- (Bloomberg) -- Democrats signaled their willingness to let some witnesses requested by Republicans testify as the House starts public impeachment hearings of Donald Trump this week, but only those people with knowledge of the president’s actions. And not Hunter Biden or the whistle-blower.Ahead of the first session on Wednesday, Republicans gave the committee a list of witnesses they want called -- including former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, and the anonymous whistle-blo
Secret Service says 1 in custody after unauthorized vehicle tried to drive past White House checkpoint"An unauthorized vehicle attempted to gain entry to the White House complex by following another vehicle" through a checkpoint, the agency said.
- In the first sign of rebellion with Israel’s ruling right-wing Likud, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s top party rival called for a leadership primary should the country, as expected, go into an unprecedented third election in less than a year.Gideon Saar’s remarks came as Israel’s ceremonial president announced that for the first time in the country’s history, no candidate has been able to form a government following recent elections, setting the beleaguered nat
Grace Millane killer 'eroticised' backpacker's death, say prosecutors in trial's closing statementsThe trial of Grace Millane’s accused killer heard the closing statements of the Crown and the defence on Thursday, with Justice Simon Moore expected to sum up the case Friday morning before sending the jury out for deliberation. In closing, the prosecution said the accused, a 27-year-old New Zealand man who cannot be named, had "eroticised" Ms Millane's death, taking photos of her body and watching a pornographic film after killing her. Prosecutor Brian Dickey said “t
- Spanish humanitarian ship Open Arms has rescued 73 migrants from a distressed boat off Libya’s coast.The NGO said Thursday on its Twitter account that the rescued migrants included four women, a 3-year-old and a 4-year-old, and 24 unaccompanied minors.Open Arms said the migrants showed signs of gunshot wounds, traumatic shock and serious hypothermia.
- A ferry operator has found 16 migrants in a sealed trailer on the deck of a ferry traveling from France to Ireland.The ferry left France from the port of Cherbourg.The NGO said Thursday on its Twitter account that the rescued migrants included four women, a 3-year-old and a 4-year-old, and 24 unaccompanied minors.
- Coulter was invited to the California university by the Berkeley College Republicans for a speech about immigration called 'Adios, America.'
- Biden was one of 10 Democratic candidates to take the stage in Atlanta to debate a range of topics that included, health care, violence, impeachment and defeating President Trump.
- Three out of four U.S. children and teens killed in mass shootings over the past decade were victims of domestic violence and generally died in their homes, according to a study released on Thursday by the gun control group Everytown.While the specter of school shootings looms darkly in the minds of American parents who remember massacres in Newtown, Connecticut; Parkland, Florida, and around the country, the group's review of shootings from 2009 through 2018 found far more children are killed i
- Eric Trump reacted to damning testimony against his father at the impeachment hearings by promoting the family wine business.The US president’s second son tweeted on Wednesday that it was “a perfect day” for a bottle of 2016 vintage Trump Meritage Monticello red.
- (Bloomberg) -- Austrian prosecutors investigating former politicians of the nationalist Freedom Party found gold bars stashed away in vaults in a small Alpine guesthouse. The party says it bought the gold in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.Prosecutors and police raided the Tyrolean guesthouse “Enzian” (German for the blue Alpine flower gentian) in August, investigating corruption suspicions against former vice chancellor and Freedom party chairman Heinz-Christian Strache, Profi
- Iran's Revolutionary Guards on Thursday praised the armed forces for taking "timely" action against "rioters" and said calm had returned after days of unrest sparked by a hike in petrol prices.Motorists blocked highways in Tehran before the unrest spread to cities and towns across the country, with petrol pumps torched, police stations attacked and shops looted."Incidents, big and small, caused by the rise in petrol price took place in (a little) less than 100 cities across Iran," said a stateme
Trump impeachment news – live: ‘Game over’ for president after Sondland’s explosive testimony, amid ridicule over all-caps note rant on White House lawnEx-White House ethics lawyer Richard W Painter has pronounced “game over” for the presidency of Donald Trump following the explosive impeachment inquiry testimony of his ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland on Wednesday.“Was there a ‘quid pro quo’? As I testified previously, with regard to the requested White House call and White House meeting, the answer is yes,” Mr Sondland said, before dragging vice president Mike Pence and secretary of state Mike Pompeo in
Trevor Noah Mocks Pete Buttigieg’s Debate Performance: ‘The Only Adult Michael Jackson Would Be Into’Comedy Central“Now, the major change since the last debate is the rise of Pete Buttigieg: Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and the only adult Michael Jackson would be into,” joked The Daily Show host Trevor Noah of the man who’s taken the surprising lead (according to polls, at least) in Iowa and New Hampshire. Calling it “a four-way race” between Buttigieg, Biden, Bernie and Warren, Noah, who went live immediately after the debate, threw to the point of the night wher
- (Bloomberg) -- Terms of Trade is a daily newsletter that untangles a world embroiled in trade wars. Sign up here. Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson said calls to oust Chinese companies from American stock indexes was contrary to the foundations of capitalism, as he warned against the dangers of decoupling the world’s two largest economies.Paulson, who’s now chairman of the Paulson Institute, told Bloomberg’s New Economy Forum in Beijing that moves to reduce ties
- Russian investigators said on Thursday they had opened two criminal cases into the management of a company involved in building the Vostochny Cosmodrome, a space center in the country's Far East.The announcement came less than two weeks after President Vladimir Putin complained to government officials about corruption at the facility and called for further investigations.Construction of the Vostochny Cosmodrome began in January 2011, part of a plan for Russia to reduce its dependency on the Baik
- The Pentagon on Thursday denied a South Korean news report saying that the United States was considering a significant cut to its troop numbers in South Korea if Seoul does not contribute more to the costs of the deployment."There is absolutely no truth to the Chosun Ilbo report that the U.S. Department of Defense is currently considering removing any troops from the Korean Peninsula," Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said in a statement, referring to Secretary Mark Esper, who earlier on Thur
- (Bloomberg) -- The U.S government has approved the sale of naval guns worth $1 billion to India in the biggest defense deal between the two countries in four years.Putting the U.S. among the top three global arms suppliers to India, the State Department notified the Congress on Nov. 19 of the possible foreign military sale of as many as 13 naval guns made by the Minneapolis-based BAE Systems Land and Armaments.Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government had made a request to buy the MK 45 na
- Corruption charges against Sri Lankan president Gotabaya Rajapaksa were dropped Thursday by a court, which handed his passport back as he acquired immunity from prosecution after being elected last weekend.Under Sri Lanka's constitution, no court proceedings can be maintained against a serving president.The High Court had indicted Rajapaksa in September last year on charges of siphoning off 33 million rupees (around $185,000) in state funds to build a memorial for his parents.
- Pete Buttigieg came into Wednesday night’s debate bracing for an onslaught that never came.Yes, Amy Klobuchar and Tulsi Gabbard questioned his experience.Cory Booker dinged the young mayor’s resume, pointing out that he’s the “other Rhodes Scholar mayor on the stage” and warning voters against picking a Democratic nominee with an “inauthentic” connection to African American voters — a bloc that has largely ignored Buttigieg’s campaign so far.
- The Chinese government warned self-ruled Taiwan on Thursday that it was courting "disaster", after the running mate for President Tsai Ing-wen in January elections said he was working toward the island's independence, a red line for Beijing.Tsai chose former premier William Lai as her vice-presidential candidate on Sunday, the same day China sailed an aircraft carrier group through the sensitive Taiwan Strait, a move Taipei denounced as attempted intimidation.The issue of Taiwan's formal indepen
- The Democratic debate was lively. Biden had weird and memorable clashes, but there was plenty of substance on offer, too‘Biden’s response was a catastrophe.’ Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty ImagesWednesday’s Democratic debate was livelier – and, mercifully, shorter – than some of the previous events have been. Several candidates became downright vicious with one another. Amy Klobuchar seethed at Pete Buttigieg over his lack of federal experience. Joe Biden tutted
- A decade after 58 people were killed in the Philippines' worst political massacre, none of the alleged masterminds have been convicted yet, leaving families fearful that justice may never come."We are afraid for the life of the prosecutor or even our judge," said Mary Grace Morales, whose sister and husband were among 32 journalists killed in the attack, making it one of world's deadliest on media workers.Ampatuan family leaders, who ruled the impoverished southern province of Maguindanao, are c
- Blaming its rival for a recent chill in relations, North Korea on Thursday said its leader turned down an invitation by South Korean President Moon Jae-in to participate in a regional summit next week.The announcement continued North Korea’s current hardball approach with Washington and Seoul following months of unprecedented summitry as they near an end-of-year deadline issued by the North’s leader, Kim Jong Un, for the U.S. to salvage fragile nuclear talks.North Korean officials in
- "Transgender violence is a gun violence issue," says Everytown for Gun Safety researcher
Why Cory Booker Said Joe Biden 'Might Have Been High' for Not Supporting Marijuana LegalizationThe exchange highlighted how far opinion on marijuana legalization has shifted
- (Bloomberg) -- Vietnam will gradually extend the retirement age for men by two years and for women by five years over the next decade as part of the government’s amendment to its Labor Code.Men can work until 62 by 2028 and women until 60 by 2035 from the current retirement age of 60 for males and 55 for females, the government said on its website.Under the amendments approved by the National Assembly on Wednesday, the retirement age will increase by 3 months annually for men and by 4 mont
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- Topics like immigration and gun violence were among the losers, while Mayor Pete Buttigieg rose to be a winner as he came out of the match-up mostly unscathed
- They owned the White House’s policy on Ukraine.Gradually, administration officials on both sides of the Atlantic understood that President Donald Trump was using a back channel headed by Rudy Giuliani to push Ukraine for investigations of Democrats.Former National Security Council adviser Fiona Hill says her team learned more by watching the president’s personal lawyer on television.
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