Senate Democrats weigh lawsuit over Trump's appointment of Whitaker

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Democrats are considering legal action over President Donald Trump’s appointment of a new acting attorney general, congressional sources said on Friday, as some outside experts called Trump’s move unconstitutional. Trump on Wednesday named Matthew Whitaker to replace former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was forced out after months of being attacked by Trump for recusing […]

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Exclusive: Russia clashes with Western oil buyers over new deals as sanctions loom

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian energy majors are putting pressure on Western oil buyers to use euros instead of dollars for payments and introducing penalty clauses in contracts as Moscow seeks protection against possible new U.S. sanctions. Seven industry sources told Reuters that Western oil majors and trading houses have clashed with Russia’s third and fourth biggest producers, Gazprom Neft and […]

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GE and Rolls Royce finalists for Chinese-Russian CR929 jet engine, designer says

ZHUHAI, China (Reuters) – General Electric (GE.N) and Rolls Royce (RR.L) are the two finalists to supply engines for a new long-haul jet developed by a Russian-Chinese joint venture that aims eventually to switch to a Sino-Russian engine, a chief designer of the aircraft said. Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation and the Commercial Aircraft Corp of China Ltd kickstarted full-scale development […]

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China and Russia unveil life-size model of widebody jet at Zhuhai airshow

China and Russia on Tuesday unveiled a life-size model of a proposed wide-body long-haul jet at the opening of China’s largest airshow, giving public shape to their joint efforts to break into a market dominated by Boeing and Airbus. The Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China and Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation showed off the model of the CR929’s cockpit and passenger […]

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Russia says militants trying to wreck deal over Syria's Idlib: Ifax

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia accused rebels in Syria’s Idlib Province on Thursday of trying to wreck a Russian-Turkish initiative to create a demilitarized zone in the insurgent-held region, the Interfax news agency reported. Idlib is held by an array of rebel groups, the most powerful of which is Tahrir al-Sham. An amalgamation of Islamist groups, it is dominated by the […]

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Russia imposes financial sanctions on Ukraine's political elite

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia imposed financial sanctions on Ukraine’s political elite on Thursday, freezing the Russian assets of hundreds of politicians and officials along with dozens of businesses owned by Ukrainian businessmen. The sanctions were set out in a decree signed by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and were described as counter-sanctions drawn up in response to similar Ukrainian measures […]

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Blast near FSB security service office in northern Russia kills one: TASS

Related Coverage Man killed in blast at FSB office in Russia brought bomb with him: authorities MOSCOW (Reuters) – An explosion near an office of Russia’s Federal Security Service in northern Russia killed one and injured three people on Wednesday, Russian state news agency TASS reported, citing the local governor. The cause of the blast in the city of Arkhangelsk […]

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Russia's only aircraft carrier damaged after floating dock sinks

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s only aircraft carrier was damaged while undergoing repairs in the north of the country after the floating dock holding it sank in the early hours of Tuesday morning and a crane crashed onto its deck. The Admiral Kuznetsov has seen action in Russia’s military campaign in Syria in support of President Bashar al-Assad with its planes […]

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Russia sends officials to Venezuela to advise on crisis reforms

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia has sent a high-level official delegation to Venezuela, including a deputy finance minister, to help advise the cash-strapped country on economic reform at a time of crisis, a spokesman for the Russian Ministry of Finance said on Monday. Almost 2 million Venezuelans have fled the country since 2015, driven out by food and medicine shortages and […]

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Italy's Di Maio warns against party divisions after pipeline U-turn

ROME (Reuters) – Italian Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio called on Monday for unity within his 5-Star Movement after the anti-establishment party was forced to renege on an electoral pledge to halt a major, international gas transport project. Former party sympathizers set fire to the 5-Star flag in the southern Italian town of Melendugno on Sunday to protest at […]

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