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‘Thank you!’ Putin phones Trump after CIA foils Russia terror attack

The CIA sent Russia a tip-off that helped prevent a terrorist bomb attack on a cathedral in the Russia city, the Kremlin has revealed.  And today the two leaders shared a short phone call during which Mr Putin thanks Donald Trump for the intelligence service’s efforts.  A senior White House administration official confirmed the pair had spoken on Sunday.  It comes just days after the pair spoke on the phone about North Korea.  The Kremlin said information provided by CIA allowed Russian law-enforcement agencies to arrest the would-be attackers before…

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Could Russia cut off internet to NATO countries?

LONDON — Russia could try to sever global underwater communications cables, potentially triggering catastrophic repercussions for the economy and way of life in the West, the head of Britain’s military has warned. The vast majority of global internet and telephone traffic relied on by Western governments, economies and civilians is carried by cables that crisscross the world’s seabeds, according to analysts. NATO has prioritized missions to protect these undersea lines of communication and is working “to match and understand Russian fleet modernization,” Chief Marshall Stuart Peach told the Royal United…

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Putin’s rival or stooge? Daughter of president’s mentor runs against him

MOSCOW — Starstruck Russians snap selfies and crowd around reality-TV-star-turned-presidential-candidate Ksenia Sobchak as she walks in Moscow’s Red Square. When three teenagers scream her name, Sobchak, a journalist and television personality who is taking on President Vladimir Putin, instructs them to get out and vote when the elections come round in March. “We need real change in this country and together we can achieve this,” she told the teens on Wednesday. Sobchak, 36, hopes one big thing will work in her favor: The vast majority of Russians know who she…

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World War 3: North Korea insults could REVEAL Kim Jong-un’s next nuclear missile test

Michael Lammbrau, from Mercyhurst University in Pennsylvania, has harnessed machine learning to predict the time of a nuclear test 73.2 per cent of the time based on the threatening language from the hermit kingdom. He said: “The North Korean regime barks very loudly before it actually bites its intended target. “Like a pitcher who unknowingly flinches before he throws a fastball, Pyongyang may unwittingly display certain patterns before it launches a military strike.” Mr Lammbrau also claims to have produced a filter that can predict when the rogue state’s aggressive…

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MP’s message to Putin: ‘You take your fleet and you f**k off out of it!’

The Estonian MP is a former head of the country’s intelligence services and owns a private security consulting firm called TRUSTCORP. He is lauded in his native Estonia where he is known as the Estonian James Bond. And he has a robust message to NATO allies pussyfooting around the expansionist aims of Russia’s Vladimir Putin which stretch the boundaries of diplomatic language. He accused Mr Putin of invading sovereign territories because he knew the West was “soft” and added: “A strong Western response would have been this: The moment the…

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Manchester United news: Jose Mourinho strikes luck in Champions League draw

United avoided Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Juventus – plus a long, tricky trip to the Ukraine to face Shakhtar Donetsk – and instead will face Sevilla for the first time in any European competition. Sevilla are lying fifth in La Liga – 11 points behind leaders Barcelona – following a crushing 5-0 defeat at Real Madrid at the weekend but Mourinho will have noted they held Liverpool to two draws in the group stages this season. And if he wants any updates he can always consult United’s three Spanish…

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Champions League draw: Who can Man Utd, Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham get?

All five English teams qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League this season. Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham all topped their respective groups. But Chelsea finished second in their group to set up a potentially tricky clash with one of European football’s elite sides. The draw takes place at UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland today. And the 32 teams are split into group winners and runner-up. Group winners: Barcelona, Besiktas, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Roma, Tottenham Hotspur. Runners-up: Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Basel, Porto,…

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Prosecutors say emails prove Manafort heavily edited Ukraine op-ed

In a new court filing late Friday, Robert Mueller’s prosecutors say Paul Manafort heavily edited an op-ed defending his work in Ukraine that appeared Thursday in a Ukrainian English-language newspaper. Manafort, former chair of the Trump presidential campaign, has been indicted on multiple counts in Mueller’s Russia probe, and the judge has imposed a gag order on both the defense and the prosecution. Prosecutors had argued in a filing earlier this week that Manafort’s involvement in writing the op-ed piece violated the judge’s gag order, citing the article in their…

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Frontiers: Top 10 facts about borders

1. The world’s longest international land border is the 5,525 mile border between Canada and the USA of which 1,538 is the Canada-Alaska border.  2. The longest continuous land border is the 4,254 miles between Russia and Kazakhstan.  3. The town of Derby Line, Vermont, is bisected by the US-Canada border, even cutting some houses in half. The entrance to the opera house, for example, is in the US but the stage is in Canada.  4. The border between China and Nepal passes through the summit of Mount Everest.  5….

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North Carolina county refuses to pay ransom for hacked files

Officials in North Carolina’s Mecklenburg County are refusing to pay hackers $23,000 in ransom for the return of government files, even though the cyberattack has virtually halted most of the local government’s services. County Manager Dena Diorio said Wednesday that officials made the decision after consulting with cybersecurity experts, who warned against negotiating with the hackers. Instead, Diorio said the county will begin the long, slow process of restoring their files from backups. Mecklenburg County Manager Dena Diorio at a news conference about the hacking of Mecklenburg County’s servers in…

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