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ISTANBUL | Turkey opens probe of actors’ alleged TV insults of Erdogan

ISTANBUL — Turkey’s official news agency says prosecutors are investigating two prominent actors for comments on a television program. Anadolu agency on Sunday quoted a statement from the Istanbul prosecutors’ that said actors Metin Akpinar and Mujdat Gezen were “invited” for questioning following media reports about their alleged insults of Turkey’s president and threats of … Continue reading ISTANBUL | Turkey opens probe of actors’ alleged TV insults of Erdogan

NEW YORK | Trump inaugural committee boss: I’m not probe target

NEW YORK — The head of President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee said Monday that he’s been assured that he isn’t the target of a criminal investigation, despite reports that prosecutors are probing the committee’s finances. The Wall Street Journal and New York Times reported last week that federal prosecutors in New York are examining whether … Continue reading NEW YORK | Trump inaugural committee boss: I’m not probe target

WASHINGTON | Run-up to Flynn sentencing tinged with unexpected drama

WASHINGTON — Michael Flynn may have given extraordinary cooperation to prosecutors, but the run-up to his sentencing hearing has exposed tensions over an FBI interview in which the former national security adviser lied about his Russian contacts. Flynn’s lawyers have suggested investigators discouraged him from having an attorney present during the January 2017 interview and … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Run-up to Flynn sentencing tinged with unexpected drama

MADRID | Spanish prosecutors file tax evasion charges against Shakira

MADRID — Spanish prosecutors are charging pop music star Shakira with tax evasion, alleging she failed to pay more than 14.5 million euros ($16.3 million) between 2012 and 2014. The charges published Friday allege Shakira listed the Bahamas as her official residence for tax purposes during those years but was in fact living in Spain … Continue reading MADRID | Spanish prosecutors file tax evasion charges against Shakira

WASHINGTON | Dem: Illegal payments ‘impeachable offense’ if Trump ordered

WASHINGTON — The top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee says he believes it would be an “impeachable offense” if it’s proved that President Donald Trump directed illegal hush-money payments to women during the 2016 campaign. But Rep. Jerry Nadler of New York, who’s expected to chair the panel in January, says it’s unclear whether … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Dem: Illegal payments ‘impeachable offense’ if Trump ordered

ROME | Italian police probing deadly stampede find pepper spray can

ROME — Italian police investigating a deadly disco stampede said Sunday they found a pepper spray can and were questioning dozens of witnesses Sunday following accounts by concertgoers that a teenage boy had sprayed an irritating substance, triggering the mad rush by the crowd to flee. It wasn’t known if the can found was the … Continue reading ROME | Italian police probing deadly stampede find pepper spray can

WASHINGTON | Closer legal peril for Trump in probes; he sees no collusion

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, was in touch as far back as 2015 with a Russian who offered “political synergy” with the Trump election campaign and proposed a meeting between the candidate and Russian President Vladimir Putin, the federal special counsel said. Court filings from prosecutors in New York and special … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Closer legal peril for Trump in probes; he sees no collusion

WASHINGTON | US: Trump’s ex-lawyer deserves prison despite cooperation

WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, deserves substantial prison time despite his cooperation, prosecutors said Friday. The recommendation was in a filing ahead of Cohen’s sentencing in New York next week. Cohen pleaded guilty to federal charges and cooperated in multiple state and federal probes over several months, including having seven meetings with … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US: Trump’s ex-lawyer deserves prison despite cooperation