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Trump falsely claims Flynn didn't lie to Federal Bureau of Investigation

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The filing comes as lawyers for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort said they were still deciding whether to dispute allegations that he lied to investigators and breached his plea agreement. Still, he lied to the agents about two requests he made to Kislyak: For Russia to not escalate the situation after then-President Barack Obama imposed additional sanctions on Russia; and for Moscow to vote against or delay the vote on Egypt's resolution to the U.N. Read More »

Bolton slams China, Russia over 'predatory practices' in Africa

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US National Security Adviser John Bolton said the two nations were "deliberately and aggressively" attempting to gain an economic advantage over the US on the continent. Djibouti, which is located in the Horn of Africa, houses China's first overseas military base, which experts like Judd Devermont from the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) believe may hinder US military access and operations. Read More »

Bomb threats demanding bitcoin sweep U.S., Canada, none found credible

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In Cedar Rapids, Iowa, police said the threats came in a "robo-email saying there is a bomb threat to their business unless they pay money in Bitcoins". Some of the emails have the subject line "Think Twice". The University of South Florida reports it received a threat. USA authorities said Thursday that threats sent to dozens of schools, universities and other locations appeared to be a hoax. Read More »

US, Russia trade barbs over bomber deployment to Venezuela

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The long-range strategic bombers landed at Simun Bolovar Airport outside of the Venezuelan capital on Monday along with two other Russian planes. It added that a heavy-lift An-124 Ruslan cargo plane and an Il-62 passenger plane accompanied the bombers to Maiquetia. Read More »

Accused Russian secret agent makes plea deal

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Multiple outlets have reported that Butina's plea deal includes an agreement to cooperate with investigators. They alleged that her work in the United States was directed by a former Russian lawmaker who was sanctioned by the U.S. Butina, appearing in court in a green jumpsuit, admitted to one count of conspiracy. Although there are no USA sentencing guidelines for her specific crime, her lawyer, Robert Driscoll , estimated that under guidelines for similar crimes Butina could face up ... Read More »

Claims of fear to return home spike at US-Mexico border

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Agents with the U.S. Border Patrol seized 83 pounds of methamphetamine after encountering two subjects with large backpacks east of the Sumas Port of Entry on Thursday night. Thousands of migrants are living in crowded shelters and encampments in Tijuana after traveling from Central America to escape poverty and violence. Read More »

Failure to agree climate deal rules would be suicidal: United Nations chief

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The two-week talks are tasked with breathing life into the 2015 Paris Agreement , which vows to cap global warming at "well under" two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), and 1.5C if possible. Average world temperatures are on course to far exceed the main goal set in the 2015 Paris Agreement on limiting global warming, a study showed on Tuesday [Nov. Read More »

Juncker: Brexit deal 'best and only deal possible'

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Mrs May unleashed the wrath of MPs across the House of Commons by delaying a "meaningful vote" on her Brexit deal she said would have been rejected by a "significant margin". And in a further blow to Mrs May, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar ruled out reopening talks around the backstop, saying it was not possible to reopen any aspect of the Withdrawal Agreement without reopening all of it. Read More »

Corbyn faces call to move vote of no confidence in May

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Senior party figures would not be drawn on whether Labour would table a motion of no-confidence in the Government after the vote, indicating they would wait and see what happens in the aftermath of a Government defeat on such a defining policy issue. Read More »

Meadows Drops Out Of Chief Of Staff Consideration

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Last year, Mr Trump held the party but refused to pose for photos and CNN boycotted the event "in light of the president's continued attacks on freedom of the press". John Kelly is stepping down by the end of the year. "Fake News has it purposely wrong", Trump tweeted on Tuesday. Nevertheless, Trump was intrigued by the idea of Meadows. Read More »

Body found in search for British tourist in New Zealand

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Vigils for Millane have been planned in Auckland, Queenstown, Christchurch and Wellington , with the first to be held in front of Queenstown's Boatshed Cafe at 7pm tonight. "There will be no judgment today". Police on Monday evening said a post-mortem had been carried out but declined to comment on the results. She was staying at a backpacker hostel in Auckland when she went missing December 1. Read More »

Train workers detained after Ankara crash leaves nine dead

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Ankara Governor Vasip Sahin said the locomotive, which lay battered 20 metres (22 yards) further ahead, carried out track inspections. Video from the scene showed that the overpass collapsed onto the train and rescue workers were looking for people who were trapped underneath. Read More »

United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May wins vote of confidence

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Speaking immediately after the result of the vote was declared, the Tory Brexiteer said: "The Prime Minister must realise that under all constitutional norms she ought to go and see The Queen urgently and resign". European leaders this week committed to helping Prime Minister May get the Brexit deal ratified in the United Kingdom parliament by offering assurances that the triggering of the backstop clause is not a preferred outcome. Read More »

China to 'cut US car tariff to 15 per cent

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China has agreed to reduce and remove tariffs on cars coming into China from the U.S. now the tariff is 40%. "The Chinese evidently want the beans quickly as they have not been able to cover all their needs in South America", the European trader said. Read More »

Accused Russian agent Maria Butina pleads guilty in USA to conspiracy

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The plea agreement was originally suppose to take place Wednesday but will now take place Thursday. In a surprising turnaround for the gun-toting Siberia native, she has struck a deal to cooperate with federal investigators. The news comes a few days after the USA media reported that Butina had agreed to cooperate with U.S. authorities as part of a deal made with prosecutors. Read More »

Chinese Hackers Are Likely Responsible For Marriott Data Breach, Reports Say

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The Times also cited four unnamed United States officials who said there could be indictments against Chinese hackers working for the intelligence services and the military. "China firmly opposes all forms of cyberattack and cracks down on it in accordance with the law", a ministry spokesman said. The hack into Starwood's reservation system was discovered in September and was publicly revealed last month - shortly before the USA began a 90-day trade truce with China that was ... Read More »

Donald Trump’s ex-lawyer Michael Cohen jailed for three years

He gave Cohen two months for lying to Congress about a proposed Trump Tower project in Russian Federation. It comes after Cohen pleaded guilty to the charge over the payments in August and to making false statements in November. The president has acknowledged the payments despite denying the affairs, and called them a private transaction unrelated to his campaign. It's unclear what Trump is suggesting about Cohen's family, but Cohen's now-former attorney Lanny Davis Wednesday night told ... Read More »

Suspected burglar of Chinese restaurant trapped in grease vent for two days

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It took nearly an hour, according to local police, to get the poor bloke out - he was absolutely coated in grease and oil, which combined with the slippery state of the sheet metal duct, meant he was essentially immobilised. "They found him stuck above the stove area here", Alameda County Fire Department Battalion Chief John Whiting told KGO . He is expected to make a full recovery, according to Kelly. Read More »

Israelis killed, 2 injured near Ofra settlement

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The attack occurred near the Israeli settlement of Ofra, on the main road that crosses the West Bank from north to south. Barghouti has been the subject of a massive man hunt throughout the West Bank after he was involved in a drive-by shooting that left seven people critically wounded and one newborn baby dead. Read More »

Russian sought 'synergy' with Trump campaign in 2015: Mueller

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The court filings followed a sentencing memo earlier this week regarding Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, who Mueller praised for providing "substantial" cooperation and argued for no prison time, Reuter reports. Virginia Democratic senator Mark Warner said Mr Trump's tweet was "serious", adding: "The President of the United States should not be using his platform to influence potential witnesses in a federal investigation involving his campaign". Read More »

Key Republican senator will introduce resolution condemning Saud

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Let's sanction them, but I, for one, am not going to let terrorism regain a foothold against the United States". The House doesn't plan to consider the Yemen war powers measure, leaving the non-binding resolution as the only likely statement of congressional sentiment before a new session of Congress starts in January. Read More »

UK PM Faces Fight for Her Political Life in Brexit Deal

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This provision is meant to prevent between the British Northern Ireland and the EU Ireland after the Brexit again, border controls will be introduced. SNP deputy Westminster leader Kirsty Blackman has accused the UK Government of being in a "total state of chaos" over the prime minister's Brexit deal. Read More »

What happens if Theresa May loses the Brexit vote?

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He said that "as time is running out, we will also discuss our preparedness for a no-deal scenario". "If we can't go forwards with her deal. then I'm afraid the only way to change the policy is to change the prime minister and I really think it' her duty to go", Brexit-supporting Conservative lawmaker Steve Baker said. Read More »

Juncker warns May there is 'no room whatsoever' to change Brexit deal

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European Union leaders had already warned that there will be no renegotiations of the deal, Sky News reported, citing Varadkar and a spokesperson for Juncker. "I will discuss with them the clear concerns that this House has expressed". This further infuriated MPs on all sides of Parliament , who accused the Prime Minister of holding the chamber in contempt by denying it a vote. Read More »

Indiana High School Football Player Arrested in Death of Pregnant Cheerleader

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She said she last saw her stepdaughter, who lives with her biological mom, on November 17 during a family birthday celebration; she didn't learn the teen was pregnant until Sunday. A GoFundMe campaign was launched to help Rouhselang's family pay for Breana's funeral costs. Mishawaka High School released a statement Sunday afternoon on Rouhselang's death, saying it was a awful tragedy. Read More »

Brexit deal 'cannot be changed', Angela Merkel tells Theresa May

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The vote of confidence has been triggered because its chairman has received letters from 15% of Tory MPs - 48 of them at present - formally calling on the leader to stand down. Conservatives must now answer whether they wish to draw ever closer to an election under Mrs May's leadership". "The only people whose interests would be served are Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell ". Read More »

Arrested Huawei CFO offers to pay for surveillance as she seeks bail

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According to The Star Vancouver , Meng is accused of operating a company called SkyCom, which sold equipment to Iran in violation of US sanctions that have been in place since 1979. Meng's arrest has fueled US-China trade tensions at a time when the two countries are seeking to resolve a dispute over Beijing's technology and industrial strategy. Read More »

MP walks off with Parliament's mace

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Downing Street meanwhile said today May will stick to the deadline of the European Union withdrawal act, which gives 21 January as the date she must outline how the government plans to move forward if no Brexit deal is agreed. Jeremy Corbyn has accused Theresa May of demeaning her office by delaying a vote on her Brexit deal to instead seek new concessions from Europe, saying the paralysis of government means other pressing problems are being ignored. Read More »

Remembering Lyudmila Alexeyeva, Russian Human Rights Activist

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In an extraordinary career emblematic of the country's turbulent history, she tirelessly defended human rights in the USSR from the 1950s, and continued to do so in strongman leader Vladimir Putin's Russian Federation. She slammed Moscow's seizure of the Crimea peninsula from Ukraine in 2014 for "bringing shame on my country". She died around 1630 GMT Saturday evening in a Moscow hospital, he said. Read More »

Armenian prime minister's bloc wins parliamentary majority

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Two opposition parties - Prosperous Armenia and Bright Armenia - also passed the 5 percent threshold to enter the 101-seat parliament. Pashinyan came to power in the wake of weeks of mass protests against corruption and cronyism in the ex-Soviet republic . Read More »

Humble Macron raises minimum wage in bid to end 'yellow vest' riots

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French President Emmanuel Macron is at last preparing to speak to the nation Monday, after increasingly violent and radicalized protests against his leadership and a long silence that aggravated the anger. During his address on Monday, Macron said authorities would not stand for violence and that "no anger justifies" attacking police or looting stores, adding that he would use "all means" to restore order. Read More »

Accused Russian Spy Maria Butina Reportedly Pleads Guilty, Agrees to Cooperate

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Butina has agreed to cooperate with federal prosecutors, including to testify if asked in front of a grand jury. At the time of the conference, the judge ordered most of the transcript sealed. During the 2016 campaign, Butina had contact with a senior official in the Trump campaign, Rick Dearborn, trying to broker a meeting between Trump and Putin. Read More »

Rajasthan, Telangana, Chhattisgarh, Mizoram, MP election results 2018

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The BJP needs to bag at least 33 of the seats where tight fights are being witnessed to cross the hump, while the Congress needs to win 25 of the seats classified as tight fights to be able to form the government in Madhya Pradesh . Chhattisgarh recorded 76.60 per cent voter turnout, while the same for Madhya Pradesh was 75.05 per cent. Rajasthan recorded over 74 per cent voting, while it was almost 80 per cent in Mizoram . Read More »

Comey calls on Americans to oust Trump in 2020

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Gaetz said he was particularly interested in Comey's responses to questions about his June 2017 conversation with President Trump, in which Comey believes Trump may have obstructed justice by referencing the Michael Flynn investigation. "My reaction to it is actually disturbing to me, which is kind of, "Eh, there he goes again.' I thought I was "Lyin" James Comey " now I'm "Leakin" James Comey'". Read More »

After CIA briefing, senators lay blame on Saudi crown prince

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Khashoggi to the highest level possible", Graham said. "If the crown prince went in front of a jury, he'd be convicted in 30 minutes", said Senator Bob Corker , the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Trump has called the murder "terrible" but noted that the crown prince had denied any knowledge of the killing ahead of time. Indeed, despite mounting criticism against him and his older brother, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman , Khalid has slowly come ... Read More »

Jamal Khashoggi's final words were 'I can't breathe'

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The Saudi journalist, who was a vocal opponent of his country's leadership, was killed as he went to the consulate in Turkey to obtain papers for his forthcoming marriage. In response to the development, a Saudi official told CNN: "The relevant Saudi security officials have reviewed the transcript and tape materials through Turkish security channels and nowhere in them is there any reference or indication of a call being made". Read More »

Brexit: UK's May, facing defeat, to postpone vote, Report

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The pound against the dollar ( GBPUSD=X ) and euro ( GBPEUR=X ) is tumbling on reports that the United Kingdom parliament vote, scheduled for tomorrow, has been called off. May's apparent inability to win support for her agreement creates doubt over her own future. "I think she's going to buy time and bring back the deal in January with a bit less time from MPs to say we've got a better option". Read More »

UK court orders extradition of Vijay Mallya to India

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December 13, 2017: Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai, where Mr Mallya is to be held on extradition, came into focus as the defence sought to discredit its suitability through the witness statements of UK-based prison service expert Dr Alan Mitchell and the CPS dismissed his claims. Read More »