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A man was forcibly escorted out of the venue for Monday's joint press conference between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, just minutes before the world leaders were set to appear in the room.

The man appeared to struggle as he was escorted out. He was holding a sign that read "Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty."

The man's ejection happened as Trump and Putin held a closed-door meeting with aides at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland.

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Twelve Russian nationals were indicted for hacking into the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton presidential campaign in 2016, the Justice Department announced Friday.

The 12 defendants, all Russian intelligence officers "engaged in a sustained effort to hack into the computer networks of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the DNC and the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton, special counsel Robert Mueller alleged in his indictment.

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Donald Trump Jr. has dropped out of a fundraiser for Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush scheduled for later this month, The Hill confirmed, following Jeb Bush's repeated criticism of President Trump.

The decision came after Bush's father, the former GOP presidential candidate, harshly criticized the Trump administration for its "heartless" border policies in a tweet.

Trump Jr. has become one of the Trump administration's most sought after surrogates on the stump. He's a regular fixture on Fox News and has been hitting the campaign trail ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.

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President Trump said he’s “not happy” with certain aspects of the ethics and spending scandals involving Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Scott Pruitt.

The embattled EPA chief is under continuous fire over allegations that he’s wasted taxpayer money on himself, violating ethics standards and used government staff for personal tasks like finding jobs for his wife at Chick-fil-A and conservative organizations or running errands.

He’s under more than a dozen federal investigations for controversial moves like spending $3.5 million for a personal security detail and renting a condo from a lobbyist for just $50 for each night he spent there.

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What do you think about the North Korea deal?

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday said that the administration should submit any deal with North Korea to Congress.

“I think there would be widespread interest in Congress for having involvement. ... [If] the president can reach a significant agreement with North Korea, I hope it takes the form of a treaty,” McConnell told reporters. 

McConnell noted there was “precedent” for the administration making a deal without a treaty and what route they end up taking “will be up to them, but I do believe they'll need to come to Congress in some form.” 

McConnell's comments come after Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un held a historic meeting in Singapore. The two men signed an agreement committing the United States to unspecified “security guarantees” in exchange for a denuclearized Korean Peninsula.  

Several GOP senators signaled earlier Tuesday that they believe any final agreement should be sent to Congress for its approval. 

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Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Ukrainian business associate Konstantin Kilimnik were charged Friday with attempting to obstruct the investigation into Russia interference in the 2016 election.

The new indictment filed by Justice special counsel Robert Mueller asserts that Manafort and Kilimnk sought to block the testimony of at least two witnesses in the ongoing probe.

The obstruction charges come just a week before Manafort is scheduled for a key hearing to determine whether he can remain free pending his trial in Washington on existing federal charges of money laundering and fraud.

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It was December 1984, and President Reagan had just been elected to his second term, Dynasty was the top show on TV and Madonna's Like a Virgin topped the musical charts.

It was also the last time the Earth had a cooler-than-average month.

Last month marked the planet's 400th consecutive month with above-average temperatures, federal scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Thursday. 

The cause for the streak? Unquestionably, it’s climate change, caused by humanity's burning of fossil fuels. 

"We live in and share a world that is unequivocally, appreciably and consequentially warmer than just a few decades ago, and our world continues to warm," said NOAA climate scientist Deke Arndt. "Speeding by a '400' sign only underscores that, but it does not prove anything new."

Climate scientists use the 20th-century average as a benchmark for global temperature measurements. That's because it's fixed in time, allowing for consistent "goal posts" when reviewing climate data. It's also a sufficiently long period to include several cycles of climate variability.

"The thing that really matters is that, by whatever metric, we've spent every month for several decades on the warm side of any reasonable baseline," Arndt said.

NOAA's analysis found last month was the 3rd-warmest April on record globally. The unusual heat was most noteworthy in Europe, which had its warmest April on record, and Australia, which had its second-warmest.

Portions of Asia also experienced some extreme heat: In southern Pakistan, the town of Nawabshah soared to a scalding 122.4 degrees on April 30, which may have been the warmest April temperature on record for the globe, according to Meteo France

North America was the one part of the world that didn't get in on the heat parade. Last month, the average U.S. temperature was 48.9 degrees, 2.2 degrees below average, "making it the 13th-coldest April on record and the coldest since 1997," NOAA said

More: Spring shiver: Last month was USA's coldest April in more than 20 years

More: Earth's carbon dioxide levels continue to soar, at highest point in 800,000 years

For the year-to-date, the Earth is seeing its 5th-warmest start to the year. 

A separate analysis of global temperature data from NASA also found last month was the third-warmest April on record. 

Another milestone was reached in April, also related to the number "400": Carbon dioxide — the gas scientists say is most responsible for global warming — reached its highest level in recorded history at 410 parts per million.

This amount is highest in at least the past 800,000 years, according to the Scripps Institute of Oceanography.

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President Trump formally disclosed Wednesday that he paid his attorney as much as $250,000 as reimbursements for expenses — which included a $130,000 payoff to porn star Stormy Daniels, who says she had a sexual encounter with him.

Trump said he was listing the reimbursements to Michael Cohen — first made public by lawyer Rudy Giuliani two weeks ago — "in the interest of transparency," even though he said he was not required to disclose them.

But ethics officials said in a note on his form that they have concluded otherwise. "The information related to the payment made by Mr. Cohen is required to be reported," the officials said. "The information provided meets the disclosure requirement for a reportable liability."

The report also provides insight into the president’s still-vast real estate empire, which Trump continues to own while the day-to-day management is handled by family.

The report showed large fluctuations in the income Trump collected from several of his marquee properties, including what he has described as the “Winter White House” in Palm Beach, Fla.

The Mar-a-Lago resort, where the president frequently escapes for winter weekends, collected more than $25 million last year, down from $37 million the year before.

Trump’s income from the Trump International Hotel in Washington, which has come under scrutiny for being a top choice for foreign dignitaries, nearly doubled, from about $20 million in 2016 to just over $40 million last year.

That increase is likely due in part to the fact that the hotel did not open until the fall of 2016.

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SAN FRANCISCO — Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee released thousands of Russian Facebook ads on Thursday, offering the public its first in-depth look at the troubling messages used to heighten tensions among Americans during and after the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

The release of the ads, which Facebook says were purchased by the Kremlin-linked Internet Research Agency to sway public sentiment, comes as the giant social network races to tighten restrictions on political ads to head off manipulation of upcoming elections, including this fall's hotly contested midterms.

Pressure has intensified since the Justice Department charged 13 Russians and three companies in February, exposing a wide-ranging effort to subvert the election and to support the Trump campaign.

Facebook pages with points of view that span the political spectrum from "Blacktivist" to "Heart of Texas" bought ads. Some of the more than 3,000 ads denounced Donald Trump, others his Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton.

Many of the ads, placed by Russians posing as Americans, didn't endorse a specific candidate but spread inflammatory messages on sensitive subjects such as immigration and race to amplify fault lines in American life, targeting users from specific backgrounds and tight races in key states such as Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Virginia.

These negative appeals included a group called Fit Black, which urged people to attend “Black Fist Free Self-Defense Classes.” Another from the Army of Jesus encouraged voters to pick a president with “godly morals" with a picture of Jesus arm-wrestling Satan.

The Facebook ads varied in their effectiveness and reach, with some only being shared a few hundred times, others seen hundreds of thousands or more than 1 million times. They ran just over two years starting in June 2015, increasing in volume in October and November 2016, just before and after the presidential election, but also showing spikes in April and May of 2016 and also April and May of 2017.

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Danish inventor Peter Madsen has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for the murder of the Swedish journalist Kim Wall on his submarine.

Prosecutors said Madsen had planned to kill Ms Wall, 30, either by suffocating her or cutting her throat.

Her dismembered remains were found at sea on 21 August last year, 11 days after she interviewed him on board his homemade vessel.

He was sentenced on Wednesday at a court in Copenhagen.

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