1h ago
       

Politician: Ex-Austrian chancellor part of Manafort lobbying

A Ukrainian opposition lawmaker says a former Austrian chancellor was among the European politicians who were allegedly secretly paid to lobby for Ukraine by Donald Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort KIEV, Ukraine -- A Ukrainian opposition lawmaker said Saturday that a former Austrian chancellor was among the European politicians who were allegedly secretly paid to lobby for Ukraine by Donald Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort. Serhiy Leshchenko spoke to The Associated Press a day after a grand jury in the United States indicted Manafort for allegedly paying former politicians to lobby on behalf of his client at the time, the pro-Moscow Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. "I remember there were a number of events that took place in Europe with the engagement of Mr. Gusenbauer and other former European politicians to present Mr. Yanukovych in better lights in Europe and I also remember Mr. Prodi was engaged in this activity as well," he said.
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2d ago
       

Unprepared and outclassed, North Korea wraps up Olympics

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea -- Unprepared and outclassed, North Korea's 22 athletes wrapped up their competition at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics on Thursday without a finish higher than 13th. North Korea wasn't expected to come to Pyeongchang until a last-minute announcement by Kim Jong Un on New Year's Day that he wanted to send a team, which set off a flurry of North-South diplomatic machinations allowing their delegation to cross the border. The sentimental highlight of the North's participation in the games was the joint Korea ice hockey team, which featured players from North and South for the first time.
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3d ago
       

AP Exclusive: Migrant recounts his deportation from Israel

'They force you to deport yourself:' Migrant deported by Israel back to Africa recounts ordeal More than 300 child soldiers released in South Sudan; more than 19,000 recruited in civil war KAMPALA, Uganda -- Inside the immigration office in Tel Aviv, Yohannes Tesfagabr considered his options. Both Uganda and Rwanda, widely presumed to be the destinations, have denied any agreement with Israel's government even though scores of migrants are believed to have already settled in the East African countries. Rwanda's government has insisted it "has never signed any secret deal with Israel regarding the relocation of African migrants. "
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4d ago
       

The Latest: Greece jails Palestinian over migrant smuggling

BRUSSELS -- The Latest on migrant issues in Europe (all times local): A Greek court in the northern city of Thessaloniki has convicted a Palestinian man of running a major migrant-smuggling ring and sentenced him to 13 years in prison. The head of the European Union's border agency says the number of migrants trying to reach Europe through the Mediterranean will remain high this year, with more expected to arrive through Spain. Bettina Joerg, spokeswoman for Heilbronn prosecutors, said Tuesday that the suspect was drunk and wanted to send a signal "about the current refugee policy. "
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5d ago
       

In Italy's poorer south, populist party woos angry voters

Analysts predict the March 4 vote will produce three blocs: the 5-Star Movement, former Premier Silvio Berlusconi's alliance of centrist and right-wing groups and a center-left group led by former Premier Matteo Renzi. In a sign of how crucial the southern voters are, the 5-Star Movement founder, comic Beppe Grillo, also came, making his only campaign appearance so far in support of Di Maio. Supporters view the 5-Stars as a long-awaited opportunity to break with Italy's established parties, like Berlusconi's Forza Italia party, which has done well previously in the south but which they say failed to help the region develop.
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7d ago
       

Trump adviser: Russian meddling 'incontrovertible'

MUNICH -- President Donald Trump's national security adviser said Saturday there was "incontrovertible" evidence of a Russian plot to disrupt the 2016 U. S. election, a blunt statement that shows how significantly the new criminal charges leveled by an American investigator have upended the political debate over his inquiry. The statement by H. R. McMaster at the Munich Security Conference stood in stark contrast to Trump's oft repeated claim that Russian interference in his election victory was a hoax. "As you can see with the FBI indictment, the evidence is now really incontrovertible and available in the public domain," McMaster told a Russian delegate to the conference.
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1w ago
       

Meddling 'incontrovertible' to US, 'just blabber' to Russia

MUNICH -- Top Russian and American officials exchanged barbs Saturday in Germany over the U. S. indictment of 13 Russians accused of an elaborate plot to disrupt the 2016 presidential election. H. R. McMaster, U. S. President Donald Trump's national security adviser, said at the Munich Security Conference that the federal indictments showed the U. S. was becoming "more and more adept at tracing the origins of this espionage and subversion. "The federal indictment brought Friday by special counsel Robert Mueller represents the most detailed allegations to date of illegal Russian meddling during the campaign that sent Trump to the White House.
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1w ago
       

Turkey: 6 journalists sentenced to life in prison

ISTANBUL -- A Turkish court on Friday sentenced six journalists and media employees accused of involvement in Turkey's 2016 failed coup attempt to life in prison without parole, the state-run news agency reported. The Anadolu Agency said the court in Silivri, on the outskirts of Istanbul, convicted prominent journalists Ahmet Altan, Mehmet Altan and Nazli Ilicak and three other media employees of crimes against the state. "These verdicts, the first against journalists accused of being connected to the July 2016 failed coup, set a devastating precedent for the many other journalists and writers in Turkey who are being tried on similarly spurious charges,"�said Jennifer Clement, president of PEN International.
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1w ago
       

Cyril Ramaphosa sworn in as South Africa's new president

JOHANNESBURG -- Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday was sworn in as South Africa's new president after the resignation of Jacob Zuma, whose scandals brought the storied African National Congress to its weakest point since taking power at the end of apartheid. Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng presided over the parliamentary election and congratulated Ramaphosa, who had been Zuma's deputy and in December was narrowly elected leader of the ruling party over Zuma's ex-wife. The country's main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, will cooperate with Ramaphosa if he acts in the interests of the South African people, said party leader Mmusi Maimane.
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1w ago
       

Scandals finally catch up with South Africa's Zuma

JOHANNESBURG -- As scandal after scandal unfolded, South African President Jacob Zuma maintained an affable demeanor in public, rallying his support base, dispatching lawyers to fend off court challenges and, it is alleged, enabling his corrupt associates. The growing discontent over Zuma was evident in 2013 when mourners booed him during a Johannesburg stadium memorial for Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first black president and global statesman. But as opposition to him grew in recent years, a slogan became prominent in the South African lexicon, whether in parliament or on social media: "Zuma must go!"
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