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Democrat Schiff questions if Mueller probing Trump-Deutsche Bank link

Democrat Schiff questions if Mueller probing Trump-Deutsche Bank linkThe Democratic chairman of the U.S. House Intelligence Committee said on Sunday he was concerned that Special Counsel Robert Mueller may not be investigating President Donald Trump’s ties to Deutsche Bank AG. U.S. Representative Adam Schiff announced last week a wide investigation into attempts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election as well as Trump’s financial dealings, including “credible reports of money laundering and financial compromise” related to Trump business interests.



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Granddad: Wisconsin girl has no link to suspected kidnapper

Granddad: Wisconsin girl has no link to suspected kidnapperMADISON, Wis. (AP) — The grandfather of a northwestern Wisconsin girl who authorities say was abducted during a home invasion that left her parents dead said Saturday that the family has no connection to the suspect and doesn't understand why he targeted her, deepening a mystery that has captivated the state for months.



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Canada says China holds 3rd citizen, sees no link to first 2

Canada says China holds 3rd citizen, sees no link to first 2TORONTO (AP) — A third Canadian has been detained in China, although Canada's prime minister said Wednesday the case doesn't seem to be linked to the previous two that appear to be retaliation for Canada's recent arrest of a top Chinese tech executive.



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Trump Lied When He Said CIA Didn't Link Saudi Prince To Khashoggi Killing: Senator Jack Reed

Trump Lied When He Said CIA Didn't Link Saudi Prince To Khashoggi Killing: Senator Jack ReedDespite President Donald Trump's insistence to the contrary, the CIA



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Police: So far no indication of IS link to Cologne attack

Police: So far no indication of IS link to Cologne attackBERLIN (AP) — Cologne police are investigating whether extremism was the motivation behind a bloody hostage-taking at the city's main train station, but so far have found no ties to the Islamic State group, authorities said Tuesday.



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Fear and fanfare as Hong Kong launches China rail link

Fear and fanfare as Hong Kong launches China rail linkA new high-speed rail link between Hong Kong and mainland China will launch Sunday, a multi-billion dollar project that critics say gives away part of the city’s territory to an increasingly assertive Beijing. Chinese security will be stationed in semi-autonomous Hong Kong for the first time at the harbourfront West Kowloon rail terminus, as part of a new “special port area” that is subject to mainland law. Passengers will cross through immigration and customs checkpoints into the mainland-controlled portion of the station, which includes the platforms and the trains, even though West Kowloon is miles from the border further north.



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Fear and fanfare as Hong Kong launches China rail link

Fear and fanfare as Hong Kong launches China rail linkA new high-speed rail link between Hong Kong and mainland China launched Sunday, a multi-billion dollar project that critics say gives away part of the city’s territory to an increasingly assertive Beijing. Chinese security have been stationed in semi-autonomous Hong Kong for the first time at the harbourfront West Kowloon rail terminus, as part of a new “special port area” that is subject to mainland law. Despite critics’ fears over passenger safety in the mainland zones, hundreds gathered at the terminus in the early morning, with the first train leaving for the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen at 7:00 am (2300 GMT Saturday).



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UK police say no Novichok link to Salisbury mystery illness

UK police say no Novichok link to Salisbury mystery illnessLONDON (AP) — British police said Monday that they don't know what made a man and woman sick at a restaurant near where former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter were poisoned — but it wasn't the nerve agent Novichok.



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Police investigate possible terror link to double stabbing at Amsterdam station

Police investigate possible terror link to double stabbing at Amsterdam stationA knife attacker on Friday stabbed two people at Amsterdam's Central Station before being shot by police in a suspected terror attack, Dutch police said. The suspect was identified late on Friday evening as a 19-year-old Afghan man with a German residency permit. "We are seriously taking into account that there was a terrorist motive," Frans Zuiderhoek, Amsterdam police spokesman, told AFP. Witnesses described scenes of panic earlier as gunshots sounded and thousands of commuters and tourists were evacuated from the rail terminus shortly after midday. "Around 12.10 a man in the west side tunnel of Amsterdam Central Station stabbed two other people and directly after that he was shot by the police," another police spokesman Rob van der Veen said, adding terrorism was not being ruled out by investigators. "The two people are very badly injured, and they were brought to the hospital," he said. "We are looking at all scenarios, also the worst scenario, which is terrorism." Policemen and forensic scientists are at work after a stabbing incident at the central station in Amsterdam Credit:  REMKO DE WAAL/AFP One witness said he saw a young man "stumble" into his flower shop at the station with a bleeding wound to his hand. "Shortly afterwards I heard some shots and I know something has gone badly wrong," Richard Snelders told the ANP news agency. A while later he saw another man lying on the ground nearby, he said. "The first thing that comes up in your mind is that it's a terror attack. After all, you are at Amsterdam Central Station. There was a lot of panic," Snelders said. Police quickly arrived at the scene with video images showing police ordering the suspect in English to "stay down" after he had been shot. "It happened really quickly," Mr Snelders said. Images posted on social media showed security guards ushering passengers towards exits and paramedics arriving at the scene with stretchers. Mr Zuiderhoek said the knifeman's condition was not life-threatening, but that he had been shot in the lower body. "At this moment he is under police custody in hospital. He is being questioned about his motive," Mr Zuiderhoek added. Dutch police were also in close contact with their German counterparts in regards to the suspect's background, he added. Policemen are at work after the stabbing incident  Credit: SEM VAN DER WAL/AFP Initially, police said that the station – located in the Dutch capital's historic canal-ringed city centre – had been evacuated and closed off to all rail traffic. However, police shortly afterwards issued an update to say there was "no talk" of a complete evacuation and that only two platforms had been closed off to passengers. A special police department opened a routine probe into why police shot the man. The Netherlands has so far been spared from the spate of terror attacks which have rocked its closest European neighbours in the past few years. But amid reports that people linked to those attacks may have crossed into the country, senior Dutch security and intelligence officials have warned of an elevated risk. Passengers are pictured outside the Central Railway Station in Amsterdam  Credit:  GERMAIN MOYON/AFP Police declined to speculate on the reasons for Friday's incident, but the Afghan Taliban in a statement Thursday called for attacks on Dutch troops following plans by Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders to stage a Prophet Mohammed cartoon competition in the Dutch parliament. The plan angered Muslims and sparked protests before Mr Wilders, who received several death threats, announced he was cancelling the competition, saying he wanted to "avoid the risk of making people victims of Islamist violence". About 250,000 people travel through Central Station every day, according to statistics provided by the Amsterdam.info travel guide.



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South Korea plans £26bn rail link with Russia in wake of North Korea summit

South Korea plans £26bn rail link with Russia in wake of North Korea summitA $ 35 billion (£26 billion) railtrack that would link North and South Korea to Moscow is among a flurry of ambitious economic projects being discussed in the wake of the Singapore summit between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump, the US president.  The fragile international détente has spurred a wave of excitement among global investors keen to capitalise on the opening up of the mineral-rich hermit kingdom, despite sanctions over its nuclear and weapons programmes still remaining in place.  Key to that investment would be an upgrade of North Korea’s creaking infrastructure and ageing railway system, stretches of which can only allow slowing moving trains travelling at about 30mph, reported the website, Noon in Korea.  On a rare South Korean state visit to Russia at the weekend, President Moon Jae-in suggested a “Northern Silk Road” that would enable the connection of the whole of the Korean Peninsula with the Trans-Siberian railway, the longest railway line in the world and a key transport link to Europe.  Mr Moon, accompanied by South Korean rail officials, made his proposal to President Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, and the Russian parliament, along with plans to boost energy links across the region and to raise South Korea-Russia trade to over $ 30 billion by 2020.  Moon Jae-in held talks with Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, at the weekend Credit: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters Draft proposals reportedly suggest a high speed line connecting the South Korean capital, Seoul, with Sinuiju, on the border with China, via Pyongyang.  “Among the trilateral cooperation on the railway, electricity, and energy, connecting railways (between Russia and the two Koreas) appears to be most likely,” Mr Moon told Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, reported the Korea Herald.  “Through permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula, I’m hoping that the Trans-Siberian Railway will extend all the way to the southern port city of Busan, where I grew up. I hope you will join our efforts to open up new possibilities and common prosperity on the Korean Peninsula,” he told the parliament.  President Moon is said to have given Kim Jong-un a thumb drive containing the railway plan during their summit at the end of April, as part of a series of economic incentives to push him along the path to peace.  The South Korean president, who has staked his reputation on building stronger ties with the North, has also repeatedly suggested an East Asian bid, including North Korea, to host the World Cup in 2030.  According to South Korean media reports, he reiterated the idea to FIFA boss, Gianni Infantino, while watching South Korea’s two-nil defeat to Mexico on Saturday.  Besides grand designs for future relations, ties between the two Koreas are warming slowly day by day.  South Korea may be planning a joint World Cup bid with North Korea  Credit: Sergei Savostyanov/TASS Senior South and North Korean army officials met on Monday to discuss moving artillery on the northern side of the border, primarily aimed at Seoul, and also the restoration of telephone and fax lines to avoid military clashes.  Pyongyang’s relations with Washington also appear to be on track since the Singapore summit, although a senior US defence official stressed over the weekend that the US would soon present North Korea with a timeline of “specific asks” on denuclearisation.  “We’ll know pretty soon if they’re going to operate in good faith or not,” the official told reporters travelling with James Mattis, the US defence secretary, on a trip to Asia.  On the surface, however, Pyongyang has made conciliatory gestures to its once sworn enemy.  On Monday it took the small but significant decision to skip one of the most symbolic and politically charged events of the year: the annual “anti-US imperialism” rally marking the start of the Korean War in 1950.  In addition to toning down its anti-US rhetoric, North Korea has also reportedly transferred the remains of soldiers who died in the 1950-53 war to the border with South Korea.  Over the weekend, US forces moved 100 coffins to receive the bones, although verification of identities will be a long process.  More than 36,500 US troops died in the war, and about 7,700 military personnel remain unaccounted for.  Despite the rapprochement, North Korea’s dire human rights situation remains a sore point that is apparently still off the agenda for talks.  On Sunday, Pyongyang made the bold demand for South Korea to scrap a state-run foundation intended to improve rights in the reclusive North.  North Korean propaganda website, Uriminzokkiri, called the foundation a “plot against our republic” that “ought to be buried away.”  



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