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US firm tried to enlist ambassadors to help Russian company

WASHINGTON — A U.S. lobbying firm sought to recruit the ambassadors of France, Germany and several other countries to demonstrate international support for severing Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska’s control of Rusal, the aluminum manufacturing giant sanctioned by Washington. Documents made public by the Justice Department show that Mercury LLC drafted messages for at least six envoys to send to senior U.S. government officials that expressed support for a plan to eliminate Deripaska’s majority stake in the EN+ Group, the holding company that owns nearly 50 percent of Rusal. The records are the latest installment in a drama full of international intrigue. Deripaska’s close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin are under a microscope while unintended targets of the U.S. ...

Trump says Obama did nothing about Russian election meddling

© Leonhard Foeger/ REUTERS U.S. President Donald Trump gestures as he arrives at Helsinki-Vantaa airport in Vantaa, Finland, July 15, 2018. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger U.S. President Donald Trump said in a Twitter post on Monday his predecessor, Barack Obama, paid little attention to FBI allegations of Russian election meddling and they were only taken seriously after he was elected. “President Obama thought that Crooked Hillary was going to win the election, so when he was informed by the FBI about Russian Meddling, he said it couldn’t happen, was no big deal, & did NOTHING about it. When I won it became a big deal and the Rigged Witch Hunt headed by Strzok!” Trump wrote on Twitter. Trump was referring to Hillary Clinton, his Democratic rival in the 2016 presidential election,...

Italy allows migrants to land in Sicily

Image copyright EPA Image caption Women and children were allowed to land at Pozzallo on Sunday Italy will allow 450 migrants who were picked up from an overcrowded boat on Saturday to disembark in Sicily. The decision was taken after Italy said that France, Germany, Malta, Portugal and Spain had each agreed to take 50 migrants. Malta and Italy had earlier each insisted that the other country should allow the boat to dock. Italy’s new government has toughened its policies in an effort to stem the flow of arrivals on its shores. So far, only women and children, 57 people in all, have been allowed to land in the Sicilian port of Pozzallo. Reality Check: Who is responsible for migrants at sea? How Libya holds the key to solving Europe’s migration crisis The migrants were rescued f...

Trump-Putin summit: US leader cautious ahead of Helsinki talks

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption President Trump arrived in Finland with First Lady Melania Trump US President Donald Trump will meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Monday, ending a tumultuous European tour in which he criticised his allies. Mr Trump said he had “low expectations” ahead of the talks in the Finnish capital, Helsinki, but added that “maybe some good” would come of them. The highly anticipated meeting comes after 12 Russians were charged with hacking in the 2016 US elections. Mr Trump says he will raise the issue, but the summit has no formal agenda. There have been calls in the US for Mr Trump to cancel the meeting altogether over the indictments, announced on Friday by US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Russia denies the ...

5 Seconds of Summer Score Eighth Week at No. 1 In Australia With ‘Youngblood’

5 Seconds of Summer notch an eighth consecutive week at No. 1 on Australia’s singles chart with “Youngblood” (Capitol/EMI), a feat which places the track in a tie for the second-longest streak at the top for a homegrown track. Meanwhile Drake’s Scorpion (Republic/Universal) enters a second week at the summit of the albums survey.  The double-platinum certified “Youngblood” joins Austen Tayshus’ “Australiana,” Savage Garden’s “Truly Madly Deeply” and Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” in joint-second place on the leaderboard for Aussie acts on the ARIA chart. If “Youngblood” can log another week at No. 1, it’ll equal the record set by Justice Crew with “Que Sera” (Sony), which dominated the official tally for nine w...

Where Is Luis Miguel’s Mother? Twitter Reacts to Series Finale

So, where is Luis Miguel mother? Nowhere. Yet.  The Telemundo/Netflix series based on the life of fabled Mexican singer Luis Miguel’s (played by Diego Boneta), which has centered in large degree to the whereabouts of his long-disappeared mother, ended in a question mark.  Luis Miguel begs his moribund father, the much-hated Luisito Rey, to tell him where to find his mother. “You already know where she is,” replies Rey, who has become the most vilified of villains, on this death bed. So, where is Marcela?  Twitter exploded after the series finale on Sunday, with #LuisMiguellaserie, #LuisitoRey, #Luisrey and #mickey all becoming global trending topics. Hold your breath. It appears a second season of Luis Miguel: La Serie is a strong possibility although an announcement has not yet been made....

France vs. Croatia: The Smokin’ Hot WAGS of the World Cup Final

France Vs. Croatia Smokin’ Hot WAGS … Of The World Cup Final 7/15/2018 12:10 AM PDT Breaking News Make like some of the world’s best soccer players and dive into these photos of some of the hottest wives and girlfriends of the World Cup Final! France and Croatia will square off for soccer’s highest honor … and there will be plenty of “keepers” to look at on both sidelines. In France’s corner … Pamela Anderson headlines the group of WAGS — but, you gotta see who Samuel Umtiti and Paul Pogba are scoring with off the pitch. For Croatia … Mateo Kovačić and Ivan Rakitić have netted some serious talent too. Sooo … while an entire country might hate these guys if they blow it on the biggest stage — just know they’...

Rich Eisen Reveals Ultimate Fantasy Football Sleeper, ‘This Year’s Alvin Kamara’

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Trump Has Yet to Award the National Arts Medals for 2016

For decades the United States has recognized its greatest artists — about a dozen each year — with a national medal, an award created by Congress and typically distributed each year by the president at a White House ceremony. Since 1985, arts figures including Georgia O’Keeffe, Frank Capra and Ella Fitzgerald have received the National Medal of Arts while similar cultural achievement has been recognized by the National Humanities Medal, which presidents have awarded to the likes of Steven Spielberg, Anna Deavere Smith and Louise Glück. But neither of those medals has been awarded since President Trump took office, the longest gap ever and one that again draws attention to the president’s often awkward relationship with the arts. The deadline for nominations for the 2016 arts medals, which ...

US intelligence report outlines what Putin may want from Trump at meeting

© Provided by CNBC HELSINKI — Before President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet on Monday for their first official dialogue, a U.S. intelligence assessment has outlined for the U.S. president the areas where Moscow and Washington have competing interests, and where they could potentially find middle ground. The intelligence report, according to sources who spoke to CNBC on the condition of anonymity, said the Russian leader may ask Trump to stay out of the conflict in Ukraine, to withdraw troops from eastern Syria, and to continue talks with North Korea. Monday’s highly anticipated meeting takes place in the wake of a contentious NATO summit, and only days after the U.S. Justice Department charged 12 Russian intelligence officers with hacking Democratic Party en...

33 passengers hospitalized after Ryanair flight depressurizes

Over 30 passengers were hospitalized, with some complaining about bleeding from their ears, after a Ryanair plane experienced “inflight depressurization,” according to authorities. “I can safely say it was the most terrifying thing I ever experienced,” passenger Roxanne Brownlee told ABC News. A spokesperson from Ryanair said the depressurization caused oxygen masks to deploy. The plane was carrying 189 people from Dublin, Ireland, to Zadar, Croatia but made an emergency landing at Frankfurt-Hahn Airport in Germany. “The oxygen masks just fell down in front of us — we were given no context, there was no announcement,” said Brownlee. “We were all kind of scrambling trying to put the oxygen masks on and people were screaming, crying and shouting.” When the plane began to pl...

WATCH: Woman orders bear to get off her porch

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