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Source: Fox News

Russian national charged with interfering in US political system, 2018 elections

Saturday 19:05 GMT

A Russian national has been charged with interfering in the U.S. political system, including next month’s midterm elections, the Department of Justice revealed Friday.

Khusyaynova, 44, was the chief accountant of a Russian operation called "Project Lakhta," which was "funded by Russian oligarch Yevgeniy Viktorovich Prigozhin and two companies he controls, Concord Management and Consulting LLC, and Concord Catering," the news release said. As part of her role in the operation, Khusyaynova allegedly oversaw its financing, "including foreign influence activities directed at the United States," the DOJ said in a news release.

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Source: The Guradian

Revealed: Russian billionaire set up US company before Trump Tower meeting

Friday 08:05 GMT

A Russian billionaire who orchestrated the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting formed a new American shell company a month beforehand with an accountant who has had clients accused of money laundering and embezzlement.

On 9 June, one of Agalarov’s top executives and several other Russians met Donald Trump Jr and two other senior Trump aides at Trump Tower to discuss the offer. A month earlier, Agalarov’s US-based accountant, Ilya Bykov, had incorporated a corporation for him in Delaware, a state favoured by businesses for its low taxes and protection of corporate secrecy.

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Source: Fox News

House committees to interview Rosenstein behind closed doors about 'wire' comment

Friday 23:42 GMT

The top lawmakers on the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform Committees plan to interview Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein next week about reports that he once suggested wearing a "wire" to secretly record President Trump and discussed the possibility of invoking the 25th Amendment to remove the president from office.

Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., and Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., announced late Thursday that they and the top Democrats on both committees would interview Rosenstein on Oct. 24.

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Source: DW

Crimea college shooting rampage shocks Russia

Friday 20:02 GMT

Several observers in Russia have described the attack in Crimea as "Russia's Columbine", drawing parallels to the 1999 Columbine High School shooting in the US, which killed 13.

Twenty people were killed and more than 50 wounded in the suicide shooting rampage, which also included at least one homemade bomb. Since yesterday evening, locals have been bringing flowers, candles and toys to the scene.

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Source: CBS News

Reporter's Notebook: Space exploration reveals things we know but may have forgotten

Saturday 15:25 GMT

It can reveal things we know but may have forgotten: the beauty of cool-headedness, the value of preparation, our common humanity, and the inspiration that can be found in defeat.

This would seem like science fiction to an American of 50 years ago when the space race was a proxy for which country could blow up the other faster.

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Source: Common Domain

‘Crimea’s Columbine’: Massacre Draws Comparisons to U.S. Shootings

Friday 22:47 GMT

The death toll in a shooting-and-bombing rampage at a Crimea college campus rose to 20 Thursday as grisly details emerged about an attack that drew comparisons to school shootings in the U.S.. Authorities said 18-year-old student Vladislav Roslyakov detonated explosives and opened fire Wednesday at Kerch Polytechnic College before taking his own life.

“The nightmare of school shootings has now come to us,” Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny said in a tweet, offering condolences to the families of the dead and to the injured. The tragedy was dubbed “Crimea’s Columbine” by local commentators, referring to the 1999 assault at Colorado’s Columbine High School in which two students massacred a dozen of their peers and one teacher before dying by suicide.

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Source: Common Domain

Rod Rosenstein Defends Mueller Probe as ‘Appropriate and Independent’

Friday 01:31 GMT

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein defended the special counsel’s investigation into Russian election interference as “appropriate and independent,” a message that contrasts with President Trump’s description of the inquiry as a “witch hunt” and “rigged.”

The low-key Mr. Rosenstein has unexpectedly become the highest-profile deputy attorney general in recent memory after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself in March 2017 from the Russia probe in light of his prominent role in the Trump campaign.

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Source: CBS News

Top DHS official Chris Krebs says ensuring election security is "a race without an end"

Saturday 09:55 GMT

Chris Krebs, the under secretary for the Department of Homeland Security's National Protection and Programs Directorate, says election security is "a race without end." On "The Takeout" podcast this week, Krebs said that while Americans should be reassured that while the 2018 election will be "one of the most secure" elections of the modern era, DHS is constantly on the forefront of battling attempted interference.

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Source: DW

EU and Asia leaders reaffirm multilateralism at ASEM Summit in Brussels

Friday 16:22 GMT

ASEM Summit participants have committed to "open, free and non-discriminatory trade," as well as being prepared "to fight all forms of protectionism." When asked about Trump, Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Wan Azizah said the US president's trade tariffs had united the EU and Asia: "Of course there's more reason for why we should come closer together.

Leaders are expected to reaffirm their commitment to the Iran nuclear deal and to call on North Korea to "completely, verifiably and irreversibly dismantle all its nuclear and weapons of mass destruction."

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Source: Common Domain

The Crisis in U.S.-China Relations

Saturday 17:15 GMT

China is not responsible for America’s health-care crisis, aging infrastructure, poor public schools, exploding debt or inadequate immigration policy.

What provided the impetus for a third era in Sino-American relations was growing economic interaction, initiated by Deng Xiaoping, who took power after Mao and in 1978 declared a policy of “reform and opening.” Each side sought access to the market of the other, and the Chinese economy began its long and spectacular rise.

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Source: BBC

Tech Tent: What was in Twitter's data dump?

Saturday 17:15 GMT

Twitter had suspended the accounts in question months ago but it released a treasure trove of data as a tool for researchers and journalists.

Most of the tweets exposed by Twitter came from Russia's Internet Research Agency, which has been accused of trying to sow discord in the United States and intervene in the 2016 election on behalf of Donald Trump. Twitter had suspended the accounts in question months ago but it released a treasure trove of data as a tool for researchers and journalists.

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Source: Global News

Top lawmakers to interview Rosenstein over reports he secretly taped Trump

Saturday 00:36 GMT

The top lawmakers on two House committees will interview Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein next week about reports that he had discussed secretly recording U.S. President Donald Trump.

WATCH: Sessions appoints Rosenstein to lead task force on transnational organized crime. Rosenstein went to the White House days after the report, expecting to be fired, but his job was spared, and he later flew with Trump on Air Force One to an international police chiefs’ conference in Florida.


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