Jim Heintz

  • Governor Nov 11, 2019

    Briton Who Helped Found Syria's White Helmets Dies in Turkey

    A former British army officer who helped found the White Helmets volunteer organization in Syria, was found dead in Istanbul early Monday, Turkish officials and the group said. James Le Mesurier’s body was found near his home in the Beyoglu district by worshippers on their way to a mosque, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported. The Istanbul governor’s office said...

  • Donald Trump Oct 27, 2019

    Russian Agent Butina, Who Infiltrated NRA, Returns to Moscow After US Deportation

    The Russian woman convicted in the United States of being a Russian agent returned to Moscow on Saturday and declared that she has no desire to go back to America. Maria Butina was deported Friday by the United States after serving a prison sentence, arriving the next day at the Russian capital’s Sheremetyevo airport. Carrying a bouquet of flowers, she...

  • Donald Trump Oct 26, 2019

    Russia Calls US Move to Protect Syrian Oil ‘Banditry'

    Russia’s Defense Ministry on Saturday harshly criticized the United States decision to send armored vehicles and combat troops into eastern Syria to protect oil fields, calling it “banditry.” U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper has said the move is aimed at keeping the fields from potentially falling into the hands of Islamic State militants. The decision was the latest sign that...

  • Donald Trump Sep 13, 2019

    Taliban Visits Moscow Days After Trump Says Talks ‘Dead'

    A negotiating team from the Taliban arrived Friday in Russia, a representative told The Associated Press, just days after U.S. President Donald Trump declared dead a deal with the insurgent group in Afghanistan. Russian state news agency Tass cited the Taliban’s Qatar-based spokesman Suhail Shaheen as saying the delegation had held consultations with Zamir Kabulov, President Vladimir Putin’s envoy for...

  • head Sep 7, 2019

    Russia and Ukraine Trade Prisoners, Each Fly 35 to Freedom

    Russia and Ukraine conducted a major prisoner exchange that freed 35 people detained in each country and flew them to the other, a deal that could help advance Russia-Ukraine relations and end five years of fighting in Ukraine’s east. The trade involved some of the highest-profile prisoners caught up in a bitter standoff between Ukraine and Russia. Ukrainian President Volodymyr...

  • Donald Trump Aug 8, 2019

    US-Russia Ambassador Jon Huntsman Stepping Down

    U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman Jr. has submitted his resignation, signaling the end of a two-year stint during what he called a historically difficult time in relations between the two countries. Huntsman is planning to return to Utah amid speculation that he may again run for governor, said Salt Lake Chamber president Derek Miller, who served under him during...

  • PRESIDENT May 25, 2019

    UN Court: Russia Must Free 3 Detained Ukraine Ships, Sailors

    A U.N. maritime tribunal ruled Saturday that Russia must immediately release three Ukrainian naval vessels it captured in November and free the 24 sailors it detained. The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea issued its order at its Hamburg headquarters following a hearing earlier this month. Russia stayed away from both the hearing and Saturday’s session. Ukraine’s new...

  • Donald Trump May 14, 2019

    At Odds on Many Fronts, US and Russia Hope for Better Ties

    Russia and the United States voiced hope Tuesday that badly strained relations could begin to improve despite wide differences on multiple fronts and deep mutual suspicion deepened by Russian meddling in American elections. With tensions running high over Iran, Syria, Ukraine and Venezuela, Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed vindication from the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential...

  • Donald Trump May 6, 2019

    Venezuelans Hold Vigil for Those Killed in Street Clashes

    Led by Roman Catholic priests in white robes, several hundred Venezuelans said prayers Sunday at a candle-lit vigil for at least five people killed in street clashes following a failed opposition call for a military uprising. Opposition leader Juan Guaidó was unable to attend because of meetings, a representative told the crowd at the vigil. He did not elaborate, though...

  • Donald Trump Apr 26, 2019

    Admitted Kremlin Agent Maria Butina Sentenced to Prison

    Maria Butina, who admitted she was a secret agent for the Kremlin, was sentenced to 18 months for trying to infiltrate conservation political groups.

  • PRESIDENT Jan 5, 2019

    Ukrainian Orthodox Church Breaks Away From Russian Influence

    An independent Ukrainian Orthodox church was created at a signing ceremony in Turkey on Saturday, formalizing a split with the Russian church it had been tied to since 1686. The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, signed the “Tomos” in Istanbul in front of clerics and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, forming the Orthodox Church of Ukraine. It forces Ukrainian clerics...

  • Iraq Apr 18, 2018

    Britain Spy Case: Watchdog Rejects Russia Nerve Agent Claim

    The head of the global chemical watchdog agency on Wednesday rejected Russian claims that traces of a second nerve agent were discovered in the English city where former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter were poisoned.

  • Gregory Katz Apr 9, 2018

    ‘Highly Likely' Russia Behind UK Spy Poisoning: British PM

    Russia is “highly likely” to blame for poisoning a former spy and his daughter with a military-grade nerve agent, Prime Minister Theresa May said Monday, demanding that Moscow give a compelling explanation or face “extensive” retaliation. May told lawmakers in a strongly worded statement that without a credible response from Russia by the end of Tuesday, Britain would consider the...

  • driver Mar 31, 2018

    Spy Case: Russia, US Envoys Leave Washington, St. Petersburg

    Russian diplomats and their families climbed aboard buses and left their embassy in Washington on Saturday while across the Atlantic, American envoys took down the flag from outside the U.S. Consulate in St. Petersburg, loaded up boxes, closed the office down and headed home. The moves were the latest in a spy poisoning case that has escalated East-West tensions, with...

  • Chef Mar 19, 2018

    ‘Putin's Chef' Among Russians Indicted by Mueller

    He’s known as “Putin’s chef” — a wealthy Russian businessman and restaurateur who gained favor with Vladimir Putin through his stomach. On Friday, Yevgeny Prigozhin — along with 12 other Russians and three Russian organizations — was charged by the U.S. government as part of a vast and wide-ranging effort to sway political opinion during the 2016 U.S. presidential election....

  • Donald Trump Mar 19, 2018

    Trump Adviser: Russian Meddling ‘Incontrovertible'

    President Donald Trump’s national security adviser said Saturday there was “incontrovertible” evidence of a Russian plot to disrupt the 2016 U.S. election, a blunt statement that shows how significantly the new criminal charges leveled by an American investigator have upended the political debate over his inquiry. The statement by H.R. McMaster at the Munich Security Conference stood in stark contrast...

  • Gregory Katz Mar 14, 2018

    How Can UK Respond to Russia-Linked Spy Attack?

    Boycotting soccer’s World Cup, seizing oligarchs’ mansions and even invoking NATO’s collective defense clause: British Prime Minister Theresa May has a range of options to retaliate against Russia for the poisoning of an ex-spy on U.K. soil. On Monday, May said it was “highly likely” that the government of Russian President Vladimir Putin was responsible for the poisoning Sergei Skripal,...

  • Gregory Katz Mar 13, 2018

    An English Town Puzzles Over a Spy Who Came in From the Cold

    For Amber McAuley, life in Salisbury — a picturesque cathedral town best known as the gateway to Stonehenge — has become surreal ever since the town became the scene of a spy drama worthy of John le Carre. The 20-year-old film student became a bit player in the story when she went to the Mill pub on March 4, only...

  • Donald Trump Dec 11, 2017

    France to Name Winners of Anti-Trump Climate Change Grants

    Several U.S.-based climate scientists are about to hit the jackpot, as French President Emmanuel Macron prepares to award them multi-year, all-expenses-paid grants to relocate to France. The “Make Our Planet Great Again” grants are part of Macron’s efforts to counter U.S. President Donald Trump on the climate change front. Macron announced a competition for the projects in June, hours after...

  • Facebook Nov 9, 2017

    Russian TV Network Will Register as US Foreign Agent: Editor

    The chief editor of a Kremlin-funded satellite TV channel says the network will accede to a U.S. demand to register as a foreign agent but also intends to challenge the order in court....
    The broadcaster, RT, reported Thursday that the U.S. Department of Justice has demanded the registration be done by Monday. The Justice Department declined to comment to The Associated...

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