By Robert Muller PRAGUE (Reuters) - Russia's invasion of Ukraine has given new purpose to a Czech group, switching its focus from documenting memories of the past under Nazi and Soviet domination to supplying flak jackets, drones and helmets to Ukrainians defending their country. Amid the international response to Ukraine's plight, the Memory of Nations (Pamet Naroda) group has put together shipments of protective gear, including goggles, gloves, walkie-talkies and medical equipment heading for Ukraine to help those fighting the invasion. "We agreed that in the initial stage it will be more us...
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Federal prosecutors unsealed an indictment against Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska and three women accused of helping him circumvent U.S. sanctions.
The indictment accuses Olga Shriki, a naturalized U.S. citizen from New Jersey, of helping Deripaska sell a California music studio for $3.1 million in 2019, and she is also accused of arranging for a Russian woman, Ekaterina Voronina, to travel to the U.S. to give brith to Deripaska's child.
Another Russian woman, Natalia Bardakova, allegedly helped make travel arrangements for Voronina.
The 54-year-old Deripaska was charged with violating sanctions imposed in 2018 by the Trump administration.
Voronina, 33, was charged with making false statements to federal agents when she tried to enter the U.S., and the 42-year-old Shriki was charged with conspiring to violate U.S. sanctions and obstruction of justice.
The 45-year-old Bardakova was charged with making false statements to the FBI.
'They can’t do this to me': Trump threatened to sue Congress following his first impeachment, new book reveals
Former President Donald Trump wanted to retaliate against Congress after the House of Representatives endorsed two articles of impeachment against him.
According to HuffPost, the former president threatened to take legal action against Congress following his first impeachment. The allegation was detailed in the book “Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America,” written by The New York Times' Maggie Haberman.
Multiple media outlets have shared reports about excerpts of the book that have been publicized ahead of its release.
Per HuffPost: "Trump’s alleged call for legal action came after the House adopted articles of impeachment against him in 2019, CNN reported, after a formal House inquiry revealed he had pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate the son of Democratic presidential rival Joe Biden."
“I’ll just sue Congress. They can’t do this to me,” Trump said, according to the excerpts from the book.
The book also includes comments made by Trump as he prepared for a debate with former Democratic presidential candidate Hilary Clinton ahead of the 2016 election. At that time, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus asked if she could use the women's restroom.
In response to the question, Trump reportedly said, “'I have a question, cocked or decocked?' Trump reportedly asked," per the news outlet, "before receiving 'blank stares' and making a 'chopping gesture.'” He continued, “With cock or without cock?”
Other detailed accounts from the book have also surfaced this week. Haberman's book, "Confidence Man," is set to be released on October 4, 2022.
The James Webb and Hubble telescopes on Thursday revealed their first images of a spacecraft deliberately smashing into an asteroid, as astronomers indicated that the impact looks to have been much greater than expected.
The world's telescopes turned their gaze towards the space rock Dimorphos earlier this week for a historic test of Earth's ability to defend itself against a potential life-threatening asteroid in the future.
Astronomers rejoiced as NASA's Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) impactor slammed into its pyramid-sized, rugby ball-shaped target 11 million kilometres (6.8 million miles) from Earth on Monday night.
Images taken by Earth-bound telescopes showed a vast cloud of dust expanding out of Dimorphos -- and its big brother Didymos which it orbits -- after the spaceship hit.
While those images showed matter spraying out over thousands of kilometers, the James Webb and Hubble images "zoom in much closer", said Alan Fitzsimmons, an astronomer at Queen's University Belfast involved in observations with the ATLAS project.
James Webb and Hubble can offer a view "within just a few kilometers of the asteroids and you can really clearly see how the material is flying out from that explosive impact by DART", Fitzsimmons told AFP.
"It really is quite spectacular," he said.
An image taken by James Webb's Near-Infrared Camera (NIRCam) four hours after impact shows "plumes of material appearing as wisps streaming away from the centre of where the impact took place", according to a joint statement from the European Space Agency, James Webb and Hubble.
Hubble images from 22 minutes, five hours and eight hours after impact show the expanding spray of matter from where DART hit.
'Worried there was nothing left'
Ian Carnelli of the European Space Agency said that the "really impressive" Webb and Hubble images were remarkably similar to those taken by the toaster-sized satellite LICIACube, which was just 50 kilometers from the asteroid after separating from the DART spacecraft a few weeks ago.
The images depict an impact that looks "a lot bigger than we expected," said Carnelli, the manager of the ESA's Hera mission which intends to inspect the damage in four years.
"I was really worried there was nothing left of Dimorphos" at first, Carnelli told AFP.
The Hera mission, which is scheduled to launch in October 2024 and arrive at the asteroid in 2026, had expected to survey a crater around 10 meters (33 feet) in diameter.
It now looks like it will be far bigger, Carnelli said, "if there is a crater at all, maybe a piece of Dimorphos was just chunked off."
The true measure of DART's success will be exactly how much it diverted the asteroid's trajectory, so the world can start preparing to defend itself against bigger asteroids that could head our way in the future.
It will likely take Earth-bound telescopes and radars at least a week for a first estimate of how much the asteroid's orbit has been altered, and three or four weeks before there is a precise measurement, Carnelli said.
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"I am expecting a much bigger deflection than we had planned," he said.
That would have "huge implications in planetary defence because it means that this technique could be used for much larger asteroids", Carnelli added.
"Until today, we thought that the only deflection technique would be to send a nuclear device."
Fitzsimmons said that even if no material had been "flung off" Dimorphos, DART still would still have slightly affected its orbit.
"But the more material and the faster it's moving, the more of a deflection there will have been," he said.
The observations from James Webb and Hubble will help reveal how much -- and how quickly -- matter sprayed from the asteroid, as well as the nature of its surface.
The asteroid impact marked the first time the two space telescopes observed the same celestial body.
Fitzsimmons said the images were "a beautiful demonstration of the extra science you can get by using more than one telescope simultaneously".
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