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‘The Hapsburg Group’: Mueller Says Manafort Secretly Paid European Leaders

PhotoPaul Manafort leaving Federal District Court in Washington last year.Credit Win Mcnamee/Getty Images North AmericaFor five centuries, the Habsburgs dominated much of Central Europe, reaching from their ancestral base in Austria to eventually encompass a multiethnic and multilingual empire that collapsed only at the end of World War I.The name of the dynasty that ruled the Austro-Hungarian Empire quickly became a trending topic on Friday evening, after the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election in the United States accused Paul Manafort Jr., President Trump’s former campaign chairman, of secretly paying a group of former European officials to lobby for Ukraine in 2012 and 2013, when its government was pro-Russian.Around 2012, according to the indictment released on Friday, Mr. Manafort and his colleague Rick Gates “secretly retained a group of former senior European politicians to take positions favorable to Ukraine, including by lobbying in the United States.”PhotoPortraits of Princess Louise of Saxony and Emperor Franz Joseph at the home of a Habsburg descendant, Geza von Habsburg, in Bronxville, N.Y.Credit Damon Winter/The New York TimesThey were informally called the Hapsburg Group, according to the indictment, which used an alternative spelling for the Habsburgs.Continue reading the main storyAlthough the former politicians purported to provide “independent assessments,” according to the indictment, “in fact they were paid lobbyists for Ukraine.” Mr. Manafort used at least four offshore accounts to wire more than 2 million euros to pay the group of former politicians, according to the indictment.Continue reading the main story […]

The Obamas, Olympic Games, Republican Party: Your Evening Briefing

#briefing-market-module.interactive-embedded .interactive-caption { display: none; } Market Snapshot View Full Overview Photo Credit Jada Yuan/The New York Times 10. One down, 51 to go. Jada Yuan, The Times’s much-envied new travel columnist, started her yearlong tour of our 52 Places to Go list with a trip to New Orleans. On her first visit to the city, eight years ago, she writes, she danced in the streets so much that she wore holes through the bottoms of her brand-new sneakers. It was “the only place in the world where I’ve had such a good time that the shoes melted right off my feet.” On this visit, she found a city in the midst of an upswing, with a fierce pride and a spirit of forgiveness […]

DACA, Hawaii, Australian Open: Your Monday Briefing

#briefing-market-module.interactive-embedded .interactive-caption { display: none; } Market Snapshot View Full Overview Smarter Living Tips, both new and old, for a more fulfilling life. • Protect your technology this year […]

Asia and Australia Edition: Hawaii, North Korea, Iran: Your Monday Briefing

#briefing-market-module.interactive-embedded .interactive-caption { display: none; } Market Snapshot View Full Overview In the News Photo Credit DHA-Depo Photos, via Associated Press • A passenger plane skidded off a runway in Turkey, ending up stuck on a steep slope feet from the Black Sea. No one was hurt. [The New York Times] • In Chile, firebombs exploded outside three churches, apparently to highlight the plight of an indigenous group and the issue of sex abuse before Pope Francis’ visit. [The New York Times] • President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines rejected calls from his allies to extend his six-year term and to cancel elections next year. [VOA] • A volcano eruption forced the evacuation of 1,500 people from an island off the northern coast of Papua New Guinea […]

Op-Ed Contributor: What Makes a Country Great? Meet Haiti’s People.

I didn’t. We finally got through it. The next week, she cooked diri ak lalo — the best Haitian meal, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise — and brought it for me in class and thanked me profusely. It nearly brought me to tears. She was my Davos Seaworth and I was her Shireen Baratheon. It’s one of my most cherished memories, and I will take the grateful look on her face to the grave with me.Newsletter Sign UpContinue reading the main storySign Up for the Opinion Today NewsletterEvery weekday, get thought-provoking commentary from Op-Ed columnists, the Times editorial board and contributing writers from around the world.Thank you for subscribing.An error has occurred. Please try again later.You are already subscribed to this email.View all New York Times newsletters.This is the place where I’m from.I’m not going to give you a history lesson here, but there’s a short apocryphal story that illustrates the pride and sense of righteousness of Haitians. It goes like this: In 1939, when World War II broke out, Haiti, a pioneer of freedom, having led the most successful slave rebellion in the history of the world, joined the Allied forces and declared war on Nazi Germany. When that was reported to Hitler, he picked up a map to look for this presumptuous place he’d never heard of […]

Trump Administration Says That Nearly 200,000 Salvadorans Must Leave

And despite its name, the administration says, the Temporary Protected Status program, known as T.P.S., had turned into a quasi-permanent benefit for hundreds of thousands of people.On a conference call Monday, senior officials at the Department of Homeland Security, who spoke on the condition they not be named, said that after studying the conditions in El Salvador they had concluded that the circumstances that led to the designation — the destruction from the 2001 earthquakes — “no longer exist.”“T.P.S. is a temporary benefit,” one official said, adding, “only Congress can legislate a permanent solution.”The ending of protection for Salvadorans, Haitians and Nicaraguans leaves fewer than 100,000 people in the program, which was signed into law by President George Bush in 1990.It provides temporary lawful status and work authorization to people already in the United States, whether they entered legally or not, from countries affected by armed conflict, natural disaster or other strife. The homeland security secretary decides when a country merits the designation and can renew it for six, 12 or 18 months.PhotoA landslide in Santa Tecla, El Salvador, following an earthquake in January 2001. Citing damage from the earthquake, the American government permitted Salvadorans illegally in the U.S. to remain.Credit La Prensa Grafica, via Associated PressThere is no limit to the number of extensions a country can receive. Countries that have received and then lost the designation in the past include Bosnia and Herzegovina, which endured a civil war in the 1990s, and Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia during the Ebola crisis. El Salvador was one of the first countries in the program because of its civil war; that designation expired in 1994.Continue reading the main storyThe administration is giving Salvadorans in the program until September 2019 to get their affairs in order. After that, they no longer will have permission to stay in the country, forcing them into a wrenching decision.Ms. […]

Europe Edition: Ukraine, St Petersburg, Barack Obama: Your Thursday Briefing

In an Op-Ed, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson wrote that “there cannot be business as usual with Russia” unless there’s peace in Ukraine._____PhotoCredit George Ourfalian/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images• Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, abandoned a softened approach toward President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, calling Mr. Assad a “terrorist” with no place in Syria’s postwar future.Mr. Erdogan may have intended his remarks as a message to Russia, Mr. Assad’s ally, that it cannot dictate Syria’s postwar future, most notably on issues involving Syria’s Kurdish groups.But even as Mr. Erdogan spoke, his government was finalizing a $2.5 billion deal to purchase Russian missile systems._____PhotoCredit Nathaniel Brooks for The New York Times• American farmers, who grapple with migrant labor laws and many other rules, exemplify what businesses describe as regulatory fatigue. President Trump has tapped into their discontent over regulations.Meanwhile, companies outside the U.S […]