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Trump-Russia row: Putin offers to release records of meeting

Vladimir Putin has waded into the growing row surrounding US President Donald Trump and his links to Russia. US media say Mr Trump passed on classified information to Russian officials last week, but Mr Putin says this is not the case. He said he would release a record of the meeting to the US Congress and Senate if they requested it. The news comes amid reports Mr Trump tried to influence an investigation into his team’s dealings with Russia. US media have quoted a memo by former FBI director James ...

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Chechnya gay rights: Merkel urges Putin to intervene

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to help protect gay rights in Chechnya. Activists say police in the republic have arrested and tortured dozens of people in an anti-gay crackdown. Mrs Merkel raised the issue during her first visit to Russia since 2015, which saw her hold talks with Mr Putin at his summer residence in Sochi. Relations between the two nations have been strained over Syria and Russia’s annexation of Crimea from Ukraine. The civil wars in Syria and Ukraine were discussed by the two ...

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Bill O'Reilly: Putin will have to wait for apology over 'killer' remark

Trump promoting Fox News Russian President Vladimir Putin could be waiting a long time for an apology from Bill O’Reilly. The Fox News host responded late Monday to an angry statement from the Kremlin over his description of Putin as “a killer.” “Apparently, the Putin administration in Moscow [is] demanding that I — your humble correspondent — apologize for saying ‘Old Vlad’ is a killer,” O’Reilly said on his Fox show. “So I’m working on that apology, but it might take a little time. Might want to check in with ...

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Trump defends Putin over Russia killings allegations

US President Donald Trump has defended Vladimir Putin when questioned over allegations of murders carried out by the Russian state. In an interview with Fox News, he said: “There are a lot of killers. We’ve got a lot of killers. What do you think? Our country’s so innocent?” Mr Trump said he respected President Putin and would prefer to “get along with him”. He said he wanted help from Russia in the fight against “Islamic terrorism”. Excerpts of the interview with Bill O’Reilly, carried out at Mr Trump’s Florida home, ...

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'Saturday Night Live' has a shirtless Putin address America

On ‘SNL,’ Putin brags about buying America One day after President Donald Trump was sworn into office, “Saturday Night Live” opened its show with Beck Bennett’s Vladimir Putin speaking directly to the American people. “Hello, America. Yesterday we all made Donald Trump the 45th President of the United States,” Bennett’s Putin said, without a shirt on, to the camera. “Hooray, we did it!” Bennett’s Russian leader then told Americans not to worry and promised he would take care of the country because “it’s the most expensive thing we’ve ever bought.” ...

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Trump pick Tillerson: 'Fair assumption' Putin behind hacks

It is a “fair assumption” that Russian President Vladimir Putin was behind US election hacks, secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson has said. The former CEO of Exxon Mobil told his Senate confirmation hearing the intelligence report on Russian tampering “clearly is troubling”. His comments came after Senator Marco Rubio pressed Mr Tillerson to admit Mr Putin’s role in the cyber-breach. Mr Tillerson’s reported good ties with Mr Putin have alarmed some in the US. The 64-year-old former corporate titan, who has never worked in government, faced tough questions from ...

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US election hacking: Putin 'sought to help' Trump

Russian President Vladimir Putin sought to help Donald Trump win the presidential election, a US intelligence report says. The unclassified report says the Russian leader “ordered” a campaign aimed at influencing the election. The report was released shortly after intelligence chiefs briefed Mr Trump on their findings. Mr Trump stopped short of accusing Russia of interfering, saying only that the election outcome was not affected. The report says that the Kremlin developed a “clear preference” for Mr Trump. “We assess Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 ...

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Russian hacking claims: US spy chief promises Putin motive

The US intelligence chief has promised to explain why Russia allegedly meddled in the US presidential election. Director of National Intelligence General James Clapper said Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the hack of Democratic Party emails, and the motive will be revealed next week. Russia has denied involvement but the US has announced sanctions against Russian officials. President-elect Donald Trump is to be briefed on the hacking on Friday. Intelligence chiefs will take him through a report, which was given to President Barack Obama on Thursday, on foreign meddling. An ...

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Russia-US row: Trump praises Putin amid hacking expulsions

US President-elect Donald Trump has praised Vladimir Putin after the Russian president ruled out a tit-for-tat response to the expulsion of diplomats in a row over hacking. Mr Trump tweeted: “Great move on delay (by V. Putin) – I always knew he was very smart!” Mr Putin had earlier said Russia would not stoop to “irresponsible diplomacy”. Washington expelled 35 diplomats over hacking related to the US election. Moscow denies any involvement. Mr Trump emphasised his statement on the row by pinning his tweet to the top of his account. ...

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Vladimir Putin holds annual marathon press conference

Vladimir Putin in 90 Seconds Russian President Vladimir Putin held his annual marathon end-of-year press conference on Friday. And it wasn’t just Russians watching. Putin took questions for almost four hours in a room with 1,400 journalists and the whole world was paying attention to see what Putin would say about a year that saw his global influence grow to a new scale. Putin spoke off the cuff the entire time, spitting out numbers about the Russian economy from the top of his head — a fact celebrated by some ...

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