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'Drunk man' demands flight to Afghanistan in 'hijacking'

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A drunk passenger who tried to hijack a passenger jet over Russia has been arrested, police have said. The man had been on an Aeroflot flight from the Siberian city of Surgut to the Russian capital Moscow when he tried to break into the cockpit. He told the crew that he was armed and demanded Read More

Huawei calls for swift end to case of executive arrested in Canada

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DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) – China’s Huawei Technologies wants a quick resolution of the case of its former finance chief Meng Wanzhou, who is accused of violating U.S. sanctions on Iran and has been detained in Canada, its chairman said on Tuesday. FILE PHOTO: The Huawei logo is seen during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Read More

Former marine 'had secret Russian files on USB drive'

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A former US marine held in Moscow on suspicion of spying was found with classified Russian materials when he was arrested, his lawyer has said. Paul Whelan, 48, was detained at a hotel in the city on 28 December “while carrying out an act of espionage”, according to Russia’s FSB security service. On Tuesday, Moscow Read More

Moscow slams EU’s ‘arbitrary’ chemical-weapons sanctions, threatens to retaliate

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Russia has threatened to respond to “freshly invented” punitive measures imposed by the EU over the Skripal poisoning. Moscow says it’s an arbitrary punishment that disrespects established non-proliferation norms. The accusations that gave rise to the sanctions “don’t stand up to criticism,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement. “We reserve the right to Read More

France and Germany pledge to defend each other in new treaty

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A new treaty signed by France and Germany on Tuesday reiterates their commitment to support each other, which they have done as NATO members. Angela Merkel also supported the creation of a joint European army. “The fourth article of the treaty says we, Germany and France, are obliged to support and help each other, including Read More

Zimbabwe leader: 'Heads will roll' after protesters tortured

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Zimbabwe’s president has vowed “heads will roll” if he finds wrongdoing by security forces after a brutal crackdown on protesters in the African country. Emmerson Mnangagwa says he will investigate reports of violence against demonstrators after the country’s human rights commission said they were “systematically tortured”. Human rights groups say at least a dozen people Read More

‘You need to talk to the guys with the guns’: Report reveals perennial US-North Korea intel talks

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The landmark 2018 summit between Washington and Pyongyang was prefaced by nearly a decade of bilateral intelligence negotiations, a report shows. US and North Korean intelligence services communicated since 2009 through a “goon channel,” the Wall Street Journal reports on Tuesday, citing current and former US officials. The channel would have initially been established by Read More

Russia House in Davos opens doors to guests & international business

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The World Economic Forum (WEF) 2019 kicked off in Davos, Switzerland on Tuesday welcoming participants from 50 countries. The official Russian residence, Russia House, will also host business events till January 25. This year’s forum is dubbed “Globalization 4.0: Shaping a New Architecture in the Age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.” Russia House, which is Read More

US tells Canada to prepare for extradition of Huawei CFO

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The US has informed Canada it will start formal extradition proceedings for Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, nearly two months after she was arrested in Vancouver for violating unilateral US sanctions against Iran. Meng faces charges of bank fraud related to alleged violations of US sanctions dating back to at least 2013, and was arrested at Read More