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Russian lawmakers to investigate US news media...Report: Alleged Yahoo hacker worked at bank owned by Nets owner

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 18, 2017 at 11:06 a.m.

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MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's lower house of parliament is launching an investigation into U.S. news media that operate in Russia. The lawmaker who initiated the move calls it "a response to the actions of American politicians who have systematically accused Russian news media of interference in U.S. internal affairs." A statement on the website of the Duma doesn't specify how the investigation would be conducted or what might be done with its results.

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian news report says an intelligence agent charged by the United States in the hacking of half a billion Yahoo user accounts worked at an investment bank owned by billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov (PROH'-koh-rahv), who also owns the Brooklyn Nets basketball team. The report in a respected business newspaper (Kommersant) cited a source as saying Igor Sushchin worked for Renaissance Capital as a security director.

BADEN-BADEN, Germany (AP) — The world's top economic powers have dropped a pledge to fully oppose trade protectionism amid pushback from the U.S. government of President Donald Trump, who wants to favor American companies and workers more. Instead, finance ministers at a Group of 20 meeting in Germany issued a statement today saying that countries "are working to strengthen the contribution of trade" to their economies.

ORLY, France (AP) — French authorities say a man shot dead by soldiers at a Paris airport today had a criminal record and was previously flagged for possible radicalism. The 39-year-old Frenchman was shot at Orly Airport after authorities say he wrestled a female soldier to the ground and tried to steal her rifle. Earlier, police say the same man fired bird shot at police officers during a traffic stop before speeding away and heading for the airport south of Paris.

HOMS, Syria (AP) — Syrian opposition fighters and their families have begun leaving the last rebel-held neighborhood in the central city of Homs (hohms) on Saturday as part of a Russian-backed evacuation deal signed earlier this week. The neighborhood is home to about 75,000 people and has been under a government siege since 2013. The evacuation is the third phase of an agreement reached last year that saw hundreds of fighters and their families leave the area.

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