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U.S. turns up heat on Russia as ties deteriorate


    Director of the National Intelligence James Clapper speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. The U.S. is accusing Russia of hacking political sites, saying it is trying to interfere with the upcoming presidential election.

WASHINGTON >> The Obama administration is turning up the rhetorical heat on Russia.

U.S. officials are accusing senior Russian officials of ordering the hacking of American political sites to try to interfere in the upcoming presidential election. They’r also suggesting that Russia’s military is committing war crimes in Syria.

Friday’s barrage of allegations from Washington were met with angry denials from Moscow. Together, they mark a descent to yet another low point in increasingly poor relations between the former Cold War foes.

The U.S. and Russia are deeply divided over key international issues of war and peace and appear on a path of one-upsmanship perhaps not seen since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

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