*(FROM THE RELIGION OF PEACE) – ISIS threats against Women’s Euro 2017 tournament probed by Dutch counterterrorism police

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The Dutch counterterrorism agency NCTV is investigating online threats made by Islamic State-affiliated militants against the UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 soccer tournament scheduled to take place in the Netherlands next week.

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The group named ‘Lone Mujahid,’ posted on the encrypted Telegram messaging service calling for unaffiliated believers, inspired by recent attacks in London and Manchester, to carry out a copycat attack at the upcoming tournament.

“We take today’s threat very seriously, of course,” said Lodewijk Hekking, spokesperson for the Ministry of Security and Justice, as cited by RTL NewsThere are more of these types of threats. However, I do not give a view of the seriousness of this.”

The threat specifically called for an attack on the football stadium in the cIty of Utrecht on July 19 when England are scheduled to play Scotland.

“We take it seriously. We are in close contact with the NCTV. They do research,” tournament spokesperson Annette van Trigt said, also cited by RTL.

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The group posted four photos on July 11, 2017 showing a detailed stadium map and ‘inspiration’ guides of how previous attacks were carried out. It also posted a series of inflammatory hashtags.

While NCTV is taking the threat seriously, the agency has yet to raise the national threat level, which currently stands at level four out of five, meaning the threat of attack is substantial but no clear evidence exists that one is imminent.

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Dick Schoof, the national coordinator for counterterrorism and security, confirmed the severity of the threat and said he was already in contact with the Dutch Women’s Football Association regarding the upcoming event.

The cities of Deventer, Breda, Tilburg, Rotterdam, Doetinchem and Enschede will also host games. The final will take place Sunday, August 6 in the De Grolsch Veste stadium in Enschede.

NATALIA: I WAS NOT FROM KREMLIN! DONALD JR RELEASES EMAIL CHAIN

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By Keir Simmons and Rachel Elbaum

MOSCOW — The Russian lawyer who met with Donald Trump Jr. during the presidential campaign denied in an exclusive interview with NBC News that she had any connection to the Kremlin and insisted she met with President Donald Trump’s son in 2016 to discuss sanctions between Russia and the U.S., not to hand over information about Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

“I never had any damaging or sensitive information about Hillary Clinton. It was never my intention to have that,” Natalia Veselnitskaya said.

Her account appeared to contradict that of Trump Jr., who said on Sunday that the premise of the meeting was to discuss damaging information on Clinton that the lawyer was offering. When asked how Trump Jr. seemed to have the impression that she had information about the Democratic National Committee, she responded:

“It is quite possible that maybe they were longing for such an information. They wanted it so badly that they could only hear the thought that they wanted.”

Trump Jr. has confirmed that the meeting occurred, saying in a statement to The New York Times that he attended “a short introductory meeting” with the lawyer, where the topic of conversation was primarily about adoption.

On Monday, Trump Jr. seemed to confirm that he had been offered information about Clinton or her campaign but insisted that nothing untoward in the meeting had occurred.

“Obviously I’m the first person on a campaign to ever take a meeting to hear info about an opponent… went nowhere but had to listen,” he tweeted, seemingly sarcastic.

The New York Times on Monday reported that Trump Jr. was told in an email before the meeting that the information Veselnitskaya had was part of a Russian government effort to help his father’s candidacy.

But Veselnitskaya flatly denied any connection to the Russian government. Kremlin officials said on Monday that they were unfamiliar with the lawyer.

Veselnitskaya explained she has questioned for many years a story that became the basis for a claim against her client, Russian businessman Denis Katsyv. She sought an investigation by the U.S. Congress into the allegations.

That claim led to a U.S. law called the Magnitsky Act, which enabled the U.S. to impose sanctions on Russian officials accused of human rights violations. The Magnitsky Act also led the Kremlin to ban the adoption of Russian children by Americans at the end of 2012.

Part of the information she put together for her client included details about a company run by a former U.S. citizen. She believes this company didn’t pay taxes in either Russia or the U.S. and may also have made donations to the D.N.C.

These details are what may have sparked the interest of Trump’s campaign, she said.

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She also said that in the meeting, Trump Jr. asked her just one question.

“The question that I was asked was as follows: whether I had any financial records which might prove that the funds used to sponsor the D.N.C. were coming from inappropriate sources.”

Veselnitskaya had no records and said “it was never my intention to collect any financial records to that end.”

Trump Jr.’s meeting with Veselnitskaya took place on June 9, 2016, two days after Trump became the presumptive Republican nominee.

Veselnitskaya described how she had circulated information on “the real circumstances behind the Magnitsky Act,” to friends and friends of friends, seeking meetings with anyone who could help facilitate testimony before Congress.

“I never asked anybody for a particular meeting with Mr. Donald Trump Jr., or with anybody else,” she said.

In describing how the meeting came about, Veselnitskaya didn’t name the person who set it up over the phone while she was in New York for work.

She added that she now knows that it was arranged in part by pop-star Emin Agalarov, who appeared in a music video with Trump when the Miss Universe pageant, which Trump owned at the time, was held in Moscow in 2013. She said she has never met Agalarov.

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When Veselnitskaya arrived at Trump Tower for the meeting, which she described as banal, she was met by music publicist Rob Goldstone, who had also been involved in the pageant. After entering a board room, she was introduced to Trump Jr.

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She described how Trump Jr. ran the meeting, which she said lasted 20-30 minutes. Two other men who she never met by name were also in the room. She said she only realized three days ago who they were after seeing their photos in the news. Those men were Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law, and Paul Manafort, who at the time was running the Trump campaign.

“I could recognize the young gentleman who was only present in the meeting for probably the first seven to 10 minutes, and then he stood up and left the room,” she said. “It was Mr. Jared Kushner. And he never came back, by the way.

“And the other individual who was in the same meeting, but all the time he was looking at his phone. He was reading something. He never took any active part in the conversation. That was Mr. Manafort.” Midway in the interview, she described Manafort as “absent-minded.”

Trump Jr.’s newly appointed lawyer, Alan Futerfas, on Monday said “that Don Jr. had no knowledge as to what specific information, if any, would be discussed” in the meeting.

He called the reports “much ado about nothing,” and noted that Veselnitskaya was not a government official and had not been a prosecutor since 2001.

Veselnitskaya described how difficult the past few days have been since the story broke.

“Imagine yourself in my shoes. One morning you wake up and all of a sudden you are the focus of all the high ranking, upstream media of the world,” she said.

“To summarize, those were not the happiest days of my life, I have to say. I have to break up my holiday. I have to take a trip back to Moscow, because I just wanted to be able to answer the questions myself.”

CORRECTION (July 11, 2017, 10:45 a.m.): An earlier version of this article misstated the name of Veselnitskaya’s client. It is Denis Katsyv, not Kadsyv.

Keir Simmons reported from Moscow, and Rachel Elbaum from London.

Democrats seek to block Trump-Putin cybersecurity plan by cutting US funds

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Democrats have filed amendments calling to block funding, including from the defense budget, to block any agreement between President Donald Trump and Russia’s Vladimir Putin on a joint cybersecurity unit.

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Senator Don Beyer from Virginia introduced the amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on Monday.

Donald Trump’s proposal to form a ‘cyber security unit’ with Putin is a terrible idea that would immediately jeopardize American cybersecurity,” Beyer said. “Trump must acknowledge that Russia interfered in the 2016 election and take strong, meaningful action to prevent it from happening again in future elections.”  

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The amendment blocks all funding “authorized to be appropriated” by NDAA or “otherwise made available for fiscal year 2018 for the Department of Defense” to any Russia-US efforts on cybersecurity issues.

“None of the funds … may be obligated or expended to share intelligence, information, equipment, personnel, or facilities related to any cyber agreement entered into with Russia after December 31, 2016,” it states.

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Two more democrats, Ruben Gallego, a senator from Arizona and Ted Lieu, who represents California’s 33rd congressional district, filed similar amendments to NDAA, calling to “confront Russian interference in the 2016 election.”

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“It is completely inexplicable that the Administration is apparently planning to partner with Russia on a ‘new Cyber Security unit’,” the joint statement said.

The Putin-Trump discussion on cybersecurity has been a hot topic in the media since the presidents first met in person on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.

On Saturday, Putin confirmed that he and Trump had shared their views on the issue, adding both had agreed to “create a working group and work together on how to jointly monitor security in cyberspace.”

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Putin also confirmed that the accusations claiming Russia meddled in the US election had been addressed during his conversation with Trump. The Russian president reiterated that there is no reason to believe that Russia interfered in the US electoral process.

Trump tweeted on Sunday that he and Putin had discussed forming an impenetrable cybersecurity unit to prevent election hacking. However, later he almost reiterated from his comments after a backlash from Republican senators, who dubbed the plan “close to the dumbest idea.”

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Republican senators lashed out at Trump for his teaming up with Putin on cybersecurity, calling the idea close to the dumbest” and insisted the Russian president is behind the hacking.

Viktor Orban: European Union Is Following ‘Soros Migrant Plans’

By Chris Tomlinson

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has claimed the European Union are implementing migration plans designed by left-wing billionaire Geroge Soros to bring in a million migrants per year to Europe with the help of his army of NGOs.

Orbán claimed the EU and Soros wish to bring in the one million migrants annually to create an EU immigration force to undermine the national sovereignty of member states, Die Presse reports.

According to Orbán, many heads of government across Europe agree with his government’s policy on migration but will only say so in private. He also said that because of the recent surge of migration into Italy, he expected the southern European nation could soon join Hungary and others in wanting to secure their national borders.

The Italian government have already made several steps toward securing their border after they saw 13,500 migrants arrive by naval vessels and NGO rescue ships in a 48-hour period. The NGO ships have been accused by Italian prosecutors of cooperating with people smugglers and Italy has even threatened to close its ports to their boats if the traffic continues at the same pace.

Orbán also mentioned former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi who once warned that if his government should fall, then millions of people would flood Europe from Africa. The Hungarian prime minister said that although Gaddafi was no democratic ruler, Western interventionism in Libya was partly responsible for the current crisis.

Over the last few months, Prime Minister Orbán has railed against fellow Hungarian national Soros, claiming that his cadres of NGOs, largely financed by his Open Society Foundations, are promoting open borders and mass migration into Europe. Soros was described by the Hungarian leader as a “speculator operating an extensive mafia network”.

The Hungarian government has also proposed a law to combat foreign-funded NGOs in the country by forcing them to reveal their funding sources and register as a “foreign-supported organisation” if they take in more than 7.2 million Hungarian forints ($26,000/£20,000) in annual revenue.

Orbán is not the only European leader coming out against the left-wing billionaire as more and more governments are investigating Soros ties to various groups. Some, like website Politico, have credited the work of Breitbart News with inspiring many leaders in Eastern Europe to investigate the activities of groups financed by Soros.

Water cannon, torched cars: Protests rage in Hamburg for 2nd day as G20 summit kicks off

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Unrest in Hamburg has continued into Friday as G20 summit has kicked off in the city. Forty-five people have been detained and 159 police officers have been wounded in clashes, according to police cited by German media.

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Police had to resort to water cannon to disperse protesters while earlier several cars were set on fire in the suburb of Altona.

G20 protesters staged a sit-in demonstration and blocked a road in Hamburg on Friday morning. Police said that they tried to urge the protesters to disperse peacefully, but then deployed water cannon to clear the road.

Hamburg police requested reinforcements following overnight clashes in the city, according to Germany’s Welt newspaper, citing police officials.

Berlin and Baden-Württemberg police units deployed 200 more officers each in addition to the 20,000 or so already providing security during the G20 summit.

A police helicopter was nearly hit by a pistol flare light on Friday, Hamburg police wrote on Twitter.

Earlier, demonstrators set several cars on fire in Altona, several police vehicles also were vandalized, according to Hamburg police, who tweeted the images of police vans with black paint and smashed windows.

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People have been posting numerous videos and photos online showing plumes of smoke rising in the Hamburg suburb. Police advised people to avoid the area to not get caught up in the chaotic scenes.

Protests in Hamburg are ongoing, with some groups of demonstrators sitting on the streets, while police are taking protesters one by one in attempt to clear the road.

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Pictures and videos on social media posts show burning cars in the streets of Altona.

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Thursday’s night anti-G20 rally in Hamburg erupted into a violent confrontation between police and protesters, although the ‘Welcome to Hell’ anti-globalist march started off relatively peacefully. Clashes begun in the evening, police used pepper-spray and water cannons against rioting protesters. More than 110 officers have been injured in

Polish Crowd Chants ‘Donald Trump!’ ‘USA!’

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The Polish crowd attending President Trump‘s speech in Warsaw repeatedly interrupted his remarks with chants of “Donald Trump!” and “USA! USA!”

At a wreath-laying ceremony in Krasinski Square, the excited crowd broke out into an American-style, “USA! USA! USA!” chant.

Later, during Trump’s prepared remarks, the crowd repeatedly interrupted the speech with a “Donald Trump! Donald Trump!” chant.

“The story of Poland is the story of a people who have never lost hope, who have never been broken and who have never ever forgotten who they are,” Trump said in Warsaw, before the crowd began chanting his name.

“Thank you so much, thank you,” he replied. “Thank you so much. A great honor.”

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Trump’s speech celebrated the United States’ alliance with Poland, and announced the country was purchasing the PATRIOT Air Defense Missile System that the Obama Administration had canceled as a part of his revamped START nuclear treaty.

Trump also thanked Poland for being one of the only NATO members to fully honoring its financial commitment to the Western security alliance.

“That is also why we salute the Polish people for being one of the NATO countries that has actually achieved the benchmark for investment in our common defense,” Trump said. “Thank you. Thank you Poland. I must tell you the example you set is truly magnificent and we applaud Poland.”

Trump also said the United States remains firmly committed to honoring NATO’s Article 5.

“To those who would criticize our tough stance” he’s taken with asking NATO members to honor their financial commitments, Trump said, “I would point out that the United States has demonstrated not merely with words but with its actions that we stand firmly behind Article 5, the mutual defense commitment.”

#CNNBlackmail: Network blasted for ‘threatening’ Trump meme creator

CNN is being accused of blackmail and coercion after it seemingly threatened to expose the creator of the CNN meme recently shared by US President Donald Trump.

When Trump shared a meme of him wrestling a man with CNN’s logo for a head, the news organization accused the president of encouraging “violence against reporters.”

Now, CNN has been accused of both threatening and blackmailing the creator of the wrestling meme.

CNN’s KFile’ discovered the real identity of the Reddit user credited with creating the meme, HanA**holeSolo, and tried to contact him. The meme creator then apologized on Reddit, saying he doesn’t advocate violence against the media. According to CNN, he then got in touch with KFile and asked not to be named.

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange accused the network of “blackmailing a private citizen,” saying “it is not journalism.”

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Assange also pointed to a number of laws he says CNN has violated, including coercion under the New York criminal code, and federal felony violations of the 1st Amendment.

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He also reminded his followers that the network falsely told its audience in October that reading WikiLeaks’ releases was illegal.

As the meme war raged, CNN’s behavior left people wondering whether the network would expose them too.

KFile’s Andrew Kaczynski responded to the criticism by tweeting the apparent threat was “misinterpreted.”

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“It was intended only to mean we made an agreement w/the man about his identity,” he said, adding the person had called him to say, “I was not threatened in anyway [sic].”

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