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Kremlin critic vows to find killers of Russian TV crew in Central African Republic

Kremlin critic vows to find killers of Russian TV crew in Central African RepublicBy Denis Pinchuk and Tom Balmforth MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky said he would try to find those responsible for the murder of three journalists working for his online news organization in Central African Republic who he said had been reporting on Russian mercenaries. Orhan Dzhemal, Alexander Rastorguyev and Kirill Radchenko were working for TsUR, which is financed by Kremlin critic Khodorkovsky, when they were ambushed on Monday.



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Vaccination critic placed on probation by medical board

Vaccination critic placed on probation by medical boardLOS ANGELES (AP) — A Southern California pediatrician and outspoken critic of mandatory vaccinations has been placed on probation for 35 months by the state's medical board.



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MSC Seaside named best new ship of 2017 by Cruise Critic

MSC Seaside named best new ship of 2017 by Cruise CriticMSC Seaside was named best new ship of the year Tuesday in the annual awards handed out by Cruise Critic, the cruise website.



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Moore critic: Alabama Senate race a battle for nation's soul

Moore critic: Alabama Senate race a battle for nation's soulBIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A leading figure among religious liberals says the candidacy of Republican Roy Moore for U.S. Senate is a struggle for the "soul of the nation."



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Lebanon's Hariri: political scion and Hezbollah critic

Lebanon's Hariri: political scion and Hezbollah criticSaad Hariri, who resigned from Lebanon’s premiership Saturday, is a son of assassinated billionaire Rafik Hariri who never achieved his father’s aura but fears he could suffer the same fate. The 47-year-old’s political career, which has included two stints as prime minister, has been marked by his opposition to Syrian influence in Lebanon. Hezbollah, which is also part of Lebanon’s government, is a key backer of the Assad regime.



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Kremlin critic journalist stabbed at offices of Moscow news radio station 

Kremlin critic journalist stabbed at offices of Moscow news radio station A Russian opposition journalist was in a medically induced coma on Monday after a man claiming a "telepathic" connection broke into a liberal radio station and stabbed her in the neck.  The stabbing of Tatiana Felgenhauer follows state television smear pieces against the radio station and a series of attacks that forced another Echo of Moscow host to flee the country. Ms Felgenhauer, the well-known deputy editor of the station and an outspoken Kremlin critic, was in the Echo of Moscow offices when an unknown attacker stabbed her in the neck. He had blinded a guard with pepper spray, before barging into the offices and running down the corridor to where she was, editor Alexei Venediktov told Novaya Gazeta newspaper. Ms Felgenhauer was hospitalised in stable condition, he said. Photographs published by a staff member of Echo of Moscow showed blood splattered across the floor and what appeared to be a switchblade knife. A middle-aged man was being detained by police in the photographs. “The attacker didn't yell anything, everything was calm and silent. He came up, hugged her and inflicted the injury,” deputy editor Sergei Buntman told the news outlet Meduza. An ambulance leaves the Ekho Moskvy (Echo of Moscow) radio station office in Moscow, Russia Credit: AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko Russia's investigative committee has opened an attempted murder case, identifying the attacker only as a 48-year-old man with dual Israeli and Russian citizenship. The interior ministry said his motive was “personal hatred”. News agency Interfax quoted a law enforcement source as saying that the crime was not connected with Ms Felgenhauer's journalistic activities and that it was likely a case of “hooliganism”. Echo of Moscow staff rejected this explanation, however.  “A personal conflict between Tanya and the attacker is complete nonsense. Tanya doesn't know him. A thuggish attack on an editorial employee,” tweeted correspondent Tonia Samsonova. Echo of Moscow published a video of law enforcement interrogating the attacker, whom it identified as Boris Grits. In it, he claimed Ms Felgenhauer had sexually harassed him through "telepathic contact". A WordPress blog under the name Boris Grits contained posts in which the author, who also complains about being unable to find work as a programmer in Israel, said he wasn't sure why Ms Felgenhauer was "following" him but suspected it was because he "wrote for Russia". "In a few weeks I'll come to Moscow and, if this doesn't stop, the consequences could be very unpleasant," said a post dated to September. Earlier this month, state television channel Rossiya 24 ran a smear piece on Echo of Moscow that claimed Ms Felgenhauer and other employees had discussed the “strengthening of critical media with foreign money” during a meeting with the France-based organisation Reporters Without Borders and the Germany-based Robert Bosch Foundation.  Before that, state television Channel One ran a piece claiming that Echo of Moscow was financed by the Broadcasting Board of Governors in the United States. Gazprom-Media, the arm of the state gas giant Gazprom that owns Echo of Moscow, denied that the radio station had any financial or other ties to the US agency.  Echo of Moscow's reporting has irked many officials, and employees have reported death threats. Yulia Latynina, a Kremlin critic who hosted a show on Echo of Moscow, fled Russia in September after a series of attacks - unknown assailants released a noxious gas into her family home, set her car on fire and threw feces on her in the street. She had previously complained of being followed and was given a state security detail. Novaya Gazeta political editor Kirill Martynov wrote on Monday that the Kremlin's inaction was partly responsible for the growing number of attacks on journalists and activists. "Propaganda has done too much to put independent journalism and opposition politicians outside the law, morally sanctioning the hunt for them," he said. 



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'Adorably Out of Touch.' Treasury Secretary's Wife Lashes Out at Critic After Flaunting Designer Clothes

'Adorably Out of Touch.' Treasury Secretary's Wife Lashes Out at Critic After Flaunting Designer ClothesLouise Linton was called "adorably out of touch" by a commenter



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Fleeing Maduro critic says life in danger

Fleeing Maduro critic says life in dangerBrasília (AFP) – Venezuela’s fugitive former top prosecutor resurfaced in Brazil on Wednesday claiming to possess “a lot” of proof of President Nicolas Maduro’s corruption and to warn that her life remains in danger. Days after a dramatic escape from chaotic Venezuela, Luisa Ortega, 59, turned up the heat on Maduro, who in turn asked Interpol to put out a “red notice” arrest warrant for his critic. Ortega — speaking at a crime-fighting conference in the Brazilian capital with representatives from the Latin American regional trading alliance Mercosur — said Maduro enriched himself in a massive corruption scheme uncovered at Brazilian construction conglomerate Odebrecht.



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The Latest: Critic: Removing Confederate statues was wrong

The Latest: Critic: Removing Confederate statues was wrongBALTIMORE (AP) — The Latest on the removal of Confederate monuments in Baltimore (all times local):



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Trump's personal lawyer threatens critic over email, saying 'watch your back, b****' and 'I know where you live'

Trump's personal lawyer threatens critic over email, saying 'watch your back, b****' and 'I know where you live'The lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, was contacted by a retired public relations professional who was troubled by a recent ProPublica article about him. The public relations professional sent an email to Mr Kasowitz with the subject line: “Resign Now”. Over the course of the next 30 minutes, however, the lawyer continued to harangue the man, urging him to “Call me.



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