Syrian rebels down Russian plane, kill pilot

Syrian rebels shot down a Russian warplane on Saturday and killed its pilot on the ground after he ejected from the plane, Russia’s defense ministry and Syrian rebels said. The SU-25 came down in an area of Syria’s northern Idlib province that has seen heavy air strikes and fighting on the ground between government forces […]

Russia accuses US of meddling in its elections

Russia said a US Treasury report that could extend sanctions against Moscow for meddling in the 2016 US presidential elections is “a direct and obvious attempt” to interfere in its own upcoming presidential vote. By the end of Monday, the Treasury must send Congress a list of rich Russian business figures and detail their ties […]

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny arrested as thousands protest against Putin

Russian police have detained opposition leader Alexei Navalny in Moscow moments after he appeared at a rally to urge voters to boycott what he said would be a rigged presidential election on March 18. Key points: Protest speakers called the election farce as hundreds gathered in Vladivostok Protests also took place in Novosibirsk, Kurgan, Omsk, […]

Trump links aid to Palestinian peace talks, but Abbas says US peace role is “off the table”

US President Donald Trump threatened on Thursday to withhold aid to the Palestinians if they did not pursue peace with Israel, saying they had snubbed the United States by not meeting Vice President Mike Pence during a recent visit. Trump, speaking after a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the World Economic Forum […]

New Zealand’s Lorde ‘bullied’ after dropping Israel show

A campaign attacking the singer Lorde for pulling out of a planned concert in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv has been condemned as bullying by pro-Palestinian activists and others on Twitter. The 21-year-old performer took the decision after two supporters of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement (BDS) published an open letter to the singer, […]

On brink of bankruptcy, Venezuela faces day of reckoning

Locked in a deep economic crisis, Venezuela’s beleaguered government has summoned creditors for crisis talks on Monday as it lurches dangerously close to defaulting on its debt. The country with the world’s largest known oil reserves is on the brink of bankruptcy, and its embattled President Nicolas Maduro is fast running out of options. With […]

Scaramucci criticizes Trump’s reaction to Charlottesville violence

Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci had harsh words for President Donald Trump’s reaction to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, this weekend. Scaramucci spoke to ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on ABC News’ “This Week” today in his first television interview since his whirlwind 11-day stint in the White House. “I wouldn’t have […]