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<!– –> (John Moore/Getty Images) Special counsel Robert Mueller considered bringing campaign finance charges to Trump campaign officials in connection with their June 2016 Trump Tower meeting but ultimately could not establish the value of information offered by Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya. Specifically, Mueller looked at whether the meeting would invoke the ban on campaign […]

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In April 2016, at a campaign rally in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, a grinning Matteo Salvini – now deputy prime minister of Italy, and the leader of its far-right Lega party – photobombed another then-rising star of the populist right, Donald Trump. For the social media-savvy Salvini, it was a brilliant piece of publicity. It also caught […]

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Taliban Say UN Temporarily Lifts Sanctions On Members Of Negotiating Team

April 11, 2019           |                                       

KABUL — A Taliban spokesman says the UN Security Council has at least temporarily removed sanctions on members of the militant group’s negotiating team. Spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid late on April 11 told RFE/RL’s Radio Mashaal and the Afghan Islamic Press (AIP) that the Taliban’s negotiation team in Qatar had been informed by the Security Council […]

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Join Kim Dotcom in an emergency meeting on the day Julian Assange was arrested. [embedded content]

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In the latest contest between Democrats and the administration, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin told Rep. Maxine Waters that he wouldn’t come back to Congress if forced to stay past 5:15pm. The comment came as part of a testy exchange between Mnuchin and the California Democrat during Mnuchin’s testimony to the House Committee on Financial Services […]

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Kentucky’s Secretary of State Turns Up Heat in Fight With Elections Board

April 9, 2019           |                                       

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes escalated her fight with the State Board of Elections this week when she removed its executive director from a national committee devoted to improving the country’s voting systems and better protecting them from cyberattacks. Grimes took the action against the executive director, Jared Dearing, just days before he […]

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UN To Press Ahead With Libya Election Conference Amid Uptick In Fighting

April 6, 2019           |                                       

The United Nations says it will press ahead with a national conference next week on possible Libyan elections even as the country teeters on the brink of civil war. Forces of Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar made a dramatic move toward the capital of Tripoli on April 6, taking the former international airport. That prompted foreign […]

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India is a parliamentary democracy, though those covering the current election campaign may think that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is a presidential candidate. Modi has run a somewhat presidential form of government with the symbolic presence of his cabinet colleagues. His office has concentrated all power. And neither his party nor its mentor organisation utters […]

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NATO’s Record of Destabilization

April 3, 2019           |                                       

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg will address a joint meeting of Congress today. [See video of RootsAction.org news conference “NATO and U.S. Foreign Policy: Dangers Ahead” at the National Press Club on Tuesday, which included former State Department officials Matthew Hoh and Ann Wright and Martin Fleck of Physicians for Social Responsibility.] This week marks the 70th anniversary […]

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“If we fail to take action, we will be stuck in a future of more emissions”, said Antonio Guterres, secretary general of the UN. “South-South cooperation can contribute to the transformation of economies dependent on fossil fuels, using strategies to strengthen sustainable development and environmental protection”. The conference produced a closing document calling for developed […]

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Armenia-Azerbaijan Summit Described As 'Positive,' 'Constructive'

March 30, 2019           |                                       

Armenia and Azerbaijan have described the latest meeting of their leaders as “positive” and “constructive,” saying they agreed to strengthen the cease-fire regime in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone and continue their dialogue. “The meeting took place in a positive and constructive atmosphere and provided an opportunity for the two leaders to clarify their respective positions,” […]

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Once a Washington groupthink takes hold, as it has in the fervent belief about Russia-gate, respect for facts and logic fly out the window since all these important people can’t be wrong, wrote Robert Parry on Dec. 5, 2017. The Tangled Threads of Russia-gate By Robert Parry Special to Consortium News A curious feature about […]

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Criticizing Israel is considered bad form, writes Daniel Lazare, but keeping mum about Saudi crimes is fine as long as the donations continue to flow. By Daniel Lazare Special to Consortium News In a week when the GOP flaunted its legislative attacks on anti-Semitism at the annual meeting of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, […]

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Aliyev Rejects Armenian Proposal To Include Karabakh Officials In Peace Talks

March 14, 2019           |                                       

Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev has rejected an Armenian proposal on a change to the talks format on the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian reiterated on March 14 that the inclusion of officials from the disputed region in the settlement process remained a priority to Yerevan. “It is unacceptable, and it […]

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