- After nearly 12 hours of testimony, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff concluded Day 3 of public impeachment inquiry hearings with impassioned remarks.
- It's been a bad week in Washington. In other news, this is a day ending in "y." As the Democrats prepare to impeach President Trump, the rest of America may be wondering: Have we finally reached the low point? Will the music ever stop in this sickening game of Trumpian limbo?Liberals will spend the next year trying to recapture the White House. For them, the short-term goals are reasonably clear. For conservatives the picture may be more complicated. Trump's presidency has been fairly excruciati
- Hong Kong police used pepper spray and made multiple arrests on Sunday as small groups of black-clad pro-democracy protesters targeted some of the city's malls, ending a rare lull in violence.Flashmob protests and vandalism broke out in multiple locations, prompting riot police to use pepper spray and make arrests in at least two shopping centres as members of the public heckled the officers.Hong Kong has been upended by six months of massive pro-democracy protests that have seen violent battles
- Small groups of anti-government protesters gathered in shopping malls across Hong Kong on Sunday amid sporadic scuffles with riot police, with Chief Executive Carrie Lam away on a visit to Beijing.In the Telford Plaza mall in Kowloon Bay, skirmishes broke out with riot police, who used pepper spray on crowds and wrestled several people to the ground before taking them away.Hong Kong has been embroiled in its worst political crisis in decades since June with anti-government protests posing a popu
- The controversial head of South Africa's far left Economic Freedom Fighters, Julius Malema, was re-elected unopposed as at a party congress in Johannesburg."For the position of president, it is Mister Julius Malema, may he please come forward," vote organiser Terry Tselane of the Institute of Election Management Services in Africa announced to some 3,000 delegates late on Saturday.
- Five Italians have been jailed for the gang rape of a British woman in the popular resort of Meta di Sorrento, south of Naples. The men, who were all employees of a hotel where the woman was staying, set up a WhatsApp group after the rape which they called “Bad Habits”. They were accused of slipping the 50-year-old Kent woman a date rape drug and then subjecting her to multiple rapes in the Hotel Alimuri on the night of October 6 2016. They filmed and took photos of the assault and s
- Party officials signaled Saturday that they are unlikely to budge and change the rules.
- Should we let them?
- (Bloomberg) -- Seven more victims of the White Island volcano eruption were identified by New Zealand police as the search for more bodies continues.The names of two teenage U.S. citizens who were permanent residents in Australia, a 24-year-old New Zealander, and four Australians, ages 15 to 53, were released on Sunday. Teams aboard three helicopters searching the volcano-island, also known by its Maori name Whakaari, in the North Island’s Bay of Plenty early Sunday failed to locate those
- Thunberg says she was translating a Swedish saying into English and was not calling for violence.
- Hong Kong's immigration department said Sunday they have received reports a man went missing on a cross-border mega bridge to the gambling hub of Macau that currently hosts a Chinese mainland police checkpoint.The disappearance first emerged on Saturday when the man's son told local media his father had texted to say he was being detained while passing through an artificial island manned by Chinese police on his way to the semi-autonomous city of Macau.The man was travelling by bus on Friday aft
- Iran is facing serious internal and external problems.
Trump set to announce he's withdrawing 4,000 troops from Afghanistan amid troubled peace talks with TalibanPresident Trump in 2016 campaigned on pulling the US out of wars like Afghanistan, but has been unable to make good on that promise.
- China has suspended additional tariffs on some U.S. goods that were meant to be implemented on Dec. 15, the State Council's customs tariff commission said on Sunday, after the world's two largest economies agreed a "phase one" trade deal on Friday.The deal, rumours and leaks over which have gyrated world markets for months, reduces some U.S. tariffs in exchange for what U.S. officials said would be a big jump in Chinese purchases of American farm products and other goods.China's retaliatory tari
- An important counterfactual.
- With the world's largest trade fair opening in an Arab country for the first time next year, Israel is stepping up preparations, hoping to boost nascent ties with regional neighbours.The Dubai Expo 2020 trade fair will gather nearly 200 countries vying for the attention of a projected 25 million visitors over nearly six months from October.Like most Arab countries, the United Arab Emirates has no diplomatic relations with Israel.
- Gholam Mahaiuddin sighs softly as he thinks of his 14-year-old son, who was killed in the spring by a bomb dropped last century in the hills of Bamiyan province in central Afghanistan."We knew the mountain was dangerous," said Mahaiuddin, who found his son's remains after he didn't come home one day.Forty years after the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan -- and three decades since the conflict ended -- the war's legacy continues to claim lives across the country.
- In a statement, Qantas said flight QF575 to Perth returned to Sydney shortly after takeoff due to a hydraulic issue.Qantas said engineers were inspecting the aircraft, an Airbus A330-200 that can carry up to 271 passengers.The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) reported that the plane was stuck on the tarmac after landing and smoke began to fill the cabin.
- Bolivia will issue an arrest warrant in the coming days against former leftist President Evo Morales, accusing him of sedition, interim Bolivian President Jeanine Anez said on Saturday.Morales is in Argentina, granted refugee status this week just days after the inauguration of new President Alberto Fernandez.Peronist Fernandez succeeded outgoing conservative Argentine leader Mauricio Macri, who lost his bid for re-election in October.
- The battle was utter hell.
- Mexico's deputy foreign minister, Jesus Seade, said on Saturday he sent a letter to the top U.S. trade official expressing surprise and concern over a labor enforcement provision proposed by a U.S. congressional committee in the new North American trade deal.Top officials from Canada, Mexico and the United States on Tuesday signed a fresh overhaul of a quarter-century-old deal, aiming to improve enforcement of worker rights and hold down prices for biologic drugs by eliminating a patent provisio
Trump slams Fox News for interviewing Comey and Schiff, stating 'only pro Trump Fox shows do well' on the channelTrump said Fox News is trying to be "politically correct" by interviewing Comey and Schiff as he suggested only pro-Trump shows do well.
- Graham signaled he'll do everything he can to ensure an impeachment trial ends quickly, and that he doesn't intend to behave as an impartial juror.
- Enemy or adversary?
- Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has invited Donald Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani to appear in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee to present information he claims to have dug up in Ukraine—even though the details of Giuliani’s self-directed investigation raise serious doubts about the credibility of any information he presents.“Rudy, if you want to come and tell us what you found, I'll be glad to talk to you,” Graham said in an interview for CBS’ Face the Nation set to
- The New York Times editorial board is the latest to join a growing list of major papers openly calling for the impeachment of President Trump.
- Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg has apologized for saying that politicians should be put “against the wall” after critics took it to mean that she was advocating violence.
Democrats rip McConnell after he vowed 'total coordination' with Trump White House on impeachment trialOver Sen. Mitch McConnell's "total coordination" with the Trump White House, Rep. Val Demings, said the Kentucky Republican "must recuse himself."
- Democratic presidential candidates pledged to boost funding for public schools, increase teacher salaries and reduce college debt at a Saturday forum that cast a rare spotlight on education, an issue that has received only passing attention in recent debates.The event was billed as an opportunity to press candidates for more detail on their education plans, but it was also a chance for Democrats to vie for endorsements from the nation's two major teachers unions, which were among several groups
Democrat Jeff Van Drew, who opposes impeaching Trump, is reportedly in talks to switch to the Republican PartyDemocratic Rep. Jeff Van Drew, who opposes impeaching President Donald Trump, could reportedly switch to the GOP as early as next week.
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