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Kremlin Wants Apology for Fox News' 'Killer' Comment on Putin

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    President Donald Trump defends his travel ban Monday in his first visit to troops at the Central Command after a federal judge blocked the ban, allowing visa holders back into the country. He also defended Russian President Vladimir Putin after Fox News' Bill O'Reilly called him "a killer." (Published Monday, Feb. 6, 2017)

    The Kremlin is indignant over the comments of a Fox News host who called Russian President Vladimir Putin a "killer" in an interview with President Donald Trump.

    In the interview broadcast over the weekend, Bill O'Reilly called the Russian leader "a killer." Trump replied that the U.S. has killers, too.

    Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov refused to comment Monday on Trump's reply, but lashed out at Fox News, calling O'Reilly's remarks "unacceptable and offensive."

    "We would like to receive an apology from the president from this respected organization," Peskov told reporters on Monday, referring to Fox News.

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    [NATL] Drivers Arrested After Crash and Brawl on Racetrack

    Spectators at the Anderson Speedway in Anderson, Indiana, got more than the race they bargained for when a crash led to a fist fight and eventual arrest of two racecar drivers on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017.

    (Published Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017)

    A British judge concluded last year that two Russians, acting at the behest of Moscow's security services and probably with approval from Putin, poisoned ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko at a London hotel in 2006.

    Litvinenko died after drinking tea spiked with a fatal dose of radioactive polonium-210. The Kremlin angrily dismissed the inquiry as a "quasi-investigation."

    Putin's critics in Russia and abroad also held him politically responsible for the 2006 killing of investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya and the 2015 slaying of leading Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov. The critics said the atmosphere of intolerance to dissent under his watch contributed to the two killings.

    In 2014, a court in Moscow convicted the gunman and three other Chechens involved in Politkovskaya's killing along with a former Moscow policeman who was their accomplice. Investigators have failed to track down the mastermind.

    Five suspects, all of them Chechens, went on trial in the fall for their alleged roles in Nemtsov's murder. The suspected triggerman served as an officer in the security forces of the Moscow-backed Chechen regional leader, Ramzan Kadyrov.

    Trump has praised Putin and signaled that U.S.-Russia relations could be in for a makeover under his leadership. Putin in his turn spoke warmly of Trump.

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    [NATL] Fighters Surrender as Syrian Forces Clear Out ISIS Stronghold

    Islamic State fighters surrendered to U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic forces after the last remaining strongholds were freed from the extremist group's grasp Tuesday, restoring the city of Raqqa to the SDF.

    (Published Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017)