Turkey to press on with plan to buy Russian defence system | World news

Turkey made no concessions at this week’s Nato summit and will continue to purchase the Russian S-400 air defence system, the Turkish foreign minister has said. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu added that the purchase of the Russian system – condemned by France and the US Congress as incompatible with Nato membership – was “perfectly understood” by Donald […]

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US charges Russian ‘Evil Corp’ hackers with $100m banking scheme | Technology

US prosecutors have charged two members of a Russia-based hacking group that calls itself Evil Corp with masterminding a global banking fraud scheme that netted the unsubtly named gang more than $100m. Two leading members of Evil Corp, Maksim Yakubets of Moscow and Igor Turashev from the Russian city Yoshkar-Ola, were charged with bank fraud […]

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Berlin’s notorious fetish club may be forced to close | Travel

The queue at Berlin’s KitKatClub can be so long it wraps around the block. Rain or shine, partygoers wait to enter and shimmy off their jackets and trousers … revealing leather and latex, colourful lingerie, DIY costumes or simply nothing at all. Opened in 1994, KitKatClub’s name is inspired by the burlesque Kit Kat Klub […]

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Russia arrests conman who built fake border with Finland | World news

Russian authorities have detained a man who built a fake frontier post in the woods near the country’s border with Finland and promised migrant workers he could smuggle them into the European Union. The man erected mock border posts and charged four men from south Asia more than $10,000 to take them to EU member […]

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President Macron is right: it’s time Nato came to an end | Letters | World news

President Macron has pronounced Nato brain dead (Report, 3 December, theguardian.com). That is an irreversible condition so all that remains is to switch off the life support and bury the corpse. In the case of Nato, that is long overdue. It originally claimed to be a defensive alliance but it ran into difficulty nearly 30 […]

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Russian officials appropriating jets for family and lovers, says activist | World news

The Russian anticorruption activist Alexei Navalny has claimed that the prime minister, Dmitry Medvedev, has appropriated a commercial jet for his wife’s private use, the latest in a series of viral investigations into the use by senior officials of planes, yachts and expensive mansions for their families and lovers. In another alleged case, a state […]

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Germany expels two Russians over killing of Chechen separatist in Berlin | World news

Germany has expelled two employees at the Russian embassy after state prosecutors announced they had “sufficient evidence” that Moscow or the Chechen government sanctioned the assassination of a a Chechen separatist in Berlin. The federal prosecutor in Karlsruhe, which deals with crimes against the state, on Wednesday declared the shooting of Zelimkhan Khangoshvili in broad […]

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Trump abused presidency for own gain, Democrats’ impeachment report concludes | US news

Donald Trump “abused the power of his office for personal and political gain, at the expense of [US] national security”, congressional Democrats alleged in a report on Tuesday, laying out damning conclusions after two weeks of public hearings in the impeachment inquiry. Saying evidence made plain that the president improperly pressured Ukraine to influence the […]

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Labour’s Ben Bradshaw claims he was target of Russian cyber-attack | World news

The Labour candidate Ben Bradshaw has said he has been the victim of a suspected Russian cyber-attack after he received an email from Moscow with attachments containing sophisticated malware. Bradshaw – who has repeatedly raised the subject of Kremlin interference in British politics, including in the EU referendum – received the email at his election […]

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