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Trump Responds to Charges Against Robert Kraft

February 23, 2019 |

President Trump defended friend Robert Kraft on Friday after news broke that the Patriots owner has been charged with soliciting prostitution . The situation is “very sad” and “I was very surprised to see it,” said the president, per the Hill . But Trump also made a point to note that Kraft…
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More troops being dispatched to the southern border

February 23, 2019 |

The Pentagon will deploy 1,000 more troops to the southern border next week, a senior U.S. defense official said Friday afternoon.
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Cops: Bank Robbers Were Girls, Ages 14 and 15

February 22, 2019 |

Two Massachusetts girls, ages 14 and 15, are being held in the armed robbery of a bank, police say. Bay Coast Bank in Fall River was robbed Wednesday when, police say, the 14-year-old walked into Bay Coast Bank and gave a teller a note demanding cash or she “would blow…
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Iceland to let more than 2,000 whales be killed within the next five years

February 22, 2019 |

Only two whaling companies remain in Iceland. It’s a small industry that conservationists say is inhumane, has minimal economic benefits, and defies the international ban on killing whales.
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Some airliners have added cameras on seat-back screens

February 22, 2019 |

Now there is one more place where cameras could start watching you — from 30,000 feet.

Newer seat-back entertainment systems on some airplanes operated by American Airlines and Singapore Airlines have cameras, and it’s likely they are also on planes used by other carriers.

American and Singapore…


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Kraft Heinz Discloses SEC Probe, Misses Earnings Forecasts

February 22, 2019 |

Kraft Heinz on Thursday wrote down the value of its Kraft and Oscar Mayer brands by $ 15.4 billion, disclosed an investigation by federal securities regulators and slashed its dividend, sending its shares plunging after hours.
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After Reports About Jury, El Chapo Wants New Trial

February 22, 2019 |

The defense team for Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman said Friday it will seek a new trial for the notorious drug lord in light of “misconduct” on the part of several jurors who allegedly followed media accounts of the case against the instructions of a federal judge. Defense attorney Eduardo Balarezo…
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Virginia Lt. Gov. Scandal May Get Even Messier

February 22, 2019 |

Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax is blasting plans by state House Republicans to have a public hearing where Fairfax and the two women who have accused him of sexual assault can testify. Fairfax spokeswoman Lauren Burke issued a statement Friday saying House Republicans were proposing the hearing to distract from…
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BTC-e Operator Alexander Vinnik Terminates His Hunger Strike

February 22, 2019 |

Alexander Vinnik Terminates His Hunger Strike

The alleged operator of the infamous BTC-e exchange, Alexander Vinnik, has terminated his hunger strike more than 80 days after he started the protest against his detention in Greece. Vinnik’s condition is serious and he needs specialized medical attention to recuperate.

Also read: Cryptocurrency Exchange Exmo Opens Branch in Turkey

Russia’s Ombudsman Visits Vinnik in Hospital

The Russian-born IT specialist took the decision to temporarily stop the hunger strike after meeting with Russia’s ombudsman Tatyana Moskalkova. She visited him on Thursday in a Greek hospital, where he is placed under doctors’ care, and later shared the news with journalists.

Moskalkova told Russian media that Vinnik looks absolutely exhausted by the hunger strike and requires professional medical care. “From the last conclusion of the doctors in February, it is quite clear that he needs emergency help, otherwise he may die,” she warned.

BTC-e Operator Alexander Vinnik Terminates His Hunger Strike
Alexander Vinnik and Russia’s High Commissioner for Human Rights Tatyana Moskalkova

Alexander Vinnik has been in detention since July 2017 when he was arrested in Thessaloniki on a U.S. warrant. Prosecutors in the United States believe he is one of the owners of BTC-e and accuse him of laundering between $ 4 billion and $ 9 billion through the crypto trading platform, including funds presumed stolen in the Mt Gox hack.

The Russian national went on hunger strike on Nov. 26, 2018 to protest prison conditions and violations of his rights to a fair trial as well as what he believes is an unlawful detention. The Greek constitution states that citizens should not be in preliminary detention for more than one year. As an exception, the court may extend the period by another six months.

Vinnik Kept in Prison Longer Than the Law Allows

Alexander Vinnik has been in prison for 18 months, waiting for the decision of the Greek judiciary on three extradition requests. Besides the Unites States, he is also wanted in his native Russia and in France, where he is accused of various other crimes.

Quoted in a press release, Tatyana Moskalkova promised to work with the Greek Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Healthcare towards his return to the Russian Federation. She believes there are both legal and moral grounds for such a decision.

BTC-e Operator Alexander Vinnik Terminates His Hunger Strike

“Firstly, because he is a Russian citizen, and secondly, because there’s a criminal case against him that’s being investigated in Russia. It is impossible to complete it with a fair decision if he is in another country,” Russia’s human rights commissioner said.

Another possible violation was exposed by Russian media in January. Greece has handed the U.S. phones and computers confiscated from Vinnik after his arrest, RIA Novosti reported, quoting documents issued by the prosecutor’s office in Thessaloniki. That happened despite a decision by the Supreme Court in Athens that the data storing devices, which were later returned to Greece, can be transferred only in the case of an extradition.

Where do you think Alexander Vinnik should be extradited? Share your thoughts on his case in the comments section below.


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Clueless Vandals May Have Confused 2 General Lees

February 22, 2019 |

Someone tried to set fire to a statue of Maj. Gen. William C. Lee outside his museum in North Carolina, and officials suspect the “jerk punk” had his General Lees confused. Robert E. Lee led Confederate forces in the Civil War, and statues of that general and other monuments to…
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