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American arrested in Russia as a spy had 'state secrets' on him, lawyer says

(MOSCOW) -- The Russian lawyer for Paul Whelan, the former U.S. Marine held on espionage charges in Russia, has said Whelan had materials considered “state secrets” on him when he was detained by Russian intelligence officers, but said he had been given them without his knowledge.Whelan appeared in a Moscow…... Read More

Egyptian TV anchor sentenced to hard labor over interview with gay man

(CAIRO) -- An Egyptian TV host was sentenced to one year of hard labor for interviewing a gay sex worker, a Cairo court ruled Sunday.Mohamed El-Gheity, a well-known journalist in Egypt who has spoken out against homosexuality, is accused of promoting debauchery and insulting religions during an episode that aired…... Read More

Activists say they are helping people flee new anti-gay purge in Chechnya

(MOSCOW) -- LGBT activists say they have begun helping people flee from the Russian republic of Chechnya amid what they claim is a new wave of detentions and torture targeting the gay community there.The LGBT Network, a St. Petersburg-based rights group, said last week that 40 people had been detained…... Read More

African leaders congratulate Congo's president-elect after disputed victory

(LONDON) -- African leaders have congratulated opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi for winning the Democratic Republic of the Congo's presidential election last month, after the country's top court on Sunday declared him the winner amid claims of electoral fraud.The Constitutional Court of the Democratic Republic of the Congo confirmed Tshisekedi's victory…... Read More

United Airlines passengers stranded for hours after plane diversion to Canada

(NEW YORK) -- Passengers on a United Airlines flight were stranded for more than 16 hours, and many had to sleep on the plane, after the jet made an emergency landing to aid a sick passenger.Flight 179 was traveling from Newark to Hong Kong on Saturday when it was diverted…... Read More

Who is interpreter Marina Gross and will her notes of Trump's Putin meeting be useful?

(WASHINGTON) -- Marina Gross, a State Department interpreter, was the only other American in the room during President Donald Trump's one-on-one meeting with Russian President Putin in Helsinki last summer. ABC News has learned new details about the 64-year-old interpreter with the State Department's Office of Language Services who is…... Read More

Duke of Edinburgh reportedly driving without a seat belt days after car accident

(LONDON) -- The Duke of Edinburgh and his driving are back in the British headlines again. Several Sunday papers have splashed photographs of the Queen's 97 year old husband back behind the wheel of a brand-new Land Rover. The photos appeared just two days after he was part of a…... Read More

Family of American man held in Syria appeals to Trump to intervene

(DAMASCUS, Syria) -- For almost two years, the family of an American man detained in Syria says it has operated quietly, working with the U.S. government and its allies to try to gain information about their husband and father.But now, in the hopes that President Donald Trump may be moved…... Read More

How one architect is helping young people remember Beirut's complicated past

(BEIRUT) -- To enter the Beirut nightclub B018, one arrives on what appears to be a helicopter landing pad and descends a staircase to enter the underground music mecca.The club is located on the spot where 20,000 Palestinian, Kurdish and South Lebanese refugees were massacred in 1976 during Lebanon’s civil…... Read More

American-born, Iranian journalist held as ‘material witness,’ court documents show

(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. government on Friday acknowledged for the first time that it secretly arrested an Iranian journalist earlier this week, demanding she testify to a federal grand jury as part of a federal probe that still remains a mystery. The acknowledgement came in a federal judge's order stating…... Read More

'Sex trainer' who claimed to have information on Trump and Russia arrested in Moscow

(MOSCOW) --  An Instagram model and self-described “sex trainer” from Belarus, who last year drew international attention with unsubstantiated claims to have recordings relevant to the Russian election interference investigation, has been arrested at a Moscow airport on prostitution charges after she was deported from Thailand. Anastasia Vashukevich, better known…... Read More