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  • Obama to George Floyd protesters: Channel 'justifiable anger' into action -

    Obama to George Floyd protesters: Channel 'justifiable anger' into actionFormer President Barack Obama addressed nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd, condemning the violence brought on by a "small minority."


  • Judge: Justice Department reversal in Flynn case 'unusual' -

    Judge: Justice Department reversal in Flynn case 'unusual'A federal judge on Monday defended his decision not to quickly approve the Justice Department's request to dismiss its own criminal case against former Trump administration national security adviser Michael Flynn, saying that the department's reversal was unusual and he wanted to consider the request carefully before ruling on it. The brief from U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan offers the most detailed explanation for his refusal to immediately sign off on the department's decision to drop its case against Flynn, who pleaded guilty as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation. It raises the prospect of a drawn-out clash between two branches of government over whether a judge can be forced to unwind a guilty plea at the Justice Department's behest.


  • Leaked documents reveal China withheld crucial information about the coronavirus at the start of the outbreak -

    Leaked documents reveal China withheld crucial information about the coronavirus at the start of the outbreakChina didn't publish the coronavirus genome until over a week after its scientists decoded it, according to a new investigation.


  • A New York police officer drew his gun on protesters. Mayor Bill de Blasio says he 'should have his gun and badge taken away.' -

    A New York police officer drew his gun on protesters. Mayor Bill de Blasio says he 'should have his gun and badge taken away.'The mayor appears to have taken a stricter tone with police violence, some of which has trended on social media.


  • India Has Lots of Nuclear Weapons -

    India Has Lots of Nuclear WeaponsHere is what we know.


  • Amsterdam anti-racism rally criticised for lack of social distancing -

    Amsterdam anti-racism rally criticised for lack of social distancingAmsterdam's mayor faced criticism from politicians and health experts on Tuesday after thousands of demonstrators packed the city centre for an anti-racism rally in violation of social distancing rules put in place to ward off the coronavirus. The protesters rallied in support of George Floyd, a black American who died in police custody in the United States last week, their number swelling from an expected 200-300 to several thousands on Monday. Amsterdam Mayor Femke Halsema, of the Green Left party, said city authorities were caught off guard by the huge turnout and could not have intervened peacefully.


  • Cities push back as airlines seek dozens of new service cuts. Is your airport on the list? -

    Cities push back as airlines seek dozens of new service cuts. Is your airport on the list?The proposed flight cuts come as there are signs that airline demand may finally pick up after the coronavirus sent the travel industry into a spiral.


  • Cuomo: "Don't snatch defeat from the jaws of victory" in virus fight -

    Cuomo: "Don't snatch defeat from the jaws of victory" in virus fightCuomo warned New Yorkers gathering in ongoing protests that "we don't know the consequences of the COVID virus in mass gatherings."


  • Biden Proposes Training Cops to Shoot Attackers in the Leg to Reduce Fatalities -

    Biden Proposes Training Cops to Shoot Attackers in the Leg to Reduce FatalitiesJoe Biden on Monday suggested that police forces could train officers to shoot attackers in the legs in order to reduce potential fatalities.There is "the idea that instead of standing there and teaching a cop when there's an unarmed person, coming at him with a knife or something, to shoot him in the leg instead of in the heart," Biden said. "There's a lot of different things [policies] that can change."Biden made his remarks while meeting with African American community leaders at the Bethel AME Church in Wilmington, Del. The former vice president was discussing the widespread protests touched off by the killing of George Floyd, an African American man, at the hands of white police officers in Minneapolis, Minn.Protests have spread from Minneapolis to major U.S. cities including New York, Chicago, Washington D.C., and Los Angeles. The demonstrations have been widely varied in makeup, with some instances of peaceful protests and others that have devolved into riots with widespread looting.Members of Biden's staff have donated to groups attempting to free jailed rioters on bail. Campaign spokesman Andrew Bates told Reuters that Biden opposes cash bail as the equivalent of a "modern day debtors prison." It was not clear whether the donations were coordinated by the campaign or made individually.President Trump condemned the donations on Saturday, saying they "would financially support the mayhem that is hurting innocent people and destroying what good people spent their lives building."


  • Downtown D.C. burns after another night of protests and provocation near the White House -

    Downtown D.C. burns after another night of protests and provocation near the White HouseProtesters clashed with law enforcement for the third straight evening outside the White House, and numerous businesses were vandalized by rioters defying a citywide curfew.


  • One officer at George Floyd's fatal arrest spotlights another racial divide -

    One officer at George Floyd's fatal arrest spotlights another racial divide?People don't have a baseline of an understanding of what anti-blackness even is,? a Hmong American organizer told NBC Asian America.


  • The Iranians and Americans behind each other's bars -

    The Iranians and Americans behind each other's barsSworn enemies Iran and the United States still hold a number of each other's nationals behind bars, despite the apparent release of an Iranian academic from a US prison overnight. In an Instagram post on Tuesday, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said a plane carrying scientist Sirous Asgari had left America. - US Navy veteran Michael R. White was arrested in July 2018 and sentenced the following year to 10 years in prison after being convicted of insulting Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and posting on social media under a pseudonym.


  • Lewis Hamilton hits out at Donald Trump for ?turning off the lights and hiding in his bunker? over George Floyd death -

    Lewis Hamilton hits out at Donald Trump for ?turning off the lights and hiding in his bunker? over George Floyd deathFormula One world champion Lewis Hamilton has condemned Donald Trump for his failure to control and lead the United States at a time of desperation.On Monday night, President Trump threatened to deploy the US military against protesters in the wake of the death of George Floyd, an unarmed African-American man who died last week while in police custody. A video of Floyd?s arrest showed a police officer forcing his knee onto the victim?s neck for more than eight minutes, which has prompted a series of peaceful and violent protests across America and numerous clashes between protesters and police authorities.


  • Minnesota National Guard Opened Fire on a Vehicle, Commander Says -

    Minnesota National Guard Opened Fire on a Vehicle, Commander SaysA soldier fired three rounds at a speeding vehicle deemed a threat, officials said.


  • Brazil's Supreme Court judge shelves request to seize Bolsonaro's cellphone -

    Brazil's Supreme Court judge shelves request to seize Bolsonaro's cellphoneBrazil's Supreme Court Judge Celso de Mello shelved on Monday night a request made by political parties to seize President Jair Bolsonaro's cellphone as part of an investigation on whether or not he tried to meddle with law enforcement for personal reasons. De Mello agreed with a statement made by the government's Attorney General Augusto Aras that it is up to public prosecutors to request due diligence within a probe, adding that political parties have no legitimacy to do so.


  • Hong Kong leader accuses international community of double standards over US riots -

    Hong Kong leader accuses international community of double standards over US riotsHong Kong leader Carrie Lam accused foreign governments for having ?double standards,? criticising the US for condemning Beijing?s move to impose national security laws to quell protests, while taking its own severe steps to curb unrest at home. ?They are very concerned about their own national security, but on our national security...they look through coloured glasses,? said Ms Lam in a weekly press conference. She also warned that US sanctions against Hong Kong would mean ?hurting their own interests.? Last week, the US declared that it would axe preferential treatment over worries the global financial hub no longer remained sufficiently autonomous from mainland China, ruled by the Communist Party, with the onset of the national security law. Beijing, no longer willing to tolerate dissenting views in Hong Kong, has defended the national security law as a necessity to restore order. Ms Lam is expected to visit Beijing Wednesday and meet with officials about the law. Tensions over Hong Kong is the latest flashpoint in a broader US-China row, with Chinese officials and state media in recent days accusing the US of hypocrisy. Beijing has revelled in the mass riots erupting in the US over the death of a black man while in police custody.


  • The Soviet Union Pioneered Airborne Assault?But... -

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  • Biden: ?I know I?ve made mistakes? -

    Biden: ?I know I?ve made mistakes?Former Vice President Joe Biden on Monday attended a campaign event in Delaware and addressed criticism by saying, ?I know I?ve made mistakes.?


  • George Floyd: Anonymous hackers re-emerge amid US unrest -

    George Floyd: Anonymous hackers re-emerge amid US unrestAs the US is engulfed in civil unrest, the masked hackers are being credited with new action.


  • Wife of Derek Chauvin says in divorce filing she wants to change her name -

    Wife of Derek Chauvin says in divorce filing she wants to change her nameKellie Chauvin is not asking for any spousal support in divorce papers she filed.


  • 2 Atlanta police officers were fired and 3 were placed on desk duty for their use of force in arresting 2 college students during a Saturday night protest -

    2 Atlanta police officers were fired and 3 were placed on desk duty for their use of force in arresting 2 college students during a Saturday night protestMark Gardner and Ivory Streeter, who were both members of the department's fugitive unit, were terminated from the Atlanta Police Department.


  • CNN?s Don Lemon Goes Off on Trump for ?Declaring War on Americans? -

    CNN?s Don Lemon Goes Off on Trump for ?Declaring War on Americans?Immediately following President Donald Trump?s Rose Garden address to the nation, as military police continued to fire tear gas and rubber bullets at peaceful protesters, CNN host Don Lemon delivered a stark message to viewers about what they were watching.?This was a made for television moment,? Lemon said. ?Open your eyes, America. Open your eyes. We are teetering on a dictatorship. This is chaos.??Is the president declaring war on Americans?? he asked. ?What is happening here? He?s saying he wants to protect peaceful protesters at the same time sending law enforcement and military into the streets to push peaceful protesters back, to be aggressive with peaceful protesters. He is doing the exact opposite of what he said in that speech.? ?I think the president is playing a very, very dangerous game here,? Lemon continued. ?There are a lot of Americans who are out on these streets who are upset, who are frustrated, who are angry.? Lemon stressed that he is ?not condoning violence at all? and hopes that protesters ?remain peaceful.? But, he added, ?I hope that they stand up and fight for their rights to peacefully protest in this country.? With Trump?s threats to invoke the Insurrection Act of 1807, the host said, ?Now the entire country, according to his orders, we are living under a militarized country or we will be soon and it will play out in front of our very eyes on national television.? Kayleigh McEnany Insists Trump?s Not ?Hiding? While Speaking for HimRead more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


  • Black Liberty U. alums rebuke Falwell after blackface tweet -

    Black Liberty U. alums rebuke Falwell after blackface tweetNearly three dozen black alumni of Liberty University denounced school President Jerry Falwell Jr. on Monday, suggesting he step down after he mocked Virginia?s mask-wearing requirement by invoking the blackface scandal that engulfed the state?s governor last year. In a letter to Falwell, shared with The Associated Press, 35 faith leaders and former student-athletes told Falwell that his past comments ?have repeatedly violated and misrepresented" Christian principles. ?You have belittled staff, students and parents, you have defended inappropriate behaviors of politicians, encouraged violence, and disrespected people of other faiths,? they wrote, advising Falwell that ?your heart is in politics more than Christian academia or ministry.?


  • Special Report: U.S. school closures dramatically shrinking public education, Reuters finds -

    Special Report: U.S. school closures dramatically shrinking public education, Reuters findsPanditaratne is left to download her daughter?s special education material and sit with her as she does her school work?in between her own calls as a maritime lawyer in South Florida. More than two months after schools across the United States began closing in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus, the shutdown is taking a profound toll on the nation?s system of education, Reuters found by surveying nearly 60 school districts serving some 2.8 million students. Almost overnight, public education in the United States has shrunk to a shell of its former self, the review found, with teacher instruction, grading, attendance, special education and meal services for hungry children slashed back or gutted altogether.


  • Iran says scientist jailed in US flying home -

    Iran says scientist jailed in US flying homeIranian scientist Sirous Asgari has flown out of the United States after being released from prison and will return to the Islamic republic on Wednesday, the foreign ministry said. A US court had in November cleared Asgari of charges of stealing trade secrets in 2016 while he was on an academic visit to Ohio from Tehran's Sharif University of Technology. The 59-year-old told British newspaper The Guardian in March that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency was holding him at a Louisiana detention centre without basic sanitation and refusing to let him return to Iran despite his exoneration.


  • Thanks To Coronavirus, Tensions Are Rising In The South China Sea -

    Thanks To Coronavirus, Tensions Are Rising In The South China SeaJapan and Taiwan could be at risk.


  • See inside the 'Dutch Air Force One': a Boeing 737 private jet that the king of the Netherlands flies himself -

    See inside the 'Dutch Air Force One': a Boeing 737 private jet that the king of the Netherlands flies himselfThe Dutch royal member's newest family member seats just under 30 passengers and ensures the highest-ranking government officials arrive in style.


  • Brit Hume: President Trump has aligned himself with those who feel the restoration of law and order is job one -

    Brit Hume: President Trump has aligned himself with those who feel the restoration of law and order is job one	Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume joins Bret Baier on 'Special Report.'


  • White supremacists attending George Floyd protests, Minnesota officials believe -

    White supremacists attending George Floyd protests, Minnesota officials believeOfficials in Minnesota believe that white supremacist ?agitators? were inciting chaos at protests against police brutality and the killing of George Floyd.The Minnesota state corrections department said on Sunday that white supremacists were thought to be attending demonstrations in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, and making chaos.


  • Minneapolis police chief filed a civil suit against the department in 2007 alleging discrimination against people of color, including black officers -

    Minneapolis police chief filed a civil suit against the department in 2007 alleging discrimination against people of color, including black officersMinneapolis and its police force have a troubled history that extends beyond the death of George Floyd, according to new reports this week.


  • Officers kneel in solidarity with protesters in several cities -

    Officers kneel in solidarity with protesters in several citiesOfficers in other cities also knelt in solidarity ? including in New York, where a demonstrator hugged an officer after he took a knee.


  • Ohio woman still missing months after mysterious disappearance from grandparents' house on Christmas Day -

    Ohio woman still missing months after mysterious disappearance from grandparents' house on Christmas DayParris Hopson, 26, of Columbus, Ohio, was visiting her grandparents in Massillon, Ohio for a family gathering on Christmas Day, December 25, 2020. She left the house saying she needed to go on a walk to clear her head. Relatives say she left her cell phone, debit card and ID behind in her car. The Massillon Police Department is investigating.


  • Trump's Divisive Instincts Helped Him Win the White House. Where Will They Take America Now? -

    Trump's Divisive Instincts Helped Him Win the White House. Where Will They Take America Now?Aides are debating how far Trump should follow his decades-old instinct to back the police and minimize claims of racial bias


  • Hong Kong leader accuses US of 'double standards' over protests -

    Hong Kong leader accuses US of 'double standards' over protestsHong Kong's leader accused the United States on Tuesday of applying "double standards" in its response to violent protests as she warned Washington's plan to place trade restrictions on the financial hub would "only hurt themselves". Semi-autonomous Hong Kong has been rocked by months of huge and often violent pro-democracy protests over the past year, which riot police have stamped out with more than 9,000 arrests. Washington has been critical of Hong Kong's response to the demonstrations with US President Donald Trump last week vowing to end the city's special trading status after Beijing announced plans to impose a sweeping national security law on the business hub.


  • The New Top Prosecutor in Ukraine Has Joe Biden in Her Sights -

    The New Top Prosecutor in Ukraine Has Joe Biden in Her SightsUkraine?s recently appointed prosecutor general, 41-year-old Iryna Venediktova, is a woman to watch. The president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, expects her to investigate and prosecute his predecessor. She seems more than enthusiastic about that, and it?s a process that's been set up from the start to (once again) try to smear Donald Trump?s leading challenger for the presidency of the United States, Joe Biden.On the night of May 19, Venediktova personally approved the beginning of criminal proceedings against former President Petro Poroshenko for high treason and abuse of office. The move was triggered by leaked recordings of confidential conversations that allegedly took place in 2015-2016 between Poroshenko and then Vice President Biden, as well as John Kerry, who was the U.S. secretary of state at the time.Before her appointment as prosecutor general in March, Venediktova?a graduate of Ukraine's police academy who holds the rank of captain?had served Zelensky as acting chief of the State Bureau of Investigations (DBR). She reportedly launched investigations into Poroshenko while in that position, and is said to have clashed with the well-respected prosecutor general at the time, Ruslan Ryaboshapka, because of the way she conducted them. Ryaboshapka was dismissed in March, clearing the way for her to take his position.The nature of the private Biden-Poroshenko recordings and the way they were leaked is reminiscent of the way the Soviet KGB exploited wiretaps and disinformation, but that has not prevented Zelensky and Venediktova from sensationalizing what?s now been put on the record.Who Leaked Biden?s Calls to Ukraine?It was first presented at a press conference given on May 19 by Andriy Derkach, a member of Ukraine?s parliament who has a very pro-Moscow past. Derkach, like Russian President Vladimir Putin, is a graduate of the former Soviet Union?s Higher School of KGB, the foreign intelligence training facility now known as the FSB Academy. In recent years Derkach has worked closely with Trump?s personal attorney, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, to promote accusations that Biden as vice president strong-armed the Ukrainian government to try to protect the interests of his son, Hunter Biden, who was serving in a lucrative position on the board of a Ukrainian gas company called Burisma. Anyone familiar with the history of Ukrainian corruption knows that Biden?s pressure on the government in 2015 and 2016 was part of a major campaign by the International Monetary Fund and the European Union, as well as the Obama administration, to get Poroshenko to clean up his act. Hanging in the balance were $40 billion in IMF loan guarantees, with a $1 billion loan guarantee from the U.S. opening the way.At the time, one key symbol of reform was the replacement of Poroshenko?s long-time crony, Chief Prosecutor Viktor Shokin, who was notorious for not convicting any major oligarchs or public officials known for corruption?even those from the infamous regime ousted by the Maidan Revolution in 2014. Starting in the mid-1990s, general prosecutors in Ukraine acquired reputations for exploiting corruption rather than fighting it. Often, prosecutions in Ukraine have been launched to shake down the targets rather than put them in prison.According to an extensive report in the British newspaper The Independent based on multiple interviews with lower level prosecutors, an investigation of the owner of Burisma, the company with Hunter Biden on the board, fit that shakedown scenario precisely. ?Neither Shokin nor Poroshenko wanted to investigate [Burisma owner Mykola?] Zlochevsky,? former deputy prosecutor David Sakvarelidze told The Independent. ?They simply began a criminal case, arrested a few assets, and began negotiating with the corruptioneer for a bribe.?So, there are no real revelations in the Biden-Poroshenko conversations. What?s revealing is the use that Venediktova, Derkach, and Zelensky are making of them.?The leaked recordings are a nothingburger,? says Poroshenko?s defense lawyer, Ilya Novikov, borrowing a term from Biden?s spokesman. ?But Venediktova rushed to open the case late in the evening after Derkach had published the leaks,? Novikov told The Daily Beast. ?That to us indicates that President Zelensky personally expected his prosecutor to begin the process before his own press conference [the next day].? In fact, there is no mention of Burisma on the Derkach recordings. But the tough talk does force Ukrainian listeners to realize once again, as they did when they read the transcript of the Trump-Zelensky phone call last year, just how dependent on Washington Kyiv has become.Poroshenko clearly was reluctant to dismiss Shokin, who had been ?his? prosecutor on and off for a dozen years, well before Poroshenko (an oligarch who made his fortune selling chocolate candy) moved up the political ladder to the presidency. Poroshenko can be heard on the recording telling Biden he?s willing to ditch Shokin even though, according to Poroshenko, Shokin had done nothing wrong. In a subsequent call, Biden congratulates Poroshenko on appointing a new general prosecutor.?I know there?s a lot more of that that has to be done,? says Biden. ?But I really, I really think that?s good, and I understand you?re working with the Rada [Ukraine?s parliament] in the coming days on a number of additional laws to secure the IMF [loan guarantees], but congratulations on installing the new prosecutor general. It?s going to be critical for him to work quickly to repair the damage Shokin did, and I?m a man of my word, and now that the new prosecutor general is in place we?re ready to move forward in signing that new $1 billion loan guarantee.?When Derkach presented these recordings to the press in May, he publicly accused Biden of offering Poroshenko $1 billion of U.S. taxpayers? money ?in exchange for maintaining Burisma schemes and international corruption.? As Derkach described his version of the events,  "Biden leaves for Kyiv to put pressure on Petro Oleksiyovych [Poroshenko] regarding Shokin. There's a powerful argument? in Biden's pocket... a $1 billion loan guarantee... such was a price to save [Hunter] Biden from prison." Then Derkach took the recordings to Venediktova. If charged, Poroshenko could face up to 15 years in prison.When President Zelensky marked the end of his first year in power the day after Venediktova drew up the treason charges against Poroshenko, he left no room to doubt he supported them and found the recordings incriminating.  ?I think it?s not the last sign that Ukrainians will see. The prosecutors, law enforcement bodies should react,? said Zelensky. ?The prosecutor general of Ukraine registered criminal proceedings at the request of deputy [Andriy] Derkach yesterday. They will investigate.?During the impeachment proceedings that grew out of the U.S. President Trump?s notorious July 25, 2019, phone call pressuring Zelensky for dirt on Biden, Zelensky did his best to avoid taking sides. That will be harder to do if Venediktova continues to pursue the treason case based on Biden conversations. The Ukrainian president still enjoys rare popularity with an approval rating of more than 60 percent, but that is a steep decline from nearly 80 percent last year and Zelensky is the target of increased criticism. Marking the first anniversary of his presidency by threatening his predecessor with accusations of high treason does not look good. ?I do not believe Zelensky,? Kristina Berdyskykh, a leading Ukrainian political journalist, said on Ukraina 24 television. ?All young and progressive members have left Zelensky?s team.?As these controversies develop, Zelensky?s prosecutor will be at the center of them. Less than two years ago, Iryna Venediktova was teaching law at a university in the city of Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine. ?She specialized in theory of civil and corporate law at a not very significant faculty, not on criminal justice,? a civil society activist in Kharkiv, Volodymir Rysenko, told The Daily Beast. But in a matter of months, Venediktova?s career jumped from a university teacher to a seat at the Rada. She is a member of Zelensky?s Servant of the People party, and she was made number 3 on its electoral list last year, virtually guaranteeing she would get a seat. Then she was given another head spinning job when Zelensky appointed her to be the acting director of the State Bureau of Investigation.Finally, in March, Venediktova was appointed to be Ukraine?s prosecutor general, the first woman to hold that position.?When we look at Venediktova from Kharkiv, we see nothing to be proud of,? says Rysenko. ?We hear Venediktova accusing people in her interviews without any understanding of what presumption of innocence really means.? ?She has little experience for such a huge job and was appointed on the basis of being a political buddy of Mr. Zelensky,? says global affairs analyst Michael Bociurkiw. ?She?s reversing the reforms of her predecessor which were lauded by civil society, diplomats and the international community. She has already made several controversial appointments, reinstated incompetent or politically tainted prosecutors rightfully sacked by her predecessor, and blocked civil society and foreign partners from vetting some appointments.? The executive director of the non-governmental Anticorruption Action Center, Daria Kaleniuk, does not see any legitimate grounds for triggering a criminal case of high treason based on the recordings. ?In my opinion Derkach deserves to be investigated for treason for his long-term work with people like Giuliani, for spreading disinformation and conspiracies, which undermine U.S.-Ukraine strategic relationships," Kaleniuk told The Daily Beast. "I think Zelensky still clearly indicates that he doesn?t want to interfere in the American elections and to support any side there; but I am concerned he has appointed Venediktova, who among other strange things?like blocking prosecution reform?makes this nonsense case based on Derkach audio. It shows the lack of professionalism of both the prosecutor general and the president.?For progressives in Ukraine, a huge question looming over the treason case is how the Biden-Poroshenko recordings were obtained in the first place, and who passed them on to Derkach. He claims he got them from some ?investigative journalists,? but nobody knows the journalists? names.Kyiv-based experts following the Bidens, Burisma and Trump ordeal in detail want prosecutor Venediktova to pay serious attention to the source of the leaked recordings."I personally know Derkach,? says Yevgeny Kiselev of the TV show Real Politics. ?He sounds like he is the bridge between the Ukrainian and Russian special services. In our conversations he bragged about his meetings and connections in Moscow; his father, former head of the Security Service of Ukraine, was involved in publishing compromising recordings to discredit President [Leonid] Kuchma and now Derkach junior is leaking very dubious recordings." "The former foreign minister, Pavel Kilimkin, told me that Poroshenko, Biden and Kerry had lots and lots of conversations about financial aid and about the Congress approving money,? Kiselev told The Daily Beast. ?He also said that Poroshenko used to invite all sorts of people to those virtual conversations, mostly to show how important he was; one of them must have recorded the conversations?that is a matter for an investigation.?The Daily Beast asked Prosecutor General Venediktova if her office has also been investigating the source of the recordings but did not receive any answer.?Christopher Dickey also contributed to this article.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


  • Bird strike may have caused deadly Canadian Snowbirds jet crash, ministry says -

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  • This U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier Just Conducted a Military Excersise with NORAD -

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  • New York City institutes curfew, Governor Cuomo calls for police reforms -

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  • The head of the Minneapolis police union called protests a 'terrorist movement' and blamed politicians for unrest in a leaked email -

    The head of the Minneapolis police union called protests a 'terrorist movement' and blamed politicians for unrest in a leaked emailBob Kroll called Black Lives Matter a "terrorist organization" in 2016. In a new email, he said current protests were part of a "terrorist movement."


  • Pakistan 'blasphemy' death row couple's plea for freedom -

    Pakistan 'blasphemy' death row couple's plea for freedomShagufta Kausar and Shafqat Emmanuel hope judges in Pakistan will overthrow their 2014 conviction.


  • Supreme Court upholds Puerto Rico's financial oversight board -

    Supreme Court upholds Puerto Rico's financial oversight boardThe decision comes in response to a legal challenge by hedge funds who questioned the composition of the board's members.


  • The WHO heaped praise on China to coax it to hand over early coronavirus data it was withholding, according to a new report -

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  • Nine-term Iowa GOP Congressman Steve King may lose his seat at the hands of his own party -

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  • ?Wanton thuggery?: Australian reporter knocked down by police live on air as she covered George Floyd protests in DC -

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  • Tanker truck drives into Minneapolis protesters -

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    It did not appear that any marchers were struck by the truck as it moved through the crowd on the westbound lanes of Interstate 35, honking. The freeway was closed to traffic at the time.

    A Reuters witness said the truck driver was dragged out of the cab of his tractor-trailer rig and beaten by protesters before he was taken into custody by Minneapolis police. A Reuters photo showed him shirtless and covering his face as he stood next to a police officer.

    "Very disturbing actions by a truck driver on I-35W, inciting a crowd of peaceful demonstrators," the Minneapolis Department of Public Safety said on Twitter. "The truck driver was injured & taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He is under arrest. It doesn't appear any protesters were hit by the truck."


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    Where U.S. coronavirus cases are on the rise"If people don't follow current recommendations for social distancing and avoiding crowds of any kind, we can anticipate seeing increased numbers," the South Carolina health department said in a statement to Reuters. Alabama's health department attributed the state's steady increase in cases since early May to community transmission, clusters of outbreaks, and more testing.


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    Made in Qatar: embargo and pandemic stoke autonomy driveA Qatari arms factory that makes rifles and grenade launchers has added a product that saves rather than takes lives -- ventilators, needed at home and abroad amid the coronavirus pandemic. The venture is the latest salvo in Doha's charm offensive to cement old partnerships and secure new friends as a bitter spat with Saudi Arabia and its allies drags into its fourth year this Friday. It has also allowed the small Gulf state to draw on capabilities developed the hard way in the wake of its regional isolation.


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