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‘Butcher of Bosnia’ Mladic trial to resume Monday

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The trial of former Bosnian Serb army chief Ratko Mladic will resume next week after being suspended when Mladic fell ill, the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal said Friday.

The 70-year-old was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure after falling ill during his trial on Thursday, though his lawyer, Branko Lukic, told AFP later the same day that his client was already feeling better.

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Mladic was not however in court for Friday’s hearing at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague.

Judge Alphons Orie adjourned proceedings, after telling the prosecution’s second witness, David Harland, a UN political advisor during the war, he would like to see him on Monday.

Harland had originally been scheduled to continue his testimony on Friday.

The trial had only resumed Monday with the prosecution’s first witness testimonies, after being abruptly suspended May 17 at the request of the defence.

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Mladic is being tried for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity for his role in Bosnia’s 1992-1995 war that claimed 100,000 lives and displaced 2.2 million people.

He is accused of having masterminded a criminal plan to rid multi-ethnic Bosnia of Croats and Muslims and of having a hand in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, the worst atrocity on European soil since World War II.

Mladic faces charges relating to the July 1995 Srebrenica massacre, during which Bosnian Serb troops slaughtered nearly 8,000 Muslim men and adolescents.

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He denies all the charges, but could face life in prison if convicted.

On the run for 16 years, Mladic was arrested May 26 2011 at a relative’s home in northeastern Serbia. He has complained regularly of health issues since he first appeared before the ICTY in June 2011.

The health scares have prompted groups representing the families of Srebrenica victims to voice concern that Mladic might die before his trial is concluded.

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Mladic’s one-time mentor, former Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic, died in The Hague in 2006, four years into his own war crimes trial.


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AT&T pressured employees to set up phony DirecTV Now accounts ahead of Time Warner merger: suit

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A new lawsuit accuses AT&T of pressuring employees to set up phony DirecTV Now accounts to boost subscription numbers ahead of a $85 billion merger with Time Warner.

The suit filed by a group of investors claims AT&T knowingly told shareholders that DirectTV Now was growing, when subscribers were actually leaving the platform, reported Markets Insider.

"Employees were taught and actively encouraged to convert activation fees that customers traditionally had to pay to upgrade their phones into DirecTV Now subscriptions by waiving the fee," the lawsuit claims.

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Internet slams ex-Trump aide for bragging he’ll be loyal to the president when he testifies before Congress

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On Tuesday, ahead of his public testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski took to Twitter to effectively boast that he will parrot the president's talking points and offer nothing new to House Democrats — and tease an upcoming run for Senate in 2020:

Excited about the opportunity to remind the American people today there was no collusion no obstruction. There were lots of angry Democrats who tried to take down a duly elected President. Tune in. #Senate2020.

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Trump is a wannabe dictator in training

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In a view shared by many, it is easy to believe that what Donald Trump really wants is not to be president of the country, but dictator of it.

Indeed, he has suggested how good it might be for him to enjoy a third term, perhaps more, even though the Constitution forcefully forbids it.

In a Father's Day tweet he fantasized over the possibility, suggesting the public might “demand” that he serve a third term. The [good news], he wrote, “is that at the end of six years, after America has been made GREAT again and I leave the beautiful White House  (do you think the people would demand that I stay longer? KEEP AMERICA GREAT)….”

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