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June 24, 2017 10:35 PM Trump accuses Obama of inaction over Russia meddling claim

President Donald Trump has accused his predecessor Barack Obama of inaction over alleged Russian interference in the US election in 2016. Mr Trump said Mr Obama had learned well before the 8 November poll about the accusations and "did nothing". His comments followed an article in the Washington Post which said that Mr Obama learned last August of President 6

June 24, 2017 7:12 PM Parliament hit by 'sustained' cyber-attack

Parliament has been hit by a cyber attack, officials at Westminster say. The "sustained" hack began on Friday night, prompting officials to disable remote access to the emails of MPs, peers and their staff as a safeguard. The parliamentary authorities said hackers had mounted a "determined attack" on all user accounts "in an attempt to identify weak passwords" 6

June 21, 2017 3:38 PM 'We are not isolating Russia’ French minister insists renewed relations in snub to EU

FRENCH Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Emmanuel Macron’s new government was not looking to isolate and weaken Russia, adding relations between the two allies could be boosted by a renewed “spirit of trust”. Mr Le Drian made the comments during a news conference with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, in a move which could anger Brussels 7

June 18, 2017 11:00 PM US fighter jet SHOOTS DOWN Syrian warplane in clash with Putin and Assad

A US fighter jet has shot down a Syrian attack plane in a new clash between Donald Trump and the alliance of Vladimir Putin and Bashar al-Assad. US military bosses have confirmed their F/A-18 fighter jet shot down a Syrian government SU-22 attack plane over Syria. Air force commanders accused the plane of dropping bombs on US-led coalition fighters of the rebel 8

June 15, 2017 12:10 PM Russia's Putin says bridge to Crimea is on schedule

MOSCOW, June 15 (Reuters) - Construction of a bridge to connect mainland Russia with Crimea is on schedule, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday. "The Crimea bridge is being built on schedule and even slightly ahead of it," Putin said during an annual question and answer session with Russians. The construction of the 19-kilometre (12-mile) 2

June 15, 2017 12:06 PM Putin says Russia aims to beef up Syrian military in mid-term

MOSCOW, June 15 (Reuters) - Russia's medium-term plans in Syria include improving capability of the Syrian armed forces which would allow to relocate Russian troops in the country to the existing Russian bases, President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday. "We aim to establish a process a political settlement (in Syria) between all the sides involved 1

June 13, 2017 11:40 AM Chechen who arranged Politkovskaya killing dies in prison

MOSCOW (AP) - The man convicted of organizing the 2006 killing of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya has died in prison. Russian news agencies on Tuesday cited corrections officials as saying Lom-Ali Gaitukayev died on Saturday at a prison hospital in the Vologda region. No cause was stated for his death, but the reports quoted his lawyers as saying 8

June 13, 2017 1:30 AM No indication Russia wants positive relationship with U.S. -Mattis

WASHINGTON, June 12 (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Monday there was no indication that Russia wanted a positive relationship with the United States, saying it had chosen to be a strategic competitor. "At this time ... I do not see any indication that Mr. Putin would want a positive relationship with us. That is not to say we can't 1

June 12, 2017 5:26 AM Daily briefing: Macron landslide, ‘dead woman walking,’ lunch with Bernie

French leader’s party set for clear win in parliamentary elections Sign up to receive FirstFT by email here Many analysts considered it impossible just a few months ago but early results are pointing to a landslide victory for French leader Emmanuel Macron’s fledgling political party in the legislative elections. With all the ballots for the first round 10

June 7, 2017 3:57 AM Vladimir Putin warns 'no one would survive' nuclear war between Russia and US

NO COUNTRY on Earth would survive a nuclear war between the US and Russia Vladimir Putin has said. In one of a series of interviews with American film director Oliver Stone, the Russian president said he believed nobody would make it if an all-out nuclear conflict – also known as “hot war” – broke out. The Russian leader replied: “I don’t think anyone 7