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Jared Kushner ‘likely’ paid little or no income taxes for years: NYTimes

WASHINGTON: Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and a senior White House adviser, likely paid little or no federal income taxes between 2009 and 2016, the New York Times reported on Saturday, citing confidential financial documents. The documents were created with Kushner’s cooperation as part of a review of his finances by an institution that was considering lending him money, the Times reported. The Times said that Kushner’s tax bills reflected the use of a tax benefit known as depreciation that lets real…

Trump calls for US probe of NY Times after critical anonymous column

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE: US President Donald Trump on Friday called on the U.S. Justice Department to investigate the New York Times after the news outlet published a column this week by an anonymous administration official questioning his fitness for office. Trump also said he was weighing taking action against the Times, whose shares moved briefly lower after his comments were made public “We’re going to see. I’m looking at that right now,” Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One. Attorney General Jeff Sessions “should…

Washington Post, NY Times win Pulitzers for work on Trump, Putin

WASHINGTON: The Pulitzer Prizes on Monday honored The Washington Post for hard-hitting reporting on Donald Trump's presidential campaign and The New York Times for revealing Vladimir Putin's covert power grab, praising their probing of powerful people despite a hostile climate for the news media. The Daily News of New York and ProPublica, a web-based platform specializing in investigative journalism, won the prize for public service journalism for coverage of New York police abuses that forced mostly poor minorities from…

Crop burning in Delhi fuelling toxic smog in Lahore, says NASA

LAHORE: Thousands of citizens of  Lahore, one of the world's most polluted cities, have been complaining of breathing difficulties and irritable eyes as a blanket of thick smog was forecast to persist for several days. Readings of dangerous ‘fine particulate matter’ were more than four times the World Health Organization's (WHO) recommended level, exceeding 104 micogrammes per cubic metre in the worst-hit parts of the city of around 10 million. A recent New York Times report said that an old practice of burning…