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Manafort ‘lobbied for Yanukovych’
WASHINGTON: Donald Trump’s ex-campaign chief Paul Manafort secretly paid a group of former senior European politicians more than two million euros ($2.5 million) to lobby for Ukraine’s then-leader backed by Russia, US prosecutors have claimed. The charges, lodged in a Washington federal court by Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Friday, said Manafort retained the so-called Hapsburg Group of onetime politicians to “take positions
 
 
Over 100 migrants rescued from truck in Mexico
MEXICO CITY: More than 100 Central American migrants, including dozens of minors, were rescued from a truck found abandoned in a violent region of northern Mexico near the US border, authorities said on Friday. The migrants, from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, were suffering from dehydration and asphyxiation when soldiers came across the truck in Tamaulipas, where migrants often attempt illegal border crossings. Mexico’s
   
Facebook pulls gun game from political gathering
SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook pulled a virtual reality gun game from a major US conservative political gathering on Friday, saying the demo was a mistake given the recent deadly school shooting in Florida. “We removed the demo and regret failing to do so at the start,” Facebook virtual reality vice president Hugo Barr said in a tweet sent from his verified account. “We got this wrong.” Facebook-owned Oculus shows off virtual reality
 
 
Pastor says Maduro ‘beatable’ in polls, criticises opposition
CARACAS: Despite unpopularity and a deepening economic crisis, Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro seems such a certainty for reelection in April that only an evangelical pastor has found the faith to run against him. “I am the light in the darkness,” said little-known pastor Javier Bertucci, without a hint of irony, so far the only opponent willing to try to unseat the leftist leader in a presidential election which Maduro’s
   
Trump, Turnbull declare enduring ‘mateship’
WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull traded compliments and declarations of enduring “mateship” at the White House on Friday, striving to put an ill-tempered first phone call behind them. From the moment Trump strode out to greet Turnbull on the South Lawn and they shared a side-by-side stroll along the colonnade to the Oval Office, it was clear the pair were ready to put on a
 
 
NRA faces corporate backlash after school shooting
NEW YORK: The National Rifle Association (NRA) is facing a corporate backlash as companies take a closer look at their investments, co-branding deals and other ties to the gun industry following the latest school massacre. A handful of companies have ended discount programs with the NRA as the group aggressively resists calls for stricter gun control after a gunman killed 17 people at a Florida high school last week. The moves
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