Ahead of the scheduled Thursday morning release of special counsel Robert Mueller's report, allies of President Trump have a simple message: Move along, nothing to see here. Bolstered by the knowledge that Attorney General William Barr has already declared he would not charge Trump with obstruction of justice and that Mueller's investigation found no evidence of collusion with Russia, multiple sources close to the president said they were confident the report wouldn't damage the White House. One source close to the White House told Yahoo News on Thursday that they were not worried about Mueller's report on his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and potential cooperation from Trump's campaign with those efforts.
Thousand of Peruvians said goodbye on Thursday in Lima to ex-president Alan Garcia -- who killed himself this week - in the second of three days of national mourning declared by President Martin Vizcarra. Garcia shot himself in the head on Wednesday to avoid arrest in connection with alleged bribes from Brazilian builder Odebrecht, in the most dramatic turn yet in Latin America's largest graft scandal. Friends, allies and leaders across the political spectrum paid homage to Garcia at the headquarters of his APRA party, one of Latin America's oldest political parties, and one which twice helped usher Garcia to the presidency.
A bus carrying German tourists plunged off an embankment on the Portuguese island of Madeira on Wednesday and slammed into a house, leaving 28 people dead, according to the local mayor. Portugal's RTP News quotes Filipe Sousa, the mayor of the city of Santa Cruz, as confirming the deaths of 11 men and 17 women. The news agency said Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa was flying to the island to survey the tragedy.
Portugal's Madeira islands, where 29 Germans were killed in a bus crash Wednesday, are a favourite European holiday spot and famously the birthplace of soccer legend Cristiano Ronaldo. The archipelago is particularly prized among German tourists who made up more than 28 percent of the 1.3 million visitors in 2017, just behind the nearly 29 percent from Britain, according to official statistics. Closer to Africa than Europe, Madeira lies 500 kilometres (300 miles) off the coast of Morocco and is about 1,000 km southwest of Lisbon.
Zelenskiy added that he would appeal to people living in the mostly Russian-speaking eastern Ukraine to dispel their negative view of NATO. "I will record daily video appeals to the eastern regions of Ukraine to tell them that NATO isn't a beast that is going to swallow you," he said. Poroshenko has pushed for Ukraine's membership in NATO and the European Union, though neither alliance is willing to put the country on a track to membership any time soon because of its economic woes, rampant corruption and the five-year conflict with Russia-backed separatist in eastern Ukraine.
As the world watched the beloved Notre Dame Cathedral go up in flames Monday, conspiracy theories about how the fire started spread online. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but officials say it probably began as an accident during restoration work. InfoWars, the far-right conspiracy website run by Alex Jones, published a story based on a since-deleted tweet from Christopher J. Hale claiming the fire was “deliberately” set.
Consumer Reports has no financial relationship with advertisers on this site. It's fitting that Hyundai took the wraps off the tiny Venue SUV at the New York International Auto Show, because it's small enough to park on crowded city streets where few other vehicles would fit. It's the seventh SUV in the automaker's lineup, and Hyundai has no qualms about calling the Venue “entry level.” It is destined to replace the Accent hatchback.
The building itself also contained one of America's largest Porsche collections according to the Charlotte Observer. The rather unassuming red brick building didn't boast about the treasures within, but video from the Charlotte Observer revealed a huge hole in the roof and the charred remains of what appears to be a 550 Spyder amongst other less identifiable wreckage. Bob Ingram, a retired pharmaceuticals executive, and his wife reportedly started the collection in 1998 after a visit to the Monterey Historic Automobile Races.
An armed 18-year-old girl "infatuated" with the Columbine school massacre was found dead after fears she was seeking to replicate the shooting 20 years on. Sol Pais, a high school pupil, made threats online and then flew from her home in Miami Beach, Florida to Denver, Colorado, where Columbine is located. Columbine and more than 20 other schools in the Denver area were closed on Wednesday, with 500,000 pupils staying at home as the FBI and police searched for her.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller says his investigation doesn't entirely clear President Donald Trump of wrongdoing, laying out 10 instances of obstruction by the president, with an analysis of each. Here are some highlights from his report: 'End of My Presidency' After then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions told the president that a special counsel had been appointed to investigate Russia's interference in the 2016 election, Trump expressed alarm. This is the end of my presidency,” he said, worrying aloud that a years-long inquiry would prevent him from accomplishing anything as president.
Go figure, an important auto show played host to several consequential vehicles' coming-out parties. From Car and Driver
U.S. national security adviser John Bolton announced a series of new sanctions against Cuba and Venezuela on Wednesday as the Trump administration sought to boost pressure on Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro and the countries that support him. Bolton, in a speech to an association of veterans of the failed 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion, said the United States was adding five names linked to Cuba's military and intelligence services to its sanctions blacklist, including the military-owned airline Aerogaviota. Bolton said Washington planned new limits on remittances to Cuba and changes to end the use of transactions that allow Havana to circumvent sanctions and obtain access to hard currency.
Amazon plans to close down its online retail operations that cater to consumers in China in an apparent admission of defeat to local e-commerce rivals such as Alibaba and JD.com, a report said on Thursday. The US e-commerce pioneer will maintain other operations in China such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Kindle e-books and cross-border teams that help ship goods from Chinese merchants to customers abroad, Bloomberg News said, citing unidentified people familiar with the plans. An Amazon spokesperson did not explicitly confirm plans to throw in the towel on domestic e-commerce, but said the company was looking to focus more on cross-border sales.
Israel's U.N. ambassador said Wednesday he believes his government will take no action on annexing Jewish settlements in the West Bank until after the Trump administration releases its long-awaited Israeli-Palestinian peace plan. Danny Danon told a group of reporters he thinks the U.S. will present the plan between May and the summer. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged in the final stretch of his campaign that he would annex the settlements if he was re-elected.
The world is still reeling after a fire broke out at the famous Notre Dame Cathedral on Monday. Images of yellow-brown smoke billowing from the roof of the historic building and video of the iconic spire, ablaze and collapsing, drew expressions of grief from Parisians and travelers alike. Shortly after the end of the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln was shot in the head by John Wilkes Booth while attending a play at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C.
Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan defended Rep. Ilhan Omar's description of the Sept. attacks Monday by dismissing the attacks as a false-flag operation designed to draw the U.S. into Middle Eastern conflicts.
A 20-year-old college student plummeted 100 feet to her death off a cliff during a school trip last weekend. Although it is considered one of Arkansas' most photographed spots, Hawksbill Crag has been the site of multiple deaths by unintentional falls in recent years, including that of a 19-year-old University of Arkansas coed in 2016. Briar Cliff University released a statement on Saturday following Norton's tragic death.
Lori Loughlin plans to fight the charges against her in the college admissions bribery case. Monday, the "Full House" actress and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, filed federal court documents saying they waive their right to appear in court for an arraignment and plead not guilty. "Ms. Loughlin and her counsel affirm that Ms. Loughlin has received a copy of the (indictment) and that Ms. Loughlin pleads NOT GUILTY to each of the charges against her," the two-paragraph document reads.
Attorney General William Barr delivered remarks Thursday before releasing a redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. As they did with Barr's four-page letter about the report's conclusions last month, Democrats criticized the press conference as an attempt to defend President Donald Trump and offer a “partisan” summary of the redacted report before the public could read it in full. Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called for Mueller to testify before Congress directly.
Boeing has conducted a final test flight of a 737 MAX model with an updated anti-stall system prior to its certification by aviation authorities, the aerospace manufacturer said Wednesday. CEO Dennis Muilenberg tweeted a video where he said the test flight was carried out on Tuesday, adding that test pilots have completed 120 flights totaling more than 203 hours of airtime with the software fix for the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS). Investigators have zeroed in on the system as a factor behind the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines crashes in October and in March respectively, killing nearly 350 people in total.
Ukraine's security service SBU said on Wednesday it had captured a Russian military intelligence hit squad responsible for the attempted murder of a Ukrainian military spy in the run-up to a presidential election on Sunday. The issue of how to deal with Russia, which annexed Crimea in 2014 and backs pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, is prominent ahead of the vote, with incumbent Petro Poroshenko casting himself as the commander-in-chief Ukraine needs to defend the country. Vasyl Hrytsak, the head of the SBU, the main intelligence agency, told a news conference in Kiev that seven members of the Russian group had been detained and charged and that an eighth person had been detained on Wednesday morning.
Paloma Contreras's first home product collaboration, a 19-piece grouping focused on bedding, pillows, lighting, and decor, will debut this week at Williams Sonoma Home. With the recent release of her book, Dream Design Live, a fêted new brick-and-mortar-store in Houston, and a room in this year's upcoming Kips Bay Decorator Show House, Contreras certainly has her hands full with a variety of exciting projects. But this collection, which launches on April 18 online and in stores, is a notable feather in her already dazzling cap.
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday that the United States' reaction to floods that killed dozens of people had revealed Washington's "vicious" nature. At least 76 people have died after torrential rainfall which has also caused billions of dollars worth of damage since March 19. Iran's Red Crescent has repeatedly complained that US banking sanctions re-imposed last year make it impossible to receive donations from outside the country.
Pony car fans, take heart: It's National Mustang Day. Ford plans to mark the 55th anniversary Wednesday with a little get-together at a media preview of the New York Auto Show. Even as Ford plans to kill off once-popular models like the Taurus, Fusion and Fiesta, it's keeping the Mustang, which has become one of the auto industry's most iconic vehicles.
Mazda's talk of bringing a diesel engine to the United States was starting to feel like that friend of yours who insists he has a girlfriend, but whose girlfriend totally, definitely sounds made up. It'd be great, Mazda said, back in 2010, to have a new diesel that's efficient, powerful, and able to pass stringent emissions standards without a costly exhaust aftertreatment system. After years of delays, games of musical vehicle applications (it'll be in a Mazda 6-no, wait, a CX-5!), not to mention the chilling effect of Volkswagen's sprawling emissions-cheating scandal, Mazda's diesel flame is finally real-even if it's not quite the stunner Mazda originally made it out to be.