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Source: Washington Post

Trump inaugural committee directed $26 million for event production to firm connected to Melania Trump adviser

Friday 21:53 GMT

President Trump’s inaugural committee paid $26 million for event production services to a firm connected to a friend of first lady Melania Trump, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, who serves as a volunteer adviser in the East Wing, according to officials and newly released tax filings.

Wolkoff was tapped to manage the inaugural event production by the committee chairman, Thomas J. Barrack Jr., a close friend of President Trump who was familiar with work she has done in New York, according to a spokesman for Barrack.

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Source: Fox News

VA Secretary Shulkin to pay back some travel expenses after Europe trip faulted

Friday 21:52 GMT

VA Secretary David Shulkin told lawmakers Thursday that he would repay more than $4,000 that was spent on his wife's airfare for an 11-day trip to Europe this past summer.

In September, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price resigned amid questions about his use of private jets for government trips.

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Source: Washington Post

Bannon returns to House Intelligence Committee under subpoena

Friday 19:07 GMT

The House Intelligence Committee is at an impasse as it tries to extract testimony from former top White House strategist Stephen K. Bannon, who returned to Capitol Hill under subpoena Thursday morning to meet with House investigators probing Russian meddling in the 2016 election but continued to refuse to answer certain questions behind closed doors.

Bannon and the House Intelligence Committee have been in a weeks-long standoff over his refusal to discuss anything from the presidential transition period or his tenure advising President Trump in the White House.

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Source: DW

UN calls on Iran to stop 'surge' of juvenile executions

Saturday 15:26 GMT

Read more: Amnesty International: Fewer executions worldwide, but more death sentences. Zeid pointed to a "surge" in the number of executions of juveniles in Iran.

The UN human rights office has said Iran is the worst in the world when it comes to sentencing minors to the death penalty, an international crime. Three minors were executed in January, and 80 more remain on death row.

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Source: Global News

New rules for residency hopefuls with medical conditions coming in April: Hussen

Friday 20:02 GMT

Next steps for Canada’s policy on taking medical conditions into account when accepting or rejecting permanent residents will be laid out by mid-April, Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said Thursday.

The Liberals have been under pressure for months to overhaul the medical inadmissibility provisions of Canada’s immigration law, which allows the government to deny people permanent residency if, for example, their condition would create “excessive demand” on the health care system.


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