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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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Venezuela shuts sea, air links to Dutch islands amid turmoil

Venezuela shuts sea, air links to Dutch islands amid turmoilCARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan officials said Tuesday that the country is banning air and sea trips to and from three Dutch Caribbean islands — a region that has been linked to efforts to undermine President Nicolas Maduro by sending emergency aid to the South American nation.



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Venezuela 'on alert,' suspends links with Curacao to block aid

Venezuela 'on alert,' suspends links with Curacao to block aidVenezuela’s military said Tuesday it was on alert at its frontiers following threats by US President Donald Trump and suspended air and sea links with the island of Curacao ahead of a planned aid shipment. Opposition leader and self-declared interim president Juan Guaido has vowed to bring aid in from various points Saturday “one way or another” despite military efforts to block it. “The armed forces will remain deployed and on alert along the borders… to avoid any violations of territorial integrity,” said Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino.



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India detains 23 men with suspected links to group behind deadly Kashmir attack

India detains 23 men with suspected links to group behind deadly Kashmir attackThe 23 men included members and sympathizers of Jaish-e-Mohammad, the militant group which has claimed responsibility for Thursday’s attack, the deadliest on Indian security forces in decades. The attack has fueled tensions between India and Pakistan. India has demanded Pakistan close down the Jaish and other Islamist militant groups that operate from its soil, while Islamabad has rejected suggestions it was linked to the attack.



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Trump calls probes into his Russia links 'harassment'

Trump calls probes into his Russia links 'harassment'Just a day after preaching an end to division in his State of the Union speech, President Donald Trump lashed out Wednesday at “harassment” by Democrats probing his links to Russia. It’s called presidential harassment.



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Israel releases report on links between BDS and militants

Israel releases report on links between BDS and militantsJERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli government released a report Sunday claiming to reveal close links between the Palestinian-led boycott movement against Israel and militant groups.



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Trump administration lifts sanctions on Russian oligarch-owned companies with links to Putin

Trump administration lifts sanctions on Russian oligarch-owned companies with links to PutinThe Trump administration is lifting sanctions on three companies controlled by a Russian oligarch with links to Vladimir Putin. Following an aggressive lobbying campaign, led by a British lord who chairs one of the firms, the Treasury Department announced it would end sanctions against aluminium producer Rusal, its parent En+, and JSC EuroSibEnergo. In return their owner, Oleg Deripaska, agreed to reduce his stakes in them to less than 50 per cent, the treasury said.



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Top Democrat Schiff Adds Call for Probe of Trump, Deutsche Bank Links

Top Democrat Schiff Adds Call for Probe of Trump, Deutsche Bank LinksRepresentative Adam Schiff of California said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday that any type of compromise needs to be investigated. Schiff’s comments came three days after Wall Street critic Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and fellow Senate Democrat Chris Van Hollen called for a Banking Committee investigation of Deutsche Bank’s compliance with U.S. money-laundering regulations.



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