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Former FBI No.2 fired

WASHINGTON – US Attorney-General Jeff Sessions fired the FBI’s former No. 2 official Andrew McCabe on Friday, prompting Mr McCabe to say he was targeted for being a witness into whether President Donald Trump tried to obstruct the probe of Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Mr Sessions said he felt justified in firing Mr McCabe.

Putin on track for win

PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKY, Russia – Russians began voting in a presidential election on Sunday set to give Vladimir Putin a commanding victory that could only be blemished if large numbers do not bother taking part because the result is so predictable. Opinion polls give Mr Putin, the incumbent, support of around 70 per cent.

Lawyer seeks $20m in damages

WASHINGTON – A law firm representing US President Donald Trump and the corporation that paid porn actress Stormy Daniels $130,000 in what she called hush money over an alleged affair with Mr Trump said in a court filing that it was seeking at least $20 million in damages for multiple violations of a nondisclosure agreement.

Merkel, Macron plan roadmap

PARIS – French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday pledged to overcome differences in order to formulate a roadmap for a reform of the euro zone which they will seek to get approved by their European peers in June.

Letter, bullet, sent to minister

ATHENS – A threatening letter containing a bullet has been sent to the Greek foreign minister, who is engaged in talks with Macedonia on a long-running name dispute, police said. Nikos Kotzias has received other threatening letters and calls in recent months.

Plane crash kills 10

MANILA – Ten people died when a small plane crashed into a house north of the Philippine capital on Saturday, aviation and police officials said. It was carrying five people, including the pilot, and was en route to Laoag in northwestern Luzon. “All plane occupants died in the aircraft accident with collateral damage to a house with five occupants who also perished,” Eric Apolonio said.

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