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Ukraine Oligarch's Payment for Trump Speech Under Scrutiny

President's foundation got $150K for a speech during the campaign from Victor Pinchuk

(Newser) - The New York Times is out with a story that will give President Trump one more reason to fume about Robert Mueller. The special counsel is investigating a $150,000 payment made to the president's foundation in September 2015 by a Ukrainian tycoon. Billionaire Victor Pinchuk made the payment... More »

World's 5 Most Unequal Countries on Same Continent

Effects of South Africa's apartheid still felt

(Newser) - Inequality was embedded in South African culture through its apartheid system. Nearly a quarter century after its end, the country still has a long way to go. "Inequality is high, persistent, and has increased since 1994" in South Africa, which is the most unequal country in the world when... More »

Found Around Chernobyl: Hundreds of Playful Pups

Dogs' ancestors were abandoned by residents after the nuclear plant meltdown in '86

(Newser) - Tarzan loves to fetch sticks, run after snowballs, and is, per Julie McDowall, "a playful example of global kindness and cooperation." Writing for the Guardian , McDowall explains that Tarzan is one of hundreds of stray dogs living in the 1,000-square-mile exclusion zone surrounding the Chernobyl nuclear plant,... More »

Protesters Storm Kiev, Demand Ukraine President's Resignation

Rally led by Mikheil Saakashvili, ex-Georgian president and ex-ally of Petro Poroshenko

(Newser) - Thousands of demonstrators have marched in the Ukrainian capital to demand the resignation of President Petro Poroshenko. The protest of about 5,000 people in Kiev on Sunday ( TASS puts the number closer to 1,000) was led by Mikheil Saakashvili, the former Georgian president who moved to Ukraine... More »

Fastest-Shrinking Nations Are All in One Part of World

Eastern Europe, with Bulgaria in the No. 1 spot

(Newser) - The number of people living in Bulgaria is expected to drop by nearly a quarter by the year 2050—and its neighbors aren't going to fare much better demographically, per UN population projections cited by Quartz . Over the next 30-plus years, Bulgaria will see its population fall from around... More »

Trump Administration Decision on Ukraine Angers Russia

US will supply lethal weapons to Ukraine

(Newser) - The US State Department announced Friday it will be providing "enhanced defensive capabilities" to Ukraine for its struggle against separatists backed by Russia, the Guardian reports. According to CBS News , Ukraine accuses Russia of supplying separatists with tanks. And while the State Department isn't commenting on what specific... More »

Paul Manafort Wrote an Op-Ed While Under House Arrest

Prosecutors on Mueller's team say the piece was written under someone else's name

(Newser) - Prosecutors working for special counsel Robert Mueller say Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been working on an op-ed essay with a longtime colleague "assessed to have ties" to a Russian intelligence service, the AP reports. Court papers say Manafort and the colleague sought to publish... More »

Ukraine Suspects Russian Drill Will Turn Into an Invasion

Inside the apprehension over Zapad-2017

(Newser) - Newsweek's headline doesn't pull any punches: "Russia Is Preparing for a Massive War, but We Don't Know Where, Warns Ukrainian President." The story is based on comments that president, Petro Poroshenko, made in a Thursday address to parliament regarding Russia's Zapad-2017 exercises in... More »

Look to Ukraine for N. Korea's Missile Engines: Expert

Expert analysis points to Dnipro factory as producing engines scooped up by Pyongyang

(Newser) - Many are worried over North Korea's ICBM launch last month, which analysts say indicate its weapons can now reach the US. And what may be behind this apparent success: liquid-propellant rocket engines from a Ukrainian factory linked to Russia's missile program that were then scooped up on the... More »

There Is Now a 'Vaccine' for the Latest Global Cyberattack

Experts suspect motive for attack isn't money

(Newser) - Security researchers have been unable to find a "kill switch" for the latest cyberattack hitting systems around the world—but they have developed a vaccine. Researchers say that the Petya ransomware will not encrypt files on computers that have the read-only file "C:\Windows\perfc.dat," the BBC... More »

Steven Seagal Banned From Ukraine

Country says he's a security threat

(Newser) - Steven Seagal spends a lot of time in the nations that used to make up the USSR, but one of them has now declared him persona non grata. Ukraine has slapped the actor with a 5-year ban from the country, labelling him a threat to national security, the Guardian reports.... More »

Rare Cancer in NYC Linked to Chernobyl

Radiation from 1986 meltdown may have caused 10 cases of eye cancer

(Newser) - It was a rare form of eye cancer seen only a few times in the US in the past two decades. So when 10 New Yorkers developed vitreoretinal lymphoma within four years of each other, researchers hunted for a common link. That search led them across the world to the... More »

Ex-Trump Campaign Chief Accused of Hiding Payment

Ukraine lawmaker says he has found secret invoice

(Newser) - Paul Manafort, the Trump campaign manager who stepped down last summer amid controversy over his ties to a pro-Russia party in Ukraine, is facing a fresh allegation of hiding secret payments. Ukraine lawmaker Serhiy Leshchenko has published a contract and invoice supposedly from Manafort, a former adviser to pro-Russia former... More »

World's 2nd 3-Parent Baby Is Here, but for Different Reason

And via a slightly different method carried out in Ukraine

(Newser) - Another reported first in the nascent world of three-parent babies: an infant born to a previously infertile couple, the BBC reports. The baby born Jan. 5 in Ukraine was created via pronuclear transfer , explained in more detail by New Scientist : The mother's egg and a donor's egg are... More »

17 Stolen Masterpieces Returned Year After Heist

They're back in Italy with only scratches

(Newser) - Seventeen masterpieces valued at $17.7 million were returned to Italy from Ukraine on Wednesday after being stolen by masked, armed robbers from a Verona art museum last year. Italian Culture Minister Dario Franceschini, who traveled to Kiev to retrieve the paintings—which included works by Rubens, Tintoretto, and Mantegna—... More »

GOPers on 'Collision Course' With Trump Over Russia

He's downplaying alleged election meddling

(Newser) - Some leading Senate Republicans are on a "direct collision course" with Donald Trump over the election, according to the Washington Post . The GOP senators—including prominent Trump critics John McCain and Lindsey Graham—are planning to launch an aggressive and wide-ranging probe of alleged Russian meddling in the election... More »

Guy Changes His Name to 'iPhone 7'

He got a free phone

(Newser) - A Ukrainian man has officially changed his name to iPhone 7 after an electronics store offered the latest Apple product to the first five people who do that. The 20-year old iPhone Sim (Ukrainian for "Seven") got the coveted prize Friday. He says he might change it back... More »

Russian Missile Shot Down MH17: Investigators

Evidence in Dutch-led probe points to Buk missile brought into Ukraine from Russia

(Newser) - Dutch-led criminal investigators said Wednesday that after a two-year probe, they have solid evidence a Malaysian jet was shot down by a Buk missile moved into eastern Ukraine from Russia, the AP reports. Wilbert Paulissen, head of the Dutch National Police's Central Crime Investigation department, said communications intercepts showed... More »

Trump Campaign Chief Disses NYT for Ukraine Story

Paul Manafort denies improper payments

(Newser) - Donald Trump's campaign chief accuses the New York Times of a hatchet job against him in a Monday story that alleges he received shady payments out of Ukraine, reports Politico . “Once again, the New York Times has chosen to purposefully ignore facts and professional journalism to fit their... More »

Trump Campaign Chief Listed in Secret Ukraine Ledger

His lawyer says he never got the $12.7M

(Newser) - Donald Trump's campaign chief may have closer—and more illegal—ties to pro-Russia interests in Ukraine than he has let on, according to a New York Times report on secret ledgers that anti-corruption investigators have uncovered in Kiev. Investigators say the ledgers list $12.7 million in payments to... More »

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