December 16, 2017

US: Did Manafort use Trump to curry favor with a Putin ally?

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From Hot Air Manafort’s spokesman Jason Maloni has denied that Manafort had done anything wrong. “With respect to the Caymans controversy. Mr. Manafort believes the matter is dormant and will not be pursued further,” he said in a prepared statement. A search of court records shows no filings since 2015. The emails do not specify […]

Xiaomi’s first phone running stock Android looks impressive and costs less than $250

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By Jon Russell From engadget Xiaomi’s newest flagship smartphone will launch the day before the next iPhone, but Chinese firm has offered another new arrival before that date — and it marks a departure from the usual. That’s because Xiaomi has unveiled its first device running Google’s Android One software, and it’s called the Mi […]

Paul Manafort sought $850 million deal with Putin ally and alleged gangster [Cayman Islands company involved]

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By LACHLAN MARKAY SPENCER ACKERMAN From The Daily Beast Trump’s one-time campaign chairman has a history of unorthodox real-estate deals. But this may have been the wildest of all. Paul Manafort partnered on an $850 million New York real-estate deal with an ally of Vladimir Putin and a Ukrainian moneyman whom the Justice Department recently […]

France’s Macron suffers approval setback after two months in job

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From Newsmax President Emmanuel Macron’s approval rating fell sharply in the past month as French voters were either confused by plans for the tax system, shocked by a dispute with the head of the army or unsettled by upcoming labor laws reform, an Ifop pollster told Journal du Dimanche. The rating for Macron, elected in […]

Global ransomware attack causes turmoil

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From BBC Companies across the globe are reporting that they have been struck by a major ransomware cyber-attack. British advertising agency WPP is among those to say its IT systems have been disrupted as a consequence. The virus, the source of which is not yet known, freezes the user’s computer until a ransom in untraceable […]

Eurovision’s best moments

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Highlights from the Eurovision Song Contest in Kiev, Ukraine, which saw Portugal’s Salvador Sobral crowned the winner. Salvador SobralImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES Image caption Portugal’s Salvador Sobral sang For The Both Of Us, written by his sister Luisa. He got 758 points. Portugal winnerImage copyrightGETTY IMAGES Image caption After winning, he performed the song again with […]

Russia’s largest bank just pulled out of Ukraine

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AFP From Business Insider Moscow (AFP) – Russia’s Sberbank, the largest in the country, on Tuesday announced it had sold its Ukraine division, where operations have been complicated since Moscow’s annexation of Crimea. Sberbank, whose controlling stake is owned by the Russian state, said in a statement Tuesday that it had signed a deal with […]

Trump lawyer denies NY Times claim he gave Ukrainian plan to White House

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By Bill Hoffmann From Newsmax Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, told Newsmax on Monday that a New York Times article claiming he delivered a “sealed proposal” from a Ukrainian lawmaker to Trump’s national security adviser is a “fake news” story written as part of the newspaper’s ongoing plot to “delegitimize” the commander-in-chief. “It’s […]

Eurovision 2017: Organising team quits en masse

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By Mark Savage BBC Music reporter From BBC The 2017 Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Kiev, after Ukrainian singer Jamala won last year’s competition The Eurovision Song Contest has hit a major road bump, after 21 top level staff organising the event resigned. The Ukrainian Eurovision team say they were stripped of major […]

How Vladimir Putin became one of the most feared leaders in the world

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By Pamela Engel From Business Insider Russian President Vladimir Putin has quickly become one of the most powerful and feared politicians in the world. But he’s had a long climb to the top — he spent years working in Russian intelligence and local politics before becoming the leader of the country. And Putin could become […]