ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — Russian police had an unexpected encounter while searching a house in St. Petersburg — a crocodile in the basement.
The Fontanka.ru news portal said the incident happened Thursday while detectives were looking for undeclared weapons in the house of a man involved in staging reconstructions of historic military battles with period uniforms and antique weaponry.
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Imagine only getting six minutes of sunshine in a whole month – sounds pretty depressing, doesn’t it?
Well, if you live in the Russian capital you don’t have to imagine it – that’s exactly what happened.
Moscow had its darkest December on record in 2017, getting just six minutes of sunshine instead of the normal one hour per day.
So what’s it like living through it, day after day? BBC Russian’s Oleg Boldyrev offers us an insight.
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- Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski testified before the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday, but refused to answer questions about events that took place during the campaign and his conversations with President Donald Trump since then.
- Lewandowski is the latest official to stonewall the committee as it probes Russia’s election interference and whether the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow.
- Lewandowski was present during a number of critical events that investigators are keenly focused on.
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- A new poll finds most Americans want to see special counsel Robert Mueller complete the Russia investigation.
- The NPR/PBS News Hour/Marist poll published on Wednesday reports that, among national registered voters, 69% say Mueller — whose team of prosecutors is trying to make sense of Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and whether the Trump campaign was involved — should be allowed to finish their work.
- When broken down by party, a majority of both Republicans and Democrats expressed the same sentiments.
- The poll released on Wednesday also found a majority of registered voters have some level of confidence in the FBI, despite repeated attacks on the agency from Trump and his allies.
Continue reading New poll suggests Trump’s attacks on the Russia probe and the FBI are having an unexpected effect on voters from both parties
A bus has caught fire in north-western Kazakhstan, killing 52 people, the interior ministry has said.
Five people managed to get out and were treated by rescue workers on the spot, reports said.
The accident happened at 10:30 local time on Thursday (04:30 GMT) in the Irgiz district of Aktobe region.
The bus is thought to have been carrying Uzbek citizens to or from Russia along the Samara-Shymkent route, said local media.
The route, which is about 2,200km (1,300 miles) long, is frequently used by Uzbek migrant labourers travelling to construction sites in Russia, observers say.
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- Special counsel Robert Mueller subpoenaed former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon to appear before a grand jury as part of the Russia investigation.
- News of the subpoena came on the same day that Bannon testified before the House Intelligence Committee about what he witnessed when he worked on the Trump campaign between August 2016 and November 2016.
- Bannon was a central figure in the latter part of the campaign and in the beginning months of the Trump presidency.
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Russia possesses an underwater nuclear drone capable of carrying a 100-megaton nuclear warhead, a recently leaked draft of the Pentagon’s Nuclear Posture Review confirmed.
The weapon, referred to in the document as an “AUV,” or autonomous underwater vehicle, is featured in a chart that lays out Russia’s multiple nuclear delivery vehicles.
Pentagon officials warn in the Posture Review that Russia has actively diversified its nuclear capabilities, a strategic advantage it has over the United States:
In addition to modernizing “legacy” Soviet nuclear systems, Russia is developing and deploying new nuclear warheads and launchers. These efforts include multiple upgrades for every leg of the Russian nuclear triad of strategic bombers, sea-based missiles and land-based missiles. Russia is also developing at least two new intercontinental range systems, a hypersonic glide vehicle and a new intercontinental, nuclear-armed undersea autonomous torpedo.
The draft of the Posture Review was obtained and published by The Huffington Post.
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