Jeffrey Epstein denied bail before sex trafficking trial

US judge rules in favour of prosecutors who argue Epstein poses a danger to the community and is a flight risk. American financier Jeffrey Epstein will remain behind bars while he awaits trial on charges of sex trafficking dozens of underage girls, a United States district judge ruled on Thursday. US District Judge Richard Berman announced his decision at a hearing in federal court in Manhattan, rejecting Epstein’s request to stay under house arrest in his New York mansion valued at $77m. Epstein has pleaded not guilty. Prosecutors had argued that…

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House rejects bid to launch Trump impeachment proceedings

House votes to sideline impeachment resolution against Trump, effectively killing the measure for now. The United States House of Representatives voted Wednesday to sideline an impeachment resolution against President Donald Trump, effectively killing the measure for now but not burying the issue that has divided Democrats. The resolution’s sponsor, Democratic Representative Al Green, was seeking to capitalise on growing criticism of Trump after the president’s recent attacks on minority congresswomen. The House voted 332 to 95 to set aside the measure. Green had failed twice before to get an impeachment…

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Prosecutors drop sex assault case against actor Kevin Spacey

Prosecutors say they are dropping the criminal case ‘due to an unavailability of the complaining witness’ Massachusetts prosecutors on Wednesday announced they had dropped a criminal case alleging that former House of Cards star Kevin Spacey groped an 18-year-old man at a bar in Nantucket more than three years ago. Prosecutors said they decided to drop the felony indecent assault and battery charge against the Oscar winner after the alleged victim invoked his right under the United States Constitution against giving self-incriminating testimony. Spacey’s lawyers had previously accused the man…

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US legislator blasts Facebook’s Libra plan as digital ‘bin Laden’

Social media giant’s ambitious cryptocurrency proposal receives bipartisan wrath from members of Congress. United States lawmakers have again bashed Facebook over its planned cryptocurrency, after a bruising first bout a day earlier, when senators from both parties condemned the project and said the company had not shown it could be trusted. The social media company on Wednesday continued fighting to get Washington on its side after it shocked regulators and lawmakers with an announcement on June 18 that it was hoping to launch a new digital coin called Libra in…

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