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World Cup 2018: Alan Shearer, Frank Lampard & Rio Ferdinand part of BBC team in Russia

World Cup 2018: Alan Shearer, Frank Lampard & Rio Ferdinand part of BBC team in Russia

Sports
Former England trio Alan Shearer, Frank Lampard and Rio Ferdinand will join the BBC's Fifa World Cup 2018 coverage from Russia next month.Germany's 1990 World Cup winner Jurgen Klinsmann, Ivory Coast's all-time leading scorer Didier Drogba and Pablo Zabaleta, who played for beaten finalists Argentina in 2014, will add an international perspective to the Match of the Day studio in Moscow.The BBC will televise 33 live games, including England's two opening Group G matches against Tunisia and Panama. Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker leads the BBC coverage throughout the tournament, which starts on 14 June. ...
U.S. Navy reactivates Second Fleet amid Russia tensions

U.S. Navy reactivates Second Fleet amid Russia tensions

Business
May 5 (UPI) -- With tensions between NATO and Russia rising, the U.S. military is resurrecting a fleet to patrol the Atlantic Ocean and help respond to global contingencies.The U.S. Second Fleet will provide forces along the U.S. coast and in the northern Atlantic Ocean, according to Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. John Richardson, who made the announcement Friday during a change of command ceremony in Norfolk, Va."Our National Defense Strategy makes clear that we're back in an era of great power competition as the security environment continues to grow more challenging and complex," Richardson said. "That's why today, we're standing up Second Fleet to address these changes, particularly in the north Atlantic."Russian submarine activity is at its highest levels since the Cold War, accordin...
Mueller 'threatened Trump with subpoena' amid Russia probe

Mueller 'threatened Trump with subpoena' amid Russia probe

World
Special Counsel Robert Mueller warned he could order Donald Trump to testify as part of a probe into alleged Russian election meddling, US media report. Mr Mueller suggested the move during talks with Mr Trump's lawyers in March.The threat to issue a subpoena, as it is known, was reportedly met with a sharp response from one of Mr Trump's former lawyers.It is believed to be the first time the special counsel has raised such a possibility.Mr Trump's lawyers insisted during the meeting that the president was under no obligation to face questions by federal investigators in relation to the Russia inquiry, the Washington Post reported.However Mr Mueller's team reportedly responded by suggesting they would issue a subpoena if Mr Trump declined. They agreed to provide the president's lawyers wit...
Russia Twitter bots 'backed Labour in election'

Russia Twitter bots 'backed Labour in election'

Technology
Thousands of Russian Twitter accounts posted pro-Labour messages in the run up to last year's general election, it has been claimed.Many of the 6,500 accounts are said to have been 'bots' that tweeted using female English names, but were in fact mass-produced accounts pumping out messages in support of Labour and Jeremy Corbyn.The claims are made by the Sunday Times, which carried out research in conjunction with Swansea University.Nine out of 10 messages from the Russian accounts backed Labour's campaign, according to the report, which also claims 80% of the automated accounts had been created in the weeks before the June vote.Culture and digital secretary Secretary Matt Hanock called the reports "extremely concerning"."It is absolutely unacceptable for any nation to attempt to interfere...
'Obscene masquerade' as Russia denies chemical attack

'Obscene masquerade' as Russia denies chemical attack

World
Russian diplomats brought several Syrian "witnesses" - including an 11-year-old boy - to the global chemical weapons watchdog in a bid to prove chemical weapons were not used in Douma.At a joint press conference with Syrian officials at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the Russian diplomats accused the White Helmets humanitarian group of filming "staged videos" following the suspected attack in the Syrian city on 7 April.The Syrians claimed they did not see any evidence that a chemical attack had taken place.The briefing in the Netherlands was boycotted by the UK, France and the US and described as an "obscene masquerade".Several of the 17 Syrian eyewitnesses brought to The Hague by the Russians said they saw "no symptoms" of a chemical attack and that "ever...