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Jury in Manafort case begins fourth day of deliberations

ARLINGTON, Va. (Reuters) – Jurors began their fourth day of deliberations on Tuesday morning in the fraud trial of Paul Manafort, who ran the presidential campaign of Donald Trump at pivotal moments of the 2016 election. Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort is shown in a court room sketch, during a testimony of a longtime […]

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U.S. Senate vote on new Russia sanctions unlikely in September – McConnell

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Legislation warning Russia that it would face heavy U.S. sanctions if it is found interfering in November’s congressional elections will not be voted on anytime soon, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday as he also cited his strong interest in such a bill. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks […]

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Police seek protesters who toppled Confederate statue in North Carolina

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (Reuters) – University of North Carolina police on Tuesday were reviewing video to find the protesters who toppled a statue of Confederate soldier on campus, part of a recent movement to dismantle U.S. Civil War symbols that critics say glorify the South’s legacy of slavery. About 300 demonstrators gathered on Monday evening […]

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Former Trump lawyer Cohen to appear in Manhattan federal court – court official

(Reuters) – Michael Cohen, a former personal lawyer for U.S. President Donald Trump, is scheduled to appear in Manhattan federal court at 4 p.m. EDT (2000 GMT), a court official said on Tuesday. U.S. President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen exits his hotel in Manhattan, New York, U.S., July 31, 2018. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton […]

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Ugandan lawmaker, whose arrest sparked protests, beaten in detention – lawyer

NAIROBI (Reuters) – A Ugandan lawmaker whose arrest sparked two days of anti-government demonstrations has been left unable to stand after being beaten while in detention, his lawyer said on Tuesday, citing relatives who visited him. The Ugandan government denied the assault accusation as “rubbish” and said the London-based lawyer should visit the detention facility […]

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Colombia accuses Venezuelan soldiers of crossing border without permission

BOGOTA (Reuters) – Colombia’s foreign ministry said on Tuesday it had sent a letter of protest to Venezuela, accusing it of allowing helicopters and soldiers to cross the shared border without permission over the weekend. “There was a violation to Colombia’s sovereignty on the part of two military helicopters, identified with the acronym of the […]

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Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen reaches plea deal with U.S. prosecutors – reports

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, has reached a plea bargain with federal prosecutors in New York on campaign finance violations, bank fraud and tax evasion, news media outlets reported on Tuesday, citing unnamed sources. U.S. President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen exits his hotel in Manhattan, […]

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Microsoft president – Russians targeting all political sides: MSNBC

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – There is no evidence that the latest Russian hacking attacks against U.S. Senate offices or American-based think tanks were successful, Microsoft Corp’s (MSFT.O) Brad Smith said on Tuesday, adding that the hackers are targeting “everyone across the political spectrum.” Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith (R) makes a statement to […]

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Former Trump lawyer Cohen discussing plea deal with U.S. prosecutors – source

(Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, who has been under investigation for possible bank and tax fraud, is discussing a possible guilty plea with federal prosecutors, a source said. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen exits his hotel in Manhattan, New York, U.S., July 31, […]

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Venezuelans flood into Ecuador, defying passport rules

IPIALES, Colombia (Reuters) – More than 200 Venezuelans crossed the border illegally into Ecuador on Tuesday, fleeing a deepening economic and political crisis at home in a desperate race to get to Peru before new entry restrictions kick in on Saturday. This year 423,000 Venezuelans have entered Ecuador through the Rumichaca border near the southwestern […]

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Some U.S. officials confident feared al Qaeda bomb maker killed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is confident the top al Qaeda bomb maker, believed to be the mastermind behind a failed bombing of a U.S.-bound airliner in 2009, has been killed, two U.S. officials said even as others cautioned the evidence was not conclusive. Washington has long sought Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri, a militant with […]

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Jury in Manafort case appears closer to verdict, queries judge

ARLINGTON, Va. (Reuters) – Jurors in the trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort signalled on Tuesday they were struggling to reach agreement on one of the 18 counts of financial crimes he faces, in a sign they may be closer to a verdict on the fourth day of deliberations. Former Trump campaign manager […]

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Russia calls Microsoft’s hacking allegations a ‘witch-hunt’

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian foreign ministry on Tuesday denounced as a “witch-hunt” accusations put forward by Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) over alleged attempts by hackers linked to Russia’s government to launch cyber attacks on U.S. institutions. A Microsoft store is pictured in New York City, New York, U.S., August 21, 2018. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri “It is regrettable […]

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Eying U.S., Iran says to boost military might, showcases new fighter jet

LONDON (Reuters) – Iran said on Tuesday it would boost its military might and also showcased a new fighter jet amid increased tensions with the United States and with regional rivals over conflicts in the Middle East. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the Islamic Republic’s military prowess was what deterred Washington from attacking it, adding […]

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Former Trump lawyer Cohen discussing plea deal with U.S. prosecutors – NBC

(Reuters) – Michael Cohen, U.S. President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, is discussing a possible guilty plea with federal prosecutors in connection with tax fraud and banking-related issues, NBC News said on Tuesday, citing multiple sources familiar with the matter. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen exits his hotel in […]

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India’s flood-ravaged Kerala seeks at least $1.4 billion loan for reconstruction

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s flood-ravaged Kerala state will seek to borrow more than 100 billion rupees ($1.4 billion / £1.1 billion) to finance reconstruction work after a disaster that has claimed nearly 400 lives, its chief minister said on Tuesday. Flood victims carry relief material as they walk through a damaged area after floods, […]

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Jury in Manafort case appears closer to verdict, quizzes judge

ARLINGTON, Va. (Reuters) – Jurors in the trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort signalled on Tuesday they were struggling to reach agreement on one of the 18 counts of financial crimes he faces. Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort is shown in a court room sketch, during a testimony of a longtime business […]

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Autostrade approves Genoa relief fund as government eyes penalties

MILAN (Reuters) – Italy’s Autostrade per l’Italia approved on Tuesday its commitment to provide relief funds of 500 million euros (£448.4 million) for the bridge collapse in Genoa as the government presses ahead with plans to strip it of its concessions. More than 40 people were killed when a bridge on the A10 motorway linking […]

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Former Trump lawyer Cohen discussing plea deal with U.S. prosecutors – NBC News

(Reuters) – Michael Cohen, the former personal lawyer for U.S. President Donald Trump, is discussing a possible guilty plea with federal prosecutors in connection with tax fraud and banking-related matters, NBC News said on Tuesday, citing multiple sources familiar with the matter. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen exits his […]

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Germany urges EU payment system without U.S. to save Iran deal

BERLIN (Reuters) – Europe needs to set up payment systems independent of the United States if it wants to save the nuclear deal between Iran and major powers that was abandoned by President Donald Trump, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said. FILE PHOTO: A general view shows a unit of the South Pars gas field […]