Category Archives: Middle East

Russia’s Mueller Report: If Putin Did It, He Did It for You

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Alexander Nemenov/REUTERSRussian state-TV viewers on Thursday were delivered a different conclusion from Robert Mueller’s report: Putin always wins. And now everyday Russians are going to win, too.In the rest of the world, the Justice Department’s redacted version of the special counsel’s report concluded Moscow interfered in the 2016 presidential election “in sweeping and systematic fashion.” He identified numerous links between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign, establishing that “the Russian government perceived it would benefit from a Trump presidency and worked to secure that outcome, and that the campaign expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through …read more

In Bosnia, 'master' blacksmith had to shoe an egg

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In Bosnia, 'master' blacksmith had to shoe an egg

Kreševo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) (AFP) – To be worthy of the title of master, a blacksmith in Kresevo in central Bosnia had to perform a delicate task — shoe an egg without breaking it. It’s an Easter tradition requiring a blacksmith to decorate an egg shell by nailing on it a miniature iron horseshoe. Now Stjepan Biletic wants to have this ancient know-how recognised by UNESCO as part of the world’s cultural heritage.

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Mueller report: House issues subpoena for full unredacted version

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Jerry Nadler issues subpoena for Robert Mueller’s full report and the underlying documents ‘to make informed decisions’ * Mueller report latest – live updates * Support the Guardian’s independent journalism and make a contributionThe House judiciary chairman, Jerry Nadler, on Friday issued a subpoena for the full, unredacted report by special counsel Robert Mueller on Russian interference in the 2016 US election and the Trump campaign.The subpoena seeks not only the “complete and unredacted” report, but also all of the underlying documents referenced in it, including grand jury evidence. The New York Democrat said on Good Morning America …read more

It sure looks like Samsung’s Galaxy Fold is a piece of junk

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Remember a little over 7 months ago when I told you that you shouldn’t get excited about Samsung’s first foldable phone? Well, here we are.Samsung has plenty of strong suits. It is the top-selling smartphone vendor in the world, after all. It makes gorgeous AMOLED screens for mobile devices. The company also makes some of the best components in the world and has a booming chip business. One thing Samsung is not good at, however, is first-generation products. In fact, “not good” is far too kind… Samsung is awful at designing first-generation products.We’ve seen it time and time again. Samsung’s …read more

37 charged in 22 months: a timeline of the Mueller investigation

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37 charged in 22 months: a timeline of the Mueller investigation

Compared to previous independent prosecutor investigations, Special Counsel Robert Mueller moved with uncommon speed in the probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump. Over 22 months he issued charges against 34 individuals, including six Trump associates, and three companies. – May 17: Four months after Trump took office, Mueller, now 74, is named to lead the Russia meddling and collusion investigation.

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Rich vs poor: Donations row shatters French unity over Notre-Dame

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Rich vs poor: Donations row shatters French unity over Notre-Dame

France’s culture minister pleaded Thursday for an end to the controversy over the 850 million euros (950 million dollars) pledged to restore Notre-Dame cathedral, which critics have suggested would be better spent on the poor. Some of France’s biggest companies and billionaires, including luxury goods tycoons Francois-Henri Pinault and Bernard Arnault, have pledged amounts of 100 million euros or more to rebuild the landmark after it was gutted by fire on Monday evening. The vast sums have drawn fire in a country where wealth inequality and the plight of the low-income households have been highlighted during five months …read more

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