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  • Trump defends ex-aide Manafort as jury considers verdict

    Updated: Aug, 17, 201810:00 PM

    Weighing in even as a Virginia jury deliberates for a second day, President Donald Trump on Friday called the bank and tax fraud trial of his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort “very sad” and...
    Trump defends ex-aide Manafort as jury considers verdict
    Manafort’s trial in federal court in Alexandria is the first stemming from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s 15-month-old investigation of Russia’s role in the 2016 US election.Trump has called Mueller’s investigation, which had cast a cloud over his presidency, a “rigged witch hunt.”“I think the whole Manafort trial is very sad, when you look at what’s going on there. I think it’s a very sad day for our country,” Trump told reporters at the White House.“He worked for me for a very short period of time. But you know what? He happens to be a very good person. And I think it’s very sad what they’ve done to Paul Manafort.”Trump made his comments while the jury of six women and six men were deliberating behind closed doors on Friday morning. The jurors met for about seven hours on Thursday without reaching a verdict on 18 criminal counts...
  • Brazil's Lula should have political rights: UN Human Rights Committee Brazil's Lula should have political rights: UN Human Rights Committee

    The UN Human Rights Committee, a panel of independent experts, on Friday said it had requested that the Brazilian government allow imprisoned former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to exercise his...

  • US sanctions Myanmar military commanders over Rohingya 'ethnic cleansing' US sanctions Myanmar military commanders over Rohingya 'ethnic cleansing'

    The US government today hit four Myanmar military commanders and two military units with punitive sanctions, accusing them of serious human rights abuses and ethnic cleansing in violently...

  • Slovenia's parliament confirms Sarec as PM designate Slovenia's parliament confirms Sarec as PM designate

    Slovenia’s parliament approved Marjan Sarec, a comedian turned politician, as prime minister designate on Friday, setting him on track to form a minority government and end the country’s longest...

  • UN rights chief condemns Bosnian Serb revoking of Srebrenica report UN rights chief condemns Bosnian Serb revoking of Srebrenica report

    Outgoing United Nations human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein condemned a decision by the Bosnian Serb parliament to revoke a 2004 report on the Srebrenica massacre and called on lawmakers to...

  • Afghan president congratulates armed forces for Ghazni victory Afghan president congratulates armed forces for Ghazni victory

    President Ashraf Ghani congratulated Afghanistan’s armed forces in Ghazni on Friday for their victory over Taliban insurgents in the strategically important city after clashes that killed at least 150...

  • Indian IT manager in US convicted of sexually assaulting sleeping woman on flight Indian IT manager in US convicted of sexually assaulting sleeping woman on flight

    The verdict came seven months after he assaulted the 22-year-old woman during a Spirit Airlines flight from Las Vegas while his wife sat in the next seat, the report said.

  • Israeli PM Netanyahu questioned again over alleged graft Israeli PM Netanyahu questioned again over alleged graft

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu went through a new round of questioning today over one of several graft cases that have threatened to topple him, media reports said.

  • Pakistan's parliament elects Imran Khan as the 22nd Prime Minister of the country Pakistan's parliament elects Imran Khan as the 22nd Prime Minister of the country

    Updated: Aug, 17, 201807:06 PM

    Cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan was elected as Pakistan's new prime minister today after he defeated veteran politician Shahbaz Sharif in a one-sided election in the National Assembly.

  • US military parade ordered by President Trump postponed to 2019 US military parade ordered by President Trump postponed to 2019

    A multimillion-dollar military parade planned by US President Donald Trump through the streets of Washington DC in November has been postponed until 2019, the Department of Defense has announced.