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    News Roundup for May 2, 2017
    May02

    News Roundup for May 2, 2017

    It’s the news, don’t get the blues.1. 25 people were arrested in the May Day protests in Portland. Smoke bombs, glass bottles, and wait for it… cans of Pepsi were hurled at police. No word as to whether or not Kendall Jenner was present. More here.2. The ill-fated Fyre Festival has been hit with a $100 million lawsuit. But good news!...

    Putin Denies Russia Meddled in US Presidential Election
    May02

    Putin Denies Russia Meddled in US Presidential Election

    Russian President Vladimir Putin denied Tuesday that Russia interfered in last year’s U.S. presidential election, saying such allegations are “simply rumors” that are being leveraged for political reasons in the United States. Putin’s denial came at a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who met with...

    Putin, Merkel spar in Russia over election meddling
    May02

    Putin, Merkel spar in Russia over election meddling

    Speaking during a joint news conference following talks at his Black Sea residence, Putin said accusations of meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election were “simply rumors” that are being used as part of the political fight in Washington. U.S. intelligence agencies say they have definitive evidence that Russia was behind the...

    Putin Denies That Russia Has Ever Participated In Election Meddling In Other Countries
    May02

    Putin Denies That Russia Has Ever Participated In Election Meddling In Other Countries

    MOSCOW (AP) — During a tense appearance with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Russian President Vladimir Putin denied on Tuesday that Moscow ever interferes in elections in other countries. Speaking during a joint news conference following talks at his Black Sea residence, Putin said accusations of meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election...

    Putin, Merkel Differ Over Ukraine Peace Talks
    May02

    Putin, Merkel Differ Over Ukraine Peace Talks

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for direct peace talks between the Ukrainian government and Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine. Putin made the comment after meeting German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Sochi on May 2. Merkel said peace talks should only happen if elections were held to produce a “legitimate...

    Putin tells Merkel he’s eager to discuss Ukraine, Syria
    May02

    Putin tells Merkel he’s eager to discuss Ukraine, Syria

    Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomed German Chancellor Angela Merkel to his Black Sea residence on Tuesday for talks expected to focus on the unresolved conflict in eastern Ukraine and the civil war in Syria. …read more Source: CTV...

    A Trump-Kim meeting? ‘Smart cookie’ comment has world saying wow
    May02

    A Trump-Kim meeting? ‘Smart cookie’ comment has world saying wow

    By TED ANTHONY, Associated Press BANGKOK (AP) — In one corner: the unpredictable dictator, the third-generation family ruler whose nation has a seven-decade reputation of being erratic, quick to take umbrage and insistent that it is powerful enough to upend the planet. In the other corner: a sandpaper-tongued American president like no other,...

    Merkel Tells Putin: Implement Minsk To Get EU Sanctions Lifted
    May02

    Merkel Tells Putin: Implement Minsk To Get EU Sanctions Lifted

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on all sides in the conflict in Ukraine to work toward the ceasefire envisaged by the Minsk accords, saying implementation of those agreements could lead to the lifting of EU sanctions against Russia.Speaking in the Russian town of Sochi after discussions with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Merkel said...

    Italian prosecutor: no NGOs-migrant smuggler links emerge
    May02

    Italian prosecutor: no NGOs-migrant smuggler links emerge

    ROME (AP) — A prosecutor based in Sicily told Italian senators Tuesday his office has found no links or contacts between migrant smugglers and humanitarian organizations operating rescue boats in the Mediterranean. Last month, another Sicilian prosecutor raised alarm by saying in interviews he has evidence that some NGOs, established specifically...

    What On Earth Might A Trump-Kim Jong Un Meeting Look Like?
    May02

    What On Earth Might A Trump-Kim Jong Un Meeting Look Like?

    BANGKOK (AP) — In one corner: the unpredictable dictator, the third-generation family ruler whose nation has a seven-decade reputation of being erratic, quick to take umbrage and insistent that it is powerful enough to upend the planet. In the other corner: a sandpaper-tongued American president like no other, barely past his first 100 days as...