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Polish court issues arrest warrant for US man in Nazi case

Nazi criminal wanted in PolandA court in eastern Poland has issued an arrest warrant for a Minnesota man sought in a Nazi massacre, opening the way for Poland to seek his extradition from the United States.

The Associated Press had previously identified the man as 98-year-old Michael Karkoc, an ex-commander in an SS-led unit that burned Polish villages and killed civilians in World War II.

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Syria war: Twin suicide attacks kill dozens in Damascus

Damascus twin bombsTwo suicide bombings hit the Syrian capital of Damascus on Wednesday, killing dozens as the country's war entered its seventh year.

A suicide bomber detonated his explosive vest in the capital's main judicial building early in the afternoon, killing at least 30 people and wounding dozens of others, Syria's state news agency SANA reported.

A second attacker detonated himself at a restaurant in the Rabweh area of Damascus, according to SANA, killing and wounding an unidentified number of others.

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Trump tax returns show president paid $38 million in 2005, White House says

Trump tax returnPresident Trump paid $38 million in taxes in 2005 on an income of more than $150 million, a senior White House official confirmed Tuesday night.

That rare acknowledgement came in anticipation of a report by MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, who purported to have copies of Trump's tax returns from 11 years ago. The White House official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive financial matter.

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8 current and former Navy officials charged in 'Fat Leonard' bribery case

Fat Leonard scandal in US NavyThe Justice Department unsealed an indictment on Tuesday that charges eight current and former Navy officials with felony crimes in the "Fat Leonard" bribery case that has unraveled for the past four years.


On one occasion, the indictment states, Leonard Glenn Francis, a defense contractor based in Singapore who was known as "Fat Leonard," hosted a sex party for USS Blue Ridge officers at the Manila Hotel in February 2007, where "historical memorabilia related to General Douglas MacArthur were used by the participants in sexual acts."

The Navy officials, including an admiral, have been accused of taking bribes in the form of expensive gifts, prostitutes and all-expense paid stays at luxury hotels between 2006 and 2014.

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UN Chief Warns That Women’s Rights Are Under Attack Worldwide

UN: Women under attack worldwideIn a speech to the Commission on the Status of Women on Monday night, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that women’s rights are being threatened on a global scale.

According to Time, Guterres warned that women around the world are facing “new assaults on their safety and dignity.” He did not name any specific governments or groups, but he spoke of “challenges that arise from violent extremism, human rights violations, xenophobia and other threats.” The speech appeared to be aimed at President Donald Trump and his proposed refugee and immigrant ban, as well as extremist group ISIS and Russia’s recent legislation decriminalizing domestic violence.

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Schumer to GOP: Funding the wall means government shutdown

Schumer theatens shut down over wall costSenate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer warned Republicans Tuesday that they'd risk a government shutdown if they try to attach money for President Donald Trump's U.S.-Mexico border wall to a must-pass bill to keep the government. The same applies to any attempt to defund Planned Parenthood, Schumer said.

The New Yorker's message came the day after he and fellow Senate Democratic leaders wrote to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) with a similar message. Schumer's warning grew starker on Tuesday, as he began to try to blame Republicans if a shutdown occurs.

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Power plants’ methane emissions much higher than thought: study

power plant emissionPower plants’ methane emissions much higher than thought: study

Methane emissions from natural gas-fired power plants are much higher than federal officials have previously estimated, according to a new study.

Researchers from Purdue University concluded in a study published Tuesday that gas plants emit between two and 120 times the amount of methane that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has most recently estimated.

Methane is the main component of natural gas. It is also a greenhouse gas at least 34 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

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France's scandal-hit Fillon put under formal fraud investigation

FillionFrench presidential candidate Francois Fillon was put under formal investigation by magistrates on Tuesday on suspicion of embezzling state funds - a move that may ruin the right-winger's hopes of winning power in May.

Fillon's campaign has been dogged by allegations he lavishly paid his British wife Penelope and two of his children hundreds of thousands of euros of public money for assistance, but he has refused to pull out of the presidential race.

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CREW accuses Trump White House aide of violating conflict of interest laws

CREW accuses Wh aide of conflict of interest violationsThe watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington is accusing a top White House official of potentially violating criminal conflict of interest laws by playing a role in meetings with major companies in which he also appeared to have held millions of dollars in stock.

The group filed its complaint Tuesday against Christopher Liddell, a former executive with Microsoft and General Motors who was appointed by President Donald Trump to be an assistant to the president and director of strategic initiatives. It said Liddell might have broken the law over three days in January and early February by participating in policy meetings between Trump and leaders from as many as 18 companies that he also had a financial interest in, including Ford Motor Co., Johnson & Johnson and GM.

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