- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Sunday condemned a "coup" against his leftist ally Evo Morales after the Bolivian president announced his resignation following a political and military rebellion against his 14-year rule.Morales' supporters in Bolivia deserted him after weeks of protests over a disputed Oct. 20 election that has roiled the Andean nation.Morales, the last survivor of Latin America's leftist "pink tide" of two decades ago, said earlier on Sunday he would resign to help resto
- Pope Francis is committing the Catholic Church to working more with Thailand’s majority Buddhists to launch projects to care for the poor and the environment.Francis made the pledge during a meeting Thursday with the supreme Buddhist patriarch at the Wat Ratchabophit temple.It was the second time a pope has called on the spiritual leader of Thailand’s Buddhists, after St. John Paul II visited the temple in 1984.
- When asked about controversial comments by Hillary Clinton, Tulsi Gabbard took a stab at the Democratic Party, prompting response from Kamala Harris.
- Sen. Kamala Harris tore into Rep. Tulsi Gabbard in Wednesday’s Democratic debate, sharply criticizing the Hawaii congresswoman for disparaging the Democratic Party.Harris decked Gabbard over her response to a question about her harsh comments about the Democratic establishment, which reached a peak last month when Hillary Clinton accused Gabbard of being boosted by Russia.
- Kfar Saba (Israel) (AFP) - "If you are scared, that is not shlom bayit," reads the slogan that Esty Shushan hopes will encourage religious Jewish Israeli women like her to leave violent marriages.Shushan, 42, is making sure to frame her organisation's campaign in the language of her ultra-Orthodox community, which makes up around 10 percent of Israel's population.Seven years ago, driven by high levels of gender inequality in her community, Shushan co-founded an association to improve ultra-Ortho
- Gordon Sondland’s explosive testimony Wednesday that “everyone was in the loop” on President Trump’s efforts to secure an investigation of a political rival prompted rank-and-file Democrats to discuss whether it was time to expand their probe.
- Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., took issue with a defense of President Trump floated by Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas.
- A strong earthquake struck near the border of Thailand and Laos on Thursday, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or major damage.The United States Geological Survey said the 6.1 magnitude quake hit at a depth of 10 km (6 miles) about 92 km (57 miles) northeast of Muang Nan at around 6.50 a.m. (2350 GMT) local time.The quake was felt across northern Thailand and by people in tall buildings as far away as Bangkok, over 600 km (400 miles) to the south.
- “The president of the United States has five Pinocchios on a daily basis, so let’s not go there,” Jackie Speier said during Wednesday's hearing.
- Photo Illustration by Kristen Hazzard/The Daily Beast/GettyLev Parnas, an indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani, helped arrange meetings and calls in Europe for Rep. Devin Nunes in 2018, Parnas’ lawyer Ed MacMahon told The Daily Beast.Nunes aide Derek Harvey participated in the meetings, the lawyer said, which were arranged to help Nunes’ investigative work. MacMahon didn’t specify what those investigations entailed. Nunes is the top Republican on the House committee h
- Testimony on Wednesday that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo played a more central role than previously known in President Donald Trump’s Ukraine dealings has fueled uncertainty within the administration about the top diplomat's future.Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union and a key figure in the Democratic-led impeachment inquiry against Trump, depicted Pompeo as a participant in the president’s efforts to get Ukraine to carry out investigations that could he
- (Bloomberg) -- President Donald Trump is expected to sign legislation passed by Congress supporting Hong Kong protesters, setting up a confrontation with China that could imperil a long-awaited trade deal between the world’s two largest economies.The bill, approved unanimously by the Senate on Tuesday, passed the House 417-1 on Wednesday and could go to Trump as soon as Thursday. A person familiar with the matter said Trump plans to sign the bill.“The Congress is sending an unmistaka
- 'We followed the president's orders,' Trump donor-turned-ambassador tells House impeachment investigators. Now call Bolton, Pompeo, Mulvaney: Our view
- The United States is considering a significant cut to its troop numbers in South Korea if Seoul does not contribute more to the cost of the deployment, South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo reported on Thursday.Washington broke off defense cost talks with South Korea this week after demanding Seoul raise its annual contribution to $5 billion, more than five times what it pays now, in a rare public display of discord in the alliance.Neither side has publicly confirmed the numbers, but U.S. President
- U.S. House Democrats chose Representative Carolyn Maloney Wednesday to lead a key committee that is involved in the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.Maloney, 73, of New York, will take the helm at the House Oversight and Reform Committee at a pivotal moment, as Democrats are pushing to finish the impeachment inquiry and take a House floor vote by the end of this year.Maloney is the first woman to head the committee and was chosen by a vote of her fellow House Democrats, defeati
- Bolivia's interim President Jeanine Anez asked Congress Wednesday to approve a law that would allow for new elections, after deadly unrest following the resignation of Evo Morales and the disputed October 20 ballot.The announcement comes after the number of people killed in clashes with security forces at a fuel plant near La Paz on Tuesday rose to eight, officials said, taking the total death toll since last month's vote to 32.Morales, who fled to Mexico after resigning November 10, accused the
- The viral video, which has more than 450,000 views, shows the constable yelling "I got my rights to do anything I want to do! I'm a police officer!"
Trump news – live: Key witness says president directed Ukraine 'quid pro quo' in bombshell testimony, as Democrats prepare for latest debateGordon Sondland has implicated a number of White House officials who were “in the loop” with Donald Trump's direction to withhold aid to Ukraine in an exchange for a meeting and a public statement announcing an investigation into the president’s political opponents.Mr Sondland, a US ambassador to the EU, affirmed that there was a so-called quid pro quo, dropping a bombshell testimony into another pivotal hearing in the House impeachment inquiry into the president’s allege
Democratic debates – live: Democrats prepare for fifth debate after key impeachment witness says Trump directed Ukraine 'quid pro quo' in bombshell testimonyGordon Sondland has implicated a number of White House officials who were “in the loop” with Donald Trump's direction to withhold aid to Ukraine in an exchange for a meeting and a public statement announcing an investigation into the president’s political opponents.Mr Sondland, a US ambassador to the EU, affirmed that there was a so-called quid pro quo, dropping a bombshell testimony into another pivotal hearing in the House impeachment inquiry into the president’s allege
- A group of Democratic U.S. senators is questioning Amazon about the security of its Ring doorbell cameras following reports that some Ukraine-based employees had access to video footage from customers’ homes.A letter to Amazon Wednesday from Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon and four other Democrats said the internet-connected devices may pose national security concerns.News site The Intercept reported in January that Ring employees in the U.S. and Ukraine had access to personal data from cameras a
- Olivier Douliery/AFP/GettyBefore his testimony even concluded Wednesday, U.S. Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland was in a rush to leave Washington. “Ambassador Sondland had intended to fly back to Brussels to resume his duties at the end of the day, so it would be a great convenience to ... try and wrap up in time that he might be able to make his flight,” asked his lawyer, during a break in the proceedings three hours into the hearing. The request was ignored. Sondl
- This week's impeachment hearings will kick off on Tuesday with four officials including Jennifer Williams and Alexander Vindman scheduled to testify.
- A former deputy working at a South Carolina high school had sex with a 17-year-old student in his patrol car while in uniform, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said Wednesday.Lott said 40-year-old Jamel Bradley is charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct and the investigation into his conduct with other students at Spring Valley High School in Columbia continues.Bradley, a star basketball player at the University of South Carolina at the turn of the century, had been assigned to the sc
- Just 40% of Wisconsin registered voters believe President Trump should be impeached and removed from office, while 53% disagreed.
- The top Democratic presidential candidates are clashing over “Medicare for All” — again.Like a string of previous debates, Wednesday’s prominently featured squabbles over a program that could alienate general-election swing voters who may be wary of fully government-run, universal health care and that will be extraordinarily difficult to get through Congress — even if Democrats take the White House and make significant 2020 congressional gains.
White House and Trump campaign officials are reportedly 'freaking out' about Sondland's testimonyWhite House aides and Trump campaign officials were "freaking out" after being "blindsided" by European Union Ambassador Gordon Sondland's testimony on Wednesday, which contained allegations of quid pro quo and pointed fingers at the president and other top administration officials, CNN's Jim Acosta reports.The White House had attempted to get an "early peek" at Sondland's remarks during the jittery hours before the impeachment hearing began, due to the perception that he was a "wild card" witne
- Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney chastised Gordon Sondland during the U.S. ambassador to the European Union’s testimony Wednesday.
- Rep. Carolyn Maloney will become the first woman to lead the House Oversight Committee, vaulting into a high-stakes role as one of the Democrats' top voices in the caucus' impeachment probe.The New York Democrat was confirmed to the post in a caucus-wide secret ballot vote on Wednesday, where she defeated Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.).Maloney received 133 votes while Connolly received 86.
- (Bloomberg) -- Explore what’s moving the global economy in the new season of the Stephanomics podcast. Subscribe via Apple Podcast, Spotify or Pocket Cast.The International Monetary Fund’s board plans to vote on Mexico’s request to renew its flexible credit line, possibly for less than the current $74 billion, before it expires next week.Mexico is interested in reducing the size now that there’s greater certainty around its trade relationship with the U.S., Alej
'Did I make you proud?': Biden team blasts out post-debate fundraising plea hours before debate kicks off“I’m leaving the fifth Democratic debate now,” the fundraising plea begins.The email appears to preview an attack line Biden will use against Sen. Elizabeth Warren: “We need more than plans,” the plea declares, a clear shot at one of the vice president’s chief rivals and her trove of policy plans.In recent months, the top competitors in the race have constantly shuffled, with Biden often on the losing end of the stick.
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