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Privatbank, Ukraine’s President Zelensky and the oligarch Kolomoisky

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky looks on during his inauguration ceremony at the parliament in Kiev on May 20, 2019.GENYA SAVILOV | AFP | Getty ImagesUkrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is under pressure over how he will resolve a long-running dispute regarding a nationalized bank and its former oligarch owner.How he proceeds could be a "deal-breaker" as to whether Ukraine's international creditor, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), gives the country a further
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Albanian ex-minister cleared on drug charges, guilty of abuse of office

Albania's former Interior Minister Saimir Tahiri looks on as he arrives at the court in Tirana, Albania September 19, 2019. REUTERS/Florion GogaTIRANA (Reuters) - An Albanian court found former interior minister Saimir Tahiri guilty on Thursday of abuse of office but innocent of trafficking drugs, and sentenced him to three years probation. Prosecutors wanted Tahiri, once one of the closest associates of Prime Minister Edi Rama, jailed for 12 years
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What Killed Adrian Lamo, The Hacker Who Turned In Whistleblower Chelsea Manning? : NPR

Adrian Lamo (center) walks out of a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., where Chelsea Manning's court-martial was held, on Dec. 20, 2011. Patrick Semansky/AP hide caption toggle caption Patrick Semansky/AP Adrian Lamo (center) walks out of a courthouse in Fort Meade, Md., where Chelsea Manning's court-martial was held, on Dec. 20, 2011. Patrick Semansky/AP Debbie Scroggin and her husband live at the end of a series of gravel roads in
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Tuvalu changes PM, adds to concerns over backing for Taiwan in Pacific

(Reuters) - Parliament in the tiny South Pacific country of Tuvalu elected a new prime minister on Thursday, making a change that analysts say could give China a chance to further undermine Taiwan in a region that has been a pillar of support. FILE PHOTO: Tuvalu Prime Minister Enele Sosene Sopoaga addresses the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York, U.S., September 27,
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US supports Saudi ‘right to defend itself’: Pompeo | USA News

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has backed Saudi Arabia's "right to defend itself" and said that Iran's behaviour would "not be tolerated", in a meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), according to a statement on his official Twitter account on Thursday. Pompeo again condemned the weekend attack on Saudi oil fields that knocked out half of the country's oil production. The US top envoy has also supported the
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Canada’s Trudeau apologizes for dressing up in brownface in 2001

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau campaigns for the upcoming election in Fredericton, New Brunswick, September 18, 2019. REUTERS/John MorrisOTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologized on Wednesday for wearing brownface makeup in 2001 after a picture emerged less than five weeks before a national vote in which he faces a tough fight for re-election. “I should have known better then, but I didn’t and I did it and
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Netanyahu cancels trip to U.N. as he appears to fall short in Israel elections

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday canceled a visit to the United Nations General Assembly in New York next week amid political uncertainty in Israel, where he appeared to fall short of a government majority in national elections.With more than 90 percent of the votes counted, Netanyahu's decade-long grip on power appeared to be slipping. His center-right Likud party was expected to win 31 seats, while its main rival, the
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Trump orders more Iran curbs as Saudi readies attack evidence

JEDDAH/DUBAI (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he ordered a major increase in sanctions on Iran in the latest U.S. move to pressure Tehran, which U.S. officials say probably carried out a crippling weekend attack on Saudi oil facilities. FILE PHOTO: Smoke is seen following a fire at Aramco facility in the eastern city of Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia, September 14, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer/File Photo/File PhotoTrump gave no explanation in
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Israel’s Election Too Close to Call After First Exit Polls

TEL AVIV—Neither Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu nor his main rival commanded a majority after Israelis voted Tuesday, exit polls suggested, possibly opening a period of uncertainty over Israel’s next government as conflict flares between Iran and U.S. Mideast allies. The deadlock raised the prospect of Israel’s two largest political parties forming a unity government, a task that could take weeks to negotiate. No party declared victory, in a stunning setback
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Afghan president sees his chance after collapse of U.S.-Taliban talks

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had no more than 20 minutes to study a draft accord between the United States and the Taliban on pulling thousands of U.S. troops out of his country, but upcoming elections could put him back at the heart of talks to end decades of war. FILE PHOTO: Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani gestures during his election campaign rally in Kabul, Afghanistan September 13,