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Senate report links Biden family to Russia and China


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Biden's possible India links spark genealogical frenzy

Biden's possible India links spark genealogical frenzyAlready bursting with pride at Kamala Harris's ancestry, India has now started digging up potential local roots for US President-elect Joe Biden.



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Iran prepares site for satellite launch that U.S. links to ballistic missiles

Iran prepares site for satellite launch that U.S. links to ballistic missilesIran is preparing a site for launching a satellite, a government minister said on Monday, highlighting a program the United States says is a cover for ballistic missile development. The post included a link to a story by U.S. broadcaster National Public Radio that noted satellite imagery suggested the Islamic Republic was preparing for a space launch. Iran had at least two failed satellite launches last year.



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Residents of China's Wuhan rush to stock up as transport links severed

Residents of China's Wuhan rush to stock up as transport links severedResidents of China’s Wuhan scrambled to stock up on supplies on Thursday as authorities suspended transport links in and out of the city in a bid to stop the spread of a new coronavirus that has raised fears of a global pandemic. It has gone on to kill 17 people and infected nearly 600, most in China but cases have been detected as far away as the United States. Flights out of the city were also being suspended, it said.



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FBI Investigating Ghislaine Maxwell’s Links to Epstein, Says Report

FBI Investigating Ghislaine Maxwell’s Links to Epstein, Says ReportGhislaine Maxwell’s disappearance in the wake of Jeffrey Epstein’s suicide has been one of the most mysterious elements of the entire scandal. Now the FBI has reportedly launched a search for answers.Reuters news agency reported Friday that Maxwell is the main focus of an investigation into people who may have helped facilitate Epstein’s alleged sex-trafficking operation. Maxwell, 58, was once Epstein’s girlfriend and became a key member of his inner circle, with the dead sex offender describing her in 2003 as his “best friend.”Maxwell has rarely been seen in public since 2016, and hasn’t been spotted at all since Epstein was charged with sex trafficking in July. Her whereabouts have been a matter of intense speculation since Epstein killed himself inside his jail cell in August. The Washington Post reported that she may have been living in a mansion Massachusetts, whereas British tabloid The Sun is offering a $ 13,000 reward for information.Jeffrey Epstein ‘Friend’ Ghislaine Maxwell Has More Skeletons in Her Family Closet Than a House of HorrorsTwo law-enforcement officials told Reuters that Maxwell is the principal focus of the FBI’s investigation, but it’s also seeking information on a wider range of “people who facilitated” Epstein’s actions. The sources are said to have told Reuters that the FBI is following up on leads received from women who contacted a hotline set up after Epstein’s arrest.Reuters reports the sources refused to identify any other people the FBI is investigating, but they did say that there are no current plans to interview Britain’s Prince Andrew. The prince was a friend of Epstein’s who was forced to step down from his public duties in November because of what he admitted was an “ill-judged” relationship. The sources said Andrew is not considered to have facilitated Epstein, but they didn’t rule out the possibility that the FBI would ask to interview Andrew at a later date.Jeffrey Epstein’s ‘Madam’ Ghislaine Maxwell Spotted at In-N-Out BurgerThe FBI and Maxwell refused to comment on the Reuters story, while a spokesperson for the British royal family said that whether the agency interviewed Andrew was “a matter for the FBI.”Virginia Roberts Giuffre, one of Epstein’s alleged victims who was infamously pictured with Andrew, has said in court filings that Maxwell was responsible for bringing her into Epstein’s proximity, after which she claims he forced her to have sex with him and his friends, including Andrew. A number of Epstein’s alleged victims have said Maxwell lured them into his world to be sexually abused by him and connections.Giuffre told Dateline NBC earlier this year: “I get approached by this beautiful, well-spoken, well-mannered woman with an English accent… She told me her name was Ghislaine Maxwell, and she said ‘I know this older gentleman who’s looking for a traveling masseuse. He’s super rich, he flies around everywhere. If you want, you can come by for an interview.’”Giuffre said even after Maxwell ordered her to perform sex acts on Epstein during their first meeting, she went back again because they’d promised they could help her become a professional masseuse.Maxwell has denied Giuffre’s allegations, and the FBI hasn’t accused Maxwell of any form of wrongdoing.Prince Andrew denies ever meeting Giuffre.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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UPDATE 2-Jeffrey Epstein accuser links powerful men to financier -civil court filing

UPDATE 2-Jeffrey Epstein accuser links powerful men to financier -civil court filingA woman who accused Jeffrey Epstein of keeping her as a sex slave said one of the financier’s associates had instructed her to have sex with at least a half-dozen prominent men, according to a court filing unsealed on Friday in a civil lawsuit. The claim by Virginia Giuffre came in a deposition that was included among roughly 2,000 pages of documents related to her defamation lawsuit against Ghislaine Maxwell, the associate whom Giuffre has said helped Epstein procure girls for sex. Lawyers for Maxwell did not respond to several phone and email requests for comment.



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6 men, some with triad links, held over Hong Kong mob attack

6 men, some with triad links, held over Hong Kong mob attackHong Kong police have detained six men, some with links to triads, following a violent attack on pro-democracy protesters at a subway station that saw dozens injured. Senior police official Chan Tin-chu said Monday the men, aged between 24 and 54, were held for “unlawful assembly” and is being investigated for taking part in the attack late Sunday night at the subway station in the Yuen Long neighborhood.



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Los Angeles police officer charged with multiple rapes after DNA links him to cold case

Los Angeles police officer charged with multiple rapes after DNA links him to cold caseA LAPD officer is facing life in prison after an investigation into an accusation of rape led to the discovery of another victim.



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UN investigator says 'credible evidence' links Saudi Crown Prince to death of Jamal Khashoggi

UN investigator says 'credible evidence' links Saudi Crown Prince to death of Jamal KhashoggiThere is "credible evidence" to warrant further investigation into Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to a damning UN report released on Wednesday.  The 100-page document calls for an investigation into the crown prince and other high-level Saudi officials after Khashoggi was killed in Istanbul's Saudi embassy in October 2018. The report includes a forensic analysis of the evidence made available to UN special rapporteur Agnes Callamard.  It recounts gruesome details from audio recordings of Saudi agents discussing how to dismember Khashoggi’s body, to separate joints and to cut through skin, calling him “the sacrificial animal”.  The journalist’s last words: “How could this happen in an embassy?… Are you going to give me drugs?” are followed by several moments of silence punctuated only by heavy breathing and the rustle of plastic.  The Turkish Intelligence Services suspect that during this period Khashoggi was drugged and suffocated with a plastic bag before being dismembered. Ms Callamard also calls for the ongoing trial of 11 Saudis to be suspended, saying the secretive conditions of the trial do not meet international standards and as such any verdict will amount to “a miscarriage of justice.”  How the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi unfolded The report names all 15 Saudi agents who travelled to Istanbul, but cannot identify which if any are on trial as the Saudi authorities refuse to name the defendants.  It adds that Turkey, as a country that “routinely imprisons journalists”, cannot be trusted to carry out a fair investigation. Saudi Arabia dismissed the investigation. "It is not new. The report reiterates what has already been published and circulated in the media," Adel al-Jubeir, the Saudi foreign minister, said on Twitter. The report also accuses UN member states of considering “only their own national and strategic interests” rather than helping to mediate and investigate following the execution, and calls on global businesses to apply financial pressure to Saudi companies rather than quietly going back to normal cooperation. It highlights refusing sales of intelligence-gathering equipment to the state until they can prove it is being used in compliance with human rights regulations. Human rights organisations hope the report will trigger wider attention on violations in the country.  “What the killing of Khashoggi has done is genuinely spotlight human rights in Saudi Arabia,” says Taif Al Khudary of MENA Rights Group. “This is the time to lobby Saudi Arabia and build on the calls in this report.”



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Pakistan says it found no links to Kashmir suicide blast

Pakistan says it found no links to Kashmir suicide blastPakistan Thursday said it had found no links between militants swept up in a recent dragnet and a suicide attack in Indian-administered Kashmir last month that brought the nuclear-armed rivals to the brink of war. The announcement by Pakistan’s foreign office comes after India provided Pakistani officials with a list of 90 suspected militants and 22 locations of alleged training camps. “While 54 detained individuals are being investigated, no details linking them to Pulwama have been found so far,” the foreign office said, referring to the area where the attack occurred in Kashmir in February.



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