Mariia Butina, Woman Who Sought ‘Back Channel’ Meeting for Trump and Putin, Is Charged as Russian Agent – The New York Times “working through NRA operative.”

The charges were filed by Justice Department national security prosecutors, not the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, whom Mr. Trump has accused of carrying out a witch hunt.

The Justice Department said that Ms. Butina has worked at the behest of an unidentified high-level Russian government official, who has been previously identified as Alexander Torshin, the deputy governor of the Russian central bank who has been linked both to Russia’s security services and organized crime.

US arms officials to reject H-1B pleas outright

The Trump administration has empowered officials to outright reject visa applications under certain circumstances. This step can be taken if the required ‘initial evidence’ wasn’t submitted or it failed to establish eligibility for the visa sought. The revised policy will apply to all applications and requests received by the authorities from September 11 onwards.

Paris celebrates World Cup win as one million fans fill Champs-Élysée

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Supporters with tears in their eyes express ‘total love’ for young, diverse French squad

Tens of thousands of supporters wrapped in red, white and blue flags and singing the French national anthem have poured on to the Champs-Élysées in Paris to celebrate France’s World Cup victory over Croatia, cheering that the nation was now firmly a football superpower.

As the final whistle blew, shouts rang out and vast crowds that had gathered outside local bars began sprinting on to the 1.2 mile (2km) avenue in the centre of Paris.

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