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From today, March 19, 2018
- Trump denounces Mueller's investigative team as 'hardened Democrats'
- Final Victims Recovered From Florida Bridge Wreckage
- Vladimir Putin wins re-election for fourth term
The result of Russia?s presidential election was known before any ballots were cast, with the only variable how many citizens would show up to cast votes. Many in the opposition abstained from voting, instead observing polling places for irregularities.
- Cirque Du Soleil Aerialist Dies After Falling During Show in Florida
- Police Identify the Last of the Victims After FIU Bridge Collapse
- Report: Kushner's Company Filed False Tenant Paperwork That Boosted Property Profits
- NBC/WSJ Poll shows trouble for GOP in key suburban districts
- Washington DC legislator apologises for posting video blaming recent snowfall on 'Rothschilds controlling the climate'
A Washington DC lawmaker has apologised after he posted a video in which he embraced a conspiracy theory saying a famous family of Jewish billionaires controls the weather. As snow fell on the nation?s capital last week, DC Council member Trayon White Sr on his official Facebook page published a video shot through the windshield of a car driving through downtown Washington. The video shows snowy skies as Mr White narrates and insists that the Rothschilds were intentionally controlling the climate to gain greater control of US cities.
- Treasure hunters and FBI search for lost Civil War gold in Pennsylvania
- Senate Intel Republican: Trump 'frustrated' by investigation but won't fire Mueller
- Cambridge Analytica Expert Suspended By Facebook After Disclosing Data Misuse
- SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford backs boycott of Alex Salmond's RT show
The SNP?s Westminster leader has urged a boycott of Alex Salmond?s chat show on a Kremlin-funded channel as the former First Minister cast doubt on new evidence that Russia is responsible for the Salisbury nerve agent attack. Ian Blackford said he would not ?encourage? people to go on the RT (Russia Today) programme and attempted to distance the SNP from its most successful leader by describing him as a ?private individual.? The Ross, Skye and Lochaber MP hit out at the Alex Salmond Show as the former First Minister admitted it was ?highly likely? that Russia was responsible for the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia. But he cast doubt on intelligence disclosed by Boris Johnson that Russia has stockpiled Novichok, the substance thought to have been used in the attack, within the past decade and has been investigating using nerve agents for assassinations. The former SNP leader claimed this was contradicted by secretary-general of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), whom he said had praised last September ?the completion of the verified destruction of Russia?s chemical weapons programme.? Mr Salmond also argued there was a substantial difference between Theresa May?s conclusion that it was ?highly likely? that Russia was responsible and Mr Johnson?s statement that there was an ?overwhelming likelihood? that Vladimir Putin personally ordered the attack. Alex Salmond during the launch of his RT chat show The Alex Salmond Show Credit: PA His latest intervention on his LBC phone-in programme came amid mounting criticism of his refusal to sever his links with RT following the Salisbury attack, with Ruth Davidson stating it was a ?shameful stain on his reputation.? Despite the controversial channel running a series of stories parroting the Putin regime?s line there is no evidence of Russian responsibility, he used last week?s edition of his programme to insist it is not a propaganda outlet and the proof must be ?overwhelming.? Pressed whether Mr Salmond should quit his RT show for the sake of the SNP?s reputation, Mr Blackford told ITV?s Peston on Sunday: ?Alex is a private individual. What he does is obviously his own responsibility. ?The fact remains that there are dozens of MPs that have appeared on RT over the course of the last couple of years and many MPs have been paid to be on that show "I personally wouldn't go on it, I wouldn't encourage people to go on it but what Alex does is his own business." Mr Blackford was also pressed whether Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh, a former MP and close friend of Mr Salmond who produces the programme, should be allowed to continue sitting on the SNP?s national executive committee. Ms Ahmed-Sheikh is an elected office holder, serving as the party?s national women?s and equalities convener, a position that gives her a place on the ruling body. However, Mr Blackford said she played a ?very valuable role? in the SNP. Pressed on his relationship with RT by an LBC caller, Mr Salmond reiterated his programme is independently produced and ?I say and do as I like.? Asked whether he thought Russia was responsible for the attack, he said ?highly likely would be a reasonable estimate of the position.? However, he delivered an impassioned defence of Jeremy Corbyn, saying the Labour leader was ?entitled? to ask the questions he had about the evidence amassed by the UK Government.
- The Children Of Eastern Ghouta Are Living In Their Own Tombs
- Florida school aware of bridge crack before collapse that killed six
Engineers and state and university officials met hours before a new pedestrian bridge collapsed in southern Florida, killing six people, but concluded a crack in the structure was not a safety concern, Florida International University said on Saturday. The meeting on Thursday involved FIGG, which is the private contractor for the overall bridge design, the school, Florida Department of Transportation officials and Munilla Construction Management, which installed the $14.2 million bridge. A FIGG engineer "concluded there were no safety concerns and the crack did not compromise the structural integrity of the bridge," the university said in a statement.
- Rep. Trey Gowdy To Trump's Lawyer: If You Have An Innocent Client, 'Act Like It'
- Navy's new attack submarine named Colorado joins the fleet
- Vehicle used to pick up Yulia Skripal from airport seized for forensic tests
The vehicle used to pick up Yulia Skripal from Heathrow when she arrived in the UK from Moscow has been seized by the military for forensic testing. The development suggests that detectives believe the Novichok nerve agent used to poison both the 33-year-old and her father, Russian spy Sergei Skripal, a fortnight ago may have been unwittingly carried over by her from Russia the previous day. Barely 24 hours later, the pair were found on a bench in the centre of Salisbury in a catatonic state. Miss Skripal was picked up from the airport on Saturday March 3 by Ross Cassidy, one of Col Skripal's closest friends, who drove her back to her father's house in Salisbury. Intelligence officers have suggested that the toxin may have been hidden in her luggage, either impregnated in an item of clothing or cosmetics or else in a gift, meaning Miss Skripal was deliberately targeted to get at her father. Mr Cassidy confirmed when contacted by The Telegraph that his pick-up truck had been seized at the concrete plant in Amesbury where he works. Ross Cassidy, a close friend of Sergei Skripal, who is understood to have picked Yulia Skripal up from Heathrow Meanwhile, police investigating the murder of Russian businessman Nikolai Glushkov said they had found no evidence of forced entry into his home. The 68-year-old was found apparently strangled at his terraced house in Clarence Avenue, New Malden on March 12, prompting fears that a new Moscow-sponsored attack had been carried out on UK soil. The former Aeroflot deputy director, a fierce critic of Vladimir Putin, was granted asylum in the UK after fleeing Russia in 2006. His death was initially treated as unexplained but four days later, following a post-mortem examination, Scotland Yard launched a murder inquiry. Mr Glushkov, who was close friends with Putin critic Boris Berezovsky, was wanted over fraud allegations in his native Russia. He was also outspoken after Mr Berezovsky died in 2013, refusing to accept that his friend had taken his own life. Sergei Skripal with his daughter Yulia Credit: Social media Counter-terrorism police are leading the investigation into Mr Glushkov's death but have stressed that there is no evidence to link it with the attempted murder of Col Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury. On Monday officers were carrying out house-to-house inquiries near his Clarence Avenue home and appealing for witnesses to come forward. Metropolitan Police Commander Clarke Jarrett said: "I would urge anybody who may have information to get in touch if they have not already done so. We will have officers in Mr Glushkov's local neighbourhood today so please come and speak to us if you think you may have seen or heard anything suspicious last Sunday or Monday. "The investigation is progressing; we have taken a number of statements and have over 400 exhibits which are being processed. We have found no sign of forced entry thus far, but the forensic examination at Mr Glushkov's home continues and we expect to be there for some time. "I must stress that there is nothing we have found in our investigation so far to suggest any link to the attempted murders in Salisbury and I would like to reassure the public in New Malden that there are no wider public health concerns in relation to this investigation." Officers at the cordon near the tent covering the bench where Sergei Skripal and his daughter were found poisoned Credit: REUTERS/Peter Nicholls The bodies of Russian dissidents who have died in the UK are likely to be exhumed in the wake of Boris Johnson's disclosure that the Kremlin has spent a decade developing nerve agents for assassination purposes. The remains of at least two Russians who died suddenly and mysteriously are expected to be re-examined. Neither was tested for nerve agent poisoning after their deaths. Yesterday, the Foreign Secretary accused Putin's regime of breaking international law in developing Novichok for use by hit squads. Today, inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) will visit the defence laboratory at Porton Down to collect nerve agent samples used in the attack for independent testing. The tests are expected to last at least two weeks. Mr Johnson said the Government had proof that Novichok was being stockpiled by Russia. The Skripals remain in a critical and life threatening condition.
- Four Injured After Two Trains Collide in Kentucky
- Bid to prosecute Aung San Suu Kyi in Australia rejected
Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has immunity from prosecution, Australia's attorney general said Sunday after a legal bid was launched to hold her responsible for "crimes against humanity". A group of five Australian lawyers have filed a private application in the Melbourne Magistrates Court seeking to prosecute her over the treatment of the Muslim-minority Rohingya. Nearly 700,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar's troubled Rakhine state for Bangladesh since authorities launched a brutal crackdown six months ago that the UN has called "ethnic cleansing".
- Martina Navratilova: John McEnroe Made Far More For Wimbledon Commentary
- NKorean diplomat heads to Finland for talks with US, SKorea
- Ryan Zinke Defends ?Konnichiwa? Comment To Hawaii Congresswoman
- Missing 16-Year-Old Amy Yu Found, 45-Year-Old Man Arrested
- Costco crook's getaway habit helped cops nab him red-handed
- Report: Trump made senior WH staff sign non-disclosure agreements
- Adrian Lamo, Hacker Who Turned In Chelsea Manning, Dies at 37
- Military-style squads swoop on kissing students on Chinese college campus
AChinese college has come under fire for deploying squads dressed in military uniforms to crack down on couples who kiss and cuddle on campus. The student patrols wear camouflage and helmets, and perform intimidating night-time drills marching around Binzhou Vocational College, in the eastern Shandong province, according to videos shared on Chinese social media. A college official said the squads were responsible for clamping down on a range of "inappropriate behaviour", including smoking and dropping litter. But many in China were outraged that they have also been given powers to warn couples against showing public affection, and to threaten them with being named and shamed for their behaviour. Many in China - particularly older generations - are deeply conservative, and public affection is rare in the country. But an adventurous generation of young, mainly urban Chinese are pushing back the frontiers of what is accepted, and attitudes are far removed from the puritan days of radical Communist Party rule that their parents lived under. An adventurous generation of young, mainly urban Chinese are pushing back the frontiers of what is accepted Credit: ChinaFotoPress/Getty The campus crackdown comes amid a wider war on immoral living that has been launched since President Xi Jinping assumed leadership of the Party in 2012. Crass and vulgar comment has been targeted on the Chinese Internet, while authorities have sought to curb news reports which promote "Western values". Strict regulations on gluttony and ?improper sexual relations? have also been rolled out for the Communist Party?s 88 million members. But Binzhou Vocational College's student squads sparked a backlash on social media after a video went viral showing a trio of men wearing helmets and military attire confronting a couple who were embracing. The Paper, a Shanghai-based news portal, quoted a college employee saying that the patrol had only sought to give the couple a warning, but that the male student ?threw a fit?. There were many comments on Sina Weibo, China's version of Twitter, expressing anger that touchy-feely couples were being intimidated by the military-style squads. "What a freak school!" said one. "The headmaster obviously doesn?t have a happy marriage." Another said: "College students can get married, so why can't they have romantic relationships?? Media reports said the school had warned in an online post that ?serious offenders? could have their names released and face public criticism on the campus. It comes after another college in the city of Rizhao - which is also in Shandong province - came under fire last year for rolling out a campaign against kissing, cuddling and "uncivilised" behaviour. The Shandong Foreign Languages Vocational College set up a designated room where students could see photographs of their peers who been involved in "uncivilised behaviour?, such as holding hands. Additional reporting by Christine Wei
- Nigeria skips African summit in blow to free trade deal
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will not attend the African Union summit in Rwanda this week, an official statement said Sunday, in a blow to plans to launch a major free trade treaty across 54 countries. The meeting in Kigali is intended to formally launch the African Continental Free Trade Area Treaty, which Nigeria's cabinet endorsed last Wednesday. Buhari was scheduled to leave Abuja on Monday ahead of Wednesday's launch but pulled out to allow for more consultations.
- Putin wins another six years at Russia's helm in landslide victory
By Maria Kiselyova and Denis Pinchuk MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin won a landslide re-election victory on Sunday, extending his rule over the world's largest country for another six years at a time when his ties with the West are on a hostile trajectory. Putin's victory will take his political dominance of Russia to nearly a quarter of a century, until 2024, by which time he will be 71. Putin has promised to use his new term to beef up Russia's defenses against the West and to raise living standards.
- Vatican bows to pressure, releases retired pope's letter
VATICAN CITY (AP) ? Stung by accusations of spreading "fake news," the Vatican on Saturday released the complete letter by Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI about Pope Francis after coming under blistering criticism for selectively citing it in a press release and digitally manipulating a photograph of it.
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- Turkey-backed forces capture Syrian Kurdish town of Afrin
ISTANBUL (AP) ? Turkish military and allied Syrian forces marched into the center of the northern Syrian town of Afrin Sunday, raising their flags and shooting in the air in celebration nearly two months after launching their offensive on the Kurdish enclave. The advancing troops faced little resistance from the Kurdish militia that retreated and vowed to turn to guerrilla tactics.
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- Serial bomber suspected in deadly Austin explosions: police
By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A serial bomber is suspected of planting four bombs detonated this month around Austin, Texas, that have killed two people and injured four others and unnerved residents of the Texas capital. "We are clearly dealing with what we expect to be a serial bomber at this point," Austin Police Chief Brian Manley told a news conference on Monday. Manley said that more than 500 federal agents were involved in the investigation, including from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
- Lin Manuel Miranda And Ben Platt Join Forces For Ultimate Broadway Mashup
- China promotes foreign minister, names new defence chief
China on Monday elevated the status of its current foreign minister and selected a new defence minister as the country deals with rocky relations with the United States and expands its military. The rubber-stamp National People's Congress endorsed the appointment of Foreign Minister Wang Yi, 64, as state councillor, making him a ranking member of the country's "cabinet".
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- Putin Believes He's Destined to Make Russia Great Again. And He's Just Getting Started
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- Horses on Maryland farm seized after dozens starve, die
- Volkswagen reveals four-wheel-drive, ID R electric-powered prototype
Volkswagen is a manufacturer that's been making a lot of noise recently about its plans for new electric and hybrid vehicles, but one of the first that will actually be seen in action may surprise a few people. The car has been named the ID R Pikes Peak, and as well as putting in a spectacular time at the hill climb event it's also designed to showcase the potential and spectacular performance capabilities of Volkswagen's electric car technology.
- Report: Trump Demanded Nondisclosure Pacts So Staffers Can Never Spill
- Hotel fire kills at least three in Philippine capital
A fire at a hotel in the Philippine capital killed three people on Sunday and injured nearly two dozen, police and rescue officials said, with two people listed as missing. The fire broke out at the Manila Pavilion Hotel where about 20 people earlier listed as trapped had been evacuated safely, Johnny Yu, chief of the Manila Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office, said. Two employees of a casino at the hotel were missing and rescue operations were ongoing, Manila Police District spokesman Erwin Margarejo told Reuters.
- 'Rick And Morty' Future Still Up In The Air, Says Co-Creator Dan Harmon
- China reshapes economic team to battle trade tensions, debt pile
Xi Jinping reshaped his core economic team on Monday, promoting two trusted, US-educated lieutenants to key positions at a time of escalating trade tensions with Washington and concerns over a growing debt mountain. Parliament approved the nomination of Xi's influential adviser Liu He, a Harvard-educated Communist Party official who as vice premier is expected to oversee the financial and economic sectors. The deputy governor of the People's Bank of China (PBOC), Yi Gang, was elevated to head the central bank, replacing Zhou Xiaochuan, another advocate of reforms who had held the job since 2002.
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- President says Zimbabwe to hold elections in July
Zimbabwe's first presidential and parliamentary elections since the end of former strongman Robert Mugabe's long rule will take place in July, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said on Saturday. The polls will be the first major test of the new leader, who took power in November after a de facto military coup forced the 94-year-old Mugabe to resign. "As a nation, party and government, we are looking forward to very peaceful, transparent and harmonised elections in July this year," Mnangagwa told reporters after a meeting with South Africans President Cyril Ramaphosa on Saturday night.
- Ex-politburo member faces second graft trial Vietnam
A former politburo member went on trial in Vietnam Monday in his second corruption case this year, as the communist state continues its public crackdown on powerful figures in politics and business accused of graft. Dinh La Thang, who was also the former head of state-run oil giant PetroVietnam (PVN), is already serving a 13-year jail term for a previous conviction for corruption. The new trial sees him accused of approving a $35 million investment of state funds in Ocean Bank in 2008 without the authorisation of PVN's board or the Prime Minister.
- Michigan shipwreck hunters find schooner that sank in 1873