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Russia Warns U.S. Not to ‘Play With Fire’ in Syrian Conflict

  • Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned the Trump administration not to “play with fire” as he lashed out at the U.S. over what he described as its “provocative” support for autonomy-seeking Kurds in Syria.
  • An armed clash earlier this month in which U.S. strikes may have killed more than 200 Russian mercenaries attacking American-backed forces inflamed a standoff between Moscow and Washington in Syria.
  • The U.S. is setting up a 30,000-strong Kurdish-led border protection force in the northeast of Syria, which Assad’s backers Russia and Iran have condemned as an attempt to carve out an American zone of influence.
  • Zarif said Iran is concerned about a “new wave” of foreign intervention in Syria led by the U.S. after the defeat of Islamic State.
  • He said Turkey has no right to intervene in Syria, amid reports that Kurdish forces have asked the Syrian army to help them fight Turkish troops.

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Kremlin says there's no significant evidence of Russian meddling in US election

  • The Kremlin reacted to the indictment of Russian nationals for illegal interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections.
  • Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call Monday that the U.S. charges did not contain any proof that the Russian state had been involved in such activity, according to Reuters.
  • On Friday, the Department of Justice indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities for interference in the 2016 presidential election.
  • The indictment said that a Russian propaganda arm had overseen a conspiracy to favor President Donald Trump over his campaign rival Hillary Clinton.
  • A separate investigation is examining whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russians, which Trump denies.

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Suspected Russian spy pictured with his 'good friend' Boris Johnson

  • However, since the story broke, evidence of links between Russian agents and a very senior member of the current Conservative government have now emerged.
  • Over the weekend, bloggers dug up a now-deleted tweet sent by suspected Russian agent Sergey Nalobin, picturing him standing alongside what he described as his "good friend" the foreign secretary Boris Johnson.
  • Johnson's association with suspected Russian spies does not end there.
  • Last year a photo emerged of Johnson meeting with Joseph Mifsud, a Maltese academic with alleged high-level links to the Putin regime.
  • Johnson initially denied meeting Mifsud, until photo evidence later emerged, after which his spokesperson said that he had never "knowingly" met him.
  • So what exactly are Johnson's connections to Russian agents and does his meeting with them throw his own judgement into question?

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Suspected Russian spy pictured with his 'good friend' Boris Johnson

  • However, since the story broke, evidence of links between Russian agents and a very senior member of the current Conservative government have now emerged.
  • Over the weekend, bloggers dug up a now-deleted tweet sent by suspected Russian agent Sergey Nalobin, picturing him standing alongside what he described as his "good friend" the foreign secretary Boris Johnson.
  • Johnson's association with suspected Russian spies does not end there.
  • Last year a photo emerged of Johnson meeting with Joseph Mifsud, a Maltese academic with alleged high-level links to the Putin regime.
  • Johnson initially denied meeting Mifsud, until photo evidence later emerged, after which his spokesperson said that he had never "knowingly" met him.
  • So what exactly are Johnson's connections to Russian agents and does his meeting with them throw his own judgement into question?

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Facebook will verify the location of U.S. election ad buyers by mailing them postcards

  • Facebook’s global director of policy programs says it will start sending postcards by snail mail to verify buyers of ads related to United States elections.
  • The cards will be sent to people who want to purchase ads that mention candidates running for federal offices, but not issue-based political ads, Harbath said, and contain a code that buyers need to enter to verify that they are in the U.S. The program is similar to ones used by Google My Business and Nextdoor when they need to verify business owners or users who want to join closed neighborhood groups, respectively.
  • Harbath told Reuters that the postcards “won’t solve everything,” but were the most effective method the company came up with to prevent people from using false identities to purchase ads.
  • In October, Facebook vice president of ads Rob Goldman published a blog post saying that the platform planned to create more transparency around ads by taking steps that include a searchable archive of federal-election ads and requiring political advertisers to verify their identity.

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Asia set for a mixed session as markets in Greater China remain on holiday

  • Asian markets were set for a mixed session on Monday, even after the U.S.'s S&P 500 extended its winning streak on Friday to six days.
  • Nikkei futures traded at 21,900, pointing to a higher open for the Japanese benchmark index — the Nikkei 225 previously finished at 21,720.25.
  • Meanwhile, in the currency market, the Japanese yen traded at 106.37 to the dollar, strengthening from levels above 108 in the previous week.
  • The Australian dollar traded at $0.7907 at 6:37 a.m. HK/SIN, falling from levels near $0.7980 reached last week.
  • Elsewhere, the dollar index last traded at 89.100 in the previous week, climbing from levels near 88.200.
  • He pointed out that for the week, the dollar was still lower in index terms with losses led by the yen strength.
  • The U.S. market will be closed on Monday for Presidents Day.

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It’s at least getting harder to argue that the Trump campaign helped Russians buy Facebook ads

  • But the indictments against Russian nationals that Mueller unveiled last Friday, coupled with commentary from a Facebook ad executive, may also undermine a compelling theory among some analysts and lawmakers — that the Trump campaign worked in concert with Russian agents to place Facebook ads and other posts during the election.
  • “By Americans, you mean, like, the Trump campaign?” a source close to one of the investigations said with a dark laugh.
  • That doesn’t rule out active Trump/Russian collaboration in other parts of the campaign.
  • Or perhaps Mueller will eventually make a much more explicit connection between Russians and high-level Trump campaign officials, which will include Facebook activities.
  • And, or, perhaps the Trump campaign and Russians collaborated, but only on unpaid Facebook posts.
  • But some people have been waiting to see evidence of a connection between the Trump campaign and Russian social media activity for more than a year.

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'White is Black and Black is White.' A Russian Troll Tells His Story

  • He says he worked primarily in a department aimed at manipulating Russian citizens, for instance by leaving comments downplaying the impact of international sanctions on the Russian economy.
  • For instance, Mindiyarov says, “every piece of news was taken care of by three trolls each,” who would between them perform a kind of pantomime “debate” in which one would appear to be convinced of the perspective Russia wanted to promote.
  • It amounted, Mindyarov told the Post, to a “factory that turned lying, telling untruths, into an industrial assembly line.” Mindiyarov says there were 300 to 400 people at the facility where he worked — but this was for a scant few months in late 2014 and early 2015, when, according to the Mueller investigation, the operation was just getting started.

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Fake news is an existential crisis for social media

  • And, indeed, the social media firms themselves, whose platforms have been the unwitting conduits for lots of this stuff, shaping the data they release about it — in what can look suspiciously like an attempt to downplay the significance and impact of malicious digital propaganda, because, well, that spin serves their interests.
  • In the case of Russian digital meddling connected to the UK’s 2016 Brexit referendum, which we now know for sure existed — still without having all of the data we need to quantify the actual impact, the chairman of a UK parliamentary committee that’s running an enquiry into fake news has accused both Twitter and Facebook of essentially ignoring requests for data and help, and doing none of the work the committee asked of them.

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Republicans and Democrats slam Trump after he rages on Twitter about Mueller's Russia indictments

  • On CNN's "State of the Union," Schiff, who is the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee investigating Russia's meddling in the 2016 election, pushed back on Trump's self-congratulatory rhetoric.
  • Sen. Bernie Sanders, who ran against Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, told NBC's Chuck Todd on "Meet the Press" that Trump is not understanding the most important part of the revelations about Russian meddling.
  • Russian Foreign Ministry Photo via AP Lankford, who sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee, added that "it is an open question" whether more people in the US were involved in the Russian meddling.
  • Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a Trump ally, said the president must come to terms with the extent of the Russian interference.
  • Experts told Business Insider's Sonam Sheth that the Mueller indictments dealt the White House a massive "black eye", and should force Trump to impose stricter sanctions on Russia.

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