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Model who alleged Russian meddling in US election tells Moscow court she will not publish Deripaska recordings

Model who alleged Russian meddling in US election tells Moscow court she will not publish Deripaska recordingsAnastasia Vashukevich, the model who recorded a former employer of Paul Manafort allegedly discussing US relations with a Russian deputy prime minister during the 2016 election, has promised in a Moscow court not to release any further recordings.  Ms Vashukevich previously claimed to have evidence of Russian interference in the US election from a fling with Oleg Deripaska, the metals magnate to whom Donald Trump's campaign manager Manafort reportedly promised private briefings, something Deripaska always denied. Video she uploaded to Instagram showed Mr Deripaska speaking on a yacht in 2016 with Sergei Prikhodko, a deputy prime minister and long-time aide to Vladimir Putin. In a separate audio recording, Mr Deripaska is heard discussing Russia's “bad relations with America”. The pair talked about the “issue with America,” Ms Vashukevich had claimed. After her Instagram posts were discovered in February 2018, Ms Vashukevich was arrested while leading a sex training seminar in Thailand, and Mr Deripaska successfully sued Ms Vashukevich for violating his right to privacy with her photographs and recordings. A Russian court ordered her to delete the posts and pay him £5,800 in emotional damages. She and her partner from the sex training received a suspended sentence for soliciting and conspiracy last week and deported to Belarus, their native country. On her way there, they were arrested in a Moscow airport on Thursday. They face prostitution charges carrying up to six years in prison. After being led by bailiffs into a glass defendant's cage on Saturday, Ms Vashukevich asked Mr Deripaska's forgiveness and promised no more revelations. Ms Vashukevich was deported by Thailand and arrested at Moscow airport Credit: Vasily Maximov/AFP “There won't be any more audio recordings about Oleg Deripaska,” she told journalists from a glass defendant's cage. “I won't compromise him anymore, so he can relax, really, I've had enough." She claimed that she was now subject to "fabricated" criminal cases in Thailand, Russia and Belarus. Ms Vashukevich declined to comment when asked by The Telegraph if the prostitution charges against her were related to claims of Russian election interference. The court delayed a hearing on her confinement until Tuesday after investigators said they didn't have enough evidence to make their arguments. Mr Deripaska has denied interference and said he never received an offer of private briefings. He is under US sanctions, but sanctions against some of his companies are set to be lifted this week despite controversy in congress. Mr Deripaska is seen speaking to Mr Prikhodko in footage posted by Ms Vashukevich Credit: Instagram The meeting on the yacht took place in August 2016 off the coast of Norway, according to an investigation by opposition activist Alexei Navalny. A private jet linked to Mr Deripaska had flown between New York and Moscow and then to Norway in the previous days, Mr Navalny found. Manafort, who has pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges and agreed to cooperate with Robert Mueller's investigation into election interference, told a Russian acquaintance he could offer private briefings to Mr Deripaska the month before, according to emails seen by The Atlantic and other publications. Russia ordered YouTube to take down Mr Navalny's video investigation, but it is still available and has more than 8 million views. While in jail in Thailand, Ms Vashukevich claimed to have more than 16 hours of audio recordings and photographs providing evidence of Russian interference in the US election. She promised to provide the evidence if the United States gave her asylum. Miss Vashukevich in detention in Thailand  Credit:  JORGE SILVA/REUTERS Ms Vashukevich told CNN she witnessed Mr Deripaska meeting three Americans in 2016 and 2017 and said “they had a plan for the election”. She said she had photographs of one of the Americans with Mr Deripaska, but refused to name any of the men. CNN also reported FBI agents had unsuccessfully tried to see her in Thailand.

POSTED JANUARY 21, 2019 5:23 AM

Native American veteran: 'Mob mentality' in students seen in viral video was 'scary'

Native American veteran: 'Mob mentality' in students seen in viral video was 'scary'In an interview with the Detroit Free Press, Native American leader Nathan Phillips of Ypsilanti describes incident with students caught on video.

POSTED JANUARY 20, 2019 4:56 PM

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Recent developments surrounding the South China SeaBEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential oil and gas reserves:

POSTED JANUARY 20, 2019 11:22 PM

A century on, Basra's British-era shipyard going strong

A century on, Basra's British-era shipyard going strongThousands of ships, including former dictator Saddam Hussein's yacht, have passed through the Iraqi shipyard's three docks, where a giant steam engine hauls them out of the water and up the century-old wooden tracks. Mohammed Adnan, who has been operating the huge steam engine for six years now, says it is not easy. "They say they [the British] brought in the wood from Burma... we tried to drill a 1.5 inch nail into it once, we couldn't," said Jassim Hussain Sabour, the shipyard's longest-serving worker.

POSTED JANUARY 22, 2019 10:47 AM

Different angle of video of Catholic high school students and Native American shows the man approached them

Different angle of video of Catholic high school students and Native American shows the man approached themViral video of confrontation between students and Native Americans draws outrage; Garrett Tenney reports.

POSTED JANUARY 21, 2019 6:29 PM

Zimbabwe Says Tweet About Palace Coup Talk Was Fake

Zimbabwe Says Tweet About Palace Coup Talk Was FakeBloomberg erroneously reported earlier that President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s spokesman, George Charamba, dismissed rumors of a palace coup, citing a tweet from the account. Charamba does not have a Twitter account, Regis Chikowore, principal director at the information ministry, said by phone.

POSTED JANUARY 21, 2019 8:02 AM

Meet the Women Who Protested the Women’s March

Meet the Women Who Protested the Women’s MarchWomen from various political and ideological backgrounds challenged the 2019 Women’s March by marching in protest and organizing alternative rallies near the Washington, D.C. event on Saturday. The third annual Women’s March took place in Freedom Plaza, a more confined space than in years past, suggesting that organizers anticipated smaller crowds after facing allegations of anti-Semitism and defending Nation of Islam’s anti-Semitic leader Louis Farrakhan. Following the development of those controversies, conservative group Independent Women’s Forum (IWF) organized a rally across the street in the name of “all women” at the same time as the Women’s March.

POSTED JANUARY 21, 2019 12:28 PM

'Welcome' refugees in Kansas celebrate their American birthdays

'Welcome' refugees in Kansas celebrate their American birthdaysMany of nearly 100 excited children running around a community center in Kansas City over the weekend had two things in common. Far from a strange coincidence, the date is usually assigned to immigrants who arrive in the United States without birth certificates, as refugees often do.

POSTED JANUARY 22, 2019 12:21 AM

4 Arizona Women Convicted for Leaving Water for Migrants

4 Arizona Women Convicted for Leaving Water for Migrants"If giving water to someone dying of thirst is illegal, what humanity is left in the law of this country?”

POSTED JANUARY 20, 2019 12:46 PM

America's F-35 Stealth Fighter: The Ultimate Missile Killer?

America's F-35 Stealth Fighter: The Ultimate Missile Killer?The Pentagon wants to add F-35 stealth fighters to America's missile shield. But to have any chance at shooting down ballistic missiles, the F-35 might need a new weapon.

POSTED JANUARY 21, 2019 11:00 PM

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Supreme Court Revives Transgender Ban for Military Service
By a 5 to 4 vote, justices temporarily stayed trial court decisions blocking the policy while litigation in the lower courts moves forward.

POSTED JANUARY 22, 2019 3:55 PM
Supreme Court Doesn’t Act on Trump’s Appeal in ‘Dreamers’ Case
The court’s action almost certainly means it will not hear the administration’s challenge in its current term, which ends in June.

POSTED JANUARY 22, 2019 4:10 PM
Supreme Court Will Hear Second Amendment Case
The case concerns an ordinance in New York that prohibits people licensed to have guns in their homes to transport their guns outside the city.

POSTED JANUARY 22, 2019 2:55 PM
Feature: Mitch McConnell Got Everything He Wanted. But at What Cost?
The president whom the Senate Republican leader helped elect has turned out to be the one thing he can’t control.

POSTED JANUARY 22, 2019 10:00 AM
Shutdown’s Pain Cuts Deep for the Homeless and Other Vulnerable Americans
With the Department of Housing and Urban Development hit hard, subsidies for low-income renters have stopped and nonprofits are scrambling to avoid layoffs and cuts to support services.

POSTED JANUARY 22, 2019 4:11 PM
‘Get Us Our Paycheck’: Federal Employees Struggling Without Pay
An estimated 800,000 federal employees haven’t been paid since the government shutdown began. Those working for the I.R.S. and other agencies are being ordered to return to work during the shutdown. We spoke with some of them.

POSTED JANUARY 22, 2019 2:41 PM
From Federal Worker to Uber Driver: Odd Jobs to Make Ends Meet in the Shutdown
Furloughed government employees desperate for income have become unlikely entrants into America’s gig economy, substitute teaching, babysitting and delivering food.

POSTED JANUARY 22, 2019 4:46 PM
Deripaska and Allies Could Benefit From Sanctions Deal, Document Shows
The Trump administration’s agreement to lift sanctions on the empire of the Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska would allow him to pay off substantial debt.

POSTED JANUARY 21, 2019 8:12 PM
Giuliani Says His Moscow Trump Tower Comments Were ‘Hypothetical’
The president’s personal lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, said his own widely reported statements about when talks about the skyscraper project might have ended were only “hypothetical.”

POSTED JANUARY 22, 2019 12:40 AM
Russia Says He’s a Spy. His Lawyer Says He Just Wanted Photos of a Cathedral.
Paul N. Whelan, a former United States Marine, was arrested after being given a thumb drive of state secrets, believing it to contain vacation pictures, his lawyer says.

POSTED JANUARY 22, 2019 2:18 PM

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