Manafort associate paid Ukrainian cash to Trump inauguration, prosecutors say

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Sam Patten pleads guilty under Foreign Agents Registration Act Republican once worked with Cambridge Analytica A Republican political consultant linked to Paul Manafort and Cambridge Analytica funneled $50,000 from a Ukrainian oligarch to Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration committee, authorities said on Friday. Sam Patten paid the money to an American “straw purchaser” on behalf of […]

Aretha Franklin: friends, family and stars say goodbye to the 'Queen of Soul'

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Mourners including the Rev Al Sharpton, Bill Clinton and Ariana Grande paid tribute to the singer at a service fit for royalty It was a star-studded and ostentatious “homegoing” fit for royalty. Aretha Franklin’s funeral service in Detroit on Friday drew some of music’s brightest stars and a sprinkling of political figures for a proper […]

Rebel leader Alexander Zakharchenko killed in explosion in Ukraine

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Prime minister of self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic dies in cafe blast The leader of a Kremlin-backed separatist republic in war-torn eastern Ukraine has been killed in a blast that tore through a cafe close to his official residence in Donetsk. Alexander Zakharchenko, 42, was named prime minister of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) in […]