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In her Senate hearing yesterday, former acting attorney general Sally Yates said she warned the White House of national security adviser Michael Flynn’s connections to Russia, The New York Times reported. “We wanted to tell the White House as quickly as possible,” she said. “To state the obvious: You don’t want your national security adviser compromised with the Russians.” After Yates reportedly informed the incoming Trump administration about Flynn, he stayed in his position for another 18 days before being relieved. “I don’t have any way of knowing what, if anything, they did,” Yates continued. “If nothing was done, then certainly that would be concerning.”
Moon Jae-in appears likely to be named South Korea's next president, according to exit polls following Tuesday’s vote, The Washington Post reported. Moon would take over for Park Geun-hye, who was impeached earlier this year. Exit polls showed that he had 41.4 percent of the vote shortly after voting concluded. Conservative candidate Jong Joon-pyo had 23.3 percent, while centrist Ahn Cheol-soo received 21.8 percent of the vote. “I felt the people’s earnest desire for government change to create a country worthy of being called a nation,” Moon said, after casting his own ballot.
A new study suggests that humans may have coexisted alongside a human-like species that was thought to be extinct in Africa nearly 300,000 years ago, Reuters reported. Homo naledi remains now indicate that they were roaming the continent around the same time modern humans were emerging. "No one thought that a small-brained, primitive hominin could extend down through time this long and that period is exactly the moment when we thought modern humans were arising here in Africa," said Lee Berger, lead researcher. "Now that we know that modern humans or at least the earliest forms of them were not alone during this expansion of the tool kit, it makes us now have to get better and better evidence to say who made what.”
A recent update from the UN estimates that at least 245 migrants have died in shipwrecks over the past 24 hours in the Mediterranean Sea, The New York Times reported. “As stressed by High Commissioner Grandi on Sunday, rescue at sea operations, including by the Italian Coast Guard, in coordination with Frontex, and by NGOs are of crucial importance,” the UN Refugee Agency said. So far this year, more than 1,300 people have died or disappeared while attempting to cross the sea to Italy.
ABC has announced that it is bringing “American Idol” back on its network, It will be the 16th season for the reality music competition program, which ended with a “farewell season” on its original network, FOX, Variety reported. “America, get ready for the return of a bigger, bolder and better-than-ever ‘Idol,’” said Disney/ABC TV Group president Ben Sherwood. Judges and hosts for the show have yet to be confirmed. Insiders claim that it could debut as early as March 2018.
According to the US-based SITE monitoring website, ISIS has beheaded a Russian intelligence officer who was captured in Syria, according to Reuters. In a 12-minute video, a man wearing a black jumpsuit can be seen kneeling in the desert, urging Russian agents “to surrender.” A narrator in the footage can be heard saying, "This idiot believed the promises of his state not to abandon him if he was captured.” Russian senator Vikor Ozerov says there will be “hell to pay” if the recording is verified as authentic. The supposed intelligence officer in the video could not be identified.
Matt Furie, who created Pepe the Frog, has depicted the character's “death” in his latest cartoon strip, according to The New York Times. He hopes to “symbolically close the book” on the character, which has become associated with white supremacist movements on the internet. This is despite the fact that Furie has insisted...