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Trump factor leaves Macron scrambling ahead of Russia trip

PARIS Emmanuel Macron heads to St Petersburg on Thursday seeking to win concessions from Vladimir Putin, but with Europe-U.S. ties strained over Iran, the Russian leader may have little incentive to offer the French president a diplomatic success.

Obama administration too slow to probe Russian meddling in 2016: Senate sources

WASHINGTON U.S. Senate investigators have concluded that President Barack Obama's administration was too slow to investigate suspected Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election, two sources familiar with their inquiries said.

Politics, Election 2016, May 22 2018

Ukraine tests U.S. missile systems for first time

KIEV Ukraine tested its Javelin missile systems on Tuesday for the first time since receiving the weapons from the United States to boost its defenses in its conflict with pro-Russian separatists.

World, May 22 2018

U.S. officials warn Congress on 2018 election hacking threats

WASHINGTON Senior Trump administration officials warned Congress on Tuesday of ongoing efforts by Russia to interfere in the 2018 midterm congressional elections as the federal government prepares to hand out $380 million in election security funding to states. | Video

Politics, Election 2016, May 22 2018

Russia's Shuvalov picked to head state development bank VEB: sources

MOSCOW Igor Shuvalov, the former first deputy prime minister, has been selected to head Russian state development bank VEB, three sources told Reuters, although they said it was not clear if final documentation for the move had been signed.

May 22 2018

Japan, Russia, Turkey bring potential U.S. tariff retaliation to $3.5 billion

GENEVA Japan, Russia and Turkey have warned the United States about potential retaliation for its tariffs on steel and aluminum, the World Trade Organization said on Tuesday, bringing the total U.S. tariff bill to around $3.5 billion annually.

Japan, TurkeyMay 22 2018

Rebel Russian mayor resigns over move to scrap elections

YEKATERINBURG/MOSCOW Yevgeny Roizman, a rare critic of the Kremlin in a senior regional job in Russia, said on Tuesday he was resigning as mayor of Yekaterinburg after authorities moved to scrap mayoral elections in the soccer World Cup host city.

World, May 22 2018

Swedes told to prepare for conflict in Cold War-style booklet

STOCKHOLM Sweden will send out instructions to its citizens next week on how to cope with an outbreak of war, as the country faces an assertive Russia across the Baltic Sea.

World, May 22 2018

Emirates NBD buys Turkey's Denizbank for $3.2 billion from Sberbank

MOSCOW/DUBAI Dubai's biggest lender Emirates NBD has agreed to buy Turkey's Denizbank from Russia's state-owned Sberbank for $3.2 billion to help establish itself as a leading bank in the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey.

May 22 2018

Soccer: Russian agency offers fake restaurant reviews ahead of World Cup

MOSCOW A Russian marketing agency has offered to help restaurants in cities hosting the soccer World Cup use fake reviews to bump up ratings on review site TripAdvisor , the agency's owner has confirmed. | Video

World, Sports, TechMay 22 2018

Trump casts doubt on planned summit with North Korean leader

WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday there was a "substantial chance" his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will not take place as planned on June 12 amid concerns that Kim is resistant to giving up his nuclear weapons. | Video

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