The Kremlin is positioning itself as indispensable to Sudan while it bids to increase its sway over Africa and Muslim countries.
The Wagner Group is Putin's most potent weapon in advancing Russian policy objectives while maintaining plausible deniability.
Human rights NGOs, including Amnesty International and Reporters Without Borders, have expressed concern over the amendments that label journalists, bloggers and internet users as "foreign agents".
The bill also extends to employees of foreign funded NGOs with rights group warning it is aimed at throttling journalism.
A window for rapprochement in the Gulf could be in the offing as the US tones down its rhetoric on Iran pushing Saudi Arabia and the UAE to take a step back.
US-Russia missile sabre-rattling in the Arctic sends threatening political messages but the bigger threat is its lasting environmental damage.
With his sharp and witty political commentary, wheelchair-bound Alexander Gorbunov stirred Russia's public discourse, gaining over a million followers on Twitter in a short time and attracting the attention of the police.
Rod Rosenstein's departure had been expected since the confirmation of William Barr as attorney general. The White House nominated a replacement for the department's No. 2 slot weeks ago.
A new law in Russia can pave the way for the government to have greater control over what Russians can access on the internet.
US President Donald Trump's former campaign chief Paul Manafort was sentenced to 47 months in prison for tax crimes and bank fraud and was ordered to pay a fine of $50,000.
Russia is planning to temporarily unplug from the internet next month in preparation for installing safeguards to internet access in the event of a foreign cyberattack - particularly from the United States.
Attacks occurred between September and December 2018. Most originated from Strontium group, which the tech giant previously associated with the Russian government.
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