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Judge denies Alec Baldwin request to drop indictment for ‘Rust’ shooting

Judge denies Alec Baldwin request to drop indictment for ‘Rust’ shooting

A New Mexico judge rejected Alec Baldwin's bid to dismiss an involuntary manslaughter charge for the 2021 shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, opening the way for an unprecedented trial of a Hollywood actor for an on-set death. Baldwin's lawyers argued at a May 17 hearing that a grand jury indictment of the actor was "a sham" as a New Mexico state prosecutor failed to tell jurors they could question defence witnesses and stopped them from hearing evidence helpful to the actor's case. District court Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer, in a court filing, denied the request. The trial is scheduled to stand trial…
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Giuliani charged in Arizona case; Trump an unindicted co-conspirator

Giuliani charged in Arizona case; Trump an unindicted co-conspirator

RUDY Giuliani, a former lawyer for Donald Trump, is among 18 people charged in Arizona with illegally seeking to claim the state's 2020 electoral votes for the then-U.S. president, in an indictment that names Trump as an unindicted co-conspirator. The indictment, reached on Tuesday and unsealed on Wednesday, stems from the attempt by Trump and his allies to pressure election officials in several states to overturn the presidential election won by Joe Biden, efforts for which Trump has been indicted in Georgia and in federal court. The court papers list "a former U.S. president," referring to Trump, as an unindicted co-conspirator. The…
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Menendez indictment prompts calls in US Congress for Egypt aid rethink

Menendez indictment prompts calls in US Congress for Egypt aid rethink

CHARGES that Senator Bob Menendez accepted bribes in exchange for wielding his influence to aid the Egyptian government prompted calls in the U.S. Congress for the Biden administration to rethink $235 million in military aid to Cairo. Democratic Senator Chris Murphy, who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's Middle East subcommittee, said he hoped the committee would investigate the allegations and Egypt's involvement. U.S. prosecutors announced an indictment on Friday accusing Menendez of accepting gold bars and hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash in exchange for wielding his influence to aid the Egyptian government. "I would hope that our committee would…
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Switzerland indicts former Gambian minister for crimes against humanity

SWITZERLAND'S attorney general has filed an indictment against Gambia's former interior minister for crimes against humanity committed under former authoritarian leader Yahya Jammeh, it said in a statement. Ousman Sonko is accused of having supported, participated in and failed to prevent "systematic and generalised attacks" as part of a repressive campaign by security forces against Jammeh's opponents, the Office of the Attorney General said. Sonko's lawyer, Philippe Currat, told Reuters on Wednesday that his client disputed the charges and that some of the alleged acts occurred before articles on crimes against humanity came into force in the Swiss Criminal Code.…
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What does Trump’s indictment mean for his political future – and the strength of US democracy?

What does Trump’s indictment mean for his political future – and the strength of US democracy?

EVENTS often seem inevitable in hindsight. The indictment of former US President Donald Trump on criminal charges has been a possibility since the start of his presidency – arguably, since close to the beginning of his career in New York real estate. But until now, the potential consequences of such a cataclysmic development in American politics have been purely theoretical. EMMA SHORTIS, Lecturer, RMIT University Today, after much build-up in the media, The New York Times reported that a Manhattan grand jury has voted to indict Trump and the Manhattan district attorney will now likely attempt to negotiate Trump’s surrender.…
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Who is Stormy Daniels and how is she involved in Donald Trump indictment?

Who is Stormy Daniels and how is she involved in Donald Trump indictment?

FORMER President Donald Trump was indicted in New York City on criminal charges arising from alleged hush money paid to adult film actress Stormy Daniels to avoid a scandal ahead of the 2016 U.S. election. Daniels has said she had a sexual encounter with Trump in 2006, the year after he married his third wife Melania and more than a decade before the businessman-turned-politician - at the time known for a popular reality TV show - became president. Trump has denied the relationship and has said the payment was made to stop her "false and extortionist accusations." ...very common among…
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US-China tensions: how Africa can avoid being caught in a new Cold War

US-China tensions: how Africa can avoid being caught in a new Cold War

CHINA’S foreign ministry published a 4,000-word analysis entitled US Hegemony and its Perils on 20 February. It’s an indictment of alleged US foreign interference, intimidation and interventions that began 200 years ago. This was followed by President Xi Jinping’s accusation at the Communist Party National Congress in March that the US was pursuing an unprecedented global policy to contain and suppress Chinese development. Author JOHN J STREMLAU, Honorary Professor of International Relations, University of the Witwatersrand US official reaction to the Chinese accusations has been muted. But the recent US shooting down of an alleged Chinese spy balloon escalated tensions.…
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