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U.S. lawmakers seek more sanctions on ‘menace’ Russia

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers pushed for more aggressive steps to counteract the Russian “menace” on Tuesday, despite Trump administration officials insisting current sanctions are having an effect and vowing to impose more economic pain if Moscow does not change its behavior. FILE PHOTO: National flags of Russia and the U.S. fly at Vnukovo International […]

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Senate vote on Russia sanctions unlikely in September: McConnell

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Legislation warning Russia it would face heavy U.S. sanctions if it were found interfering in November’s congressional elections will not be voted on anytime soon, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday, although he cited his strong interest in such a bill. Flanked by fellow Republicans, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell […]

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Russian firms, vessels hit with U.S. sanctions over North Korea oil transfers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Tuesday announced sanctions on two Russian shipping companies and six vessels it said were involved in the transfer of refined petroleum products to North Korean vessels in violation of United Nations restrictions. The Russian flag flies over the Embassy of Russia in Washington, U.S., August 6, 2018. REUTERS/Brian […]

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Senate vote on new Russia sanctions unlikely in September: McConnell

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Legislation warning Russia that it would face heavy U.S. sanctions if it is found interfering in November’s congressional elections will not be voted on anytime soon, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday as he also cited his strong interest in such a bill. Flanked by fellow Republicans, Senate Majority Leader […]

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Russia calls new U.S. sanctions groundless, pledges response

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Tuesday that new U.S. sanctions introduced over alleged hacking and illegal oil products supply to North Korea were groundless, promising a response from Moscow. FILE PHOTO: Finnish President Sauli Niinisto (not in picture) meets Deputy Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Sergei Ryabkov at […]

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U.S. officials threaten Russia with ‘much more economic pain’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Washington is prepared to impose more economic pain on Russia if it does not change its behavior, Trump administration officials said on Tuesday, as U.S. lawmakers pushed for stronger measures to counteract “malign” Russian activities. FILE PHOTO: National flags of Russia and the U.S. fly at Vnukovo International Airport in Moscow, Russia […]

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U.S. officials threaten more economic pain if Russia does not change

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Washington is prepared to impose more economic pain on Russia if it does not change its behavior, Trump administration officials told a Senate hearing on Tuesday, as U.S. lawmakers pushed for stronger measures to counteract what they see as “malign” Russian activities. FILE PHOTO: National flags of Russia and the U.S. fly […]

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Uber hires CFO after lengthy search, paving way for IPO

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] has hired a chief financial officer, the ride-services company said on Tuesday, filling a long-standing vacancy and clearing the way for a much-anticipated initial public offering next year. FILE PHOTO: An Uber logo is seen on a car as it car drives through Times Square in New […]

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Morgan Stanley halts research coverage of Tesla, shares rise

(Reuters) – Brokerage Morgan Stanley has suspended equity coverage on Tesla Inc, hinting that the U.S. bank may be doing business directly with the company as it explores options to go private, pushing the electric carmaker’s shares up as much as 5 percent on Tuesday. FILE PHOTO: A Tesla sales and service center is shown […]

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Facebook moves to rate users on trustworthiness: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Facebook Inc has started scoring its users based on their trustworthiness in an attempt to fight misinformation, the Washington Post reported on Tuesday, citing a company executive. FILE PHOTO: People are silhouetted as they pose with mobile devices in front of a screen projected with a Facebook logo, in this picture illustration […]

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U.S. would impose more economic pain if Russia does not change: official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. State and Treasury Department officials told a U.S. Senate committee hearing on Tuesday that Washington is prepared to impose more economic pain on Russia if it does not change its behavior, and that significant amounts of arms deals with Russia have been abandoned as a result of U.S. diplomatic efforts. Christopher […]

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U.S. imposes fresh sanctions for Russian cyber-related activity

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Tuesday imposed sanctions on two Russians, one Russian company and one Slovakian firm for what it said were their actions to help another Russian company avoid sanctions targeting Russia’s malicious cyber-related activities. FILE PHOTO: National flags of Russia and the U.S. fly at Vnukovo International Airport in Moscow, […]

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Japan pushing to end smartphone bundling, cut wireless fees: source

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan is aiming to force wireless carriers to cut their monthly fees and stop bundling the cost of smartphones with wireless services, a senior telecoms ministry source said on Tuesday, in a move that is likely to hit Apple Inc. FILE PHOTO: A man looks at Apple’s new iPhone 8 (L) and […]

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Morgan Stanley halts research coverage of Tesla

(Reuters) – Brokerage Morgan Stanley has ceased equity coverage on Tesla Inc, potentially a sign the U.S. bank may be doing business directly with the electric carmaker as it explores options to go private. FILE PHOTO: A Tesla sales and service center is shown in Costa Mesa, California, U.S., June 28, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo […]

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Russian hackers targeted U.S. Senate, think tanks: Microsoft

(Reuters) – Microsoft Corp charged that hackers linked to Russia’s government sought to launch cyber attacks on the U.S. Senate and conservative American think tanks, warning that Moscow is broadening attacks ahead of November’s congressional elections. The world’s biggest software company said late on Monday that it last week took control of six web domains […]

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Israel to end licensing agreement with Microsoft

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The Israeli government will not renew a contract for various Microsoft desktop software at the end of the year, it said on Tuesday, citing a change in license terms it said would double the price. Silhouettes of laptop and mobile device users are seen next to a screen projection of Microsoft logo […]

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Norway wealth fund allowed to stay on as investor if Tesla goes private

OSLO (Reuters) – Rules governing Norway’s $1 trillion wealth fund would allow it to stay on as an investor in Tesla (TSLA.O) if the electric carmaker goes private, its deputy CEO said on Tuesday. File illustration picture of Norwegian banknotes of different denominations, taken in Trondheim October 31, 2008. REUTERS/SCANPIX Gorm Kallestad Tesla CEO Elon […]

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Russia denies Microsoft allegations it targeted U.S. think tanks: Ifax

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The Russian authorities deny allegations from Microsoft that hackers linked to Russia’s government tried to target the websites of two right-wing U.S. think-tanks, the Interfax news agency reported on Tuesday. The software giant said it had thwarted the Russia-linked attempts last week, which it suggested showed Moscow was broadening its attacks in […]

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WhatsApp to clamp down on ‘sinister’ messages in India: IT minister

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Facebook-owned WhatsApp assured the Indian government on Tuesday that it would develop tools to combat the problem of fake messages, the country’s information technology minister said. FILE PHOTO: A man poses with a smartphone in front of displayed Whatsapp logo in this illustration September 14, 2017. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/File Photo India has […]

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Russian hackers targeted U.S. conservative think-tanks, says Microsoft

(Reuters) – Hackers linked to Russia’s government tried to target the websites of two right-wing U.S. think-tanks, suggesting they were broadening their attacks in the build-up to November elections, Microsoft said. FILE PHOTO: A Microsoft logo is seen in Los Angeles, California U.S. November 7, 2017. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/File Photo The software giant said it thwarted […]