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NEW YORK | Harvey Weinstein breaks with his criminal defense lawyer

NEW YORK—Jan 17, 2019— Harvey Weinstein is recasting his legal team a month after losing a hard-fought bid to get his sexual assault case thrown out. Weinstein and high-profile defense attorney Benjamin Brafman said in a statement Thursday that they “have agreed to part ways” and that new lawyers would be introduced next week. The … Continue reading NEW YORK | Harvey Weinstein breaks with his criminal defense lawyer

WASHINGTON | Government shutdown likely to stretch into next week

WASHINGTON  — Chances look slim for ending the partial government shutdown any time soon. House lawmakers are being told not to expect further votes this week, all but ensuring the shutdown will enter a second week and stretch toward the new year. Lawmakers are away from Washington for the holidays and have been told they … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Government shutdown likely to stretch into next week

ATHENS, Greece | Rights groups urge Greece to scrap EU-Turkey migrant deal

ATHENS, Greece  — Human rights and migrant welfare groups are urging Greece to scrap its part of a deal between the European Union and Turkey, designed to reduce unchecked migration to Europe from the east. In a statement Thursday, 20 groups sharply criticized the winter living conditions in Greece’s eastern Aegean island migrant camps, where … Continue reading ATHENS, Greece | Rights groups urge Greece to scrap EU-Turkey migrant deal

AMSTERDAM | Money laundering: Dutch police find cash in washing machine

AMSTERDAM  — Dutch police who found 350,000 euros ($400,000) hidden inside a washing machine have detained a man on suspicion of — what else? — money laundering. Police said in a statement Thursday that officers were checking a house in western Amsterdam on Monday for unregistered residents when they found the valuable laundry load. A … Continue reading AMSTERDAM | Money laundering: Dutch police find cash in washing machine

WASHINGTON | US announces new sanctions over Russia’s action in Ukraine

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has slapped sanctions on three individuals and nine entities over what it said was Russia’s “malign” activity in Crimea and eastern Ukraine. Sigal Mandelker, the Treasury Department’s undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, said in a statement Thursday that the sanctions “target Russian actors for serious human rights abuses” and … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US announces new sanctions over Russia’s action in Ukraine

BANGKOK | HIV-infected Thai man accused of raping scores of teenagers

BANGKOK — Police in Thailand say they have arrested an HIV-infected soldier who allegedly blackmailed and raped more than 70 teenage boys. Police said they received a complaint that the suspect was using fake social media profiles on Facebook and the gay dating app Blued to win the trust of his victims, so they would … Continue reading BANGKOK | HIV-infected Thai man accused of raping scores of teenagers

SINGAPORE | US Treasury sanctions 2 Singapore firms for NKorea dealings

SINGAPORE — An executive of one of two Singapore companies named by the U.S. Treasury Department this week for violating sanctions against North Korea said Friday that he was unaware of any such dealings. The Treasury Department said in a statement Thursday that the companies, commodities trading house Wee Tiong (S) Pte. Ltd. and ship … Continue reading SINGAPORE | US Treasury sanctions 2 Singapore firms for NKorea dealings

VATICAN CITY | Pope indicates willingness to visit North Korea

VATICAN CITY — South Korea‘s president has met with Pope Francis in a private audience, and his office says that the pontiff indicated his willingness to visit North Korea. The South Korean presidential office said in a statement Thursday that President Moon Jae-in “conveyed North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s desire for a papal visit … Continue reading VATICAN CITY | Pope indicates willingness to visit North Korea