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Trump’s eldest son testifies to US Senate

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US President Donald Trump's eldest son has met with the US Senate Intelligence Committee as part of the panel's investigation into Russia, the 2016 US election and whether his father's election campaign colluded with Moscow.

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Trump's eldest son testifies to Senate committee in Russia probe

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U.S. President Donald Trump's eldest son met with the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday as part of the panel's investigation into Russia, the 2016 U.S. election and whether his father's election campaign colluded with Moscow.

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Congress Weighs Threat of Moscow Wielding the Energy Weapon

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The “mere threat of a cutoff gives Russia political leverage” over Europe.

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Ice Hockey: Russia's hockey league gives blessing for players to compete as neutrals at Olympics

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The Russia-based Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) said on Wednesday it was in favor of its players competing at the Pyeongchang winter Olympics after Moscow agreed to let Russian athletes take part as neutrals.

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War-scarred neighborhoods in Ukraine's rebel-held Donetsk

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Ruined houses, shell craters and deserted streets - this is a typical scene in the Oktyabrsky district of Donetsk, the largest city of Ukraine's pro-Russian rebel region that bears the same name. The self-styled Donetsk and next-door Luhansk "people's republics" broke away from central rule in 2014 after months of violent street protests in Kiev toppled Ukraine's Moscow-leaning president and propelled pro-Western nationalists to power. In this calm suburb of Donetsk, many people stood aloof of politics.

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[Ticker] Russia looks to crypto-currencies to evade EU sanctions

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Sergey Glazyev, a Kremlin aide on an EU visa-ban and asset-freeze list, said in Moscow on Tuesday that Russia was looking to use crypto-currencies, such as Bitcoin, to evade EU economic sanctions, according to Russian news agency Kommersant. Glazyev said that sanctions, also imposed by the US over Russia's invasion of Ukraine, created an "objective need" for novel financial systems, including the creation of a Russian national crypto-currency in 2018.

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Quality of fake 'supernotes' found in Seoul fan suspicions that North Korea is forging $100 bills

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Suspicions are growing that North Korea has resumed forging $100 dollar bills that are so realistic that they are virtually indistinguishable from genuine currency. It took a team of forgery specialists at South Korea's KEB Hana Bank to confirm that a single $100 bill found at a branch in Seoul in November was a fake. The discovery has triggered alarm because authorities have no idea how many similar "supernotes" - named because they are so similar to real banknotes - are now in circulation. While previous "supernotes" were dated either 2001 or 2003, the new forgeries are dated 2006 and are even more sophisticated in the ink, the printing processes and the material that they use. The forgeries also change colour when they are viewed from a different angle, just as genuine notes should, while the slightly rough texture of the note has also been accurately copied, a spokesman for Hana Bank told South Korea's Chosun Ilbo newspaper. The quality of the forgeries has immediately led to suspicion falling on North Korea, which has a track record of forging foreign banknotes in order to earn hard currency for the regime. Pyongyang is also in increasingly dire need of funds as international sanctions imposed due to the regime's ongoing development of nuclear weapons and long-range ballistic missiles begin to bite. North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un visiting Mount Paektu in Ryanggang Province Credit:  AFP "It seems that whoever printed these supernotes has the facilities and high level of technology matching that of a government", Lee Ho-jung, a bank spokesman said. "They are made with special ink that changes colour depending on the angle, patterned paper and Intaglio printing that gives texture to the surface of a note". Another bank source told The Hankyoreh newspaper, "To print supernote-level forgeries, you need a minting corporation-level production line in place, which costs hundreds of billions of won. "This makes if difficult for ordinary criminal organisations to produce them". Earlier versions of supernotes have been around for at least 15 years, with US government officials estimating in 2006 that as much as $250 million worth of fake $100 bills could be in circulation worldwide. Case study | Counterfeit cash in the UK In recent years, Pyongyang appears to have scaled back its forging operation, which is reportedly overseen by the shadowy Division 39, although that may have changed given the pressure that the regime is now under. In the past, North Korea was believed to distribute the bills overseas through criminal groups and by transporting them abroad through the diplomatic pouch to embassies from where they could be slipped into circulation. In December 2011, the Irish High Court dismissed an application from the US to extradite Sean Garland, the alleged chief of staff of the Official Irish Republican Army, in connection with passing fake supernotes. Mr Garland had been observed travelling to Moscow and visiting the North Korean embassy in the company of a number of former KGB officials. Fake notes were later allegedly smuggled into Ireland and the UK and exchanged for pounds or other currencies.

Trump signs into law US government ban on Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab's software

Added: 13.12.2017 2:31 | 0 views | 0 comments

President Donald Trump signed into law on Tuesday (Dec 12) legislation that bans the use of Kaspersky Lab within the US government, capping a months-long effort to purge the Moscow-based antivirus firm from federal agencies amid concerns it was vulnerable to Kremlin influence.

From: www.straitstimes.com

Trump signs into law U.S. government ban on Kaspersky Lab software

Added: 12.12.2017 21:30 | 0 views | 0 comments

President Donald Trump signed into law on Tuesday legislation that bans the use of Kaspersky Lab within the U.S. government, capping a months-long effort to purge the Moscow-based antivirus firm from federal agencies amid concerns it was vulnerable to Kremlin influence.

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Russians arrest man accused of being US SPY leaking navy secrets

Added: 12.12.2017 18:38 | 1 views | 0 comments

A RUSSIAN man has been detained as an alleged US spy by the FSB counter-intelligence agency in Moscow.

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