Russian meddling

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia | Pompeo warns eastern Europe on Chinese and Russian meddling

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is invoking the 30th anniversary of the demise of communism to implore countries in Central Europe to resist Chinese and Russian influence. Speaking in the Slovak capital of Bratislava, Pompeo said China and Russia pose twin threats to the democratic and free market gains made … Continue reading BRATISLAVA, Slovakia | Pompeo warns eastern Europe on Chinese and Russian meddling

MOSCOW | US citizen arrested in Russian on spying charges

MOSCOW — Russia‘s domestic security agency says it has arrested a U.S. citizen on espionage charges. The Federal Security Service, or FSB, the top KGB successor agency, said that the American man detained in Moscow on Friday. The agency said in Monday’s statement that he was caught “during an espionage operation,” but didn’t give any … Continue reading MOSCOW | US citizen arrested in Russian on spying charges

MOSCOW | Putin crows as he oversees Russian hypersonic weapons test

MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin oversaw a test Wednesday of a new hypersonic glide vehicle, declaring that the weapon is impossible to intercept and will ensure Russia’s security for decades to come. Speaking to Russia’s top military brass after watching the live feed of the launch of the Avangard vehicle from the Defense Ministry’s … Continue reading MOSCOW | Putin crows as he oversees Russian hypersonic weapons test

WASHINGTON | The Latest: Justices unlikely to upset double jeopardy rule

WASHINGTON — The Latest on Supreme Court arguments in a closely watched case on double jeopardy (all times local): 11:35 a.m. The Supreme Court seems likely to preserve a constitutional rule that allows state and federal governments to prosecute someone for the same crime. Several justices are saying in arguments Thursday that they are reluctant … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Justices unlikely to upset double jeopardy rule

WASHINGTON | The Latest: WH says Sessions exit not constitutional crisis

WASHINGTON — The Latest on Jeff Sessions‘ departure as attorney general (all times local): 10:05 a.m. White House counselor Kellyanne Conway says the exit of Attorney General Jeff Sessions is “not a constitutional crisis.” Sessions’ former chief of staff, Matt Whitaker, is now acting attorney general and has authority to oversee the remainder of the … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: WH says Sessions exit not constitutional crisis

WASHINGTON | The Latest: Trump: ‘Hopefully no meddling’ in 2018 elections

WASHINGTON — The Latest on President Donald Trump‘s final rally blitz before the midterm elections (all times local): 5:45 p.m. President Donald Trump says his administration has spent a lot of time, money and effort to make sure that Tuesday’s midterm elections are “perfect and safe” in contrast to the Russian meddling that intelligence agencies … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Trump: ‘Hopefully no meddling’ in 2018 elections

WASHINGTON | White House Counsel Don McGahn returns to civilian life

WASHINGTON  — Don McGahn has returned to civilian life. A White House official confirms that Wednesday was McGahn’s last day as White House counsel. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss personnel matters. President Donald Trump announced in August that McGahn would leave after the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. … Continue reading WASHINGTON | White House Counsel Don McGahn returns to civilian life

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan | The Latest: NASA says 2 astronauts in good condition

BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan— The Latest on the failed space launch carrying two astronauts (all times local): 3:30 p.m. NASA says that two astronauts from the U.S. and Russia are in good condition after an emergency landing following booster rocket failure minutes after the launch. NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Roscosmos’ Alexei Ovchinin lifted off as scheduled … Continue reading BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan | The Latest: NASA says 2 astronauts in good condition