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Body of slain doctor returns home to Japan from Afghanistan

Body of slain doctor returns home to Japan from AfghanistanThe body of a Japanese doctor killed in a roadside shooting in Afghanistan arrived back home Sunday, with government officials on hand to lead a brief ceremony of mourning at Tokyo’s Narita International Airport. Tetsu Nakamura was killed last week, along with five Afghans who had been traveling with him. Keisuke Suzuki, Japan’s state minister of foreign affairs, joined other officials in bowing their heads in prayer after laying flowers by the coffin, draped in white, in a solemn ceremony in honor of Nakamura at the airport.



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Palmerston, the Foreign Office cat, returns to work after six months off for stress

Palmerston, the Foreign Office cat, returns to work after six months off for stressPalmerston, the Foreign Office cat, has returned to work after six months recovering from stress caused by civil servants constantly picking him up and overfeeding him. Those working in the department have been warned not to touch the cat  unless approached, and to stop feeding him treats. In July, the cat was taken to the house of Sir Simon McDonald's Private Secretary in order to recover from stress; the mouser was overweight and had groomed all of the hair off his front legs. Sir Simon, a senior civil servant, is in charge of Palmerston's well-being and on Monday morning issued a strict letter to staff, warning them that if they do not change their behaviour towards the cat, he may be retired for good. Mystery has surrounded Palmerston's extended break, with some worrying the cat was gravely unwell and close to death. However, these rumours were unfounded and the animal is happy and back to full health. The letter reads: "He is happy, healthy and full of energy.  His pelt is glossy and mostly grown back (over grooming is, I’m told, a similar habit to human’s nail-biting; the habit can take a while to kick).  His diet is regulated and free of Dreamies.  We need now to keep him that way!" I am happy to announce that I will be returning to my Chief Mouser duties at the @foreignoffice this week! New guidance – the Palmerston Protocols – will govern my care in the FCO to make sure it’s working for me. (1/4) pic.twitter.com/j2AFKI0DGN— Palmerston (@DiploMog) December 2, 2019 Staff have been given four rules now the cat is back. Sir Simon wrote: "First, no-one (apart from his carers) should feed Palmerston.  No Dreamies.  No bowls of food under the desk for if he happens to drop by.  Nothing! "Second, everyone must help keep Palmerston in the 'Palmerston Zone'.  Cats are territorial.  They fret when their territory is bigger than they can manage.  They can cope with an ever smaller territory as they age.  Palmerston has been king of King Charles Street, roaming from basement to fourth floor (with quad, Downing Street and occasionally St James’s Park thrown in) for nearly four years.  We think he’s about six years old, ie entering feline middle age.   "With the vet’s help we have mapped a more manageable territory: the offices and area surrounding the Grand Staircase.  Heavy doors mark the limits, now with (discreet) stickers proclaiming, 'You are entering/leaving the Palmerston Zone'.  Please respect the Zone and return Palmerston if you find him straying further afield.  Bear in mind that he loves to sit beside the door and dart through, if given half a chance. "Third, everyone must respect Palmerston’s personal space.  Allow Palmerston to choose whether he wants to interact with you: offer your hand as if you were introducing yourself to a stranger, and allow Palmerston to make the first move.  Don’t wake him if he is sleeping.  He has full choice and control of who he deigns to greet or imperiously ignores. "Fourth, my staff office will serve as both my Outer Office and as Palmerston’s refuge: Palmerston HQ.  If he is in Palmerston HQ, he is not to be disturbed.  Palmerston is a friendly, outgoing cat, but we all need our privacy.  Like Greta Garbo, sometimes he wants to be alone."



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Russian agent Butina returns to Moscow, wants no part of US

Russian agent Butina returns to Moscow, wants no part of USThe Russian woman convicted in the United States of being a Russian agent returned to Moscow on Saturday and declared that she has no desire to go back to America. Maria Butina was deported Friday by the United States after serving a prison sentence, arriving the next day at the Russian capital’s Sheremetyevo airport. Butina, a gun rights activist, sought to infiltrate conservative U.S. political groups and promote Russia’s agenda around the time that Donald Trump rose to power.



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Russian Agent Butina Returns Home After U.S. Prison Sentence

Russian Agent Butina Returns Home After U.S. Prison Sentence(Bloomberg) — Maria Butina, a Russian who was freed after serving a U.S. prison sentence for failing to register as an agent of a foreign government, arrived in Moscow and thanked diplomats and groups who supported her.“Russians don’t give up,” she said in a brief statement at the airport, accompanied by her father and Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova.A phalanx of TV cameras awaited her, but she didn’t take questions after making the brief statement. President Vladimir Putin has no plans to meet her, the Kremlin said on Friday.Butina, a self-styled gun-rights activist who befriended senior officials from the National Rifle Association and the Republican party in the run-up to the 2016 election, was sentenced to 18 months in prison. Russia described Butina as a political prisoner and victim of provocation by U.S. special services.\–With assistance from Anatoly Medetsky.To contact the reporter on this story: Gregory L. White in Moscow at gwhite64@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Lynn Thomasson at lthomasson@bloomberg.net, Sara Marley, Jon MenonFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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Russian woman convicted by U.S. of being agent returns home

Russian woman convicted by U.S. of being agent returns homeRussian national Maria Butina, who was jailed in the United States in April after admitting to working as a Russian agent, arrived in Moscow on Saturday, greeted by her father and Russian journalists who handed her flowers. “Russians never surrender,” an emotional Butina told reporters at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport, flanked by her father and the Russian Foreign Ministry’s spokeswoman. Butina pleaded guilty in December last year to one count of conspiring to act as a foreign agent for Russia by infiltrating a gun rights group and influencing U.S. conservative activists and Republicans.



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Power returns to Northern California; firefighters gain on wildfires in SoCal

Power returns to Northern California; firefighters gain on wildfires in SoCalThe lights were back on for more than 2 million Northern Californians after strong winds fueling wildfire concerns prompted a preemptive outage.



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Deported Army veteran returns to US in bid to become citizen

Deported Army veteran returns to US in bid to become citizenFederal immigration authorities granted Miguel Perez Jr. a two-week parole into the U.S. for an immigration hearing, according to his attorney. The 41-year-old Perez has a green card as a permanent U.S. resident, but after serving time for a 2008 non-violent drug conviction was deported last year. Then last month, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued a pardon , erasing the conviction and reviving Perez’s chances to become a citizen.



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Huawei CFO Returns to the Courtroom as U.S. Tensions Run High

Huawei CFO Returns to the Courtroom as U.S. Tensions Run High(Bloomberg) — Huawei Technologies Co.’s chief financial officer returned to a Vancouver courtroom Monday, beginning in earnest her efforts to convince a Canadian court that her rights got trampled when she was arrested on a U.S. extradition request last December.Defense lawyers for Meng Wanzhou presented videos and thousands of pages of documents to back claims that Canadian authorities collaborated with the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation to engage in a “covert criminal investigation” to unlawfully detain, search and interrogate the Chinese executive.The case against Meng, eldest daughter of billionaire Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, has cast a spotlight on a broader Trump administration effort to contain China and its largest technology company, which Washington sees as a national security threat. The U.S. wants to extradite Meng after accusing her and others at Huawei of conspiring to trick banks into conducting more than $ 100 million of transactions that may have violated American sanctions. The company has denied it committed any violations.Read more: Huawei Accuses U.S. of Harassing Workers, Attacking Network (1)Meng’s team aims to show there was an abuse of process, which if successful, could result in the judge ordering a halt to the extradition proceedings. In a current round of disclosure hearings set to run through Oct. 4, Meng also seeks a court order to force the Canadian government to share more details about the circumstances of her arrest. Huawei spokesman Benjamin Howe declined to comment on Monday’s proceedings as the case is currently ongoing.Meng showed up to court Monday in a glamorous outfit replete with four-inch sparkly heels that exposed the GPS monitor on her left ankle — one of the conditions of her C$ 10 million bail ($ 7.5 million). She was accompanied by her husband Xiaozong Liu, also known as Carlos, who could be seen occasionally nodding off in the public gallery during the lengthy proceedings.Among the arguments Meng’s defense put forth Monday were:That Canadian border officials — working with Canadian police and the FBI — deliberately delayed Meng’s arrest at the airport for three hours, using the pretext of a customs inspection to obtain access to her electronic devices and interrogate her.That U.S. authorities historically have misused border checks to scrutinize Huawei executives’ electronic devices. The lawyers cited a former company employee whose devices were seized or searched by U.S. airport authorities numerous times between 2013 and 2018. The defense plans to call as a witness a special agent who conducted one of those searches.Her defense questioned how the FBI obtained details from outside its jurisdiction about what Meng was wearing on the flight from Hong Kong before it landed.Read more: Huawei CFO Awakens Canadians to the Long, Strong Arm of China“It’s a question of pulling out all the stops,” said Gary Botting, a Vancouver-based lawyer who’s been involved in hundreds of Canadian extradition cases and watched part of Monday’s proceedings.Meng’s defense is likely trying to show that Canadian authorities collected evidence and statements irrelevant to the extradition proceedings but “will no doubt be considered gold by the FBI, who will likely use them in an attempt to bolster their case against her in the Eastern District of New York,” Botting said.\–With assistance from Patricia Hurtado.To contact the reporter on this story: Natalie Obiko Pearson in Vancouver at npearson7@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: David Scanlan at dscanlan@bloomberg.net, Edwin Chan, Vlad SavovFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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Trump sues Manhattan prosecutor over tax returns, says immune from criminal probe

Trump sues Manhattan prosecutor over tax returns, says immune from criminal probeDonald Trump sued Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance on Thursday, seeking to void a subpoena for eight years of tax returns related to a criminal probe into the U.S. president and his family business. The lawsuit deepens Trump’s efforts to keep his finances under wraps, despite having promised during his 2016 White House run that he would disclose his tax returns.



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US Congress returns after a bloody August sharpens focus on guns

US Congress returns after a bloody August sharpens focus on gunsThe US Congress convenes Monday for the first time since recent mass shootings left Americans distraught over surging violence, but the Senate’s Republican leader stressed he would not consider gun legislation without President Donald Trump’s backing. Lawmakers scheduled a forum Tuesday to demand Senate action, and some Democratic presidential candidates have called for a ban on military-style assault weapons like those used in recent massacres.



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