A federal judge on Wednesday denied bail to Maria Butina, the 29-year-old
Donald Trump has for the first time said he holds Russian leader Vladimir Putin personally responsible for Moscow’s alleged efforts to interfere in the 2016 US election. Amid intense controversy following his summit in Helsinki with the Russian leader where he was accused of failing to press him over Moscow’s attempts to interfere in the presidential race and undermining US intelligence, Mr Trump embarked on the latest in a series of attempts at damage limitation. Having said on Tuesday he had “misspoke” in Helsinki when he said he saw no reason Russia would have interfered in the election, on Wednesday in an interview the president said he did indeed agree with the conclusion of four US intelligence agencies that Moscow sought to influence the outcome of White House battle.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and the State Department are at odds over Russian President Vladimir Putin's offer to allow the U.S. access to Russians accused of election meddling in return for interviews of Americans accused by the Kremlin of unspecified crimes.
Butina, 29, also entered into in a sham relationship with an American political operative to help her activities, and offered someone else sex in return for a position within an activist group, according to a court filing by the government. The new information was presented by prosecutors as they asked a judge in Washington to keep Butina in jail in advance of her trial for conspiracy and illegally operating as a foreign agent inside the US.
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia stepped up its criticism of Greece over the expulsion of two of its diplomats, accusing the Greek government Wednesday of participating in "dirty provocations" around Macedonia's plan to become a NATO member.
As European leaders call for U.S. President Donald Trump to work with America's allies and avoid potentially damaging trade wars with China, a global ranking shows the Asian superpower is steadily climbing toward world leadership in innovation while the U.S. is slipping. China is now among the top 20 most innovative countries in the world per the Global Innovation Index, or GII -- a ranking produced by INSEAD, the World Intellectual Property Organization and the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business. The ranking placed China at No. 17, up five positions from 2017, and marking the first time that the Asian country finished in the GII's top 20.
BEIJING (Reuters) - The U.S.-driven trade war has become the biggest “confidence killer” for the global economy, China's foreign ministry warned on Wednesday, saying the whole world would fight back if the United States continued to be “wilful”. Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters at a regular press briefing that the United States is fabricating all kinds of justifications for its trade actions, including that of national security. Earlier this month the United States and China slapped tariffs on $34 billion of each other's imports in an escalating trade tussle that has roiled financial markets. U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened further tariffs unless Beijing agrees
WASHINGTON (AP) — A 29-year-old gun-rights activist suspected of being a covert Russian agent was likely in contact with Kremlin operatives while living in the United States, prosecutors said Wednesday, accusing her of using sex and deception to forge influential connections.
By Mike Stone FARNBOROUGH, England (Reuters) - The United States has offered India the armed version of Guardian drones that were originally authorized for sale as unarmed for surveillance purposes, a senior U.S. official and an industry source told Reuters. If the deal comes to fruition, it would be the first time Washington has sold a large armed drone to a country outside the NATO alliance. It would also be the first high-tech unmanned aircraft in the region, where tensions between India and Pakistan run high.
By Roberta Rampton and Lisa Lambert WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Wednesday the United States may hammer out a trade deal with Mexico, and then do a separate one with Canada later, sowing fresh doubts about the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). "We have had very good sessions with Mexico and with the new president of Mexico, who won overwhelmingly, and we're doing very well on our trade agreement," Trump said to reporters ahead of a meeting of his cabinet at the White House.
President Donald Trump said on Wednesday the United States may hammer out a trade deal with Mexico, and then do a separate one with Canada later, sowing fresh doubts about the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). "We have had very good sessions with Mexico and with the new president of Mexico, who won overwhelmingly, and we're doing very well on our trade agreement," Trump said to reporters ahead of a meeting of his cabinet at the White House.
Over the last two weeks, I have traveled to Myanmar and Bangladesh. This was my first visit back to Myanmar in more than five years. And while I am a chronic optimist, my visit offered grim confirmation of the dramatic deterioration of conditions in the country, especially for the Rohingya ethnic minority. These catastrophic conditions underscored the decline of U.S. leadership on human rights in this part of the world or globally. I first travelled to Myanmar in 2010 as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor in the Obama Administration. Over the next several years, my colleagues and I made multiple visits, pressing hard for progress on a range of human rights issues.