Mueller investigation: Manafort accused of secretly funding pro-Russia group

Ex-Trump aide was working on behalf of then Ukrainian leader when he allegedly paid ‘Hapsburg Group’, which included former top European officials, in 2012 and 2013

The investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 US election by the special counsel Robert Mueller has brought to light a secretly financed pro-Russian lobbying effort that employed former senior European politicians.

Related: Ex-Trump chair Paul Manafort vows to fight ‘untrue’ charges as Gates cuts plea deal

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/feb/24/mueller-investigation-manafort-accused-of-secretly-funding-pro-russia-group

  


Who are EXO – the boyband about to thrill the Winter Olympics?

Sunday’s closing ceremony will feature one of K-Pop’s biggest acts, who fans say will deliver

The world’s eyes will be on Pyeongchang on Sunday for the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics – and they are about to be introduced to South Korea’s boyband sensation EXO.

Fans say the K-pop band were chosen to perform at the ceremony not just because of their current popularity, but in part because of the unity they have represented in the region.

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/feb/24/who-are-exo-the-boyband-about-to-thrill-the-winter-olympics-south-korea-k-pop

  


Is it worth buying a cordless vacuum cleaner?

Will pricey brands such as Dyson really pick up the dirt, or should I stick with a conventional one?

Every week a Guardian Money reader submits a question, and it’s up to you to help him or her out – a selection of the best answers will appear in next Saturday’s paper.

This week’s question:

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/money/2018/feb/24/is-it-worth-buying-a-cordless-vacuum-cleaner-dyson

  


Florida students try to rebuild their lives – but they won't stop pushing for gun control

From grieving survivors to outspoken advocates, those whose lives were changed forever have vowed to bring an end to school shootings

From grieving survivors to outspoken advocates for gun reform, the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas captured the world’s attention in the aftermath of the deadliest high school shooting in the United States.

In between funerals for 14 classmates and three adult teachers, memorial services, and vigils by candlelight, the teenagers, and some of their parents, faced off with elected senators on national television, travelled more than 800 miles to confront Florida’s lawmakers in the state’s capital and directly challenged the powerful More Here…

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/feb/24/florida-parkland-school-shooting-survivors

  


France's Macron engages hecklers in farm-show rite of passage

PARIS (Reuters) – France’s Emmanuel Macron was booed by angry farmers on Saturday during his first visit as president to the country’s main agricultural fair, amid rising discontent over producer prices, European Union trade talks and Chinese land purchases.

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Ken Livingstone to rejoin Labour party as suspension over Hitler remarks ends

Reinstatement of former London mayor likely to rekindle bitter internal row over antisemitism

Labour could lift Ken Livingstone’s suspension and allow him to resume the status of a full party member within weeks in a move that will reopen the explosive internal row over alleged antisemitism.

The Observer has been told by party sources that, unless further information comes to light, no further action is likely against the former London mayor, whose two-year suspension following controversial claims that Hitler supported Zionism in the 1930s ends on 27 April.

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/feb/24/ken-livingstone-hitler-suspension-end-no-further-action

  


Polly Toynbee: 'These are the darkest days I have known'

In an occasional series, Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee reflects on her career highlights to date and offers some insights for those starting out in the profession

In an occasional series, Guardian journalists discuss their careers and achievements. Polly Toynbee first worked for the Guardian in 1977 before joining the BBC as social affairs editor in 1988. She then worked at the Independent as a columnist and associate editor, before re-joining the Guardian, where she has been a columnist since 1998.

• Do you remember your first day at the Guardian?

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/membership/2018/feb/24/polly-toynbee-darkest-days-q-and-a-interview-guardian-career

  


Bangladesh police free detained foreign aid workers

DHAKA (Reuters) – The Bangladesh police authority has freed all the foreign aid workers who had been detained near the city of Cox’s Bazar after failing to show their passports, visas or work permits, a senior police official said on Saturday.

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Florida students take on NRA, set eyes on midterm elections

(Reuters) – In the week since 17 of David Hogg’s classmates and teachers were gunned down in Florida, he and his fellow high schoolers have launched a movement that reshaped the gun control debate almost overnight and may influence the U.S. midterm elections.

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Red Cross: 21 staff members left due to sexual misconduct in past three years

The international organisation is the latest to reveal incidents of exploitation, abuse or harassment following the Oxfam Haiti scandal

More than 20 staff members at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) have left the organisation for sexual misconduct since 2015, the humanitarian institution said.

ICRC director-general Yves Daccord said 21 staff members were either dismissed or resigned for paying for sexual services in the last three years. Another two workers suspected of sexual misconduct did not have their contracts renewed at the Geneva-based organisation.

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/24/red-cross-21-staff-members-left-due-to-sexual-misconduct-in-past-three-years

  


Trump at CPAC: the invasion of the body snatchers is complete

Old-school Republicans were thin on the ground in Maryland, where the conservatives gathered proved they’re all Trumpians now

The invasion of the body snatchers is complete. Donald Trump has taken over the conservative movement and bent it to his will.

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/feb/24/cpac-trump-conservatives-republicans

  


Fresh row over mysterious sickness affecting US diplomats in Cuba

Study into ‘health attacks’ on embassy staff sparks controversy, with some experts claiming situation is being spun for political gain

When a mystery illness rippled through the US embassy in Cuba in late 2016, the diplomatic fallout was rapid.

The US slashed the number of people at its Havana mission and expelled 15 Cuban diplomats after at least 24 American staff and family reported a mix of headaches, dizziness, eyesight, hearing, sleep and concentration problems.

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/24/fresh-row-over-mysterious-sickness-affecting-us-diplomats-in-cuba

  


Jersey want UEFA membership after hitting a dead end

BRATISLAVA (Reuters) – Jersey’s bid to become UEFA’s 56th member will be put to vote on Monday although the island’s football association says the aim was not trying to get regular glamour matches against Europe’s top national teams.

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Spring on hold in UK with risk of snow to last into March

A cold blast from Siberia nicknamed ‘the beast from the east’ is to bring sub-zero temperatures

Spring has been postponed as the “beast from the east” brings the UK its coldest end to winter in five years, the Met Office has said.

Freezing temperatures, snow showers and “bitingly cold” winds are expected to last until at least 1 March, the date that spring officially starts according to the meteorological calendar.

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/feb/24/spring-on-hold-in-uk-with-risk-of-snow-into-march-beast-from-east

  


Russian bobsledder Sergeeva admits anti-doping violation - CAS

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) – Russian bobsledder Nadezhda Sergeeva has admitted an anti-doping violation and has been disqualified from the Winter Olympics, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said on Saturday.

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Source: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/UKSportsNews/~3/50thmLrt154/russian-bobsledder-sergeeva-admits-anti-doping-violation-cas-idUKKCN1G808S