Paul Manafort trial: Accountant raised concerns about loans on former Trump campaign manager's tax returns

Cynthia LaPorta, one of Paul Manafort’s accountants, told a federal court jury Friday that she raised concerns about the terms of at least two foreign loans to the former Trump campaign chairman totaling $2.4 million and did not believe her client’s explanations to support them.

     

 

 


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Questions raised over identity of war dead repatriated from North Korea to US

Questions raised over identity of war dead repatriated from North Korea to USThe 55 sets of human remains handed over by North Korea to the United States may include troops from other nations that fought in the Korean War after it was confirmed that only one identification tag was included with the bodies. A US defence official told the Associated Press that it will probably take months, if not years, to identify with any certainty the identities of the troops. As the remains were due to land on US soil for the first time on Wednesday, John Byrd, director of scientific analysis at the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), the US agency that deals with soldiers missing in action, said preliminary findings suggested that “they are likely to be American remains” as they were consistent with those repatriated in the past. “But I would caution… to keep in mind that it’s not necessarily the case that the dog tag goes with the remains… in the box,” he added, underscoring the challenges of identifying the recovered remains. There are no further details about the military dog tag that was handed over when a US military transport aircraft flew to Kalma Airport, on the outskirts of the North Korean city of Wonsan, on Friday. The aircraft returned to the US Air Force base at Osan where the remains were handed over to representatives of the DPAA. The United Nations Command held a ceremony at the air base on Wednesday to mark the formal repatriation. The event was attended by Song Young-moo, the South Korean defence minister, and General Vincent Brooks, the commander of the UNC. Repatriation | Identifying the dead of the Korean war Following the ceremony, the caskets containing the remains are being flown to the agency’s laboratories at the Pearl Harbor-Hickam military base in Hawaii for full forensic examinations to begin on US soil. The remains within each box may not be those of a single person and are likely fragments of bones, said Paul Cole, an expert on recovery of soldiers missing in action and prisoners of war, who worked as a visiting scientific fellow at Hawaii’s Central Identification Laboratory. “Problems such as inability to get DNA from bones and lack of a DNA reference sample from the family can be major stumbling blocks,” added Chuck Prichard, director of public affairs for the Defense POW/MIA Personnel Accounting Agency, the US military’s main unit for finding and identifying missing members. Jim Mattis, the US defence secretary, stated last week that the return of the remains is a positive step, but added that there are no guarantees they are of US military personnel. “We don’t know who is in those boxes”, he said, adding that some might be from other nations that committed troops to the 1950-’53 Korean War. “They could go to Australia”, he said. “They have missing. France has missing. Americans have. There’s a whole lot of us. So this is an international effort to bring closure for those families”. While US officials are clearly disappointed that the North Koreans did not provide more information on the bodies that were being repatriated, it has raised the possibility that at least some of them may be of British personnel killed in the conflict. Some 1,108 British troops were killed in the war, with 336 still listed as missing.


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Questions raised over identity of war dead repatriated from North Korea to US

Questions raised over identity of war dead repatriated from North Korea to USThe 55 sets of human remains handed over by North Korea to the United States may include troops from other nations that fought in the Korean War after it was confirmed that only one identification tag was included with the bodies. A US defence official told the Associated Press that it will probably take months, if not years, to identify with any certainty the identities of the troops. As the remains were due to land on US soil for the first time on Wednesday, John Byrd, director of scientific analysis at the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), the US agency that deals with soldiers missing in action, said preliminary findings suggested that “they are likely to be American remains” as they were consistent with those repatriated in the past. “But I would caution… to keep in mind that it’s not necessarily the case that the dog tag goes with the remains… in the box,” he added, underscoring the challenges of identifying the recovered remains. There are no further details about the military dog tag that was handed over when a US military transport aircraft flew to Kalma Airport, on the outskirts of the North Korean city of Wonsan, on Friday. The aircraft returned to the US Air Force base at Osan where the remains were handed over to representatives of the DPAA. The United Nations Command held a ceremony at the air base on Wednesday to mark the formal repatriation. The event was attended by Song Young-moo, the South Korean defence minister, and General Vincent Brooks, the commander of the UNC. Repatriation | Identifying the dead of the Korean war Following the ceremony, the caskets containing the remains are being flown to the agency’s laboratories at the Pearl Harbor-Hickam military base in Hawaii for full forensic examinations to begin on US soil. The remains within each box may not be those of a single person and are likely fragments of bones, said Paul Cole, an expert on recovery of soldiers missing in action and prisoners of war, who worked as a visiting scientific fellow at Hawaii’s Central Identification Laboratory. “Problems such as inability to get DNA from bones and lack of a DNA reference sample from the family can be major stumbling blocks,” added Chuck Prichard, director of public affairs for the Defense POW/MIA Personnel Accounting Agency, the US military’s main unit for finding and identifying missing members. Jim Mattis, the US defence secretary, stated last week that the return of the remains is a positive step, but added that there are no guarantees they are of US military personnel. “We don’t know who is in those boxes”, he said, adding that some might be from other nations that committed troops to the 1950-’53 Korean War. “They could go to Australia”, he said. “They have missing. France has missing. Americans have. There’s a whole lot of us. So this is an international effort to bring closure for those families”. While US officials are clearly disappointed that the North Koreans did not provide more information on the bodies that were being repatriated, it has raised the possibility that at least some of them may be of British personnel killed in the conflict. Some 1,108 British troops were killed in the war, with 336 still listed as missing.


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Syrian flag raised in Quneitra on Syrian side of Golan Heights

Syrian flag raised in Quneitra on Syrian side of Golan HeightsGOLAN HEIGHTS/AMMAN (Reuters) – Pro-Assad forces raised the Syrian flag in the largely ruined city of Quneitra on Thursday, regained from surrendering rebels as the government tightens its hold on the Syrian sector of the Golan Heights, strategic territory bordering Israel and Jordan. A Reuters photographer saw uniformed men raise the Syrian national flag and the black, white, green and red flag of President Bashar al-Assad’s Baath Party in the long-abandoned city. The photographer was reporting from a vantage point on the Israeli-occupied western section of the Golan Heights.


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Duck boat that sank in deadly accident raised from Missouri lake

  1. Duck boat that sank in deadly accident raised from Missouri lake  CBS News
  2. Coast Guard raises capsized Missouri duck boat to the surface of Table Rock Lake  CNN
  3. Coast Guard Raises Duck Boat in Fatal Missouri Accident  Wall Street Journal
  4. Duck boat that capsized in Missouri lake, leaving 17 dead, is raised to surface  New York Daily News
  5. A family of 9 was on Branson duck boat when it sank. All survived  Atlanta Journal Constitution
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Deadly Missouri duck boat to be raised, most survivors leave hospital

Deadly Missouri duck boat to be raised, most survivors leave hospitalThe U.S. Coast Guard said on Sunday it will oversee the salvage operations for the amphibious vessel that was carrying 31 people when it went down on Thursday in a fierce and sudden storm on Table Rock Lake outside of the tourist destination of Branson. Seven of the 14 survivors were taken to a local hospital, and all but one had been discharged as of Sunday. Two of the World War Two-style amphibious duck boat vehicles were out on the lake and headed back to shore when the storm struck, but only one made it.


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