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Screenshot of Russian soldiers in the Syrian desert.

These are the countries where Russia’s shadowy Wagner Group mercenaries operate

Two members of the Wagner Group were arrested on allegations of spying in Libya. They were reportedly trying to install Gaddafi's son in power.
Oleg Zubkov with a baby bear at his zoo in Crimea.

A zoo owner in Russian-controlled Crimea put 30 bears up for adoption, saying he will have to shoot them if nobody comes forward

Oleg Zubkov founded the Taigan Lion Park in Simferopol in 2006 to house ex-circus animals, but poor ticket sales are stopping him feeding his animals.
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson stands in front of St Basil's Cathedral during a visit to Red Square on December 22, 2017 in Moscow, Russia. Boris Johnson's visit to Russia is the first in five years by a British Foreign Secretary. Relations between the UK and Russia are at their lowest point since the cold war. (Photo by Stefan Rousseau-Pool/Getty Images)

The report that Boris Johnson is refusing to publish says it cannot rule out Russian interference in the Brexit referendum

The UK government is refusing to publish the Intelligence and Security Committee's report into possible Russian interference.
A US Air Force B-52 in formation with Royal Air Force Typhoon fighters over the North Sea, October 28, 2019.

4 US B-52 bombers just got back from a month flying all around Europe — here’s what they were up to

Bomber task force deployments train US aircrews while reassuring partners and deterring foes, including into Arctic skies as these images reveal.
The wreckage of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 is exhibited during a presentation of the final report on the cause of the its crash at the Gilze Rijen airbase October 13, 2015.

‘We get the orders from Moscow as well’: Secret phone calls from pro-Russian rebels revealed in the investigation of the downing of MH17 t...

"I'm carrying out orders and protecting the interests of one and only state, the Russian Federation. That's the bottom line," a rebel said in a call.

9 times Trump and the people around him have put national security at risk

From tweeting out a classified photo to revealing military secrets to the Russians, Trump has repeatedly threatened national security.
President Donald Trump at the White House following reports that US forces attacked ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in northern Syria, October 27, 2019.

A big element of US power is missing from Trump’s Syria policy

The US leaves a key tool on the table by relying on the military to fix international problems, writes Defense Priorities fellow Shahed Ghoreishi.
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) and USS Carney (DDG 64) are moored abreast in Faslane, Scotland, May 7, 2019. Carney, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is on its sixth patrol in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of regional allies and partners as well as U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa.

The US Navy canceled a routine Black Sea patrol after Trump complained that it was hostile to Russia

Trump complained about a CNN report that framed the Black Sea operation as a counter to Russia, according to newly released testimony.
Two Russian Sukhoi Su-24 attack aircraft fly over the US Navy destroyer USS Donald Cook in the Baltic Sea, April 12, 2016.

Amid tensions with Russia, NATO is trying to up its game in the waters around Europe

Tensions between Russia and NATO have been on the rise since 2014, and the waters around Europe have been getting increasingly busy.
Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton attacks Boris Johnson for ‘shameful’ decision to block report on Russian election interference

The former US presidential candidate said she was "dumbfounded" by the UK government's refusal to publish it before the upcoming general election.