Erovinkin, who was suspected of helping a British spy draft a dossier on Donald Trump, was found dead in the back of his car on boxing day, 26 December. Mr Erovinkin also was an aide to former deputy prime minister Igor Sechin, who now heads up state-owned oil company Rosneft.

Russian ambassador to Turkey shot dead in Ankara


Russian ambassador to Turkey shot dead in Ankara

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    The unnamed gunman gestures after shooting the Russian Ambassador to Turkey
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    The gunman opened fire at a photo gallery in Ankara, Turkey
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    Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov was delivering a speech when the gunman opened fire
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    The gunman addressed the room after shooting the Russian Ambassador
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    The gunman spoke in Arabic after opening fire on the Russian ambassador to Turkey
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    The gunman stands over the body of Russian Ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, at a photo gallery in Ankara, Turkey
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    People in the art gallery react moments after the Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, was shot dead
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    Turkish police secure the area near the art gallery where Andrei Karlov was shot
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    The gunman reportedly shouted "Aleppo" and "revenge" after shooting Mr Karlov dead
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    The gunman stands over the body of the Russian Ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov
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    The gunman, a Turkish policeman, can be seen standing behind the Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, before he opened fire
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    An ambulance leaves the area near the art gallery where the Russian Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov was shot dead
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    Guests leave as the gunman holds his weapon behind them
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Here’s a timeline of the deaths since November. 
8 November 2016
On the morning of US Election Day, Russian diplomat Sergei Krivov, 63, was found lying unconscious on the floor of the Russian Consulate in New York with a head injury. Initial reports said Mr Krivov fell from the roof and had blunt force injuries, but Russian officials quickly changed their story and said he died from a heart attack.
BuzzFeed reports police said Mr Krivov's death looked natural and quickly closed the case, but three months later medical examiners are still unsure how he died.
Additionally, the news site reports it being extremely difficult to ascertain exactly what Mr Krivov did at the consulate. According to Russian language media he may have been a consular duty commander, which means he would have been in charge of “prevention of sabotage” and suppression of “attempts of secret intrusion” into the consulate. In other words, making sure US intelligence agencies did not have ears in the building. 
Putin calls creators of Trump dossier 'worse than prostitutes'
19 December 2016
Russia's Ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov, 62, was assassinated at a photography exhibition in Ankara.
The diplomat was shot in the back as he made a speech by a Turkish police officer who reportedly shouted: “Don't forget Aleppo! Don't forget Syria!” 
On the same day, another diplomat, Petr Polshikov, 56, was found dead from gunshot wounds in his Moscow apartment.
He had been shot in the head and a gun was found under the bathroom sink, but little else is known about the circumstances of his death, which are still believed to be under investigation.
Mr Polshikov served as a senior figure in the Latin American department of the Foreign Ministry.
26 December 2016
Ex-KGB chief Oleg Erovinkin, 61, who is believed to have helped the former MI6 spy Christopher Steele compile his dossier on Mr Trump, was found dead in the back of his black Lexus car in Moscow on Boxing Day. 
Mr Erovinkin was a key aide to Igor Sechin, a former deputy prime minister and now head of Rosneft, the state-owned oil company, who is repeatedly named in the dossier, the Telegraph reported.
Media reports soon after his body was found suggested Mr Erovinkin had almost certainly been murder, but it was later claimed he had died of a heart attack.
9 January 2017
The Russian Consul in Athens, Greece, Andrei Malanin, 55, was found dead on the bathroom floor in his apartment by another member of embassy staff after he failed to arrive at work or answer his phone.
A Greek police official said there was “no evidence of a break-in” and the death appeared to be from natural causes. Mr Malanin lived alone on a heavily guarded street.
Further investigations are ongoing.
27 January 2017
Russia's Ambassador to India, Alexander Kadakin, 67, died after a “brief illness" according to Indian media, which quoted sources saying he had been unwell for a few weeks.
Reuters reports Mr Kadakin died from heart failure, but few further details are known.
20 February 2017
Russia's Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin died suddenly in New York of suspected heart failure. A medical examiner suggested the need to carry out toxicology tests. 
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