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U.S. Intel: Iran Shot Down Plane, Then Realized Mistake

The Ukrainian airliner that crashed on Wednesday morning in Iran, killing all 176 people aboard, was shot out of the sky by one of Irans anti-aircraft missile systems, probably as the result of a horrifying mistake, according to U.S., Canadian, and European officials familiar with the intelligence. Intelligence indicates the Iranians came to see they had erred soon after the plane was downed, per two U.S. government sources. Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752, a Boeing 737-800 traveling from Tehran to Kyiv, went down in flames hours after Iran fired a…

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Russia to Iran: Dont Admit GuiltBlame the U.S. Instead

After mounting evidence, Iran finally acknowledged that it accidentally shot down the Ukrainian passenger jet earlier this week, killing all 176 people aboard. Following the admission, Iranian protesters have told Al Jazeera, There is a lot of anger. Iranians are demanding justice and accountability. Many people including families of the victims are in shock. They do not understand why their government would have lied to them for this long. There is also a lot of anger in Russia, but for an entirely different reason. Yuri Shvytkin, deputy head of the…

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Trump Tells Rudy to Keep Pushing the Biden Conspiracies

largely why his client, Donald Trump, is hours away from becoming one of only three American presidents ever to be impeached by the House. Yet somehow, Trump hasnt instructed his personal lawyer to knock it off. In fact, the president has told the former New York City mayor to kick things up a notch, even as the impeachment process continues to bedevil his administration. Shortly after Giuliani arrived at the White House on Friday, he met with the president and discussed some of the findings from his recent private texts…

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Ukrainian Fugitive Who Claimed to Have Dirt on Biden Firm Is Arrested

A former Ukrainian member of parliament who has claimed to have dirt on efforts by Trumps American allies to find information about Burisma GroupDemocrats impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump. Democrats next impeachment hearing is scheduled for Dec. 9. German authorities arrested Onyshchenko based on a request from Ukraines National Anti-Corruption Bureau and Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutors Office (SAPO). According to a report from the UNIAN news agency, Ukrainian officials are according to RFE/RL. His allegations were widely seen in Ukraine as part of a Kremlin-orchestrated disinformation campaign meant to undermine…

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With the Children on the Ukraine Wars Front Lines Praying for Peace

KRASNOGORIVKA, UkraineThe front line is only one kilometer away from the childrens soccer club where five- and six-year-old boys were exercising on Monday morning. And the childrens music school is even closer, 800 meters, which is to say half a mile. All the windows are covered, since shock waves from explosions have broken them so many times. Machine guns and artillery could be clearly heard while 6-year-old Daria Pamazanova, in a funny hat with teddy-bear ears, was rehearsing at her singing class. During the break Daria told me about the…

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Center for Public Integrity Challenges Trump Administration Over Heavily Redacted Ukraine Emails

By Rui Kaneya, AlexiaFernndezCampbell and Jim Morris, Center for Public Integrity Theinformation it is concealingabout military aid to Ukraine. The action came hours after the House Judiciary Committeearticles of impeachmentagainst President Donald Trump, alleging that he abused his power by withholding information from Congress and that the aid was improperly disrupted last summer for political reasons. On Thursday, the Department of Defense releasedresult of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by Public Integrity. The department heavilyletteraccompanying Thursdays document release, an attorney for the Defense Department explained the redactions byrespondedin a…

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As the new year beckons European investors start moving into new roles

As the Holiday Season approaches, new jobs for players in the tech ecosystem beckon. And this is no less true for investors. Two notable moves have recently happened that are worthy of note in the European scene. The first is that GR Capital, a pan-European VC, is opening an office in London and has lured Jason Ball, who, earlier this year, left Qualcomm Ventures where had been European Managing Director for over a decade. Ball spent ten years as a mentor at Seedcamp and individually invested in more than ten…

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GOP Unveils Wild Wishlist of Impeachment Witnesses Including Hunter Biden and the Whistleblower

Republicans on House Intelligence Committee unveiled their wishlist formoved famously combative Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) to the intelligence committee this week in an apparent effort to boost Trumps impeachment defense on the committee. Other witnesses Republicans want to call include former Democratic National Committee staffer Alexandra Chalupa, who figures prominently in right-wing conspiracy theories about Ukrainian interference in the 2016 election. Chalupa has denied collecting opposition research for the DNC. Republicans also want to interview Hunter Biden, former Vice President Joe Bidens son. Trumps attempt to pressure the Ukrainian government…

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Devin Nunes Pushes Bogus Ukrainian Collusion Conspiracies During Impeachment Hearing

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) used his questions Wednesday in the first public impeachment hearings to push discredited conspiracy theories claiming that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 presidential election. Nunes raised the claims in an attempt to argue that President Donald Trump was correct to pressure Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate the 2016 election; and to dispatch Rudy Giuliani, his personal attorney, to meet with Ukrainian officials. Since the meddling was aimed against his campaign, hed have good reason for sending his personal attorney to make inquiries about it, Nunes…

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Trump Sides With Indicted Oligarch Over His Own Diplomat

President Donald Trump boosted a tweet Monday promoting a controversial allegation from long-standing beef with Joe Biden. Scott Adams, a Washington, D.C., talk radio host, sent out a tweet Monday night about U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor, who delivered some of the impeachment inquirys Ukrainian natural gas baron Dmytro Firtash in a cable to State Department headquarters in 2008. At issue was a conversation Taylor had with Firtash in Kyiv that December. Taylor wrote in a diplomatic cable (later published by WikiLeaks) that Firtash told him he had acknowledged…

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Ukraine Cronies Planned InfomercialsStarring Rudy

As Rudy Giuliani upended U.S.-Ukraine relations with a campaign of shadow diplomacy that landed his client, President Donald Trump, on the verge of impeachment, he was also exploring a gig as a television pitchman for an anti-fraud company run by two of the men he enlisted to dig up dirt on Trumps political foes in Ukraine. The company was called Fraud Guarantee, and it was run by Lev Parnas and David Correia, who were both arrested last month and charged with criminal violations of campaign-finance lawcharges to which both have…

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Rudy Giuliani says Trump will stay loyal to him but jokes that he has ‘insurance’

Presidents lawyer, a key figure in the impeachment inquiry, speaks to Guardian amid speculation Republicans will seek to paint him as a rogue actor Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trumps personal lawyer, has said he is confident the president will remain loyal to him as an impeachment inquiry unfolds in which the former New York mayor has become a central figure. But Giuliani joked that he had good insurance in case Trump did turn on him, amid speculation Republicans will seek to frame him as a rogue actor. In a telephone interview…

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Seth Meyers Mocks Trumps Freak-Out Over Fox News Poll

Seth Meyers began his latest that shows a majority of voters not only want the president impeached but removed from office. Damn, and thats a Fox News poll, the Late Night host added, so you know they only called landlines, CB radios, and VFW halls. Naturally, Trump did not take the news well, tweeting, From the day I announced I was running for President, I have NEVER had a good @FoxNews Poll. Whoever their Pollster is, they suck. And yet despite Trumps insistence that his phone call with the Ukrainian…

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Trump Allies Pressed Ukraine Over State Gas Firm Before Phone Call: AP

A group of people closely allied with President Trump and his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani were working to push American business interests in Ukraine before the White House made contact with the new Ukrainian president, the Associated Press reports. According to four people with direct knowledge of the efforts, Trump allies were working to influence Naftogaz, Ukraines multibillion-dollar national oil and gas company. The goal was reportedly to alter the companys senior management to include Americans, so that business dealings in the Ukraine would become friendlier towards Western countries. The…

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Ukraine to review legal cases amid Trump claims over Bidens

Ruslan Ryaboshapka distances audit from US presidents call for investigation into Biden ties Ukraines highest prosecutor has said he is holding a broad review of investigations closed under his predecessors, including more than a dozen linked to the Ukrainian energy company where Joe Bidens son served on the board of directors. The general prosecutor, Ruslan Ryaboshapka, said the review was part of Ukraines reform process as investigative powers are handed over to another government agency by the middle of next month. Q&A What is the Trump-Ukraine whistleblower scandal? Show Hide…

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