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January 10, 2019 8:40 PM Report: Ex-Nazi camp guard deported by US dies in Germany

BERLIN - German media report that Jakiw Palij, a former Nazi concentration camp guard who spent decades leading an unassuming life in New York City until his past was revealed, has died. The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Westfaelische Nachrichten newspapers quoted German officials on Thursday confirming that Palij, who was deported to Germany in August 121

January 7, 2019 12:18 AM Ukrainian Orthodox Christians formally break from Russia

He had signed the Tomos in a civil ceremony with Poroshenko on Saturday, and sanctified it in a mass on Sunday. The ceremony began before dawn, with priests chanting hymns under a single chandelier in St. George’s Cathedral. The cathedral was flooded with light as the patriarch blessed the new metropolitan, dressed in blue, white and gold vestments and a glittering 118

December 31, 2018 4:11 PM Russia arrests U.S. citizen on suspicion of spying

MOSCOW—An American citizen has been arrested in Moscow on suspicion of espionage, Russia’s domestic security service, the FSB, said on Monday. “On December 28, staff members of the Russian Federal Security Service detained U.S. citizen Paul Whelan in Moscow while on a spy mission,” the FSB said in a statement on its website. No other details were given 120

December 27, 2018 12:09 AM Canadian police presence on peacekeeping missions hits 13-year low

OTTAWA—The number of Canadian police officers on UN missions has reached its lowest point in more than a decade despite a shortage of such personnel on many peacekeeping operations and a Liberal promise to address it. New figures from the United Nations show there were 15 Canadian police officers participating in peacekeeping missions at the end of November 134

December 4, 2018 3:02 PM Putin doesn’t feel snubbed by Trump cancelling talks, Kremlin say

MOSCOW—Russian President Vladimir Putin is unruffled by the refusal of U.S. President Donald Trump to have a meeting on the sidelines of the weekend Group of 20 summit, the Kremlin insisted Tuesday. The two leaders had been scheduled to have talks during the summit in Buenos Aires but Trump abruptly cancelled the encounter following Russia’s seizure 96

November 19, 2018 11:05 PM Federal government averts deportation for vocal Putin critic who feared return to Russia

OTTAWA—Supporters of a scientist who fears political retribution if deported to Russia said she has been granted a temporary reprieve. Green Party Leader Elizabeth May said Elena Musikhina, an outspoken opponent of the Putin government, has been granted a two-year permit to stay in Canada. May said it means Musikhina and her husband, who faced removal 120

November 19, 2018 2:23 PM Putin and Erdogan mark key phase in natural gas pipeline

“The implementation of projects like this one is a good example of an ability to stand up for one’s own national interests,” Putin added. The remarks appear to be referring to the Kremlin’s long-standing position that some European nations are giving up lucrative deals with Russia under pressure from the United States. Turkey relies on imports for its energy 107

October 30, 2018 4:17 PM Putin critic fights to remain in Canada, fears for life if sent back to Russia

Musikhina says her family fell into disfavour with Russian authorities for condemning Moscow’s military incursions in Ukraine and for saying Russia illegally annexed Crimea. In addition, Musikhina says her research work uncovered information about serious environmental hazards and pollution from military activity around the large freshwater Lake Baikal 84

October 4, 2018 12:12 PM U.K. blames Russian military intelligence for ‘reckless’ cyberattacks

BRUSSELS—The British government on Thursday accused Russia’s military intelligence agency GRU of “reckless and indiscriminate cyberattacks,” blaming it for everything from the hacking of top athletes’ medical records to disruptions on the Kyiv subway system to the theft of emails at the Democratic National Committee. The accusation was unusually forthright 94

September 26, 2018 6:24 PM Russian ex-spy poisoning suspect is GRU colonel, investigative group says

MOSCOW—The investigative group Bellingcat said Wednesday it has identified one of the two suspects in the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy in Britain as a highly-decorated colonel of the Russian military intelligence agency GRU. Bellingcat said the suspect, whose passport name was Ruslan Boshirov, is in fact Col. Anatoliy Chepiga, who in 2014 was awarded 94