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Sentencing for Ex-National Security Adviser Set
Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has a sentencing date.
A judge Wednesday scheduled Flynn’s sentencing for Dec. 18, more than a year after he pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.
The move comes just days after prosecutors working for special counsel Robert Mueller said they were ready for Flynn’s case to conclude after months of delays.
Flynn has been a key cooperator in the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election, but prosecutors have yet to detail the...
Russia to Study Israeli Data Related to Downed Plane
Russian President Vladimir Putin has accepted Israel's offer to share detailed information on the Israeli airstrike in Syria that triggered fire by Syrian forces which downed a Russian reconnaissance plane, the Kremlin said Wednesday.
Syrian forces mistook the Russian Il-20 for Israeli aircraft, killing all 15 people aboard Monday night. Russia’s Defense Ministry blamed the plane’s loss on Israel, but Putin sought to defuse tensions, pointing at “a chain of tragic accidental...
Celebrity Chef in Hot Water for Hosting Venezuela's Maduro
A Turkish celebrity chef with restaurants all over the world is coming under attack after he posted videos on social media of Venezuelan President Nicola Maduro feasting at his Istanbul restaurant amid claims that people in Venezuela are going hungry because of an ongoing economic crisis.
Dozens of Venezuelans protested outside chef Nusret Gokce's Miami restaurant on Wednesday, even after the videos were deleted Tuesday from Instagram. Protesters, some draped in the...
Dallas Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban Donates $10M After Workplace Probe
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban announced Wednesday he will contribute $10 million to help further the cause of women in sports and raise awareness about domestic violence after an investigation substantiated numerous incidents of sexual harassment and improper workplace conduct within the franchise going back more than 20 years.
The investigation faulted the Mavericks for allowing an environment where workplace misconduct was rampant.
"The findings of the independent...
S. Sudan Sees Renewed Fighting After Peace Deal Signed
Just days after the signing of South Sudan's revitalized peace agreement, reports of fighting have surfaced in several parts of South Sudan, according to Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the United Nations' undersecretary-general for peacekeeping operations.
"Reports indicate that these hostilities are in response to alleged government attempts to install local authorities in opposition-controlled areas. Both sides appear to have mobilized reinforcements to support these operations to...
China's Alibaba Scraps Plan to Create 1M US Jobs
Alibaba Chairman Jack Ma said Wednesday that the Chinese e-commerce giant had canceled plans to create 1 million jobs in the U.S., blaming the ongoing trade war for the decision, according to Chinese news agency Xinhua.
"This commitment is based on friendly China-U.S. cooperation and the rational and objective premise of bilateral trade," Ma told Xinhua. "The current situation has already destroyed the original premise. There is no way to deliver the promise."
US Official: Islamic State, Al-Qaida Determined and Adaptable
U.S. counterterrorism officials say despite major strides in combating and regaining territory from terror groups like Islamic State and al-Qaida, the terror landscape has grown more complex.
"ISIS, al-Qaida, and their affiliates have proven to be determined, resilient and adaptable," U.S. Coordinator for Counterterrorism Nathan Sales said Wednesday, using an acronym for Islamic State. "They have adjusted to heightened counterterrorism pressure in Iraq, Syria, Somalia and...
Kabila Candidate Faces Challenges in DRC Election
Joseph Kabila's preferred successor as president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo will face a credible election challenge in December from two opposition leaders, the final list of candidates published Wednesday
Kabila has ruled since his father's assassination in 2001. He agreed last month not to defy term limits and stand for re-election, opening the door to the Central African nation's first democratic transfer of power.
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Mueller document leads to Israeli whodunit over anti-Semitism
A single paragraph in lengthy legal papers filed by special counsel Robert S. Mueller in the case of President Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, has provoked a political whodunit in Jerusalem, where a statement that Manafort “coordinated privately with a senior Israeli government...
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An African model for ethnic reconciliation?
With its great diversity of ethnic groups, Africa has long needed models of governance that are inclusive, especially after conflicts driven by ethnic differences. For nearly six months, Ethiopia has shown promise of being such a model. A new prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, has so far achieved a whirlwind of reforms, such as releasing political prisoners and making peace with neighboring Eritrea.
Can Islamist moderates remake the politics of the Muslim world?
Alaa Faroukh insists he is the future. The jovial psychologist with a toothy smile, who can quote Freud as easily as he can recite the Quran, is speaking from his airy Amman clinic, located one floor below the headquarters of the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood, the very movement he left. Faroukh is symbolic of a shift sweeping through parts of the Arab world.
As cannabis comes to Canada, communities welcome accompanying job boom
“All of you who have come in right now are coming into a business that’s right at the very beginning,” Mr. Davloor tells the three dozen employees gathered at company headquarters in Kincardine, a municipality of about 11,000 on Lake Huron. Adam Schacher, a team lead hired six months ago, breaks in.
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Broncos QB Keenum (knees) misses practice
Quarterback Case Keenum did not practice with the Denver Broncos on Wednesday because of what was described as "mild" soreness in his knees, according to local media reports.
Theresa May tells EU27 she won't delay Brexit despite lack of a deal
Comments at Salzburg summit aimed at pressuring EU to be more flexible in future talks
Theresa May has tried to threaten EU leaders over dinner at a special summit in Salzburg by telling them the UK would not seek to delay Brexit, prompting European leaders to warn that the two sides remained far apart on trade and the Irish border despite months of negotiations.
The prime minister told her counterparts “that the UK will leave on 29 March next year” and as a result “the onus is now on all of us to get this deal done” by the end of an emergency summit that the EU confirmed would happen in mid-November. Continue reading...
Former Malaysia PM Najib Razak faces charges over missing $628m
The ousted leader’s bank accounts allegedly swelled with millions from the state investment fund 1MDB
The ousted Malaysian prime minister, Najib Razak, has been arrested and will be charged over allegations that $628m linked to state investment fund 1MDB ended up in his personal bank accounts, officials said.
Najib will appear in court on Thursday afternoon where he faces several charges related to abuse of power, the anti-corruption commission said. Continue reading...
'Boorish' tourists in Venice targeted in mooted 'no sit' rule
Residents’ groups are kicking back against the latest in a long list of banned activities
Authorities in Venice have proposed banning people from sitting and lying on the ground as the city pursues its quest to clamp down on what some officials describe as “boorish” tourists.
The potential rule was suggested by the mayor, Luigi Brugnaro, and would mean transgressors being fined between €50 and €500 if implemented. Continue reading...
Republicans refuse to delay Kavanaugh hearing as Trump defends nominee
Chuck Grassley maintained the hearing would take place Monday morning after Ford’s lawyers demanded an FBI investigation
Senate Republicans are refusing to delay a high-stakes public hearing with supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, the professor who accused him of sexual assault, as Donald Trump offered a vigorous defense of his embattled nominee.
The hearing was thrown into doubt when Ford’s lawyers demanded an FBI investigation as a pre-requisite to her appearance on Capitol Hill on Monday, setting up a showdown with Senate judiciary committee chairman Chuck Grassley. He said on Wednesday that the hearing would take place on Monday at 10am in Washington, as scheduled. In a letter to Ford’s lawyers, he gave her until 10am Friday to submit her biography and prepared remarks “if she intends to testify”. Continue reading...
Donald Trump urged Spain to 'build the wall' – across the Sahara
Spanish foreign minister says US president advised tactic to stem migration across the Med
Donald Trump suggested the Spanish government tackled the Mediterranean migration crisis by emulating one of his most famous policies and building a wall across the Sahara desert, the country’s foreign minister has revealed.
According to Josep Borrell, the US president brushed off the scepticism of Spanish diplomats – who pointed out that the Sahara stretched for 3,000 miles – saying: “The Sahara border can’t be bigger than our border with Mexico.” Continue reading...
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