An alleged robbery, revised statements, and an apology

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August 19, 2016

The US apologized to Olympics hosts in Rio after swimmers allegedly lied about being robbed at gunpoint. Donald Trump's campaign chair isn't the only Trump aide to have helped lobby for a pro-Russian governing party in Ukraine. And Frank Ocean streamed music online...and everyone lost it.



US Congress, worried about Donald Trump, is trying to tie the next president’s hands on Russia.

A behind-the-scenes battle is underway on Capitol Hill, pitting skeptics of Russia against a potential Trump administration and the oil industry, which has massive business interests there.

Trump’s apparent coziness with Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin, has alarmed both Democrats and Republicans. Now a bill is quietly making its way through Congress that would stymie a future president from easing up on Russia.

In December 2015, Putin described Trump as a talented and outstanding man. Natalia Kolesnikova / AFP / Getty Images

And a little extra

Trump’s campaign chair, Paul Manafort, isn't the only Trump aide to have been involved in lobbying for the pro-Russian former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. Mike McSherry, who helped lead Trump’s delegate strategy at the Republican convention, is also listed in lobbying disclosures as having represented a nonprofit group tied to Yanukovych.

In 2008, Trump said Hillary Clinton should have been President Obama's running mate. Trump’s new campaign chief has a nationalist vision for the whole world. And black Republicans are growing even more frustrated with the Trump effort.



The final stretch of the Olympics in Rio.

Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt wowed audiences Thursday night, finishing the 200-meter dash in under 20 seconds. He's now the first man to win three straight gold medals in the men's race.

Jewel Samad / AFP / Getty Images

The US swimmers saga continues

Brazilian police obtained videos that contradict statements made by four US swimmers who initially said they were victims of a robbery.

Swimmers Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger were allowed to leave Brazil Thursday night after talking with police, hours after their teammates Ryan Lochte and Jimmy Feigen were indicted by Brazilian authorities on charges of lying about being held up at gunpoint. The US Olympic Committee later apologized for a "distracting ordeal."

Still lost? Pull up a chair and allow us to explain how Lochte's robbery story turned into an international incident.

Police said the US athletes got into a confrontation with a security guard after they trashed a gas station's bathroom. G1 Globo / Via



Twitter has announced new features intended to curb harassment.

The company said it’ll begin rolling out a new setting that’ll allow users to limit notifications to only the accounts they follow, and a tool to filter out spammers and pop-up troll accounts.

The features come a week after BuzzFeed News reported on Twitter’s decadelong problem with harassment, which stems from what company insiders past and present describe as inaction and organizational disarray.

A look at comedian Amy Schumer’s Twitter problem. And BuzzFeed News is running a survey to report abuse online. If you care about safety on Twitter, tell us what you think.


    People are saying this cartoon sums up the tragedy Syrian children face.

    After seeing the image of 5-year-old Omran Daqneesh, a Syrian child who was injured in an airstrike in Aleppo on Wednesday, many people shared tributes to him on social media, including artist Khalid Albaih. Albaih decided to draw an image of Daqneesh alongside Alan Kurdi, the boy who drowned fleeing Syria last September.

    “All I hope my image does is bring attention to the situation of war victims everywhere.” Albaih saidKhalid Albaih



    Fresh music wasn’t all that appeared on Frank's site. It also looks like he is building some kind of staircase.


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