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Last updated: Wed, 24 Sep 2014 22:50:36 EST

UK to 'play its part' against IS » Full Story
David Cameron says Britain is ready to "play its part" in fighting Islamic State, which he calls an "evil against which the whole world must unite".

UN aims to block jihadist recruits » Full Story
The UN Security Council orders states to block the flow of jihadists to Iraq and Syria, as US jets bomb Islamic State (IS) militants.

Hollande condemns Algeria beheading » Full Story
French President Francois Hollande condemns the beheading in Algeria of tourist Herve Gourdel by a jihadist group linked to Islamic State militants.


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Last updated: Thu, 22 Feb 2018 23:50:46 EST

Bloomberg Took Secret Path to a New Schools Chief » Full Story
The secrecy around Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s selection of Cathleen P. Black to run the city’s schools highlighted his faith in business leaders and dislike of public debate.

Tentative Deal in Iraq Keeps Maliki in Power » Full Story
Iraq’s leaders reached a tentative agreement to end an eight-month political impasse and return Nuri Kamal al-Maliki to power.

Wal-Mart Says ‘Try This On’: Free Shipping » Full Story
Starting Thursday, Wal-Mart plans to offer free shipping on its Web site, a move that may create an expectation among consumers and a threat to smaller retailers.

Life in Shadows for Mentally Ill in China, With Violent Flares » Full Story
Psychiatry has been revived in China, but mental health remains a medical backwater, desperately short of financing, practitioners and esteem.

Music Review: For Nashville’s Royalty, the Shake-Up Goes On » Full Story
Victories for Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert at the Country Music Awards were only some of the signs that Nashville is coming to terms with a new establishment.

Obama Warns North Korea in Speech » Full Story
President Obama said North Korea faces further isolation unless it gives up nuclear weapons.

Drug Suits Raise Questions for Doctors, and Juries » Full Story
As recent lawsuits suggest a long-term risk, doctors and drug makers are debating the use of osteoporosis drugs.

U.S. Struggles to Restore Middle East Talks » Full Story
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met with Egyptian officials, trying to overcome an impasse.

Political Times: Alaska May Offer a View to Future Elections » Full Story
The last undecided Senate race could be weird politics or it could be an indicator of the rise of the independent voter.

Countries See Hazards in Free Flow of Capital » Full Story
Foreign capital in emerging markets has played a crucial role in development, but some are questioning its benefits.

Cuomo Visits Sing Sing and a Psychiatric Center » Full Story
At a prison and a psychiatric center, Governor-elect Andrew M. Cuomo spoke of wasteful spending and needed services.

U.S. Tweaks Message on Troops in Afghanistan » Full Story
The Obama administration is emphasizing the idea that the United States will have forces in Afghanistan until at least the end of 2014, which is a change in tone.

New Yorkers From Mexico Escorted Miner in Race » Full Story
Juan Jesus Lopez and Rene Cuahuizo couldn’t afford the entrance fees for this year’s New York City Marathon, but had a chance to run with Edison Peña, the Chilean miner.

Lichtenstein Tops Warhol in Auction » Full Story
Christie’s sale totaled $272.8 million, and featured instantly recognizable Pop Art images that virtually screamed their creators’ names.


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Last updated: Fri, 14 Dec 2018 23:50:55 EST

Ovechkin, Vrana Lead Caps Over Hurricanes 6-5 in Shootout » Full Story
Alex Ovechkin had his second consecutive hat trick and Jakub Vrana scored in the sixth round of a shootout to lead the Washington Capitals past the Carolina Hurricanes 6-5.

Mary Hardin-Baylor Wins D-III Title, Beating Mt. Union 24-16 » Full Story
Jase Hammack threw for 147 yards and two touchdowns, Markeith Miller rushed for 90 yards and a score and Mary Hardin-Baylor won its second Division III national title in three years, beating defending champion Mount Union 24-16.

Budget Head Mulvaney Picked as Trump's Next Chief of Staff » Full Story
President Donald Trump on Friday picked budget director Mick Mulvaney to be his next chief of staff, ending a chaotic search in which several top contenders took themselves out of contention for the job.


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Last updated: Fri, 14 Dec 2018 23:50:56 EST

Accused Russian agent Maria Butina pleads guilty to attempting to sway US policy » Full Story

Accused Russian agent Maria Butina pleads guilty to attempting to sway US policyA Russian woman has admitted to acting as an agent for the Kremlin to get close to the Republican party in an effort to influence US policies.  Maria Butina, 30, pleaded guilty to a single charge of conspiracy in a court in Washington on Thursday, admitting to working under the direction of a top Russian official to infiltrate the National Rifle Association (NRA), a powerful gun rights group closely aligned with senior Republican politicians. She is the first Russian citizen to be convicted of working to shape US policy in the run up and through the 2016 election campaign, agreeing to co-operate with prosecutors for less prison time. Appearing before Judge Tanya Chutkan, she admitted to conspiring to work with Alexander Torshin, a former deputy governor of Russia's central bank, and two US citizens as a Russian agent from 2015 until her 2018 arrest.  Butina, a former graduate student at American University in Washington who publicly advocated for gun rights, was arrested in July and has been held in jail without bail ever since.  Maria Butina was said to be directed by Alexander Torshin, previously described as Vladimir Putin's "emissary" Credit: AP She initially pleaded not guilty to the charges against her but in the last week it was revealed she had reversed course and agreed to co-operate with prosecutors.   Her aim was to make contacts with officials at the NRA, conservative figures and 2016 presidential candidates in order to set up unofficial back channels with high-ranking American politicians. Butina is known to have met with the president's son, Donald Trump Jnr, during one of the NRA's conventions as well as reportedly hosting a party in Washington attended by Trump campaign aides in November 2016. Prosecutors told the court that Butina drafted a March 2015 "Diplomacy Project" that called for establishing unofficial channels of communication between high-ranking American politicians in order to help advance Russia's interests. In this courtroom sketch, Maria Butina, left, is shown next to her attorney Robert Driscoll Credit: AP To carry out the plan, Butina requested $125,000 (£98,000) from a Russian billionaire to attend conferences and set up "separate meetings with interested parties" such as other Russian businessmen or people with the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, they added. The prosecutors said Butina invited "powerful members" of the NRA for a visit to Moscow where they met with high-level Russian officials. Apparent photos of the NRA Moscow trip are posted on her social media accounts. After the visit, according to court records, she sent a Russian official a message apparently referencing the NRA saying, "We should let them express their gratitude now, we will put pressure on them quietly later." The alleged Russian agent was arrested in July Credit: Reuters Butina also hosted "friendship dinners" in the hope of establishing ties with people who "would have the ear of the next US presidential administration," prosecutors said. After the 2016 election, she proposed creating a dialogue with President Donald Trump's advisors, but the Russian official told her he did not think the foreign affairs ministry would "go for it," prosecutors said. The actions occurred during the same time period that US intelligence agencies have concluded Russia engaged in a campaign of propaganda and hacking to sow discord during the 2016 presidential race and boost Mr Trump's chances against Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. Butina was a gun rights activist Butina's lawyers previously identified the Russian official as Alexander Torshin, who was a deputy governor of Russia's central bank and was targeted with US Treasury Department sanctions in April.  One of the two Americans referenced in the prosecution's case was Paul Erickson, an conservative political activist who was romantically linked to Butina. His lawyer William Hurd said: "Paul Erickson is a good American. He has done nothing to harm our country and never would." Russian officials hit back at the case, calling it a "modern political inquisition" in comments quoted by the RIA state news agency. She faces a maximum of five years in prison and deportation. As part of her agreement prosecutors dropped a second charge of violating a law that requires foreigners working for their government to register with the US Justice Department. Her lawyer, Robert Driscoll, estimated that under sentencing guidelines for similar crimes Butina could face up to six months in prison.  Because of Butina's ongoing co-operation, the judge did not set a sentencing date but scheduled a hearing for February 12.  




'Christmas miracle': 3 suspected thieves rescued after days in West Virginia mine » Full Story

'Christmas miracle': 3 suspected thieves rescued after days in West Virginia mineThree people who disappeared in a closed West Virginia mine five days ago have been rescued and taken to a hospital in what a family member called a "Christmas miracle."




Yemen's warring parties agree to ceasefire in Hodeidah and U.N. role » Full Story

Yemen's warring parties agree to ceasefire in Hodeidah and U.N. roleAt the close of a week of talks in Sweden, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said a framework for political negotiations would be discussed at the next round of talks at the end of January between the Iranian-aligned Houthis and the Saudi-backed government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. Western nations, some of which supply arms and intelligence to the Saudi-led coalition that intervened in Yemen in 2015, had pressed the two sides to agree confidence-building steps to pave the way for a wider truce and a political process to end the war, which has killed tens of thousands of people. The conflict has pushed Yemen, the poorest country on the Arabian Peninsula, to the verge of famine.





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