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Murdered journalists were tracked by police with shadowy Russian links, evidence shows - Tim Lister and Sebastian Shukla, CNNNew evidence shows that three Russian journalists killed in the Central African Republic last year were victims of a well-planned ambush involving a senior police officer with shadowy Russian connections -- and they were tracked from the moment they arrived in the country. The three journalists -- Kirill Radchenko, Alexander Rastorguyev and Orkhan Dzhemal -- went to CAR in July 2018 to investigate the activities of Russian private military contractors. Their intention was to find out how the contractors were involved in exploiting the CAR's mineral wealth. The trio were shot dead after the vehicle in which they were traveling was attacked on a remote road in the volatile country. Their fate has cast a spotlight on a growing Russian presence in Africa, involving the Kremlin, private companies with ties to to President Vladimir Putin and large shipments of weapons. The official explanation of their death is that they were in the wrong place at the wrong time, victims of bandits or rebels. But that story never quite added up. Nothing of value was taken from their vehicle, their driver survived unscathed, and investigations remain incomplete.$1 trillion is leaving Britain because of Brexit - By Ivana Kottasová, CNN BusinessLondon (CNN Business)Brexit hasn't happened yet but it's already shrinking the United Kingdom's financial services industry.Banks and other financial companies have shifted at least £800 billion ($1 trillion) worth of assets out of the country and into the European Union because of Brexit, EY said in a report published Monday. Many banks have set up new offices elsewhere in the European Union to safeguard their regional operations after Brexit, which means they also have to move substantial assets there to satisfy EU regulators. Other firms are moving assets to protect clients against market volatility and sudden changes in regulation. The consultancy said the figure represented roughly 10% of the total assets of the UK banking sector, and was a "conservative estimate" because some banks have not yet revealed their contingency plans.400 Prisoners Escape Libyan Jail Amid Tripoli Chaos - About 400 prisoners have escaped from a jail in Libya’s capital amid clashes between rival factions vying for control of the city, authorities said Sunday. The inmates at Tripoli's Ain Zara prison reportedly stormed their way out after riots erupted. Many of the prisoners were supporters of the late Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, who was accused of war crimes against the Libyan people and killed by rebel forces in a 2011 uprising.Archaeologists unearth village in Egypt older than the pharaohs - Archaeologists believe they have unearthed one of Egypt's oldest-known settlements in the Nile Delta, dating back some 7,000 years to the Neolithic era.German diplomat: Trump could push Germany toward Russia, China - A former German ambassador to the United States is warning that President Trump's policies could push Germany away from the U.S. and closer toward Russia and China. “The longer Trump remains in office, the harder it will be to stand up to those in this country and elsewhere in Europe who have been arguing since the Vietnam war that we need to cut the cord with America the bully,” Wolfgang Ischinger told Reuters for an interview published Monday. “It would become much harder for the German government to stay the course and defend this relationship,” he added. “And the forces calling for a closer relationship with countries like Russia or China might be emboldened.”Philippines’ Duterte apologizes to Obama for past comments, calls Trump good friend - “It would be appropriate also to say at this time to Mr. Obama that you are now a civilian and I am sorry for uttering those words," Duterte added. "If it is [in] your heart to forgive, you forgive. I have forgiven you.”US service member killed in apparent insider attack in Afghanistan - One US service member was killed and another was wounded in what the military described as "an apparent insider attack" in eastern Afghanistan on Monday. The service member, whose identity has not yet been released, is the sixth American to be killed in Afghanistan this year, according to a statement from the NATO-led coalition in Afghanistan, Resolute Support. The wounded service member is in stable condition, according to the statement.In Brazil's National Museum Fire, Officials Fear 'Incalculable' Loss Of Artifacts - A massive fire that engulfed Brazil's National Museum Sunday night has left staff and officials fearful that many of the nation's most precious artifacts have been lost forever. The museum housed 20 million items, including objects that tell the story of Brazil's past: the first fossil discovered there, the oldest female skull found in the Americas and the nation's largest meteorite.Russian state TV launches program devoted to Putin - Russian state-owned television on Sunday night reportedly aired the first episode of a new weekly program dedicated to Russian President Vladimir Putin. The program, titled "Moscow. Kremlin. Putin." focuses on Putin's work to address issues facing the country, as well as his outreach efforts to ordinary citizens, The Associated Press reported.Two Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar: A poor rice farmer's son and a poet - (CNN) Wa Lone, one of the two Reuters journalists sentenced to seven years prison in Myanmar on Monday for their reporting on the Rohingya crisis, knew what it was like to be poor. He grew up in a small village of around 100 households north of Mandalay, one of a family of five children. His parents were rice farmers and there was little money to go around, according to Reuters. His mother died of cancer when he was a child.Netanyahu asked Trump administration to cut aid to Palestinian refugee program - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly only weeks ago told the Trump administration that it supported a complete halt to U.S. funding for the United Nations (U.N.) Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). Axios, citing Israeli officials, reported on Sunday that Netanyahu told the U.S. about its shift in thinking only weeks ago and that the prime minister did not consult Israel's security chiefs before discussing the topic. The news comes only days after the U.S. announced that it would stop funding the U.N. agency that offers aid to Palestinian refugees.
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