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US orders closure of Russian consulate in San Francisco

The United States on Thursday ordered Russia to close its consulate in San Francisco as well as two annexes in Washington and New York in two days, in a tit-for-tat response to Moscow's drastic reduction of US diplomatic staff in their country.

Democrats maintain pressure on Trump over Comey firing

Democrats kept up the pressure on Donald Trump Sunday over his firing of FBI director James Comey, as members of both parties said the president must turn over any secret recordings of the two men's conversations.

Tumultuous week puts Trump presidency on perilous path

Another self-inflicted crisis has left Donald Trump's critics outraged and some of his Republican allies dismayed, but a bedrock of support for the billionaire US leader means the political endgame is far in the distance.

Former top US justice official to testify on Flynn-Russia links

The simmering controversy over Russia's alleged meddling in last year's US election returns to the spotlight Monday, with a former top Justice Department official set to testify on links between President Donald Trump's advisors and Moscow.

Philippines, US launch smaller military exercises

The Philippines and United States launched annual military exercises in Manila on Monday but the longtime allies scaled them down in line with President Rodrigo Duterte's pivot to China and Russia.

Russian FM presses US's Tillerson over Syria probe

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov voiced «regret» in a phone call with his US counterpart at Washington's opposition to a Moscow-backed plan to investigate an alleged chemical attack in Syria.

Tensions stoked up in the Balkans

The devastating wars in the Balkans ended almost two decades ago but tensions have spiked throughout the region, where a battle for influence is playing out between Russia and the West.

The Trump transition, tweet by tweet

Since winning the presidency, Donald Trump has exploited Twitter to make administrative announcements, weigh in on foreign policy -- and hurl barbs at anyone who crosses him.

Obama doesn't regret «red line» over Syria conflict

US President Barack Obama says he does not regret his speech drawing a «red line» over Syria's use of chemical weapons, a phrase critics say symbolizes the US failure to act over the country's conflict.

Outgoing CIA chief warns Trump to watch his words

Outgoing CIA chief John Brennan launched a scathing attack on Donald Trump, warning him to watch what he says and suggesting the president-elect doesn't understand the challenges posed by Russia.

Trump angrily rejects «phony» Russia dossier claims

President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday berated the media and US intelligence agencies as he denied explosive allegations about his ties with Russia -- while admitting for the first time that Moscow had likely meddled in the US election.

The Trump-Russia dossier: What we know

An explosive -- and unsubstantiated -- political research report on Donald Trump's links to Russia claims that Moscow holds deeply compromising information on the incoming US president.

Putin refuses to expel US diplomats, Trump applauds

President-elect Donald Trump praised President Vladimir Putin for refraining from tit-for-tat expulsions of Americans in response to US punitive measures over alleged Russian interference in the November election.

Trump imposes brash style on US diplomacy

It was once conventional wisdom in Washington that the prospect of assuming command of US foreign relations would force Donald Trump to tone down the shoot-from-the-hip style of his campaign.

Trump defends diplomat pick Tillerson against critics

Donald Trump defended his nomination of ExxonMobil chief Rex Tillerson as America's next secretary of state, dismissing concerns about the oilman's ties to Russia and saying US foreign policy needed a new direction.

Congress, at odds with Trump, eyes Russia hack probe

Leading senators supported a congressional investigation on Monday into US intelligence assessments that Russia interfered in the election, putting top Republicans on a collision course with incoming president Donald Trump.

ExxonMobil CEO is Trump's top pick for secretary of state

ExxonMobil President and CEO Rex Tillerson is President-elect Donald Trump's likely pick for secretary of state, US media reported Saturday, with some lawmakers quickly voicing concerns about his ties to Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

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