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Published: Tue, 20 Mar 2018 03:01:43 -0400

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Vladimir Putin wins re-election for fourth term

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 12:28:12 -0400

(image) The result of Russia’s presidential election was known before any ballots were cast, with the only variable how many citizens would show up to cast votes. Many in the opposition abstained from voting, instead observing polling places for irregularities.

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Trump denounces Mueller's investigative team as 'hardened Democrats'

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 12:11:14 -0400

(image) President Trump accused Robert Mueller’s team investigating Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections of Democratic bias on Sunday morning.

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Treasure hunters and FBI search for lost Civil War gold in Pennsylvania

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 12:43:49 -0400

(image) A story that $55 million in Union gold was lost during the Civil War has long been dismissed as a myth — but this week, a team of FBI agents joined the search in rural Pennsylvania.

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Man who fled to Mexico with teen soon headed to Pennsylvania

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 17:02:34 -0400

(image) ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A man who frequently checked a teenager out of school without her parents' knowledge and fled to Mexico with her will soon be in the custody of Pennsylvania authorities.

Collector who bought Jesse James picture for just £7 on eBay told it could be worth £2 million

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 08:28:53 -0400

(image) A collector has hit the jackpot after being told that an old photograph he picked up on eBay for just £7 was a genuine portrait of infamous Wild West outlaw Jesse James, worth up to £2 million. Justin Whiting, 45, bought the photograph in July 2017 and immediately tracked down Will Dunniway, a 19th century photography expert from California. He was astonished when forensic experts confirmed his picture of infamous Wild West outlaw Jesse James was genuine and could sell for six figures. Single Justin, from Spalding, Lincs., said: "Anything is possible on eBay so I kept buying the odd photograph for a few quid, like other people would buy a lottery ticket. "I noticed the picture for sale - it was ten dollars. It was a bit blurry on the site but when I got it, it was a lot clearer. "I thought to myself: 'Gee wizz, this could be a real photo!' I've been obsessed with American outlaws for years and read lots of books and study their faces. Justin Whiting's photo of Jesse James (right) and an existing picture of the outlaw at a similar age Credit: Justin Whiting / "The picture was identical to the one in my book, except it was full length. All my friends said it was the same but I knew I needed to contact experts. "I didn't dare to believe they would say it was genuine and worth at least two million." Expert Mr Dunniway confirmed the photograph was a genuine portrait of bank robber Jesse taken when the babyfaced outlaw was just 14. His report said: "The age of this image was about 1861-2 and is correct in every way to this period. "When it is compared to the much used comparison image I believe it was taken on the same day by the same photographer. "It is very evident by the face, hair cut, jacket, shirt and tie that this is the same image of Jesse James at 14 years old. One of the originals." The eBay listing from which Justin Whiting picked up an old photo  Credit: Justin Whiting / Justin then sent the 3.5 inches by 2.5 inches Victorian tintype photograph to Los Angeles forensic expert Kent Gibson who has verified evidence for the FBI. Mr Gibson confirmed the image was authentic and said: "All power to Justin. An authentic photograph of outlaw Billy the Kid sold for $5million in 2015 so the sky's the limit. "Jesse James is a very famous outlaw so this is obviously a valuable image." Justin, who has been out of work since 2003 due to back problems, has already been in touch with posh London auction house Christie's and is looking forward to spending his windfall. He said: "I'm definitely selling it. I'll be able to buy my own house and my own car. I can't wait. Good things do happen sometimes." Jesse may have robbed a few banks in his time, but Justin isn't taking any chances with his haul. He said: "I'm being super careful. That photograph is the most valuable thing I've ever had in my possession. It's staying in my friend's safe for now."

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Putin rejects spy attack claims as chemical weapons experts head to UK

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 17:36:13 -0400

(image) President Vladimir Putin on Sunday rubbished claims that Russia poisoned a former spy in Britain, on the eve of international chemical weapons experts heading to the UK to probe the attack. "It's complete drivel, rubbish, nonsense that somebody in Russia would allow themselves to do such a thing ahead of elections and the World Cup," Putin told supporters after winning a fourth term as president. "We have destroyed all chemical weapons," he added, rejecting Britain's claim that only Moscow could be behind the nerve agent attack on former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

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We Now Know When Navy Aircraft Carriers Will be Armed with F-35s

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 09:41:00 -0400

(image) US Navy leaders have announced that the first-of-its kind carrier-launched F-35C stealth fighter will deploy for its first operational deployment on the USS Carl Vinson -- in 2021. Adm. S.D. Conn, Director, Air Warfare Chief of Naval Operations, told Congress. “Stealth technology and advanced integrated systems enable the F-35C to counter rapidly evolving air-to-air and surface-to-air threats.

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US student found dead in Bermuda after intense search

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 17:47:29 -0400

(image) HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) — A Pennsylvania college student who disappeared following a rugby tournament in Bermuda was found dead Monday after an intensive search of the British island territory.

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Zimbabwe's president threatens to prosecute forex culprits

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 10:07:49 -0400

(image) Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Monday named hundreds of mines, Chinese businesses and individuals who had illegally transferred foreign currency abroad during Robert Mugabe's rule and warned they would be prosecuted. The announcement came after the expiry of a three month amnesty for the return of funds including export proceeds, payments for phantom imports and "funds transferred to foreign banks in cash or under spurious circumstances". Authorities say Zimbabwe lost at least $1.4 billion (1.1 billion euros) in revenue as a result.

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Massive volcano described in apocalyptic poem ushered in Christianity for Iceland's Vikings

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 20:01:00 -0400

(image) A massive volcanic eruption helped convert Iceland's Vikings to Christianity more than a thousand years ago, according to new research. Memories of the largest lava flood in the history of Iceland, recorded in a medieval poem, were used to drive the island's conversion to Christianity, suggests the study. A team of scientists and historians, led by Cambridge University researchers, has used information contained within ice cores and tree rings to accurately date the massive eruption, which took place soon after the island was first settled. Having dated the eruption, the researchers found that Iceland's most celebrated medieval poem, which describes the end of the pagan gods and the coming of a new, singular god, describes the eruption and uses memories of it to stimulate the Christianisation of Iceland. The eruption of the Eldgjá in the 10th Century is known as a lava flood: a rare type of prolonged volcanic eruption in which huge flows of lava engulf the landscape, accompanied by a haze of sulphurous gases. Iceland specialises in this type of eruption - the last example occurred in 2015, and it affected air quality hundreds of miles away in Ireland. An Icelandic lava flow Credit: Telegraph The Eldgjá lava flood affected southern Iceland within a century of the island's settlement by Vikings and Celts around 874. But until now the date of the eruption has been uncertain, hindering investigation of its likely impacts. Scientists say it was a "colossal" event with around 20 cubic kilometres of lava erupted - enough to cover all of England up to the ankles. The Cambridge-led team pinpointed the date of the eruption using ice core records from Greenland that preserve the volcanic fallout from Eldgjá. Using the clues contained within the ice cores, they found that the eruption began around the spring of 939 and continued at least through the autumn of 940. At a glance | Deadliest volcanic eruptions Study first author Dr Clive Oppenheimer, of Cambridge's Department of Geography, said: "This places the eruption squarely within the experience of the first two or three generations of Iceland's settlers. "Some of the first wave of migrants to Iceland, brought over as children, may well have witnessed the eruption." Once they had a date for the eruption, the team then investigated its consequences. First, a haze of sulphurous dust spread across Europe, recorded as sightings of an exceptionally blood-red and weakened Sun in Irish, German and Italian chronicles from the same period.

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Nigeria skips African summit in blow to free trade deal

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 09:02:52 -0400

(image) Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will not attend the African Union summit in Rwanda this week, an official statement said Sunday, in a blow to plans to launch a major free trade treaty across 54 countries. The meeting in Kigali is intended to formally launch the African Continental Free Trade Area Treaty, which Nigeria's cabinet endorsed last Wednesday. Buhari was scheduled to leave Abuja on Monday ahead of Wednesday's launch but pulled out to allow for more consultations.

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Chrysler's Turbine Car Secretly Used a Ford Part

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 12:00:00 -0400

(image) To make the Chrysler Turbine Car drivable, engineers had to obtain a crate of parts from a Ford factory under shady circumstances.

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Disgraced former Catholic Cardinal O'Brien dies aged 80

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 07:58:59 -0400

(image) A disgraced former head of the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland who stepped down in 2013 after a sex scandal has died aged 80, the Church said on Monday. O'Brien initially denied the allegations but then apologized for sexual conduct he said had "fallen below the standards expected of me". O'Brien, once Britain's most senior Catholic cleric, promised to play no further role in the Church in Scotland and did not take part in the conclave that elected Benedict's successor, Pope Francis.

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Is this how Vladimir Putin secured record landslide win? Video appears to show woman voting multiple times in Russia election

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 05:20:32 -0400

President Vladimir Putin has received a record number of votes to win a triumphant re-election amid an opposition boycott at home and muted reaction abroad.  With 99.84 per cent of ballots counted, Mr Putin had received more than 76 per cent of the vote, the central electoral commission said on Monday.  A record 56.2 million Russians voted for the current president on Sunday, almost four million more than voted for all parties in the 2016 parliamentary election, it said. While dozens of egregious examples of ballot-stuffing and other irregularities were caught on camera, the electoral commission claimed there were fewer confirmed violations than in 2012. The results of seven polling stations would be annulled due to violations, it said. It was previously reported that the results at a polling station in the Moscow region where a woman was filmed stuffing ballots would be voided. Opposition leader Alexei Navalny accused the authorities of falsifying votes, noting that his 33,000 electoral observers had recorded a turnout of 55 per cent, 12 per cent lower than the official figure. Monitors from the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe criticised Sunday's election for lacking “real choice,” saying many Russians had been pressured to vote and media had failed to cover the race critically.  Electoral commission head Yelena Pamfilova hinted that British accusations that the Russian government was behind the poisoning of double agent Sergei Skripal in Salisbury had helped mobilise voters. Russian election results 2018 Putin hit a record vote in this year's election Turnout of 67% would be average for Russia “Our people always unite in difficult moments, so a big thank-you to certain leaders of Western countries, I won't name them, who also made their own positive contribution by facilitating the consolidation and unification of our people,” Ms Pamfilova said.  The United States, which has also raised suspicions Russia was behind Mr Skripal's poisoning, adopted new sanctions last week against Russians implicated in cyber attacks and trolling during the US election. Ms Pamfilova's comments mirrored what voters told The Telegraph in Odintsovo, a city in the Moscow region. "Why would we do it? Why would we need this right before the election?" Sergei Matveyev, a pensioner who had just voted for Mr Putin, said of the Skripal poisoning. "Those for whom sanctions are advantageous, they did it." Central electoral commission head Ella Pamfilova, centre, announces the results on Monday Credit: Sergei Bobylev/TASS via Getty The leaders of Serbia, Belarus, Iran, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Venezuela, Bolivia and Cuba praised his victory.  Chinese president Xi Jinping sent a message saying he was ready to take China-Russia relations “to a higher level”. Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro said the Russian president's win “solidifies his leadership,” while Evo Morales in Bolivia said Mr Putin “guarantees the geopolitical equilibrium against the charge of imperialism”. But Western leaders were less forthcoming with their congratulations to Sunday's victor. “We can't talk about a fair politic[...]

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Volkswagen reveals four-wheel-drive, ID R electric-powered prototype

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 11:16:06 -0400

(image) Volkswagen is a manufacturer that's been making a lot of noise recently about its plans for new electric and hybrid vehicles, but one of the first that will actually be seen in action may surprise a few people. The car has been named the ID R Pikes Peak, and as well as putting in a spectacular time at the hill climb event it's also designed to showcase the potential and spectacular performance capabilities of Volkswagen's electric car technology.

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Ex-politburo member faces second graft trial Vietnam

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 07:37:57 -0400

(image) A former politburo member went on trial in Vietnam Monday in his second corruption case this year, as the communist state continues its public crackdown on powerful figures in politics and business accused of graft. Dinh La Thang, who was also the former head of state-run oil giant PetroVietnam (PVN), is already serving a 13-year jail term for a previous conviction for corruption. The new trial sees him accused of approving a $35 million investment of state funds in Ocean Bank in 2008 without the authorisation of PVN's board or the Prime Minister.

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Russia Feared Hitler's Panzer Tanks. But They Might Have Feared Who Led Them Even More.

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 09:25:00 -0400

(image) Using speed and daring, Panzer leader Hyazinth Graf Strachwitz achieved multiple victories on the Eastern Front in World War II. Russia Feared Hitler's Panzer Tanks. Strachwitz attended the Volksschule and the Gymnasium of Oppeln.

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Israeli stabbed by Palestinian dies of wounds: hospital

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 19:02:19 -0400

(image) By Jeffrey Heller and Ori Lewis JERUSALEM (Reuters) - An Israeli security guard died of wounds he suffered in a stabbing attack in Jerusalem's Old City on Sunday carried out by an assailant identified by Israel as a Palestinian. The assailant was shot and killed by police at the scene, a police spokesman said. It was the second attack on Israelis in Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank in three days and a sign of rising tensions in the region.

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KitchenWise: Spaghetti squash is tasty alternative to pasta

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 09:42:54 -0400

(image) Spaghetti squash is a large round squash that forms spaghettilike strands when it's cooked. Its texture is crisp, its taste is mild, and it can indeed replace spaghetti in the recipe of your choice. This is especially good news if you're searching for an alternative to pasta, either because you're allergic to gluten or because you're seeking a more nutritious landing pad for a delicious sauce.

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Vehicle used to pick up Yulia Skripal from airport seized for forensic tests

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 09:21:59 -0400

The vehicle used to pick up Yulia Skripal from Heathrow when she arrived in the UK from Moscow has been seized by the military for forensic testing. The development suggests that detectives believe the Novichok nerve agent used to poison both the 33-year-old and her father, Russian spy Sergei Skripal, a fortnight ago may have been unwittingly carried over by her from Russia the previous day. Barely 24 hours later, the pair were found on a bench in the centre of Salisbury in a catatonic state. Miss Skripal was picked up from the airport on Saturday March 3 by Ross Cassidy, one of Col Skripal's closest friends, who drove her back to her father's house in Salisbury. Intelligence officers have suggested that the toxin may have been hidden in her luggage, either impregnated in an item of clothing or cosmetics or else in a gift, meaning Miss Skripal was deliberately targeted to get at her father. Mr Cassidy confirmed when contacted by The Telegraph that his pick-up truck had been seized at the concrete plant in Amesbury where he works. Ross Cassidy, a close friend of Sergei Skripal, who is understood to have picked Yulia Skripal up from Heathrow Meanwhile, police investigating the murder of Russian businessman Nikolai Glushkov said they had found no evidence of forced entry into his home. The 68-year-old was found apparently strangled at his terraced house in Clarence Avenue, New Malden on March 12,  prompting fears that a new Moscow-sponsored attack had been carried out on UK soil. The former Aeroflot deputy director, a fierce critic of Vladimir Putin, was granted asylum in the UK after fleeing Russia in 2006.  His death was initially treated as unexplained but four days later, following a post-mortem examination, Scotland Yard launched a murder inquiry. Mr Glushkov, who was close friends with Putin critic Boris Berezovsky, was wanted over fraud allegations in his native Russia. He was also outspoken after Mr Berezovsky died in 2013, refusing to accept that his friend had taken his own life. Sergei Skripal with his daughter Yulia Credit: Social media Counter-terrorism police are leading the investigation into Mr Glushkov's death but have stressed that there is no evidence to link it with the attempted murder of Col Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury. On Monday officers were carrying out house-to-house inquiries near his Clarence Avenue home and appealing for witnesses to come forward. Metropolitan Police Commander Clarke Jarrett said: "I would urge anybody who may have information to get in touch if they have not already done so. We will have officers in Mr Glushkov's local neighbourhood today so please come and speak to us if you think you may have seen or heard anything suspicious last Sunday or Monday. "The investigation is progressing; we have taken a number of statements and have over 400 exhibits which are being processed. We have found no sign of forced entry thus far, but [...]

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US, China flex muscles at G20 meeting

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 18:24:34 -0400

(image) Tensions over trade surfaced on the first day of a G20 meeting of finance ministers on Monday as the United States and China -- whose differences are fueling fears of a trade war -- flexed their muscles in the Argentine capital. The meeting of the world's leading economies in Buenos Aires comes days before US tariffs on steel and aluminum are due to come into force on Friday for all countries except Canada and Mexico. The main focus of the talks is the threat of a trade war between the US and its trading partners, particularly China and the European Union.

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Turkish forces and Syrian allies drive Kurds from Afrin

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 15:52:42 -0400

(image) By Dominic Evans and Lisa Barrington ISTANBUL/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Turkish forces and their Syrian rebel allies swept into the northwestern Syrian town of Afrin on Sunday, raising their flags in the town center and declaring full control after an eight-week campaign to drive out Kurdish YPG forces. A spokesman for the rebel fighters said they entered Afrin before dawn, meeting no resistance. A war monitor, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said pockets of YPG fighters defied orders to withdraw, but Turkish forces were in control.

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This reunion between cat and owner might be the most heartwarming thing you'll read all day

(image) There's nothing more heartbreaking than a missing pet—but there's also nothing more heartwarming than a reunion. Get the tissues ready, this one is a doozy.  Twitter user @ngvhi hopped online to share the most beautiful story about how she was reunited, five years later, with her sweet cat and first pet. Meet Panther.  SEE ALSO: We're calling 'fake news' on the report that 'Black Panther' caused a surge in black cat adoptions hi I can’t believe this is real because I am still in shock but my first pet ever my cat panther just came home today after going missing FIVE YEARS AGO. FIVE. YEARS. AGO. — nguhi (@ngvhi) March 16, 2018 "Sometime after Panther went missing he apparently turned up in a shelter in the next city 15 mi away," she wrote. "Days before he was going to be euthanized he was adopted! And lived with a women [sic] for a little while in yet another city."  Apparently the woman who adapted Panther kept him until she couldn't any longer, and ultimately gave him to her parents—who just so happened to be @ngvhi's neighbor. So, for over a year, Panther (whose name changed to Charlie) was literally living his best indoor cat life right next door. "These happen to be the neighbors that bought a Siberian husky that quickly turned out to be too much to handle. I started taking care of him until they asked if I wanted to fully adopt him," she continued. Yep that's right, this story also involves a doggo. The neighbors took in her cat, unknowingly, and she ended up with their dog.  of course I said yes which is why last year I adopted my beautiful baby boy trotsky. ALL WHILE UNBEKNOWNST TO ME MY LONG LOST CAT PANTHER WAS LIVING INDOORS. I took their dog and they took my cat. — nguhi (@ngvhi) March 17, 2018 One day, her neighbors called to ask if they had seen a missing Charlie—aka Panther. When Charlie/Panther did turn up, Trotsky the husky (which, side note, is a perfect name) didn't freak out. "HE ALREADY KNEW HIM. THEY’D LIVED TOGETHER BEFORE," @ngvhi wrote.  "Our neighbors were as flabbergasted as us and insisted we keep him because he really was ours. we (I was overruled) decided to give him back since he was comfortable there and we already have a dog and cat," she tweeted.  "It was heartbreaking but I can’t even be sad bc today was truly surreal. They’ve given me permission to visit my beautiful boy whenever I’d like. How is it possible that they gave me this dog I adore and have fostered my first best friend." you know how you lose a person or pet and you wish you had one more day with them just to let them know how much you love them and how much they mean to you? I just had that day with Panther. I never would have guessed that 5 years later I’d get to kiss his little head again ❤️ — nguhi (@ngvhi) March 17, 2018 "You know how you lose a person or pet and you wish you had one more day with them just to let them know how much you love them and how much they mean to you?," she wrote. "I just had that day with Panther. I never would have guessed that 5 years later I'd get to kiss his little head again." this is surreal I