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Suspect in case of Russian journalist who faked his own death denies plot

Suspect in case of Russian journalist who faked his own death denies plot

World
The man accused of organizing the assassination of the Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko -- who faked his own death in order to avoid the alleged plot -- denied the allegations in court in Kiev today and in a strange twist said he was cooperating with the Ukrainian government. Prosecutors at the Shevchensky District court on Tuesday accused Borys Herman of arranging the alleged murder plot on behalf of Russian intelligence, alleging that he had hired a Ukrainian hitman to kill Babchenko in return for $ 40,000. Ukraine’s SBU security service got wind of the alleged plot and then conceived the elaborate sting operation with Babchenko in which they pretended that the assassination had been successful. The hoax was believed around the world, including by Babchenko’s friends a...
Boots owner denies overcharging NHS for cancer mouthwash

Boots owner denies overcharging NHS for cancer mouthwash

Health
The owner of Boots has rejected claims it overcharged the NHS for a mouthwash used by cancer patients.An investigation by the Times newspaper said the high street chemist charged the NHS £3,220 for the medicinal mouthwash, which can cost £93.Walgreens Boots Alliance said its businesses complied with the law. NHS England said pharmacies should seek to secure best value, while ministers have asked the Competition and Markets Authority to consider investigating.The mouthwash - used by patients with sores caused by chemotherapy - is among a group of drugs known as specials. Specials are unlicensed medicines for non-standard treatments.The Times claims Boots has benefitted from a legal loophole that allows suppliers to set their own prices for thes...
'Obscene masquerade' as Russia denies chemical attack

'Obscene masquerade' as Russia denies chemical attack

World
Russian diplomats brought several Syrian "witnesses" - including an 11-year-old boy - to the global chemical weapons watchdog in a bid to prove chemical weapons were not used in Douma.At a joint press conference with Syrian officials at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the Russian diplomats accused the White Helmets humanitarian group of filming "staged videos" following the suspected attack in the Syrian city on 7 April.The Syrians claimed they did not see any evidence that a chemical attack had taken place.The briefing in the Netherlands was boycotted by the UK, France and the US and described as an "obscene masquerade".Several of the 17 Syrian eyewitnesses brought to The Hague by the Russians said they saw "no symptoms" of a chemical attack and that "ever...
Donald Trump denies being a racist after reported crude remark

Donald Trump denies being a racist after reported crude remark

World
Media playback is unsupported on your devicePresident Donald Trump has denied that he is racist, after a row broke out over his alleged use of the word "shithole" to describe African nations.Mr Trump reportedly used the term last week during a bipartisan Oval Office meeting on immigration reform.He has now told reporters: "I am not a racist. I'm the least racist person you have ever interviewed."It is the first time the president has responded directly to the racism accusations.He made the denial to White House press pool reporters at the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach in Florida on Sunday night.What did the president allegedly say?The row broke out after lawmakers from both parties visited the president on Thursday to work on a proposal for a bipartisan immigration deal....
RCom says in settlement talks, CDB counsel denies move

RCom says in settlement talks, CDB counsel denies move

Finance
MUMBAI: Reliance Communications (RCom) on Wednesday insisted it was negotiating a settlement with China Development Bank, one of its largest creditors, even as the Chinese government banker sought to club its insolvency petition against the Anil Ambani-led company with other petitions seeking the same. “We have received an email from petitioner…we are in talks and may not have to go through all this,” Navroz Seervai, a senior counsel representing RCom, told the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT). Senior counsel Darius Khambata, who represented China Development Bank (CDB), however, told the tribunal that his client has given no “such instruction” on any discussion between the two firms. CDB is looking to recover $ 1.78 billion, or about Rs 11,460 crore, of dues the debt-laden telecom