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Germany disputes size of Russian wargames, predicts 100,000 troops

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TALLINN Germany said on Thursday that Russia was planning to send more than 100,000 troops to war games on NATO's eastern flank this month, disputing Moscow's version that only 13,000 Russian and Belarussian servicemen would participate.

Friday Morning Briefing

An earthquake struck off the southern coast of Mexico, the U.N. said the number of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh has surged and Equifax revealed what could be one of the largest data breaches in the United States.

Russia says its air strike kills several top Islamic State commanders in Syria

MOSCOW A Russian air strike has killed around 40 Islamic State fighters, including four senior commanders, near the eastern Syrian city of Deir al-Zor, Russia's defense ministry said on Friday.

World, Syria 4:39am EDT

Trump's son met Russian lawyer for damaging information on Clinton

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump's eldest son told Senate investigators on Thursday that he had set up a June 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer because she might have had damaging information about Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Politics, Election 2016, Sep 07 2017

FBI chief sees no evidence of White House interference in Russia probe

WASHINGTON FBI Director Christopher Wray said on Thursday he has "not detected any whiff of interference" by the White House into the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Politics, Election 2016, Sep 07 2017

Russian and Japanese leaders 'decisively condemn' North Korean tests

VLADIVOSTOK Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday after talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that the two leaders "decisively condemned" North Korean weapons tests.

World, Japan, North Korea Sep 07 2017

Twitter to brief Congress on possible Russia-backed ads: U.S. senator

WASHINGTON Twitter Inc is expected to brief U.S. congressional investigators soon on whether Russia used its advertising platform to promote divisive social and political messages during the 2016 election, Senator Mark Warner said on Thursday.

Russian court tells Aeroflot it cannot tell stewardesses what size clothing to wear

MOSCOW A court on Wednesday ruled that Russian airline Aeroflot cannot tell staff what size clothing to wear after a stewardess complained she had been taken off international routes because she did not fit into the regulation-size uniform. | Video

World, Sep 07 2017

Moldova sends troops to NATO drills despite presidential veto

CHISINAU The Moldovan government said on Thursday it has sent 57 servicemen to Ukraine to participate in military exercises starting this week, deepening a row with the pro-Russian president who had vetoed the move.

World, Sep 07 2017

Thursday Morning Briefing

Hurricane Irma wrought devastation across the Caribbean, a leaked document revealed Britain’s tough plans on immigration and a special report explores how Honda is trying to rediscover its ‘racing spirit’.

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Irma menaces Bahamas and Cuba, on course toward Florida

HAVANA Hurricane Irma menaced Cuba and the Bahamas on Friday as it drove toward Florida after lashing the Caribbean with devastatingly high winds, killing 19 people and leaving catastrophic destruction in its wake. | Video