- A Norwegian man freed by Moscow from an espionage jail term as part of a spy swap between Lithuania and Russia said on Tuesday he felt "deceived" by his country's intelligence service.Frode Berg, 64, a retired Norwegian border guard, was detained in Moscow in 2017 following a sting operation by Russia's FSB security service and freed on Friday as part of an exchange reminiscent of the Cold War.
- Although initial reports said the suspect was armed, officials confirm the suspect was not armed when detained.
- U.S. President Donald Trump is now open to having a shorter impeachment trial in the Senate, two sources familiar with the situation said on Wednesday, after he initially proclaimed he wanted a full-blown, potentially lengthy hearing.Trump has said publicly that a trial in the Republican-led Senate would give him an opportunity to defend himself properly against Democrats, who accuse him of abusing his power by trying to pressure Ukraine to investigate political rival Joe Biden and of obstructin
Review of FBI's surveillance of Trump campaign aide doesn't 'vindicate anybody,' inspector general saysThe Justice Department's inspector general told senators Wednesday that the federal surveillance process needs to be fixed "from top to bottom."
- Ukrainian officials spent last weekend glued to Trump’s Twitter feed. People working closely with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky have been in contact with Trump administration officials over the past several weeks discussing the relationship between the two presidents, according to four people with knowledge of the talks. Based on those conversations, Ukrainian officials came to expect that Trump would make a statement of support before Zelensky met with Russian President Vlad
- WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration's rapidly shifting strategy in northern Syria has U.S. commanders there scrambling to protect their forces from an expected surge in actions by military units from Turkey, Russia, Iran and the Syrian government, as well as their proxy forces, according to Defense Department officials. U.S. commanders now see these armed groups as a greater danger than the Islamic State forces they were sent to fight.Commanders have requested guidance outlining how U.S. forc
- The United States is ready "to simultaneously take concrete steps" toward a deal aimed at getting North Korea to give up its nuclear and missile programs, but the Security Council must be prepared to respond to any provocations, the U.S. envoy to the United Nations said on Wednesday.The 15-member Security Council met on Wednesday at the request of the United States as concerns grow internationally that North Korea could resume nuclear or long-range missile testing - suspended since 2017 - becaus
- During Wednesday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the Justice Department inspector general’s report on possible FISA abuses in the Russia probe, top inspector Michael Horowitz pushed back against former FBI Director James Comey’s suggestion that the findings vindicated bureau actions.While Horowitz’s recently released report finds that there was no political bias by FBI leadership and that there was sufficient evidence to launch a counterintelligence probe of Donal
Trump promised to eliminate America's budget deficit. But government spending just pushed the 12-month total past $1 trillion for the 2nd straight month.Lawmakers typically have more tools to reduce the debt when the economy is in a solid place, but recent policies have taken it the opposite direction.
- Former police officer Mario Sandoval, accused of crimes against humanity during Argentina's "Dirty War" four decades ago, was arrested by French police on Wednesday after years of legal tussles, a lawyer representing the Argentine government said.The lawyer, Sophie Thonon-Wesfreid, told Reuters he was arrested just hours after France's top administrative court, the Conseil d'Etat, rejected Sandoval's appeal against his extradition.
- The Democratic presidential candidate reveals her next ambitious plan.
- Mexican authorities have located a small, clandestine border tunnel between the northern state of Sonora and the United States, officials announced Wednesday.A Mexican government statement said the discovery in Nogales, which is across from Nogales, Arizona, was the result of a search of storm drains following the recent find of another tunnel in the city.
- North Korea’s ballistic missile tests have been “deeply counterproductive” and risk closing the door on prospects for negotiating peace, U.S. Ambassador Kelly Craft said Wednesday.North Korea has carried out 13 ballistic missile launches since May.
- Malmö (Sweden) (AFP) - Two Eves on one side of the tree, two Adams on the other, each couple openly flirting: a Swedish diocese said Wednesday it would remove a gay depiction of original sin that hung briefly as an altarpiece.Created by Elisabeth Ohlson Wallin, the photo illustration was offered to the Saint Paul Church in Malmo where it was placed to the right of the main altarpiece on the first Sunday of Advent, December 1.On Wednesday the diocese said it would remove it from the altar --
- (Bloomberg) -- The Justice Department’s watchdog told Congress that he has an ongoing investigation into what appears to be leaks from agents in the New York FBI field office to Rudy Giuliani about the Hillary Clinton email investigation in 2016.“We were very concerned about that,” Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz said in a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday. “This continues to this day, we are investigating those contacts.”The leak
Top general: Military won’t be a ‘raping, burning and pillaging’ gang after Trump’s war crimes pardonsGen. Mark Milley also said he was not defending the president's actions.
- The agency's administrator tells a House committee that it won't be rushed on recertification of the Boeing 737 Max.
- (Bloomberg) -- Terms of Trade is a daily newsletter that untangles a world embroiled in trade wars. Sign up here. For now, the five senators running for president are staying on the sidelines of the push to rewrite the North American Free Trade Agreement, but they’ll have to vote on the new treaty by next year.Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have long argued against President Donald Trump’s proposed revision of Nafta, known as the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, argui
- Critics say the executive order targets criticism of Israel, particularly the "Boycott, Divest and Sanction Israel movement" known as BDS.
- “It is urgent we fight fire with fire," said Rep. Jim Banks.
- This Wednesday is an amazing time to check a few products off your holiday gift list, and score an amazing deal at the same time.
- After weeks of blaming Democrats for delaying Trump's renegotiated trade deal with Canada and Mexico, McConnell said he would delay it further.
- Representative Elissa Slotkin (D., Mich.), who was elected in 2018 to a swing district, told CNN on Wednesday that she was "undecided" on the question of impeachment.In a September op-ed in the Washington Post, Slotkin had joined other Democratic freshmen to call for impeachment. But constituents in Slotkin's district, which voted for Trump in the 2016 presidential elections, reacted with anger to the news."The issue that got to me was this idea that the President, the most powerful man in the w
- While the Burj Khalifa in Dubai is a marvel from below, heading to the top is an exhausting, overhyped, and, frankly, boring experience.
- Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump's lawyer, has settled his divorce fight with Judith Nathan. Federal prosecutors continue to investigate him.
- Swedish activist Greta Thunberg on Wednesday accused wealthier nations of inventing ways to avoid slashing their greenhouse gas emissions, branding their climate action "misleading" at a summit in Madrid disrupted by clashes between youth activists and security.The UN climate forum tasked with saving the world from runaway global warming has become an "opportunity for countries to negotiate loopholes and to avoid raising their ambition" to act on climate, the 16-year-old told delegates and obser
- (Bloomberg) -- Myanmar’s de facto leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi addressed the International Court of Justice on Wednesday to deny allegations the military had committed genocide against minority Rohingya Muslims.The small Muslim-majority nation of Gambia that brought the case against Myanmar had laid out a detailed and graphic case a day earlier, saying thousands of Rohingya Muslims were systematically raped and murdered at the hands of Myanmar’s military. It is calling
- And we can't even begin to know how many there are.
The public servants Trump smeared as 'traitors' and 'human scum' are Time magazine's 2019 'Guardians of the Year'Bill Taylor, Marie Yovanovitch, Fiona Hill, and Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman broke their silence in direct defiance of the White House's orders.
- An armed person was arrested on Wednesday at the Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi, Texas, after causing the base to be put on lockdown just days after deadly shootings at U.S. Navy bases in Florida and Hawaii.On Friday, a Saudi Air Force lieutenant being trained at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida, shot and killed three people and wounded eight on the base in a suspected terrorist attack.The Corpus Christi base said on Wednesday there was no indication the incident there was relate
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