Friday, March 10, 2017

Michael Flynn Paid Retired FBI Agents In Lobbying For Turkey Friday March 10th, 2017 at 8:50 AM

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Michael Flynn Paid Retired FBI Agents In Lobbying For Turkey

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Former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s lobbying work for the Turkish government involved payments to several former FBI officials and a retired admiral who served in a top intelligence role for the joint chiefs of staff.
Flynn’s consulting firm, Flynn Intel Group, also paid a behavior analysis firm operated by two former FBI agents.
Flynn disclosed that information to the Justice Department earlier this week when registering as a foreign agent for the Turkish government.
It is unclear what services Flynn, a retired lieutenant general, sought from the retired intelligence officials. But the firm’s $530,000 lobbying contract with its client, a Turkey-connected shell company called Inovo BV, centered on Fethullah Gulen, a cleric living in exile from Turkey in Pennsylvania.
Flynn Intel’s filing, made under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, is notable for its detail and timing. Flynn was fired from the Trump White House last month in a row over phone calls he had with Russia’s ambassador in December.
Vice President Mike Pence said Thursday that the revelation that Flynn was lobbying for the Turkish government is “affirmation of the President’s decision to ask General Flynn to resign.” (RELATED: New Disclosures Reveal The Next Scandal That Would Have Hit Michael Flynn)
Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, wants the U.S. government to extradite Gulen, who he blames for terrorist attacks in his country and a failed coup attempt in July.
Flynn Intel’s foreign agent disclosure reports show that it waged a public relations and congressional outreach campaign as part of its work for Inovo BV, which is owned and operated by Ekim Alptekin, the head of the Turkey-U.S. Business Council (TAIK) with ties to the Turkish government.

Fethullah Gulen at his residence in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania September 26, 2013. REUTERS
Alptekin also coordinated a meeting between Flynn and two high-ranking Turkish government officials in New York City on Sept. 19. On that same day, Flynn, Trump, and then-Sen. Jeff Sessions met with Egypt’s president, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.
The White House said Thursday that Trump was not aware of Flynn’s lobbying work prior to the election.
Flynn Intel disclosed very little about the lobbying arrangement in filings with the U.S. Senate in September. Nor was the information disclosed in December, when Flynn Intel terminated the relationship with Inovo after Flynn was chosen as Trump’s national security adviser.
That final filing listed that Flynn Intel received less than $5,000 for its work for Inovo BV, far less than the $530,000 reported this week.
Part of Flynn Intel’s work involved conducting and gathering research on Gulen, an ally-turned-enemy of Erdogan’s.
The firm, which was based in Alexandria, Va., paid $28,000 to Brian McCauley, the former deputy assistant director for international operations at the FBI. Another $7,500 was paid to retired Rear Admiral Paul Becker for consulting work.
Becker is a former director of intelligence for the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff and now runs Becker T3 Group, an intelligence consulting firm. He also served as intelligence community lead for the Trump transition team. (RELATED: Trump’s National Security Adviser Is Lobbying For Obscure Dutch Company With Ties To Turkish Government)
Flynn Intel also paid $20,000 to Operational Behavioral Services, a Virginia-based company that lists retired FBI agents Thomas Neer and Gina Orton as executives. Neer was assigned to the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit, and Orton was a psychiatrist at the bureau.
White Canvas Group, an open source research firm, received $15,000 from Flynn Intel.
None of the former government officials or firms responded to emails and phone calls placed directly or through intermediaries. Flynn’s lawyer forwarded questions to a press relations specialist. He was unable to answer questions about the details of Flynn’s or the ex-officials’ work.
McCauley has several connections to Flynn. The pair are personal friends, according to the book “Twilight Warriors,” published last year. They also served on the board of directors for Brainwave Science, a company that claims to have developed a “ground-breaking” brain fingerprinting technology that gauges truthfulness during interrogation.

Flynn Intel Group executives (Archived <a href="http://FlynnIntelGroup.com" rel="nofollow">FlynnIntelGroup.com</a> website)
One of Brainwave Science’s co-founder’s, Sabu Kota, pleaded guilty in 1996 to selling stolen biotech material to an undercover FBI agent posing as a KGB spy, Bloomberg News reported in December.
McCauley made national news in the aftermath of the Clinton email investigation and during the presidential campaign, while he was contracted with Flynn Intel Group.
Witnesses interviewed by the FBI in the case alleged that McCauley and now-retired State Department official Patrick Kennedy discussed a quid pro quo arrangement involving classification markings on a Clinton email. McCauley acknowledged that he suggested a quid pro quo with Kennedy but quickly scuttled the idea when he learned that the email involved “Secret” information related to the Sept. 11, 2012 Benghazi attacks.
As part of the lobbying contract,  Flynn Intel’s researchers presented information they had on Gulen to House Homeland Security Committee staffers during a meeting in October, the new disclosures show.
It is unclear if McCauley or any of Flynn’s other subcontractors were part of that presentation.
A person familiar with the meetings was unable to recall any names of meeting participants other than that of Bijan Kian, a Flynn Intel partner and former board member of the Export-Import Bank.
TheDC’s source said that Kian used a pitch for a defense technology product as cover to discuss the Gulen extradition issue with the House committee.
After discussing the technology product, the source said that Kian introduced several men who said they had research on Gulen and network of charter schools his followers operate in the U.S.
Other lobbyists for the Turkish government have harped on the charter school network, claiming that Gulenists flout the H-1B system to hire teachers.
The House staffers in the meeting were turned off by Flynn Intel’s bait-and-switch, TheDC’s source said. They felt it was surreptitious, as well as pointless, given that the Homeland Security Committee would have no input on Gulen’s extradition. The federal court system would determine whether Gulen should be extradited. The Turkish government has presented evidence to the Justice Department that they say shows he is behind the July coup attempt.
Kian did not respond to an emailed request for comment on the meeting.
Flynn himself is not answering questions about the lobbying work, his research on Gulen, or the retired officials’ duties. His PR consultant told TheDC that he is not conducting interviews.
TheDC was able to reach Robert Kelley, the Flynn Intel lobbyist listed on the company’s lobbying disclosures with the Senate. He answered TheDC’s phone call but did not respond to after an initial greeting.
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Netanyahu Goes to Moscow With Syria on His Mind

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Israel’s prime minister was in Moscow Thursday to talk with Russia’s president about the Syrian crisis, the latest sign of Russia’s growing influence in the Middle East as well as Israel’s concerns over Moscow’s regional allies. Benjamin Netanyahu and Vladimir Putin made no joint statement following the talks, but Netanyahu later issued a statement indicating he had “made it clear” to Putin that Israel wants to prevent any Syrian settlement from leaving “Iran and its proxies with a military presence” in Syria. Russia has come to assume a larger role in Israel’s foreign policy calculations since the Kremlin’s intervention in the Syrian conflict in September 2015. While Putin at the time justified Russia’s actions as taking the fight to global terrorists and the Islamic State, Western critics argue the intervention was also aimed at salvaging the government of besieged Moscow’s ally, Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad. Russia's wider role It’s that later mission that many in the West, begrudgingly, agree has succeeded -- for now. Russia’s role in helping Assad’s forces take the rebel city of Aleppo in December 2016, in particular, signaled a key turning point in the war. Independent human rights groups say the victory was accomplished with a ruthless Russian-Syrian air campaign targeting civilians. Russia denies those charges. Israel has largely stayed out of the Syrian conflict, save for working with Russia to avoid potential clashes with Israel’s military operations along the Syrian border. Israel eyes Iran Yet it is Russia’s wider military alliance in Syria, alongside traditional Israeli foes Iran and Hezbollah, that is causing alarm among Israeli officials. In particular, Israel is nervous about the prospect of Iranian military forces gaining a permanent foothold in the Israeli-held border region of the Golan Heights. “Russia has made a very important contribution,” said Netanyahu in a statement acknowledging Russia’s efforts against Islamic State targets in Syria. He added that he told the Russian leader “naturally, we do not want this terrorism to be replaced by the radical Shiite Islamic terrorism led by Iran.” Russian influence Russian experts on the Middle East suggested Putin’s influence on Iran was questionable, arguing the countries’ alliance was based more on circumstance than tradition. “Russia and Iran ... they’re both dependent on one another,” said Middle East specialist Karina Gevorkyan in an interview with VOA. In addition to their support of the Assad regime, she points to economic and Russian weapons sales to Iran as fueling the current partnership. But it’s a relationship, Gevorkyan said, built on pragmatism above all else. “Can Putin promise Netanyahu to raise the issue with the Iranians? Yes, he can. And the Iranians might well agree, if they see it in their interests,” she said. Gevorkyan adds that Iran is pursuing its long-term influence in the region, with Israel cast in the role of bogeyman in case plans go astray. The Russian-Israeli meeting came one day before a visit to Moscow by another Middle East powerbroker and U.S.-NATO ally, Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan. That relationship, too, has seen its ups and downs surrounding the Syrian war. Late last year, Russia’s ambassador to Turkey was gunned down in public by a Turkish assassin. Before being shot by police, the gunman said he was avenging Russia’s role in the Aleppo siege. The murder underscored the complexity of Moscow’s current political pivot from its role as backer of the Syrian regime to the primary mediator in the Syrian conflict. Talks in Kazakhstan In February, Moscow sponsored talks between Damascus and the Syrian opposition in neighboring Astana, Kazakhstan.  While results have thus far proved minimal, few doubt Russia is eager to show it can deliver what Western powers could not: a resolution to the vexing six-year conflict.  The next phase of talks in Astana is to resume next week. Yet largely missing from the equation has been Washington.  The Obama administration had what critics saw as an on-again, off-again engagement on the Syrian issue. Efforts by then-U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to make headway with Russia on the Syrian issue in the final year of the Obama presidency failed to produce results. By contrast, U.S. President Donald Trump has indicated his desire to recruit Moscow in a grand coalition against Islamic State, a position welcomed broadly in the Kremlin. Yet the American president has pulled back on cooperating with Russia amid multiple investigations into Russian interference in the American election, allegedly on Trump’s behalf. In Moscow, the scandal has fed a sense that, whatever Trump’s wishes, the American leader may prove unable to pursue an alliance he claims to want in the interests of his own political survival.

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10 March 1928: To Stalin belongs the credit and the blame both for making the “opposition” and for destroying it
[Mr. Arthur Ransome has now returned from his investigations in Russia and we print below the first of a series of articles in which he will record his conclusions.]
There is nothing in the outward appearance of Moscow to suggest that the revolution has just passed through a serious crisis. An observer looking for “symptoms” would notice on the one hand that it was much more dangerous to cross the streets, because of the great increase in motor traffic, particularly “taxis” and the big Leyland motor-buses, and on the other hand the reappearance of queues outside the shops that sell milk, butter, and soap. When he had to cross the street he would think, perhaps rather ungratefully, of increased business and prosperity. When he noticed a row of people waiting to buy butter he would be reminded of difficulties that he had at one time thought the revolution had outlived. Not until he had been some time in the city would he begin to realise that it is impossible to discuss either increased prosperity or the reappearance of butter queues without reference to the long struggle which has just ended with the complete discomfiture of all the better-known leaders of the early period of the revolution.
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February Jobs Report: More Solid Growth Expected

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U.S. employers are thought to have hired at a brisk pace in February, and the unemployment rate is expected to stay low, a result that would provide further evidence of a consistently solid job market.   Economists have forecast a job gain of 186,000 and a decline of one-tenth of a percentage point in unemployment to 4.7 percent, according to data provider FactSet. With employers competing to hire a dwindling supply of applicants and higher minimum wages taking effect in some states, average pay is also thought to have risen.   The Labor Department will release the February jobs report at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time.   If the economists’ forecasts prove roughly correct, the Federal Reserve will almost surely feel confident enough to resume raising interest rates when it meets next week. It would mark the Fed’s third rate hike in 15 months, a reflection of how far the economy has come since the Great Recession ended nearly eight years ago. Jobs report for Trump   Friday’s report will also be the first to cover a full month under President Donald Trump. Trump has tweeted cheerfully about a survey of private-sector hiring released earlier this week that suggested a robust job gain in February.    That survey, by payroll provider ADP, concluded that private employers added 298,000 jobs in February, the biggest monthly gain in three years. Construction companies hired the most workers in 11 years and manufacturers the most in five, ADP found.    The surge in construction jobs likely reflected unseasonably warm February weather, particularly in the North, which kept job sites open that would otherwise have been shut down by winter weather. If warm weather boosted the pace of construction hiring in Friday’s government report, other weather-sensitive industries, like retail and restaurants, will likely also show sharp job gains.    Jobs market healthy Apart from any effects of unusual weather, much evidence suggests that the U.S. job market is fundamentally healthy or nearly so. The number of people seeking first-time unemployment benefits, a rough proxy for the pace of layoffs, reached a 44-year low two weeks ago.    And in January, employers added a vigorous 227,000 jobs, according to the government’s figures, higher than last year’s monthly average of 187,000.   Business and consumer confidence has soared since the presidential election, with many business executives saying they expect faster economic growth to result from Trump’s promised tax cuts, deregulation and infrastructure spending.    The U.S. economy is also benefiting from steadier economies overseas. Growth is picking up or stabilizing in most European countries as well as in China and Japan. The 19-nation alliance that uses the euro currency expanded 1.7 percent in 2016, an improvement from years of recession and anemic growth. Germany’s unemployment rate has fallen to 3.9 percent, although in crisis-stricken Greece, unemployment remains a painful 23 percent.   Wages rising In the United States, employers have been hiring solidly for so long that in some industries, they’re being compelled to raise pay. Hourly wages for the typical worker rose 3.1 percent in 2016, according to a report Thursday by the Economic Policy Institute. That’s much higher than the 0.3 percent average annual pay gain, adjusted for inflation, since 2007, the EPI said.    Minimum wage increases last year in 17 states and Washington, D.C., helped raise pay among the lowest-paid workers, the EPI found. Pay increases for the poorest 10 percent of workers were more than twice as high in states where the minimum wage rose as in states where it did not.    U.S. builders are breaking ground on more homes, and factory production has recovered from an 18-month slump, fueling growth and hiring. In February, manufacturing expanded at the fastest pace in more than two years, according to a trade group. Businesses have stepped up their purchases of industrial equipment, steel and other metals, and computers.   And in January, Americans bought homes at the fastest pace in a decade despite higher mortgage rates. That demand has spurred a 10.5 percent increase in home construction in the past 12 months.

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Царь Владимир Путин
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В Кремле состоялась беседа Владимира Путина с Реджепом Тайипом Эрдоганом. Президент Турции прибыл в Россию для участия в шестом заседании Совета сотрудничества высшего уровня между Российской Федерацией и Турецкой Республикой.
С Президентом Турции Реджепом Тайипом Эрдоганом.
В.Путин: Уважаемый господин Президент! Уважаемые коллеги!
Позвольте всех вас сердечно поприветствовать в столице России. Очень рады, что наши межгосударственные связи восстанавливаются, и достаточно быстрыми темпами.
Последняя встреча в таком формате [Совета сотрудничества высшего уровня между Россией и Турцией] у нас была достаточно давно, в 2014 году. За это время много произошло событий. В последнее время мы активно работаем над тем, чтобы российско-турецкие связи вышли на достойный наших стран уровень.
Мы активно работаем по разрешению наиболее острых кризисов в мире, прежде всего, конечно, в Сирии. Мне очень приятно отметить, что, видимо, никто этого не ожидал, что на уровне военных ведомств, специальных служб устанавливается доверительный, очень эффективный контакт.
Восстанавливаются и торгово-экономические связи. Знаю, что вчера Председатель Правительства России господин Медведев проинформировал своего турецкого коллегу о дополнительных мерах и шагах, направленных на восстановление наших отношений в сфере экономики в полноформатном режиме. Продолжается инвестиционное сотрудничество, подготовка к реализации крупных проектов.
Мы рады Вас видеть в Москве. Добро пожаловать.
Р.Эрдоган (как переведено): Я тоже хочу поблагодарить дорогого друга.
В Совете сотрудничества высшего уровня у нас был небольшой промежуток, который мы не использовали. Как известно, недавно на Мировом энергетическом конгрессе мы были вместе. Этот конгресс прошёл очень эффективно, особенно с точки зрения наших контактов. Особенно в энергетической области имеет большое значение [сотрудничество] России и Турции. И в плане природного газа, и других элементов этот процесс всё больше и больше развивается. По проектам «Турецкий поток» и атомная электростанция «Аккую» сотрудничество возвращается в прежнее русло, развивается всё больше и больше.
Считаю, что сегодня на заседании Совета сотрудничества высшего уровня основными [темами] будут экономика, торговля, оборонная промышленность, энергетика и другие. Уверен, что наше заседание внесёт вклад в развитие [отношений].
Благодарю Вас.
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Report: Five Killed in Helicopter Crash in Turkey

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A helicopter crashed on a highway in the outskirts of Istanbul on Friday, after apparently hitting a television tower in dense fog, reports said. At least five people were killed, the governor said.    The helicopter, belonging to the Eczacibasi group of companies, was carrying seven people on board: the company's four Russian guests, a Turkish official and two pilots.    Gov. Vasip Sahin said the helicopter crashed in Istanbul's Buyukcekmece district after taking off from Itsanbul's Ataturk Airport, adding that the cause of the crash is under investigation.   Eyewitness Fikret Karatekin, a taxi driver, told CNN-Turk television by telephone that the helicopter slammed into the tower before crashing on the highway.   “It hit the tower and crashed by spinning,” he said, adding that the highway had been closed down.   The helicopter broke into pieces that were scattered on the highway as well as a green area on the side of the road. Video footage from the site showed thick black smoke rising from the highway.

Putin hosts Erdogan for talks focusing on Syria - Washington Post

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Putin hosts Erdogan for talks focusing on Syria
Washington Post
MOSCOW — President Vladimir Putin hosted his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on Friday for talks focusing on Syria, where Russia and Turkey have launched mediation efforts and coordinated military action. The two countries brokered a ...
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Voice of America -Daily Sabah
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Relief over Tillerson fades at State Department before overhaul - Reading Eagle

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Relief over Tillerson fades at State Department before overhaul
Reading Eagle
U.S. diplomats breathed a sigh of relief three months ago when Rex Tillerson was nominated as secretary of state, welcoming the oilman as a seasoned manager who would shield them from ideologues ready to gut America's foreign policy machinery ...

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The Latest: Russia says its strikes killed 600 IS in Syria - seattlepi.com

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The Latest: Russia says its strikes killed 600 IS in Syria
seattlepi.com
Turkey's military says Turkish troops and Turkey-backed Syrian opposition forces have killed — or "neutralized" — 71 Syrian Kurdish fighters in northern Syria this week. The operations are part of Turkey's months-long incursion into its war-torn ...
US presence increases risks tangling in Syria's war - KRISTV.com | Continuous News Coverage | Corpus ChristiKRIS Corpus Christi News
Syria Kurdish-led fighters see force boosting in push on IS - WSIL-TV 3 Southern IllinoisWSIL TV
US forces in Syria to fight ISIS face chaotic mapPBS NewsHour
NEWS.com.au -PRI -Washington Post -Reuters
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Netanyahu prods Putin over Iranian allies in Syria - DefenseNews.com

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Netanyahu prods Putin over Iranian allies in Syria
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TEL AVIV — With Israel's head of military intelligence at his side, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Thursday with Russian President Vladimir Putin to present “detailed” information attesting to Iranian attempts to establish a permanent military ...
Putin hosts Netanyahu for talks set to focus on SyriaWashington Post
Putin-Netanyahu meeting focuses on Iran's role in SyriaAljazeera.com
Netanyahu urges Putin to block Iranian power corridor on Israel's borderThe Boston Globe
Wall Street Journal (subscription) -The Times of Israel
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Russia hacking Dutch election a warm-up for Germany, France interference: report - NL Times

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Russia hacking Dutch election a warm-up for Germany, France interference: report
NL Times
While the outcome of the Dutch parliamentary elections next week may not be of vital interest toRussiaRussian hackers are targeting the Netherlands as a warm up for the elections in Germany and France, Ronald Prins, co-founder of cyber security ...
Russian hackers use Dutch polls as practiceDeutsche Welle

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Putin Hosts Turkey's Erdogan To Discuss Syria

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Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Moscow on March 10 to discuss the ongoing conflict in Syria. The two countries have coordinated military action, sponsored talks between Syrian President Bashar Assad's government and the opposition, and brokered a cease-fire in December. (AP)

Putin Meets New ExxonMobil CEO

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The Kremlin says that Russian President Vladimir Putin has met with the new head of U.S. oil company ExxonMobil.

Turkish and Russian presidents meet in Moscow to discuss Syria - Deutsche Welle

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Turkish and Russian presidents meet in Moscow to discuss Syria
Deutsche Welle
Russia partially lifted an import ban on Turkish agricultural goods ahead of a meeting between Presidents Vladmir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the Kremlin on Friday. "We are actively working to solve the most acute crises, first of all in Syria ...
Syria: Dangerous Fracture in US, Turkey and Russian Interests, as Operation to Oust ISIS from Raqqa BeginsCenter for Research on Globalization
The Pentagon's top officer meets with generals from Turkey and Russia to discuss Syria operationsWashington Post
TurkeyRussia to hold cooperation meeting after two-year delayHurriyet Daily News
Breitbart News -Anadolu Agency
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Letter: We must investigate foreign influence in US elections - The Republic

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Letter: We must investigate foreign influence in US elections
The Republic
I saw the story in late October about a Trump-owned server communicating with (apparently) a Russian bank. It was presented as a matter of cybersecurity watchdogs looking for malware and other threats to the election. Looking back, one can see a ...

Modernization of Russia's Naval Facility in Syria's Tartus to Begin in Spring - Sputnik International

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Modernization of Russia's Naval Facility in Syria's Tartus to Begin in Spring
Sputnik International
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — An agreement between Russia and Syria on the expansion and upgrades of the Russian naval maintenance facility in the Syrian port of Tartus was signed on January 18. "Expansion and modernization works are beginning this spring ...

Trump keeps claiming he's created US jobs since Election Day. Not so. - Washington Post

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Trump keeps claiming he's created US jobs since Election Day. Not so.
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“I'm very pleased to announce the great company ExxonMobil is going to be investing $20 billion in the Gulf Coast and the Gulf Coast region. … This was something that was done to a large extent because of our policies and the policies of this new ...

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Russian hackers use Dutch polls as practice - Deutsche Welle

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Russian hackers use Dutch polls as practice
Deutsche Welle
Russian hackers use Dutch polls as practice. The Dutch government, like its German and French counterparts, fears that Russia is trying to influence the upcoming election through hacking schemes and by spreading fake news. Thessa Lageman reports.

Helicopter crashes in outskirts of Istanbul; 5 killed - USA TODAY

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Helicopter crashes in outskirts of Istanbul; 5 killed
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ISTANBUL - A helicopter crashed on a highway in the outskirts of Istanbul on Friday after apparently hitting a television tower in dense fog, reports said. At least five people were killed, the governor said. The Sikorsky S-76, belonging to the ...
Helicopter with business executives crashes in Istanbul, kills fiveReuters
Report: Five Killed in Helicopter Crash in TurkeyVoice of America
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AccuWeather.com -Sky News -Daily Star -The Independent
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The Man Who Wants to Unmake the West - POLITICO Magazine

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The Man Who Wants to Unmake the West
POLITICO Magazine
“They have a deep well of psychological reliance on the American-led order,” says Jeremy Shapiro, a Hillary Clinton State Department official now at the European Council on Foreign Relations in London. Now they're bracing for an American assault on ...

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All of Donald Trump’s Ties to Russia and Putin, in 7 Charts

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What is the real story of Donald Trump and Russia? The answer is still unclear, and Democrats in Congress want to get to the bottom of it with an investigation. But there’s no doubt that a spider web of connections—some public, some private, some clear, some murky—exists between Trump, his associates and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
These charts illustrate dozens of those links, including meetings between Russian officials and members of Trump’s campaign and administration; his daughter’s ties to Putin’s friends; Trump’s 2013 visit to Moscow for the Miss Universe pageant; and his short-lived mixed martial arts venture with one of Putin’s favorite athletes. The solid lines mark established facts, while dotted ones represent speculative or unproven connections.
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There’s nothing inherently damning about most of the ties illustrated below. But they do reveal the vast and mysteriously complex web behind a story that has vexed Trump’s young presidency from its start—and is certain to shake the White House for months to come.
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1. Trump and Putin, via Administration Officials
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2. Trump and Putin, via Michael Flynn
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3. Trump and Putin, via Campaign Advisers
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4. Trump and Putin, via Paul Manafort
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5. Trump and Putin, via Business Ties
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6. Trump and Putin, via Felix Sater
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7. Trump and Putin, via Trump Family Members
Michael Crowley is senior foreign affairs correspondent for Politico.
Illustrations by Erin Aulov and Janet Michaud/Politico.
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All of Trump's Russia Ties, in 7 Charts - Politico

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All of Trump's Russia Ties, in 7 Charts
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What is the real story of Donald Trump and Russia? The answer is still unclear, and Democrats in Congress want to get to the bottom of it with an investigation. But there's no doubt that a spider web of connections—some public, some private, some ...
Rep. Eric Swalwell posts website on Trump-Russia connectionThe Mercury News
Congressman Swalwell Launches Webpage Outlining Trump's Ties To RussiaCBS San Francisco Bay Area
Democrat launches site dedicated to showing Trump's Russian tiesWashington Examiner
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The Latest: Russia says its strikes killed 600 IS in Syria - Minneapolis Star Tribune

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The Latest: Russia says its strikes killed 600 IS in Syria
Minneapolis Star Tribune
The Russian military says its warplanes have killed more than 600 militants in just one week while backing the Syrian army's offensive against the Islamic State group. Col. Gen. Sergei Rudskoi of the military's General Staff said on Friday that Russian ...
Top U.S. General Discusses Syria With Counterparts From Russia ...New York Times
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The Times of Israel -The Independent
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Путин заявил, что очень доволен отношениями России с Турцией

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Российский лидер выразил уверенность в том, что отношения между двумя государствами быстро налаживаются.

Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty: Turkish President Erdogan To Meet With Putin In Moscow

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin for talks on issues including the conflicts in Syria and Iraq, economic and energy ties, and efforts to combat terrorism.



 Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty

Ukraine News: У напавшего с топором на людей в Дюссельдорфе проблемы с психикой

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Подозреваемым в нападении на главном вокзале немецкого Дюссельдорфа оказался 36-летний выходец из бывшей Югославии, проживающий в городе Вупперталь



 Ukraine News

A look at key criminal defendants in South Korean scandal

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Formally removed from office by a historic Constitutional Court ruling Friday, Park Geun-hye has lost her presidential immunity from prosecution over a corruption scandal that has sent dozens of high-profile figures to face criminal trials....

Nato - Russia News: «Диалог НАТО с Москвой — после возврата Крыма, Абхазии и Приднестровья» - ИА REGNUM

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«Диалог НАТО с Москвой — после возврата Крыма, Абхазии и Приднестровья»
ИА REGNUM
Таллин, 10 марта 2017, 11:39 — REGNUM 9 марта премьер-министр Эстонии, председатель левой Центристской партии Юри Ратас встретился в Брюсселе (Бельгия) с генеральным секретарем НАТО Йенсом Столтенбергом, с которым обсудил прибытие в Эстонию боевого ...

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Ex-adviser's tenuous ties to Trump campaign draw scrutiny

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- For months, President Donald Trump and his advisers have tried to distance themselves from Carter Page, a little-known investment banker who briefly served as a foreign policy adviser on the Republican&apos;s presidential campaign....