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Mystery Russian satellite's behaviour raises alarm in US

Mystery Russian satellite's behaviour raises alarm in US

Technology
A mysterious Russian satellite displaying "very abnormal behaviour" has raised alarm in the US, according to a State Department official."We don't know for certain what it is and there is no way to verify it," said assistant secretary Yleem Poblete at a conference in Switzerland on 14 August.She voiced fears that it was impossible to say if the object may be a weapon.Russia has dismissed the comments as "unfounded, slanderous accusations based on suspicions".The satellite in question was launched in October last year."[The satellite's] behaviour on-orbit was inconsistent with anything seen before from on-orbit inspection or space situational awareness capabilities, including other Russian inspection satellite activities," Ms Pobl...
Russian oil producer Rosneft offers oil price range

Russian oil producer Rosneft offers oil price range

Business
July 23 (UPI) -- The head of Russian oil company Rosneft said that, from his view, the price for Brent crude oil will likely stay below $ 80 per barrel for the rest of the year. The price for Brent crude oil, the global benchmark, hit its high mark for the year so far on May 22 when it closed at $ 80.42 per barrel. The run to $ 80, a multi-year high, was triggered in part by the U.S. decision to leave a multilateral nuclear agreement that allows Iranian oil to flow through the global market. Brent was trading near $ 74 per barrel early Monday EDT. Igor Sechin, the chief executive officer at Russian oil company Rosneft, said Sunday his company's budget is based on $ 63 per barrel. "I think oil prices will stay within this range: from $ 75 to maximum $ 80 per barrel," he was quoted as sayi...
Carter Page denies FBI claims he was Russian agent

Carter Page denies FBI claims he was Russian agent

World
One of Donald Trump's ex-foreign policy aides says allegations that he worked with the Russian government during the 2016 US election are "misleading".The FBI believed Carter Page was "collaborating and conspiring with the Russian government" at that time.His alleged relationships with Russian intelligence officials are highlighted in court applications which led to him being put under surveillance.Mr Trump said it appeared that his campaign was illegally spied on.But he provided no evidence to support the claim.The newly released surveillance applications were granted and renewed by several different judges sitting in a court authorised by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (Fisa).The court, which has the power to authori...
Russian space capsule with 3 astronauts lands in Kazakhstan

Russian space capsule with 3 astronauts lands in Kazakhstan

Technology
A Russian Soyuz space capsule carrying three astronauts from the International Space Station has landed safely in the steppes of Kazakhstan. The capsule hit the ground at 6:39 p.m. (1239 GMT) Sunday without apparent problems, descending under a red-and-white parachute. Aboard were Russian Anton Shkaplerov, American Scott Tingle and Japan's Norishige Kanai, ending a 168-day mission. All three were extracted from the capsule within 30 minutes. They appeared to be in good condition as they sat in lounge-type chairs near the capsule so they could re-adjust to the pull of gravity. The astronauts will later be taken to Karaganda, about 400 kilometers (250 miles) to the northeast. There they will undergo a longer medical exam and then be flown either to Moscow or Houston. The orbiting laborator...
Suspect in case of Russian journalist who faked his own death denies plot

Suspect in case of Russian journalist who faked his own death denies plot

World
The man accused of organizing the assassination of the Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko -- who faked his own death in order to avoid the alleged plot -- denied the allegations in court in Kiev today and in a strange twist said he was cooperating with the Ukrainian government. Prosecutors at the Shevchensky District court on Tuesday accused Borys Herman of arranging the alleged murder plot on behalf of Russian intelligence, alleging that he had hired a Ukrainian hitman to kill Babchenko in return for $ 40,000. Ukraine’s SBU security service got wind of the alleged plot and then conceived the elaborate sting operation with Babchenko in which they pretended that the assassination had been successful. The hoax was believed around the world, including by Babchenko’s friends a...