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U.S. senators urge Trump to take tough line on Russia over Ukraine

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WASHINGTON A bipartisan group of 27 U.S. senators sent a letter to President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday urging him to take a tough line against Russia over what they termed its "military land grab" in Ukraine.

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Germany sees rise in Russian propaganda, cyber attacks

BERLIN Germany's domestic intelligence agency on Thursday reported a striking increase in Russian propaganda and disinformation campaigns aimed at destabilizing German society, and targeted cyber attacks against political parties.

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U.S. Congress votes to apply Magnitsky human rights act globally

WASHINGTON Legislation expanding the 2012 U.S. Magnitsky human rights act from Russian citizens to cover abusers in any country passed the U.S. Senate on Thursday as part of an annual defence policy bill, leaving the landmark measure on the verge of becoming law.

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Athletes braced for bombshell from McLaren report

Frustrated athletes will be watching Friday's release of the McLaren report into doping in Russia and are ready to take action if their voices are not heard, said United States Anti-Doping Agency head Travis Tygart.

INTERVIEW-Doping-Athletes braced for bombshell from McLaren report

Dec 8 Frustrated athletes will be watching Friday's release of the McLaren report into doping in Russia and are ready to take action if their voices are not heard, said United States Anti-Doping Agency head Travis Tygart.

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Italian bank Intesa to help fund Rosneft deal for Glencore and Qatar: sources

LONDON/MOSCOW Italian bank Intesa Sanpaolo is expected to provide a consortium of Qatar and commodities trader Glencore with sizeable funds to help finance their purchase of a stake in Russian oil company Rosneft, two sources familiar with the transaction said. | Video

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Italian bank Intesa to help fund Rosneft deal for Glencore and Qatar - sources

LONDON/MOSCOW Italian bank Intesa Sanpaolo is expected to provide a consortium of Qatar and commodities trader Glencore with sizeable funds to help finance their purchase of a stake in Russian oil company Rosneft, two sources familiar with the transaction said.

UPDATE 2-Russian billionaire Lisin sells 1.5 pct stake in steelmaker NLMK

* If so, might have to compete with Russia's Summa group (Updates after Goldman offers NLMK shares)

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Moenchengladbach defend club doctors after Dominguez retirement

BARCELONA Borussia Moenchengladbach's medical staff did everything "humanly possible" to help Alvaro Dominguez, the club's sporting director said on Thursday, following the defender's retirement due to injury.

Soccer-Moenchengladbach defend club doctors after Dominguez retirement

BARCELONA, Dec 8 Borussia Moenchengladbach's medical staff did everything "humanly possible" to help Alvaro Dominguez, the club's sporting director said on Thursday, following the defender's retirement due to injury.

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Iraqi troops pull out from Mosul hospital after fierce battle

BAGHDAD/MOSUL, Iraq Iraqi troops who briefly seized a Mosul hospital believed to be used as an Islamic State base were forced to withdraw from the site, but managed to establish a base for army tanks nearby after days of fierce back-and-forth fighting, residents said.