The appearance of Carter Page in the Nunes memo is the latest odd connection to the Russia investigation for a man disavowed by the Trump administration yet whose name seems to never quite fade away. From his trademark grin to his appearances on news shows, Page has remained an enigma that hints at some deeper, yet unknown, involvement. But there is something else that has always intrigued me about Page: some of the similarities we seem to share. We both served in the US Navy and were both approached by Russian intelligence officers and FBI counterintelligence special agents. But is that where the similarities end? As somebody who spent over three years working undercover for the FBI as a double-agent against the Russians, I have often asked myself if the Page saga represents a US intelligence failure or perhaps something else. Is it possible that Page may have been helping the US government? Could he have, in fact, been a US operational asset? Carter Page first came to the … [Read more...] about Was Carter Page a spy? For the Russians? Or the US?
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Powerful explosions rocked an air base in Russian-occupied Crimea on Tuesday, and while the Defence Ministry in Moscow said that nobody was injured in the explosion, local authorities said at least five people, including a child, were wounded. Russia's defence ministry said that munitions blew up at the Saki base but insisted the installation had not been shelled. "Several munitions intended for aviation exploded in a depot located on the territory of the Saki military airfield, near the locality of Novofiodorovka," the statement said, quoted by Russian news agencies. Ukrainian social networks were abuzz with speculation that it was hit by Ukrainian-fired long-range missiles, and the New York Times cites Ukrainian sources who confirm it was their military that carried out the attack. There has been no official confirmation as yet. Videos posted on social networks showed sunbathers fleeing a nearby beach as huge clouds of smoke from the explosions rose over the … [Read more...] about Ukraine war: Huge explosions rock Russian military base in Crimea
Queen Elizabeth II is known for her required taste and love for afternoon tea, and there are many requirements when it comes to meal times when in the presence of Her Majesty. Some of the strict rules date all the way back to Queen Victoria's reign, and Elizabeth is no stranger when it comes to sticking to traditions. Here's everything you need to know about the Queen's strict rules when it comes to afternoon tea. Strict rules during afternoon tea with the Queen At high tea with the Queen, there are many traditions that Her Majesty upholds when it comes to eating her late lunch. Only breakfast tea is to be served The Queen prefers a lovely brew of English breakfast tea during high tea in a bone china tea cup, accompanied by a saucer, according to Today. The Queen reportedly tastes her brewed tea first, with milk added after, to gauge the strength of the tea. Vogue reported: "Milk should be added after the tea so you can properly gauge how much you need to … [Read more...] about Queen’s strict rules around afternoon tea and why she only has round sandwiches
President Donald Trump accused an FBI agent of treason on Thursday for a series of private text messages he sent to his lover that gave a negative view of Trump during the 2016 election. Trump told The Wall Street Journal that what agent Peter Strzok "tweeted to his lover is a treasonous act." In December the Justice Department controversially released 375 text messages that Strzok and Department of Justice attorney Lisa Page exchanged from August 2015 to December 2016. Critics said the release violated their privacy. The messages led to Strzok's removal from special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into ties between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin's efforts to interfere in the U.S. election last summer, The New York Times revealed . The messages between the two sent during the 2016 described the possibility of a Trump administration as "terrifying" and that Hillary Clinton "just has to win." Strzok was assigned in late July 2016 to supervise the FBI investigation … [Read more...] about Who is the FBI agent Donald Trump has accused of treason?
Idris Elba has revealed that he came face-to-face with a real lion during one day of filming for Beast. The film is released in cinemas in the US on August 19, before premiering in the UK the following week. In the blockbuster, the 49-year-old stars as Dr Nate Daniels, who takes his daughters on a trip to a game reserve in South Africa. However, the Luther actor let slip that the cast were stunned when a lion stopped by to get in on the action . ‘There was a lion there who wasn’t in the movie, and he was on set,’ he said while on the red carpet at the New York premiere on Monday. Although we would have made a very, very swift getaway at this point, Idris kept a firm hold of his trademark cool and spoke to the lion calmly. He reportedly recalled saying: “‘That’s my guy. Hey, buddy, what you doing over there? You running away?” ‘We had to try to make this feel as real as possible,’ he added to Daily Pop of the flick. ‘We flew out into the middle of South … [Read more...] about Idris Elba details terrifying moment real lion was spotted on Beast set and it’s a no from us
The Charlottesville riots and domestic terrorist attacks have amplified arguments about gun control and racism in 2017, and the divide between Americans seems to deepen daily, with every corner of pop culture touched by current events. Yes, even superhero movies. Traditionally, the genre has provided a way for diverse strangers to come together to root for a good guy. Because a superhero is fighting an evil that is outside of our daily experience, or a villain who is against all of humanity (rather than, say, a president who some hate and some love), we can, for at least two hours, unite in a shared goal. "The beauty of cinema is you all go into a room together and agree to suspend your disbelief and share this experience of another world," Lupita Nyong'o, who stars in Marvel's upcoming Black Panther movie, said during an interview with Teen Vogue Tuesday. "For that moment, you are all one in that space, experiencing the same thing. It reinforces our sense of … [Read more...] about Lupita Nyong’o says superhero movies like ‘Black Panther’ ‘reinforces our sense of community’
TO celebrate Official London Theatre's Kids Week, we have teamed up with Theatre Tokens to give you the chance to win one of ten gift cards worth £300! The summer holidays are fast approaching and that means just one thing… activity planning. Well, Official London Theatre are here to help with their annual Kids Week offer where a child aged 17 and under can go free with a full paying adult to over 35 top London shows plus an additional two children can go half price. You can book now for shows throughout August and there’s something to suit everyone. Your choice of musicals includes Grease The Musical , & Juliet , Wicked , Anything Goes , Tina – The Tina Turner Musical and more. Or see a play such as The Mousetrap , The Woman In Black , Horrible Histories and The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe , to name just a few. There’s also a whole host of shows made especially for younger children, perfect for a first visit to the theatre such as Tiddler And … [Read more...] about Win one of ten £300 theatre gift cards, thanks to Theatre Tokens
Air Fryers are the latest kitchen hit, with everyone from TikTokers to top chefs raving about their crisping capabilities. Steaks, chips, sausage rolls, cakes… would Tefal's air fryer be as tasty as everyone says? I put it to the test. Tefal EasyFry 3 in 1, £179 (saving £10) from Amazon - buy here Pros: Great quality, great results Unusual functions including grill and steam So easy to keep clean Cons: Must stop and start again if you adjust times and temps Instructions could be clearer No recipe inspiration included Tefal air fryer review: quick summary With the energy crisis making us all consider the running cost of kitchen gadgets and appliances, this is one fantastic helper that could make turning on the ‘big oven’ a thing of the past. I, for one, haven't switched mine on since the Tefal came into my kitchen and changed my life. It can bake, air fry and roast for a fraction of the cost of a traditional oven, and in much less time. It doesn’t … [Read more...] about Tefal air fryer review: I got this air fryer for chips, but now I can cook the perfect steak in 7 minutes
Post-pandemic, renowned interior designer, author and ex-BBC Dragon Kelly Hoppen dreamed of escaping to the country… as long as she could take a little bit of the city with her. She took possession of the broken-down shell of a Cotswolds lambing barn, turning it into a 2,500sq ft home with three wings facing on to a central courtyard. It has been her weekend retreat for two years. ‘The barn’s interior is a mix of inspiration from the city and country, a nice medium,’ says Kelly. ‘You feel like you’re definitely in a rural environment, but you also feel like a part of you is from London . ‘It’s reflective of my post-pandemic lifestyle. When we first viewed it, it was pure rubble and I just made a decision then and there as I had been looking for so long and wanted a space like this in the country.’ Downstairs it’s light and airy with high ceilings and exposed original wood beams. The big, multifunctional living area is great for when guests visit. Kelly wanted the … [Read more...] about Get the look: Interior designer Kelly Hoppen’s stunning barn-style kitchen