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Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko shot dead in Kyiv

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Arkady Babchenko, a celebrated war reporter who fled his home country previous year amid a campaign of intimidation, was said to have been killed at his his apartment building in Kiev he appeared at a press conference Wednesday. In the autumn, Babchenko moved to Kiev, where he worked as a host for the Crimean Tatar TV station, ATR. The Ukrainian prime minister, Volodymyr Groysman, said in a social media posting late on Tuesday he was convinced that what he called "the Russian ... Read More »

Pompeii find shows man crushed trying to flee Mount Vesuvius eruption

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Pompeii is famed for its ruins containing the remains of citizens preserved in the ash from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 CE. The ground tremors could have caused the falling of masonry, but Pompeii officials also pointed out that the stone could have been "violently thrown by the volcanic cloud". Read More »

Evangelist says God told him he needs fourth private plane

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He preaches the prosperity gospel , which says God shows favor by rewarding the faithful with earthly riches. Jesse Duplantis, 68, a Christian minister based in Destrehan , about 25 miles east of New Orleans, says his ministry has paid cash for three private jets. Read More »

Prominent Russian journalist who criticised Kremlin shot dead in Kiev

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Speaking to the BBC , Ukrainian police spokesman Yaroslav Trakalo confirmed Mr Babchenko's death. Babchenko told RFE/RL in December 2016 that "all of the elements" of Russia's state "propaganda machine" were engaged against him after he posted comments to Facebook about the crash of a Russian military plane in the Black Sea. Read More »

Bill Browder warned of 'great risk' to British citizens weeks before arrest

He also included a photo of the arrest warrant, which appeared to have been issued by the Spanish interior ministry, and claimed that Browder was wanted for fraud, the charge he has been convicted of by a Russian court. Browder confirmed his release on social media. Russian Federation placed Browder on the Interpol wanted list previous year, apparently exploiting a loophole that lets countries unilaterally place individuals on the database used to request an arrest. Read More »

Papua New Guinea Is Banning Facebook for a Month

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Internet penetration in the country is thought to be less than 15 percent, which suggests at face value that Facebook isn't particularly mainstream. "I will now work closely with the Police for them to be properly trained and informed to fully enforce the Cyber Crime Act". "If there need be then we can gather our local applications developers to create a site that is more conducive for Papua New Guineans to communicate within the country and overseas as well", he said. Read More »

USA calls emergency UN Security Council meeting over strikes on Israel

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Authorities in southern Israel, where rocket warning sirens have sounded frequently since the Palestinian barrages began on Tuesday morning, said schools would open as usual. "Qassam and Jerusalem Brigades (the groups' armed wings) announce joint responsibility for bombarding (Israel's) military installations and settlements near Gaza with dozens of rocket shells throughout the day", they said in a joint statement. Read More »

At Rally in Nashville, Trump Links Democrats to MS-13

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Donald Trump criticized Mexico for not helping to stop the flow of illegal immigrants into the United States and repeated his campaign promise that Mexico will pay for building a wall along the US-Mexico border, prompting a public rebuke from Mexico's president. Read More »

Three dead after shooting in Belgium

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Initial reports suggested he shot them after being stopped for a document check, however prosecutors now say he crept up behind them, and then cut their throats with a knife, while also stabbing them numerous times. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the ongoing investigation. -By Raf Casert in Brussels . Belgian Interior Minister Jan Jambon said on Twitter that the country's crisis center was monitoring the situation. Read More »

Flowing lava oozes toward ocean on Hawaii's Big Island

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It then converged with an older flow, where it was approaching the access road to Puna Geothermal Venture. The Hawaii Civil Defence Agency said the wells "are stable and secure", and Hawaii's Gov. This lava has covered some 2,500 acres in and around the Leilani Estates neighborhood, and several flows have reached the sea. Hawaii's Volcanoes National Park has been closed for 19 days and has no water due to damaged utility lines, said Jessica Ferracane, a spokeswoman for the National ... Read More »

Obama Didn't Act on Russian Meddling to Help Clinton Win, Says Trump

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He spent the morning and much of the Memorial Day weekend lashing out at Robert Mueller and his team probing Russian interference in the 2016 election and any collusion by Trump campaign associates. "This investigation involved far more surveillance than we ever had any idea about". "It has resulted in charges against four former Trump associates, three pleaded guilty to lying to investigators about Russian Federation". Read More »

EU Proposes Ban on Plastic Cutlery, Straws, Cotton Swabs

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The EU has also been spurred into action by China's decision to no longer import part of the bloc's waste. EU Commission vice-president Frans Timmermans who is responsible for sustainable development said plastic waste was "a big problem" as it "ends up in our air, our soil, our oceans, and in our food". Read More »

Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich becomes Israeli citizen

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Another official told Channel 10 News that Mr Abramovich submitted a citizenship request "like any other person" with Israel's Moscow embassy and was accepted. A spokesman for Abramovich said "it's a private matter". Israel grants automatic citizenship to anyone of Jewish descent. Abramovich bought Chelsea FC in 2003. Read More »

James Clapper: Russia, China Are Urgent National Security Threats

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Trump has denied accusations of campaign collusion calling them "phoney" or without any basis. "Because eventually the decision here is going to be impeach or not impeach". Clapper says Trump has set a "new low bar" for ethics and morality and has caused "societal damage" that will take years to fix. Trump wrote . It was unclear who he was talking about. Read More »

New Zealand prepares to slaughter 15000 cows in disease cull

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But the alternative is to risk the spread of the disease across our national herd. Government forecasts estimate if the disease was allowed to spread unchecked, it would cost the industry NZ$1.3bn in lost production in 10 years. They say numerous cows will be slaughtered at processing plants and used for beef, but some cows will have to be killed and buried on the farms or dumped in approved landfills. Read More »

Sushma apologises for tweet on PM Modi's programme in Nepal

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Swaraj's comments came before a meeting with her Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, in New Delhi at which they discussed strategy in the aftermath of the US decision. India imported $10.5bn worth of goods, mainly crude oil, and exported commodities worth $2.4bn during that same time period. Swaraj also said India would continue trading with Venezuela, but there was no plan to use its local cryptocurrency in oil trade. Read More »

Flash floods rush through Ellicott City, Maryland, trapping residents

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Brown water rushed through Ellicott City's historic Main Street, toppling buildings and upending cars, as the nearby Patapsco River swelled to a record-breaking level. Many had just finished recovering and rebuilding from the previous disaster in 2016. Sunday's destructive flooding left the former mill town heartbroken as it had bounded back from another destructive storm less than two years ago. Read More »

Trump renews plan to impose tariffs on $50B of Chinese goods

This is a developing story . China has pledged to retaliate against any tariffs imposed by the US. "The United States will continue efforts to protect domestic technology and intellectual property, stop non-economic transfers of industrially significant technology and intellectual property to China, and enhance access to the Chinese market", the statement said. Read More »

Trump confirms North Korean leader headed to NY

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Should the reports of working-level talks be officially confirmed , Kim will be the most high-ranking North Korean official to visit the USA and hold talks with government officials since the late Vice Marshal Jo Myong Rok's meeting with then-President Bill Clinton in 2000. Read More »

Iran should be denied any military presence in Syria

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In exchange for the Israeli concession, Russian Federation promised to ensure that the Syrian pro-government troops deployed near the Israeli-Syrian border would not include Iranian forces and the Lebanese Hezbollah movement, the Channel 2 broadcaster reported, citing a high-ranking political source. Read More »

Besides lava and ash, Hawaii volcano is pumping out 'vog'

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His only way out was through his back door and through the forest. The USGS earlier warned that vigorous eruption of lava from the Kilauea volcano was continuing in Hawaii's East Rift Zone, where the Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens communities are located. Read More »

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich emigrates to Israel

As a new citizen, "Abramovich is exempt from taxes in Israel on income earned overseas for ten years, and need not declare the sources of that income for the same period", the Times of Israel says. Israel grants automatic citizenship to anyone of Jewish descent. The 51-year-old had been travelling in and out of the United Kingdom for years on a Tier-1 investor visa, designed for wealthy foreigners who invest at least £2 million in Britain. Read More »

Paris mayor praises Malian 'hero' for scaling building to save child

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Gassama told Macron: "I didn't think about it, I climbed up and God helped me". "The more I climbed the more I had the courage to climb up higher, that's it", he added. Mr Gassama is said to have arrived in France a year ago, taking the long and unsafe journey to Europe via a boat over the Mediterranean to Italy. Gassama said he had been in the neighborhood to watch a soccer game at a restaurant Saturday night when he saw a crowd gathered in front of the building and rushed to save the ... Read More »

Two South Carolina journalists killed covering hazardous weather

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Tennant said the ground was saturated and the tree's root system failed. McCormick and Smeltzer had just interviewed Tryon Fire Chief Geoffrey Tennant . A fire chief in North Carolina says he spoke to a TV anchor and his photojournalist out of SC 10 minutes before they were struck and killed by a falling tree. Read More »