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Russian feminist faces criminal probe over online jokes about men

Russian investigators have launched a criminal case against a feminist from the Siberian city of Omsk on charges of inciting hatred after posting jokes about men on her page in Russia’s most popular social network, Vkontakte. “A criminal case has been started against Lubov Kalugina on suspicion of crimes described in the Article 282 of the Russian Criminal Code, the ...

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‘They don’t care about children’: Kadyrov blasts US for halting Palestinian aid

Ramzan Kadyrov has stated that the US decision to end funding of the UN agency providing aid to Palestinians was proof that Washington did not care about ordinary people when it meddled in other nations’ affairs. “By imposing a ban on the support of the UNRWA [UN Relief and Works Agency] the US authorities have completely removed all masks and ...

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Trump's harsh 'off the record' remarks about Canada leaked

Donald Trump again blasted the media for ‘dishonest reporting’ after ‘off the record’ remarks about Canada he made in an interview with Bloomberg somehow made it into the Toronto Star newspaper. Trump took to Twitter on Friday, saying that the “powerful understanding” between Bloomberg and him was “blatantly violated” by the leak of his comments that weren’t intended for public ...

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Want to know about new FTC head’s conflicts of interest? Too bad, that’s redacted

Corporate lawyer Andrew Smith’s appointment to head the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer protection raised some eyebrows earlier this summer. Now, a heavily redacted set of documents have done little to allay this concern. According to his financial disclosure form, Smith provided legal services to a host of companies, including Uber, Amazon, JP Morgan, and the Dallas Cowboys. Several of these ...

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Kremlin points to ‘terrorists in Idlib’ when asked about massive naval drill near Syria’s shores

On Saturday, the Russian military will start a week-long exercise in the Mediterranean, involving 25 ships and strategic bombers. The Kremlin agreed the drill may be connected with the situation in Syria’s Idlib governorate. The exercise comes amid high tension in the region, with Moscow claiming that the US is deploying additional military assets towards Syria for a likely missile ...

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Microsoft is about to announce Xbox All Access subscription

Microsoft published a news item announcing Xbox All Access on the Xbox blog and then unpublished it. But multiple news outlets spotted the article before Microsoft could take the post down. So now that the cat is out of the bag, it looks like Microsoft’s new hardware and software subscription is real. (Update: Microsoft has published the announcement for real.) ...

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Pope Francis ‘won’t say a word’ about sex abuse cover-up allegations

The Pope has refused to comment on claims by a former Vatican Ambassador to the US who accused the pontiff of covering up sexual misconduct, and has urged everyone to study the allegations carefully and make up their own mind. “I won’t say a word about it,” the leader of the Catholic Church told journalists on a plane from Ireland ...

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Trump teases about ‘big trade agreement’ with Mexico, says relations ‘getting closer by hour’

Donald Trump has tweeted that a “big trade agreement” with Mexico could be coming soon and America’s relationship with its neighbor is “getting closer by the hour” – despite two years of tensions over his much-touted border wall. “Our relationship with Mexico is getting closer by the hour. Some really good people within both the new and old government, and ...

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Senate wants to know about Cohen’s ‘Trump evidence’ as his lawyer denies ‘mixed up’ Russia claims

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said his committee is interested in Michael Cohen’s alleged evidence on President Trump. However, recent comments by Cohen’s lawyer have cast doubt over such ‘evidence.’ Michael Cohen, Trump’s one-time ‘fixer’ and attorney was convicted on eight counts of campaign finance violations, tax fraud, and bank fraud in a plea deal with prosecutors reached earlier ...

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Trump on Cohen flip: ‘One can make up something bad about me and go from 10yrs to national hero’

US President Donald Trump has told Fox that his former lawyer Michael Cohen “flipped” on him because he “made a great deal,” and has also played down the idea that Cohen’s testimony will be harmful to his presidency. In an interview that aired on Fox & Friends Thursday morning, Trump said that Cohen – who testified that he paid hush ...

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