Russia

Blast rips through supermarket in Russia's St Petersburg, 10 hurt

(Worthy News) – A blast ripped through a supermarket in Russia’s St Petersburg on Wednesday evening, injuring at least 10 shoppers, investigators said. The explosion was caused by a homemade bomb packed with pieces of metal with a force equivalent to 200 grammes of TNT, they said. They have opened a criminal case on the…

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Russia Plans National Biometric Database Starting Next Year

(Worthy News) – Russia will get a country-wide biometric database for financial services starting next summer, the central bank said. The system will expand access to banking by letting people open accounts without having to visit a branch and is a key milestone in digitizing financial services, the Bank of Russia said in a statement.…

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U.S. sanctions North Korean missile experts, Russia offers to mediate

(Worthy News) – The United States announced sanctions on two North Korean officials behind their country’s ballistic missile program on Tuesday, while Russia reiterated an offer to mediate to ease tensions between Washington and Pyongyang. The new U.S. steps were the latest in a campaign aimed at forcing North Korea – which has defied years…

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Russia establishing permanent presence at two Syrian bases

(Worthy News) – Russia has begun forming a “permanent presence” at two military bases in Syria, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said. During a conference call on Tuesday, Shoigu said Russian President Vladimir Putin approved the structure and personnel strength at Russia’s main bases in Syria’s Tartus and Hmeymim bases, Russia’s state-run Tass news agency…

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Russia bars Putin challenger from election

(Worthy News) – Russian election officials on Monday barred opposition leader Alexei Navalny from running against President Vladimir Putin. The Central Election Commission unanimously decided Navalny is not allowed to run in the March election because of a fraud conviction, according to the Associated Press. Navalny announced his bid for the presidency on Sunday. Navalny…

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Russian warships in UK waters keep Royal Navy busy over Christmas

(Worthy News) – The Royal Navy monitored a series of Russian warships around Britain over Christmas, as the Defence Secretary said Britain would not be intimidated. HMS St Albans escorted the frigate Admiral Gorshkov off the north coast of Scotland, while HMS Tyne shadowed a spy ship through the North Sea. The Ministry of Defence…

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Trump first president to protect electric grid from EMP, cyberattacks

(Worthy News) – President Trump became the first national leader to call for protecting the U.S electric and communications grid against an electromagnetic attack like one practiced in North Korea. Deep in his new national security strategy released this week, he made good on a campaign promise to move quickly to make the fixes that…

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Putin, Merkel discuss situation in eastern Ukraine

(Worthy News) – The Kremlin says Russian President Vladimir Putin has spoken to German Chancellor Angela Merkel to explain Russia’s decision to withdraw its military observers from a joint group monitoring the truce in eastern Ukraine. Putin said the Russian move announced earlier this week had been prompted by “restrictions and provocations” by Ukrainian authorities…

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Russia, China call Trump’s ‘America First’ approach Cold War thinking

(Worthy News) – President Trump’s new national security blueprint labeling Russia and China “strategic competitors” struck a nerve in Moscow and Beijing, with both criticizing the “America First” approach as isolationist and reminiscent of Cold War-style posturing by Washington. A day after the new blueprint’s release, a Kremlin spokesman said Russian leaders were struck by…

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Trump unveils national security strategy: 'America is going to win'

(Worthy News) – President Trump on Monday unveiled a national security strategy that enshrines his “America First” approach into U.S. policy, stressing American strength and economic security and putting rivals like China and Russia on notice. “America is in the game and America is going to win,” Trump said, making clear that the United States…

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