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For Manafort , who had already been convicted of eight counts in his first trial and who was facing many more , there was really only one reason not to cooperate: If he could be sure that Trump would pardon him. The president has signalled that he's sympathetic to Manafort's cause. As part of the deal, the government has the authority to seize four of Manafort's homes in NY and Virginia as well as the money in a number of bank accounts, court documents filed by prosecutors said.
  • Obama's sharp, rare critique of Trump | Don't Miss This

    Obama's sharp, rare critique of Trump | Don't Miss This

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    According to a report on the reemergence of former President Barack Obama into the public square after giving a scathing speech attacking Donald Trump , White House insiders are anxious that Trump will now become obsessed with going after the former president.
  • Kerala nuns join public protest demanding arrest of bishop

    Kerala nuns join public protest demanding arrest of bishop

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    In a seven-page letter addressed to the Apostolic Nunciature, the nun alleged that Mulakkal is using money power to scuttle the complaint against him. The statement has also said that the allegations against the Bishop are completely baseless. Copies of the letter were sent to 21 others, including the Catholic Bishops Conference of India (CBCI) President Cardinal Oswald Gracias and Delhi Metropolitan Archbishop, Anil Couto.
  • Sweden election results: Sweden Democrats make huge gains

    Sweden election results: Sweden Democrats make huge gains

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    Centre-left and centre-right parties have ruled together only a handful of times since the mid-1930s. To avoid that situation, Kristersson appears to favour some form of broad cross-bloc cooperation with the Social Democrats. However, the unaligned far-right Sweden Democrats gained 17.6% of the vote, up from 12.9% in the previous 2014 elections. Sweden saw itself as a "humanitarian superpower" for years, but a rise in gang violence in immigrant-dominated, deprived city suburbs has also won ...
  • Assad 'has been warned' on Idlib chemical use: Mattis

    Assad 'has been warned' on Idlib chemical use: Mattis

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    On Monday, the head of the United Nations humanitarian agency, Mark Lowcock, warned that Idlib could see "the worst humanitarian catastrophe, with the biggest loss of life of the 21st century". Turkey massed tanks and commandos at its frontier and accelerated work to cope with a possible surge of refugees after Russian Federation refused to call off an offensive against the last rebel bastion in Syria.
  • Look on Montana teen's face at Trump rally raises eyebrows

    Look on Montana teen's face at Trump rally raises eyebrows

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    Linfesty said the facial expressions that caused him to go viral were just his natural reactions to what the president was saying. The 17-year-old Billings West High School senior talked with MTN News on Friday about his whirlwind last 24 hours, which included appearances on several national TV news outlets and being featured in dozens of articles across the country.
  • Evacuations Ordered As Hurricane Florence Heads For East Coast

    Evacuations Ordered As Hurricane Florence Heads For East Coast

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    Just had calls with South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, and Virginia Governor Ralph Northam regarding the incoming storm. Isaac is a Category 1 hurricane that's blowing winds between 74-95 miles per hour. South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster said an estimated 1 million people would be fleeing his state's coast, with eastbound lanes of Interstate 26 heading into Charleston and US 501 heading into Myrtle Beach reversed to ease the exodus.
  • Texas officer faces manslaughter charge in neighbor’s death

    Texas officer faces manslaughter charge in neighbor’s death

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    A jail employee said Guyger was released on bond. Her arrest came amid intensifying calls for the 30-year-old officer to be charged in the fatal shooting of her 26-year-old neighbor, Botham Shem Jean , on Thursday. "This crime was not only a shock for the Jean family, but also one that continues to astonish most sensible Americans". According to reports , the shooting took place Thursday night at South Side Flats where Jean and Guyger lived.
  • Melania Trump to op-ed writer: You are 'sabotaging' our country

    Melania Trump to op-ed writer: You are 'sabotaging' our country

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    Memes ascribe the column to everyone from Tiffany Trump and the Easter Bunny to the First Lady Melania Trump and Vice President Mike Pence . "People who work for him are anxious. From former White House lawyer John Dowd, we learned - or rather had confirmed - that Trump is incapable of getting through a single blustery sentence without uttering some spectacular falsehood, making him a prime candidate for perjury in any potential sit-down with Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
  • President Trump Praises North Korea's Toned-Down Parade

    President Trump Praises North Korea's Toned-Down Parade

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    No footage of the parade has been released but news agency AFP, which had a reporter at the scene, and NK News, which had pictures from North Korean state TV, said no ICBMs had been seen. The message from the group, that directs its propaganda mainly at the South, included a condemnation of the United States for the "most barbaric massacre" during the 1950-53 Korean War.
  • Wildfires Have Charred More Than 1 Million Acres in California This Year

    Wildfires Have Charred More Than 1 Million Acres in California This Year

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    California Highway Patrol (CHP) says that the most direct route will take motorists an hour and a half out of the way. About 17 big-rigs were abandoned and at least four caught fire, Lt. The Delta Fire that erupted Wednesday afternoon and devoured timber and brush on both sides of Interstate 5 near the OR state line had expanded to 23 square miles Thursday (60 square kilometers), prompting mandatory evacuations, the U.S.
  • Obama On New York Times Op-Ed: 'This Is Not Normal'

    Obama On New York Times Op-Ed: 'This Is Not Normal'

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    US President Donald Trump on Friday urged his attorney general to investigate the anonymous author of a damning op-ed, escalating his long-running battles with both the media and leaks from the White House. Trump also said Friday that he was still open to answering questions from special counsel Robert Mueller in his investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
  • N Korea holds military parade without advanced missiles

    N Korea holds military parade without advanced missiles

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    Michael Spavor, a Canadian business consultant who heads Paektu Cultural Exchange, said he is working with the North Korean government to bring about 25 Chinese investors and entrepreneurs to tour potential projects in Pyongyang , Wonsan and Nampho.
  • USA has seen evidence of Syria preparing chemical weapons in Idlib: envoy

    USA has seen evidence of Syria preparing chemical weapons in Idlib: envoy

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    This week, a top USA envoy said there was "lots of evidence" that chemical weapons were being prepared by Syrian government forces in Idlib. Analysts agree that the summit did not go well for Erdogan: Kerim Has, a Moscow-based analyst on Russian and Eurasian affairs, told Al-Monitor that the gathering revealed that a joint offensive carried out by Russia-backed regime forces and Iran-backed pro-regime militias "is very near".
  • Rescuers race to find survivors after Japan quake

    Rescuers race to find survivors after Japan quake

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    The quake left nearly three million people without power after damage to a major thermal plant supplying the region, which was already affected by a typhoon earlier in the week. Operations at New Chitose Airport, which was closed due to leaks and other problems, have partially been restored. "We will devote all our energy to saving lives", Abe said.
  • China's leader Xi looms large over North Korean anniversary

    China's leader Xi looms large over North Korean anniversary

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    KCNA said Kim and the South Korean envoys reached a "satisfactory agreement" over his planned summit with Moon. But the celebrations come as President Donald Trump has blamed Beijing for the slow progress of denuclearization. Earlier on Tuesday, Chung Eui-yong, chief of the national security office at Seoul's presidential Blue House, said he would deliver a letter from Moon to Kim when he visits the North, without elaborating on its contents.
  • USA 2+2 Talks: Egos Need to be Squashed to Strengthen Ties

    USA 2+2 Talks: Egos Need to be Squashed to Strengthen Ties

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    The Trump administration has brilliantly outwitted the Modi government by making India's relations with Russia, China, Iran and Pakistan the abiding concerns of the folks in Washington. Before coming to India, Pompeo held talks in Islamabad with Pakistan's new government and generals, aiming to smooth over tensions after President Donald Trump took a tough new line towards Pakistan over longstanding accusations it is not doing enough to root out Afghan Taliban fighters on its territory.
  • North Korean hacker responsible for Bangladesh Bank heist

    North Korean hacker responsible for Bangladesh Bank heist

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    The Justice Department has charged a North Korean cyber-operative with attacks and mayhem that prosecutors say was carried out under orders from Kim Jong Un . The U.S. Treasury Department is also reportedly ready to issue new sanctions against the perpetrators of the attack, though it's not immediately clear how many people will be targeted.
  • VIDEO of strikes on terrorist targets in Idlib released by Russian MoD

    VIDEO of strikes on terrorist targets in Idlib released by Russian MoD

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    But Russia's President Vladimir Putin said Moscow opposed a truce, and Iranian leader Hassan Rouhani said Syria must regain control over all its territory. But regime backers Russian Federation and Iran have sworn to wipe out "terrorists" and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has declared his determination to retake control of the entire country.
  • French Foreign Minister says Assad won war in Syria

    French Foreign Minister says Assad won war in Syria

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    The Idlib area includes both rebel groups and militants such as the Nusrah Front. Meanwhile, monitors from the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on September 4 that Russian warplanes, in support of Assad's forces, had resumed air strikes in Idlib after a 22-day break.
  • Pope calls for all parties to safeguard Syrian civilians in Idlib

    Pope calls for all parties to safeguard Syrian civilians in Idlib

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    Five children were among 12 civilians killed by the Daesh terrorist group in Syria last month while unidentified parties were responsible for the death of 88 civilians, including 25 children and 17 women, it added. The area, which has been controlled by rebels since 2015, has been targeted by government and Russian Federation air and artillery strikes for months, devastating infrastructure such as schools and hospitals.
  • White House Warns Syria Against Chemical Weapons Use

    White House Warns Syria Against Chemical Weapons Use

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    President Trump "has warned that such an attack would be a reckless escalation of an already tragic conflict and would risk the lives of hundreds of thousands of people", the administration said. Seized from government forces in 2015, Idlib and surrounding areas form the last major swath of territory still in rebel hands. Tuesday's bombardment hit several areas held by the jihadist-led Hayat Tahrir al-Sham alliance, among them the large town of Jisr al-Shughur, but also areas held by rival ...
  • Labor boss Trumka says any new NAFTA deal must include Canada

    Labor boss Trumka says any new NAFTA deal must include Canada

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    Donald Trump's trade talks with Canada were in trouble on Friday morning after an "off the record" conversation with a Bloomberg reporter was leaked. The language had extra sting because Trumka is a NAFTA critic and has battled previous trade deals he believed had insufficient labor or environmental protections.
  • 'Some Values Transcend Party': Obama Delivers Remarks at McCain Memorial Service

    'Some Values Transcend Party': Obama Delivers Remarks at McCain Memorial Service

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    On Sunday, a private memorial service will be held at the U.S. Naval Academy Chapel in Annapolis, Maryland. "So much of our politics, our public life, our public discourse can seem small and mean and petty, tracking in bombast and insult and phony controversies and manufactured outrage", Mr Obama said in another not-so-veiled nod to Mr Trump.
  • Joe Biden remembers John McCain as a brother during Arizona memorial service

    Joe Biden remembers John McCain as a brother during Arizona memorial service

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    Ducey said John McCain was about more than politics, he "brought us above politics". A digest of the top political stories from the Globe, sent to your inbox Monday-Friday. A man with a white beard stood on one corner holding a sign saying "Senator John McCain: Because character counts". John McCain , who died of brain cancer last Saturday at 81.
  • Canada Trade Talks In Jeopardy After Leaked ‘Off The Record’ Trump Comments

    Canada Trade Talks In Jeopardy After Leaked ‘Off The Record’ Trump Comments

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    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gave his firmest defence of Canada's dairy sector Friday as NAFTA talks were upended in Washington D.C., just hours before Donald Trump's deadline expires. For various political reasons on both sides of the Rio Grande, it was critical that the trade deal be officially presented to Congress by end of the week, so getting Canada on-board became an immediate priority.
  • Puerto Rico Raises Official Hurricane Maria Death Toll By Nearly 3,000

    Puerto Rico Raises Official Hurricane Maria Death Toll By Nearly 3,000

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    The Puerto Rican government said the storm caused 64 deaths . Almost 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico in the chaotic, grueling aftermath of Hurricane Maria, a toll that far exceeds the original estimates, according to a new study . Among the problems researchers identified: a lack of training for doctors about reporting on hurricane death counts, poor communication between central and local governments; and a lack of proper planning by both the Puerto Rican and federal governments for a ...
  • Andrew Gillum celebrates

    Andrew Gillum celebrates "incredible feat" of clinching Democratic nomination for Florida governor

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    I can imagine DeSantis profiting with the rest of the electorate. Thompson said he the term was obviously racist. During an appearance on MSNBC, guest Mark Thompson compared the comments to calling Gillum a rascist label. Smith also read from a statement in which DeSantis's campaign suggested it was "absurd" to characterize the candidate's remarks as racist. If elected, Gillum would be Florida's first black governor.
  • Final farewells to Sen. John McCain begin at Arizona Capitol

    Final farewells to Sen. John McCain begin at Arizona Capitol

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    Ducey is also headed for a tough reelection battle in the fall, and is seeking a smooth replacement process. Graham revealed in a CNN interview that Trump phoned him after he made an emotional speech on the Senate floor Tuesday urging Americans to "be more like John McCain ".
  • President Trump: We Aren't Restarting Military Exercises With South Korea

    President Trump: We Aren't Restarting Military Exercises With South Korea

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    In yet another episode of White House officials contradicting their leader, the comments were at odds with Defense Secretary James Mattis on Tuesday, who said the drills would not be suspended for the time being. According to a Wednesday Vox report , this discordance between Trump and Pompeo has stalled diplomatic efforts with North Korea, as Kim feels that he's being yanked around and made to look foolish by the Americans reneging on their promises.
  • Russia accuses Syrian rebels of preparing Idlib chemical attack

    Russia accuses Syrian rebels of preparing Idlib chemical attack

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    Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said in a statement that the jihadist group is "preparing another provocation of the "use of chemical weapons " by Syrian government forces against the peaceful population of the Idlib province". In remarks apparently targeting the United States and Turkey on Wednesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that any foreign troops in Syria without Damascus' invitation must leave.
  • Iran's presence in Syria at Damascus' request

    Iran's presence in Syria at Damascus' request

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    But Russia is accusing US-linked forces of secretly conducting these same attacks. MoD further claimed that the chemical weapons attack will be used as a pretext to strike Syrian targets by the US-led coalition operating in the region. Hatami also met with Syrian Defence Minister Ali Abdullah Ayoub and discussed the latest situation with "takfiri groups", he said at a news conference in Damascus , according to the Iranian Students' News Agency (ISNA).