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US preparing measures on Moscow; Trump's lawyer also represents Sean Hannity US preparing measures on Moscow; Trump's lawyer also represents Sean Hannity
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Top stories and more: Former FBI Director James Comey said President Trump lies constantly and may have obstructed justice Top stories and more: Former FBI Director James Comey said President Trump lies constantly and may have obstructed justice
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<li><strong>U.S. looks to punish Russia over support for Assad</strong> – U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley indicated her government is <a href="https://www.apnews.com/f0749aef283e4a77b8e63a9a67043474/US-to-hit-Russia-with-new-sanctions-for-aiding-Syria's-Assad">preparing new measures</a> against Russia for its support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Haley said the Kremlin has blocked proposals for UN action to investigate alleged chemical weapons attacks in Syria six times. The U.S. <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/04/06/russia/new-oligarch-list-makes-life-harder-for-putin-allies/45323/">imposed sanctions against 24 Russian officials</a> and oligarchs on April 6. Moscow is this week <a href="https://www.ft.com/content/0342bf20-4097-11e8-803a-295c97e6fd0b">considering responding</a> (<em>FT)</em> with restrictions on U.S. businesses and professionals.  <li><strong>U.S. looks to punish Russia over support for Assad</strong> – U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley indicated her government is <a href="https://www.apnews.com/f0749aef283e4a77b8e63a9a67043474/US-to-hit-Russia-with-new-sanctions-for-aiding-Syria's-Assad">preparing new measures</a> against Russia for its support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Haley said the Kremlin has blocked proposals for UN action to investigate alleged chemical weapons attacks in Syria six times. The U.S. <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/04/06/russia/new-oligarch-list-makes-life-harder-for-putin-allies/45323/">imposed sanctions against 24 Russian officials</a> and oligarchs on April 6. Moscow is this week <a href="https://www.ft.com/content/0342bf20-4097-11e8-803a-295c97e6fd0b">considering responding</a> (<em>FT)</em> with restrictions on U.S. businesses and professionals.
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<li>Meanwhile, <a href="https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-mideast-crisis-syria/inspectors-push-to-visit-suspected-syria-gas-attack-site-after-western-strikes-idUKKBN1HN1I0">a team of chemical weapons inspectors</a> which was due to visit Douma, the site of an alleged gas attack in Syria, was delayed. The British delegation to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said Russia and Syria had not allowed OPCW investigators access to Douma because their safety couldn't be guaranteed. Russia attributed the delay to this weekend's Western strikes that targeted the Assad regime's chemical weapons program.</li>  <li>Meanwhile, <a href="https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-mideast-crisis-syria/inspectors-push-to-visit-suspected-syria-gas-attack-site-after-western-strikes-idUKKBN1HN1I0">a team of chemical weapons inspectors</a> which was due to visit Douma, the site of an alleged gas attack in Syria, was delayed. The British delegation to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said Russia and Syria had not allowed OPCW investigators access to Douma because their safety couldn't be guaranteed. Russia attributed the delay to this weekend's Western strikes that targeted the Assad regime's chemical weapons program.</li>
<li><a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-trump/trump-still-wants-u-s-troops-to-leave-syria-but-no-timeline-white-house-idUSKBN1HN2BV?il=0">Trump still wants U.S. troops out of Syria</a> despite U.S. intervention two days prior, according to press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. No timeline for the withdrawal was offered.</li>  <li><a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-trump/trump-still-wants-u-s-troops-to-leave-syria-but-no-timeline-white-house-idUSKBN1HN2BV?il=0">Trump still wants U.S. troops out of Syria</a> despite U.S. intervention two days prior, according to press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. No timeline for the withdrawal was offered.</li>
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<li><strong>Trump's personal lawyer also represented Sean Hannity –</strong> A federal judge ordered Michael Cohen, the long-time attorney of Donald J. Trump,<a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-cohen/trumps-personal-lawyer-coughs-up-name-of-mystery-client-sean-hannity-idUSKBN1HN12G"> to disclose that he also represents</a> Fox News pundit Sean Hannity– one of Trump's fiercest supporters throughout the 2016 campaign and his current presidency. Federal prosecutors also learned that the New York lawyer also represented Elliott Broidy, deputy finance chairman of the Republican National Convention who resigned on April 13 for <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/13/us/politics/elliott-broidy-michael-cohen-payout.html">paying $1.6 million to a former Playboy model</a> to ensure her silence on an affair that resulted with her becoming pregnant <em>(New York Times).</em> Cohen's attorney unsuccessful tried to maintain Hannity's anonymity arguing that disclosing his identity would <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2018/04/16/trump-lawyer-michael-cohen-refuses-to-identify-clients-as-court-faceoff-looms.html">"embarrassing or detrimental"</a> to then mystery client <em>(CNBC).</em> Since the judge's ruling, Hannity acknowledged on Twiiter that he received confidential legal advice from Cohen, but <a href="https://twitter.com/seanhannity/status/985970632201564161">that he never paid him for any services</a>, meaning the counsel was pro bono or paid by someone else. He also tweeted that the legal advice only pertained to him, and was <a href="https://twitter.com/seanhannity/status/985979659648159744">mostly about real estate</a>.</li>   <li><strong>Trump's personal lawyer also represented Sean Hannity –</strong> A federal judge ordered Michael Cohen, the long-time attorney of Donald J. Trump,<a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-cohen/trumps-personal-lawyer-coughs-up-name-of-mystery-client-sean-hannity-idUSKBN1HN12G"> to disclose that he also represents</a> Fox News pundit Sean Hannity– one of Trump's fiercest supporters throughout the 2016 campaign and his current presidency. Federal prosecutors also learned that the New York lawyer also represented Elliott Broidy, deputy finance chairman of the Republican National Convention who resigned on April 13 for <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/13/us/politics/elliott-broidy-michael-cohen-payout.html">paying $1.6 million to a former Playboy model</a> to ensure her silence on an affair that resulted with her becoming pregnant <em>(New York Times).</em> Cohen's attorney unsuccessful tried to maintain Hannity's anonymity arguing that disclosing his identity would <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2018/04/16/trump-lawyer-michael-cohen-refuses-to-identify-clients-as-court-faceoff-looms.html">"embarrassing or detrimental"</a> to then mystery client <em>(CNBC).</em> Since the judge's ruling, Hannity acknowledged on Twitter that he received confidential legal advice from Cohen, but <a href="https://twitter.com/seanhannity/status/985970632201564161">that he never paid him for any services</a>, meaning the counsel was pro bono or paid by someone else. He also tweeted that the legal advice only pertained to him, and was <a href="https://twitter.com/seanhannity/status/985979659648159744">mostly about real estate</a>.</li>
<li><strong>Catalan supporters flood Barcelona –</strong> About 350,000 Catalan independence supporters <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-spain-politics-catalonia/demonstrators-flood-barcelona-in-support-of-jailed-separatist-leaders-idUSKBN1HM0J4">poured into Barcelona's streets on Sunday</a> calling for the release of jailed separatist leaders after a supreme court ruling thwarted their latest attempt to elect a regional leader. Catalonia’s challenge to find a leader began after the region declared independence in October. Spanish courts ruled the declaration was illegal and called for new elections. <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2017/10/23/europe/what-you-need-to-know-about-catalan-independence/8621/">Read <em>WikiTribune's</em> explainer on Catalan</a> independence.</li>  <li><strong>Catalan supporters flood Barcelona –</strong> About 350,000 Catalan independence supporters <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-spain-politics-catalonia/demonstrators-flood-barcelona-in-support-of-jailed-separatist-leaders-idUSKBN1HM0J4">poured into Barcelona's streets on Sunday</a> calling for the release of jailed separatist leaders after a supreme court ruling thwarted their latest attempt to elect a regional leader. Catalonia’s challenge to find a leader began after the region declared independence in October. Spanish courts ruled the declaration was illegal and called for new elections. <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2017/10/23/europe/what-you-need-to-know-about-catalan-independence/8621/">Read <em>WikiTribune's</em> explainer on Catalan</a> independence.</li>
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<p class="story-body__introduction"><strong>Comey says Trump 'unfit' –</strong> Former FBI director James Comey says U.S. President Donald J. Trump is <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43779359">"morally unfit to be president."</a> In his first major television interview <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/james-comey-interview-president-trump-fired/story?id=54474666">Comey told ABC News</a> that Trump lies constantly, may have obstructed justice, and treats women like "pieces of meat." He also said it was possible Trump could be compromised by his contacts with Russia. Comey, whose book <em>A Higher Loyalty </em>is out this week, was fired by Trump last year. Before the interview aired, the president <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/985496023555608576">accused Comey of "many lies."</a></p> <p class="story-body__introduction"><strong>Comey says Trump 'unfit' –</strong> Former FBI director James Comey says U.S. President Donald J. Trump is <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43779359">"morally unfit to be president."</a> In his first major television interview <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/james-comey-interview-president-trump-fired/story?id=54474666">Comey told ABC News</a> that Trump lies constantly, may have obstructed justice, and treats women like "pieces of meat." He also said it was possible Trump could be compromised by his contacts with Russia. Comey, whose book <em>A Higher Loyalty </em>is out this week, was fired by Trump last year. Before the interview aired, the president <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/985496023555608576">accused Comey of "many lies."</a></p>
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<li><strong>Russia blocks Telegram app</strong> – Russia's state communication regulatory body,<a href="https://www.rferl.org/a/russia-regulator-orders-block-telegram/29170161.html"> known as Roskomnadzor</a>, announced that the widely used Telegram app will be blocked throughout the country for failing to turnover encrypted user data to government authorities. Developed by Russian entrepreneur, Pavel Durov, Telegram is widely used in Russia and former Soviet Union nations. The announcement comes after Telegram was fined $14,000 for failing to comply with a previous request that<a href="https://themoscowtimes.com/news/telegram-fined-for-failing-to-provide-encryption-keys-to-FSB-59281"> demanded the encryption keys</a> for users<em> (Moscow Times)</em>. Russian authorities say that access to encrypted messages is needed to prevent terrorist activity. It is estimated that the messenger platform serves roughly 200 million people worldwide, <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-telegram-blocking/russia-starts-blocking-telegram-messenger-idUSKBN1HN13J?il=0">Durov said in a statement that the block would affect 15 million Russians. </a></li>  <li><strong>Russia blocks Telegram app</strong> – Russia's state communication regulatory body,<a href="https://www.rferl.org/a/russia-regulator-orders-block-telegram/29170161.html"> known as Roskomnadzor</a>, announced that the widely used Telegram app will be blocked throughout the country for failing to turnover encrypted user data to government authorities. Developed by Russian entrepreneur, Pavel Durov, Telegram is widely used in Russia and former Soviet Union nations. The announcement comes after Telegram was fined $14,000 for failing to comply with a previous request that<a href="https://themoscowtimes.com/news/telegram-fined-for-failing-to-provide-encryption-keys-to-FSB-59281"> demanded the encryption keys</a> for users<em> (Moscow Times)</em>. Russian authorities say that access to encrypted messages is needed to prevent terrorist activity. It is estimated that the messenger platform serves roughly 200 million people worldwide, <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-russia-telegram-blocking/russia-starts-blocking-telegram-messenger-idUSKBN1HN13J?il=0">Durov said in a statement that the block would affect 15 million Russians. </a></li>
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<li>It is thought that 150,000 North Korean laborers are sent abroad to work to raise money for the regime, according to this BBC investigation. <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-asia-43758908/north-korea-s-secret-slave-gangs">The report goes into depth over how</a> that program is managed in countries across the world. It calls the network "modern day slavery" in Europe.</li>  <li>It is thought that 150,000 North Korean laborers are sent abroad to work to raise money for the regime, according to this BBC investigation. <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-asia-43758908/north-korea-s-secret-slave-gangs">The report goes into depth over how</a> that program is managed in countries across the world. It calls the network "modern day slavery" in Europe.</li>
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