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France in contact, not negotiating, with Libya

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French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said Tuesday that France had had “contacts” with the Libyan regime concerning the departure of leader Moamer Kadhafi but no real negotiations had taken place.

“There have indeed been contacts, but it has not turned into a real negotiation,” he told France Info radio station. “The Libyan regime is sending messengers everywhere: to Turkey, New York, Paris,” he said.

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“We are meeting envoys who say to us: look, ‘Kadhafi is ready to go, let’s talk about it’,” he added.

Kadhafi’s son Seif Al-Islam told the Algerian daily El Khabar in an interview published Monday that Tripoli was “holding real negotiations with France and not with the rebels” fighting to out him.

France has been taking part for four months in a military campaign targeting Kadhafi’s military sites under a UN mandate to protect civilians from his forces. The French parliament was expected to vote on Tuesday to prolong the mission.

France’s government has said the NATO bombings will not stop until Kadhafi quits power.

“The conditions for a ceasefire are not yet met,” Juppe said Tuesday.

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These are a return of Kadhafi’s troops to their barracks, permission for UN monitors on the ground and “a declaration by Kadhafi, in a form yet to determined, that he is withdrawing from political and military power,” he said.

The prime minister in Kadhafi’s regime, Baghdadi al-Mahmudi, said negotiations between Tripoli, the rebels and NATO could go ahead without Kadhafi’s involvement.

“The Guide will not intervene in these discussions. Everything must be done freely,” he was quoted as saying by French daily Le Figaro.

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President Donald Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison, but he's seeking a reduction in his sentence according to a recent court filing.

"Reducing the Court's previously imposed 36 month term of imprisonment, or, in the alternative, reducing it to a term of home confinement, coupled with a community service," the documents requested.

While Cohen cooperated with investigators, he didn't do so immediately, instead he remained loyal to his former client. After it became clear that Cohen was being thrown under the bus, however, he began to cooperate with investigators.

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Michael Cohen is seeking a sentence reduction and admitted he "sold his soul" to Trump.

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"I haven't read the entire report," Kennedy said of the inspector general report on the start of the Russia investigation. "I'm about 70 percent through but I'm going to get through. It's tedious and I don't mean that in a pejorative way, it's supposed to be tedious. About 15 percent of the way through it made me want to heave. After about 25 percent of the way through, I thought I'd dropped acid. It's so real."

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