Investigation into a possible scheme between Russia and Italian political party

London (CNN)Prosecutors in Milan have opened an investigation into possible charges of international corruption, amid fresh claims that representatives from Matteo Salvini’s League party discussed a funding scheme with Russia to plug a black hole in the League’s finances, according to a person briefed on the investigation. Responding to reporters in Rome this week, Salvini, Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister, said he had ‘never taken a rouble, a euro, a dollar or a litre of Vodka in financing from the Russians’ and that he would continue to dispute such claims vigorously. Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

Putin: Skripal attack should not affect UK-Russia relations

Russian president says the Salisbury poisonings are not worth all this fuss his meeting with Theresa May at the G20 summit in Japan that relations between Britain and Russia should not suffer because of last years nerve agent attack on the former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia. All this fuss about spies and counterspies is not worth interstate relations. This spy story, as we say here, is not worth 5 kopecks, plummeted to a post-Cold War low last year when London accused Moscow of the poisoning of the Skripals in Salisbury. The Kremlin denies sending GRU military intelligence agents to Britain to carry out the attack, which triggered scores of diplomatic expulsions between Moscow and western countries. The …

French Muslim women wear burkinis to the pool as an act of protest

(CNN)For some Muslim women in France, it’s all but impossible to swim in a public pool and stay true to their beliefs. Swimming as civil disobedience Alliance Citoyenne said that its campaign is inspired by the actions of black Americans during the civil rights movement, specifically the use of civil disobedience like the Montgomery bus boycott. Seven women went to a pool in Grenoble once last month and once this week. The group plans similar protests every Sunday until the rule is changed, Alliance Citoyenne head organizer Adrien Roux said. “Civil disobedience of Grenoble Muslim women for public pools that respect freedom of conscience,” the group said in a tweet. Matthieu Chamussy, a member of the center-right Republican Party, criticized …

More than two decades after a woman was killed in an Irish village, French prosecutors hope to close the case

Schull, Ireland (CNN)Perched on a bench in the quiet courtyard of a pub, Ian Bailey is signing a copy of his self-published book of poetry for a young American woman. He then opens a folded paper printout of his latest work. The area of West Cork however, is no stranger to foreigners. It’s long served as an outpost for artists from across the globe seeking solace and space, with its holiday homes and winding roads well traversed by wealthy travelers looking to disconnect from the daily grind. Bailey is one of those “blow-ins,” a local term to describe a person not born in the locality. The Manchester, UK-born former journalist moved to the area in 1991 with a plan to …

The schoolgirls who defied the Stasi: ‘Someone said,

They were West German teenagers on a school trip. He was a young man desperate to escape from East Germany. Thirty five years later, they tell their story Its December 1984, a week before Christmas. Tina Kirschner and Barbara Kahlke, two 17-year-olds from West Germany, are sitting on a creaking red bus headed for the socialist part of their divided country. Theyre on a school trip, and the mood is boisterous: almost 40 teenagers singing along to Duran Duran. But once they cross the heavily guarded border, reality hits. The world theyre entering feels alien and forbidding. All around them, slogans celebrate the glorious achievements of the German Democratic Republic (GDR). Yet as they pass through the crumbling town centres, …