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Saturday, March 17, 2018
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'Troll Factory' Workers, 'Putin's Chef' Among Russians Hit by New US Sanctions

Sanctions Hit Russian ‘Troll Factory’ And ‘Putin’s Chef’

The U.S. treasury also referred to last year’s massive ransomware attack, known as NotPetya, that the U.S. and Britain have blamed on the Russian military. The sanctions target 19 people and five legal entities, including Russian intelligence officials. They ban U.S. assets and citizens from business dealings with them.

March 17, 2018

NATO Chief Warns Of Growing Nuclear Threat From North Korea, Russia

“Russia is modernizing its nuclear capabilities, developing new nuclear systems, and increasing the role of nuclear weapons in its military strategy. This is a cause for real concern,” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told delegates Friday at the three-day Munich Security Conference.

February 18, 2018

13 Russians Charged In Mueller Investigation

A federal grand jury investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election on Friday indicted 13 Russian nationals including 12 employees of a St. Petersburg, Russia-based company that carries out online influence operations on behalf of Moscow.

February 17, 2018
John Lewis, a Georgia Democrat

Top US Congressman To Boycott Opening Of Civil Rights Museum

But Lewis said Thursday he will refuse to attend Saturday’s opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum if President Donald Trump will be there. Lewis and Mississippi Democrat Bennie Thompson issued a joint statement calling it an “insult” that Trump will be on hand to inaugurate the museum.

December 8, 2017
Donald Trump, Jr.

Trump Jr. Rebuffs Questions At House Hearing

Donald Trump Jr. refused to answer questions from lawmakers Wednesday about conversations he had with his father, then-presidential candidate Donald Trump, about his controversial Trump Tower meeting with Russian operatives in June 2016.

December 7, 2017

2 Polls Split On Who Is Winning US Senate Race In Alabama

Four-decade-old sexual misconduct allegations against Alabama Republican Roy Moore are playing a major role for voters in his campaign for a U.S. Senate seat, but nine days ahead of the election two major polls are split whether he is ahead of Democrat Doug Jones.

December 4, 2017
Trump VOA

Trump Slur On Obama And Bush Is ‘Outrageous Lie’

Aides to the last two U.S. presidents are sharply disputing claims by President Donald Trump that they paid little attention to the families of fallen U.S. military personnel to offer sympathy and pay tribute for their service.

October 18, 2017
california wildfire

California Wildfires Are ‘All Combining Into One’

Wildfires raging in California’s wine country are “all combining into one,” Napa County’s fire chief said Friday as firefighters faced more dry, windy conditions. Fire Chief Barry Biermann said he’s teaming up with the state’s fire protection agency to set up containment lines in “priority spots” in order to keep the fires from spreading.

October 14, 2017

Mueller Seeks Records Of Trump’s Actions As President

Mueller, who is leading the investigation into possible Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, is interested in Trump’s dismissal of former FBI director James Comey as well as former national security adviser Michael Flynn, The New York Times reported Wednesday. The Times said the request covers 13 areas, including a meeting at the Oval Office between Trump and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during which Trump said that Comey’s dismissal had lifted a “great pressure” off him.

September 21, 2017

With Refugee Camps Overwhelmed, Rohingya Fleeing Myanmar Sleep On Roadsides

Overwhelmed and underfunded, aid agencies in Bangladesh are at a breaking point. But nearly three weeks into Rakhine State’s bloody conflict and the humanitarian crisis shows no signs of relenting. Around 400,000 Rohingya Muslims have now sought refuge in the country’s southern state of Chitagong, but with refugee camps at full capacity and insufficient support from aid agencies, it makes for an inhospitable home.

September 15, 2017

Some In Florida Return Home; Trump Says Irma Damage Worse Than Thought

“The devastation left by Hurricane Irma was far greater, at least in certain locations, than anyone thought,” President Donald Trump said in a Twitter comment, adding that “amazing people” were working hard. Teams of emergency workers rescued more people from flooded communities, repaired roads, cleared debris and started restoring power to millions of residences and businesses.

September 13, 2017

As Trump Visits, US Agrees To Sell Missile Defense To Poland

President Donald Trump opened his second visit to Europe at a Polish castle Thursday, welcomed by President Andrzej Duda and a vigorous handshake. The leaders then retreated to a room decorated with red walls for their private talks. Afterward, they spoke to reporters.

July 6, 2017
putin conference

Trump To Meet With Putin Next Week At Summit In Germany

McMaster would not say at a White House media briefing Thursday whether the two leaders will discuss Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election when they meet on the sidelines of the summit. “There is no specific agenda,” McMaster said, adding, “It’s whatever the president wants to talk about.”

July 1, 2017

Rights Groups Urge Ivanka Trump To Speak Up After Arrest Of Labor Investigators

The case of three labor rights activists detained in China for trying to investigate a factory that makes Ivanka Trump brand shoes highlights the pervasive problem of labor abuses and lax enforcement by authorities. But rights activists said President Donald Trump’s daughter, who is also his assistant, could help make a difference if she speaks out about the case.

June 13, 2017
Trump on the attack against news media

Trump To Propose Privatizing US Air Traffic Control

Air traffic control currently falls under the operations of the Federal Aviation Administration. Gary Cohn, Trump’s chief economic adviser, told reporters ahead of Monday’s announcement that privatization would help reduce travel times and fuel costs.

June 5, 2017
Theresa May

Britain’s Election Has Pollsters Nervous

Before the attack, several opinion polls suggested a shift in public sentiment. Prime Minister Theresa May, who called the post-Brexit snap election for June 8, had been tipped to win in a landslide, but the polls have tightened.

June 5, 2017
Trump, Tone

Trump: World Needs To Stop Being ‘Politically Correct’ In Fighting Terrorism

U.S. President Donald Trump says the world needs to stop being “politically correct” in fighting terrorism and used the deadly London attack to renew his call for courts to authorize his ban on travel to the U.S. from six majority-Muslim countries.

June 4, 2017
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President Trump Meets Pope Francis At Vatican

U.S. President Donald Trump and Pope Francis held a 30-minute meeting at the Vatican on Wednesday, underscoring the emphasis during the first presidential foreign trip on the three Abrahamic (monotheistic) faiths.

May 24, 2017
Trump Cronies, White House

Trump’s Warning To Comey Could Chill White House Conversations

For months, President Donald Trump has complained about leaks of sensitive information that he says are aimed at hurting his administration. On Friday, Trump threatened to do the leaking.

May 14, 2017
Trump, Wall, Border

US Polls Show Trump Approval Ratings Dipping Again

Both Quinnipiac University and Gallup on Wednesday showed approval of Trump’s performance in the White House dipping after he enjoyed a slight improvement last month when he ordered a missile attack following the Syrian government’s alleged chemical weapons attack on its civilians.

May 11, 2017

Trump Defends Decision To Fire FBI Director

U.S. President Donald Trump is defending his move to fire FBI Director James Comey, saying he lost the confidence of “everyone in Washington, Republican and Democrat alike.” In a series of Wednesday morning tweets, Trump said Comey “will be replaced by someone who will do a far better job, bringing back the spirit and prestige of the FBI.”

May 10, 2017
Moon Jae-in

South Korean Exit Polls Project Moon Jae-in Winner In Presidential Election

The post election survey conducted by Korean broadcasters KBS, MBC and SBS say Moon won with over 41 percent of the vote. The exit poll is also in line with opinion polls taken before the election that gave Moon a 20 percentage point lead over the field of 13 candidates.

May 9, 2017
Ivanka Trump

US Developer With A Trump Connection Courting Chinese Investors

Nicole Kushner Meyer, the sister of Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, one of the president’s top White House advisers, spoke Sunday to potential investors in Shanghai after making the same pitch the day before in Beijing. Meyer told more than 100 people at a Beijing hotel that the $976 million project — twin 66-story towers with nearly 1,500 apartments — “means a lot to me and my entire family.”

May 7, 2017
Comey testimony, Gorsuch nomination, Trumpcare vote this week

FBI Chief To Face More Questions On Russia’s Activities During Election

Comey told the panel he agonized over disclosing the new investigation into Clinton’s handling of classified information on her private email server during her time as U.S. secretary of state. The renewed investigation came months after the FBI had cleared her of wrongdoing. Comey said he decided it would have been “catastrophic” to conceal the information after having assured Congress the probe had been completed.

May 4, 2017