8:14 [Sputnik News] (E)
US officials told the Wall Street Journal on Thursday that the US had seized four Iranian tankers on the high seas allegedly loaded with Iranian petroleum in violation of US sanctions. The four vessels are now en route to Houston, Texas, a major petroleum port.
20:14 [Zero Hedge] (E)
Update (1215ET): Acting US Attorney Audrey Strauss said that "this case against Ghislaine Maxwell is a prequel to the earlier case that we brought against Jeffrey Epstein," "Maxwell lied because the truth, as alleged, was almost unspeakable. Maxwell enticed minor girls, got them to trust her, then delivered them into the trap that she and Epstein had set for them. She pretended to be a woman they could trust..."
20:13 [Ben Swann/YouTube] (E)
Two senior law enforcement officials say that Ghislane Maxwell was arrested on charges that she conspired with Jeffery Epstein to sexually abuse minors and is expected to appear in federal court later Thursday.
The six-count indictment in Manhattan federal court alleges that Maxwell helped Epstein groom girls as young as 14 years old, going back as far as 1994.
"In some instances, Maxwell was present for and participated in the sexual abuse of minor victims," the indictment says.
19:57 [Oriental Review] (E)
By Binoy KAMPMARK - When it comes to the touchy, violent matter of Kosovar affairs, history keeps company with the devils of nationalism and vengeance. Serbia remains scornful of the aspirations of the territory, whose legitimacy it does not recognise; Kosovo remains spiteful of Serbia’s continued interest, and attempts, at any given turn, to frustrate their neighbour’s effort at European integration. Blood tinged memories between the two sides reign with relentless fury. On the issue of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and the dreaded term of genocide, the lion’s share of the blame was initially attributed to Serbian forces.
10:54 [Fort Russ] (E)
What is being termed a ‘conspiracy theory’ by access media emerged on Friday, touting that the Wayfair online store was using the sale of storage cabinets, pillows, and children’s related items, as a cover for child trafficking. When asked for comment, a representative of Wayfair – a home decor company – immediately denounced as false.
18:00 [Antiwar.com] (E)
by Doug Bandow - The Trump administration, in the personality of Richard Grenell, former U.S. ambassador to Germany, has become intricately and bizarrely involved in Balkan politics. His effort to reconcile Kosovo and Serbia, from which the former seceded in 2008, risks an embarrassing crash after the indictment of Kosovar President Hashim Thaci of war crimes. But Grenell has achieved more success than all the European Union’s diplomats over the last decade. One of the most perspicacious insights of famed German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck was that the Balkans was not worth the bones of a single Pomeranian grenadier. Had his successors in Germany, as well as statesmen across Europe, heeded his admonition World War I would have been avoided. And with it an even worse conflict a generation later, as well as the ensuing Cold War. As Bismarck feared, "it will be some damn foolish thing in the Balkans that sets off" a disastrous human conflagration.
12:55 [youtube/the Duran] (E)
The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss the recent news that Jeffrey Epstein`s fugitive madam, Ghislaine Maxwell, is now hiding out in a luxury Paris apartment close to paedophile`s seven million GBP apartment he owned in Paris.
15:27 [hideoutnow] (E)
The Facebook pictures of the event show law enforcement standing over $6 million in cash
15:06 [stationgossip] (E)
One Looter Blew Himself Up – Bombings Also Reported in Pittsburgh and Minneapolis