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Russian ex-policeman Mikhail Popkov convicted of killing 22 women goes on trial
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Russian ex-policeman Mikhail Popkov convicted of killing 22 women goes on trial

A Russian ex-policeman convicted of killing 22 women went on trial on Wednesday for a further 59 murders, in a case that could make him Russia's most prolific serial killer in recent history.

CBI techie arrested for subverting Indian Railways' Tatkal reservation system hosted 'cheat' software on US server
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CBI techie arrested for subverting Indian Railways' Tatkal reservation system hosted 'cheat' software on US server

CBI has written to the United States and Russia, through the Interpol, seeking information about servers on which its arrested software programmer had hosted his illegal software for subverting Tatkal ticket booking

Odisha Police detains four Russians for flying drone with camera over Jagannath Temple in Puri
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Odisha Police detains four Russians for flying drone with camera over Jagannath Temple in Puri

The Odisha Police on Thursday detained four Russian nationals for flying a drone equipped with a camera capable of taking high-definition images over the Sri Jagannath Temple, a senior police officer said.

Watch: Century after revolution, some Russians crave return of tsar
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Watch: Century after revolution, some Russians crave return of tsar

Mikhail Ustinov's ancestors were executed in 1917 for supporting the tsar but a hundred years later the 68-year-old yearns for the return of monarchy to Russia.

Social media gaints to send their representatives for the hearing on Russian involvement in 2016 elections
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Social media gaints to send their representatives for the hearing on Russian involvement in 2016 elections

The ads, which Facebook said were traced to a Russian internet agency, focused on divisive political messages, including LGBT issues, and gun rights.

Russian Consulate says tourist who sought alms in Kancheepuram did not respond to call
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Russian Consulate says tourist who sought alms in Kancheepuram did not respond to call

A Russian tourist who resorted to seeking alms at the temple town of Kancheepuram near Chennai after his ATM pin got locked did not answer a call to his mobile to offer assistance, a Consulate official said on Wednesday.

Blue Whale Challenge: Goa police issues advisory to install parental control software
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Blue Whale Challenge: Goa police issues advisory to install parental control software

Goa Police to issue a formal advisory to parents on safeguarding their wards from playing the Blue Whale online game

Khrushchev accused China's Zedong for 1959 border skirmish with India, absolved Jawaharlal Nehru, says media report
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Khrushchev accused China's Zedong for 1959 border skirmish with India, absolved Jawaharlal Nehru, says media report

Nikita Khrushchev squarely blamed China's Mao Zedong for the border skirmish in 1959 with India and the subsequent escape of Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama

US-based organisation launches a web tool to track Russian propaganda on the internet
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US-based organisation launches a web tool to track Russian propaganda on the internet

The Alliance said its objective was to provide this dashboard to help ordinary people, journalists, and other analysts identify Russian messaging themes.

Twitter takes down 90,000 fake accounts offering online sex
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Twitter takes down 90,000 fake accounts offering online sex

Digital security company alerted Twitter about a massive botnet campaign promising online sex to its users.

NSA contractor charged for leaking classified Russian document
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NSA contractor charged for leaking classified Russian document

According to the classified report, Russian government hackers posed as e-voting vendors and tricked government employees into opening Microsoft Word documents invisibly tainted with potent malware that could give hackers full control over the infected computers.

Researchers claim that hackers wanted to discredit Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny
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Researchers claim that hackers wanted to discredit Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny

Targets included a former Russian prime minister and other officials from Russia, military officers, energy executives and an American working for a broadcaster.

Russian government launches investigation into US media organisations in Russia
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Russian government launches investigation into US media organisations in Russia

The Russian lower house of parliament has approved a proposal to launch an investigation into U.S. media organisations that operate in Russia.

Turkey's Erdogan says 'no doubt' assassin of Russian envoy was Gulenist
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Turkey's Erdogan says 'no doubt' assassin of Russian envoy was Gulenist | Reuters

ANKARA Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday there is "no doubt" that the assassin who gunned down the Russian ambassador in Ankara was a member of the network of Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen. "There is no reason to hide that he's a member of the FETO network. All his connections, from where he was educated to his links, point to FETO," he said.

Analysis - U.S. government loses to Russia's disinformation campaign: advisers
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Analysis - U.S. government loses to Russia's disinformation campaign: advisers | Reuters

By Joseph Menn The U.S. government spent more than a decade preparing responses to malicious hacking by a foreign power but had no clear strategy when Russia launched a disinformation campaign over the internet during the U.S. election campaign, current and former White House cyber security advisers said.Far more effort has gone into plotting offensive hacking and preparing defences against the less probable but more dramatic damage from electronic assaults on the power grid, financial system or direct manipulation of voting machines.Over the last several years, U.S

Gunman wounds three in Zurich mosque rampage, motive unclear
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Gunman wounds three in Zurich mosque rampage, motive unclear | Reuters

By Michael Shields and Brenna Hughes Neghaiwi | ZURICH ZURICH A man stormed into a Zurich mosque on Monday evening and opened fire on people praying, injuring three, Swiss police said.They said they had collected evidence inside the building and would make more details available on Tuesday. They declined to comment on the potential motive.Two of the three men -- aged 30, 35 and 56 -- were seriously injured in the attack shortly after 5:30 p.m. local time (1630 GMT) near the main train station in Switzerland's financial capital, Zurich police said.A third sustained less severe injuries.

Austrian far right signs deal with Putin's party, touts Trump ties
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Austrian far right signs deal with Putin's party, touts Trump ties | Reuters

VIENNA Austria's far-right Freedom Party (FPO) offered on Monday to act as a go-between for U.S.

Trump renews questions about U.S. hacking tied to Russia
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Trump renews questions about U.S. hacking tied to Russia | Reuters

WASHINGTON U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday raised more questions about Russia's reported role in cyber attacks on U.S. political parties and individuals as well as the timing of the White House's response under President Barack Obama."If Russia, or some other entity, was hacking, why did the White House wait so long to act

Abe, Putin agree to revive Japan-Russia security talks, discuss Syria
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Abe, Putin agree to revive Japan-Russia security talks, discuss Syria | Reuters

By Kiyoshi Takenaka and Katya Golubkova | NAGATO, Japan NAGATO, Japan Japan and Russia agreed at a leaders' summit on Thursday to revive security talks and start discussing economic cooperation on disputed islands at the core of a row that has kept them from signing a peace treaty formally ending World War Two.Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin also talked about Syria, with Abe conveying to Putin his concern over the deteriorating humanitarian situation and Putin offering to work with other countries to settle the Syrian problem, a Japanese government spokesman said.The talks come as Russia faces Western criticism over the destruction of eastern Aleppo in Syria, where Russia is backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces. "On Syria, Prime Minister Abe expressed strong concern over the deteriorating humanitarian situation, and stressed the importance of returning to the halt of hostile conduct and implementing humanitarian aid," Japanese Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Kotaro Nogami told reporters after the two leaders met for about three hours at a hot spring resort in southwest Japan."President Putin stated he is supporting President Assad who is an elected leader. He also said he is ready to talk to countries in the region and the United States to work toward the resolution," Nogami said.Abe and Putin are seeking progress in a two-day summit on their dispute over the four windswept isles in the western Pacific controlled by Russia but also claimed by Japan.

Contenders for U.S. diplomatic jobs under Trump face Senate resistance
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Contenders for U.S. diplomatic jobs under Trump face Senate resistance | Reuters

By Doina Chiacu and Gina Cherelus | WASHINGTON/NEW YORK WASHINGTON/NEW YORK Contenders for President-elect Donald Trump's two top diplomatic roles, Rex Tillerson and John Bolton, will face a tough review in confirmation hearings in a U.S.