“Death to traitors. Freedom for Britain”

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The man charged with MP Jo Cox’s murder appeared in court Saturday.

Monday

June 20, 2016

Donald Trump said profiling American Muslims is “common sense.” Latin American environmental activists made up the majority of those killed during an extremely deadly year for protesters. And LeBron James broke down crying after leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to win their first NBA championship in franchise history.

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The man charged with the murder of British Member of Parliament Jo Cox gave his name as “Death to traitors. Freedom for Britain” during a court appearance.

Thomas Mair, 52, appeared in court in London on Saturday. He remained silent when asked to give his address and date of birth. Mair is also charged with grievous bodily harm, possession of a firearm with intent, and possession of an offensive weapon. Labour MP Cox died after being shot and stabbed in her constituency on Thursday.

Police investigating the killing have confirmed they’re treating the main suspect’s alleged links to right-wing extremism as a “priority line of enquiry.”

Thomas Mair, 52, appeared in court in London on Saturday.

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And a little extra

The Leave campaign in the upcoming referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union has lost momentum since Cox’s murder, anti-EU politician Nigel Farage has suggested. But polling experts said it was too early to tell the true impact of the killing on the campaign, and a late swing to Remain — those campaigning for the UK to stay in the EU — had long been expected.

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Police raided the offices of Lycamobile, the biggest donor to Britain’s Conservative party, on suspicion of money laundering.

Nineteen people were arrested in Paris last week and nine of them were charged on Friday, including Lycamobile’s general manager in France, Alain Jochimek, BuzzFeed News reports. Investigators say tens of millions of euros in Lycamobile’s French accounts come from alleged shell companies suspected of “laundering profits from crime.”

The investigation was launched in the wake of revelations by BuzzFeed News last year that the international telecoms group employs three cash couriers to drop rucksacks stuffed with hundreds of thousands of pounds twice a day at post offices scattered across London.

When BuzzFeed News visited the ghost companies that prosecutors suspect funnelled tens of millions of euros into Lycamobile French accounts, reporters found abandoned offices, PO boxes, building sites, and fake addresses.

Lycamobile has not responded to repeated requests for comment ​but has previously insisted its business is completely above board, and sources say Jochimek denied all the charges against him when interviewed.

Lycamobile’s business practices are so complicated that even its own auditors can’t understand the movement of hundreds of millions of pounds around its sprawling offshore empire. Can you? And these ghost companies are paying Lycamobile millions.

The registered addresses of four of the companies that paid Lycamobile Services millions of euros.

The registered addresses of four of the companies that paid Lycamobile Services millions of euros.

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Actor Anton Yelchin, known for his role in Star Trek, died in a car accident. He was 27.

Yelchin, best known for his role of Chekov in the rebooted Star Trek series, was found dead Sunday. He was pinned between his car and the brick pillar of a mailbox. It appears he had exited his car and was behind it when the vehicle rolled down a steep driveway, crushing him, Los Angeles police said.

Anton Yelchin

Anton Yelchin. And here’s how the Star Trek family is remembering the actor.

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Quick Things To Know

  • The Trump files: Apple won’t fund or support this year's Republican National Convention because of Donald Trump — breaking away from other tech giants. (BuzzFeed News) Trump said that profiling American Muslims is “common sense.” (BuzzFeed News) Trump has promised millions to charity, but he gave little to his own foundation, a review of 27 years of tax records has revealed. (BuzzFeed News) And here’s which famous people are voting for Trump vs. voting for Hillary Clinton. (BuzzFeed)

  • Italy’s capital: Rome has elected its first female mayor. The anti-establishment outsider, Virginia Raggi, 37, has pledged to be a mayor for “all Romans.” (The Guardian)

  • Protests: Latin American environmental activists made up the majority of those killed during an extremely deadly year for protesters. (BuzzFeed News) Istanbul police blocked a trans pride march on Sunday, using tear gas and rubber bullets. (BuzzFeed News) At least six people have died and 100 others were injured in violent clashes between police and unionized teachers in southern Mexico. (BBC News)

  • Sports news: The Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Golden State Warriors in Game 7 of the NBA finals. It’s the city’s first professional championship since 1964. (BuzzFeed News) And Dustin Johnson has won the U.S. Open. It's the golfer’s first major title. (The New York Times)

This is LeBron James’ third championship, and his first for Cleveland.

This is LeBron James’ third championship, and his first for Cleveland.

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Happy Monday

The Obamas were on a tour of Yosemite National Park over the weekend in honor of the 100th anniversary of the U.S. National Park Service. On Saturday, the president got to hang out with some of the park’s young visitors and couldn’t help being a little ~silly~. It was pretty darn cute.

One of the kids even took the time to wish the president a happy Father’s Day.

One of the kids even took the time to wish the president a happy Father’s Day.

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