Russia has ‘playbook’ for covert influence in Eastern Europe -study

By John Walcott and Warren Strobel WASHINGTON, Oct 13 : Russia has mounted a campaign of covert economic and political measures to manipulate five countries in central and eastern Europe, discredit the West’s liberal democratic model, and undermine trans-Atlantic ties, a report by a private US research group said. The report released today said Moscow […]

Bolt cutters expose vulnerability of North America’s oil pipeline grid

By Liz Hampton and Ethan Lou HOUSTON/NEW YORK, Oct 12 : All it took was a pair of bolt cutters and the elbow grease of a few climate activists to carry out an audacious act of sabotage on North America’s massive oil and gas pipeline system. For an industry increasingly reliant on gadgets such as […]

China quelling evidence weakening its spy case against US woman, husband says

By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas, Sep 1 : China has set a Sept. 19 trial date for a U.S. businesswoman it has held since March 2015 for suspected spying, and is suppressing evidence that weakens its case, the woman’s husband in Texas said in a statement on Thursday. Vietnam-born Sandy Phan-Gillis, from Houston, a U.S. […]

Basketball-US women rout Japan to reach semi-finals

By Steve Keating RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 17 : The United States steamrolled to their 47th straight Olympic win routing Japan 110-64 on Tuesday to reach the semi-finals of the women’s basketball tournament and a step closer to a sixth consecutive gold medal. With an overall record of 64-3, Olympic losses are rare for the […]

Clinton makes history with Democratic nomination for president

By Luciana Lopez and Amy Tennery PHILADELPHIA, Jul 27 : Hillary Clinton secured the Democratic Party’s US presidential nomination, coming back from a stinging 2008 defeat in her first White House run and surviving a bitter primary fight to become the first woman to head the ticket of a major party in US history. In […]

Biles on road to Rio, Douglas in trouble

By Steve Keating SAN JOSE, California, Jul 9 : Simone Biles is well on the road to the Rio Games but Olympic champion Gabby Douglas’s journey is in danger after a dramatic opening round of the US Olympic gymnastics trials. Biles, the three-time all-around world champion unbeaten in major competitions since 2013, looks poised to […]