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The virus officially called COVID-19, which has killed 1,526 and infected 67,097, is sparking remarkable moves by governments, including a U.S. evacuation of quarantined Americans aboard a cruise ship in Japan, Meanwhile, Iran is gearing up for elections.
The coronavirus death toll is now approaching 1,400 as Chinese
health officials counted another 5,090 new cases. Meanwhile, the White House
shrugged off an explosive claim by Attorney General William Barr that President
Donald Trump’s constant tweeting makes it “impossible” to work.
Chinese authorities clocked 15,152 new coronavirus cases and
recorded another 254 deaths on the outbreak’s deadliest day yet. Meanwhile, just
one week after President Donald Trump’s acquittal in the Senate’s impeachment
trial, critics worry he’s roaring back against his perceived foes with a vengeance.
With around 26 percent of the vote, Sen. Bernie Sanders has walked
away the winner of New Hampshire’s Democratic primary. Meanwhile, for the second day in a row, Chinese officials reported a drop in new coronavirus
infections, though the death toll has now reached 1,113.
Chinese officials notched another grim record Tuesday as single-day
deaths from the coronavirus outbreak reached triple digits. Meanwhile, Democratic presidential hopefuls duked it out in New Hampshire ahead of today’s primary,
showcasing their range of ideological differences.
The current coronavirus epidemic has surpassed the 774 killed by SARS in 2002-2003 — and Sunday was its deadliest day yet, with 97 deaths. Meanwhile, The heaviest rains in 30 years drenched Sydney and surrounding New South Wales state, bringing blessed relief from bushfires that have devastated the region.
It’s been President Donald Trump’s best week ever, some say, with an impeachment acquittal, but Friday he cleaned house, firing two men who’d testified against him in Congress. Meanwhile, an American in Wuhan becomes the first non-Chinese patient to die from coronavirus.
Facing what they call “wartime conditions,” Chinese officials are
doubling down on their battle against the outbreak. Meanwhile, President Donald
Trump celebrated his Wednesday acquittal in the Senate by lashing out at the
people who allegedly conspired to sink his presidency.
In a widely expected move, the U.S. Senate acquitted President Donald Trump of both articles of impeachment yesterday. Meanwhile, China logged 73
new coronavirus fatalities Thursday to reach a death toll of 563.
In last night’s State of the Union address, President Donald Trump
hailed what he described as unbridled economic progress. Meanwhile, partial figures from Iowa’s caucuses showed Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders in the lead.
President Donald Trump’s lawyers are trying to keep former national
security adviser John Bolton from testifying on Capitol Hill. Meanwhile, with 106
now dead and at least 4,515 confirmed infected late Monday, Chinese authorities
are still scrambling to contain the coronavirus outbreak.
Basketball fans are mourning the deaths of legendary Los Angeles
Laker Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, who died in a helicopter crash
yesterday. Meanwhile, 81 people have died and nearly 3,000 people have now
been infected amid China’s coronavirus outbreak.
Coronavirus, the contagion that’s locked down travel for tens of millions of Chinese has claimed 41 lives, with 15 new deaths announced today. Meanwhile, House impeachment managers ended their case against President Donald Trump Friday, linking his pressuring Ukraine’s president for political favors to his “dangerous” affinity for Moscow.
At least nine other cities in China's 58.5-million-strong Hubei province now face travel restrictions as the death toll in the central region's coronavirus outbreak reached 26 Friday. Meanwhile, Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff
pressed his party's case in the Senate yesterday, saying President Donald Trump
pressured Ukraine to probe a "completely bogus" theory for his own gain.
With more than 580 infected and at least 17 dead, Chinese authorities are scrambling to stem the spread of the new coronavirus by locking down
the epicenter of the outbreak. Meanwhile, House impeachment managers prepared the Senate yesterday for the "remarkably consistent evidence" of President
Donald Trump’s corruption.
Following a marathon session of squabbling, the Republican-controlled upper chamber finally set the rules for President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial. Meanwhile, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
have confirmed America’s first case of the new coronavirus spreading through
With the Senate set to begin its impeachment trial in earnest tomorrow, Democrats and Republicans are arguing over including evidence that’s surfaced in recent weeks. Meanwhile, Virginia’s recently Democrat-tilted government, which is considering stricter gun control, is on high alert today for extremist unrest.
Following Thursday’s swearing-in of senators, the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump begins in earnest on Tuesday, with the Republican-controlled chamber deciding trial rules. Meanwhile, Iran is still contending with the fallout from last week’s U.S. showdown and airliner shoot-down.
The Senate officially launched its third-ever impeachment trial yesterday. Meanwhile, Defense Department officials revealed yesterday that 11 American troops were being screened for traumatic brain injuries after the Jan. 8 missile strikes by Iran on two military bases in Iraq.
Security forces used tear gas and live ammunition Sunday against demonstrators chanting “death to the dictator” and demanding the resignation of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Meanwhile, Americans made repairs after a weekend of storms killed 12 people in the South and Midwest.
After repeated denials, Iranian officials today said their military forces mistakenly shot down Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 this week, killing all 176 aboard. Meanwhile, curious details of America’s military confrontation with Iran are emerging.
Washington and its allies said an accidental missile strike by Iran
appears to be the reason Ukrainian Airlines Flight 752 crashed this week. Meanwhile, Boeing released a trove of internal communications yesterday detailing a
disturbing amount of employee criticism directed at its embattled 737 Max.
President Donald Trump signaled he has no interest in further confrontation with Iran following a casualty-free strike on U.S. forces which Tehran
said “concluded” its response to Gen. Qassem Soleimani’s killing. Meanwhile, as
speculation swirls over yesterday’s deadly Ukraine International Airlines crash
near Iran’s capital, few believe the investigation will go smoothly.
At least 32 mourners were reportedly killed in a stampede today during a funeral procession for Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani. Meanwhile, former
national security adviser John Bolton says he's willing to testify in President
Donald Trump’s Senate impeachment trial.
Iraq wants the U.S. out, incurring President Donald Trump’s sanction threats, while Iran’s ignoring its nuclear restrictions as it lays to rest Gen. Qassem Soleimani, killed by a U.S. drone strike Friday. Meanwhile, three Americans are dead after an al-Qaida-linked militant group attacked a military base in Kenya.
The world is bracing for Iran’s vowed revenge for killing its most prominent military leader in an Iraq airstrike, with further escalations threatening direct warfare with the United States. Meanwhile, Australians are preparing for worsening bushfire conditions as two more are dead and many are blocked from escaping encroaching flames.
A U.S. airstrike killed the head of Iran's elite Quds Force early Friday,
threatening a major escalation of regional tensions. Meanwhile, this weekend's
forecast of strong winds and high temperatures in Australia could make local
wildfires even worse.
House Democrats still haven’t submitted two passed impeachment articles to the Senate for trial, perhaps because they’re working on a third one. Meanwhile, Indian officials unrepentant reaction to turmoil over its Muslim-excluding immigration amendment are causing concern for the country’s secular governance.
A domestic flight in Kazakhstan crashed shortly after takeoff early
Friday, killing at least 12 of the 98 people on board. Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu handily defeated rival Gideon Saar on Thursday to remain leader of his Likud party.
Typhoon Phanfone pelted the Philippines’ central regions Wednesday with winds of up to 120 mph, leaving at least 16 people dead and sending
thousands to seek refuge in government shelters. Meanwhile, dozens of people
were killed during the past two days in three attacks in Burkina Faso.
Democrats and Republicans are headed for a weekslong standoff
over how President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial will proceed. Meanwhile,
NORAD is on the lookout for a missile launch following Pyongyang's threat earlier this month of a "Christmas gift" for the United States.
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Democratic lawmakers and President Donald Trump are getting stuff done in Washington, in spite of his impeachment on Wednesday. Meanwhile, 77.6 percent of Americans prefer to say “Merry Christmas,” signaling that the holiday has emerged victorious.
Batons and water cannons haven’t deterred Indians from protesting an immigration law that excludes Muslims. Two people died yesterday and demonstrations continue today. Meanwhile, Democratic hopefuls targeted South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg at last night’s debate.
The U.S. House of Representatives voted 229-189 to make President Donald Trump the third president in history to be impeached. Meanwhile, Indians protesting the Dec. 11 citizenship law faced mass arrests today as they defied an assembly ban.
The House of Representatives reportedly has the Democratic votes lined up to make Donald Trump the third American president to be impeached – as early as this evening. Meanwhile, India’s Supreme Court has put off for a month its consideration of legal action against a citizenship law that has sparked sometimes violent protests across the nation.
Protests continued today after Sunday’s clashes in Assam state killed at least five and
injured 100 students in New Delhi, with Muslim demonstrators enraged by a new citizenship law.
Meanwhile, Democrats in the U.S. Senate are seeking impeachment trial testimony from White House
U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is taking a victory lap after Thursday’s resounding victory for his Conservative Party, now purged of Brexit opponents, allowing an EU departure next month. Meanwhile, the House Judiciary Committee has approved articles of impeachment, setting up next week’s full house debate and vote on the issue.
U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson can “get Brexit done” next month, now that his Conservative Party has won a resounding landslide in yesterday’s parliamentary election. Meanwhile, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee has postponed votes on impeachment articles against President Donald Trump.
Britons are voting today in their third parliamentary election in five years, hoping to break the deadlock over Brexit. Meanwhile, the U.S. Justice Department’s inspector general told lawmakers yesterday that FBI investigators looking into the Trump Campaign and Russian election meddling were negligent in their handling of the case.
Nobel Prize winner, former human rights campaigner and Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi told the International Court of Justice that testimony detailing violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar was “incomplete and incorrect.” Meanwhile, six people, including a police detective, are dead after a shootout at a New Jersey deli.
U.S. House Democratic leaders indicate they’ll be unveiling articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump this morning. Meanwhile, Chile is searching for a military transport plane lost on its way to Antartica.
At least five people are known to have perished in the eruption of the White Island volcano off of the North Island of New Zealand as rescue efforts have stalled over fears that the island is unstable. Meanwhile, investigators are treating Friday’s deadly Pensacola shooting as terrorism after determining that the late shooter, a Saudi officer, had quoted Osama Bin Laden on Twitter.
President Donald Trump has signaled that he won’t be defending against House Democrats’ newly announced impeachment proceedings. Meanwhile, Saudi-U.S. relations are being tested in the wake of a Saudi Air Force officer’s shooting rampage on a Florida base.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced yesterday that Democratic
lawmakers will draw up articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.
Meanwhile, Uber revealed that it registered more than 3,000 cases of sexual assault in the U.S. alone last year.
The House Judiciary Committee turned to legal scholars yesterday
for help determining whether President Donald Trump committed impeachable
offenses. Meanwhile, this week’s NATO summit wound down with both drama and
a collective declaration.
The Democrat-led House Intelligence Committee accused President
Donald Trump of abusing his office by pressuring Ukraine for political favors.
Meanwhile, ties between Beijing and Washington have deteriorated even
further after U.S. lawmakers passed legislation yesterday demanding sanctions
on China over its treatment of Uighurs.
NATO is marking its 70th anniversary today amid squabbles among
members over cash and a failure to cooperate. Meanwhile, North Korea has
warned the Trump administration that it’s “entirely up to the U.S. what Christmas
gift” it will get.
President Donald Trump’s lawyers declined to participate in the House Judiciary Committee’s first public impeachment hearing, set for Wednesday, saying it wasn’t fairly arranged or scheduled. Meanwhile, world leaders are meeting in Madrid to discuss increasingly dire indicators of a warming climate.
The man killed by police after a deadly London stabbing was released last year from imprisonment for terror-related offenses. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump surprised many this week by visiting Afghanistan and restarting peace negotiations.
President Donald Trump should expect "firm countermeasures," Bei-
jing warned Thursday, after he approved legislation supporting pro-democracy
protesters in Hong Kong. Meanwhile, at least 13 people were killed today as secu-
rity forces cracked down on anti-government protests in the Iraqi city of Nasiriya.
White House budget official Mark Sandy testified last month that two
colleagues quit shortly after President Donald Trump withheld military aid to
Ukraine. Meanwhile, police in Hong Kong are preparing to lift their cordon around
the formerly besieged Polytechnic University.
A Washington-based federal judge established that senior White
House officials aren’t immune to subpoenas just by invoking executive privilege.
Meanwhile, at least nine people are dead and hundreds injured after a magnitude
6.4 tremor shook Albania today.
Hong Kong voters delivered a major win for pro-democracy activists, electing only a small minority of pro-Bejing district council candidates. Meanwhile, U.S. Navy Secretary Richard Spencer must resign after defying President Donald Trump over a SEAL member’s discipline.
The Russian meddling investigation reemerged yesterday in the drama over President Donald Trump. Meanwhile, Colombia’s capital is under curfew after Friday’s demonstrations and looting over proposed economic reforms.
President Donald Trump’s former top Russia aide warned against the
“fictional narrative” that Ukraine meddled in U.S. elections. Meanwhile, Israeli
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hit back against the criminal charges he’s
Gordon Sondland, the U.S. envoy to the EU, said he “followed the
president’s orders” when he pressured Ukraine to probe Donald Trump’s political
rivals. Meanwhile, Prince Andrew announced that he’ll step away from public life
amid criticism over his ties to disgraced financier and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
Gordon Sondland, a central figure in Trump's alleged pressure cam-
paign against Ukraine, will offer his highly anticipated impeachment testimony
today. Meanwhile, at least 11 people are believed to have been killed after the Is-
raeli military struck dozens of Iranian targets inside Syria today.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo upended decades of U.S. policy
yesterday by declaring Israeli settlements in the occupied territory as “not … inconsistent with international law.” Meanwhile, hundreds of demonstrators have
left the campus of Hong Kong Polytechnic University, where they’d been barricaded since the weekend amid a standoff with police.
Protesters holding a university in Hong Kong continued to battle police today with makeshift weapons as the Chinese government warned it would not compromise its authority over the city. Meanwhile, a shooting in Fresno, California, claimed the lives of four people.
He wasn’t at the hearing, but he might as well have been when he tweeted in the middle of an impeachment inquiry in the Senate Intelligence Committee, excoriating a career diplomat just as she was testifying about President Donald Trump intimidating her. Meanwhile, five people were killed in clashes over the ouster of Bolivian President Evo Morales amid an upheaval of Latin American politics.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested yesterday that congressional investigators should begin focusing on bribery as the chief impeachable offense by President Donald Trump. Meanwhile, Chinese President Xi Jinping issued his sternest rebuke to date yesterday about Hong Kong’s protest movement.
The top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine testified yesterday that he was told President Donald Trump cared more about harming Joe Biden than about helping Ukraine. Meanwhile, hours after an Egypt-brokered cease-fire went into effect, Gaza militants fired a barrage of rockets into Israel.
Starting today, House investigators will question witnesses in the
impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump on live television. Meanwhile, Bolivian Sen. Jeanine Añez claimed the right to succeed embattled ex-President Evo Morales, who fled to Mexico Monday following weeks of violent unrest.
Following his resignation Sunday after weeks of revolt, Bolivian exPresident Evo Morales was spirited out of his country late Monday on a plane operated by the Mexican government. Meanwhile, Palestinian militant group Islamic
Jihad announced a top commander was killed in an air raid by Israel’s military.
Bolivian President Evo Morales, the longest serving leader in the Americas, blasted what he called a coup as he resigned last night after an international report on his claimed reelection showed manipulation and the military demanded he step down. Meanwhile Sidney, Australia is bracing for deadly wildfires that are sweeping New South Wales and Queensland.
India’s Supreme Court has cleared the way for construction of a Hindu temple on the site of a 16th-century mosque destroyed in 1992 amid deadly violence. Today the country is on alert, as sectarian violence is feared. Meanwhile, there’s talk that President Trump may be impeached by Christmas.
In testimony released yesterday, the State Department’s top Ukraine
official said President Donald Trump pushed Kyiv to “initiate politically motivated
prosecutions” against his Democratic rivals. Meanwhile, negotiators from Beijing
and Washington have agreed to phase out tariffs if they’re able to strike a trade
deal — but apparently not everyone’s on board.
House investigators released testimony from the acting U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, who told them Rudy Giuliani led the quid pro quo to withhold
military aid until Ukraine probed President Donald Trump’s political rivals. Meanwhile, a Justice Department complaint unsealed yesterday accuses two former
Twitter employees of gathering private user data on Saudi dissidents at Riyadh’s
The U.S. ambassador to the European Union now says he told a
Ukrainian official that American military aid to Kyiv would resume only if authorities probed President Donald Trump’s Democratic rivals. Meanwhile, observers
say Democratic victories in Kentucky and Virginia are warning signs for Republicans.
Following Washington’s formal notice yesterday that it’s ditching the
Paris climate pact, officials from France and Japan were among those to publicly
express disappointment. Meanwhile, Washington’s former ambassador to Ukraine
told impeachment investigators she felt targeted by White House efforts to set up
a shadow foreign policy in Ukraine.
While firefighters continue to battle wildfires in California President Donald Trump threatened to cut state funding, accusing Gov. Gavin Newsom of mismanaging forests. Meanwhile, Iraqis angered by Tehran-supported paramilitary groups have attacked the Iranian consulate in the holy city of Karbala.
President Donald Trump scored big with the military’s killing of ISIS’s leader, a victory many Americans celebrate, but polls haven’t translated that into better overall presidential ratings. Meanwhile, voters in Mississippi and Kentucky have a chance of electing Democratic governors, suggesting a crack in the Republican firewall.
Yesterday, U.S. lawmakers approved a blueprint for the public portion of the Democrat-led impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.
Meanwhile, ISIS has unveiled its new leader just days after the death of Abu Bakr
al-Baghdadi in a U.S. raid.
As House committees investigate his dealings with Ukraine, lawmakers are reaching further into President Donald Trump’s administration for testimony. Meanwhile, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announced yesterday his platform
would ban all political advertisements.
The National Security Council’s top Ukraine expert reportedly told
congressional investigators yesterday that he tried to add key details to the White
House transcript of the call between President Donald Trump and his Ukrainian
counterpart. Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he’s ready for
a formidable electoral fight Dec. 12.
An Iraq War vet who’s now the national security council’s top
Ukraine expert is due to give first-hand testimony about President Donald
Trump’s phone call with Ukraine’s leader. Meanwhile, after Parliament failed to
approve Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s third bid for an election, he’ll try once
President Donald Trump reported the death of long-hunted ISIS
leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Sunday. Meanwhile, as winds whip wildfires across
Northern California, some 180,000 people are being forced to evacuate the area.
A court has ordered the White House to send Russia probe grand jury evidence to Congress and John Bolton may testify on Capitol Hill, all boding ill for President Donald Trump’s efforts to thwart impeachment. Meanwhile, the EU still needs to decided how long to extend Brexit’s deadline, now set for Halloween.
A review by Attorney General William Barr of President Donald
Trump’s complaints that he was unfairly targeted by the government’s Russia
probe has reportedly morphed into a criminal investigation. Meanwhile, EU officials are debating the length of the Brexit extension they’ll offer.
Some two-dozen Republican lawmakers stormed a closed House impeachment hearing yesterday,
delaying a Defense Department official's deposition by more than five hours. Meanwhile,
British police are probing the discovery of 39 bodies inside a truck container near London.
The acting U.S. ambassador to Ukraine reportedly told congressional investigators yesterday that President Donald Trump withheld nearly $400 million in military aid to Ukraine until Kyiv dug into political rival Joe Biden. Meanwhile, the Russian and Turkish presidents have agreed to jointly control a swath of formerly Kurdish-held territory in northeastern Syria.
Despite being tarnished by scandals, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
will keep his job after his Liberal Party won a plurality in national elections yesterday.
Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces two key Brexit votes in Parliament
U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, undaunted by Saturday’s parliamentary delay, has vowed to press on this week with legislation that would make Brexit possible before the end of the month. Meanwhile, U.S. President Donald Trump has reversed a decision to host the 2020 G-7 Summit at his golf club near Miami.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson may have a chance of passing his Brexit plan in Britain’s Parliament today after his improbable victory in Brussels. Meanwhile, it’s been a really bad week for the White House, and now even a prominent Republican is calling for impeachment.
Despite the cease-fire, monitors spotted shelling and intermittent
skirmishes Friday morning in towns on both sides of Turkey’s border with Syria.
Meanwhile, acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said President Donald Trump withheld military aid to Ukraine until it probed claims that Kyiv interfered with the 2016 election.
British and European officials say they’ve finally reached a long-
awaited Brexit deal — but its prospects at home appear dim. Meanwhile, Presi-
dent Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused one another of
having a “meltdown” during a White House meeting yesterday.
Democratic contenders for president trained their fire on Sen. Eliza-
beth Warren last night during the fourth primary debate. Meanwhile, Turkish Pres-
ident Recep Tayyip Erdoğan made it clear he'd "never declare a cease-fire” in
After effectively clearing the way by withdrawing U.S. troops from the area, the White House is now demanding that Turkey end its incursion into northern Syria. Meanwhile, a number of White House insiders were reportedly deeply disturbed by Trump’s efforts to pressure Ukraine into launching politically motivated probes.
After being abandoned by their U.S. allies in the face of a Turkish offensive against them, Syrian Kurds have made a deal to work with Syrian government forces to drive out the Turks. Meanwhile, police sent to check on a Black woman’s welfare ended up shooting her through her window, infuriating Forth Worth, Texas, Black community.
Turkey lobbed a shell into a U.S. military outpost, hurting no one, as it continued to attack Kurdish forces in northern Syria and American officials have warn of “consequences” for the offensive. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump has announced a trade agreement with China, sending markets surging.
More than a dozen civilians have been reported killed amid Turkey’s
ongoing offensive in northeastern Syria. Meanwhile, U.S. prosecutors charged
the two foreign-born businessmen who helped President Trump’s personal lawyer
collect information in Ukraine about political rival Joe Biden.
Following its incursion into northeastern Syria late Wednesday, the
Turkish military continued its advance today into Kurdish-held territory. Meanwhile, German authorities say the 27-year-old gunman who killed two people during an assault on a synagogue was motivated by anti-Semitism.
The White House has described the Democrats’ impeachment in-
quiry as “partisan and unconstitutional” and has officially refused to cooperate.
Meanwhile, Turkish forces are preparing to move into northeastern Syria
President Donald Trump drew rebukes from key Republican supporters with his announcement that he’d withdraw U.S. forces from northern Syria. Meanwhile, the U.S. Commerce Department has added 28 Chinese government
agencies and tech firms to a blacklist for their alleged role in repressing Uighurs.