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Aegis Ashore in Japan cannot be viewed as INF Treaty violation — Japanese top diplomat

TOKYO, February 20. /TASS/. The upcoming deployment of US-made Aegis Ashore air defense systems in Japan cannot be regarded as a violation of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, because Japan is not a signatory to it, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono said on Wednesday during parli

TASS.COM

To the End, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher Diverted Campaign Funds to Family Accounts

Election cycle after election cycle for decades, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher turned campaign donations into his family’s personal income by diverting money to relatives, including his wife.

OC WEEKLY BLOGS

Don Cheadle Wears Soviet Union Hockey Jersey Referencing Trump on 'Saturday Night Live'

Don Cheadle hosted Saturday Night Live this weekend and used the platform to deliver some political messages alongside his jokes. At the episode's end, Cheadle sported a red and white, vintage Soviet Union hockey jersey with the letters CCCP across the front. As the credits rolled, Cheadle revealed

COMPLEX

Democrats are working to explose Trump's private conversations with Putin

Two leading Democrats are working with the House General Counsel to find the best ways to legally force the Trump administration to hand over information about Donald Trump's private discussions with Vladimir Putin.

BUSINESS INSIDER

A Few Years Ago, the U.S. Navy Feared Russia's Aircraft Carrier Might Sink

In December 2011, the Russian navy’s aging, poorly-maintained aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov departed from its northern base on the troubled vessel’s fourth deployment to the Mediterranean Sea.

NATIONALINTEREST.ORG

House Democrats take steps to obtain notes from Trump-Putin meetings

House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Foreign Affairs Chairman Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) have met with the House general counsel to discuss legal options for finding out the contents of President Trump's one-on-one meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Politico reports.

AXIOS.COM

Ruble near one-week high versus dollar ahead of Putin's speech

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian ruble eased slightly in early trade on Wednesday but hovered close to a one-week peak ahead of an annual address to parliament by President Vladimir Putin.

REUTERS

Microsoft says discovers hacking targeting democratic institutions in Europe

(Reuters) - Microsoft Corp on Wednesday said it had discovered hacking targeting democratic institutions, think tanks and non-profit organizations in Europe and plans to offer a cyber security service to several countries to close security gaps.

REUTERS

US commits another diplomatic fumble in Warsaw

Editor's Note:Frida Ghitis, a former CNN producer and correspondent, is a world affairs columnist. She is a frequent opinion contributor to CNN and The Washington Post and a columnist for World Politics Review. The opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the author; view more opinion arti

CNN

Channel storm damaged Russian S-400 missiles bound for China

A storm in the English Channel damaged S-400 anti-aircraft missiles that Russia was shipping to China, but now they are being replaced, Russia says. The ship with its damaged cargo returned to Russia last March, but two other Russian ships delivered S-400s to China successfully.

BBC

Russia’s newest weapons are hundreds of times cheaper than foreign ones, says minister

MOSCOW, February 20. /TASS/. Russia’s newest weapons are hundreds of times cheaper than those meant to be used against Russia, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told reporters on Wednesday.

TASS.COM

Splunk pulls out of Russia with mysterious statement

Cyber-security and data analytics firm Splunk announced on Monday plans to pull out of Russia with a mysterious blog post that lacked any meaningful information about its decision.

ZDNET

The Latest: Russia to deploy new hypersonic missile to navy

MOSCOW (AP) - The Latest on Putin’s state-of-the-nation speech (all times local):. President Vladimir Putin says Russia will deploy a new hypersonic missile for its navy as part of an ongoing plan to modernize its military capabilities and efforts to counter what he described as hostile U.S. moves.

WASHINGTON TIMES

First submarine carrying unmanned vehicles Poseidon to be launched in spring

MOSCOW, February 20. /TASS/. The first nuclear-powered submarine armed with unmanned underwater vehicles Poseidon will be launched in the spring of 2019, Russian President Vladimir Putin told the Federal Assembly on Wednesday.

TASS.COM

Russia Intelligence Seeks To Extend Detention Of Ex-U.S. Marine Accused Of Spying

Russia's foreign intelligence service has asked a court to continue holding former U.S. Marine Paul Whelan, who has been detained since December on suspicion of spying. A court in Moscow had wanted to hold Whelan until Feb. 28, but Russia's Foreign Security Service, or FSB, wants Whelan detained thr

NORTHERNPUBLICRADIO.ORG

Putin cautions if threatened, Russia could target US missiles ‘hosts’ and America as well

MOSCOW, February 20. /TASS/. Russia will consider tit-for-tat and asymmetric measures if the United States deploys intermediate-range and shorter-range missiles to Europe, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in his annual State of the Nation address to the Federal Assembly on Wednesday.

TASS.COM

Microsoft expands political security service to 12 European countries

(Reuters) - Microsoft Corp on Wednesday said it will offer its cyber security service AccountGuard to 12 new markets in Europe including Germany, France and Spain, to close security gaps and protect customers in political space from hacking.

REUTERS

Russia’s reserves fully cover international debt for the first time in history — Putin

MOSCOW, February 20. /TASS/. Russia’s reserves cover the international sovereign and commercial debt for the first time in history, President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday in his State of the Nation Address to the Federal Assembly.

TASS.COM

Russian Flag Flies on Cathedral in English Town Where Ex-Spy Was Poisoned

LONDON — Two weeks before the anniversary of a nerve-agent attack against a former Russian spy in Salisbury, England, someone unfurled a large Russian flag on the city’s cathedral overnight, in what residents took to be a mockery of the ordeal they suffered last year.

NEW YORK TIMES

Russian court extends custody of Baring Vostok's Calvey until April

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian court on Saturday ordered Michael Calvey, the U.S. founder of one of Russia’s biggest private equity firms accused of fraud, to be kept in custody until April 13.

REUTERS UK