18 марта, 18:50

Popular TV Shows Audiences Can’t Believe Were Actually Canceled

Every show must come to an end, but that doesn't mean it's easy for fans. Here are the popular shows we really miss in 2017.

18 марта, 05:05

Law Prof: Did McCabe Just Throw Comey Under The Bus For Perjury?

Fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe may have just thrown former FBI Director James Comey under the bus - perhaps intentionally. Recall that McCabe was fired for, among other things, an "improper media disclosure." In other words leaking.  In a Saturday morning appearance on CNN with host Michael Smerconish, Constitutional law professor Jonathan Turley suggested that McCabe's statement following his firing "immediately" raised a flag, which may lead to serious consequences for his former boss. McCabe's statement reads in part:  The OIG investigation has focused on information I chose to share with a reporter through my public affairs officer and a legal counselor. As Deputy Director, I was one of only a few people who had the authority to do that. It was not a secret, it took place over several days, and others, including the Director, were aware of the interaction with the reporter. Turley notes "There was one line in the case statement last night that I immediately flagged. Because he said that he had authority to do this and he conferred with the director - the director at the time was James Comey."  "Now, the problem there is that James Comey said under oath that he never leaked information and never approved a leak," said Turley. "So, if the Inspector General believes this was a leak to the media, it raises serious questions about Comey’s previous testimony and could get him into serious trouble." This directly contradicts Comey's statement under oath that "he never leaked information, and never approved a leak." Turley continued. "So if the Inspector General believes this was a leak to the media, it raises serious questions about Comey's previous testimony that could get him into serious trouble." Watch: Law Professor Jonathan Turley: McCabe firing suggests Comey lied to Congress while under oath about 'never leaking or approving a leak.' pic.twitter.com/7y0z7qGZhe — Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) March 17, 2018 Turley writes in The Hill: McCabe is accused of misleading investigators about allegedly giving information to a former Wall Street Journal reporter about the investigation of Hillary Clinton and the Clinton family’s charitable foundation. McCabe asserts in his post-firing statement that he not only had authority to “share” that information to the media but did so with the knowledge of “the director.” The FBI director at the time was Comey. -The Hill Turley continues:  If the “interaction” means leaking the information, then McCabe’s statement would seem to directly contradict statements Comey made in a May 2017 congressional hearing. Asked if he had “ever been an anonymous source in news reports about matters relating to the Trump investigation or the Clinton investigation” or whether he had “ever authorized someone else at the FBI to be an anonymous source in news reports about the Trump investigation or the Clinton investigation,” Comey replied “never” and “no.” Former FBI Assistant Director Chris Swecker said on Friday that the upcoming OIG report will contain some "pure TNT," whenever it comes out - which should shed more light on the FBI's transgressions surrounding the 2016 U.S. election.  The timing of McCabe's statement and Comey's apparent perjury comes at an inconvenient time for the former FBI director, who's selling $100 tickets to attend stops on his upcoming book tour to promote: “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership.” As Turley notes, "If he gave McCabe the green light for his “interaction,” the title could prove embarrassingly ironic." McCabe asserts in his post firing statement he not only had authority to “share” info to the media but did so w/knowledge of “the director." He's referring to 2016 WSJ leak & I believe he just incriminated Comey for lying to Congress 1 -McCabe statement 2 -Comey testimony 5/3/17 pic.twitter.com/d79opNVbEE — Nick Short 🇺🇸 (@PoliticalShort) March 17, 2018

17 марта, 20:52

McCabe Gave Interview, Handed Over Trump Memos To Mueller

Update: Well, just as Comey had a personal "leaker" to deliver his Trump-memos to the NYT, so McCabe had found a quick line of communication to the press involving "confidential" matters surrounding the Mueller probe, and Axios reports, McCabe has met with special counsel Robert Mueller's team and has turned over memos detailing interactions with President Trump, "according to a source familiar with the exchange." Axios' source reveals that the memos include corroboration by McCabe of Comey's account of his own firing by Trump, as well as an account of at least one in-person meeting with Trump, which however considering McCabe was fired for perjury - among other things - may not carry quite as much weight. McCabe had previously alluded to the memos in the statement after his firing, in which he said: "My testimony to the House Intelligence Committee revealed that I would corroborate former Director Comey’s accounts of his discussions with the President." * * * After former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was fired by the Justice Department late on Friday night just two days before his retirement, because he lied under oath or as AG Sessions said, McCabe "lacked candor - including under oath - on multiple occasions… all FBI employees know that lacking candor under oath results in dismissal", McCabe has decided he won't go down quietly in what he has dubbed the Trump administration's "war on the FBI." McCabe, who briefly led the agency after Director James Comey was fired, said his dismissal by Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Friday night was the latest attack on his credibility. He has claimed he's being singled out because of what he witnessed in the aftermath of Comey's ouster. Of course, some - such as ethics officials belonging to the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility - beg to differ: after all it was they who recommended McCabe's dismissal on Thursday for lying to the Inspector General in the course of a government investigation. As CBS News  justice correspondent Paula Reid noted, McCabe's termination takes place just days before the highly anticipated release of the Inspector General's report which is expected to show that he leaked information with the media about the agency's investigation into the Clinton Foundation, and lied under oath. McCabe has pushed back hard, saying his firing is yet another attempt by the administration to undermine Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the U.S. election process, and allegations that Mr. Trump's campaign colluded with those efforts. In a statement, McCabe wrote that he was, "being singled out and treated this way because of the role I played, the actions I took and the events I witnessed in the aftermath of the firing of James Comey." McCabe said in his statement that the inspector general's report was fast-tracked after he told the House Intelligence Committee he would corroborate Comey's accounts of conversations he had with the president. Comey has testified that Trump asked if he would end an investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. McCabe also spoke directly about the ongoing Russia investigation in his statement (full statement below): "It is part of this administration's ongoing war on the FBI and the efforts of the special counsel investigation, which continue to this day," McCabe said. "Their persistence in this campaign only highlights the importance of the special counsel's work." But what about the report by the "independent and impartial" Inspector General, which remember was launched after Democrats forced the DOJ IG to open an investigation into handling of Clinton email investigation... or in other words, McCabe was fired  because of 1) an IG investigation demanded by Democrats that was  2) directed by an Obama IG appointee resulted in 3) a recommendation from the FBI's ethics office that McCabe be terminated. Well, in a phone interview with CBS News' senior investigator producer Pat Milton, McCabe said he rejected the findings in the (Inspector General's) report, calling it "misleading and unfair." Obviously. "I strongly believe this is the latest chapter in a yearlong attack on my credibility and service to the country," McCabe said.  Well that, or simply the facts are finally coming out, and until refuted, they confirm the corruption, party bias and cronyism that many had said is prevalent at the FBI. As for the full OIG report due any day now, recall that the former FBI assistant director Chris Swecker said that it will contain "some pure TNT", so that's something else to look forward to as the public decides if the yearlong attack on McCabe's credibility - which started with the WSJ's October 2016 report that a "Clinton Ally Aided Campaign of FBI Official’s Wife" - is justified. Ex-FBI Assistant Director Chris Swecker puts Comey & McCabe on notice: 'Some pure TNT' will come out in the Inspector General report. pic.twitter.com/QdS3WkiTJ7 — Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) March 16, 2018 McCabe also said that "to have my career end in this way, and to be accused of lacking candor when at worst I was distracted in the midst of chaotic events, is incredibly disappointing and unfair. But it will not erase the important work I was privileged to be a part of, the results of which will in the end be revealed for the country to see." Some, like the president, would disagree. Andrew McCabe FIRED, a great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI - A great day for Democracy. Sanctimonious James Comey was his boss and made McCabe look like a choirboy. He knew all about the lies and corruption going on at the highest levels of the FBI! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 17, 2018 * * * So what are McCabe's next steps? Well, it appears the former deputy director will not go down without a fight, and as the Daily Beast reports, McCabe has lawyered up, hiring Michael Bromwich of the Bromwich Group, who confirmed to The Daily Beast that he is "representing McCabe for the purposes of the matter that led to his firing." This certainly suggests that McCabe will sue the administration for firing him for political reasons, with some in the press already salivating what discovery will reveal about Sessions, Trump and everyone else in this growing conflict. Still, that McCabe is retaining counsel is not surprising. What is, however, and may add a potential twist to this latest battle between Trump and the FBI, is that according to the AP, McCabe kept personal memos regarding Trump that are similar to the notes compiled by dismissed FBI chief James Comey detailing interactions with him, which could become a key part of evidence in special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's probe. The AP notes, that it was not immediately clear whether any of McCabe’s memos have been turned over to special counsel Robert Mueller, whose criminal investigation is examining Trump campaign ties to Russia and possible obstruction of justice, or been requested by Mueller. McCabe’s memos include details of interactions with the president, among other topics, according to an AP source "with direct knowledge of the situation who wasn’t authorized to discuss the memos publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity." As Bloomberg adds, Mueller has shown interest in McCabe's interactions with the president, though Comey's conversations might more squarely fit into a possible obstruction of justice case. The disclosure came hours after Trump called McCabe’s firing by Attorney General Jeff Sessions as a “a great day for Democracy.” * * * Below is Andrew McCabe's full statement (link):

17 марта, 00:36

Candidates shoot for March Madness bump

Want to make an impression on voters? Run campaign ads all the way through the NCAA national championship game.

16 марта, 22:05

Ex-FBI Asst. Director Says Upcoming Inspector General Report Is "Pure TNT"

Former FBI Assistant Director Chris Swecker said today that a highly anticipated report from the DOJ's Inspector General Michael Horowitz will contain "some pure TNT." Horowitz has been investigating the conduct of the FBI's top brass surrounding the 2016 election for over a year. He also uncovered over 50,000 text messages between two anti-Trump / pro-Clinton FBI employees directly involved in the exoneration of Clinton and the counterintelligence operation launched against the Trump campaign.  Swecker: “The behavior if it’s manifested in the action with your thumb on the scale of a particular investigation, one way or the other, that’s borderline criminal behavior — manipulating an investigation. I think this IG report is going to be particularly impactful, more so than any of these useless congressional investigations. I think you’re going to see some pure TNT come out in this IG report.” Ex-FBI Assistant Director Chris Swecker puts Comey & McCabe on notice: 'Some pure TNT' will come out in the Inspector General report. pic.twitter.com/QdS3WkiTJ7 — Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) March 16, 2018 The Inspector General's report is thought to include evidence of outgoing Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe ordering agents to alter "302" forms - the paperwork an agent files after interviewing someone. Horowitz is also reportedly homing in on McCabe's handling of the Anthony Weiner laptop after reports emerged that he wanted to avoid taking action on the FBI's findings until after the 2016 election.  The inspector general, Michael E. Horowitz, has been asking witnesses why FBI leadership seemed unwilling to move forward on the examination of emails found on the laptop of former congressman Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.)until late October — about three weeks after first being alerted to the issue, according to these people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive matter. A key question of the internal investigation is whether McCabe or anyone else at the FBI wanted to avoid taking action on the laptop findings until after the Nov. 8 election, these people said. It is unclear whether the inspector general has reached any conclusions on that point. -WaPo In January, Fox's Sean Hannity sat down with journalist Sara Carter - who shed light on the McCabe situation, saying that FBI Director Christopher Wray was "shocked to his core" after reading the GOP-authored "FISA" memo describing FBI malfeasance surrounding the 2016 U.S. election: Carter: What we know tonight is that FBI Director Christopher Wray went Sunday and reviewed the four-page FISA memo. The very next day, Andrew McCabe was asked to resign. Remember Sean, he was planning on resigning in March - that already came out in December. This time they asked him to go right away. You're not coming into the office. I've heard rep[orts he didn't even come in for the morning meeting - that he didn't show up. Hannity: A source of mine told me tonight that when Wray read this, it shocked him to his core. Sara Carter: Shocked him to his core, and not only that, the Inspector General's report - I have been told tonight by a number of sources, there's indicators right now that McCabe may have asked FBI agents to actually change their 302's - those are their interviews with witnesses. So basically every time an FBI agent interviews a witness, they have to go back and file a report.  Hannity: Changes? So that would be obstruction of justice?  Carter: Exactly. This is something the Inspector General is investigating. If this is true and not alleged, McCabe will be fired. I heard they are considering firing him within the next few days if this turns out to be true.  Meanwhile, several Republican Senators are asking the Department of Justice (DOJ) to order a special counsel to probe the FBI's conduct during its investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election - including the use of the "Steele dossier" in seeking a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant against former Trump Campaign advisor Carter Page. The letter marks the second formal request by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The request comes amid controversy over Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe's pension - which is in jeopardy after the Department of Justice's internal watchdog found enough evidence of malfeasance to recommend firing McCabe immediately.  The letter also notes that Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz, who they have the "utmost confidence" in, "does not have the tools that a prosecutor would to gather all the facts, such as the ability to obtain testimony from essential witnesses who are not current DOJ employees."  Senators Chuck Grassley Chuck Grassley (Iowa), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Thom Tillis (N.C.) and John Cornyn (Texas), signed a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions as well as Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to name a special counsel who can "gather all the facts." "We believe that a special counsel is needed to work with the Inspector General to independently gather the facts and make prosecutorial decisions, if any are merited. The Justice Department cannot credibly investigate itself without these enhanced measures of independence," wrote the senators.  See the letter below, and click on the tweet for more background on the ongoing investigation from Nick Short of the Security Studies Group.  Grassley, Graham, Cornyn, Tillis Seek Special Counsel to Work with Inspector General on Handling of Russia Investigation. https://t.co/Zjsl3HcMzZ pic.twitter.com/mD4aZ1jxg7 — Nick Short 🇺🇸 (@PoliticalShort) March 15, 2018 As Chuck Ross of the Daily Caller points out, the letter also "broke a bit of news": It reveals that Bruce Ohr, the former deputy assistant attorney general, was interviewed 12 separate times by the FBI in 2016 and 2017. Ohr was in contact with Steele prior to the 2016 election. And shortly after the election, Ohr was in contact with Glenn Simpson, the founder of Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm that hired Steele to investigate Trump. Ohr’s wife, a Russia expert named Nellie Ohr, also happened to be working as a contractor for Fusion GPS for its Trump investigation. Senate Judiciary Republicans want to know whether the FBI and DOJ were aware of that relationship. The committee letter lists all of Ohr’s FBI interviews, which were summarized on what’s known as a FD-302 document. The first interview with Ohr was conducted on November, 22, 2016. The most recent occurred on May 15, 2017. -Daily Caller The DOJ's Office of the Inspector General (OIG) announced in January that it was opening a probe of the FBI's handling of the Clinton email investigation. Meanwhile, Attorney General Jeff Sessions asked the OIG to explore whether FBI officials abused their authority when they used an unverified and salacious dossier from Fusion GPS to obtain a FISA warrant on Carter Page.  That said, Sessions has resisted repeated calls for a second Special Counsel.  Graham and Grassley also asked the OIG to look into the FBI's conduct while handling the Russia probe, writing in a February letter:  "We respectfully request that you conduct a comprehensive review of potential improper political influence, misconduct, or mismanagement in the conduct of the counterintelligence and criminal investigations related to Russia and individuals associated with (1) the Trump campaign, (2) the Presidential transition, or (3) the administration prior to the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller."  The Senators also noted in their Thursday letter that if the DOJ declines to appoint a second special counsel, they want "a detailed reply explaining why not." 

16 марта, 17:59

Is a Beat in the Cards for FedEx (FDX) Stock in Q3 Earnings?

FedEx (FDX) buoys hope for the third quarter on solid e-commerce growth, the new tax law as well as a hike in shipping rates.

13 марта, 17:01

Does North Korea Really Have a Nuclear Bomb?

Salvatore Babones Security, Asia North Korea's Kim Jong-un has offered to bargain away his nuclear weapons program in exchange for lasting peace. Maybe that's because he doesn't have one. When India staged its first nuclear test in 1974, there were no doubts. It was a massive explosion estimated at eight kilotons (kt.) equivalent of TNT. Though it was conducted underground, it left a large crater on the surface. The test was celebrated in India, condemned in Pakistan and observed with caution in the rest of the world. After India's second series of tests in 1998, Pakistan responded with a five-device test set of its own two weeks later. Again, craters were made, congratulations offered, condemnations heard and medals given. India and Pakistan have been locked in a tense nuclear standoff ever since. Russia, China, France, the United Kingdom, and of course the United States also had unambiguously "successful" first nuclear tests—if success means blowing up a big chunk of desert while poisoning the atmosphere with tons of radioactive debris. Of course, all five countries had massive science-industrial complexes to support their research, as did India. Pakistan did not, but China is widely suspected of having provided both the technology and the materials for Pakistan's first nuclear devices. North Korea's nuclear tests, as so much else about the country, have taken a road less traveled. Its first test in 2006 was either a masterpiece of minimization, or a total fizzle at less than one kt. The second test in 2009 was a more nuclear-like five kt., but apparently a masterpiece of environmental good practice: the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) estimated that the containment of radioactive exhaust gas from the explosion "was above 99.9 percent." Read full article

12 марта, 23:20

"Живой Кен" приедет в Москву на "Дом-2"

СМИ заподозрили, что "живой Кен" Родриго Альвес намерен принять участие в реалити-шоу "Дом-2". На такие мысли журналистов натолкнула последняя публикация Альвеса в "Инстаграме". Британский манекенщик рассказал своим подписчикам, что намерен впервые отправиться в Россию. Он примет участие в Московской неделе моды и уже подбирает костюм для этого мероприятия. При этом снимок в соцсети он снабдил хештегами #dom2 и #tnt. Никаких разъяснений Родриго Альвес по этому поводу не дал, но поклонники уверены что увидят его в российском реалити-шоу. Родриго Алвес заплатил около $600 тысяч за многочисленные пластические операции. Недавно он удалил себе четыре ребра, чтобы его талия была не 91 сантиметр, а прямо как у настоящей Барби — 60 сантиметров, сообщали в Daily Mail. После операции по удалению рёбер Родриго отметил, что, по ощущениям, "его переехал огромный грузовик". В эксклюзивном интервью для The Sun Online он признался, что гордится тем, что стал первым мужчиной на земле, который отважился на такой шаг. Ранее 34-летнему Альвесу приписывали роман с неизвестной девушкой, которая периодически появлялась с ним на фотографиях папарацци, однако это предположение было опровергнуто. Родриго Альвес заявил, что женщина приходится ему просто подругой.

12 марта, 15:01

I Am a Survivor of Human Trafficking: Judith's Story

“In the Philippines, I was independent and knew everyone in my neighborhood. In the U.S., I had become isolated—a shadow of myself.”

11 марта, 12:53

Китайская грамота: почему команды НБА дорожают быстрее клубов из других лиг

Грандиозный телеконтракт, экспансия в Китай и новые рекламные проекты – как зарабатывает главная баскетбольная лига мира

05 марта, 04:04

Meet Russia's Monster Oscar-Class Nuclear Attack Submarines. They Kill Aircraft Carriers.

Sebastien Roblin Security, U.S. carriers, that is.  On August 12, 2000, an explosion, followed by a massive detonation equivalent to three to seven tons of TNT, occurred on board the Kursk while it was submerged participating in a naval exercise off of Severomorsk. Up to twenty-three of the ship’s 118-man crew managed to survive the initial blast in the ninth compartment of the vessel, but rescuers were tragically unable to intervene in time. An investigation concluded that hydrogen peroxide leaking from a poorly welded Type 65 torpedo was the likely source of the first blast, leading to a chain detonation of the other torpedoes. Another theory is that crew error due to lack of training caused the torpedo detonation. Russia’s enormous Oscar-class nuclear attack submarines, known as the Project 949A, were designed during the Cold War with a specific mission in mind: to go hunting for American aircraft carriers, the pride of American naval power. Because each U.S. flattop is protected by its own little fleet of escorting warships—many of them specialized in antisubmarine warfare—the Oscar’s primary game plane isn’t to creep up close for a torpedo attack. Instead, it’s designed to lob enormous anti-shipping cruise missiles (ASCMs) from hundreds of miles away. Cruise-missile submarines, designated SSGs and SSGNs by the U.S. Navy, were not a new concept. The earliest missile subs were adapted from more conventional submarines in the 1950s, and the Soviet Echo class, commissioned in 1961, were the first ones designed to employ cruise missiles as their primary armament. Work on a large third-generation cruise-missile submarine, designated as the Project 949 Granit, began in the mid-1970s. It featured a double-hulled design, as was standard on large Soviet submarines. The primary hull with the crew compartments and ship systems is contained inside a more aquadynamic outer hull of thin steel. On those Oscar IIs still in service, the outer hull is separated by up to six feet or as little as two inches, depending on the location. Two nuclear reactors generated seventy-three megawatts of electricity for the enormous submarine. A crew complement of around one hundred occupied nine or ten compartments that could be sealed off from one another. Read full article

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02 марта, 00:01

Дефективный детектив // Татьяна Алешичева об «Алиенисте» Кэри Фукунаги

Кабельный канал TNT показывает сериал «Алиенист» -- викторианскую страшилку, которой Кэри Фукунага пытался привить нигилизм и атмосферу неизбывной жути своего «Настоящего детектива»

01 марта, 20:26

United Parcel Service (UPS) Widens Scope of Express Service (revised)

United Parcel Service's (UPS) decision to expand its Express Service is aimed at facilitating the delivery of urgent shipments in markets offering high-growth potential.

01 марта, 16:33

United Parcel Service Widens the Scope of Its Express Service

United Parcel Service's (UPS) decision to expand its Express Service is aimed at facilitating the delivery of urgent shipments in markets offering high-growth potential.

27 февраля, 13:53

Налоговый период окажет поддержку рублю

Основной идеей роста на предыдущей неделе и в начале текущей стало повышение суверенного рейтинга РФ агентством S&P до инвестиционного уровня.

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26 февраля, 16:28

UPS требует компенсацию от ЕС за срыв приобретения TNT Express

Американская логистическая компания United Parcel Service (UPS) подала иск в Европейский суд, указав в качестве ответчика ЕС. Компания требует от европейских властей компенсации за то, что европейский регулятор ошибочно наложил запрет на приобретение ею нидерландской логистической компании TNT Express. UPS требует компенсацию в размере €1,7 млрд плюс проценты и налоги. В январе 2013 года европейские власти заблокировали сделку на $7 млрд между UPS и TNT, мотивировав это тем, что тогда рынок перевозок грузов в ЕС будет по сути будет контролироваться дуополией этой объединенной компании и DHL. В прошлом году суд отменил это решение, обосновав приговор процедурными ошибками, допущенными регулятором. Еврокомиссия подала апелляцию на решение суда. В 2016 году TNT была куплена другой американской логистической компанией, FedEx.«Мы убеждены, что предполагаемое приобретение было бы выгодно для клиентов»,— отметил пресс-секретарь UPS Грегг Свинген. Компания требует компенсацию, так как запрет со стороны регулятора помешал…

26 февраля, 16:07

UPS требует от еврокомиссии 1,74 млрд евро из-за решения заблокировать сделку с TNT

United Parcel Service Inc. подала иск плюс проценты от антимонопольному регулятору ЕС, требуя выплатить 1,74 млрд евро в связи с принятым в 2013 году решением заблокировать слияние UPS с голландской компанией доставки TNT Express NV.

26 февраля, 15:16

UPS seeks 1.7 billion euro damages from EU after TNT bid blocked

United Parcel Service Inc (UPS.N), the world's largest package delivery company, is seeking 1.742 billion euros (1.53 billion pounds) in damages from EU antitrust regulators after they blocked its bid to buy Dutch peer TNT five years ago. The move was expected after an EU court agreed with UPS in March 2017 that the European Commission had been wrong to prevent the deal. The Commission's 2013 decision "is tainted with serious breaches of rules of law", UPS said in a filing with the Luxembourg-based General Court, Europe's second-highest.

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