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WATCH: Putin opposition leader says he can show Paul Manafort’s links to the Kremlin

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Alexei Navalny, a fierce critic of Russian president Vladimir Putin, posted a video on Thursday claiming to prove ties between onetime Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and the Kremlin, the Moscow Times reports.

In the video, Navalny traces Manafort’s link to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, whom the opposition leader alleged acted as an intermediary between the former Trump associate and associates of Putin.

Deripaska is the Russian metal tycoon who was offered “private briefings” by Manafort two weeks before then-candidate Trump secured the Republican nomination. Manafort had a $10 million annual contract with Deripaska before he was indicted on charges of money laundering and conspiracy as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

According to Navalny, there’s a trail — through a “self-described ‘sex huntress'” — that places Deripaska and Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Prikhodko together in August 2016, a month after Manafort offered the Russian oligarch briefings on the campaign.

“[It’s] because these briefings were actually for Putin, the Kremlin, the Federal Security Service,” Navalny charges in the video.

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Watch Navalny’s video below (with English subtitles).

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Cristiano Ronaldo will not face rape charges in Nevada

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Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo will not face any charges over an alleged rape in the US state of Nevada a decade ago, prosecutors said on Monday.

The Clark County District Attorney's Office said it had declined to prosecute the Portuguese star because it "cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt" that a sexual assault occurred.

Kathryn Mayorga, a former model, has claimed that Ronaldo raped her in a Las Vegas hotel in 2009.

The former Manchester United and Real Madrid star reached a financial settlement with her following the incident but has denied allegations of sexual assault.

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‘They are lemmings’: Democratic strategist blasts Republicans as ‘the party of cowardice and complicity’

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In a CNN panel Monday, Democratic strategist Maria Cardona unleashed on the way Republicans are continuing to give President Donald Trump a pass on his racist attacks on four congresswomen of color.

In a press availability, Trump told reporters that the four women are changing the Democratic Party, saying no one knows how to handle them.

After playing the tape, one of the panelists off-camera could be heard saying, "He's such a liar."

"It’s so insulting that he even talks about these four young women of color as 'people who need to be handled,'" Cardona said of Trump's casual misogyny. "They are elected members of Congress. They deserve respect. What I think really drives this president crazy is that they are young, and they are women of color, and that they are doing things that really take him off of his message. And they are also exposing what many of us have already known — that he is a racist, that he has taken a playbook out of the handbook of white supremacists telling them to 'send her back.' And then — then using that at his rallies and saying he doesn’t agree with it."

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Georgetown Law professor: Top broadcaster ‘likely’ killed interview because Buttigieg is gay

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A prominent Georgetown Law professor says Cumulus Media likely blocked an interview one of its country music station hosts had conducted with Pete Buttigieg from airing because the Democratic presidential candidate is gay.

After Huffpost reported that Blair Garner had been told by Cumulus Media he could not air any part of his interview with Buttigieg, Cumulus – the number three broadcaster in the nation of AM and FM radio stations – claimed the decision was based on the “equal time rule.”

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