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Mitt Romney Accuses Trump of 'Unprecedented Corruption' After Roger Stone Commutation

President Donald Trump was accused of "historic corruption" by several top Washington lawmakers following his commutation of longtime friend Roger Stone, including only one Republican senator: Mitt Romney of Utah. Stone was set to serve 40 months in prison after he was convicted last year on federa


Jawar Mohammed: The Ethiopian media mogul taking on Abiy Ahmed

Having previously warned that Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed risked turning into an "illegitimate" ruler, Jawar Mohammed, 34, has now become the most high-profile opposition politician to be detained since the Nobel Peace laureate took office in April 2018. An ethno-nationalist with a Faceboo


'Danger zone' Russian village is evacuated 'due to tests of Putin's new hypersonic missile' - a year after seven people were killed in explosion linked to the Zircon weapon

A Russian military village in the country's far north has been evacuated due to tests of Vladimir Putin's new hypersonic missile, Russian news reports have claimed. Some 500 locals in Nyonoksa were told they were living in a 'danger zone' and were advised to leave their homes for a 36-hour period d


Ex-Panama president's sons charged with bribery, money laundering

US prosecutors have charged two sons of former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli in connection with bribery and money laundering linked to Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht, according to a federal complaint unsealed on Monday. Luis Enrique Martinelli, 38, and Ricardo Alberto Martinelli, 4


Turkey tested Russian-made S-400 air defense systems on US-made jets: Reports

Turkey tested Russian-made S-400 air defense systems on US-made F-16 fighter jets in November, Russia’s news agency TASS reported, citing an unnamed source. Fighter Jets World, a military aviation website that tracks news about fighter jets, reportedly published a video from 2019 by Turkey&rs


Egypt's investigation into alleged serial abuser stirs national debate

Egypt's prosecutors are investigating a man they accused of attempting to sexually assault two women and a girl under the age of 18, and of blackmailing others for sex. The office of chief prosecutor Hamada Al Sawy said the man, a former student, will be held for 15 days pending the completion of t


Coronavirus pushes US hospitals to the brink, India hits record new cases

Officials at the epicenter of the worsening coronavirus crisis in the United States warned on Sunday their hospitals were in danger of being overwhelmed by the upsurge, as India registered a record number of new cases. In signs of progress, Formula One returned with the season-opening Austrian Gran


Russia warns Turkey over Hagia Sophia move

Russian officials and the Orthodox church on Monday urged caution over calls in Turkey to alter the status of Hagia Sophia, the historic former cathedral in Istanbul.Turkey’s top court is debating whether one of the architectural wonders of the world can be redesignated as a mosque, a move tha


Trump’s Rushmore trip draws real and figurative fireworks

President Donald Trump will begin his Independence Day weekend on Friday with a patriotic display of fireworks at Mount Rushmore, an event expected to draw thousands where masks and social distancing aren’t required as coronavirus cases spike across the country. Trump is expected to speak at


Erdogan in new bid to cash in on Libyan war

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is dispatching a high-powered business and political delegation to Libya to cash in on opportunities when the civil war ends.Company chiefs and Erdogan allies are expected to arrive in Libya in the next two weeks to seek deals in oil exploration, construction,


Iran issues arrest warrant for Trump over drone strike that killed Qasem Soleimani

Iran has issued an arrest warrant for US President Donald Trump over the drone strike that killed a top Iranian general in January, the semi-official Fars news agency reported Monday. Trump is one of 36 people Iran has issued arrest warrants for in relation to the death of Qasem Soleimani, commande


White House aware of Russian bounties in 2019

Top officials in the White House were aware in early 2019 of classified intelligence indicating Russia was secretly offering bounties to the Taliban for the deaths of Americans, a full year earlier than has been previously reported, according to U.S. officials with direct knowledge of the intelligen


Trump denies he was briefed on Russia-Taliban bounty intelligence

US President Donald Trump denied Sunday being briefed on intelligence that reportedly showed Russia had offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing US soldiers in Afghanistan.The report by the New York Times sparked renewed questions about Trump’s reluctance to confront Russia ove


Pakistan army says Indian spy drone shot down in Kashmir

 Pakistan’s military on Sunday said it shot down a small Indian spy drone that flew hundreds of meters into Pakistani-administered Kashmir, the ninth such downing of an Indian drone this year.The military statement said the drone was shot down in the Hot Spring border village of Kashmir,


Iran warns against US-led efforts to extend arms embargo

 Iran’s UN ambassador said Thursday that he believes a US resolution to extend an arms embargo against his country will be defeated and warned it would be “a very, very big mistake” if the Trump administration then tries to re-impose UN sanctions.Ambassador Majid Ravanchi said


World pledges $1.8 billion for crisis-stricken Sudan

The international community pledged $1.8 billion at a conference to drum up support for Sudan on Thursday, in an effort to help the northeast African country battle economic woes after the ousting of long-time dictator Omar Al-Bashir."This conference opened a new chapter in the cooperation between S


Kurdish-led authorities in Syria in talks over US sanctions exemption

Kurdish-led authorities in northeastern Syria are in talks with their military allies in a US-led coalition on a promised exemption from US sanctions targeting the Syrian government, a senior Kurdish official said.Washington says the sanctions, which took effect last week, mark the start of a sustai


Egypt’s El-Sisi orders army to be ready for missions abroad amid tensions over Libya

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi on Saturday ordered his army to be ready to carry out any mission inside or outside the country amid tensions over regional rival Turkey’s intervention in neighboring Libya.He also warned forces loyal to the internationally recognized Government of Natio





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