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Trump Finances Part of Russia Investigation
Greg Farrell, investigative reporter for Bloomberg News, talks with Rachel Maddow about Special Counsel Robert Mueller including Donald Trump's personal business and finances as part of the Trump Russia investigation.
Trump administration bans US travel to North Korea following the death of Otto Warmbier
Americans hankering for a drink at the Pyongyang beer festival or to run the city marathon in October are set to be sorely disappointed by a proposed US government ban on tourism to North Korea. The ban, which is expected to come into force next Thursday, follows the death of US student Otto Warmbier, 22, who was arrested during a 2015 holiday in the pariah state, and who passed away in June after returning from his North Korean prison in a coma. News of the new restrictions was first confirmed on Friday by Young Pioneer Tours, the China-based company who arranged Warmbier?s tour. Trump denounces North Korea 'brutality' as Otta Warmbier dies 00:38 ?It is expected that the ban will come into force within 30 days of July 27th. After the 30 day grace period any US national that travels to North Korea will have their passport invalidated by their government,? announced YPT in a short statement. The Koryo Group, another major travel company operating in North Korea followed suit. It said that the move was expected but still ?something of a shock?, apologising to customers who had planned a trip already. US officials later confirmed that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had decided to impose ?geographic travel restriction? for North Korea, a rare ruling which has previously prevented US citizens from travelling to Lebanon, Sudan, Cuba and North Vietnam. American student Otto Warmbier speaks in Pyongyang, North Korea in 2016 Credit: Kim Kwang Hyon/AP Photo Koryo?s Beijing-based general manager, Simon Cockerell, criticised the policy for turning back the clock on engagement. ?It is unfortunate because we criticise North Korea for being isolationist and now we?re helping isolate them,? he said. ?That?s not what soft power is about.? But while the restrictions will impact the business of tour groups, only 800-1000 Americans are likely to be affected. US Ambassador: We are prepared to use "considerable military forces" on North Korea 00:37 Michael Hurt, a Seoul-based American professor said that the announcement would kibosh his pre-approved academic trip to the autumn Pyongyang Fashion Festival, where he had hoped to connect with North Koreans on cultural issues. ?I?m obviously very disappointed that real work, actual engagement done by people interested in going in a way not related to irresponsible, frat boy antics can?t happen now,? he said. ?Because of the exceptionally stupid few, those doing real, decent work can?t get their work done.? However, the move is unlikely to meet much resistance in general from the American public. Following Warmbier?s death, YPT faced accusations of drunken antics and being too cavalier about the risks of travelling to the ruthless regime, which currently holds three other Americans in custody. The company denied the accusations and defended its record as ?one of the best in the industry.? Professor Robert Kelly, from South Korea's Pusan University, said the ban was no surprise. "The number of abductions and hostage-takings seems to have gone up since Kim Jong-un took over," he said. "For the last several years I have counselled my western friends not to go. It's just too dangerous now."
Illinois man charged with Chinese scholar kidnapping pleads not guilty
An Illinois man charged with kidnapping a female Chinese scholar who has been missing for more than a month pleaded not guilty during an appearance in a U.S. court on Thursday. Brendt Christensen, 28, is accused of abducting Yingying Zhang, a 26-year-old visiting scholar at the University of Illinois from southeastern China, who disappeared on June 9. Zhang, who had been studying photosynthesis and crop productivity, was last seen when a security camera recorded her getting into a black car that authorities linked to Christensen, according to court records.
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After Trump rebuke, Sessions shows up for work, will stay ?as long as that is appropriate?
Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein dodged questions about their future with the Department of Justice following criticisms from President Trump. In an interview with the New York Times published Wednesday evening, Trump said that he would not have appointed Sessions as attorney general if he knew Sessions would recuse himself from the Russia investigation. ?We in the Department of Justice will continue every single day to work hard, to serve the national interest, and we wholeheartedly join in the priorities of President Trump,? said Sessions when asked if he had considered resignation.
Germany cannot scare Turkey with 'threats': Erdogan
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday told Germany it cannot scare Ankara with threats, in an escalating row over a wave of arrests that prompted Berlin to step up warnings to German tourists and investors. "They (Germany) cannot scare us with these threats, they should know this," Erdogan said in a speech in Istanbul. "You (Germany) do not have the power to smear Turkey... or the power to scare us," he added.
Scaramucci Hints at How He'll Deal With Trump's Tweets
In surrealist twist, Dali exhumed in paternity lawsuit
FIGUERES, Spain (AP) ? Salvador Dali's eccentric artistic and personal history has taken yet another bizarre turn with the exhumation of his embalmed remains in order to find genetic samples that could settle whether one of the founding figures of surrealism fathered a girl decades ago.
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