Judge says Paul Manafort gave false statements to investigators to protect a Russian conspirator – NBC News

Breaking News EmailsGet breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.Feb. 16, 2019, 3:56 AM GMTBy Tom WinterA federal judge in a closed hearing questioned where Paul Manafort’s loyalties lie considering that he gave false statements to investigators to shield a conspirator in a pro-Russian lobbying effort.Judge Amy… Read More

Maria Ressa's arrest spells more trouble for press freedom in increasingly illiberal Asia – CNN

(CNN)The arrest of Maria Ressa, a Time Person of the Year, award-winning journalist and frequent critic of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, has renewed fears for the future of press freedom in the southeast Asian nation and around the region. Ressa, co-founder of online news outlet Rappler and former CNN bureau chief, was arrested in connection… Read More

U.S. and Canada Warn Against Travel to Haiti as Violent Protests Continue – The New York Times

ImageA protest this week in Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti, where there have been demonstrations calling for the president to resign.CreditCreditJean Marc Herve Abelard/EPA, via ShutterstockThe governments of the United States and Canada have warned people not to travel to Haiti as violent protests against President Jovenel Moïse continued on Friday in the capital and… Read More

Omar’s attack on Elliott Abrams was cribbed from the anti-American playbook – New York Post

The House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on the Trump administration’s policy toward Venezuela this week descended into farce when controversial freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) attempted to steer debate toward 30-year-old events elsewhere in Latin America. In a cheap attempt to discredit special envoy Elliott Abrams, a long-time foreign-policy practitioner who served in the Reagan… Read More