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Duma committee scraps bill equating longtime cohabitation to marriage

The Russian Lower House committee for family women and children has spoken against a proposal to equate cohabitation for five years or more to official marriage, saying it would contradict the state policy on family values. The bill was drafted in January this year by senator Anton Belyakov from the central Russian Vladimir region. Belyakov claimed that Russian citizens presently ...

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US House Intelligence Committee declares China ‘pre-eminent threat to American security & values’

Having bitterly split along partisan lines in the probe over Russian influence and “meddling,” the House Intelligence Committee united in decrying the “pre-eminent threat” posed to the US by another rising power ‒ China. “China has only become emboldened and now may be the pre-eminent threat to American security, our economy and our values,” Committee Chair Rep. Devin Nunes (R-California) ...

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‘Worst person possible’: Gina Haspel closer to top CIA job as Senate committee votes for nomination

Gina Haspel is “the worst person” to lead the Central Intelligence Agency due to her first-hand torture experience, former CIA analyst Ray McGovern told RT. If approved by the Senate, she’ll likely continue the practice, he says. “She is the worst possible person to head the CIA … She was told to do torture, pure and simple,” McGovern, who has ...

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Senate Intelligence Committee votes to advance Gina Haspel’s nomination as CIA director

Gina Haspel is a step closer to becoming the next CIA director after the US Senate Intelligence Committee voted to advance her nomination. It follows weeks of controversy surrounding her involvement with a post-9/11 torture and detention program, launched under the administration of George W. Bush. In the closed session vote, Haspel won ‘yes’ votes from 10 of the committee’s ...

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'Russian hackers' could have affected 2016 election in a few states, but didn't – Senate committee

The first interim report by the US Senate Intelligence Committee on alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election found no evidence of votes being manipulated by Russia’s alleged ‘malicious’ activity. In its preliminary report released on Tuesday, the committee claims that the so-called “actors affiliated with the Russian government” interfered with voting systems in at least 18 states, and ...

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‘Heinous acts’: US Olympic committee accused of sex trafficking in new lawsuit

The US Olympic Committee is embroiled in a fresh misconduct controversy as a new lawsuit alleges that it knowingly allowed the sex trafficking and abuse of Taekwondo athletes for more than 20 years. Four female athletes and 44 women, whose identities have been withheld, are accusing the USOC and USA Taekwondo of allowing more than two decades of sexual abuse, ...

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Senate committee votes to protect Mueller from Trump’s potential attempt to fire him

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted on Thursday in favor of legislation to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller from any attempt by President Donald Trump to fire him. Passing by 14 votes to seven, the legislation was backed by every Democrat on the panel, as well as four Republicans, although only one was needed to secure a majority and send the ...

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Duma committee approves proposal for return of smoking rooms in Russian airports

Despite protests from the Health Ministry, the Lower House committee for transport has approved a bill that, if passed, would allow the return of smoking areas in airports. The sponsor of the bill, MP Sergey Boyarsky (United Russia), explained the motion by the fact that the current blanket ban on smoking in airports only increases the number of civil offences, ...

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Pompeo nomination for State Department barely clears Senate committee

CIA Director Mike Pompeo’s nomination for secretary of state has barely cleared the Senate Foreign Committee. No Democrat voted in favor of the nominee, and the vote almost failed due to one Republican’s absence. Initially, ten of the Republicans present voted in favor of Pompeo, and ten of the Democrats present voted against. Senator Johnny Isakson (R-Georgia) voted by proxy, ...

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'Time for warnings has passed': EU committee demands sanctions against Viktor Orban's Hungary

The European Parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs committee will ask MEPs to vote for Hungary to be sanctioned over alleged violations of the rule of law, just days after Viktor Orban’s decisive re-election. “Time and time again, Viktor Orbán’s government has undermined the independence of the judiciary, freedom of the press and the fundamental rights of its citizens,” ...

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