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Manafort Sentence: Trumps Says It Is A “Very, Very Tough Time” For Manafort

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Manafort Sentence: Trumps Says It Is A “Very, Very Tough Time” For Manafort

US President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, was sentenced on Thursday to nearly four years in prison for tax and bank fraud related to his work advising Ukrainian politicians.  This sentence is much less than what was called for under sentencing guidelines.

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Manafort had no visible reaction to the 47-month sentence as he sat in a wheelchair because of complication from gout.

This is yet the longest sentence to date to come from special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe.  It could have been much worse for Manafort.  Sentencing guidelines call for a twenty-year term which could have effectively been a life sentence for the 69-year old.

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Manafort has been jailed since June last year; so, he will get credit for the nine months he has already served.

Trump on Friday as he departed the White House to survey tornado damage in Alabama that Manafort’s case “had nothing to do with Russia.”

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Trump says it’s been a “very, very tough time” for Manafort.

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New Zealand To Confront Erdogan Over Christchurch Mosque Shootings Comment

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has on Wednesday said that Foreign Minister Winston Peters would travel to Turkey to “confront” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on comments made concerning the Christchurch mosque shootings and over his decision to use footage of the Christchurch terrorist attack at his election rallies.

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In the wake of the twin attacks, which saw 50 killed and dozens injured, Erdogan said Turkey would make the suspected attacker “pay for it” if New Zealand should do nothing about it.

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The first burials of victims from the massacre in Christchurch, New Zealand were held on Wednesday, five days after fifty persons were gunned down at two mosques in the city.

The bodies of 30 victims had been approved for release to be reunited with their families, Ardern said.

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Burials for the victims began on Wednesday morning amid aggravation over the delay, as under Islam bodies are usually buried within 24 hours.

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Britain’s Theresa May Writes EU To Delay Brexit Till June

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Britain's Theresa May Writes EU To Delay Brexit Till June

British Prime Minister, Theresa May, has beaten the Thursday deadline for requesting a Brexit extension from the European Union.  She requested an extension till June.  The request for extension is necessary because the country will not be ready to leave by the original divorce date of March the 29th.   In fact, the country is now much further away from being ready.

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Speaker of the House, John Bercow, has ruled that Prime Minister may cannot present her deal for another vote unless there is a significant change in it.  That ruling has brought a Brexit that was teetering and limping to a standstill.

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At the moment, British law says its membership of the EU will end on March the 29th regardless of whether there is a deal in place.

All eyes will be on a pivotal summit of the European council on Thursday during which European leaders could discuss may’s extension request.  The EU may decide to grant the extension till June, or it could propose years.

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New Zealand: Families Bury Victims From Christchurch Attack

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New Zealand: Families Bury Victims From Christchurch Attack

The first burials of victims from the massacre in Christchurch, New Zealand were held on Wednesday, five days after fifty persons were gunned down at two mosques in the city.

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Thirteen bodies were released by Wednesday afternoon.  Police authorities say most of the rest of the corpses will be released by the evening.

Prime Minister, Jacinda Adern, says she “shared the frustration” of the families who had not been able to bury their loved ones.

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Eight victims remain in critical condition in intensive care.  Twenty-nine persons overall are still in Christchurch hospital receiving treatment for injuries sustained during the mass shootings.

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