Monday, August 18, 2014

HELSINKI—Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko are regular in contact over developments in Ukraine, Finnish President Sauli Niinisto said Saturday after concluding a two-day trip to Russia and Ukraine.

Putin, Poroshenko Are in Regular Contact, Says Finnish Leader

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Aug. 16, 2014 11:38 a.m. ET
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, right, speaks with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto during a meeting in Kiev on Saturday Agence France-Presse/Getty Images
HELSINKI—Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko are regular in contact over developments in Ukraine, Finnish President Sauli Niinisto said Saturday after concluding a two-day trip to Russia and Ukraine.
Mr. Niinisto held a three-hour meeting with Mr. Poroshenko in Kiev on Saturday, after a meeting of a roughly equal length with Mr. Putin in the Russian resort town of Sochi on Friday.
"Mr. Putin had no concrete requests," Mr. Niinisto told to reporters at Helsinki Airport. But he added, "In my understanding, [Mr. Putin and Mr. Poroshenko] are exchanging views."
The Finnish president's visit followed claims that the Ukrainian government destroyed much of a column of Russian armored vehicles that had rolled over the border into Ukrainian territory held by pro-Moscow rebels.
Mr. Niinisto said the highest priority is to bring a swift end to fighting in Ukraine. For this to be possible, Russia should ensure that no arms cross the border from Russia to eastern Ukraine, he said.
Mr. Niinisto said he has observed some nascent efforts being made to create proper conditions for a cease-fire in east Ukraine. At the same time, he emphasized the need to build and maintain "open dialogue" between various parties.
After Mr. Niinisto met with Mr. Putin on Friday, Mr. Putin spoke at length about Russia's economic ties with Finland but didn't comment in detail about any specific development or aspect regarding the crisis in Ukraine.
"We will do everything within our power to end this military conflict as soon as possible, establish a dialogue between all parties concerned, and provide humanitarian aid to those who need it," Mr. Putin said, according to a transcript released by the Kremlin.
Mr. Putin's meeting with Mr. Niinisto was his first with a European Union leader on Russian soil since February, when the Winter Olympics were held in Sochi and shortly before Russia's annexation of Crimea.
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After Brown autopsy, mom wants officer arrested Monday August 18th, 2014 at 12:25 PM

After Brown autopsy, mom wants officer arrested

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Yamiche Alcindor and John Bacon, USA TODAY 12:16 p.m. EDT August 18, 2014
A demonstrator carries a picture of Michael Brown, 18.(Photo: Scott Olson, Getty Images)
FERGUSON, Mo. — A preliminary autopsy report has convinced the family of Michael Brown that the police officer who shot him should be arrested, a lawyer for the family said Monday.
"His mother asked the questions that ... lawyers could not answer -- what else do we need to get them to arrest the killer of my child?" lawyer Benjamin Crump said at a press conference here.
Crump said Brown's mother, Lesley McSpadden, asked if her son suffered pain before he died. Pathologist Michael Baden, who conducted the autopsy, "shared his opinion that he did not suffer," Crump said.
Baden, who also spoke at the press conference, said Brown, 18, was shot least six times, including twice in the head. None of the bullets entered from the back, and three were recovered from Brown's body, he said.
Brown could have survived all of his wounds except for the shot to the top of his head, Baden said. That shot was probably sustained last, hitting Brown as he was bending over and exiting through his right eye, he said.
Baden said Brown was shot from at least one foot away but the distance could have been as far as 30 feet. Baden said six bullets entered Brown's body and at least two bullets ricocheted and traveled back through his body. Bullet wounds to Brown's arms could have been sustained by putting his hands up or crossing his arms.
Baden said his results could be consistent with police or witness account of how Brown died. Crump's positions was clear.
"It verifies the worst that the family thinks happened — that he was executed," Crump said. "It confirms what the witnesses said, that this was an execution. That's what the witnesses said from day one.
"It's so hard for his mother and father to even deal with the notion that this is what happened," Crump told USA TODAY. "It's obvious his hands were up at some point because you can tell how the bullet goes from in and out."
Brown was unarmed when Feguson police officer Darren Wilson, 28, shot him Aug. 9. Witnesses in the area said Brown had raised his hands to surrender when he was shot. The shooting and police response drew racially charged protests that have sometimes turned violent.
Baden said a final autopsy report would require study of the clothes Brown was wearing to see if they contained gunshot residue, which would indicate whether at least one shot was fired at close range. No residue was found on Brown's body, Baden said.
Baden said he also needs eyewitness and toxicology reports.
Autopsy diagram showing where Michael Brown was shot. This is from the family's private autopsy examination.(Photo: USA TODAY)
The St. Louis County medical examiner's autopsy concluded that Brown died of gunshot wounds, but other details have not been released.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Sunday ordered a separate, third federal autopsy.
Citing the "extraordinary'' nature of the case, Justice Department spokesman Brian Fallon said Holder directed the action at the request of Brown's family.
The Justice Department is conducting a separate inquiry into possible civil rights violations, related to the shooting. About 40 FBI agents had been deployed to the investigation at the start to assist in canvassing the local neighborhoods for witnesses.
FBI agents also have joined local authorities in some witness interviews related to Brown's shooting after those witnesses expressed doubts about the integrity of the local inquiry, a federal law enforcement official said Saturday.
The official, who is not authorized to comment publicly, said the joint interviews have involved few witnesses so far. But the concerns echo themes from waves of protesters during the past week who have cited a broken trust with local police.
Contributing: Kevin Johnson
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Rafael Hernández Colón says "statehood is a mirage"

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The former governor Rafael Hernández Colón today urged popular during the second day of the convention of the Democratic Party, to participate in the status plebiscite that aims to promote the government of Alejandro García Padilla.
"We are at a defining moment," he said of the proposal. "The legislation passed by Congress puts us in a defining moment and the New Progressive Party knows this and is maneuvering to prosecute the country, in a definitive way, statehood and start the process leading to it," he said during a presentation which lasted about an hour.
The former president said that a win statehood in a plebiscite would be interpreted in Congress and that Puerto Rico "definitely has traded during statehood and it would be a matter of time for us to become the state."
He accused the NPP administration to increase government spending to health card and other works such as commuter rail, as well as what he called "the delivery of the 936."
"It is time to abandon the hollow that the country's problems are solved with a change of discourse status," he said.
"Statehood is a mirage created the PNP to the people of Puerto Rico. People have to realize that. The problems he has Puerto Rico are not responsible solve problems that the federal government, "he said.
Hernández Colón expressions on the plebiscite were then highlight the fiscal crisis facing the country and accusing the PNP of using the 24 years he has managed to advance uninterruptedly your ideal statehood.
"The challenge facing Alejandro García Padilla and the Popular Party is the most serious that has confronted the country during the last half century," he said before comparing the current situation with the situation faced by the former governor Luis Muñoz Marín when he "got rid of ideal of independence. "
"The people know that the problems we are facing are not solved with a magic wand overnight, they take time and require sacrifice and efforts," he said against Garcia Padilla, who listened from the front row of the auditorium where they congregated about 200 people.
"The Popular Party is cleaning up the government and laying the foundations for economic recovery. Much work remains, but Alejandro García Padilla and Legislature are taking the tough decisions. Moving in the right direction, "he said.
Once finished exmandatario exposure, Secretary of State, David Bernier, gave a talk in which he discussed and motivated the audience to contribute to the country.
In the afternoon, Jorge Suárez, José Alfredo Hernández Mayoral and Angel Rosa will return to the topic of the status with a talk which will discuss the cost of statehood.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Jaime Perello, along with several representatives made a presentation on the work that body.
The convention, which christened, 'Come to the Rescue of Puerto Rico', ends tomorrow with a meeting of the General Council of the PPD open to people and where there will be a message from the president of the community and governor Alejandro García Padilla.
It was learned that the message would revolve around the issue of status.  
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