The Daily Populous

Friday July 27th, 2018 day edition

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(CNN) Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, claims that then-candidate Trump knew in advance about the June 2016 meeting in Trump Tower in which Russians were expected to offer his campaign dirt on Hillary Clinton, sources with knowledge tell CNN.

Cohen's claim would contradict repeated denials by Trump, Donald Trump Jr., their lawyers and other administration officials who have said that the President knew nothing about the Trump Tower meeting until he was approached about it by The New York Times in July 2017.

Cohen alleges that he was present, along with several others, when Trump was informed of the Russians' offer by Trump Jr. By Cohen's account, Trump approved going ahead with the meeting with the Russians, according to sources.

Cohen privately testified last year to two Congressional committees investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election.

A source familiar with Cohen's House testimony said he did not testify that Trump had advance knowledge. »

Papa John sues Papa John's

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John Schnatter, the ousted founder of pizza chain Papa John's, is suing his former company.

Related: Papa John's is worried that Papa John will try to take over the company.

Papa John's has also removed Schnatter from its commercials and marketing materials and kicked him out of office space at its headquarters. »

Almost all world’s oceans damaged by human impact, study finds

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Just 13% of the world’s oceans remain untouched by the damaging impacts of humanity, the first systematic analysis has revealed.

Outside the remotest areas of the Pacific and the poles, virtually no ocean is left harbouring naturally high levels of marine wildlife.

Furthermore, just 5% of the remaining ocean wilderness is within existing marine protection areas. »

Kenyan Woman Saves 15,000 Young Girls From Female Genital Mutilation

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The 27-year-old Kenyan has made it her life’s work to help young African girls escape “female cutting,” commonly referred to as female genital mutilation (FGM).

Women are not considered women unless they have gone through FGM,” Leng’ete said, explaining the societal role of female circumcisions.

“FGM in my community connects to girls ending their education, with child marriage, and with teenage pregnancies. »

Trump's 'Keep America Great' Re-election Banners Are Made in China And Were Mass Produced to Avoid Trade War Tariffs

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“It’s closely related,” Yao Yuanyuan, the manager of Jiahao Flag Co. Ltd., where tens of thousands of Trump campaign banners have been produced in recent months, told Reuters.

“They are preparing in advance, they are taking advantage of the fact that the tariffs haven’t gone up yet, with lower prices now.”.

Until now, Washington and Beijing have imposed additional 25 percent tariffs on $34 billion worth of each other’s imports. »