13 The Citizens Accused of Campaigning US, Russian Election: Absurd!

 The Russian authorities called charges of meddling with the United States (US) election charged to 13 of its citizens, as an absurd or absurd charge.

"Thirteen people intervened in the US election – 13 against the billions of dollars from the Special Service intelligence and counter-intelligence, against the latest developments and technologies? " said Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Maria Zakharova, as reported by AFP Saturday (17/2/2018).

"Absurd? Yes, but this is the reality of modern American politics," he added while insinuating the United States.

The indictment for 13 Russians was released by special prosecutor Robert Mueller who led the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) investigation into alleged collusion between Trump's campaign team with Russia to influence the 2016 election results on Friday (19/2). ] One of the indictees was a Russian businessman named Yevgeniy Viktorovich Prigozhin who was known as the close man of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Prigozhin has been dubbed the 'Putin chef' by Russian media, because his catering company often hosts Kremlin guests.

In the indictment, Prigozhin is said to use some of its companies to fund the 2016 presidential intervention operation. In addition to 13 individuals, there are three Russian companies also charged with the indictment, namely Internet Research Agency (IRA), Concord Management and Consulting and Concord Catering. The last two companies belong to Prigozhin.

The indictment refers to the IRA as a Russian organization involved in election intervention operations and political processes, especially in the US. IRA is said to be running a secret campaign to lead the US presidential election in 2016.

The indictment details Russia's dark operations that began in 2014 and aims to divide the United States and affect American politics including the 2016 presidential election. Mueller's allegations began in mid-2016, the Russian team directed by Prigozhin focused on catapulting Trump and dropping Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in a US presidential election campaign.

Allegedly, the Russian team involved hundreds of people working in turns with millions of dollars. According to the indictment, a number of Russian team members stole identities and disguised themselves as US citizens on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram, and posted content affecting 'large numbers' of US citizens.

The Russian team is basically based in the home town of Putin, Saint Petersburg. But some of them, who are now defendants, have traveled to the US, including Nevada, California, New Mexico, Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, Louisiana, Texas, Georgia, and New York. The visit was conducted to gather intelligence information for IRA operations.

(nvc / rna)

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Japanese Citizens Enjoy "Chocolate Ruby" for Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day this year, obese cowboys Japan can reward their spouses with the world's brightest pink chocolate.

KitKat's chocolate shop in Tokyo's sumptuous shopping district of Ginza looks luxurious with pink color covering the entire wall. The KitKat marketing department made a massive promotion of introducing KitKat's fourth variant of chocolate, having previously offered milk chocolate, dark chocolate and white chocolate.

And the sellers picked the right moment. Valentine's Day or Valentine's Day is a big business in Japan because there is a tradition of women giving gifts to their male partners.

"I love the pink color. I love chocolate. It's great for me, "said 24-year-old Natsuko Takeuchi, who is looking for a sweet snack in Ginza.

" After knowing that this chocolate is made naturally, with no added dye or flavor, I think it's great, "said Takeuchi operates a food trolley inside the Japanese super fast train, Shinkansen.

Over 80 years, when white chocolate was created, consumers in the world had to settle for 3 types of chocolate.

Then in September, the Swiss group Barry Callebaut launched the fruit brown "Ruby," a new type of chocolate after 10 years of research. Five months later chocolate bars went on sale in stores in Japan and South Korea

The red color is easily obtained naturally, with no additives or artificial coloring, said Akiko Hara, manager of Barry Callebaut in Japan, explaining. [19659002] The color comes from "ruby" cocoa, which can be found on ordinary plantations, "Hara told AFP.

The Research and Development section keeps the recipe meetings. Locked in a safe place

The result is a chocolate that not only feels soft and tastes fruits, with a flavor of raspberry flavor.

If Japan is chosen to be the test of new chocolate varieties, that choice is very appropriate.

Japan's chocolate market share is worth almost $ 5 billion per year, according to data from research company Euromonitor.

Japan is still far below the United States ($ 18.9 billion), but above other Asian countries. 19659002] In addition, Japanese consumers are also very fond of different types of products. And this can be seen from the various types of chocolate flavors that KitKat offers, ranging from the flavor of wasabi hinga green tea and sake. [fw/au]

Erdogan refuses to talk with Assad 'Assassin' 1 Million Citizens

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan strongly rejected Turkey's main opposition leader's call for contact and talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to resolve the conflict in Syria.

"He said: 'Sit together with Assad and talk about this issue,' said Erdogan referring to Kemal Kilicdaroglu's statement, head of the Republican People's Party (CHP), the main opposition party in Turkey.

" What will we talk about a murderer who has killed 1 million people, "Erdogan said at the presidential compound in Ankara as reported by the Turkish news agency, Anadolu Agency, Friday (9/2/2018).

"You can join hands with terrorists if necessary … But we have so far not walked with those who took that way with the permission of terror organizations, and we will not go together in the future," added Erdogan.

Earlier on Tuesday in a speech to members of his party, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, head of the opposition Turkish Republican People's Party (CHP), called on the Erdogan government to open ties with Assad's regime to rescue amid conflicts in Syria.

Regarding the Turkish military operation in Afrin, northern Syria, Erdogan said that the military operation would pave the way for Syrian refugees who are now in Turkey, to return to their homeland

"We will solve the problem Afrin and Idlib.We want our refugee brothers to return to their homes and homes.Of course, we will not accommodate 3.5 million Syrians here (in Turkey) forever.However, they want to return to their land itself as quickly as possible, "Erdogan said.
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Since 20 January, Turkey launched a military operation to clean up Kurdish PYD / PKK militia and ISIS militants from Afrin, northwestern Syria. The Turkish military said, since the operation named 'Operation Olive Branch' was started, as many as 1028 members of PYD / PKK and ISIS have been killed or surrendered.

Afrin has been a major hiding place for PYD / PKK since July 2012 when Assad regime forces left the area and let it be under the control of PYD / PKK without any resistance. The Ankara government regards the Kurdish group PYD / PKK as a terror organization.

(ita / ita)

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US 'Very Concerned' with the Re-Imprisonment of Its Citizens in Iran

The United States on Wednesday (7/2) said "deeply concerned" that Iran imprisoned Iranian-American Baquer Namazi after having released him so he could receive medical treatment.

The White House said it knew the former 81-year-old UN official returned to the famous "Evin Prison" in Iran against the strong advice of his doctor and the Iranian regime's own medical examiner. "

Namazi is serving a 10-year prison term on Iranian allegations that he is spying on Iran and cooperating with the Americans. it was "wrong."

The White House says Namazi has been hospitalized four times during the past year and "continues to have heart problems that threaten his life. He still needs ongoing medical care. "

The White House says it" asks Iran to be fully responsible for Nam's health. "The Trump Government called for" the immediate and unconditional release of all Americans held in custody and disappear in Iran " including Namazi, his son, Siamak Namazi, Xiyue Wang, and Robert Levinson.

Baquer Namazi was arrested two years ago, five months after his son was arrested Jared Genser, namzi family lawyer, said returning Namazi to the prison was "the same as the death penalty."

Babame Namazi, another Namazi boy, told reporters in Washington, his father's imprisonment was an extraordinary cruelty "of the Iranian government. [my/jm]

Kabul Asks US Government to Stop Deportation of Afghan Citizens

Afghanistan called on the American government to stop deporting Afghans, saying it has no repatriation agreement with the United States.

"We do not sign such an agreement with the United States," Ahmad Shekib Mostaghni, a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry Afghanistan, to the VOA Afghanistan Service.

If there is such an agreement, Mostaghni says it will be done by the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation, which he says handles all immigration matters

"So, because the Ministry does not know such an agreement , then I can officially confirm that we – the Ministry of Foreign Affairs – have not signed any treaty with America in this matter, "added Mostaghni.

Adviser to the Refugees and Repatriation Affairs Department Hafiz Ahmad Miakhel also affirmed that his government has not agreed to a repatriation and say ba "The ongoing war has forced people to leave Afghanistan," he said in an interview. "[Our] country is a warring country, and our people need more help than deportation."

The EU signed a repatriation agreement with Afghanistan in October 2016, to pave the way for the return of unsuccessful Afghan asylum seekers. In addition, Germany, Sweden and Finland have inter-state agreements.

When VOA asked this question on American Immigration and Customs whether America had an agreement, spokesman Brendan Raedy gave the following written response:

"International law requires every the state to recover its citizens who are expelled from the US The US itself regularly cooperates with foreign governments in documenting and accepting its citizens when requested, as do most countries of the world. " [sp/ii]