Jan 31, 2018

CIA chief Pompeo met with top Russian spies in D.C. last week

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CIA Director Mike Pompeo met with two high-level Russian spy chiefs in Washington last week to discuss counterterrorism issues, according to The Washington Post. Pompeo met with the heads of the SVR, Russia's foreign intelligence service, and the FSB, the successor to the Soviet Union's KGB.

Why it matters: While meetings between top-level American and Russian spies aren't a new occurrence, intelligence officials told WaPo that it was unusual for a group of high-level Russians to visit a top American intelligence official on U.S. soil. Some U.S. intelligence officials said they're worried the encounter could leave Moscow with the sense that Trump administration officials are willing to move past Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

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India gives Trump warm welcome as brutal protests rip New Delhi apart

People supporting India's new citizenship law beat a Muslim man in New Delhi, India. Photo: Danish Siddiqui/TPX/Reuters

While President Trump enjoys a hero's welcome in India, that nation's capital is being torn apart by violent protests between Hindus and Muslims.

The state of play: At least 186 people — 56 police officers and 130 protesters — have been injured and 10 killed in recent clashes, a New Delhi police spokesperson told the AP.

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Scoop: Israel cancels academic's lectures for criticizing Netanyahu's Iran policy

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The Israeli Foreign Ministry has ordered its embassies in Russia, Canada and Bulgaria to cancel planned speaking events by an Israeli academic and prominent Iran expert, claiming he criticized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s policy on the Iranian nuclear program, officials told me.

Why it matters: For many years, the Israeli Foreign Ministry would send Israeli academics who disagree with the government on speaking tours around the world in order to convey the strength of Israeli democracy. Israeli diplomats view the move against the academic as a sign of retaliation and growing fear of dissent on politically charged issues.

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