У Генеральній прокуратурі України заперечили повідомлення про остаточне повернення резиденції «Межигір’я» у державну власність. Як заявив в ефірі «Громадського радіо» керівник Департаменту спецрозслідувань Генеральної прокуратури України Сергій Горбатюк, наразі тільки територія «Межигір’я» належить державі, а розташовані на ній будівлі досі належать компанії «Танталіт» і колишньому президентові Віктору Януковичу. Водночас, за його словами, всі ці будівлі перебувають під арештом у рамках кримінального провадження.

«Рішення стосовно цих будівель може бути ухвалене лише за результатами судового розгляду кримінального провадження стосовно колишнього президента, чи тих людей, які допомагали йому у заволодінні Межигір’ям», – сказав Горбатюк.

За його словами, Господарський суд повернув в державну власність земельні ділянки ще у 2015 році, а сьогодні «було ухвалене рішення за позовом прокуратури Києва про визнання незаконним продажу державної резиденції «Межигір’я».

Раніше міністр екології і природних ресурсів Остап Семерак заявив, що Вищий господарський суд ухвалив рішення про повернення резиденції «Межигір’я» у власність держави. Семерак додав, що Мінприроди ініціюватиме надання «Межигір’ю» статусу об’єкта природно-заповідного фонду.

За його словами, цей статус «відкриє територію «Межигір’я» для людей, дозволить забезпечити догляд за рідкісними тваринами й рослинами».

30 листопада Вищий госпсуд розглядав справу щодо визнання недійсним договору і свідоцтва права власності стосовно фірм, які пов’язують з екс-президентом Віктором Януковичем.

Як повідомляв генпрокурор Юрій Луценко, Київський апеляційний господарський суд 1 серпня визнав недійсним виведення з державної власності резиденції «Межигір’я», в якій кілька років жив колишній президент України Віктор Янукович.

Скасувати через суд передачу резиденції «Межигір’я» фірмам, близьким до екс-президента Віктора Януковича, пропонував міністр екології та природних ресурсів України Остап Семерак. Його відомство підготувало касаційну скаргу на рішення українських судів, які раніше визнавали привласнення Януковичем «Межигір’я» законним.

«Межигірʼя» раніше було резиденцією Віктора Януковича, однак після його втечі з країни в лютому 2014 року територія відкрита для відвідувачів. Нині в резиденції проходять екскурсії й громадські заходи, знімаються фільми. Будівлями та зоокуточком «Межигір’я» опікуються волонтери, які збирають на це кошти з відвідувачів.


Міністр оборони України Степан Полторак заявляє, що наступного року «в рази» буде збільшене фінансування напряму аеророзвідки.

Як повідомила прес-служба Міноборони, про це він сказав на зустрічі з керівником Центру підтримки аеророзвідки Марією Берлінською, волонтеркою Інною Шевчукі полковником Маратом Утюшевим. Зокрема, йдеться про закупівлю, утримання й обслуговування безпілотників, підготовку спеціалістів, створення відповідних підрозділів у бойових частинах Збройних силах України.

«Оборонне відомство готове упроваджувати досвід волонтерів, які з першого дня російської агресії допомагали військовослужбовцям безпілотною літальною технікою, та продовжують готувати спеціалістів у цій галузі. Міністерство оборони готове також долучитися до створення разом із волонтерами школи підготовки спеціалістів – аеророзвідників», – цитує Полторака сайт Міноборони.

У червні цього року у відповідь на офіційний запит проекту Радіо Свобода «Донбас.Реалії» в Міністерстві оборони України повідомили, зараз використовують десяток різних типів українських та іноземних безпілотних літальних апаратів, які закупили і отримали як партнерську допомогу, а також від волонтерських організацій.

В ​Україні існує Центр підтримки безпілотної авіації – на сто відсотків волонтерський проект. Там уже випустили понад 200 операторів БПЛА. Від 2016 року при Генштабі України створили окрему військову частину, яка спеціалізується на аеророзвідці. В її основі – волонтерський проект. Утім, як зазначають керівники центру, зараз він менш ніж на десять відсотків фінансується з бюджету. Решта грошей, як і раніше, – допомога звичайних українців.


Facebook Inc. said on Wednesday it was temporarily disabling the ability of advertisers on its social network to exclude racial groups from the intended audience of ads while it studies how the feature could be used to discriminate.

Facebook’s chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, told African-American U.S. lawmakers in a letter that the company was determined to do better after a news report said Facebook had failed to block discriminatory ads.

The U.S.-based news organization ProPublica reported last week that, as part of an investigation, it had purchased discriminatory housing ads on Facebook and slipped them past the company’s review process, despite claims by Facebook months earlier that it was able to detect and block such ads.

“Until we can better ensure that our tools will not be used inappropriately, we are disabling the option that permits advertisers to exclude multicultural affinity segments from the audience for their ads,” Sandberg wrote in the letter to the Congressional Black Caucus, according to a copy posted online by ProPublica.

It is unlawful under U.S. law to publish certain types of ads if they indicate a preference based on race, religion, sex or certain classifications.

Facebook, the world’s largest social network with 2.1 billion users and $36 billion in annual revenue, has been on the defensive for its advertising practices.

In September, it disclosed the existence of Russia-linked ads that ran during the 2016 U.S. election campaign. The same month it turned off a tool, also reported by ProPublica, that had inadvertently let advertisers target based on people’s self-reported jobs, even if the job was “Jew hater.”

Sandberg said in the letter that advertisers who use Facebook’s targeting options to include certain races for ads about housing, employment or credit will have to certify to Facebook that they are complying with Facebook’s anti-discrimination policy and with applicable law.

Sandberg defended race- and culture-based marketing in general, saying it was a common and legitimate practice in the ad industry to try to reach specific communities.

U.S. Representative Robin Kelly of Illinois, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, said Facebook’s action was appropriate.

“When I first raised this issue with Facebook, I was disappointed,” Kelly, a Democrat, said in a statement. “When it became necessary to raise the issue again, I was irritated. Thankfully, we’ve been able to establish a constructive pipeline of communication that’s resulted in a positive step forward.”


For individuals, storing information in the cloud means it can be available to them anywhere they have a connection to the internet. It can be cheap, and it can be useful, but because all that data is going back and forth, it’s not quite as secure as storing everything on your phone or home computer. But what if you could wear your information? That’s the idea behind some National Science Foundation-supported research into cloud clothing. VOA’s Kevin Enochs reports.


Broadcast reporters for Russian state-funded TV channel RT will no longer be able to report daily from the U.S. Capitol.

A committee that governs Capitol Hill access for broadcast journalists has withdrawn credentials for RT after the company complied earlier this month with a U.S. demand that it register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act. The law applies to people or companies disseminating information in the U.S. on behalf of foreign governments, political parties and other “foreign principals.”

The action also comes just days after Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed legislation allowing Russia to register international media outlets as foreign agents, an act seen as the Kremlin’s retaliation for the Trump administration decision on RT. The new rules require disclosures to the Russian government and are seen as stigmatizing the news outlets as promoters of American propaganda.

 

In Washington, C-SPAN’s Craig Caplan informed RT that its credentials were being withdrawn after a unanimous vote of the executive committee of the Congressional Radio and Television Correspondents’ Galleries.

Caplan, the chairman of that committee, wrote that gallery rules “state clearly that news credentials may not be issued to any applicant employed by ‘any foreign government or representative thereof.’ ” He said the FARA registration made the network ineligible to hold news credentials, and their withdrawal is effective immediately.

Many news outlets with ties to foreign governments are required to similarly register. English-language newspaper China Daily is registered due to its affiliation with the Chinese government, for example. But the pressure on RT has angered Russian officials, who have said they will retaliate with restrictions on U.S. news outlets.

The letter was sent to Mikhail Solodovnikov of RT’s U.S.-based production company, T & R Productions. RT did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

U.S. intelligence agencies have alleged RT served as a propaganda outlet for the Kremlin as part of a multi-pronged effort to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Russia denies interfering.

 


U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley warned Wednesday that North Korea’s latest intercontinental ballistic missile launch “brings the world closer to war, not further from it.”

“We have never sought war with North Korea and still today we do not seek it,” Haley told an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council. But she warned that if there is war, it will be because of continued acts of aggression like the missile launch.

“And if war comes, make no mistake, the North Korean regime will be utterly destroyed,” she added.

She also called on U.N. member states to cut ties with Pyongyang. “All countries should sever diplomatic relations with North Korea and limit military, scientific, technical or commercial cooperation,” she said.

Haley said President Donald Trump told his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, in a phone call earlier in the day that the time has come for Beijing to cut off all oil exports to North Korea.

“In 2003, China actually stopped the oil to North Korea; soon after, North Korea came to the [negotiating] table,” Haley said.

In September, the U.N. Security Council imposed tough economic sanctions aimed at cutting off financial and fuel lifelines to North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs. Among the measures was a one-third cut of North Korea’s oil imports, as well as drastic reductions to the amount of gas, diesel and heavy fuel oil it could import.

New U.S. sanctions expected

In a tweet earlier Wednesday, President Trump pledged to impose new unilateral sanctions against the rogue Asian nation.

“We want to do everything we can to put maximum pressure on North Korea,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in response to a question from VOA about whether the administration believes the new sanctions will be effective.

“We’re going to continue doing that in every way possible — both diplomatically, economically and working with our partners and allies and ask them to step up and do more in this process, as well,” she said.

Later Wednesday, while speaking about tax reform in the Midwestern state of Missouri, Trump took another dig at North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, calling him “Little Rocket Man” and describing him as a “sick puppy.”

U.S. lawmakers react

The ranking Democratic member on the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff, noting that North Korea will soon have the capability of delivering a nuclear weapon to American shores said “it’s well past time” for the administration to use whatever diplomatic strategy it has.

“And if they do not, they need to develop one fast, as the military options are nothing short of disastrous, said the lawmaker Wednesday.

That sentiment was echoed by the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.  

“Yesterday, the bluster continued as the president uttered his third ‘redline’ to address the North Korea nuclear challenge, but so far has failed to put in place the people or strategy that could do just that,” Congressman Eliot Engel said.

Rising threat

The missile launched early Wednesday morning north of Pyongyang reached an altitude of 4,500 kilometers – more than 10 times higher than the orbit of the International Space Station – before splashing into Japan’s exclusive economic zone east of the Korean peninsula about 1,000 kilometers from its launch site.

It was Pyongyang’s third ICMB test this year and its 20th ballistic missile launch of 2017.

The test represents a key accomplishment for Pyongyang’s missile program, and shows it can send rockets higher and further than ever before, according to U.S. officials and analysts.  

“It went higher frankly than any previous shot they have taken,” U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday. “It’s a research-and-development effort on their part to continue building ballistic missiles that can threaten everywhere in the world basically.”

Each missile launch or atomic weapons test by Pyongyang highlights the risks of a very dangerous nuclear flashpoint, said Robert Manning, a senior fellow on international security at the Atlantic Council.

“The North Korean nuclear problem is part of a larger Korea question, the last vestige of the Cold War,” Manning said. “It holds the potential to reshape geopolitics in East Asia toward either a more cooperative future or a confrontational one. The risks of nuclear war and proliferation, chaos in North Korea, and how the eventual reunification of the Korean Peninsula occurs are likely to have a transformative impact on U.S.-Chinese relations, U.S. alliances with the Republic of Korea and Japan, and the strategic equation in the region and beyond.”


The future of almost 800,000 undocumented young people in the United States is hanging in the balance in an end-of-year legislative pileup on Capitol Hill that could result in the shutdown of the federal government.

The government will run out of money December 8 unless Congress approves a new budget or budget extension. While the focus this week has been largely on the Senate’s approval of its tax cut bill, the budget bill could have greater short-term ramifications. The Republican-dominated Senate cannot pass it alone; Democratic votes will be needed.

But both houses of Congress will have to vote on a spending measure before it can go into effect.

And underlying all the discussions of spending priorities is finding a permanent solution for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which gave temporary protection from deportation, and permission to legally work, to undocumented young people brought to the U.S. as children.

Trump calls for legislation

President Donald Trump rescinded the Obama administration measure earlier this year, calling on Congress to pass legislation that would provide DACA recipients with a path to permanent status in the U.S. before the program phases out in March 2018.

Democrats initially pushed for stand-alone legislation to address the problem, but given the country’s contentious immigration debate, they have instead tried to tie DACA legislation to the spending bill.

Some Democrats have vowed to vote against any budget bill that does not include a DACA fix, threatening a government shutdown when the funding runs out.

But House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin has said the fix to the DACA program should “be considered on its own merits” and not as part of a larger spending bill.

Action stalled

Moves toward any bipartisan agreement stalled before a planned meeting Tuesday when Trump tweeted that he “didn’t see a deal” with Senate and House Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer of New York and Nancy Pelosi of California, respectively.

Trump tweeted a claim that a deal was being held up, in part, because Schumer and Pelosi “want illegal immigrants flooding into our Country unchecked.”

House Democratic Minority Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland responded to Trump’s tweet in a background briefing with reporters Tuesday morning, saying, “That is absolutely false. That has nothing to do with reality — he is pandering to his angry base. DACA kids are here. They’re not flooding across the border. They’re here.”

Hoyer reiterated a Democratic claim that if brought up for a floor vote, DACA legislation would pass by 300 votes.

Schumer and Pelosi responded by withdrawing from the meeting with Trump, asking to work instead with Senate and House Republican leaders Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Ryan, respectively. The White House meeting continued with all Republicans present and no Democrats.

On the face of it, the March 2018 deadline for the program gives lawmakers room to maneuver if Congress were to pass a short-term spending bill and kick DACA down the road. The budget could be extended to Christmas to give Democrats and Republicans more room to work on a compromise.

But some DACA recipients have already lost their status.

Renewal failures

The Department of Homeland Security said in October that about 22,000 DACA recipients had failed to renew their two-year permits before an October 5 deadline. That number may come down after a review of renewal applications that may have been lost in the mail.

And while support for DACA is bipartisan, it may not be enough. Both parties are reluctant to risk the political blowback that would occur if either side appears responsible for a government shutdown.


Міністерство закордонних справ України заявляє, що Київ рішуче засуджує запуск Північною Кореєю нової міжконтинентальної балістичної ракети Хвасон-15, здатною нести ядерний заряд.

«Дії Пхеньяна, спрямовані на розвиток більш потужних ракет, а також погрози застосувати ядерну зброю є серйозною загрозою не лише безпосереднім сусідам КНДР, але і глобальній стабільності й безпеці вже далеко поза межами Корейського півострова. Продовження Пхеньяном таких запусків є свідомим і систематичним порушенням міжнародного права та низки відповідних резолюцій РБ ООН щодо північнокорейської ракетної програми», – йдеться в заяві МЗС.

У відомстві закликали керівництво КНДР негайно припинити провокації.

Північна Корея заявила, що 28 листопада випробувала новий вид міжконтинентальної балістичної ракети, яка може досягти території США.

Після цього президент США Дональд Трамп пообіцяв посилити санкції проти Пхеньяна. Рада безпеки ООН відкрила позачергову сесію, щоб обговорити випробування.