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Visegrad 4 cools on Europe, and each other

Doubts grow on how bloc of 65 million can function at critical time in EU history.

Central Europe’s unity is cracking.

The common purpose the region rediscovered during the refugee crisis has frayed in recent months amid differences over matters large and small, concerning everything from regulatory fine print to the future of Europe.

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Paul Manafort, Who Once Ran Trump Campaign, Surrenders to F.B.I.

WASHINGTON — Paul Manafort surrendered to federal authorities Monday morning, after a person close to the case said the first charges were filed in a special counsel investigation.

The charges against Mr. Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, were not immediately clear but represent a significant escalation in a special counsel investigation that has cast a shadow over the president’s first year in office. Also charged was Mr. Manafort’s former business associate Rick Gates, who was also told to surrender on Monday, the person said.

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Stranger Things’ Charlie Heaton Reportedly Caught With Cocaine at Los Angeles Airport

According to TMZ, actor Charlie Heaton, currently starring in Stranger Things 2 as beleaguered older brother Jonathan Byers, was allegedly found with cocaine in his luggage after deboarding a flight from the United Kingdom to Los Angeles last Saturday.

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Iceland Blocks Shipment of Venezuela-bound Tear Gas

The Icelandic Ministry of Transport and Local Government has denied the European Transport Agency‘s request for permission to transport anti-riot gear to Venezuela, mbl.is reports.

The gear in question consists of 16 tons of tear gas from China. The Ministry couldn‘t accept the transfer due to areas in Venezuela not respecting human rights.

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Oligarch father of Ukrainian road carnage heiress, 20, says he is ‘on his knees’ begging victims and their families to forgive his daughter after she appears sobbing in court facing a 10-year sentence

  • The Ukrainian energy company heiress crashed her luxury black Lexus at 60mph
  • Funerals of the victims are taking place today as Zaitseva faces 10 years in jail 
  • Lawyers of oligarch Vasily Zaitsev are now working on a compensation package
  • Ukrainian state TV suggest the package could help Zaitseva avoid prison 

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Where to Find the World’s Most Stunning and Unique Vacation Rentals

Sites like Airbnb and VRBO have proven the sharing economy is the future of travel. While these sites guarantee plenty of lodging options, finding the most interesting places to stay often requires hours of searching through hundreds, even thousands, of properties. Boutique-Homes.com eliminates that headache by offering only unique vacation rentals for lovers of design.

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Here are Harvey Weinstein’s alleged actresses with love affair

The movie mogul’s lawyers have dismissed ‘false’ reports of sexual harassment, but industry insiders claim there have long been rumors about his behavior.

When Emily Best, a Los Angeles-based film producer, got a text about the Harvey Weinstein “news”, it did not, she said, come as a surprise. Many in Hollywood had heard rumors of allegations against the movie mogul similar to those published in a New York Times investigation. More surprising to some was that it took this long for the accusations of “decades of sexual harassment” to be made public.

“We’re all fucking complicit, and it has to stop,” said Best, who said the accusations against Weinstein were an “open secret” in Hollywood. “The industry at large,” she alleged, “provided shelter for his bad behavior directly and indirectly” by staying silent.

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But how widespread was the knowledge of his alleged harassment? And how common is the kind of behavior attributed to the mogul?

The report published Thursday said that Weinstein, one of the most powerful figures in the industry, faces allegations of unwanted physical contact and sexual harassment spanning several decades.

The award-winning producer repeatedly invited women to his hotel room for business purposes, it was alleged, and would greet them in the nude or ask them to massage him or watch him shower. The paper said he had reached settlements with at least eight women, including actors and assistants.

Weinstein apologized for the “pain” he had caused and announced a leave of absence, but his attorney said the story was “saturated with false and defamatory statements” and said he was planning to file a lawsuit against the newspaper. Weinstein has not faced criminal charges and has said he denies “many” of the allegations, none of which have been independently confirmed by the Guardian.

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“I am going to fix myself, I am going to fix how I deal with women and how I deal with my temper and power,” Weinstein said in an interview with Page Six after the story broke in which he nonetheless insisted New York Times reporting had been “reckless”. He added: “I came of age in the 60s and 70s, when all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different.”

Beyond specific claims against Weinstein, the scandal has shone a harsh light on a culture of sexual misconduct that some say prevails in a male-dominated film and television industry that has barely changed in the last 40 years.

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To some industry figures and observers, the Weinstein allegations, if true, reflect one of Hollywood’s great shames, particularly considering that his reputation remained untouched for so long despite decades of allegations.

Influential executives who can make or break projects and careers, they claim, are able to prey on vulnerable women, and victims comply and stay quiet, either out of fear that they will be blacklisted or due to tight legal restrictions in non-disparagement agreements.

Melissa Silverstein, founder and publisher of the website Women and Hollywood, said if the accusations were true, anyone who may have “enabled” Weinstein would “have this on their conscience”. “The women who are brave enough to speak up – they are heroes,” she added.

Weinstein – who produced Good Will Hunting, Pulp Fiction and other award-winning films and television shows – is well connected inside and outside of Hollywood, with a diverse range of powerful allies. He has long been a mega-donor to Democrats, hosting a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton last year and maintaining close ties to Barack Obama. He helped fund a feminist studies program in honor of Gloria Steinem. His company distributed the Hunting Ground, a hugely influential documentary about sexual assault on college campuses.

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One jarring illustration of the potential benefits of his “liberal” credentials is the fact that he secured the world-famous women’s rights attorney Lisa Bloom as one of his advisers during the scandal. Bloom is the daughter of the high-profile attorney Gloria Allred and is known for taking on Fox NewsBill CosbyDonald Trump and other powerful men and corporations.

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Her cases have helped build momentum and inspired others to speak out, with huge consequences for the accused and their industries. Some hope the Weinstein affair will prompt similar soul-searching in Hollywood.

Bloom announced in April that Weinstein was producing a series based on a book she wrote. In her statement Thursday, Bloom called Weinstein an “old dinosaur learning new ways”, adding: “I have been blunt with Harvey and he has listened to me.” She said Weinstein “is not going to demean or attack any of the women making accusations against him, although he does dispute many of the allegations”.

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Weinstein’s sway in the industry may have made people fearful about speaking up.

“I work with clients who have worked with him directly, and all are saying they are not surprised,” said Danny Deraney, a Los Angeles PR executive who does crisis communications for celebrities.

Well-connected entertainment journalists have also written this week about the “open secret” that there were accusations swirling around Weinstein.

The New York magazine writer Rebecca Traister said she had been having conversationsabout allegations of his sexual harassment history for more than 17 years. Some have pointed out that there have long been unproven whisperings and rumors. Many prominent figures in Hollywood have, on the other hand, continued to remain silent this week.

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Best, founder and CEO of Seed&Spark, a film crowdfunding platform, said she had mentors who worked with Weinstein and shared concerns and rumors over the years. “Nobody had good stories about him,” she said, adding that the behavior described in the article was not uncommon in the industry.

“The Hollywood enterprise has thrived on an imbalance of power,” she said. “Everyone protects the ‘genius’ … And we’ve all agreed that women can be collateral damage.”

She pointed out how ads for assistants in Hollywood often call for people with “thick skin”, which she said is code for tolerating harassment and mistreatment: “We groom people for it. We literally are saying to young people in the industry, ‘Get ready for abuse.’”

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One Hollywood insider who knows Weinstein, and requested anonymity in order to speak candidly, said that conversations about the producer’s behavior had been taking place for years, and some had accepted it as part of the industry culture. “This is not restricted or confined to Harvey. This happens everywhere,” the source said. “Ask any actress and she would tell you stories about experiences with sexual harassment.”

The fallout of the Weinstein revelations remains to be seen. Some predicted an avalanche of victims speaking out about mistreatment in the industry – the same way viral accounts of harassment have recently inspired scrutiny and reform in Silicon Valleytelevision broadcasting and the porn industry.

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Deraney, the PR executive, said more people in the industry would have to consider whether it was too toxic to be associated with Weinstein and predicted that the long-term damage to the producer would become clearer during awards season.

Victims of harassment, however, may continue to be too afraid to speak out, said Silverstein, the publisher. “It’s still an industry where relationships matter, and people are scared,” she said. “It can ruin your life.”