Month: July 2018

3 killed in a midair plane collision over Everglades

MIAMI — Two small planes crashed in far west Miami-Dade County Tuesday afternoon, according to Miami-Dade police. Mayor Carlos Gimenez told The Miami Herald that three people were killed in a midair collision. Gimenez said the two planes are from the Dean International flight school, which operates out of Miami Executive Airport in Southwest Miami-Dade. The FAA says the crash happened nine miles west of that airport and involved a Piper PA-34 and a Cessna 172. Dean International’s website says it offers primary instruction for student pilots, advanced instruction for private and commercial pilots and training for multi-engine flight....

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Russian national indicted on two charges, including acting as a foreign agent

A federal grand jury formally approved a criminal indictment of Maria Butina with two charges, conspiracy and acting as a foreign agent. Butina will appear at a hearing Wednesday in Washington, DC, following the news Monday that the Department of Justice was charging Butina with one charge of conspiracy, but had not yet gone to grand jury. Butina is a Russian national and gun rights activist who was arrested Sunday and is facing criminal charges for acting as a foreign agent in the US. The Russian national stands accused of working with her mentor, Alexander Torshin, to develop “back channel” communication with US politicians, according to an FBI affidavit. Butina spoke little at her first appearance in court Monday. According to her attorney Robert Driscoll, Butina testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee in closed session several months ago and was subject to an FBI raid in April. “We’ve been trying to work something out, unsuccessfully, with the government, who seems intent on pressing forward with incarceration, notwithstanding, you know, a pretty weak case,” Driscoll said Monday. In a statement on Monday, Driscoll denied that his client was “an agent of the Russian Federation.” Although not explicitly mentioned in Monday’s court filings, CNN reporting and the court documents indicated that the primary avenue of influence for Butina and Torshin is the National Rifle Association. The charges taken together amount to a federal case alleging links between...

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Trump now says no ‘time limit’ to denuclearize NKorea

President Donald Trump said Tuesday there is no hurry to denuclearize North Korea under his accord with Kim Jong Un — a shift in tone from when the US leader said the process would start very soon. “Discussions are ongoing and they’re going very, very well,” Trump told reporters. “We have no time limit. We have no speed limit.” Trump said he discussed North Korea with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday at their summit in Helsinki. “President Putin is going to be involved in the sense that he is with us,” Trump said. The Republican president met with...

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Putin Jet Trespassed in NATO Airspace on Way to Summit, Estonia Says

MOSCOW — Even before his plane touched down in Finland for a summit meeting with President Trump, President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, who was widely seen as coming out ahead at the meeting, had notched a victory in the air, the Estonian authorities say. Estonia — small, vulnerable and at the northeastern rim of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s mutual security zone — has long been seen as a test case for the alliance’s willingness to resist Russian military moves. For more than a decade, Russian military planes have regularly zipped through the edges of NATO airspace over...

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Trump’s appearance with Putin in Helsinki keeps getting brutal reviews from around the world

From around the world, the headlines were brutal. “Best ally of Putin,” said Tuesday’s front page of France’s sober-minded Le Monde. “Trump makes it easy for Putin,” echoed German’s Die Welt. “Trump 0, Putin 1,” said the business daily Kauppalehti in Helsinki, the Finnish capital where Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Donald Trump met and held a news conference Monday. The city’s name suddenly became shorthand for what was widely described as a very bad day for the U.S. president. Traditional U.S. allies in Europe, having already absorbed a blast of criticism from Trump at last week’s NATO...

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