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Trump Says Russia Helped Him Win Election, But Then Reverses Himself

May 30, 2019           |                                       

WASHINGTON — U.S. President Donald Trump has said that Russia helped him win the 2016 election, a comment that contradicted months of angry denials. Trump made the remark in a tweet on May 30, but reversed himself not long after when pressed by reporters. The U.S. president has repeatedly denied that Russian interference helped enable […]

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Moscow Intellectuals, Dissidents Rally Around Gulag Historian Facing Trial

May 30, 2019           |                                       

MOSCOW — Prominent Russian intellectuals and Soviet-era dissidents have attended an event to support gulag researcher and historian Yury Dmitriyev, who is on trial for allegedly sexually assaulting his adopted daughter, a charge he and his supporters vehemently deny as politically motivated. Rock musician Andrei Makarevich, writer Lyudmila Ulitskaya, actors Chulpan Khamatova, Lia Akhedzhakova, and […]

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Vietnam Woman Pleads Guilty to Lesser Charge in Kim Killing

April 1, 2019           |                                       

SHAH ALAM, Malaysia—A Vietnamese woman who is the only suspect in custody for the killing of the North Korean leader’s brother pleaded guilty to a lesser charge in a Malaysian court on Monday and her lawyer said she could be freed as early as next month. Doan Thi Huong had faced a murder charge, which […]

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Russian Court Sentences Ukrainian Pavlo Hryb To Six Years In Prison

March 22, 2019           |                                       

A Russian court has sentenced 20-year-old Ukrainian citizen Pavlo Hryb to six years in prison on a charge of “promoting terrorism,” which he denies. After the North Caucasus Regional Court in the city of Rostov-on-Don pronounced the verdict and sentence on March 21, Hryb maintained his innocence and announced he was starting a hunger strike […]

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The Trump administration has lifted a ban on importing genetically engineered or GE salmon, which critics have long called “Frankenfish,” in a move that consumer advocates charge “runs counter to sound science and market demand.” “With this move, FDA has put American consumers at serious risk by putting unlabeled, unnatural fish on the market.”—Friends of […]

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Prosecutors Seek New Sentence in Laquan McDonald Case

February 11, 2019           |                                       

CHICAGO — Prosecutors on Monday asked Illinois’ highest court to review the less than seven year prison sentence for the white Chicago police officer who fatally shot black teenager Laquan McDonald — an unusual move in what was already a rare case. Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul and the special prosecutor who won a murder […]

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Court Acquits Kazakh Activist Charged With Calling To Overthrow Government

February 6, 2019           |                                       

AQTAU, Kazakhstan — A court in Kazakhstan’s western city of Aqtau has acquitted activist Aigul Aqberdieva in a high-profile case that stemmed from her social-media posts. Aqberdieva’s lawyer, Zhanar Sundetqalieva, told RFE/RL that the court on February 6 also ruled that investigators violated Kazakhstan’s Criminal Procedural Code while investigating the case. The 39-year-old Aqberdieva was […]

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A view of the Amazon river. Image: Courtesy of Dialogo Chino Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru have appointed new ministers tasked with making critical decisions on the Amazon, at a time when the world’s largest rain forest faces huge challenges. Rates of deforestation have increased and threaten the planet’s largest oxygen reserve. Brazil: links to […]

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Putin Signs Law Softening Punishment For 'Likes,' Reposts, And Memes

December 28, 2018           |                                       

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law that will soften the punishment for some hate crimes amid concerns over prison terms handed down to people for “liking” or reposting memes on the Internet. The legislation, signed by Putin on December 28, will remove the possibility of a prison sentence for first-time offenders found to […]

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Butina Pleads Guilty In Russian Spy Case

December 13, 2018           |                                       

Russian citizen Maria Butina has pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiring to act as a foreign agent in a case that the U.S. government said highlighted Moscow’s efforts to influence Washington’s foreign policy. Butina, who had earlier denied the charge, entered the new plea in a U.S. federal court in Washington on December 13. […]

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StarKist to Plead Guilty to Price Fixing, Faces Fine of Up to $100 Million

October 19, 2018           |                                       

SAN FRANCISCO — StarKist Co. agreed to plead guilty to a felony price fixing charge as part of a broad collusion investigation of the canned tuna industry, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday. The DOJ said StarKist faces up to a $100 million fine when it is sentenced. Prosecutors allege that the industry’s top […]

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More than two years after the Trump administration quietly began a program of separating migrant children from their families along the U.S.-Mexico border, the full number of people impacted remains unclear. According to a new report, however, the government’s own data indicates that the campaign was far more expansive — and far more destructive — than previously […]

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Summer Zervos is about to achieve what Robert Mueller, Michael Avenatti and Stormy Daniels have so far failed to do: force President Trump to answer questions under oath. Zervos, a contestant on Trump’s former TV show “The Apprentice,” is suing him for defamation. She says that Trump, while on the campaign trail in 2016, falsely […]

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