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House approves new Russia sanctions, defying Trump

WASHINGTON The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to slap new sanctions on Russia, and force President Donald Trump to obtain lawmakers' permission before easing any sanctions on Moscow, in a rare rebuke of the Republican in the White House.

Air strikes, shelling strain Moscow-backed Damascus truce

BEIRUT Air strikes killed at least nine people in the Eastern Ghouta area of Syria near Damascus overnight and insurgent shelling from the rebel-held area landed near the Russian embassy on Tuesday, a war monitor reported.

World, 5:51pm EDT

U.S. says progress with China on N.Korea U.N. sanctions, true test is Russia

UNITED NATIONS The United States is making progress in talks with North Korean ally China on imposing new United Nations sanctions on Pyongyang over its latest missile test, but Russia's engagement will be the "true test," U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley said on Tuesday.

Trump, without evidence, cites Ukraine ties to ex-rival Clinton

WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday blasted the investigation into alleged Russian meddling in last year's U.S. election and raised questions, without offering evidence, about Ukrainian support for his Democratic presidential rival, Hillary Clinton.

Politics, Election 2016, 1:32pm EDT

Senate committee issues subpoena for Manafort: statement

WASHINGTON A U.S. Senate panel has issued a subpoena to force Paul Manafort, a former campaign manager to President Donald Trump, to appear at a hearing on Wednesday as part of its probe into Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election. | Video

Politics, Election 2016, 1:12pm EDT

House seen passing Russia sanctions bill limiting Trump's power

WASHINGTON The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote overwhelmingly on Tuesday for a bill that would slap new sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea, potentially complicating President Donald Trump's hopes of pursuing improved relations with Moscow.

Iran-linked cyber spies use simple yet effective hacks: report

TEL AVIV A cyber spying group with links to Iran and active for the past four years is targeting countries including Israel, Saudi Arabia, Germany and the United States, security researchers said on Tuesday.

Arrested Russian's wife denies U.S. charge he is global hacking mastermind

ST PETERSBURG, Russia The wife of an alleged Russian hacker facing extradition from Spain to the United States has told Reuters he is being held in solitary confinement and that he denies the accusation that he masterminded one of the world's biggest spam networks.

World, Tech, Spain8:41am EDT

Tuesday Morning Briefing

Frustration is mounting among leading foreign policy officials in President Donald Trump's administration. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has told friends he will be lucky to last a year in his job, according to a friend, while two officials said national security adviser H.R. McMaster was frustrated by what he sees as disorganization and indiscipline on key policy issues inside the White House.

China, Australia, Iraq, Israel8:33am EDT

Senator Corker says no deal yet on Russia sanctions bill

WASHINGTON Long-delayed legislation to impose new sanctions on Russia hit another snag on Monday when the influential Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said the announcement of a deal to move the bill forward was premature. | Video

Politics, Election 2016, 7:12am EDT
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