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November 9, 2017 6:40 AM Exclusive: Venezuela's PDVSA misses debt payments, used Russian bank to pay ONGC

NEW DELHI - Venezuelan state oil-firm PDVSA has not made debt payments to India's top oil producer ONGC for six months, and has previously used a Russian state-owned bank and another Indian energy company as intermediaries to make payments, two sources familiar with the transactions said on Wednesday. ONGC Videsh, the overseas investment arm of ONGC, confirmed 549

November 2, 2017 3:45 AM These Are the Ads Russia Bought on Facebook in 2016

to date for a sample of the Facebook ads and pages that were linked by a trail of ruble payments to a Russian company with Kremlin ties. “America, we have a problem,” said Representative Jackie Speier, a California Democrat who sits on the House committee. “We basically have the brightest minds of our tech community here and Russia was able to weaponize 197

November 1, 2017 8:29 PM Amid soaring profits, Facebook vows to curb abuse

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook on Wednesday (Nov 1) reported profits leapt on booming revenue from online ads in the third quarter, topping investor forecasts and buoying shares already at record highs. The leading social network said it made a profit of US$4.7 billion in the quarter that ended on Sep 30, a jump of 79 per cent from the same period a year earlier 170

November 1, 2017 10:50 AM Russia's Putin arrives in Iran to discuss Syria, nuclear deal: Iranian TV

TEHRAN - Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Iran on Wednesday to meet with top leaders as tension between Tehran and Washington mounts over a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and six major powers. State TV reported that Putin would discuss issues with Iranian officials including regional crises such as the Syrian conflict, the nuclear deal and economic 155

November 1, 2017 12:03 AM Trump aide George Papadopoulos boasted about Russian contacts in Britain

A key witness in the investigation into alleged Russian interference in the US election boasted that London was an ideal location to forge links between Moscow and the Trump campaign. George Papadopoulos, 30, who has admitted lying to the FBI and is co-operating with the investigation, was based in London when he joined the Trump campaign in March last year and focused 128

October 31, 2017 11:38 PM Social media giants vow to crack down on fake news

WASHINGTON(AFP) - American internet giants told Congress on Tuesday (Oct 31) they were committed to cracking down on fake news operations on their platforms like the ones Russians conducted to meddle in last year's US presidential elections. A day after bombshell indictments in a US probe of Moscow's election interference and possible coordination between 167

October 31, 2017 9:00 PM FBI indictment just the first salvo by special counsel

With his job approval ratings at historic lows, President Donald Trump now faces a clearly widening probe into his campaign aides' potential collusion with Russia to interfere in last year's presidential election. Washington was rocked on Monday by the FBI's indictment of Paul Manafort, the President's campaign manager who resigned in August last year, and Richard 152

October 31, 2017 10:23 AM Mueller's first indictments send a message to Trump

WASHINGTON — Shortly after his former campaign chairman marched into an FBI office to face criminal charges on Monday (Oct 31), United States President Donald Trump took to Twitter to dismiss their relevance: “There is NO COLLUSION!” Yet even as his message went out to more than 41 million followers, news emerged that authorities were unsealing another 172

October 31, 2017 7:17 AM 3 ex-Trump aides charged as US special counsel steps up probe of Russian links

WASHINGTON (AFP) – An investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election has moved into a new and more perilous stage for the White House after three aides to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, including a former chairman, were charged. Ex-campaign chairman Paul Manafort and former campaign aide Rick Gates appeared in court on Monday (Oct 30), pleading 138

October 30, 2017 9:04 PM Trump aide under house arrest as Russia probe accelerates

WASHINGTON: Donald Trump's former campaign chairman was placed under house arrest on Monday (Oct 30), as an investigation into Russia's manipulation of the 2016 election shifted to a new and more perilous stage for the White House. After a first wave of indictments were unsealed, Paul Manafort and another Trump aide appeared in court, pleading not guilty 125