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AT&T/Cohen, Royal Wedding, Yulia Skripal interview, capture of Islamic State commanders

May 24, 2018

AT&T chief lobbyist out, CEO said ‘big mistake’ hiring Cohen

Reuters was first to report on May 11 that AT&T had ousted its top lobbyist and the No. 2 wireless carrier’s chief executive officer said in a memo to employees that it was a “big mistake” to hire Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney. The news of AT&T’s relationship with Cohen has turned into a major embarrassment for the telecommunications company as it awaits a U.S. judge’s decision on whether it can go through with the purchase of Time Warner. The company’s shares rose one percent after the memo was reported by Reuters.

Royal Wedding

Patience, meticulous preparation and a big dose of luck were among the elements that Reuters photographers were counting on when they took up their positions to cover the UK royal wedding. Reuters photographer Damir Sagolj captured Britain’s  Prince Harry and his wife Meghan waving as they rode a horse-drawn carriage after their wedding ceremony at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle on May 19.

“It’s all about a couple of beautiful, happy people on their big day, and the picture of them smiling and waving to the crowd of well-wishers in a beautiful light is exactly what I was looking for. The UK flag was held by one of the royal fans who had been camping near the Cambridge gate for a few days – that flag in the same frame is the bonus that would always make a picture special,” Damir said.

Exclusive interview with Yulia Skripal 

Yulia Skripal survived an assassination attempt that UK authorities blame on Russia. But the daughter of one of Russia’s most famous spies told Reuters in an exclusive interview she wants to return to her country “in the longer term”, despite the poisoning. “The fact that a nerve agent was used to do this is shocking,” Skripal told Reuters. “My life has been turned upside down.”

Capture of Islamic State commanders

Reuters exclusively revealed Iraqi agents are holding a top aide to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and have used an app on his mobile phone to lure four commanders from the group into a trap. Ismail al-Eithawi, who also uses the alias Abu Zaid al-Iraqi, was captured in February in Turkey by Turkish authorities and handed over to Iraqi agents, Iraqi security advisor Hisham al-Hashimi told Reuters.

Hashimi described Eithawi as a direct aide to Islamic State leader Baghdadi, responsible for funds transfers to the group’s bank accounts in different countries. Iraqi agents used the Telegram messaging app on Eithawi’s mobile phone to lure other Islamic State commanders to cross the border from Syria into Iraq, where they were captured, Hashimi said.