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Arab League delivers harsh criticism of Iran, little action

CAIRO (AP) — In a resolution long on criticism but short on concrete steps, Arab foreign ministers who met in Cairo Sunday delivered a tirade of criticism against Iran and its Lebanese proxy Hezbollah, saying Tehran was destabilizing the region.

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Pieces of once-mighty NY bridge get new life in rural towns

Steel and concrete panels that were once part of a mighty bridge that carried 50 million vehicles a year across the Hudson River north of New York City will find new life spanning streams along sleepy country roads.

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Crush near Morocco's Essaouira kills at least 15 women

At least 15 women were killed and five injured Sunday in a crush as food aid was distributed near the coastal tourist town of Essaouira in western Morocco, authorities and witnesses said. A witness told AFP that hundreds of women had gathered at a vil...

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British publicist Rob Goldstone breaks silence over Trump Tower meeting to deny Russian plot

British publicist Rob Goldstone breaks silence over Trump Tower meeting to deny Russian plotThe British publicist who set up a meeting between senior Trump campaign figures and a Kremlin-linked Russian lawyer says he exaggerated an email promising damaging information about Hillary Clinton. Rob Goldstone also said he had accepted invitations to meet federal investigators examining allegations of Russian collusion with Donald Trump’s election team. In an interview with The Sunday Times, he said he was keen to set the record straight about his role in introducing Mr Trump’s son, Donald Jr, and other officials to a lawyer promising to “incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia” with “official documents”. Mr Goldstone, who is currently writing a book in Thailand, said he was not part of any plot to influence the election. “If I’m guilty of anything, and I hate the word guilty, it’s hyping the message and going the extra mile for my clients. Using hot-button language to puff up the information I had been given,” he said. Video shows Trump with Goldstone and others linked to Russia controversy 00:43 Mr Goldstone said he had no idea he would end up at the centre of an international scandal a year after sending the fateful email. The former journalist was working for a Russian oligarch, Aras Agalarov, and his pop singer son, Emin, who had appeared with Mr Trump during the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow. He said Emin asked him to reach out to the Trump campaign with an offer of help. The email to Donald Jr, which was sent in June 2016, said: “This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government's support for Mr Trump - helped along by Aras and Emin.” Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Kremlin-linked lawyer who met Trump campaign officials in June 2016 Credit: AP Mr Trump Jr responded minutes later saying: “If it's what you say, I love it.” Six days later he met Natalia Veselnitskaya. The meeting has emerged as one of the key moments for investigators as they examine who knew what in the Trump campaign about Russian efforts to sway the election Also in the room at Trump Tower in New York were Paul Manafort, the then campaign manager, Jared Kushner, Mr Trump’s son-in-law, and Rinat Akhmetshin, a Russian-American lobbyist. But Mr Goldstone insisted he was not part of a Russian plot to influence the election. “When people said that, I thought it was the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard,” he said. “That doesn’t mean that maybe there wasn’t any Russian interference or Trump campaign collusion in other ways. I don’t know. But I’m sure I wasn’t part of it.”  

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