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No proof that Trump campaign conspired with Russia: US attorney gen
Donald Trump. Reuters file

No proof that Trump campaign conspired with Russia: US attorney gen

25 Mar 2019 | 2:23 PM

WASHINGTON: Donald Trump’s campaign did not conspire with Russia during the 2016 election won by him, according to a summary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report submitted to Congress on Sunday, in a major relief to the embattled US President.

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Washington, March 25

Donald Trump’s campaign did not conspire with Russia during the 2016 election won by him, according to a summary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report submitted to Congress on Sunday, in a major relief to the embattled US President on an issue that has cast a shadow on his presidency for nearly two years.

In a four-page letter to top lawmakers on Sunday, Attorney General William Barr highlighted two sections of the long-awaited Mueller report—Russia’s efforts to affect the 2016 presidential election and whether President Trump obstructed justice.

The report was submitted on Friday to Barr, who reviewed the document before handing a summary to Congress.

Trump, who repeatedly described the inquiry as a “witch hunt”, said on Sunday “it was a shame that the country had to go through this”, describing the inquiry as an “illegal takedown that failed”.

Trump’s firing of former FBI Director James Comey and other actions throughout the probe raised concerns about the president trying to end the investigation.

Mueller, who spent nearly two years investigating Moscow’s determined effort to sabotage the last presidential election, found no conspiracy “despite multiple offers from Russian-affiliated individuals to assist the Trump campaign,” Barr wrote in the letter to lawmakers.

Mueller’s team drew no conclusions about whether Trump illegally obstructed justice, Barr said, so he made his own decision.

The attorney general and his deputy, Rod J Rosenstein, determined that the special counsel’s investigators had insufficient evidence to establish that the president committed that offense.

Barr cautioned that “while this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him” on the obstruction of justice issue.

The investigation had cast a shadow over the Trump presidency for nearly two years with the Democratic leadership alleging that Russian interference helped him in the 2016 polls.

Barr said that Mueller found no proof of such a conspiracy “despite multiple offers from Russia-affiliated individuals to assist the Trump campaign”.

“The special counsel’s investigation did not find that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russia in its efforts to influence the 2016 US presidential election,” the attorney general said.

“For each of the relevant actions investigated, the report sets out evidence on both sides of the question and leaves unresolved what the special counsel views as ‘difficult issues’ of law and fact concerning whether the president’s actions and intent could be viewed as obstruction,” Barr said, adding Mueller “ultimately determined not to make a traditional prosecutorial judgment”.

The release of the findings was a significant political victory for Trump who described it as a “complete and total exoneration”.

Terming the allegation of collusion “the most ridiculous thing ever”, Trump said, “It’s a shame that our country had to go through this. To be honest it’s a shame that your president had to go through this.”       

“This was an illegal takedown that failed and hopefully somebody is going to be looking at their other side,” Trump said.

“After a long look, after a long investigation, after so many people have been so badly hurt, after not looking at the other side where a lot of bad things happened... it was just announced there was no collusion with Russia,” he said.

The Democrats were banking heavily on the results of Mueller’s investigation to defeat Trump in the 2020 elections. Many were also talking about impeaching the president if the report reveals collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.

While the president and his allies saw vindication in Barr’s letter, Democrats questioned how Barr came to his conclusions and called for more information from Mueller’s report.

Citing “concerning discrepancies”, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said he planned to call the attorney general to testify.

Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said in a joint statement that Barr’s letter “raises as many questions as it answers” and called for access to the full report.

“For the president to say he is completely exonerated directly contradicts the words of Mueller and is not to be taken with any degree of credibility,” the statement said.

Barr’s letter could be just the beginning of a lengthy constitutional battle between Congress and the Justice Department about whether Mueller’s full report will be made public.

Democrats have also called for the attorney general to turn over all of the special counsel’s investigative files.

Barr’s letter said that his “goal and intent” was to release as much of the Mueller report as possible, but warned that some of the report was based on grand jury material that “by law cannot be made public”.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said the report has justified the president’s stand.

Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said this is a great day for all Americans.

“As we have said all along, there was no collusion and no obstruction. Now that this investigation is over, Democrats need to finally end their baseless investigations and political crusade against President Trump for the good of the country,” she said.

Trump’s campaign manager Brad Parscale said the president has been “completely and fully vindicated” by Mueller’s report. PTI

British Airways flight lands in Edinburgh instead of Dusseldorf by mistake

British Airways flight lands in Edinburgh instead of Dusseldorf by mistake

25 Mar 2019 | 10:53 PM

LONDON:A British Airways flight destined for Dusseldorf in Germany landed in the Scotish capital Edinburgh by mistake, after the flight paperwork was submitted incorrectly, a media report said on Monday.

Trump signs decree recognizing Israeli sovereignty over Golan Heights

Trump signs decree recognizing Israeli sovereignty over Golan Heights

25 Mar 2019 | 10:40 PM

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump signed a decree on Monday at the start of a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saying the United States recognises Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, territory that Israel seized from Syria in the 1967 Middle East war.

7 detained over ‘forced conversion’, marriages of 2 Hindu teen girls in Pak

7 detained over ‘forced conversion’, marriages of 2 Hindu teen girls in Pak

25 Mar 2019 | 6:02 PM

LAHORE: At least seven people, including a man who assisted in solemnising the wedding of two teenage Hindu girls after their alleged abduction and forced conversions, have been detained in Pakistan, amid reports that the victims approached a court seeking protection.

Russia probe vindicates Trump, but Democrats will persist in pursuit

Russia probe vindicates Trump, but Democrats will persist in pursuit

25 Mar 2019 | 12:43 PM

NEW YORK:After being hounded for over two years by accusations that he treasonously colluded with Russia to win the 2016 presidential election, US President Donald Trump has won an exoneration after an arduous investigation and his opposition has received a setback.

Surprise, suspicion in Thailand as pro-army party leads election race

Surprise, suspicion in Thailand as pro-army party leads election race

25 Mar 2019 | 12:17 PM

BANGKOK: A party linked to Thailand’s military led the popular vote after most ballots had been counted from Sunday’s general election, the country’s first since a 2014 coup, giving it a surprise advantage over anti-junta parties hoping to make a comeback.

Shooter kills five in China’s Inner Mongolia: Police

Shooter kills five in China’s Inner Mongolia: Police

25 Mar 2019 | 6:37 PM

BEIJING: A person wielding a gun killed five people in northern China before being arrested by police, local authorities said on Monday.

New Zealand PM announces royal commission inquiry into mosque shootings

New Zealand PM announces royal commission inquiry into mosque shootings

25 Mar 2019 | 12:41 PM

WELLINGTON: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Monday a royal commission, a powerful form of public inquiry, into the events leading up to a March 15 attack on two mosques in Christchurch that killed 50 people.

Dead rats used to smuggle drugs into UK prison

Dead rats used to smuggle drugs into UK prison

25 Mar 2019 | 5:37 PM

LONDON: Criminals are using dead rats to smuggle proscribed material, like drugs and mobile phones, into a prison in the UK, the media reported on Monday.

Ethiopian Airlines commits to Boeing ties despite flight 302 crash questions

Ethiopian Airlines commits to Boeing ties despite flight 302 crash questions

25 Mar 2019 | 3:49 PM

ADDIS ABABA: Ethiopian Airlines said on Monday it would keep close ties with US planemaker Boeing even though questions remained about its 737 MAX 8 model, after a crash shortly after take-off this month killed 157 people.

By 2030, US to face 1,21,000 doctors deficit

By 2030, US to face 1,21,000 doctors deficit

25 Mar 2019 | 10:55 AM

NEW YORK: The practice of medicine in the US may well find itself in intensive care, with a deficit of 121,000 physicians projected for 2030, even as foreign-born doctors struggle to get licensed.

Prince Charles and Camilla launch first royal visit to Cuba

Prince Charles and Camilla launch first royal visit to Cuba

25 Mar 2019 | 1:36 PM

HAVANA: Prince Charles and his wife Camilla began the first official trip to Cuba by the British royal family on Sunday, in a pomp-filled display of disagreement with the Trump administration’s strategy of economically isolating the communist island.

10 children killed by US air strike in Afghanistan: UN

10 children killed by US air strike in Afghanistan: UN

25 Mar 2019 | 3:21 PM

KABUL: Ten children, part of the same extended family, were killed by a US air strike in Afghanistan, along with three adult civilians, the United Nations said on Monday.

Democrat Senator Gillibrand calls Trump coward

Democrat Senator Gillibrand calls Trump coward

25 Mar 2019 | 12:48 PM

NEW YORK: Democrat Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, speaking outside a Trump-branded high-rise in Manhattan, launched an attack on President Donald Trump, calling him a “coward” and the building bearing his name “a shrine to greed, division and vanity”.

Man mauled in fourth shark attack on Barrier Reef in 6 months

Man mauled in fourth shark attack on Barrier Reef in 6 months

25 Mar 2019 | 12:49 PM

CAIRNS: A man has been bitten on the leg by a shark in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, authorities said Monday, the fourth such attack in six months at the popular tourist site.

Boeing invites pilots, regulators to briefing as it looks to return 737 MAX to service

Boeing invites pilots, regulators to briefing as it looks to return 737 MAX to service

25 Mar 2019 | 1:07 PM

SINGAPORE/ADDIS ABABA: Boeing Co said it invited more than 200 airline pilots, technical leaders and regulators for an information session on Wednesday as it looks to return the 737 MAX to commercial service.

New Zealand attack note left at fire at California mosque

New Zealand attack note left at fire at California mosque

25 Mar 2019 | 1:25 PM

ESCONDIDO: A note referencing the recent terrorist attacks in New Zealand was found at the scene of a possible arson fire at a Southern California mosque, police said on Sunday.

Kenyan science teacher wins $1 mn global award

Kenyan science teacher wins $1 mn global award

25 Mar 2019 | 12:56 PM

DUBAI: A science teacher from rural Kenya Peter Tabichi, who gives away most of his salary to support poorer pupils, has won the $1 million prize for the world’s best teacher, beating 10,000 other nominations from 179 countries, media reported.

US on the edge  over Russia probe findings on Trump

US on the edge over Russia probe findings on Trump

25 Mar 2019 | 8:39 AM

WASHINGTON:The US public and Washington’s deeply divided political class on Sunday faced another day of anxiously waiting to learn if the key findings of the Russian meddling probe will implicate President Donald Trump in serious wrongdoing.

Israel says 6 hurt near Tel Aviv in apparent Gaza rocket attack

Israel says 6 hurt near Tel Aviv in apparent Gaza rocket attack

25 Mar 2019 | 12:19 PM

JERUSALEM: Sirens sounded in central Israel and police and medics said a house was on fire and six people were wounded on Monday after a suspected rocket attack from the Gaza Strip.

Pakistani woman tortured for 'being possessed'

25 Mar 2019 | 10:10 AM

ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani woman who had been tied with chains for several weeks and tortured by her husband has been rescued, police said.

2nd survivor of US school shooting kills self

2nd survivor of US school shooting kills self

25 Mar 2019 | 9:36 AM

NEW YORK: A second Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student has died in what police are calling "an apparent suicide".

Brexit up in the air as May faces possible plot

Brexit up in the air as May faces possible plot

25 Mar 2019 | 8:39 AM

LONDON:The United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union was in disarray on Sunday as Prime Minister Theresa May faced a possible plot by ministers to topple her and parliament prepared to grab control of Brexit from the government.

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UAE’s ‘Lose to Win’ plan for overweight employees

25 Mar 2019 | 8:39 AM

DUBAI: The UAE Government has launched a programme for the overweight employees to shed extra kilos and adopt a healthy lifestyle, according to a media report.

Melting Everest glaciers throw up climbers' bodies

Melting Everest glaciers throw up climbers' bodies

24 Mar 2019 | 9:39 AM

KATHMANDU: With the melting of glaciers and snow due to high temperatures, Mount Everest expedition operators are finding more and more bodies of climbers on and around the world's highest peak.

Thai junta party takes shock lead with over 7.3 m votesThailand Poll

Thai junta party takes shock lead with over 7.3 m votes

25 Mar 2019 | 8:39 AM

BANGKOK: Thailand's ruling junta took an unexpected lead in the country's first election since a 2014 coup with more than 90 percent of ballots counted, putting it on course to return to power at the expense of the kingdom's pro-democracy camp.

Mali sacks senior army officers, dissolves milita after massacre

Mali sacks senior army officers, dissolves milita after massacre

24 Mar 2019 | 9:31 PM

BAMAKO: Mali’s government on Sunday announced the sacking of senior military officers and the dissolution of a militia, a day after the massacre of more than 130 Muslims, including women and children.

Jihadists emerge from tunnels to surrender after ‘caliphate’ falls

Jihadists emerge from tunnels to surrender after ‘caliphate’ falls

24 Mar 2019 | 8:30 PM

BAGHUZ (SYRIA): Islamic State group jihadists emerged from tunnels to surrender to US-backed forces in eastern Syria on Sunday, a Kurdish spokesman said, a day after their “caliphate” was declared defeated.

Nawaz Sharif's condition deteriorates in prison: Daughter

Nawaz Sharif's condition deteriorates in prison: Daughter

24 Mar 2019 | 3:52 PM

LAHORE: Former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif's condition had deteriorated in jail due to a kidney disease, a day after his family met him and expressed concern over his health, Pakistan media reported on Sunday.

Thailand votes in first post-coup General Election

Thailand votes in first post-coup General Election

24 Mar 2019 | 1:22 PM

BANGKOK: Thais filled schoolyards, temples and government offices to vote on Sunday in the first election since a 2014 coup, with a high turnout expected among a public who received a cryptic last-minute warning from the Thai king to support “good” leaders to prevent “chaos”.

Democrats warn of subpoena over Robert Mueller's Russia report

Democrats warn of subpoena over Robert Mueller's Russia report

24 Mar 2019 | 10:15 AM

WASHINGTON: House Democrats have warned of a subpoena if Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s findings that delved into the murky depths of the 2016 election looking for links between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia, were not turned over to Congress and publicly released.

Fix to 737 MAX anti-stall software is ready: Industry sources

Fix to 737 MAX anti-stall software is ready: Industry sources

24 Mar 2019 | 10:12 AM

NEW YORK: A fix to the anti-stall system suspected in the crash of a Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet that killed 189 people in Indonesia is ready, industry sources said Saturday, as the company tries to avoid a lengthy grounding of its planes.

Earthquake of 5.4 magnitude strikes Sulawesi, Indonesia: USGS

Earthquake of 5.4 magnitude strikes Sulawesi, Indonesia: USGS

24 Mar 2019 | 9:50 AM

A magnitude 5.4 earthquake struck the Indonesian island of Sulawesi of Sunday, the US Geological Survey said.

US official denounces ‘choreographed’ visits to China’s Xinjiang

US official denounces ‘choreographed’ visits to China’s Xinjiang

24 Mar 2019 | 12:30 PM

BEIJING: “Highly choreographed” tours to Xinjiang organised by the Chinese government are misleading and propagate false narratives about the troubled region, a US official said, after China announced plans to invite European envoys to visit.

NZ to hold national remembrance for Christchurch next Friday

NZ to hold national remembrance for Christchurch next Friday

24 Mar 2019 | 9:43 AM

CHRISTCHURCH: New Zealand will hold a national remembrance service on March 29 for the victims of the Christchurch mosque massacre and their families, the prime minister’s office announced on Sunday.

Man arrested in fierce subway attack captured on video

Man arrested in fierce subway attack captured on video

24 Mar 2019 | 9:40 AM

NEW YORK: A 36-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of carrying out a vicious attack on a homeless woman that was caught on video.

Brexit mayday? PM May’s ministers move to oust her, says The Sunday Times

Brexit mayday? PM May’s ministers move to oust her, says The Sunday Times

24 Mar 2019 | 9:36 AM

LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May’s top ministers are moving to oust her within days, The Sunday Times reported, as her Brexit strategy lay in tatters just weeks before the United Kingdom was due to leave the European Union.

Syrian forces ‘wipe out’ caliphate

Syrian forces ‘wipe out’ caliphate

24 Mar 2019 | 7:28 AM

SYRIA:US-backed forces said they had captured Islamic State’s last shred of territory in eastern Syria at Baghouz on Saturday, ending its territorial rule over a self-proclaimed caliphate after years of fighting.

Britons demand new Brexit referendum

Britons demand new Brexit referendum

24 Mar 2019 | 9:37 AM

LONDON:Hundreds of thousands of people opposed to Britain's withdrawal from the European Union marched through central London on Saturday to demand a new referendum as the deepening Brexit crisis risked sinking Prime Minister Theresa May's premiership.

26 charred to death in China  tour bus fire

26 charred to death in China tour bus fire

24 Mar 2019 | 9:38 AM

BEIJING:A tour bus with 56 persons on board caught fire in China's central Hunan province, killing 26 of them and injuring 28 others, officials said Saturday.

Imran welcomes Modi gesture

Imran welcomes Modi gesture

24 Mar 2019 | 7:28 AM

ISLAMABAD:Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has welcomed his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi’s greetings on the eve of its National Day, saying time has come to begin a “comprehensive dialogue” between the two countries to address and resolve all issues, including the “central issue” of Kashmir.

It didn't kill them: Barbra Streisand on Jackson's accusersGlobe Trot

It didn't kill them: Barbra Streisand on Jackson's accusers

24 Mar 2019 | 9:39 AM

London: Veteran singer-actor Barbra Streisand has said that even though she believes the two men who accused Michael Jackson of sexual abuse in the HBO documentary "Leaving Neverland", she has sympathy for the pop icon.

Two Hindu underage girls kidnapped, forcefully converted to Islam in Pak

Two Hindu underage girls kidnapped, forcefully converted to Islam in Pak

24 Mar 2019 | 7:16 AM

KARACHI: Two minor Hindu sisters were allegedly kidnapped and forcibly married after being converted to Islam in Pakistan’s Sindh province, triggering protests by the minority community.

Somalian deputy minister among 5 killed in militant attack

Somalian deputy minister among 5 killed in militant attack

23 Mar 2019 | 7:16 PM

MOGADISHU: Five people were killed, including a deputy minister, on Saturday after Al-Shabaab militants stormed government buildings in Somalia’s capital, a witness and a senator told AFP.

It would be ‘mistake’ for India to view Pak with a pre-Partition eye: Prez Alvi

It would be ‘mistake’ for India to view Pak with a pre-Partition eye: Prez Alvi

23 Mar 2019 | 3:25 PM

ISLAMABAD: It would be a “mistake” for India to view Pakistan with the eye of pre-Partition and its desire for peace should not be misconstrued as a sign of weakness, President Arif Alvi said on Saturday as Islamabad displayed its military might on the National Day.

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