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Bill Gates says he regrets meeting Epstein after his conviction and agreeing to donate $2m to MIT

Bill Gates says he regrets meeting Epstein after his conviction and agreeing to donate $  2m to MITBill Gates said he regrets meeting with Jeffrey Epstein and giving a $ 2 million donation to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) through him after the financier was convicted of sex offences. Mr Gates, who co-founded Microsoft, met with Epstein in 2013, five years after he pleaded guilty to two charges of soliciting a minor for prostitution, and later made an an anonymous donation to MIT's Media Lab. Focus has fallen on the pair's relationships after US media reports suggested Epstein used proxies to make $ 7.5 million in donations to the prestigious institution after he was removed from MIT's official donor database. It emerged last week that Mr Gates made a $ 2 million donation to the MIT Media Lab in October 2014, which he requested to be recorded as an anonymous donation.  According to a leaked email seen by the New Yorker, the Media Lab's director, Joi Ito, wrote to a colleague: “This is a $ 2M gift from Bill Gates directed by Jeffrey Epstein”.  However Mr Gates has denied the donation was made at Epstein's behest, with a spokesperson saying “any claim that Epstein directed any programmatic or personal grant making for Bill Gates is completely false.” Jeffrey Epstein was convicted of sex offences in 2008 Credit: AP And in an interview with Axios this week, Mr Gates expressed regret over his link to Epstein, saying "I wish I hadn't met with him". Mr Gates said Epstein was introduced to him "as somebody who could bring more people into philanthropy". He added: "There were meetings along those lines. That didn't materialise, and so then I stopped meeting with him."   Asked if he felt used by Epstein, Mr Gates said: "I'd say I didn't have a … business or personal relationship – I wouldn't go that far." MIT's media lab has faced public backlash after it emerged that senior figures in the research laboratory had concealed the extent of its contact and fundraising ties with Epstein.  Shortly after the New Yorker published leaked internal emails, Mr Ito resigned as director of the lab and as an employee of the institution. MIT said it had launched an independent investigations into the lab's alleged links to Epstein.  Yesterday a computer scientist, Richard Stallman, also resigned from MIT after he appeared to suggest having sex with a minor does not constitute assault an in leaked comments about one of Epstein's alleged victims.  An MIT graduate, Selam Jie Gano, shared the emails online in a post calling for Mr Stallman's removal. According to her post, Mr Stallman was discussing Marvin Minsky, a deceased MIT academic, accused of assaulting one of Epstein's alleged victims, Virginia Giuffre. Ms Giuffre has alleged in court documents that Epstein sent her to have sex with Mr Minsky. Mr Stallman argued that Mr Minsky had not actually assaulted her because there is no suggestion that "he applied force or violence". In the emails, the computer scientist said that “the most plausible scenario is that she presented herself to him as entirely willing" while "being coerced by Epstein".  He went on to argue that sexual assault is a "vague" definition and questioned whether it applied to Mr Minsky, before going to say “it is morally absurd to define ‘rape’ in a way that depends on minor details such as which country it was in or whether the victim was 18 years old or 17.” Announcing his immediate resignation, Mr Stallman said the move was down to “pressure on MIT and me over a series of misunderstandings and mischaracterisations”.



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Epstein bombarded Bill Gates with calls and contacts to score a meeting with the billionaire a year before his $2 million donation to MIT

Epstein bombarded Bill Gates with calls and contacts to score a meeting with the billionaire a year before his $  2 million donation to MITA spokesperson for Bill Gates confirmed that Jeffrey Epstein "worked aggressively" to meet with him in 2013, a year before giving $ 2 million to MIT.



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Former Manafort deputy Rick Gates testifies against Greg Craig

Former Manafort deputy Rick Gates testifies against Greg CraigRick Gates was thrust into public view in August 2017 when he and Manafort were indicted in the first case publicly brought by Mueller’s office.



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One of Europe's Largest Airlines Is Changing Gates for Erdogan

One of Europe's Largest Airlines Is Changing Gates for ErdoganThe move — a 45-hour sprint slated to end at midnight on Saturday — is a massive undertaking, involving transporting more than 1,000 tons of equipment every hour from the 1950s-era Ataturk hub to the giant new airport, which occupies an area larger than Manhattan. The transfer by Europe’s fifth-largest airline was delayed several times in recent months because of the complexity of starting a facility designed to eventually handle 200 million passengers a year — roughly triple Ataturk’s current traffic. Turkish Airlines plans to wind down services at its old base, with the last flight departing for Singapore at 2 a.m. local time on Saturday.



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Court filing: Ex-Trump aide Gates continues to cooperate

Court filing: Ex-Trump aide Gates continues to cooperateWASHINGTON (AP) — Rick Gates, a former Trump campaign aide and key cooperator in the special counsel's Russia probe, is not ready to be sentenced because he continues to help with "several ongoing investigations," prosecutors said in a court filing Friday.



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Migrant caravan from Honduras crosses into Mexico after gates were left open

Migrant caravan from Honduras crosses into Mexico after gates were left openMigrant caravan moving closer to U.S. border; National Border Patrol Council vice president Hector Garza weighs in.



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Manafort juror has harsh words for Rick Gates

Manafort juror has harsh words for Rick GatesJuror Paula Duncan says the Mueller prosecution's star witness 'deserves a special place in hell'; Peter Doocy reports on the behind-the-scenes account of the trial.



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Manafort trial – live updates: Robert Mueller's team ask Rick Gates discussion to be kept secret to protect Russia investigation

Manafort trial - live updates: Robert Mueller's team ask Rick Gates discussion to be kept secret to protect Russia investigationAfter three days of dramatic testimony in the trial of Paul Manafort,, prosecutors returned on Thursday to the nuts and bolts of their case against Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman as they sought to show he obtained millions of dollars in bank loans under false pretenses. Attorneys for special counsel Robert Mueller also got a rare — and narrow — acknowledgement from Judge TS Ellis III that he likely erred when he angrily confronted them a day earlier over whether he had allowed a witness to watch the trial. The judge’s comments and detailed testimony about Mr Manafort’s loans opened the eighth day of his trial as prosecutors began presenting the bulk of their bank fraud case against him after spending days largely on tax-evasion allegations.



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Gates, star witness against Manafort, concludes testimony

Gates, star witness against Manafort, concludes testimonyALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Paul Manafort's protégé wrapped up his testimony Wednesday after implicating the former Trump campaign chairman and himself in financial crimes while also enduring stinging attacks on his character and credibility.



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Gates, star witness against Manafort, concludes testimony

Gates, star witness against Manafort, concludes testimonyALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Paul Manafort's protégé wrapped up his testimony Wednesday after implicating the former Trump campaign chairman and himself in financial crimes while also enduring stinging attacks on his character and credibility.



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