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Archive for February 14, 2017

Newsline: US national security adviser resigns after phone calls with Russian ambassador

National security adviser Michael Flynn resigned, citing “incomplete information” that he provided top White House officials about his dealings with the Russian ambassador. “Unfortunately, because of the fast pace of events, I inadvertently briefed the vice-president elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian Ambassador,” Flynn wrote in a public statement. “I have sincerely apologized to the President and the Vice President, and they have accepted my apology.” Trump immediately named Lt. General Joseph Keith Kellogg, Jr., as acting national security adviser, the White House reported. Former acting attorney general Sally Yates warned the White House that Flynn was misleading about the interactions with the ambassador, an official told USA TODAY.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/02/13/report-justice-department-warned-trump-flynn-could-vulnerable-russians/97878198/

Newsline: Picture of Russian ambassador’s assassination in Turkey wins international award

The photo of the gunman who assassinated the Russian ambassador to Turkey in December has won the World Press Photo of the year competition. It was the 60th year of this award, which “honours the photographer whose visual creativity and skills made a picture that captures or represents an event or issue of great journalistic importance in the last year”, according to the World Press Photo Foundation.  The assassination photo was snapped by Burhan Ozbilici, a photographer for the Associated Press in Istanbul, moments after the attack. Mary F Calvert, member of the jury, said the winning photograph “was an explosive image that really spoke to the hatred of our times.

https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/world/2017/02/picture-of-russian-ambassador-s-assassination-wins-international-award.html