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Russian weightlifters barred from Rio Games

MOSCOW The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) on Friday formally suspended Russia's eight-strong weightlifting team, effectively excluding it from next month's Rio Olympics, because of doping offences.

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MOSCOW, July 29 The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) on Friday formally suspended Russia's eight-strong weightlifting team, effectively excluding it from next month's Rio Olympics, because of doping offences.

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Russia has motive, capability and form for U.S. email hack

MOSCOW The Kremlin says it had zero involvement in the hacking of Democratic Party emails while U.S. officials say the hack originated in Russia. We may never know who is right, but one thing is for sure - Russia had motive, capability and form.

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U.S. worries Russian humanitarian operation in Syria may be 'ruse'

WASHINGTON/BEIRUT The United States is trying to determine whether a Russian plan for a humanitarian operation in Syria is sincere, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday, adding that if it proves a "ruse" it could ruin cooperation between Moscow and Washington.

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Democratic fund-raising group for Congress candidates confirms hack

WASHINGTON A committee that raises money for Democratic candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives confirmed on Friday it had been hacked in an intrusion possibly linked to Russian hackers, similar to an earlier breach targeting another Democratic Party group.

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July 29 Following the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) decision on Sunday not to issue a blanket ban on Russian athletes despite evidence of systematic doping across the majority of Olympic sports, global sporting federations have been left to decide which Russians can compete at next month's Rio Games.

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U.N. says Russian aid plan for Syria's Aleppo needs improving

GENEVA Russia needs to improve its plans to help 300,000 civilians beseiged in the Syrian city of Aleppo and should consider letting the United Nations take over parts of the aid operation, U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura said on Friday.

Kerry sees risk to U.S.-Russia cooperation from Aleppo operation

WASHINGTON If Russia's planned humanitarian operation for Aleppo is a ruse, it risks disrupting U.S.-Russian efforts to achieve a political solution to end the five-year Syrian civil war, the United States said on Friday.

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Taxing times: why Russian pump prices rise as oil prices fall

MOSCOW The global economic slowdown has hurt millions of households, but has at least had a silver lining: with oil prices falling, the cost of filling up a vehicle with fuel has dropped.

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Putin steps up drive to kill sanctions amid signs of EU disunity

MOSCOW Vladimir Putin will step up Russia's campaign to end European Union sanctions with a visit to Slovenia on Saturday, encouraged by signs his tactic of lobbying what he views as more pliant southern and eastern European states is starting to pay off.

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Clinton gets down to campaign business with U.S. Rust Belt trip

PHILADELPHIA Democrat Hillary Clinton took her newly energized campaign to become America's first woman president on the road on Friday to states in the "Rust Belt" that might decide the fate of the Nov. 8 election. | Video