By Guy Faulconbridge LONDON (Reuters) -A global food crisis looms unless the war in Ukraine is stopped because fertiliser prices are soaring so fast that many farmers can no longer afford soil nutrients, Russia's coal and fertiliser king Andrei Melnichenko said on Monday. Several of Russia's richest businessmen have publicly called for peace since President Vladimir Putin ordered the invasion on Feb 24, including Mikhail Fridman, Pyotr Aven and Oleg Deripaska. The United States and its European allies have cast Putin's invasion as an imperial-style land grab that has so far been poorly execute...
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‘Trump should watch his back’ because Mar-A-Lago search shows ‘his buddies could be wearing a wire’: Barbara McQuade
The FBI executed a search warrant Monday at Trump's private club in Florida, which was reportedly prompted by a confidential human source, and MSNBC's Joe Scarborough said the ex-president is taking a close look around his inner circle.
"Who told the FBI what documents Trump was hiding and where they were located?" the "Morning Joe" host said. "Trump world is reportedly trying to figure out who flipped ... Donald Trump is worried he may have a rat or multiple rats in his midst. He is wondering if his phones are tapped, or even if his buddies could be wearing a wire."
Former U.S. attorney Barbara McQuade agreed that Trump should be concerned about his allies providing information to investigators as multiple cases move forward against him.
"If this is an ongoing investigation, as it appears to be, then it would be appropriate to continue to collect evidence," McQuade said. "So the ways those are done are through listening devices, surveillance techniques, confidential informants, consensual monitoring. To use those techniques requires court oversight. They're not planting bugs on their own, they're not tapping his phones without great scrutiny by a court. So just as we saw for this search, it required a court to review and determine whether there was probable cause to believe that a crime had been committed and that evidence of that crime would be found on the scene."
"To engage in any of the other investigative techniques would also require court oversight," she added, "so I'm sure Merrick Garland is doing this by the book. He has told us so. By all appearances, he is doing so. But I think you're right, if we know there is an informant who shared this information -- which is not surprising. It is often the way that the government learns about misconduct in cases, someone who is close to the wrongdoer shares that information. But i think Donald Trump does need to watch his back. Sound like the rats are fleeing the ship."
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George Conway asks followers for Trump 2024 campaign slogan ideas -- here are the funniest suggestions
Attorney George Conway on Thursday reached out to his followers to come up with potential slogans for former President Donald Trump's 2024 presidential campaign -- and he was inundated with comical replies.
Conway got the ball rolling with his own suggestion, which was, "Take the Fifth 440 Times and Fight," a reference to the fact that Trump invoked his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination more than 400 times during a civil lawsuit deposition on Wednesday.
One of Conway's followers quickly chimed in with a play on former President Ronald Regan's winning 1984 campaign message: "It's Suborning Again in America."
Another follower, meanwhile suggested a play on one of Trump's own campaign refrains while incorporating the FBI investigation into the former president illegally taking classified documents with him to Mar-a-Lago: "Promises Made, Classified Documents Kept."
Follower Greg Joslyn, staying with the theme of Trump's handling of classified material, suggested, "A Torn Up Document in Every Pot."
Follower Linda Williams pitched a slogan that incorporated a potential prison sentence for the former president: "Trump... 20 to 24 years."
And Berkeley law professor Orin Kerr thought that Trump's 2024 run could be accurately summed up as, "Return to Abnormalcy."
A British man accused of being part of an Islamic State (IS) kidnap-and-murder cell known as the "Beatles" appeared in court in London on Thursday on terrorism charges after returning to the UK.
The Metropolitan Police said Thursday that 38-year-old Aine Davis had "been charged with various terrorism offenses following an investigation by the Met's Counter Terrorism Command".
Davis appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court in central London on Thursday morning flanked by two suited police officers.
Sporting a short beard and wearing a grey T-shirt, Davis spoke only to confirm his full name and that he was of no fixed abode.
Chief Magistrate Paul Goldspring remanded him in custody, saying that there would be no bail application due to the likelihood that he might abscond and his "propensity to travel on forged documents".
He faces three counts under terrorism laws, two related to terrorism fundraising and one related to possessing a firearm.
Davis was allegedly a member of the IS cell that held dozens of foreign hostages in Syria between 2012 and 2015 and was known to their captives as the "Beatles" because of their British accents.
He converted to Islam and adopted the name Hamza, the Criminal Prosecution Service said in a statement. It said he had been deported to the UK by Turkish authorities.
The Met, which leads anti-terror investigations in the UK, said they arrested Davis after he landed at Luton airport on a flight from Turkey.
Goldspring said in court that if Davis is convicted, he will face "years, not months" in prison.
The case was referred to the Crown Court, with the next pre-trial hearing set for September 2 at the Central Criminal Court, known as the Old Bailey.
The four members of the "Beatles" are accused of abducting at least 27 journalists and relief workers from the United States, Britain, Europe, New Zealand, Russia and Japan.
Two have already been brought to justice and one was killed.
They were all allegedly involved in the murders of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, as well as aid workers Peter Kassig and Kayla Mueller.
The quartet allegedly tortured and killed the four American victims, including by beheading, and IS released videos of the murders for propaganda purposes.
Alexanda Kotey, a 38-year-old former British national extradited from the UK to the US in 2020 to face charges there, pleaded guilty to his role in the deaths last September and was sentenced to life in prison in April.
El Shafee Elsheikh, 34, another former British national also extradited to the US at the same time, was found guilty of all charges in April, and will be sentenced next week.
The other "Beatles" executioner, Mohamed Emwazi, was killed by a US drone in Syria in 2015.
Elsheikh and Kotey were captured in January 2018 by a Kurdish militia in Syria and turned over to US forces in Iraq before being sent to Britain.
They were eventually flown to Virginia in 2020 to face charges of hostage-taking, conspiracy to murder US citizens and supporting a foreign terrorist organisation.
Davis served a seven-and-a-half-year sentence in Turkey for membership in the terrorist group, according to reports.
In 2014, his wife Amal El-Wahabi became the first person in Britain to be convicted of funding IS jihadists after trying to send 20,000 euros -- worth $25,000 at the time -- to him in Syria.
She was jailed for 28 months and seven days following a trial in which Davis was described as a drug dealer before he went to Syria to fight with IS.
A warrant was issued in 2015 at Westminster Magistrates' Court for Davis's arrest over possession of a firearm for suspected terrorist purposes between 2013 and 2014, the CPS said.
The arrest warrant also referred to requesting and passing on money while knowing or suspecting it would be used for "the purposes of terrorism", the CPS said.