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Source: Washington Post

The rise of ‘Putin’s chef’ Yevgeniy Prigozhin, the Russian accused of manipulating the U.S. election

Today 00:36 GMT

Among the 13 Russians charged is Yevgeniy Viktorovich Prigozhin, an oligarch and financial backer of the troll farm known as the Internet Research Agency, according to Russian media.

The Justice Department’s special council Friday indicted a group of Russian Internet trolls with a years-long scheme to illegally meddle with the 2016 presidential election, by using social media to bolster then-Republican candidate Donald Trump’s chance at winning and hurt that of Democrat Hillary Clinton.

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Source: Global News

Blackface skit in China’s Lunar New Year gala prompts racism accusations

Today 00:36 GMT

A skit on China’s widely-watched Lunar New Year gala on state television featuring a Chinese actress made up to appear African has provoked accusations of racism online.

London police constable apologizes for blackface photos posted on Instagram. A black woman playing her daughter declares that she wants to study in China but is worried her mother will not agree. The actress, Lou Naiming, appeared on stage in colorful garb with her face and arms colored brown, carrying a fruit basket on her head, and accompanied by someone costumed as a monkey.

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Source: Fox News

Ted Cruz accuses CNN of sitting on interview after Chris Cuomo said he's ‘afraid’ to appear on network

Saturday 20:56 GMT

The Texas senator on Friday blasted the liberal news network for sitting on an interview he gave it even as “New Day” host Chris Cuomo was accusing him of being “afraid” to appear on the network.

Friday, Cuomo was still tweeting about Cruz, so the Republican lawmaker fired back – claiming CNN never aired an interview that he gave on Thursday afternoon. Cruz initially took to Twitter to explain that he has conducted three separate town hall events on CNN in recent months, an indication he isn't afraid of the network.

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Source: NBC News

Jeffrey Tambor ousted from Amazon's 'Transparent' TV series

Saturday 04:16 GMT

Jeffrey Tambor, the award-winning star of Amazon Studios television series "Transparent," is exiting the show, the company said on Thursday, following accusations of sexual misconduct. Tambor, 73, said in an emailed statement he was "profoundly disappointed in Amazon’s handling of these false accusations against me."

Tambor won two Emmys, a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild award for his performance on the show, which was the first Amazon TV original series to garner such critical acclaim.

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Source: Fox News

Ronan Farrow’s latest report accuses Trump of affair with former Playboy Playmate

Saturday 14:31 GMT

Celebrity scion-turned #MeToo muckraker Ronan Farrow takes aim at President Trump in his latest New Yorker article, alleging the comander-in-chief had yet another extramarital affair more than a decade ago and hid it with the help of a powerful tabloid publisher.

The story alleges that Trump cheated on new wife Melania with former Playmate of the Year Karen McDougal after meeting her at the Playboy Mansion in June 2006.

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Source: BBC

Tambor criticises Amazon investigation

Saturday 11:47 GMT

Jeffrey Tambor has said he is "profoundly disappointed" in Amazon's handling of sexual harassment allegations against him.

Hours after Tambor's exit for the show was confirmed, a new poster for The Death of Stalin, which he stars in, was released - with Tambor's face removed. In the original image, he appeared alongside co-stars Steve Buscemi, Jason Isaacs, Rupert Friend and Michael Palin.

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Source: New York Times

While ‘Last Week Tonight’ Was Away, John Oliver Was Busy

Saturday 11:47 GMT

Though its last new episode aired in November, Mr. Oliver said in a telephone interview this week that he and his staff had not been idle the past three months.

At the same time, Mr. Oliver said he appreciates that his show can do what his competitors on ad-supported broadcast and cable channels cannot. “To get people into a narrative for nine minutes, have a Doritos Locos Tacos ad, and then come back and say, ‘Oh, what were we talking about?’ — it’s hard,” he said.

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Source: Global News

COMMENTARY: Ontario PC leadership debate upstaged by ‘Patrick Brown Show’

Saturday 11:47 GMT

WATCH: Patrick Brown Exclusive: Brown says sexual misconduct allegations are politically motivated. Brown also went back on Facebook on Thursday morning to say that he was suing CTV for fabricating a “false and malicious report.”

It should have been Ontario’s political highlight of the week: the PCPO leaders’ debate, between the four aspirants to the Tory crown. Instead, the main event was scooped by the latest instalment of the Patrick Brown Show, a hydra which is sprouting heads faster than the party can cut them off.

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Source: BBC

Gupta home raided by South Africa police

Thursday 05:10 GMT

Two people have been arrested in a raid on the home of the controversial Gupta family in South Africa as part of a government influencing investigation.

The Hawks, South Africa's priority crime unit, confirmed they were searching the Gupta's walled compound near Johannesburg zoo on Wednesday morning. Local media say that one of the three Gupta brothers has been arrested but the BBC has so far been unable to confirm this.

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Source: New York Times

Abuse Accusations Against Peter Martins Are Not Corroborated, Inquiry Says

Friday 21:53 GMT

A two-month investigation into the conduct of Peter Martins, the former chief of New York City Ballet and its school, did not corroborate any allegations of sexual harassment or physical abuse that several former dancers and others made against him this winter, according to a statement on Thursday.

“If all these people who are responsible for the behavior of Peter Martins are still there, certain things will still happen,” Mr. Ostrovsky said.

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Source: Fox News

Fort Bragg soldier accused of brutal rape linked to another sex assault, officials say

Thursday 11:47 GMT

The Fort Bragg paratrooper charged in the brutal rape and kidnapping of a teenager in Texas in 2013 was also under investigation for a sexual assault at his North Carolina base, officials said Tuesday.

FORT BRAGG SOLDIER CHARGED IN COLD CASE BRUTAL RAPE, KIDNAPPING OF TEXAS TEEN GIRL. The sheriff's office said Goss lived near the crime scene in 2013, when the 16-year-old girl was attacked as she was walking to Cypress Woods High School, located about 25 miles outside of Houston.

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Source: Global News

Ex-Ontario Liberal minister accused of sexually assaulting staffer, Premier’s Office says unaware about case

Saturday 03:20 GMT

A former Ontario Liberal cabinet minister is being accused of sexually assaulting and abusing one of his staffers over a decade ago.

READ MORE: Patrick Brown says sexual assault allegations motivated by ‘political adversaries’. Nunziata said he can prove the Premier’s Office was in fact aware of the accusations, because his client received an email from the Premier’s lawyer. He said he doesn’t plan to disclose the name of the accused at this time, saying he would leave that up to Wynne.

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Source: Common Domain

Former NYC Teacher, Brother Accused of Trying to Build Bombs

Saturday 01:32 GMT

Christian Toro and his brother, Tyler Toro, were arrested by the FBI Thursday morning after authorities found a bomb-making manual on the teacher's school-issued laptop, 30 pounds of chemicals  and household materials used to create explosives in their apartment and a handwritten note in a bookbag that said "under the full moon the small ones will know terror."

A former teacher at a Harlem high school stockpiled bomb-making materials and paid students to break down fireworks to extract gunpowder for the explosives, authorities say.

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Source: Washington Post

Council candidate who is an aide to Baker was accused of harassment years ago

Friday 14:33 GMT

A Prince George’s County Council candidate who is a senior adviser to County Executive Rushern L. Baker III was accused of sexually harassing a colleague a decade ago while working in a different county government office.

Hawkins received donations from council member Mary A. Lehman (D-Laurel), the campaign committee of council member Andrea C. Harrison (D-Springdale), who is running for state delegate, and former council member Jim Estepp.

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Source: The Guradian

Chuck Close: how to deal with an artist accused of sexual harassment

Friday 16:23 GMT

Chuck Close, an artist known for his photorealist portraits, has recently found himself at the centre of sexual misconduct and harassment allegations.

“Taking down the exhibition mid-show will not stop Chuck Close from being an important figure in contemporary art, but his art weight can be turned on its head – it can be used as a catalyst for constructive discussions exploring issues of gender and power.”


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