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Turkey arrests head of Amnesty over 'Gulen links'

Head of Turkis Amnesty InternationalThe chairman of Amnesty International Turkey has been detained in the western city of Izmir along with 22 other lawyers over alleged links to the Gulen movement, an organisation that the government blames for last year's coup attempt, according to Turkish authorities and the UK-based rights group.

Amnesty International condemned the move by Turkish authorities after Taner Kilic's arrest on Tuesday for having suspected ties with the Gulen group. The group added his home and office were searched by the police.

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Trump reportedly asked Coats to intervene with Comey on Russia probe

Daniel CoatesDirector of National Intelligence Daniel Coats told associates that in March, President Trump personally requested he urge then-FBI Director James Comey to back away from investigating former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn as part of the investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 presidential election, The Washington Post reports.

On March 22, Coats was attending a meeting at the White House with officials from other agencies, and when it was over, Trump asked everyone to leave but Coats and CIA Director Mike Pompeo, people with knowledge of the event told the Post. Trump complained about Comey and the investigation, and then made his request of Coats.

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A-list mob prosecutor joins Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation team

MuellerRobert Mueller, the former FBI director who’s now serving as the special counsel in the probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election, has put together a team of experienced prosecutors — including some who have experience going after organized crime.

Politico has talked with some veteran prosecutors who say that Mueller “has assembled a potent team with backgrounds handling everyone from politicians to mobsters and who know how to work potential witnesses if it helps them land bigger fish.”

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White House ices Russia war room idea

Corey Lewandsowski not to man 'war room'The White House’s Russia investigation “war room” may have been killed before the battle.

Just days before former FBI Director James Comey’s Senate testimony about his firing, President Donald Trump decided that all inquiries related to the scandals engulfing his administration should be handled by his outside lawyer in New York instead of by a team based inside the White House, according to four advisers close to Trump.

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Four top law firms turned down requests to represent Trump

Top law firms refuse to rerpesent TrumpTop lawyers with at least four major law firms rebuffed White House overtures to represent President Trump in the Russia investigations, in part over concerns that the president would be unwilling to listen to their advice, according to five sources familiar with discussions about the matter.

The unwillingness of some of the country’s most prestigious attorneys and their law firms to represent Trump has complicated the administration’s efforts to mount a coherent defense strategy to deal with probes being conducted by four congressional committees as well as Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller.

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Ceremony Marks 73rd Anniversary of D-Day Landings

D-Day - June 6th, 194 remembered— "There are moments in a nation's history when its future course is decided by a chosen few who walked bravely into the valley of the shadow of death," Army Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti said during a wreath-laying ceremony at the Iron Mike Memorial here yesterday.

U.S., German and French dignitaries salute as "Taps" is played during an "Iron Mike" wreath-laying ceremony in Sainte-Mere-Eglise, France, June 4, 2017. The ceremony commemorated the 73rd anniversary of the D-Day landings. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Tamika Dillard

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'Torture memo' author nominated for Trump administration post

steven BradburySteven Bradbury, a former George W. Bush administration official who authored legal memos authorizing "enhanced interrogation techniques" that have been regarded as torture, has been nominated to be General Counsel of Transportation.

Bradbury, who is a litigation partner at Dechert LLP in Washington, D.C., was spotted at the White House in March.

In May 2005, Bradbury wrote three memos, including one that authorized the use of 13 different techniques to use against high value detainees, which included dietary manipulation, facial slap or insult slap, cramped confinement, water dousing and waterboarding. The memos later became known as the "torture memos."

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Paris's Notre-Dame: Attacker shot outside cathedral

Paris's Notre Dame Attacker shotA man has been shot by police outside the cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris after he tried to attack an officer using a hammer, police say.

The suspect has been wounded in the chest, French media report. Officials say this is a "terrorist incident".  Some 900 people are still inside the cathedral. Pictures on social media show some holding their hands up.

France is in a state of emergency since attacks by jihadists in Paris left 130 people dead in 2015.

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Federal contractor arrested for sending classified NSA intelligence to news outlet

Reality Leigh WinnerThe charges against Reality Leigh Winner came about an hour after the publication of a story based on an NSA document detailing Russian attempts to hack American voting systems in 2016.

President Trump has been pushing Justice to go after leakers inside the federal government, which he has identified as "the big story" when it comes to Russia's involvement in the 2016 presidential election. Winner's arrest could signal the federal government is going to aggressively investigate and prosecute individuals who send classified intelligence to news organizations.

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