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Reuters: Jury to weigh Manafort fate for second day after ‘reasonable doubt’ surprise

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The jury in the bank and tax fraud trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort will deliberate for a second day on August 17 after asking questions that prompted speculation that a verdict may not be imminent. Read more here. The post Reuters: Jury to weigh Manafort fate for second day ...

Reuters: Merkel lowers expectations before talks with Putin

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on August 17 she did not expect her August 18 meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin to produce any particular results. Read more here. The post Reuters: Merkel lowers expectations before talks with Putin appeared first on KyivPost.

Anger as Austria's foreign minister invites Putin to her wedding

The Guardian

Critics say Russian leader’s attendance undermines EU’s tough stance over UkraineVladimir Putin is to attend the wedding of the Austrian foreign minster, Karin Kneissl, triggering outrage among critics who say her invitation undermines the EU’s stance against Russia over Ukraine.The Russian presi...

Associated Press: Merkel, Putin share a headache – Donald Trump

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin will have plenty to talk about when they meet Saturday — thanks in no small part to U.S. President Donald Trump, whose sanctions and criticisms over trade, energy and NATO have created new worries for both leaders. The two will...

Associated Press: Poland calls for permanent US military base

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Poland’s president voiced hope for a permanent U.S. military presence in his country, speaking as the nation put on a large military parade on its Armed Forces Day holiday August 15 replete with tanks and people marching in historic uniforms. Poland is fearful of Russia’s renewed aggression, and ...

Voice of America: Manafort jury asks about reasonable doubt’ during first day of deliberations

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A jury ended its first day of deliberations August 16 on whether U.S. President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort is guilty of tax and bank fraud to finance his lavish lifestyle. The six-man, the six-woman jury met for about seven hours, during which they asked the judge four ...

New York Times: Revoking clearance, Trump aims presidential power at Russia inquiry

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For more than a year, law enforcement officials have repeatedly rebuffed President Trump’s efforts to use the power of his office to derail the Russia investigation. Stymied, Mr. Trump is lashing out in other ways against an investigation that he clearly hates or fears. The president said August ...

RFE/RL: World Bank says is preparing $650 loan guarantee for Ukraine

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The World Bank says it is preparing a $650 million guarantee to help Ukraine obtain funding in global debt markets, but Kyiv must first comply with economic reforms demanded by the International Monetary Fund. The World Bank’s Country Office for Ukraine said in a Facebook posting on August ...

UNIAN: OSCE Mission to Moldova concerned about unsanctioned military exercises in Security Zone

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The OSCE Mission to Moldova expresses its concern regarding the river-crossing military exercise conducted in the Security Zone by the Operational Group of Russian Forces on August 14 and 15. Read more here. The post UNIAN: OSCE Mission to Moldova concerned about unsanctioned military exercises i...

Bloomberg: Turkey follows Russia in dropping off top US creditor list

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Turkey dropped off the U.S. government’s list of major owners of Treasury debt, following in the footsteps of Russia in reducing its portfolio. Turkey’s holdings of bonds, bills and notes have fallen 42 percent in the first half of this year, dropping to $28.8 billion in June, according to a Trea...

US Envoy Volker: Russia not expected response of the West to its actions in Ukraine to be signifi...

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The Kremlin did not expect the policy of restraint of Russia by the West through sanctions.

New York Times: Frozen out by Obama, Hungary’s far-right leader finds a friend in Trump

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Across rural Hungary, Prime Minister Viktor Orban dominates the media landscape. His allies control the major regional newspapers, which provide supportive coverage of Mr. Orban’s anti-immigrant agenda and his methodical erosion of the country’s democratic checks and balances. Critical, independe...

Reuters: More US Marines to train in Norway, closer to Russia

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The United States will more than double the number of Marines stationed in Norway, in line with plans first outlined in June, the Norwegian defence ministry said on August 15. Plans to increase the number of Marines in Norway to 700 from 330 and moving some of them closer to the border with Russi...

RFE/RL: Manafort declines to testify as his trial nears end

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U.S. President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, has declined to testify in his own defense and his lawyers rested their case in his trial on tax evasion and bank fraud. The decision not to call witnesses on August 14 clears the way for closing arguments on August 15 i...

Associated Press: Erdogan vows US boycott, but diplomats resume talks

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Turkey’s president appeared to escalate a dispute with the United States that has helped foment a Turkish currency crisis, claiming August 14 that his country will boycott U.S.-made electronic goods. Behind the scenes, however, diplomats resumed contact to ease tensions. Addressing a conference o...

Reuters: Ex-Trump aide Manafort’s defense rests, case headed to jury

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Attorneys for Paul Manafort rested their case on August 14 without calling any witnesses, including the former Trump campaign chairman himself, who told the judge he did not want to testify in his own defense against bank and tax fraud charges. Read more here. The post Reuters: Ex-Trump aide Mana...

Voice of America: Trump blames Attorney General, fired FBI agent for Russia probe

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U.S. President Donald Trump unleashed new attacks August 14 on Attorney General Jeff Sessions and fired FBI agent Peter Strzok, blaming them for the investigation of Russian links to his 2016 U.S. presidential campaign that has consumed his presidency. The U.S. leader said on Twitter, “If w...

Deutsche Welle: War and fuel – Angela Merkel’s headaches in Russia talks

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Angela Merkel and Vladimir Putin clearly have a lot to talk about. For the second time in three months, the German chancellor and the Russian president will be getting together for a bilateral meeting. This time, after Merkel visited the Black Sea resort of Sochi in May, Putin will be coming to t...

US suspends Open Skies treaty with Russia

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The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 signed by the U.S. President Donald Trump stipulates suspension of cooperation with the Russian Federation under the Open Skies treaty.

BBC: Italy bridge – Genoa motorway bridge collapses kills at least 11

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A motorway bridge has collapsed near the Italian city of Genoa, sending vehicles plummeting some 100m (328ft) to the ground and killing at least 11 people, local media report. Italian Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli said it was likely to be “an immense tragedy”. Read more here. Th...

112.ua: Trump bans Russian military air forces flying over US

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The US President Donald Trump froze cooperation with Russia within the Treaty on Open Skies which allowed Russian and American combat aircraft to conduct observation flights on the territory of both states, as the 1242 article of the US defence budget says, adopted by the Congress and signed by t...

Los Angeles Times: It is now Manafort’s chance to make his case to the jury

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Now that prosecutors have finished presenting evidence against Paul Manafort, lawyers for President Trump’s former campaign chairman can start outlining his defense on August 14 as the high-profile trial moves into a crucial phase. Defense lawyers asked U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III to dismi...

UkrInform: World Bank Group allocates $20.5 billion to finance green projects in Ukraine

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For the last fiscal year, the World Bank Group allocated $20.5 billion to finance projects on reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, clean energy development and climate change prevention. “For the last fiscal year, the World Bank Group provided a record $20.5 billion in funding for project...

Xinhua: Turkey-Russia-Iran aim to mitigate effects of US sanctions, push Washington for talks

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The past week has seen Washington slap a raft of punitive actions on Iran, Russia and Turkey. In response, the three countries have enhanced their coordination, which, in the eyes of U.S. experts, aims to soften the blow of the sanctions and push Washington towards talks to settle disagreements. ...

Bloomberg: Russia probe exploited by both parties to raise campaign cash

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation hasn’t yet become a top issue for most voters. But when it comes to fundraising, Democrats and Republicans battling for control of Congress in November are using the probe to cash in. Some Democrats are pitching to donors that they’ll prevent ...