Moscow - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Moscow Flynn rejects Trump-Russia probe subpoena; Dems say he lied WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination in rebuffing a subpoena Monday in the investigation into Russia's election meddling. Then a top House Democrat cited new evidence he said appeared to show Flynn lied on a security clearance background check. Tue, 23 May 2017 00:10:00 GMT 2017-05-23T00:10:00Z Putin Shows Off Musical Talent on Piano in China Russian state television showed President Vladimir Putin playing the piano in Beijing on Sunday. Putin tried his hand at the anthems of Moscow and his... Sun, 14 May 2017 19:53:00 GMT 2017-05-14T19:53:00Z Trump lawyers push back against Russia ties in letter WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawyers for President Donald Trump said Friday that a review of his last 10 years of tax returns did not reflect "any income of any type from Russian sources," but their letter included exceptions related to previously cited income generated from a beauty pageant and sale of a Florida estate. The letter represented the l... Fri, 12 May 2017 19:26:00 GMT 2017-05-12T19:26:00Z The Latest: Pence says firing unrelated to Russia probe WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and FBI Director James Comey's firing (all times local): 11:12 a.m. Vice President Mike Pence is defending the firing of FBI Director James Comey, saying the "president made the right decision at the right time." He said Comey's firing was not related to the investigation into possible contacts between the Trump presiden... Wed, 10 May 2017 15:16:00 GMT 2017-05-10T15:16:00Z Russia, Turkey agree to support safe-zones in Syria BEIRUT (AP) — The presidents of Russia and Turkey said on Wednesday they support the creation of safe-zones in war-torn Syria as a delegation of Syrian rebels walked out of cease-fire talks with the Damascus government underway in Kazakhstan, citing repeated violations of a similar truce agreed on in December. Meeting in the Russian resort town of Sochi, ... Wed, 03 May 2017 21:25:00 GMT 2017-05-03T21:25:00Z The Latest: Syria 'fully backing' Russia safe zones proposal BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the Syrian conflict (all times local): 10:40 p.m. Syria's Foreign Ministry says Damascus is "fully backing" a Russian initiative to establish four areas of cease-fire in the war-torn country. The statement was carried by the state-run SANA news agency late on Wednesday. A Syrian rebel deleg... Wed, 03 May 2017 20:39:00 GMT 2017-05-03T20:39:00Z Trump blames Flynn's vetting on Obama administration WASHINGTON (AP) — Even though he named Michael Flynn to be his top national security aide, President Donald Trump on Friday laid the blame for any flaws in Flynn's vetting at the feet of his predecessor. In an interview airing Friday evening on Fox News Channel's "The First 100 Days," Trump tried to deflect recent criticism of his decision to appoint Flyn... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 22:16:00 GMT 2017-04-28T22:16:00Z Pentagon joins intensifying probe of former Trump aide Flynn WASHINGTON (AP) — Investigations intensified into President Donald Trump's ousted national security adviser, Michael Flynn, on Thursday as the Pentagon watchdog joined lawmakers in probing payments he accepted from foreign sources including a Russian state-sponsored TV network. At the same time, documents released by the top Democrat on a House oversight ... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:07:00 GMT 2017-04-28T00:07:00Z France: Analysis shows Syrian government behind sarin attack PARIS (AP) — France said that the chemical analysis of samples taken from a deadly sarin gas attack in Syria earlier this month "bears the signature" of President Bashar Assad's government and shows it was responsible. Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said France came to this conclusion after comparing samples from a 2013 sarin attack in Syria that matc... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 04:13:00 GMT 2017-04-27T04:13:00Z Israeli defense officials: Assad still has chemical weapons JERUSALEM (AP) — Syria still has up to three tons of chemical weapons, Israeli defense officials said Wednesday in the first specific intelligence assessment of President Bashar Assad's weapons capabilities since a deadly chemical attack earlier this month. The estimate came as the head of the international chemical weapons watchdog said laboratory tests ... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 00:02:00 GMT 2017-04-20T00:02:00Z After US strikes, Trump's Syria plan starts coming into view WASHINGTON (AP) — Can threatening war crimes charges persuade Syrian President Bashar Assad to leave power? What about guaranteeing his safety in exile? These long-shot proposals are at the center of the Trump administration's new effort to resolve Syria's six-year civil war. Though still evolving, President Donald Trump's plans for Syria have come into c... Mon, 17 Apr 2017 22:01:00 GMT 2017-04-17T22:01:00Z Syria's divisions crystallize with latest evacuations BEIRUT (AP) — Thousands of Syrians were bused out of their towns on Friday in the first stage of a widely criticized population transfer that reflects the relentless segregation of Syrian society along political and sectarian lines. The coordinated evacuations delivered war-weary fighters and residents from two years of siege and hunger, but moved the cou... Fri, 14 Apr 2017 18:46:00 GMT 2017-04-14T18:46:00Z The Latest: Syria says will restore rule in evacuated towns BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on Syria (all times local): 5:35 p.m. A Syrian official says the government will restore its control over the two towns evacuated of opposition and rebel fighters, as part of a swap deal that also freed residents of two pro-government areas. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Right... Fri, 14 Apr 2017 14:32:00 GMT 2017-04-14T14:32:00Z The Latest: Russia vetoes UN condemnation of Syria attack BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local): 10:45 p.m. Russia has vetoed a Western-backed Security Council resolution that would have condemned the reported use of chemical weapons in a town in northern Syria and demanded a speedy investigation. Wednesday's vote on the resolution drafted by Br... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 20:17:00 GMT 2017-04-12T20:17:00Z The Latest: Revised UN resolution on Syria attack circulated BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local): 12: 30 a.m. Britain, France and the United States have circulated a revised U.N. draft resolution that would condemn the reported use of chemical weapons in northern Syria and demand that all parties provide speedy access to investigators to the sites. ... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 21:48:00 GMT 2017-04-11T21:48:00Z Turkey: Autopsies show sarin gas used against Syrian town BEIRUT (AP) — Turkey's health minister said Tuesday that test results confirm sarin gas was used in an attack on a northern Syrian town earlier this month and the Russian military said the Syrian government is willing to let international experts examine its military base for signs of chemical weapons. Col. Gen. Sergei Rudskoy of the Russian General Staff... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 15:05:00 GMT 2017-04-11T15:05:00Z Official: Russia knew Syrian chemical attack was coming WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has made a preliminary conclusion that Russia knew in advance of Syria's chemical weapons attack last week, but has no proof of Moscow's involvement, a senior U.S. official said Monday. The official said that a drone operated by Russians was flying over a hospital as victims of the attack were rushing to get treatment. ... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 06:05:00 GMT 2017-04-11T06:05:00Z Russia and Iran affirm commitment to Syrian government BEIRUT (AP) — Russia and Iran renewed their support for the Syrian government in a flurry of calls on Sunday, saying last week's U.S. missile strike violated Syrian sovereignty but failed to boost the morale of "terror groups" in Syria. In a phone call with Syrian President Bashar Assad, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called the strike on Friday a "blat... Sun, 09 Apr 2017 17:58:00 GMT 2017-04-09T17:58:00Z Warplanes strike Syrian town hit by chemical attack BEIRUT (AP) — Warplanes on Saturday struck the Syrian town where a chemical attack had killed scores of people earlier this week, as Turkey warned that a retaliatory U.S. missile strike on a Syrian air base would only be "cosmetic" if greater efforts are not made to remove President Bashar Assad from power. The airstrikes on the opposition-held northern t... Sun, 09 Apr 2017 00:05:00 GMT 2017-04-09T00:05:00Z Timeline of the Syrian civil war and US response The U.S. attack on a Syrian air base came after years of heated debate and deliberation in Washington over intervention in the bloody civil war. Chemical weapons have killed hundreds of people since the start of the conflict, with the U.N. blaming three attacks on the Syrian government and a fourth on the Islamic State group. One of the worst yet came Tuesday in rebel-held n... Fri, 07 Apr 2017 07:58:00 GMT 2017-04-07T07:58:00Z Mounting confidence nerve gas was used in Syria attack BEIRUT (AP) — Diplomats at the U.N. Security Council sparred Wednesday over whether to hold President Bashar Assad's government responsible for a chemical weapons attack that killed more than 80 people in northern Syria, while U.S. intelligence officials, Doctors Without Borders and the U.N. health agency said evidence pointed to nerve gas exposure. The T... Thu, 06 Apr 2017 05:44:00 GMT 2017-04-06T05:44:00Z US will take action on Syrian chemical attacks if UN doesn't UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley warned Wednesday that the Trump administration will take action against chemical attacks in Syria that bear "all the hallmarks" of President Bashar Assad's government if the U.N. Security Council fails to act. Haley urged the council at an emergency meeting to immediately approve a resolution drafted by th... Thu, 06 Apr 2017 02:22:00 GMT 2017-04-06T02:22:00Z The Latest: UN humanitarian chief says $6 billion pledged BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the suspected chemical attack in Syria (all times local): 5:15 a.m. The United Nations humanitarian chief says that 41 donors have pledged $6 billion to help people in need in 2017 amid the Syrian crisis. Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Step... Thu, 06 Apr 2017 02:18:00 GMT 2017-04-06T02:18:00Z Lawmakers want details on Flynn's foreign contacts, payments WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans joined Democrats on Wednesday in pressuring the Trump administration to surrender records of former national security adviser Michael Flynn's payments and contacts with foreign officials during the past three years. In a sign of deepening interest among congressional investigators, leaders of the House Oversight and Governmen... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 22:04:00 GMT 2017-03-22T22:04:00Z Intel documents offer no evidence of spying on Trump Tower WASHINGTON (AP) — The top two lawmakers on the House intelligence committee said Sunday that documents the Justice Department and FBI delivered late last week offered no evidence that the Obama administration had wiretapped Trump Tower, but the panel's ranking Democrat says the material offers circumstantial evidence that American citizens colluded with Russians in Moscow's ... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 20:28:00 GMT 2017-03-19T20:28:00Z Key members of Trump's circle under scrutiny for Russia ties WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's administration remains under scrutiny over potential ties between his associates and Russia in the run-up to the presidential election. Trump has denied knowing that any of his staff had communications with Russian officials during the campaign. But congressional probes are underway, and the FBI is investigating. ... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 07:26:00 GMT 2017-03-14T07:26:00Z Turkey's determination against Kurds alienates US, Russia BEIRUT (AP) — Turkey achieved a milestone in its goals in Syria: It established a foothold in the heart of the country's north after driving Islamic State militants away from its borders and seizing al-Bab, one of the extremist group's major strongholds and a major supply route. But Turkey's determination to also push back the Kurds is alienating the othe... Sat, 11 Mar 2017 10:28:00 GMT 2017-03-11T10:28:00Z Putin hails Russia-Turkey ties as he hosts Syria talks MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin hailed the close ties between the Russian and Turkey militaries on Friday as he hosted Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan for talks about Syria. Russia and Turkey co-brokered a cease-fire in December that helped reduce the scale of fighting between Syrian President Bashar Assad and the opposition. They also co-sponsored two rounds... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 18:01:00 GMT 2017-03-10T18:01:00Z Ukraine foreign minister urges continued sanctions on Russia WASHINGTON (AP) — Ukraine's foreign minister told U.S. senators on Tuesday that sanctions against Russia shouldn't be eased and possibly should be ratcheted up as Moscow escalates its military aggression against its western neighbor. Testifying with representatives from other Eastern European countries affected by Russia's belligerence, Pavlo Klimkin told... Tue, 07 Mar 2017 23:23:00 GMT 2017-03-07T23:23:00Z AP Interview: Russian protester decries prison conditions MOSCOW (AP) — Newly free after more than a year in prison, Russian opposition activist Ildar Dadin described beatings and other harsh treatment he says that he endured behind bars. He said that it drove him to thoughts of suicide, but that he overcame the despair through belief in his own integrity. Dadin, 34, was released Feb. 26 from a prison in souther... Sun, 05 Mar 2017 10:49:00 GMT 2017-03-05T10:49:00Z