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US EU relationships with Trump - IMF warns on risks to corporate sector debt


The creditworthiness of corporate borrowers in advanced economies has deteriorated while the volume of debt and financial risk taking has risen, the International Monetary Fund has warned.

It also flagged up concerns about the sovereign-bank nexus in the eurozone and about market conditions for low income and frontier countries.... show more

Polls suggest comic is poised to secure landslide victory against Ukraine's incumbent leader in presidential runoff. #Ukraine #Elections #Russia #PetroPoroshenko #Europe

Russia plans to move the headquarters of its development bank to Budapest, raising anxiety levels in European capitals. #Business&Economy #Russia #Hungary #Qatar #MiddleEast

The report provides Democrats with a plan for potentially politically damaging investigations of the president. #MuellerProbe #DonaldTrump #UnitedStates #Russia #US&Canada


Is Bernie Stealing Trump's 'No More Wars' Issue? - Original

Does Trump really want to go into 2020 as a war party president?

Does he want to go into 2020 with Democrats denouncing "Trump’s endless wars" in the Middle East? Because that is where he is headed.
Looking closely at the front-running candidates for the Democratic nomination of 2020 – Joe Biden, Sanders, Kamala Harris, Beto O’Rourke, Pete Buttigieg, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker – not one appears to be as hawkish as Trump has become.
#Bernie Sanders #Trump #endless wars #Saudi Arabia #Yemen #War Powers Act #Iran #Israel #Jerusalem #Golan Heights #Syria #Iraq #Afghanistan #Russia #Putin
Is Bernie Stealing Trump’s ‘No More Wars’ Issue?


How Trump tried to obstruct justice from investigating his relations to Russia

Drumpf has never hidden his hostility toward what he’s styled a “witch hunt” carried out by partisan and venal prosecutors. But many of the president’s efforts to fight back were made public for the first time on Thursday, and all of them appear to have been aimed at allaying Russia-related press scrutiny and federal investigations.

Over and over, Drumpf pressed underlings to pass messages to those who might damage him and to exert influence over investigations, often without success. At one point, in July 2017, Drumpf gave instructions to his former campaign manager, a private citizen running a lobbying firm, for firing his attorney general. Those instructions were ignored.

“Now that we fired Flynn, the Russia thing is over,” Drumpf declared, prompting laughter from the former U.S. attorney. Christie told the president that Russia would still be hanging over him on Valentine’s Day 2018, and that Flynn was goi
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Russia and the US both rejected to support truce in Libya

The United States gave no reason for its position on the draft resolution, which would also call on countries with influence over the warring parties to ensure compliance and for unconditional humanitarian aid access in Libya, which has been gripped by anarchy since Muammar Gaddafi was toppled in 2011.

The U.S. reluctance to support Security Council action is in contrast to Washington’s earlier public opposition to Haftar’s offensive, which began while U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was visiting Tripoli.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo then said in a statement on April 7 that “we have made clear that we oppose the military offensive by Khalifa Haftar’s forces and urge the immediate halt to these military operations against the Libyan capital.”

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US Attorney General William Barr releases redacted Mueller report. Here are five key takeaways. #MuellerProbe #UnitedStates #US&Canada #DonaldTrump #Russia

The Guardian view on the Mueller report: now we see it. What next? | Editorial #DonaldTrump #USnews #RobertMueller #WilliamBarr #Russia #Europe #Worldnews #USCongress #USelections2016 #USpolitics

Expected subpoena sets up likely legal battle over access to Mueller's full findings in his Trump-Russia investigation. #MuellerProbe #UnitedStates #Russia #US&Canada #DonaldTrump

As Democrats lash out at Barr over handling of Mueller report, Republicans applaud the attorney general. #MuellerProbe #UnitedStates #Russia #DonaldTrump #US&Canada


Russia envisions a multipolar ‘New World Order’ as sun sets on America’s unipolar moment

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#Russia #China #NewWorldOrder #EU #Germany #Venezuela #Iran #Syria #usa #NATO #unilateral #military #politics #hemogony #PostColdWar #politics

Moscow's announcement comes after Pyongyang slams US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, claims new missile test conducted. #Russia #NorthKorea #VladimirPutin #KimJongUn #Europe #AsiaPacific

Highly-anticipated release comes as Democrats ramp up their criticism of Barr's handling of the Trump-Russia probe. #MuellerProbe #Russia #UnitedStates #DonaldTrump

Before release of redacted Mueller report, Democrats ramp up criticism of Barr, saying he's 'thrown out his credibility' #MuellerProbe #UnitedStates #DonaldTrump #US&Canada #Russia

Kim Jong-un to meet Putin for first time in Russia's far east #KimJong-un #NorthKorea #VladimirPutin #Russia #AsiaPacific #Europe #Worldnews #Nuclearweapons #UKnews

Ukraine elections: actor and comedian poised to win crushing victory #Ukraine #Europe #Worldnews #Russia

We Need to Talk About Putin and Putin v the People review – a gut-level patriot #Politicsbooks #Books #Culture #Foreignpolicy #Politics #Russia #Europe #Worldnews #VladimirPutin

#NATO #Canada should NOT be participating in the military buildup against #Russia! Full Stop. Russia isn't any threat to us! - April 2019 - YouTube

YouTube: HMCS Toronto arrives in Odessa, Ukraine - April 2019 (Royal Canadian Navy (RCN))

Trotsky to be expelled from France – archive, 18 April 1934 #France #Russia #Communism #Europe #Refugees

'Exhausted' polar bear found 700km from home in Russian village #Animals #Worldnews #Russia #Arctic #Europe

‘3 stooges of socialism’: Bolton attacks Venezuela, Cuba & Nicaragua in impotent verbal intervention

#politics #Venezuela #Cuba #Nicaragua #China #Russia #usa #ForeignPolicy

#NATO #Canada should NOT be participating in the military buildup against #Russia! Full Stop. Russia isn't any threat to us! - April 2019 - YouTube

YouTube: HMCS Toronto arrives in Odessa, Ukraine - April 2019 (Royal Canadian Navy (RCN))

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William Barr says he'll be redacting four types of information. Here's a look at what's likely to be left out. #MuellerProbe #UnitedStates #DonaldTrump #Russia #US&Canada


While everyone's waiting for Mueller's report, everything depends on Bill Barr

1. The Hive

_“We’ve lived through so many big developments in the story that it’s hard to be fazed by any of it.” Said another, “It could end up being pretty revelatory, or it could end up being a recap of stuff that’s mostly been reported.” A third concurred, “We’re all curious to see how much of our reporting drove Mueller, as opposed to vice versa. It’s sort of a scorecard to see how much of the reporting was right, and how much of it was wrong.”__

“I think we’ve gotta see how much is redacted, because we could end up being very unsatisfied,” a fourth source told me. “High on my list are 1) to what extent did Barr’s letter accurately and completely represent the report? 2) How did Mueller come to the conclusion that he couldn’t come to a conclusion on
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#Russia ready for global internet shutdown, can sustain its own web – MPs


Mail leaks, WEX and Ukrainian elections.

If informed voters can fairly easily spot social media posts that distort the facts, other information is more difficult to parse.

In the last week, at least two entities have published information suggesting that the #Zelenskiy campaign is tied to or receiving financing from #Russia.

On April 2, Christo Grozev, an entrepreneur and researcher who works with the #Bellingcat online investigations website, wrote on Twitter that a 2014 mass leak of files from Russia’s right-wing Liberal Democratic Party included a document outlining a plan to insert a “comedy candidate” into Ukrainian elections. The plan aimed to “splinter the mainstream vote,” alienate youth f
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WH adviser Stephen Miller to be told to testify before Senate Democrats

Miller was reportedly the author of the idea of sending foreign detainees to so-called "sanctuary cities" to needle Democratic-governed jurisdictions which have declared they will limit their cooperation with federal authorities seeking to round up and deport immigrants in the country illegally. According to a report in The New York Times, Miller became audibly agitated and frustrated in a conference call with administration officials, angry that so many people seeking refuge in the United States were passing the first legal hurdle of having a "credible fear" of persecution if they were sent back to their home countries. Miller, the Times said, citing others on the call, seemed to want immigration authorities to find a way around the law Congress wrote.

"Steve Miller, who seems to be the boss of everybody on immigration, ought to come before Congress and explain some of these policies," House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, Democrat of New York, said on CNN's "
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Frode Berg sentenced to 14 years in prison for gathering intelligence about Russian nuclear submarines. #Russia #Norway #Europe

Former border guard Frode Berg to request pardon from Vladimir Putin

A Russian court has jailed a Norwegian man for 14 years after finding him guilty of spying on nuclear submarines in a verdict that could strain ties between Moscow and its Nato-member neighbour.

Frode Berg, a 63-year-old retired former guard on the Norwegian-Russian border, was detained in Moscow in December 2017 and tried behind closed doors earlier this month. He pleaded not guilty to charges of espionage on behalf of Norway. #Russia #Norway #Espionage #Europe #Worldnews #VladimirPutin


Kremlin confirms preparations on RUS-DPRK summit

On Sunday, the South Korean news agency Yonhap reported the North Korean leader would travel to Vladivostok as early as next week. The Russian president is due in Beijing for high-level meetings in 26-27 April, and followed that a summit could happen in the days immediately before.

“Kim wants gradual sanctions relief in exchange for limited denuclearisation moves,” said the former diplomat and foreign relations expert Vladimir Frolov.

A meeting between the two leaders has long been touted. Some had speculated it would happen at Russia’s flagship Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok last September. Then the meeting did not materialise, and instead Kim stayed in Pyongyang, some 500m from the Russian port city, for national Foundation Day celebrations.
Just a question beside the article itself: Does it feel to you the same that when you open the page, it is full of advertisements, that you can hardly see the article, caught in a gauntlet of flashy... show more


HIC Democrats subpoena German lender Deutsche Bank amid Trump investigation

In addition to the Deutsche Bank subpoena, House Democrats subpoenaed other banks — including JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and Citigroup — seeking information on Russian money laundering. The issuance of the subpoenas was first reported by The New York Times.

“As part of our oversight authority and authorized investigation into allegations of potential foreign influence on the U.S. political process, the House Intelligence Committee today issued subpoenas to multiple financial institutions in coordination with the House Financial Services Committee, including a friendly subpoena to Deutsche Bank, which has been cooperative with the Committees,” said Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the House Intelligence chairman. “We look forward to their continued cooperation and compliance.”

“My colleagues across the aisle continue to politicize the banking industry and set out on partisan fishing expeditions,“ said Rep.
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Portrayal of Soviet withdrawal from country distorts historical facts, claims politician

A row has broken out in Russia over a film about the Soviet Union’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, after politicians and former servicemen criticised its unflattering depiction of Red Army soldiers as unpatriotic.

Leaving Afghanistan, directed by Pavel Lungin, is based on the experiences of Nikolay Kovalyov, a veteran of the Afghan war who went on to lead Russia’s FSB spy agency. It tells the story of a group of Red Army soldiers whose departure from Afghanistan is delayed after they are ordered to free a Soviet general’s son taken captive by mujahideen fighters. Lungin told Variety magazine last year that the film depicts the “senselessness and cruelty of war”. #Russia #Afghanistan #Film #Europe #SouthandCentralAsia #Culture #Worldnews


"Pompeo Has Lost His Mind" - China Hits Back At Latin America Remarks | Zero Hedge

Given how boldly and directly Chinese officials' Monday statements were, it appears Beijing's patience with Pompeo is running thin, to the point of giving up on a positive avenue with the White House, also amidst a broader trade war. It appears the proverbial gloves are coming off.

The words and deeds are despicable. But lies are lies, even if you say it a thousand times, they are still lies. Mr Pompeo, you can stop,” the spokesman said.
#China #Latin America #Venezuela #Russia #Pompeo #White House #Trump Administration


ICE deportees improperly medicated, watchdogs claim

Giselle says her father languished there for three months without his diabetes medication. Now, she says, the guards give it to him at odd times during the day and night. And, she says, ICE agents took his eyeglasses so he can't read legal documents or write letters.

The facility — run by a federal contractor, GEO Group, a for-profit company based in Boca Raton, Fla., that runs private prisons — has a troubled past. During an unannounced visit last year, federal inspectors from the Department of Homeland Security's Office of the Inspector General found "nooses" made out of bedsheets in 15 out of 20 cells. The inspectors found that guards overlooked the nooses even though a detainee had died by suicide using a bedsheet in 2017 and several others had attempted suicide using a similar method. The government audit concluded GEO Group guards improperly handcuffed and shackled detainees, unnecessarily placed detainees in solitary confinement and failed to provide adequate medical care.
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A FAQ on the Mueller Report

The fact of the interference itself had been long established, and last month Attorney General William Barr told Congress that Mueller did not find that Drumpf's campaign was involved with it.

Democrats say they can't be sure Barr isn't providing political cover for Drumpf, pointing to skepticism he voiced about Mueller's inquiry before he was nominated to be attorney general. Drumpf's opponents say they can't be sure what to make of Mueller's findings until they see the findings firsthand.

No. Barr told members of Congress that he has been working with the special counsel's office to redact four kinds of information.
First, grand jury material, which is secret under the law. Second, foreign intelligence that could compromise the sources and methods from which it originated, which American spies want to protect.

The FBI and Justice Department conducted surveillance of Drumpf's campaign in 2016 as they investigated the election interference. What Republicans have charged sin
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At least 11 killed, and 11 other wounded in rockets fired from rebel-held Idlib province, state-run media reported. #SyriasWar #MiddleEast #War&Conflict #Basharal-Assad #Russia

Energy giant Rosneft struck major deals with Iraq's Kurdish region in 2017. Today, it has yet to cash in on them. #Russia #Iraq #Kurds #MiddleEast #Business&Economy