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Putin blasts outgoing U.S. administration over Trump accusations

President Vladimir Putin took a parting shot at the Obama administration Tuesday, accusing it of trying to undermine Donald Trump’s legitimacy with fake allegations and “binding the president-elect hand and foot to prevent him from fulfilling his election promises.” In his first public remarks about an unsubstantiated dossier outlining unverified ...

Obama planning more commutations but Guantanamo inmate not among them

Jan 19, 2017

Obama planning more commutations but Guantanamo inmate not among them

Embracing his clemency powers like never before, President Barack Obama is planning more commutations in his final days in office after a dramatic move to cut short convicted leaker Chelsea Manning’s sentence. Obama became the president to have granted more commutations than any other ...

Three large earthquakes rock central Italy within one hour

Jan 18, 2017

Three large earthquakes rock central Italy within one hour

A series of three strong earthquakes hit central Italy in the space of an hour Wednesday, shaking the same region that suffered a series of deadly quakes last year and has been buried under more than a meter (three feet) of snow in recent ...

Jan 18, 2017

Russia extends residence permit for Snowden

Russian authorities have extended a residence permit for U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, who leaked thousands of secret documents from the National Security Agency. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a post on Facebook late on Tuesday that Snowden’s residence permit has ...

Estonians join paramilitary forces to face Russia fears

Jan 18, 2017

Estonians join paramilitary forces to face Russia fears

A machine gun rattles as pale and exhausted teams of Estonian weekend warriors struggle to climb a final obstacle: the wall of Narva Castle facing their country’s powerful neighbor Russia. The bullets fired on the snowy banks of the Narva river separating Estonia from ...

Golden-headed moth species named for Trump

Jan 18, 2017

Golden-headed moth species named for Trump

A Canadian researcher has discovered a new species of moth native to Southern California and Baja California. The insect, which measures just over a centimeter wide, is visually striking. Golden flakes cover its head, which the researcher likens to the hairdo of U.S. President-elect ...

Jan 18, 2017

Canadian energy firms at bigger risk from cyber, bomb attacks, spy agency says

Canada’s main spy agency last year warned energy companies about an increasing risk of cyber espionage and attacks on pipelines, oil storage and shipment facilities and power transmission towers using homemade explosives, according to a classified document obtained by Reuters. The Canadian Security Intelligence ...