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Trump-Russia investigation: the key questions answered | US news | The Guardian

Trump-Russia investigationThe key questions answered<p>Everything you need to know about the inquiry into Russian hacking, alleged collusion and Donald Trump, plus the latest news<p>The key questions<p>The analysis<p>The latest developments<p>The rest of the questions<p>Image sources: Getty/AP/Reuters/CQ Roll Call …

Donald Trump

Heiko Maas: Germany can't protect businesses from US sanctions in Iran

With the US threatening to penalize foreign companies doing business in Iran, European firms are worried. Their fears are likely justified, as …

Sanctions

Listless And Lonely In Puerto Rico, Some Older Storm Survivors Consider Suicide

A social worker, Lisel Vargas, has come to visit Don Gregorio at his storm-damaged home on the steep hillsides of Humacao, a city on Puerto Rico's eastern coast near where Hurricane Maria first made landfall.<p>Gregorio, a 62-year-old former carpenter who lives alone, looks haggard. He stopped taking …

Puerto Rico

There's a Secret to Making Saltines Even Better

Shockingly enough, it involves butter<p>In a time of cracker and flatbread abundance, the pedestrian saltine gets short shrift. The grocery aisle teems …

Baking

Melania Trump Just Swaggerjacked Michelle Obama, Again. This Time With Her Stupidly Named ‘Be Best’ Initiative

Back when America was great, and the Wakanda House held a respectable president and first lady, Michelle Obama sat with Oprah Winfrey during the …

Donald Trump

Light-filled shipping container house cost just $36K to build

Repurposed with style<p>Blame it on HGTV or the rising cost of housing, but more and more people are interested in alternative types of homes. One of the most popular is the shipping container house; we’ve seen them in everything from urban farms to off-the-grid getaways and all-in-one pools.<p>Made …

China insists on airline demands after US dismisses 'Orwellian nonsense'

China has again urged foreign airlines operating in the country to change the way they refer to Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau to comply with Chinese …

China

Cambridge Analytica is dead – but its obscure network is alive and well

The announcement that Cambridge Analytica is shutting has a certain inevitability to it. Ever since 17 March 2018, when Carole Cadwalladr broke Christopher Wylie’s whistleblower story at the Observer and in the New York Times, there have been continuous revelations about Cambridge Analytica and its …

Cambridge Analytica

Chronicle of the NSU murders

One of the highest-profile neo-Nazi trials of recent years is slowly drawing to a close. DW gives you the background to an affair that has shaken …

Neo-nazism

How soon till we all fly in electric planes?

The trend toward e-cars is growing. But what about e-planes? It might not be long before we're zooming around in electric planes — at least for short …

Flying Car

British authorities give toxic caterpillar warning

The British Forestry Commission has warned Londoners of an infestation of caterpillars that produce various toxic effects in humans. The hairy …

Insects

At Nike, Revolt Led by Women Leads to Exodus of Male Executives

For too many women, life inside Nike had turned toxic.<p>There were the staff outings that started at restaurants and ended at strip clubs. A supervisor who bragged about the condoms he carried in his backpack. A boss who tried to forcibly kiss a female subordinate, and another who referenced a staff …

Sexual Harassment

Home prices rise again for 70th month in a row

Home prices across the country are continuing a rise akin to the 15 years leading up to the 2008 financial crisis, according to the latest S&P …

House Prices

Hackers find devious way to break into hotel rooms

Hotels are weird. When we check in somewhere, it’s typically for a very short time — often a week or less. Despite that, we often come to look upon our rooms as our homes away from home. From the moment you drop your luggage on the floor and climb under the Egyptian cotton sheets, you’re in your …

Cybersecurity

Here’s How the Evidence Changed a Climate Change Skeptic’s Mind

Scientists on Arctic sea ice in the Chukchi Sea, surrounded by melt ponds, July 4, 2010.<br>Image:NASA/Kathryn Hansen<p><b>Scientists have known for a long</b> …

Global Warming

Trump puts the brakes on new Russian sanctions, reversing Haley’s announcement

President Trump on Monday put the brakes on a preliminary plan to impose additional economic sanctions on Russia, walking back a Sunday announcement by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley that the Kremlin had swiftly denounced as “international economic raiding.”<p>Preparations to punish …

Russia

James Comey’s ABC Interview Has Furious FBI Insiders Lashing Out

The ex-director’s first TV interview finally broke the loyalty of one longtime FBI colleague, others reacted with disbelief as their former boss …

Vladimir Putin’s Billionaire Buddies Are Getting Scared, and Not Just of Sanctions

Some of the oligarchs now face major U.S. sanctions, while others are getting arrested on the Kremlin’s orders. Is Putin’s circle of the shameless …

Russian Journalist Who Reported on Secretive Paramilitary Dies

MOSCOW — A Russian journalist who had reported recently on clandestine Russian paramilitary groups in Syria died on Sunday after falling from the balcony of his fifth-floor apartment in Yekaterinburg, the authorities there said.<p>The journalist, Maksim Borodin, 32, was hospitalized in a coma after he …

Russia

The 70 must-see lines in James Comey's ABC interview

<b>(CNN) —</b> On Sunday night, James Comey told his side of the story.<p>The former -- and fired -- FBI director sat down with ABC's George Stephanopoulos Sunday night to talk about his deep concerns about President Donald Trump and to recount a number of now-famous/infamous episodes between the two men. …

Donald Trump

Sheet Pan Pancake Recipes That Will Feed a Crowd

1<p>Buttermilk<p>Serve everyone at the table a warm stack of pancakes all at once. We’ve made the breakfast favorite hassle-free by baking the batter in a …

FBI Raid on Michael Cohen Is the Most Dangerous Day of Donald Trump’s Life

The president’s low-rent Ray Donovan can bully porn stars, but not Robert Mueller. The shtick is up.<p>Monday’s FBI raids on Michael Cohen’s Rockefeller …

Donald Trump

Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook didn't notify FTC of leak: 'We considered it a closed case'

Mark Zuckerberg testified Facebook did not notify the Federal Trade Commission about the Cambridge Analytica data leak years ago because the social …

Internet

A Second Paul Manafort Associate Has Turned on Him

The one-time Team Trump honcho was already in hot water. And that was before an ex-employee led an FBI agent to a storage locker filled with …

Paul Manafort

Presidential historian Gil Troy: Donald Trump has committed “a crime against the American people”

Scholar Gil Troy says it’s not too late for Trump to change — but history will judge his enablers harshly<p>Donald Trump is president of the United States by title and law. He is not president of all Americans. Trump cares only about his voters and the most enthusiastic part of his "base." He is a …

Donald Trump

Signer’s Remorse: Trump Scrambling to Reverse Effects of Spending Bill He Signed

Trump is reportedly planning to partially cut down to size the massive bill he just passed.<p>Just weeks after <b>Donald Trump</b> threatened to veto, and then signed, a massive spending bill, the president is reportedly scrambling to undo its effects. The new developments follow massive blowback from his …

Donald Trump

James Comey treads fine line as book set to turn up heat on Trump

At 6ft 8in tall, James Comey is hard to miss. But two days after the inauguration of Donald Trump, Comey, then director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, tried to hide from the president at a White House reception, by standing in front of blue drapery that matched his blazer, he later told a …

Donald Trump

Why are Millennials running from religion? Blame hypocrisy

<b>(Getty/Mark Wallheiser)</b><p>White evangelicals embrace scandal-plagued Trump. Black churches enable fakes. Why should we embrace this?<p>D. Watkins<p>April 8, 2018 2:00pm (UTC)<p>I think we can safely say that President Donald Trump has changed American politics forever. He won the White House with no political …

Faith

Anti-inflammatory diet may guard against cancer

<i>Leslie Beck, a Toronto-based private practice dietitian, is Director of Food and Nutrition at Medcan.</i><p>It’s increasingly recognized that chronic inflammation is a major contributor to illnesses including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, certain cancers, asthma, arthritis, depression and Alzheimer’s …

How I Got Delightfully High On Legal Mushrooms

Ever since Moon Juice founder Amanda Chantal Bacon’s eccentric but oddly compelling food diary went viral — and people finally started taking Goop …