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Manafort continued to secretly work for Ukraine interests after Mueller indicted him: report

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Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort kept working for Ukrainian interests into 2018 — after he was indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller.

NBC News reported that a redacted, newly-released court transcript from a sealed hearing Monday revealed that prosecutors referenced work Manafort did in the Eastern European country last year.

At one point, the report noted, prosecutor Andrew Weissman referenced “2018 work that [Manafort] did with respect to polling in Ukraine.”

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The transcript also suggested that prosecutors believe the former Trump campaign chairman told at least one lie to investigators in hopes of securing a pardon from President Donald Trump.

Manafort also reportedly lied about contacts he had with Russian oligarch Konstantin Kilimnik in early August 2016, while he was still chairman of the Trump campaign. Kilimnik was indicted by Mueller in June 2018 on obstruction of justice charges similar to Manaforts’.

New York Times reporter Ken Vogel noted on Twitter that prosecutors allege Manafort “went out of his way” to not incriminate Kilimnik.

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Mueller’s team, Vogel noted, has claimed oligarch has ties to Russian intelligence and was “acting on behalf of Russia” when interacting with Manafort.

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Manafort and his deputy Rick Gates were aware that their meeting with Kilimnik “could look bad” and “took steps to conceal it,” the reporter tweeted, summarizing the new transcripts.

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ABC News had the goods on Jeffrey Epstein years ago — and killed the story

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Multimillionaire predator Jeffrey Epstein died in suspicious circumstances at a Manhattan correctional facility on Aug. 10. The wealthy and powerful New York financier, a convicted sex offender, stands accused by dozens of women and girls of trafficking, rape and sexual abuse. He was an enormously influential and well-connected man who counted as friends billionaire business ownersHollywood starsBritish royals, and even top media figures like Katie Couric and Charlie Rose — with some of his associates falling under suspicion of condoning or even participating in a pedophile ring.

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Child killed as quake strikes southern Philippines

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A powerful earthquake hit the southern Philippine island of Mindanao on Sunday, killing a child, injuring dozens and damaging buildings in an area still recovering from a string of deadly quakes in October.

Police said a rescue operation had been launched at a heavily damaged market building in Padada near the 6.8 magnitude quake's epicentre, which is about 90 kilometres (55 miles) south of the major city of Davao.

Patients were evacuated from hospitals as a precaution and nervous crowds massed outside shopping malls after the jolt and dozens of smaller, but strong aftershocks.

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50 bodies unearthed from Mexican mass grave

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The bodies of at least 50 people have been unearthed from a mass grave at a farm outside Mexico's western city of Guadalajara, local authorities said.

The grim site was discovered just over three weeks ago in Jalisco -- a state hard-hit by violence linked to organized crime.

The local prosecutor's office said Saturday 13 of the dead -- 12 men and a woman -- have been identified and the remains given to their families.

The process of identifying more of the victims and how they died will continue, it added.

A mass grave with 34 bodies was discovered in a suburb of Guadalajara on September 3, while another was found nearby in May with the remains of 30 people.

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