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Army general avoids forced sodomy charges, cops lesser plea

Published time: March 18, 2014 01:43
Edited time: March 18, 2014 04:21

Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair leaves the Fort Bragg Courthouse after sexual assault charges against him were dropped after he plead to lesser charges March 17, 2014 in Fort Bragg, North Carolina (AFP Photo /  Davis Turner)
Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair leaves the Fort Bragg Courthouse after sexual assault charges against him were dropped after he plead to lesser charges March 17, 2014 in Fort Bragg, North Carolina (AFP Photo / Davis Turner)

US military prosecutors have agreed to drop sexual assault charges against a top Army general in exchange for his pleading guilty to lesser charges, a development that seems unlikely to satisfy critics skeptical of how the military treats sex offenders.

Brigadier General Jeffrey Sinclair, 51, had been charged with forcible sodomy after allegations from a female US Army captain surfaced. Sinclair, a 27-year Army veteran, could have spent the rest of his life in prison if found guilty. Instead, his lawyer announced that Sinclair will plead guilty to adultery and mistreating his accuser.

Sinclair was accused of victimizing an Army captain who served on his staff in Iraq and Afghanistan for three years, sexually assaulting her, forcing her to perform oral sex multiple times, and threatening to kill the young woman as well as her family if she ever went public with her accusations.

Jamie Barnett, the retired Navy rear admiral serving as an unpaid attorney for Sinclair’s accuser, said she stands by her claim that the general assaulted her, adding that she is grateful to be able to “move on with her life” two years after first reporting the assault to Sinclair’s commanding officers.

She is in no way stepping away from the truth of it,” Barnett told Craig Whitlock of the Washington Post.
Sinclair pleaded guilty earlier in March to military crimes including having an adulterous affair, requesting nude photos from junior female officers, and possessing pornographic material on his computer while serving in Afghanistan.

He could be sentenced to a maximum of 15 years in prison and possible dismissal from the Army. Sinclair will also face sentencing for the charges he pleaded guilty to on Monday when his punishment is officially handed down in the near future.

Jeffrey Collins of the Associated Press reported that Sinclair had showed little emotion through the year-long trial, with his defense team going so far as to amount a public relations campaign alleging that his accuser was motivated by jealousy. Yet, as part of the deal, the general publicly admitted his culpability in court on Monday, at one point appearing to be overcome with emotion.

I failed her as a leader and as a mentor and caused harm to her emotional state,” Sinclair said. “I created a situation over time that cause her emotional harm,” adding later that he had “maltreated” the 34-year-old woman, who was “emotionally invested in a way I was not.”

Defense attorney Barnett was unimpressed, telling the AP that Sinclair intimidated the victim and that he “literally sabotaged her career by altering her orders to keep her under his command and refusing her many requests to be transferred. She was literally trapped and bullied by one of the highest ranking officers in the United States Army.”

Such scandals have not been limited to the Army, as US military leaders have been dogged by sexual assault accusations against officers throughout the service. The problem has become so commonplace that congressional leaders have spent months debating over which is the best method to solve what increasingly seems to be an entrenched problem.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand a New York Democrat, proposed a controversial bill that would have stripped military commanders of the ability to decide whether a sexual assault case should be prosecuted. The measure fell short by five votes, but has started a national conversation about a topic has been ignored for years.

The Defense Department has been promising the American people for a long time that they’re working on the problem of sexual assault,” Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) told Helene Cooper of the New York Times. “Enough is enough.”

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The future outlook for Lebanon is gloomy in terms of its stability, economy and national unity as the war in Syria enters its fourth year next week with no end in sight, political analysts said.
Sarin used in two Syria chemical attacks point to military stockpiles - UN:
"The evidence available concerning the agents used on 21 August indicated that the perpetrators likely had access to the chemical weapons stockpile of the Syrian military, as well as the expertise and equipment necessary to manipulate safely large amount of chemical agents,"
US imposes restrictions on travel by Syrian ambassador to UN:
The department says it's told the diplomat that he no longer can travel within the United States outside of the five boroughs of New York City.
Bush- Blair Legacy Continues As -
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A series of bombings Thursday struck commercial areas in central Iraq, killing at least 37 civilians, authorities said. Most of the blasts came from explosives-rigged parked cars and one by a bomb that ripped through an outdoor market, police said.
Qaeda in Yemen executes alleged US informer Body displayed at football stadium:
Al-Qaeda militants in Yemen executed one of their own Thursday after accusing him of spying for the United States, a security official said. The man was executed by firing squad and his body was displayed at a football stadium near Shehr in the southeastern Hadramawt province,
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20 "insurgents" killed in Nigerian military raid:
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'Cairo to strip thousands of Palestinians of citizenship':
Two days after a Cairo court banned Hamas's activities in Egypt, the country's security establishment intends to revoke the citizenship of thousands of Palestinians obtained during the one-year term of deposed Muslim Brotherhood president Mohammed Morsi, an Egyptian daily reported on Thursday.
Egypt bars Gaza-bound Irish Nobel Peace Laureate Maguire: -
 Egypt detained and deported Northern Irish Nobel Laureate and peace activist Mairead Maguire on Wednesday and held up others who had been planning to go to neighboring Gaza, the activists and officials said.
Egypt calls for setting up international fund to collect arms in Libya:
Egypt's Foreign Minister called on Thursday for founding an international fund to collect arms in Libya in coordination with both Libya and the United Nations. Seven Coptic Egyptians were shot dead in Libya in February near Benghazi, where assassinations and kidnaps are common.
Western countries alarmed as Libya slides towards chaos:
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Nigeria court orders men whipped for gay sex:
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NATO airstrike kills 5 Afghan soldiers:
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Afghan president's brother withdraws from election race:
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Pakistan reopens Afghan supply line for NATO:
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A Venezuelan soldier and a motor cyclist were killed in a standoff with opposition demonstrators who had set up a barricade along an avenue of Caracas, the vice president of the ruling Socialist Party said on Thursday.
Crimean parliament votes to join Russia:
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Obama orders sanctions over Russian move in Ukraine:
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US in tenuous sabre rattling over Ukraine:
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Ukraine issues arrest warrants for Crimea's PM, parliament speaker: -
A court in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev has issued arrest warrants for the prime minister and parliament speaker of the country's autonomous republic of Crimea, the Prosecutor General's office said Wednesday.
Russia to make citizenship easier for native Russian speakers: -
Russia is making it easier for native Russian speakers who have lived in Russia or the former Soviet Union to get citizenship, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Thursday, a signal to the West that Moscow is not backing down over Ukraine.
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War criminal:
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A New Turn in the Story on CIA Monitoring of Senate Intelligence Committee Computers:
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Obama administration told to stop expanding "corporate rights" in trade agreements:
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Cost Of War
Number Of Iraqis Slaughtered In US War And Occupation Of Iraq "1,455,590"

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America's War On Iraq:  4,883

Number Of  International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 3,427
Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan
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Loyalist forces have killed at least 45 Syrian rebels as they sought to break a regime siege on part of Homs, in central Syria, an NGO said on Thursday.
Deadly car bombing kills 18 people in central Syria: Actvists say:
A car bomb has exploded near a school in the central Syrian province of Hama, killing at least 18 people and wounding dozens more, according to a monitoring group.
Radical 'ISIL' militants kill 70 prisoners:
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ISIS Executed Prisoners Who Were In Their Jails:
Video - Warning -
Suicide bomber kills 23 Iraqi army recruits: -
A suicide bomber killed 23 Iraqi army recruits and wounded 36 in Baghdad on Thursday, officials said, in an attack on men volunteering to join the government's struggle to crush al Qaeda-linked militants in Anbar province.
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Iraqi tribesmen recapture most of Anbar:
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Hamas and Iran rebuild ties three years after falling out over Syria:
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Car bomb kills 3 police officers in Pakistan:
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Zardari appears in court over graft cases:
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Nigeria: 38 Boko Haram fighters killed:
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South Sudan: thousands flee Bentiu as government troops advance:
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Libya invites foreign firms to buy oil from blocked ports:
Libyan federalist group invited foreign companies to buy oil from blocked ports in the Libyan eastern region of Cyrenaica granting protection for arriving tankers, as Libyan eastern self-declared government's prime minister announced late on Tuesday.
Libyan Navy accused of 'illegal intimidation':
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Tunisia PM resigns to make way for caretaker government:
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Russian Police Find Five Bodies Booby-Trapped With Explosives Near Sochi:
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European Parliament wants to hear from Edward Snowden:
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Prince George Can't Stop Adoring Kate Middleton at His First Royal Engagement in New Zealand

Prince George has attended his first royal engagement along with his parents in Wellington, New Zealand.

Prince William, Kate Middleton and baby George are on a 19-day royal tour of New Zealand and Australia.

At his first royal event at Government House in Wellington, eight-month-old George met a number of babies his age.

This was a nurse and parents' group event by Plunket, which is New Zealand's largest provider of support services for the development, health and wellbeing of children under five.

Prince George was seen crawling and playing with toys along with other babies but the most adorable moment of the future heir was when he played with his mum's tresses. The royal baby seemed to have eyes only for his mother.

Dressed in a £75 blue dungaree shorts by British luxury brand Rachel Riley, the little prince could not take his eyes and hands off Kate's face and hair as she carried him and watched on him protectively during the event.

"The Royal New Zealand Plunket Society was delighted to be a part of the upcoming visit by Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and baby Prince George," the organisation said in a statement.

The Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge also got a chance to meet first time parents with their little ones at the event.

The royal couple met two Plunket nurses and 10 Plunket families, including a gay couple and their daughter on Wednesday morning.

"The parents are a spread of all the communities in New Zealand, including Maoris, Samoans, people of Chinese descent and gay couples. This is a very multi-cultural country and we wanted the duke and duchess to meet people from all backgrounds," Plunket's New Zealand president Tristine Clark said, according to BBC.
Prince William joked: "It's madness, there are babies everywhere."

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Russia's richest man Usmanov ditches Apple and Facebook for China

Published time: March 18, 2014 09:23
Alisher Usmanov (RIA Novosti / Aleksey Nikolskyi)
Alisher Usmanov (RIA Novosti / Aleksey Nikolskyi)
Russia’s biggest billionaire has bought shares in big Chinese internet retailer Alibaba, after selling his stakes in US tech giants Apple and Facebook. The deal comes as the West imposes sanctions on Russia, that could spread from politics to business.
Usmanov, 60, a founder of Russia’s iron ore Metalloinvest holding company, has an estimated fortune of $18.6 billion as of March 2014 and is increasing his bet on China, while selling American assets.
“Chinese companies account for about 70 percent to 80 percent of the portfolio of our foreign internet investments,” Ivan Streshinskiy, head of Usmanov’s asset-management company USM Advisors LLC, told Bloomberg in an interview in Moscow.
In the last few months Usmanov sold the stake in Apple he bought for about $100 million last year, Streshinskiy said.Prior to the Apple sale the Russian tycoon started a gradual sale of his 10 percent stake in Facebook he bought in 2009, when the company was valued between $6 billion and $10 billion. Usmanov sold some of the shares in the Facebook IPO, that valued the company at $104 billion.
Alibaba, the world’s second biggest internet company after Google Inc., is valued at about $200 billion, as Bloomberg cites an investment bank data. The Chinese on-line retailer posted surging sales in the three months through September, marking fourth straight quarterly profit.

China’s safe harbor

As Russia’s relations with the west sour over the Crimea referendum and the crisis in Ukraine, Usmanov says his Metalloinvest holding would increase its presence in the Chinese market, in case Europe imposes sanctions on its exports.
“We are concerned with the possible sanctions against Russia but don’t see any dramatic repercussions for our business,” Streshinskiy said. “China is unlikely to impose any sanctions. So, we will be trading in rubles, yuan, Hong Kong or Singapore dollars.”
On Monday the EU and the US imposed sanctions against some leading Russian officials, which include visa bans and asset freezes for presidential aide Vladislav Surkov and presidential adviser Sergey Glazyev. No Russian corporate assets have so far been affected.
China is one of Russia’s biggest trading partners, with bilateral trade estimated at a record $87.5 billion in 2012.
Over the past years the two countries have been actively strengthening economic ties, with direct investment by Chinese companies into Russia increasing 40 times, to reach S4.9 billion between 2004 and 2012, according to Tang Hua, an official with China's National Development and Reform Commission.

Taking an investment opportunity in a crisis

One of Russia’s key indices - the MICEX – has lost about 15 percent since the start of the unrest in Ukraine and the protests in Kiev.
Though on Monday Russia’s exchanges reacted positively to the results of the Crimea referendum, they could see a further fall in the longer term, Streshinskiy said. If this is the case, Usmanov may buy some shares of the wireless operator MegaFon and internet company Group.
“ and MegaFon revenue is coming from Russia and people won’t stop making calls and using the internet,” Streshinskiy said. “If the events further escalate, we will be buying shares. A crisis is always a good opportunity as valuations become cheap.”


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