The suspect in Monday’s train explosion in St. Petersburg, Russia, which killed 11 people and injured dozens, has been identified by Kyrgyz security services, according to several news agencies.
The suspect, named as Akbarjon Djalilov, is a Kyrgyzstan national.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Friday that US sanctions against Russia will remain in place until Moscow “reverses the actions” it has taken in Ukraine.
The comments are notable given President Donald Trump’s reluctance at times to criticize Russia over its actions in Crimea, though he did declare last month that the territory was “taken” by Russia. As a candidate, Trump hinted he might recognize Russia’s annexation of Crimea, and sources have previously told CNN that Ukraine-related sanctions were on the table for review as part of Trump’s interest in pursuing warmer ties with Moscow.
“We do not, and will not, accept Russian efforts to change the borders of territory of Ukraine,” Tillerson said at NATO headquarters in Brussels.
Earlier Friday, Tillerson and Defense Secretary James Mattis criticized Russian actions in overseas comments aimed at reassuring US allies.
Mattis, appearing with his British counterpart in London, also called out the Putin regime for “mucking around” in other people’s elections — a claim that comes as federal and congressional investigators are probing alleged Russian meddling in the US elections last November.
Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, called on House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes to recuse himself from the Russia investigation.
The request marks a stunning split between the two top investigators, who had worked closely on the House investigation into ties between top Trump campaign aides and Russian officials.
Schiff’s call comes just hours after CNN reported that Nunes visited the White House grounds one day before going to the President with alleged evidence that his transition aides’ communications were picked up in surveillance by US intelligence.
Nunes defended his handling of the investigation as well as his relationship to the White House during an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, saying Congress had not been given the information he viewed on White House grounds.
The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee says Chairman Devin Nunes’ announcement that Trump’s communications may have been collected throws “great doubt into the ability of both the chairman and the committee to conduct the investigation the way it ought to be conducted.”
“If the chairman is going to continue to go to the White House instead of his own committee, there is no way we can continue to conduct this investigation,” Rep. Adam Schiff said.
The conversations were “incidentally” collected as part of intelligence sweeps focusing on other people, Nunes said, and implied that Trump was not the target of the surveillance operation.
FBI Chief James Comey said publicly for the first time that his agency is investigating alleged links between Russia and the Trump campaign and whether any crimes may have been committed during last year’s election campaign.
“That includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia’s efforts,” Comey said in his opening statement to a dramatic hearing before the House Intelligence Committee.
Astronomers have found at least seven Earth-like planets orbiting the same star 40 light-years away, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Nature. The findings were also announced at a news conference at NASA Headquarters in Washington.
This discovery outside of our solar system is rare because the planets have the winning combination of being similar in size to Earth and being all temperate, meaning they could have water on their surface and potentially support life.
The seven exoplanets were all found in tight formation around an ultracool dwarf star called TRAPPIST-1. Estimates of their mass also indicate that they are rocky planets, rather than being gaseous like Jupiter.