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Secret plot to 'Evict Julian Assange from Ecuadorian embassy' after 6 years inside

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 17:07

Secret plot to 'Evict Julian Assange from Ecuadorian embassy' after 6 years inside | 15 July 2018 | The UK and Ecuadorian authorities are secretly planning on evicting Julian Assange from his embassy safe house after six years inside, it has been reported. The Wikileaks founder has been living in the South American country's embassy building since 2012 after seeking asylum there over fears he would be extradited to the US on espionage charges. He originally went into hiding after an arrest warrant was issued so he could be sent to Sweden over sexual assault and rape allegations. But he has reportedly overstayed his welcome [?!?] since former Ecuadorian president, Rafael Corra, granted him political asylum. Sources have said the UK and Ecuadorian Governments are keen to strike a deal to get him out.

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Cold War ended, difficulties in Russia-US relations don't have any objective reasons - Putin

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 16:09

Cold War ended, difficulties in Russia-US relations don't have any objective reasons - Putin | 16 July 2018 | There are no objective reasons for Moscow and Washington not to get along, said Russian President Vladimir Putin speaking first after more than three hours talks with US President Donald Trump. The talks reflected "shared wish" of the two presidents to fix the US-Russia relations and envision the first steps to do so, Putin added... Trump again asked his Russian counterpart on the alleged Russian meddling into the 2016 presidential elections, Putin revealed, stating that he replied exactly the same, as the last time. Russia has not meddled into the internal affairs of the US, he stated, adding that if any real evidence is provided, Moscow will cooperate on it.

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Putin, Trump hold first ever one-on-one summit in Helsinki

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 15:53

Putin, Trump hold first ever one-on-one summit in Helsinki | 16 July 2018 | The heads of Russia and the US are holding talks today in the Finnish capital of Helsinki to discuss a wide range of issues in an attempt to mend bilateral relations. Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Donald Trump have arrived at the presidential palace in Helsinki to hold their first ever full-fledged summit talks... Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov said that the Syrian issue would be one of the central topics: Russia's alleged meddling in the US election and energy cooperation are among other issues experts have mentioned. The top diplomats from the two countries Sergei Lavrov and Mike Pompeo have held separate talks.

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Trump and Putin: Leaders set to have 90 minute one-on-one meeting in Helsinki before they let aides join them

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 05:46

Trump and Putin: Leaders set to have 90 minute one-on-one meeting in Helsinki before they let aides join them and will wrap up their confab with a press conference | 15 July 2018 | President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will have a 90 minute one-on-one meeting in Helsinki on Monday after amid worries about what kind of concessions the president may offer his Russian counterpart when they are alone. After Trump and Putin meet mano-a-mano at 1:20 p.m. local time (6:20 a.m. ET), they will be joined by aides for a two-hour expanded meeting and working lunch at the Presidential Palace. The leaders will cap off their time in Finland with a press conference at 4:50 p.m. local time (9:50 a.m. ET). The two men are only scheduled to see one another on Monday afternoon.

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'Israeli rockets' strike Syrian military positions near Aleppo - state media

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 04:36

'Israeli rockets' strike Syrian military positions near Aleppo - state media | 15 July 2018 | Syrian military positions near Aleppo airport have come under a missile strike, state media reports, blaming Israel for the attack. The strike targeted "one of our military positions north of the airport in Aleppo," a military source told the Syrian Arab News Agency, stressing that the damage from the aggression was "limited to material." The source denounced the raid as a "desperate attempt to support the defeated terrorist groups" in Daraa and Quneitra, where the Syrian army is actively working to defeat them.

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Leak at Porton Down lab may be behind UK nerve-agent poisonings - Russian embassy

Sun, 07/15/2018 - 03:38

Leak at Porton Down lab may be behind UK nerve-agent poisonings - Russian embassy | 14 July 2018 | A leak at the Porton Down secret laboratory may explain the nerve agent poisonings in Britain, as both cases happened in nearby Salisbury and Amesbury, the Russian embassy in the UK has said. The Russian mission pointed out that both poisoning cases took place "in the vicinity of the secret military chemical laboratory in Porton Down," which may well lead to the conclusion that "some kind of 'leak' from this laboratory might have taken place. This cannot be excluded." The Porton Down chemical laboratory is located some 8km from both Salisbury and Amesbury. [Also, check Fort Detrick's little house of chemical warfare horrors.]

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Rosenstein target of impeachment filing being prepared by House conservatives - report

Sat, 07/14/2018 - 04:41

Rosenstein target of impeachment filing being prepared by House conservatives - report | 13 July 2018 | Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is the target of an impeachment effort being undertaken by conservatives in the U.S. House of Representatives, according to a report. U.S. Reps. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., and Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, both members of the House Freedom Caucus, are said to be leading the effort and could submit an impeachment filing in the next few days, Politico reported Friday. Rosenstein has been clashing with some House Republicans for months over requests for Department of Justice documents, the Washington Examiner reported.

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UK police claim to have found bottle containing 'Novichok' nerve agent in Amesbury victim’s house

Sat, 07/14/2018 - 03:32

UK police claim to have found bottle containing 'Novichok' nerve agent in Amesbury victim’s house | 13 July 2018 | UK police say they have found the source of the nerve agent that allegedly poisoned two people in Amesbury, killing one. They claim the source appears to be a small bottle discovered in one of the victim's homes. The bottle was apparently found in Charlie Rowley's house in Amesbury on Wednesday. "Scientists have now confirmed to us that the substance contained within the bottle is Novichok," a Friday statement by police said. Investigators say they've not yet determined how a bottle of supposedly weapons-grade chemicals ended up in Rowley's home, or if there are more like it around.

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Ex-FBI lawyer Page agrees to testify before House this week

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 03:04

Ex-FBI lawyer Page agrees to testify before House this week | 12 July 2018 | Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page has struck a deal to testify this week before Congress for a transcribed interview centered on her conduct during the 2016 presidential race, according to the head of the House Judiciary Committee. Page, a close adviser to former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, is scheduled to appear for the interview on Friday at 1:30 p.m. Lawmakers will then be able to continue their questioning on Monday, according to a committee press release.

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Germans favor withdrawal of US troops, not paying more for US 'protection' - poll

Thu, 07/12/2018 - 06:03

Germans favor withdrawal of US troops, not paying more for US 'protection' - poll | 12 July 2018 | Almost every second German favors the withdrawal of US forces based there, according to a poll taken prior to the NATO summit, at which Donald Trump accused Berlin of relying on Washington's protection and not contributing enough. Some 42 percent of Germans are ready to see 35,000 US troops return home, a new YouGov poll, conducted on behalf of the German Press Agency, revealed. Only 37 percent wanted to see US troops stay in Germany in some capacity. The remaining 21 percent did not decide.

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U.S. Marshals 'went to Lisa Page's house three times' to serve a subpoena after she declined to appear before a GOP-led committee to talk about her anti-Trump texts with FBI lover

Thu, 07/12/2018 - 05:00

U.S. Marshals 'went to Lisa Page's house three times' to serve a subpoena after she declined to appear before a GOP-led committee to talk about her anti-Trump texts with FBI lover | 11 July 2018 | A top Republican on Capitol Hill has sent the United States Marshals Service to deliver a subpoena to a former FBI lawyer who defied an earlier request by Congress to testify about alleged anti-Trump bias within the bureau. Representative Bob Goodlatte, a Republican from Virginia, says he instructed the Marshals to serve a subpoena to Lisa Page, whom he has accused of 'apparently' having 'something to hide.' Earlier on Wednesday, Page defied a congressional subpoena and declined to appear before a closed-door session of the House Judiciary Committee, which Goodlatte chairs. Goodlatte said that initially Page's lawyer agreed to accept the subpoena, but 'then turned around and immediately tried to reject it,' according to Fox News.

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Mueller asks court for 100 more blank subpoenas ahead of Manafort trial

Thu, 07/12/2018 - 04:36

Mueller asks court for 100 more blank subpoenas ahead of Manafort trial| 11 July 2018 | Special counsel Robert Mueller is asking a federal court in Virginia for 100 blank subpoenas in the case against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. The request was made in a filing on Wednesday. The subpoenas would require their recipients to testify in the U.S. District Court in Alexandria on July 25, when Manafort's trial in Virginia is set to begin. The request comes roughly a month after Mueller filed a request for 150 blank subpoenas.

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Traces of chemical weapons agent found in shrimp in Sweden

Thu, 07/12/2018 - 04:16

Traces of chemical weapons agent found in shrimp in Sweden | 11 July 2018 | Traces of a chemical warfare agent were found in shrimp caught near the Swedish island of Maseskar, where 28 ships with chemical and other weapons were sunk by the allies after World War II, the Swedish National Water Agency said. The agency urged a complete fishing ban in the area surrounding the island, which is located in the Skagerrak straits linking the North Sea and the Baltic Sea. The substance, identified as diphenylchlorarsine, is likely leaking into the water from decaying bombs aboard the sunken ships, the agency said. Swedish scientists are now warning that traces of the poisonous substance may also be present in Baltic Sea fish, saying that they are planning to expand their research into the matter.

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Lisa Page will not appear for Capitol Hill interview despite subpoena, attorney says

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 05:10

Lisa Page will not appear for Capitol Hill interview despite subpoena, attorney says | 10 July 2018 | Former FBI attorney Lisa Page will not appear for a private interview with two House committees despite being subpoenaed, her attorney told Fox News Tuesday. In a statement, Amy Jeffress said her client did not have enough time to prepare and had asked the the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform Committees to schedule another date. In a statement, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., said: "It appears that Lisa Page has something to hide..." Other GOP members of the Judiciary Committee slammed Page's refusal to appear, with Ron DeSantis of Florida calling it "pathetic" and Jim Jordan of Ohio said she was "once again showing the double standard."

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Trump pardons Oregon ranchers at center of 40-day standoff

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 22:29

Trump pardons Oregon ranchers at center of 40-day standoff | 10 July 2018 | President Trump on Tuesday pardoned a pair of Oregon ranchers whose arson conviction became a focus for opponents of federal government land ownership. Dwight Hammond, 76, and his son Steven Hammond, 49, were convicted in 2012 and sent to prison on arson charges. They had set a series of fires on their ranch that spread to federal land. The Hammonds' case became the inspiration for the 40-day armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in 2016. The organizers wanted to protest federal land ownership.

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House Judiciary Committee subpoenas anti-Trump FBI lawyer Lisa Page

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 02:11

House Judiciary Committee subpoenas anti-Trump FBI lawyer Lisa Page | 09 July 2018 | The House Judiciary Committee has subpoenaed former FBI lawyer Lisa Page to appear for a private interview on Wednesday, according to two people familiar with the subpoena. Page exchanged text messages critical of Donald Trump with FBI agent Peter Strzok, who will testify publicly before the panel on Thursday. Page and Strzok both worked on the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails and later special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation. It is unclear if Page will appear.

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Brett Kavanaugh Is Trump's Pick for Supreme Court

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 01:37

Brett Kavanaugh Is Trump's Pick for Supreme Court | 09 July 2018 | President Trump on Monday selected Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, a politically connected member of Washington's conservative legal establishment, to fill Justice Anthony M. Kennedy's seat on the Supreme Court, setting up an epic confirmation battle and potentially cementing the court's rightward tilt for a generation. The nomination of Judge Kavanaugh, 53, a federal appeals court judge, former aide to President [sic] George W. Bush and onetime investigator of President Bill Clinton, was not a huge surprise, given his conservative record, elite credentials and deep ties among the Republican legal groups that have advanced conservatives for the federal bench. Judge Kavanaugh...is a graduate of Yale and Yale Law School. He also impressed Mr. Trump during his interview, and was enthusiastically backed by the White House counsel, Donald F. McGahn II.

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Trump nominates Brett Kavanaugh to Supreme Court

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 01:28

Breaking: Trump nominates Brett Kavanaugh to Supreme Court | 09 July 2018 | President Trump nominated appeals court judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court Monday night to replace the retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, ending a days-long guessing game that began the moment Kennedy announced his retirement on June 27. In televised remarks from the East Room of the White House, the president praised what he called Kavanaugh's "impeccable credentials, unsurpassed qualifications and a proven commitment to equal justice under the law." "There is no one in America more qualified for this position, and no one more deserving," Trump said.

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Rhino poachers mauled and eaten by lions in South Africa

Sun, 07/08/2018 - 18:46

Rhino poachers mauled and eaten by lions in South Africa | 06 July 2018 | At least three poachers who broke into a rhinoceros reserve in South Africa received a brutal dose of karma when they were torn to pieces by a pride of lions. Staff at the Sibuya Game Reserve in Kenton-on-Sea, South Africa discovered the men's bloody remains on Tuesday, including dismembered limbs and a decapitated head. Several pairs of empty shoes were discovered, indicating that the lions ate the men, although staff say that more remains may be hidden in the thick bush. "The lions are our watchers and guardians and they picked the wrong pride and became a meal," reserve owner Nick Fox told the Daily Express. [Excellent idea to bring the lions aboard as security guards. Apparently, they're great workers!]

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Talk emerges that Hillary Clinton is plotting her 2020 comeback and prepping to take on Donald Trump a second time

Sun, 07/08/2018 - 18:29

Talk emerges that Hillary Clinton is plotting her 2020 comeback and prepping to take on Donald Trump a second time --Clinton's next scheduled public appearance is at the third annual Ozy Fest, July 21 and 22 in Central Park | 08 July 2018 | Hillary Clinton has ramped her public presence and her fundraising appeals in recent weeks, leading to speculation she's plotting her 2020 comeback and preparing for a rematch with Donald Trump. The New York Post notes that five times in the last month alone, Clinton sent e-mails touting her super PAC's role in combating Trump. ...The day after Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement, Clinton introduced a new resistance partner: Demand Justice... Demand Justice's executive director is Brian Fallon, who served as Clinton's campaign press secretary.  Clinton's next scheduled public appearance is at the third annual Ozy Fest that takes place July 21 and 22 in Central Park.

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