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Former employees of Russian ‘troll factory’ back U.S. indictment – National

While Russian officials scoff at a U.S. indictment charging 13 Russians with meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, several people who worked at the same St. Petersburg “troll factory” say they think the criminal charges are well-founded. Marat Mindiyarov, a former commenter at the innocuously named Internet Research Agency, says the organization’s Facebook department hired people with excellent English ...

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Shaikh Hamdan spotted at Dubai restaurant

Dubai: One of the newest hangouts in Dubai received a special guest recently, who was photographed at the trendy Masti restaurant.    Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, posed for the camera in the outdoors venue at La Mer.   Masti, described by Meraas as “a game-changing concept in ...

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Opinion | The Dirty Little Deals That Would Foul the Environment

Here’s a warning to the Senate minority leader, Chuck Schumer, and other environmentally inclined Senate Democrats, like Sheldon Whitehouse and Ed Markey: A legislative minefield lies dead ahead, pocked with destructive amendments of Republican origin hostile to clean air, clean water, endangered species and fragile landscapes. And here’s a plea: Stop these measures from becoming law. Following its approval of ...

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How US Coal Deal Warms Ukraine’s Ties With Trump

KYIV, UKRAINE —  For the first time in Ukraine’s history, U.S. anthracite is helping to keep the lights on and the heating going this winter following a deal that has also helped to warm Kyiv’s relations with President Donald Trump. The Ukrainian state-owned company that imported the coal told Reuters that the deal made commercial sense. But it was also ...

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Brazil Gov’t Acknowledges Pension Bill Going Nowhere

BRASILIA —  Brazil’s political affairs minister Carlos Marun said on Monday that passage of a bill to overhaul the country’s costly social security system has effectively ground to a halt in Congress and would become a campaign issue in this year’s election. Marun spoke to reporters after the head of the Senate, Eunicio Oliveira, said the federal government’s military intervention ...

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Greek Carnival Celebrations Get Little Flour Power

GALAXIDI, GREECE —  For a few hours every year, residents and visitors of this pretty Greek seaside town have a license to lose their civility. They have what’s known as a “flour war” — participants pelt each other with bags of dyed flour along the coastal road lining Galaxidi’s old harbor. It’s an explosion of color that takes place every ...

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Maldives Leader Seeks Approval to Extend State of Emergency

MALE —  Maldives President Abdulla Yameen on Monday sought parliamentary approval to extend a state of emergency for 15 days in the Indian Ocean archipelago as “the situation has not changed”, a top parliamentary official said. Yameen imposed the emergency on Feb. 5 for 15 days to annul a Supreme Court ruling that quashed convictions against nine opposition leaders and ...

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Zimbabweans Pay Tribute to Tsvangirai; Interment Expected Tuesday

Average Zimbabweans turned out Monday to commemorate the life of the country’s dogged, long-time opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, ahead of his burial, expected Tuesday. Thousands of supporters of the Movement for Democratic Change sang as the body of their late party leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, arrived at a square in Harare. They said the struggle will continue. One of them was ...

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As ‘Black Panther’ Shows, Inclusion Pays at the box Office

NEW YORK —  A lavish, headline-grabbing premiere. Lightning word-of-mouth stoked by glowing reviews. Packed movie theaters with sold-out shows, long lines and fans decked out as characters from the film. The phenomenon of “Black Panther” had the look and feel of a classic, bona fide blockbuster in route to its record-setting $201.8 million debut over the weekend, or an estimated ...

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