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Russia ‘successfully tests’ its unplugged internet

Russia ‘successfully tests’ its unplugged internet

Technology
Russia has successfully tested a country-wide alternative to the global internet, its government has announced.Details of what the test involved were vague but, according to the Ministry of Communications, ordinary users did not notice any changes.The results will now be presented to President Putin. Experts remain concerned about the trend for some countries to dismantle the internet."Sadly, the Russian direction of travel is just another step in the increasing breaking-up of the internet," said Prof Alan Woodward, a computer scientist at the University of Surrey."Increasingly, authoritarian countries which want to control what citizens see are looking at what Iran and China have already done."It means people will not have acces...
NATO allies issue strongest warning yet over Russia threat

NATO allies issue strongest warning yet over Russia threat

World
Britain and its NATO allies have used their strongest language yet against Russia, mentioned China for the first time and agreed to a rethink about the future.In a joint declaration, the 29 heads of state and government also pledged to ensure that each country's next-generation 5G communications networks, which have been dogged by suspicion over Huawei, rely "on secure and resilient systems". The document was published at the end of a half-day mini-summit at a golf resort in Watford, northwest of London, to mark NATO's 70th anniversary. Its content was overshadowed by a public fallout between US President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over a video that emerged of the latter apparently gossiping about his US counterpart to other leaders.But despite the public r...
Russia repatriates 32 children of IS members from Iraq

Russia repatriates 32 children of IS members from Iraq

World
Russia says it has repatriated 32 children of members of the Islamic State group from IraqByThe Associated PressNovember 19, 2019, 10:14 AM1 min read Russia says it has repatriated another 32 children of members of the Islamic State group from Iraq. Russia’s state TV on Tuesday showed footage of the children arriving at Zhukovsky airport outside Moscow. It said the children aged between one and nine will undergo extensive medical check-ups before relatives take them home. Russia’s Foreign Ministry said the children had been held in asylum centers in Iraq or in prisons with their mothers. Their arrival represents the fourth group of Russian children to be repatriated from Iraq. The Foreign Ministry said a total of 122 children have been brought home. Russian President Vladimir Putin has sai
Turkey and Russia agree to Syria ‘safe zone’ with no Kurdish fighters

Turkey and Russia agree to Syria ‘safe zone’ with no Kurdish fighters

World
Russia and Turkey have agreed to joint military patrols along the Turkish-Syrian border as they demanded Syrian Kurdish fighters withdraw from the area.Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, made the agreement during a meeting in the Black Sea resort of Sochi moments before a five-day ceasefire ended. US President Donald Trump announced two weeks previously that US troops would withdraw from northeastern Syria, leaving its Kurdish allies to fend for themselves as Turkey launched an offensive. Russia, the Syrian government's strongest ally and previous enemy of the Kurds, stepped in to negotiate with Turkey as more than 166,000 Kurds fled the region, many into Iraq.Mr Putin and Mr Erdogan agreed Russian military police and Syrian border guard...