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Former federal prosecutor: Mueller investigation not ending 'anytime soon'

Former federal prosecutor: Mueller investigation not ending 'anytime soon'Former federal prosecutor and chief of staff to James Comey, Chuck Rosenberg, spoke on MSNBC about said that while Robert Mueller’s investigation seems to be moving along at a good pace, he doesn’t concur with Trump’s remarks that it will end soon.



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First World War submarine lost with 35 British and Allied crew on board is finally found – ending 103-year mystery

First World War submarine lost with 35 British and Allied crew on board is finally found - ending 103-year mysteryThe wreck of the first allied vessel lost in the First World War has been discovered 103 years after it vanished off the coast of Papua New Guinea following a search that has finally ended Australia’s oldest naval mystery. HMAS AE1, Australia’s first submarine, which had 35 British, Australian and New Zealand crew members aboard, disappeared near the Duke of York Islands during a patrol for German warships on September 14, 1914.  The submarine, which had only been in service for seven months, was captained by Lieutenant Commander Thomas Besant, a 30-year-old British officer who had been seconded from the Royal Navy. Despite at least twelve search operations over the decades, no trace of the vessel was found. But the wreck was finally found more than 1,000 feet underwater after an underwater survey captured an image of the vessel during a search involving the government and private backers.  Following the survey, searchers aboard the Furgro Equato dropped an underwater camera to the seabed to confirm that the vessel was AE1. The team of maritime surveyors, marine archaeologists and naval historians scoured the search area with a multi-beam echo sounder and side-scan technology in an underwater drone Credit:  REUTERS "Australia's oldest naval mystery has been solved," said Marise Payne, Australia’s defence minister. “The boat and her crew, who've been on eternal patrol since 1914 … have now been found. I truly trust that this discovery will bring peace of mind to the descendants of the families of the crew who lost their lives.” The cause of the sinking has not been confirmed but it is believed to be related to a technical failure during a practice dive. Peter Briggs, a retired rear admiral who led the search, said the loss was probably  due to a sudden “diving accident”, noting that the fin guardrails were stowed and the upper conning tower hatch appeared to be shut. He told The Australian newspaper that the submarine appeared to suffer a “high energy event” – possibly due to an explosion involving one of its torpedoes or a high pressure air cylinder – which may have occurred after it began to sink but caused it to quickly flood and accelerate towards the seabed. The search led by Find AE1 Limited, and was funded by the Royal Australian Navy and the Silentworld Foundation, with assistance from the Submarine Institute of Australia Credit:  REUTERS “When the end came for the men of AE1 it would have been very fast, they may well have not known what hit them,” said rear admiral Briggs, president of the Submarine Institute of Australia. “The submarine appears to have struck the bottom with sufficient force to dislodge the fin from its footing, forcing it to hinge forward on its leading edge, impacting the casing.” The location of the wreck has been kept secret to prevent salvage attempts. Timeline | Submarine accidents Following the discovery, the crew aboard the search vessel held a memorial for the dead officers and sailors. Australian and Papua New Guinean officials will consider ways to preserve the site and establish a lasting memorial. Rear Admiral Briggs said the discovery “opens the next chapter: learning exactly what happened to it”. “It will be quite a detective puzzle,” he added.



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Ending refugee program for Central American youth may drive them to smugglers

Ending refugee program for Central American youth may drive them to smugglersThe Trump administration’s crackdown on immigration across the southern U.S. border may drive a new wave of youngsters from Central America to attempt a dangerous and illegal journey through Mexico to escape rampant gang violence in their home countries.



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Zimbabwe's Mugabe resigns, ending four decades of rule

Zimbabwe's Mugabe resigns, ending four decades of ruleBy MacDonald Dzirutwe HARARE (Reuters) – Robert Mugabe resigned as Zimbabwe’s president on Tuesday a week after the army and his former political allies moved to end four decades of rule by a man once feted as an independence hero who became feared as a despot. The 93-year-old Mugabe had clung on for a week after an army takeover. Wild celebrations broke out at a joint sitting of parliament when Speaker Jacob Mudenda read out Mugabe’s brief resignation letter and suspended the impeachment procedure.



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Bashar al-Assad thanks Putin for 'saving our country' as Russian leader prepares for talks on ending Syrian war

Bashar al-Assad thanks Putin for 'saving our country' as Russian leader prepares for talks on ending Syrian warBashar al-Assad has thanked Vladimir Putin and the Russian military for helping to save his country as the Russian president prepared to host the leaders of Iran and Turkey for high-level talks about ending the Syrian war.  Mr Assad made a secret visit to Sochi on Monday, only his second trip outside of Syria since 2011, and met with Mr Putin for three hours to discuss a potential political settlement for Syria’s future.   The Russian and Syrian leaders struck triumphant note as they assessed that the Syrian regime was moving “towards the final and inevitable defeat” of the Islamic State (Isil) and Syrian rebel groups.  “I have conveyed to [Mr Putin], and on his behalf to the Russian people, our gratitude for Russia’s efforts to save our country,” said Mr Assad as he met with Russian generals, "In the name of the Syrian people, I greet you and thank you all, every Russian officer, fighter and pilot that took part in this war.” Mr Putin ordered Russian forces to intervene in Syria on Mr Assad’s behalf in late 2015. Over the course of two years of fighting, Russian forces and their Iranian allies have swung the tide of war decisively in Mr Assad’s favour.  Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) welcomes Syria's President Bashar al-Assad during a meeting at Bocharov Ruchei residence.  Credit: Photo by Mikhail Klimentyev\\TASS via Getty Images With Isil almost entirely routed and with other Syrian rebel groups weakened and in disarray, Mr Assad and Mr Putin now feel confident enough to look beyond the combat stage and towards a future political agreement.  “The main subject on the agenda is a peaceful and lasting political settlement in Syria after the routing of the terrorists,” Mr Putin said. Mr Assad said he was prepared to enter into serious peace talks. “We do not want to look back. We will accept and talk with anyone who is really interested in a political settlement.”  The Kremlin said the two men had worked to “prepare the groundwork for possible understandings” that might be reached during a summit on Wednesday between Mr Putin, Iranian president Hassan Rouhani and Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.  Iran and Russia have both supported the Assad regime throughout the war while Turkey has backed the opposition. The three countries have acted as guarantors of local deals in Syria and Mr Putin hopes they will be able to agree on a comprehensive pact to end the fighting.   Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, Russia's President Vladimir Putin, and Russia's Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu (L-R) during a meeting at Bocharov Ruchei residence.  Mr Putin has put himself at the centre stage of talks over Syria’s future. As well as hosting the Turkish and Iranian leaders, Mr Putin was due to speak Tuesday with both Donald Trump and King Salman of Saudi Arabia.  Meanwhile, the Syrian opposition is due to meet today in Riyadh to try to agree a common position ahead of UN-brokered talks in Geneva next week. The Geneva talks have collapsed several times in the past and most observers agree it is more likely that the major decisions will be made by Russia, Iran and Turkey.  Riyad Hijab, one of the main political opposition leaders and a former prime minister under Mr Assad, resigned unexpectedly on Monday. He gave no reason for stepping down but said "I find myself forced to announce my resignation". Syria war timeline The three countries have previously agreed to a series of “de-escalation zones” in Syria where fighting is supposed to be limited. In reality, both Russian and Syrian warplanes have continued bombing in the zones, especially in rebel-held areas in Idlib and Aleppo provinces.  Around 50 people, most of them civilians, were killed in an airstrike in the town of Atareb last week.   Palmyra recaptured Both Iran’s president and the leader of Hizbollah, the Lebanese militant group which has fought alongside the Syrian regime, declared victory over Isil this week after pro-regime forces seized control of Albu Kamal, the jihadists’ last major town in Syria.  The Russian RBC newspaper quoted Kremlin sources saying that Russia hoped to finish its military campaign in Syria by the end of the year and reduce its personnel to a minimum at its Kheimim airbase and Tartus naval base.



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Mugabe resigns, ending 37-year reign over Zimbabwe

Mugabe resigns, ending 37-year reign over ZimbabweRobert Mugabe resigned as Zimbabwe’s president on Tuesday, finally swept from power as his 37-year reign of autocratic control and brutality crumbled within days of a military takeover. The move looks set to end Zimbabwe’s worst political crisis since it won independence from Britain in 1980. The bombshell announcement came at a special joint session of parliament convened to impeach Mugabe, 93, who has dominated every aspect of Zimbabwean public life for decades.



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U.S. Is Ending Temporary Residence Permits for Nearly 60,000 Haitians

U.S. Is Ending Temporary Residence Permits for Nearly 60,000 HaitiansThe Trump administration said Monday it is ending a temporary residency permit program that has allowed almost 60,000 citizens from Haiti to live and work in the United States since a 2010 powerful earthquake shook the Caribbean nation.



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U.S. Is Ending Temporary Residence Permits for Nearly 60,000 Haitians

U.S. Is Ending Temporary Residence Permits for Nearly 60,000 HaitiansThe Trump administration said Monday it is ending a temporary residency permit program that has allowed almost 60,000 citizens from Haiti to live and work in the United States since a 2010 powerful earthquake shook the Caribbean nation.



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Trump Blamed The Visa Lottery For A Terrorist Attack. But Ending It Wouldn't End Terrorism.

Trump Blamed The Visa Lottery For A Terrorist Attack. But Ending It Wouldn't End Terrorism.President Donald Trump and his White House are using the Tuesday terrorist attack in New York City to push their goal of cutting legal immigration by misleading the public about the diversity visa lottery system.



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Democrats condemn Trump's 'spiteful act' of ending Obamacare payments

Democrats condemn Trump's 'spiteful act' of ending Obamacare paymentsHouse Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer accused President Trump of punishing the American people for his own inability to improve the U.S. health care system.



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