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Nov 15, 2019

Republicans Thought Yovanovitch Would Be a Pushover. She Beat Them Up Instead
Nicholas Kamm / AFP/ Getty ImagesBefore she even spoke on Friday, President Donald Trump's surrogates in Congress and conservative media expected Marie Yovanovitch to cry on command for the impeachment-hearing cameras. As she began testifying about the smear campaign that forced her from her ambassadorship in Ukraine, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) tweeted that impeachment wasn't about her feelings. But for over five hours, the 33-year veteran diplomat left no doubt why she was there and what she endured, even as the president himself weighed in on Twitter seeming to intimidate her as she sat in front of the congressional panel. The president's attack wasn't the only attack she brushed aside. Yovanovitch methodically outplayed a series of Republican efforts to cast her firing as normal, the president's behavior as unremarkable, and the harm she suffered as negligible-rather than the prelude to a shadow diplomatic effort to coerce Ukraine into aiding Trump's reelection. Instead, she made it clear that she would have been an obstacle to the president's pressure on Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky had she remained in Kyiv. At one point, she told Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT) that she would have opposed the summer 2019 suspension of $400 million in U.S. military aid and would never have asked Zelensky to pursue the conspiracy theory that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 election. Asked to affirm that Trump was legitimately concerned about Ukraine corruption, she shot back, "That's wha

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Nov 15, 2019

Bill Gates Tops Jeff Bezos as World's Richest Person With Amazon Slide
(Bloomberg) -- This time it's official.Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates overtook Amazon.com Inc.'s Jeff Bezos as the world's richest person on Friday, reclaiming the top ranking for the first time in more than two years.Gates may have been helped in part by the Pentagon's surprise decision announced Oct. 25 to award a $10 billion cloud-computing contract to Microsoft over Amazon. Shares of Microsoft have since climbed 4%, giving Gates a $110 billion fortune, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Amazon's stock is down about 2% since the announcement, putting Bezos's net worth at $108.7 billion.Gates, 64, had briefly topped Bezos, 55, on an intraday basis last month after Amazon posted its first profit drop in two years, but shares of the world's biggest online retailer pared the decline. The index, which tracks the wealth of the richest 500 people, is updated each trading day after U.S. markets close. Europe's richest person, Bernard Arnault, is third with $102.7 billion.Read more: Microsoft Shares Surge After Controversial Pentagon Contract WinMicrosoft has surged 48% this year, boosting the value of Gates's 1% stake. The rest of his wealth is derived from share sales and investments made over the years by his family office, Cascade.Bezos would be far richer if he and MacKenzie Bezos hadn't divorced. The pair announced their split in January, with MacKenzie, 49, receiving a quarter of their Amazon holdings in July. Her net worth dipped to $35 billion on Friday. Gates, on the other ha

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Nov 15, 2019

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Nov 15, 2019

Southwest, American, United: No Boeing 737 Max flights until March even if plane returns sooner
The Boeing 737 Max has been grounded since March following two fatal crashes. Boeing has said it hopes to have the plane recertified by December.

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Nov 15, 2019

‘No discipline. No plan. No strategy.': Sen. Kamala Harris campaign in meltdown
As Sen. Kamala Harris crisscrosses the country trying to revive her sputtering presidential bid, aides at her fast-shrinking headquarters are deep into the finger-pointing stages. And much of the blame is being placed on campaign manager Juan Rodriguez.

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Nov 15, 2019

Hong Kong protesters defy Xi with pro-democracy rallies
Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters defied a warning by China's President Xi Jinping and took to the streets again Friday, as the political turmoil seeped out to London, where a territorial minister was confronted by masked demonstrators. Protests have swept Hong Kong since June as many in the city of 7.5 million people have vented fury at eroding freedoms under Chinese rule. Violence has escalated, and tensions have spread overseas, sparking friction between China and Britain, which governed Hong Kong until 1997.

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Nov 15, 2019

Oklahoma judge reduces J&J order in opioid lawsuit by $107M
An Oklahoma judge who last summer ordered consumer products giant Johnson & Johnson to pay $572 million to help address the state's opioid crisis on Friday reduced that amount by $107 million in a final order in the case. District Judge Thad Balkman's latest order directs the company to pay the state $465 million. In it, Balkman acknowledged that he miscalculated in his original award how much it would cost to develop a program for treating babies born addicted to opioids.

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Nov 15, 2019

The White House Motto: Watch Your Back
There's no honor among thieves nor, apparently, among anxious political hacks who bound themselves to a president with a penchant for subordinating the national interest to his own.Once-eager presidential enablers have turned on one another with feral abandon as the facts of what Trump's flunkies were doing in Ukraine have become clear and the impeachment investigation moves into its public phase.John Bolton, the former national security adviser, appears to be spoiling for a fight. He has a deal worth around $2 million to write a book about his time in the administration, which he left on not-so-friendly terms in September. In a private speech last week, Bolton offered a harsh assessment of the president's foreign-policy chops and suggested that Trump's policy toward Turkey has been driven by personal and business interests, according to NBC News. Bolton's lawyer told impeachment investigators that Bolton has information about "many relevant meetings and conversations" concerning Ukraine that he might be willing to share if the courts give him the go-ahead.Bolton is awaiting the outcome of a lawsuit brought by his former deputy, Charles Kupperman, asking the courts to decide whether a congressional subpoena outweighs the president's order to ignore it.Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, tried to glom onto Kupperman's lawsuit, but Bolton was having none of it. On Monday, a lawyer who represents both him and Kupperman asked a judge to deny Mulvaney's request, citing, among other objections, that Mulvaney may have waived any immunity from testifying when he acknowledged in a news conference last month that Trump had sought a quid pro quo from Ukraine in exchange for military aid and that people needed to "get over it."

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Nov 15, 2019

Turkey Casts Venezuela Another Lifeline, Buying Its Scrap Metal
(Bloomberg) -- Desperate for cash, Venezuela is scrounging around for it in junk piles, looking for discarded car parts and odds and ends from construction sites to sell.But with U.S. sanctions cutting ever deeper into the crippled economy, the Nicolas Maduro regime appears to have found just one customer: Turkey.In the latest lifeline that country has extended to Venezuela -- after buying some of the $40 million worth of gold Maduro sold in July in defiance of U.S. sanctions -- Turkey has purchased 27,800 tons of metals scrap from state-run Corpovez, which has the monopoly in Venezuela on peddling cast-off copper, steel and other such materials.Corpovez said it made the sale in August. The company posted a video on Twitter on Nov. 13 that showed a container of junk being hoisted on to a ship, the Anshun, without saying where the load was heading. The vessel was spotted at the Isken terminal in Turkey on Aug. 30, according to ship-tracking data on Bloomberg.More than decade ago, scrap exports could be relied on for regular foreign-exchange income. It wasn't a very big business -- the scant data available show sales of $18 million in 2004, for example -- but it was steady.Then buyers, which at one point included the U.S., Japan, Spain and China, began peeling off. The most recent transaction recorded by the the National Institute of Statistics was of 2,000 tons of unspecified junk to Cuba, netting $420,000.So Turkey stepped in. Its president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is a staunch Maduro supporter. Erdogan denounced the U.S. sanctions during a visit to Caracas last December, saying Venezuela was facing "manipulative attacks from "certain countries and acts of sabotage from econo

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Nov 15, 2019

An expert in fraternity hazing deaths says coddling parents are part of the problem
Hank Nuwer, a journalist who keeps a database on fraternity deaths, thinks parents aren't teaching their children "self-restraint."

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Nov 15, 2019

From 'Anonymous,' key excerpts from inside Trump White House on Putin, Hillary
Key excerpts from "A Warning," a book by an anonymous senior administration official about President Trump and his administration.

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Nov 15, 2019

Bolivia Expels Maduro's Diplomats in Abrupt Foreign Policy Shift
(Bloomberg) -- Bolivia's interim government said it will expel all Venezuelan diplomats in the country, as it re-aligns its foreign policy with the U.S. and its allies.Foreign Affairs Minister Karen Longaric, who was sworn in this week, said this is because representatives of President Nicolas Maduro's Venezuelan government have interfered in Bolivia's internal affairs.Longaric told reporters that the measure applies to all employees of the Venezuelan Embassy.Venezuela was a close ally of Bolivian President Evo Morales, who resigned and this week fled to Mexico. At the same time, Morales had a prickly relationship with Washington.Morales's allies, who have a majority in both houses of congress, say the new government is illegitimate and that it has no authority to make policy decisions.Morales resigned Nov. 10 after three weeks of protests when he lost the support of the security forces. He says he's the victim of a coup.To contact the reporter on this story: John Quigley in Lima at jquigley8@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Matthew Bristow at mbristow5@bloomberg.net, Robert JamesonFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

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Nov 15, 2019

Real estate heiress who posted $35M bail acquitted of murder
A San Francisco Bay Area real estate heiress who was under house arrest on $35 million bail for more than two years plans to reconnect with her children and visit family in China after a jury acquitted her of killing the father of her kids, her attorney said Friday. After deliberating for 12 days, jurors found Tiffany Li not guilty on charges of murder and conspiring with her boyfriend to kill 27-year-old Keith Green in 2016 over a custody dispute. The case drew global attention when Li's family, who made a fortune in real estate construction in China, posted one of the highest bail amounts on record in the United States.

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Nov 15, 2019

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Nov 15, 2019

Moving university to Vienna, Soros vows to defend academic freedom from Orban
Billionaire George Soros opened the new main campus of his Central European University in Vienna on Friday, saying it would not halt its struggle to defend academic freedom from Viktor Orban, the right wing leader he says hounded it from Hungary. CEU's decision last year to move the bulk of its courses out of Hungary followed a long struggle between Hungarian-born Soros, who promotes liberal causes through his charities, and Orban's anti-immigrant government. Since it was founded by Soros in 1991, CEU has been a gateway to the West for thousands of students from eastern Europe, offering U.S.-accredited graduate degree programmes in an academic climate that celebrates free thought.

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Nov 15, 2019

U.S. calls on Libya's Haftar to halt Tripoli war, warns against Russia's role
The United States on Friday called on eastern Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar to stop his offensive on the capital held by the internationally recognized government and warned against Russian interference. Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA) has been trying since April to take Tripoli, part of a power struggle in the oil producing nation since the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. The LNA denies it has foreign backing.

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Nov 15, 2019

Fox News Reporter Grasps at Straws: Constitution ‘Doesn't Say Anything About Witness Intimidation'
Fox News senior Capitol Hill producer Chad Pergram provided some cover for Donald Trump on Friday after the president unleashed a Twitter attack on former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch while she was testifying before Congress, noting that "witness intimidation" isn't featured in the Constitution as it relates to impeachment.Friday's open impeachment hearing took a dramatic turn when House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) read aloud the president's tweet, prompting Yovanovitch to respond: "I can't speak to what the president's trying to do but I think the effect is to be intimidating."Immediately after the hearing went into recess, Fox News anchor Bret Baier didn't pull any punches, pointing out that the hearing "turned on a dime" with the Trump tweet."That enabled Schiff to then characterize that tweet as intimidating the witness or tampering with the witness, which is a crime," Baier added. "Adding essentially an article of impeachment real-time."Baier wasn't the only Fox News on-air personality to express how the president's ill-advised tweet spelled bad news for him. Fox News anchor Chris Wallace said, "I think if you are not moved by the testimony of Marie Yovanovitch today you don't have a pulse," while Fox News contributor Ken Starr, a reliable Trump defender, lectured Trump."The president was not advised by counsel in deciding to do this tweet," the former independent counsel declared. "Extraordinarily

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Nov 15, 2019

3 judges drunkenly fight at an Indiana White Castle, leaving 2 shot. Now, they're suspended
Judges Bradley Jacobs, Andrew Adams and Sabrina Bell have been suspended without pay for being involved in a fight at an Indiana White Castle in May.

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Nov 15, 2019

Trump lashes out after former adviser Roger Stone is convicted on all 7 counts
It's been quite a day in the world of President Trump.During a break in the second public impeachment hearing Friday, Trump's former adviser, Roger Stone, was found guilty on all seven counts against him, including lying to Congress. The Wall Street Journal notes Stone is now the sixth Trump associate convicted on charges stemming from former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.Trump lashed out after the conviction, tweeting angrily about the fact that "they" want to jail Stone "for many years to come" for lying and rattling off a long list of his political enemies whom he accuses of lying. Trump made no apparent distinction between lying to Congress, for which Stone was convicted, and lying in general. As Stone holds out hope for a presidential pardon, he might be feeling pretty good about these tweets. So they now convict Roger Stone of lying and want to jail him for many years to come. Well, what about Crooked Hillary, Comey, Strzok, Page, McCabe, Brennan, Clapper, Shifty Schiff, Ohr & Nellie, Steele & all of the others, including even Mueller himself? Didn't they lie?.... -- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2019 ....A double standard like never seen before in the history of our Country? -- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2019This all came while Trump was accused of witness intimidation for attacking ousted Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch

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Nov 15, 2019

Bill Clinton to Donald Trump on gun control inaction during impeachment: 'You got hired to do a job'
During an interview to react to the Saugus High School shooting, Clinton said Trump needs to work with Congress on gun control legislation during the impeachment inquiry.

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Nov 15, 2019

Fox News' Bret Baier suggests Trump just broke the law in 'real time' with tweeted attacks on Yovanovitch
Is that enough pizzazz for you?Ousted U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch had barely been in the Capitol for an hour when President Trump "committed a crime while we're watching," journalist Marcy Wheeler tweeted Friday. That's because as Yovanovitch gave her public impeachment testimony, Trump attacked her in a tweet -- something Wheeler is joining The New York Times' Michael Schmidt and Fox News' Bret Baier in suggesting amounts to witness tampering.Republicans' first aim in Friday's impeachment hearing was to avoid attacking Yovanovitch so she didn't earn any more sympathy points from viewers. But Trump destroyed that strategy with one fell tweet, claiming "everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad," naming her work in Somalia and then Ukraine as examples. House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) had Yovanovitch address the tweet, or "witness intimidation," as he called it, and Yovanovitch agreed it was "very intimidating."In his live analysis for the Times, Schmidt concurred. "How are Trump's tweets not witness tampering? She's testifying. He's attacking her. And now she has to respond to it," he wrote. And, more surprisingly, Baier seemed to take Yovanovitch's side as well. That was a turning point in this hearing so far. She was

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Nov 15, 2019

White House hopefuls are missing Senate votes — and nobody cares
Bernie Sanders came to the Capitol on Thursday, when the Senate considered a judicial nominee bitterly opposed by liberals. "I am running for president," Sanders responded when asked why he hadn't voted. The Vermont independent, in fact, hasn't voted in the Senate since July.

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Nov 15, 2019

Man caught at Houston airport with 35 pounds of liquid cocaine in shampoo bottles
The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol says an arriving passenger tried to smuggle 35 pounds worth of liquid cocaine in shampoo bottles into the country.

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Nov 15, 2019

The new seal for the Navy's next aircraft carrier contains a hint about big changes coming to naval aviation
The recently unveiled seal for the aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy features the carrier's most well-known aircraft, along with a future addition.

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Nov 15, 2019

Chicago gang leader accused of trying to help Islamic State
A purported street-gang leader from suburban Chicago who became radicalized in prison faces federal charges accusing him of seeking to provide money to Islamic State militants in Syria, according to a complaint unsealed Friday in U.S. District Court in Chicago. Jason Brown, the 37-year-old leader of the AHK gang, could be heard on secret FBI recordings speaking admiringly about beheadings by the Islamic State group, the 27-page complaint says. AHK, which prosecutors say traffics drugs throughout the Chicago area, is comprised of former members of the Black P-Stone, Gangster Disciples and Four Corner Hustlers who converted to Islam, the court filings say.

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Nov 15, 2019

Japan Wants Missile Defenses to Protect the 2020 Olympics (From North Korea)
But is there a real threat?

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Nov 15, 2019

UPDATE 2-Trump's tweets attacking impeachment witness draw angry response
President Donald Trump's Twitter attack on an impeachment witness during her testimony on Friday drew a furious response from Democrats, who accused him of witness intimidation, and even some allies criticized him. Trump lashed out at Yovanovitch as she was testifying on the second day of televised hearings in the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee impeachment inquiry, which threatens the Republican president even as he seeks re-election next year.

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Nov 15, 2019

American Airlines flight attendants have literally begged not to work on the Boeing 737 Max when it returns, union boss says (BA)
Lori Bassani heads the union for 28,000 American Airlines flight attendants, and she warned of genuine fear among staff over returning to the 737 Max.

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Nov 15, 2019

Ethics reviews Florida Rep. Hastings's staffer relationship
The House Ethics Committee said Thursday it is investigating veteran Florida Rep. Alcee Hastings's relationship with his longtime girlfriend, who works on his staff.

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Nov 15, 2019

NASA overpaid Boeing by hundreds of millions of dollars: auditor
The US has relied on Russia to transport its crews to the ISS since the end of the Space Shuttle program in 2011, but has hired Boeing and SpaceX under multi-billion dollar contracts, with the two companies already two years behind schedule. "We found that NASA agreed to pay an additional $287.2 million above Boeing's fixed prices to mitigate a perceived 18-month gap in ISS flights anticipated in 2019," the inspector general's report issued Thursday said.

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Nov 15, 2019

Scientists Are Fighting Over One of the Hottest Places on Earth
Some say life can exist there. Others say no way.

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Nov 15, 2019

Yovanovitch: Don Jr. and Fox News Hosts ‘Amplified' Smears Against Me
During Friday's public impeachment hearing, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch described how conservatives and right-wing media figures repeatedly disparaged her last spring in an apparent effort by Trumpworld to sully her reputation in order to justify removing her from her post.House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) asked Yovanovich about former top Ukraine prosecutor Yuriy Lutsenko, pointing out that she likely angered Lutsenko in her time as ambassador due to her anti-corruption efforts.Noting that another former Ukrainian prosecutor general, Viktor Sholkin, also had a history of corruption, Schiff asked Yovanovitch: "Did you come to learn that both were in touch with Rudy Giuliani, President Trump's lawyer and representative?""Yes," the former diplomat replied, adding that it was her understanding that Lutsenko and others coordinated with Giuliani to peddle false allegations against her."And were these smears amplified by the president's son Donald Trump Jr. as well as certain hosts on Fox?" Schiff wondered aloud."Yes," she answered. "Yes, that is the case."A few moments later, Democratic majority counsel Daniel Goldman highlighted the coordinated media attacks unleashed by Giuliani and conservative columnist John Solomon's Ukraine articles, noting that Trump Jr. and others sent out multiple tweets targeting her. "What was your reaction to seeing this?" Goldman asked."Well, I was worried," Yovanovitch said, adding, "that these attacks, you know, being repeated b

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Nov 15, 2019

The world's 20 best airlines for 2019
The consumer aviation website Skytrax announced its 2019 ranking of the best airlines in the world in June.

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Nov 15, 2019

Trump attacks former Ukraine ambassador while she testifies about corruption 'crisis' in impeachment hearing
Donald Trump has attacked Marie Yovanovitch just as the former ambassador to Ukraine delivered public testimony before House investigators in his impeachment inquiry, saying everywhere she went "turned bad".The president wrote on Twitter: "Everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad. She started off in Somalia, how did that go? Then fast forward to Ukraine, where the new Ukrainian President spoke unfavorably about her in my second phone call with him."

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Nov 15, 2019

Transcript Shows WH Made Up Details of Trump's Zelensky Call
GENYA SAVILOVThe release of the transcript of President Donald Trump's first call in April with Ukrainain president-elect Volodomyr Zelensky was meant to bolster the case that Trump had nothing but good intentions in his dealings with Ukraine—but it also showed a White House summary of the same call released to the public shortly after it occurred was largely fabricated. The White House readout, a summary of the call released hours after it occurred, claimed Trump "underscored the unwavering support of the United States for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity—within its internationally recognized borders—and expressed his commitment to work together with President-elect Zelenskyy and the Ukrainian people to implement reforms that strengthen democracy, increase prosperity, and root out corruption."Trump Boasted About ‘Great' Ukrainians at Miss Universe Pageant on First Zelensky CallSuch statements are nowhere to be found in the transcript of the call released by the president on Friday. That transcript shows Trump congratulating Zelensky on his recent election win, promising to arrange a White House visit for the new Ukrainian president, and recounting the large number of Ukrainaian women who participated in Trump's Miss Universe competitions.Nowhere does Trump mention efforts to address Ukrainian corruption, economic prosperity, or democratic institutions. Nor does he even allude to its efforts to beat back the Russian occupation of the Ukrainian territory of Crimea.The White House did not immediately r

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Nov 15, 2019

Black South Carolina Leaders Distance Themselves from Buttigieg Campaign's ‘Douglass Plan'
Several black leaders in South Carolina who were listed as supporters of the Buttigieg campaign's "Douglass Plan" distanced themselves from the proposal and the campaign when pressed for comment, saying that the campaign was "intentionally vague" in asking for their endorsements.According to a report from The Intercept, three South Carolina black leaders — Columbia City Councilwoman Tameika Devine, Rehoboth Baptist pastor and state Representative Ivory Thigpen, and Johnnie Cordero, chair of the state party's Black Caucus — all expressed misgivings over the way that the Buttigieg campaign featured their names prominently in an open letter published in the the HBCU Times touting the plan's details."We are over 400 South Carolinians, including business owners, pastors, community leaders, and students. Together, we endorse his Douglass Plan for Black America, the most comprehensive roadmap for tackling systemic racism offered by a 2020 presidential candidate," the letter reads.Buttigieg, who polled at zero percent among black voters in South Carolina earlier this year, recently called his plan "the most comprehensive vision put forward by a 2020 candidate on the question of how we're going to tackle systemic racism in this country."When reached for comment, Devine, Thigpen, and Cordero all denied that they intended their correspondence with the Buttigieg campaign over the plan to be read as an endorsement of the candidate."Clearly from the number o

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Nov 15, 2019

Former top diplomat to Russia suggests 'Putin has the transcript' of Trump's Ukraine call
New reports suggesting Donald Trump called his EU ambassador on an unsecured line while he was visiting Ukraine could mean that "Vladimir Putin has the transcript", according to the former top US diplomat to Russia.Michael McFaul, who served as the US ambassador to Russia from 2012 to 2014, slammed the White House for its "incredibly sloppy" dealings involving Ukraine.

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Nov 15, 2019

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ripped late presidential bids and suggested efforts should be redirected to winning state legislatures
In a tweet Thursday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slammed Michael Bloomberg and Deval Patrick for moving to enter the 2020 presidential race.

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Nov 15, 2019

Ethics Probe into Rashida Tlaib Extended after Watchdog Finds Evidence of Misuse of Campaign Funds
The House Ethics Committee released texts and emails on Thursday that show Representative Rashida Tlaib (D., Mich.) repeatedly asking for campaign for funds to defray personal costs.The committee's announcement comes after the board of the Office of Congressional Ethics unanimously voted in August to refer Tlaib for a potential violation of federal law.Tlaib was paid over $45,000 by her campaign between May and December 2018. While FEC regulations permit a campaign to pay a candidate, it must be for "work performed up through the date of the general election." Checks, emails, and spreadsheets show that Tlaib was paid $17,500 after the November 6, 2018, election. A November 29 email from the campaign's treasurer to Tlaib says that checks are "for the time period through December 31, 2018."Tlaib and her staff refused to interview with the OCE over the payments. The board concludes by recommending that the Ethics Committee subpoena Tlaib to get to the bottom of the matter."Based on the foregoing information, the Board finds that there is substantial reason to believe that Rep. Tlaib converted campaign funds from Rashida Tlaib for Congress to personal use or Rep. Tlaib's campaign committee expended funds that were not attributable to bona fide campaign or political purposes," the board's recommendation concludes.Over the months of her campaign, Tlaib asked multiple times for campaign funds because she was "struggling financially" and

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Nov 15, 2019

Trump blows up effort to blunt impeachment damage
The White House on Friday set out to cast President Donald Trump as above the fray of the impeachment proceedings on the second day of televised hearings. To start the day, the White House insisted Trump was too busy working to track Friday's hearing, which featured testimony from Marie Yovanovitch, the ousted ambassador to Ukraine.

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Nov 15, 2019

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Nov 15, 2019

Katie Hill Accuses McConnell of Prioritizing the ‘NRA's Money' Over ‘Our Kids' after Calif. Shooting
Former congresswoman Katie Hill accused Mitch McConnell of caring more about the National Rifle Association's money than about American children on Friday in the wake of a deadly school shooting a day earlier.In a letter to her former fellow lawmakers, Hill urged them to "have our back in Congress" after a lone gunman opened fire Thursday at the high school Hill attended in her former California district."I don't have to tell you how angry I am at the inaction of the Senate and Leader McConnell," Hill wrote. "How so many lives would have been saved if only he cared about our kids in the same way he cares about the NRA's money."Two people were killed and three injured when a 16-year-old male student fired into a crowd of students arriving for classes Thursday morning at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita. The gunman is in grave condition after shooting himself in the head.McConnell has blocked debate on the House's universal background check bill, saying he will not spend time on the legislation unless President Trump agrees to sign the bill.Hill also lamented that she is "no longer in Congress and unable to advocate for them in all of the ways I want to."The California Democrat resigned from Congress last month amid a scandal over allegations that she carried on sexual relationships with campaign and congressional subordinates. She admitted to engaging in a "throuple" with her ex-husband and a campaign staffer but has de

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Nov 15, 2019

After 50 years, it's past time to bring human LGBTQ characters to America's Sesame Street
International versions of Sesame Street reflect local audiences. America is ready for gay characters but cancellation is a risk in some countries.

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Nov 15, 2019

Turkey sends American Islamic State fighter to U.S. after stalemate with Greece
Turkey sent a U.S. citizen suspected of fighting for Islamic State to the United States by plane on Friday, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said, after the man was refused entry to Greece earlier this week. Turkish authorities started deporting captured Islamic State suspects to their home countries on Monday. Ankara says it has captured 287 militants in northeast Syria, where Turkish troops launched an assault against the Kurdish YPG militia last month, and has hundreds more jihadist suspects in detention.

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Nov 15, 2019

Cuba grants unprecedented access to presidential tour
President Miguel Díaz-Canel began the day in a small town overlooking the American naval base at Guantanamo Bay. Twelve hours after the day began, the 59-year-old president was shaking hands, kissing cheeks and singing on stage alongside performers in a government cultural center in the heart of Guantanamo, the capital of Cuba's easternmost province. More than 18 months after Díaz-Canel assumed the presidency, The Associated Press was one of two foreign news organizations granted unprecedented access Thursday to what has become a signature activity of his administration, a whirlwind tour of one of Cuba's 14 far-flung provinces.

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Nov 15, 2019

U.K. Labour Plans to Nationalize BT's Broadband Unit
(Bloomberg) -- Sign up to our Brexit Bulletin, follow us @Brexit and subscribe to our podcast.Britain's Labour party pledged to offer all consumers free fiber broadband within a decade by nationalizing phone carrier BT Group Plc's Openreach unit at a cost of 20 billion pounds ($26 billion).BT shareholders would get newly-issued government bonds in return for their shares, Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer John McDonnell told BBC Radio Four on Friday. Shares of BT fell as much as 3.7%.It's the biggest new pledge of the election campaign from Labour, which already has plans to nationalize the postal service, the railways and water and energy utilities. The broadband effort would be financed in part with taxes on multinational companies such as Amazon.com Inc., Facebook Inc. and Alphabet Inc.'s Google. While the proposals may win over some voters, Labour may not be in a position to implement them. It has an average of 29% support in recent polls, trailing the Conservatives at 40%."A Labour government will make broadband free for everybody," party leader Jeremy Corbyn said at a campaign event at Lancaster University. "This is core infrastructure for the 21st century. It's too important to be left to the corporations."McDonnell said the new broadband pledge would be funded by asking "tech giants like Google and Facebook to pay a bit more" in proportion to their activities in the U.K. "So if a multinational has 10% of its sales, workforce, and operations in the U.K., they're asked to pay tax on 10% of their global profits," McDonnell s

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Nov 15, 2019

Three judges suspended following drunken shooting in car park after failing to get into strip club
Three judges from Indiana have been suspended after a drunken brawl following their attempt to get into a strip club.Andrew Adams, Bradley Jacobs and Sabrina Bell were suspended over the incident, which happened outside a White Castle restaurant in May.

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Nov 15, 2019

Suspect in ‘Potomac River Rapist' cold case arrested
Genealogy websites and a cheek swab enabled U.S. Marshals to arrest a man suspected of being the "Potomac River Rapist," who terrorized the nation's capital in the 1990s. News outlets report 60-year-old Giles Daniel Warrick is now awaiting extradition from Horry County, South Carolina. Authorities said DNA evidence matched family profiles in genealogy services, enabling investigators to narrow their search after interviewing Warrick's relatives.

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Nov 15, 2019

Huawei Could Face Outright 5G Network Ban by Merkel's Own Party
(Bloomberg) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel is coming under pressure from her own party to impose an outright ban on Chinese equipment supplier Huawei Technologies Co. from the country's 5G network.The demand is part of a motion signed by 500 of her fellow Christian Democrats to be presented at the party conference next week, according to a copy obtained by Bloomberg News. They call for alternative solutions from European providers.Urged by hawks in Germany's intelligence service and the U.S. administration, the government recently agreed to ratchet up restrictions on Huawei that would block its components from the core network but allow them in less sensitive areas. Concerns in Washington and Berlin are over the risks of Huawei's ties to the Chinese government and 5G's susceptibility to sabotage or espionage.Merkel to Ratchet up Huawei Restrictions in Concession to HawksCDU leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, like Merkel, opposes an outright ban of Huawei, and an approval of the motion by a majority of the 1,000 delegates would be seen as a vote against them. Both women have come under pressure this year after a series of election defeats and quarrels over policies.Huawei has insisted that it poses no risk to infrastructure in Europe's largest economy, saying there's no reason to exclude a company that's served the telecommunications industry without fault for years.To contact the reporter on this story: Arne Delfs in Berlin at adelfs@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Ben Sills at bsills@bloomberg.net, Raymond Colitt, Iain RogersFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

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China envoy threatens Sweden over award to detained writer Gui Minhai
China threatened Sweden with unspecified "counter measures" if its culture minister attends a literary award ceremony on Friday for Gui Minhai, a Swedish citizen who was abducted in Thailand in 2015 and is now in detention in China. The case of Chinese-born Gui Minhai, who studied in Sweden in the 1980s and was based in Hong Kong when he published books critical of China's leaders, has soured relations between Sweden and China.

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Nov 15, 2019

New Israel-Gaza violence tests fragile ceasefire
Israel launched fresh strikes against Islamic Jihad targets in Gaza early Friday in response to rocket fire, underscoring the fragility of a ceasefire agreed after an escalation that killed 34 Palestinians. The ceasefire began on Thursday morning following two days of fighting triggered by Israel's targeted killing of an Islamic Jihad commander.

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Nov 15, 2019

UPDATE 1-Khamenei: Iran not calling for elimination of Jews, wants non-sectarian Israel
Iran is not calling for the elimination of the Jewish people, but believes people of all religions should decide Israel's future, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Friday. Since its Islamic Revolution in 1979, Iran has refused to recognise Israel and has backed militant Palestinian groups. Israel has long accused Iran of seeking its destruction and regards Tehran as its main enemy in the Middle East.

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Nov 15, 2019

South Korean, Chinese students face off over Hong Kong protests
Kim Ji-mun, a 23-year-old South Korean university student, had just put up a banner on campus with his friends in support of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests when a group of Chinese students tried to take it down. The encounter at Hanyang University in Seoul led to a seven-hour confrontation, he said, with the Koreans trying to protect their hand-written poster bearing the message "We join the democracy movement in Hong Kong", and the other side jeering, throwing things and chanting "One China". Kim said the Chinese students mocked the South Koreans in the Wednesday altercation, suggesting they had been paid to back Hong Kong, and making that point by throwing coins at them.

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Nov 15, 2019

French police ratchet up evidence search in Epstein probe
French police launched a fresh appeal Friday for witnesses and victims to come forward to aid their probe of Jeffrey Epstein and allegations that one of the financier's associates drugged and raped young models. The appeal was longer and more detailed than a previous, more limited call for evidence that police had made previously on Facebook and Twitter on Sept. 11. The amplified appeal came after women who say they were raped and sexually assaulted by one of Epstein's associates, French modeling agent Jean-Luc Brunel, had this week told The Associated Press they were disappointed with the limited scope of police efforts to track down witnesses.

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Nov 15, 2019

Iraq 'will never be the same' after protests: top Shiite cleric
Iraq will be deeply marked by weeks of demonstrations demanding sweeping reform, its top Shiite cleric said on Friday in some of his strongest remarks yet on the protest movement. In his weekly sermon delivered by a representative in the Shiite holy city of Karbala, Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani piled pressure on authorities to enact sweeping reforms in response to the deadly demonstrations. "If those in power think that they can evade the benefits of real reform by stalling and procrastination, they are delusional," Sistani said.

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Nov 15, 2019

Trump complains impeachment ‘has been very hard on my family'
The impeachment probe "has been very hard on my family", Donald Trump told supporters at a rally in Louisiana, while also claiming it has boosted him in the polls and in the eyes of his evangelical Christian supporters.The US president repeatedly complained about the Democrat-led investigation at the event, where he was speaking in support of Republican candidate Eddie Rispone's campaign for state governor.

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Nov 15, 2019

Lebanon protesters angered by PM pick
Lebanese protesters who have been demanding radical reform reacted with anger Friday to the reported designation of a new prime minister they regard as emblematic of a failed political system. According to senior officials speaking on condition of anonymity and Lebanese press reports, key political players agreed that Mohammed Safadi should be tasked with forming the next government. Outgoing Prime Minister Saad Hariri resigned on October 29, nearly two weeks into the unprecedented nationwide protests demanding the wholesale removal of a ruling elite seen as corrupt and incompetent.

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Nov 15, 2019

'Come back tomorrow': battling for asylum in South Africa
Therese Walu's eyes welled up as she recalled the last time she shared dinner with her whole family, 19 years ago, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. With nothing but the clothes on her back, Walu started a perilous 10-year journey that would eventually take her more than 3,000 kilometres (1,800 miles), to South Africa's capital Pretoria. "The only thing they ever gave us is a (temporary) paper of asylum," said Walu, who has been battling for refugee status since 2010.

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Nov 15, 2019

One of Jamal Khashoggi's close friends said Twitter is the 'only free platform' for many Saudis, but it also may have led to Khashoggi's brutal murder
Omar Abdulaziz, a Saudi activist and close friend of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi, wrote in an op-ed that Twitter is "crucial" for Saudi freedom.

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Nov 15, 2019

Russia lands forces at former U.S. air base in northern Syria
Russia landed attack helicopters and troops at a sprawling air base in northern Syria vacated by U.S. forces, the Russian Defence Ministry's Zvezda TV channel said on Friday. Armed Russian military police were shown in footage aired on Zvezda flying into the Syrian air base in northern Aleppo province near the border with Turkey and fanning out to secure the area. The move comes after U.S. President Donald Trump abruptly ordered the withdrawal of U.S. troops from parts of Syria last month.

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Nov 15, 2019

There have been more mass shootings than days in 2019
There have been more than more than 365 mass shootings so far this year

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Nov 15, 2019

Khamenei: Iran not calling for elimination of Jews, wants non-sectarian Israel
Iran is not calling for the elimination of Jewish people, but it thinks people of all religions should decide Israel's future, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Friday in a speech posted on his official website. "Calling for the elimination of the state of Israel does not mean the elimination of the Jewish people ... it means that the people of Palestine - be they Muslim, Christian or Jewish - should choose their own government," Khamenei told an Islamic conference in Tehran.

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Nov 15, 2019

This Is Why Russia Wanted A 1,000 Foot Long Aircraft Carrier (More Like Supercarrier)
In the 1980s.

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Nov 15, 2019

The Latest: Hong Kong highway blocked after deadline passes
Protesters in Hong Kong have once again blocked a highway in an outlying area after the government did not meet their demand that it pledge to go ahead with local elections later this month. Traffic was backed up Friday evening after the protesters placed barricades back on the roadway. The protesters had allowed one lane of traffic to re-open in each direction and gave the government 24 hours to meet their demand.

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Nov 15, 2019

Venice hit by another ferocious high tide, flooding city
An exceptionally high tide hit Venice again on Friday just three days after the city suffered its worst flooding in more than 50 years, leaving squares, shops and hotels once more inundated. Mayor Luigi Brugnaro closed access to the submerged St. Mark's Square and issued an international appeal for funds, warning that the damage caused by this week's floods could rise to one billion euros. Local authorities said the high tide peaked at 154 cm (5.05 ft), slightly below expectations and significantly lower than the 187 cm level reached on Tuesday, which was the second highest tide ever recorded in Venice.

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Nov 15, 2019

Elizabeth Warren's Number-Crunchers Out of Sync With Her on Some Big Plans
(Bloomberg) -- Explore what's moving the global economy in the new season of the Stephanomics podcast. Subscribe via Apple Podcast, Spotify or Pocket Cast.Elizabeth Warren is careful to cite economic experts to back up the costs of her multi-trillion-dollar policy plans. But even those experts disagree among themselves about how or whether those plans will work.University of California Berkeley economists Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman advised Warren on her wealth tax and say she could raise $2.75 trillion over a decade by imposing a 2% tax on wealth worth $50 million or more, going up to 3% for wealth of more than $1 billion.But Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's Analytics who Warren's campaign asked to review her separate Medicare-for-All funding plan, which includes an additional 3% tax on wealth over $1 billion among other levies, is skeptical it would bring in that much money.On health care, Zandi has projected that Warren could raise the $20.5 trillion she estimates it will cost to give everyone free health-care without any new middle-class taxes, even though he disagrees with her vision. Saez and Zucman support her policy in general but their funding approach does raise taxes on the middle class.The disagreements among those who helped shape and gauge her policies highlight the challenges for Warren as she tries to convince voters that she can generate enough revenue to provide free health care, free public college, universal child care, forgive a portion of student loans

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Nov 15, 2019

Syria's Assad says ‘resistance' will force US troops out
Syrian President Bashar Assad said in remarks broadcast Friday that the American presence in Syria will lead to armed "resistance" that will eventually force the U.S. troops to leave his country. U.S. officials said this week that Washington will leave about 600 troops in Syria to fight the Islamic State group.

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Nov 15, 2019

Vietnam jails music teacher for 'undermining' state
Vietnam sentenced a music teacher to 11 years in prison on Friday for Facebook posts that allegedly undermined the one-party state, which has been accused of tightening the noose on online dissent. Communist Vietnam has long jailed its critics but has come under fire recently for targeting users on Facebook, a popular forum for activists in the country where all independent media is banned. Nguyen Nang Tinh is the latest activist jailed for his Facebook comments, including posts about a Taiwanese steel firm that dumped toxic sludge into the ocean, killing masses of fish in central Vietnam.

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Nov 15, 2019

Israel says it has completed Gaza strikes after rocket fire
Israel said early Friday it has completed a series of airstrikes on targets linked to the Islamic Jihad militant group in Gaza after rocket fire that rattled a day-old truce. The military statement indicated that Israel was willing to abide by the cease-fire if there are no additional rocket attacks. It said Israel struck a military compound, a rocket-manufacturing site and a militant headquarters in the town of Khan Younis.

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Nov 15, 2019

‘A little out of touch': the quest to find Joe Biden's millennial supporters
Young people are getting Bernie Sanders tattoos and Andrew Yang even has his own ‘Yang Gang' - but at Biden rallies, the youth vote is conspicuously absent‘I do think he might be a little out of touch with the values and needs of the younger people,' said supporter Nicholas Dadekian. Photograph: Cj Gunther/EPAYoung people like Bernie Sanders. They flock to his rallies and tattoo his spectacles on to body parts. Young people like Elizabeth Warren - just take a look at the memes. Pete Buttigieg, despite his unradical, centrist policies and general air of clean-shirtedness, draws out the youth. Andrew Yang's "Yang Gang" are an often youthful phenomenon of their own.Joe Biden? Not so much.Youngsters aren't memeing Joe Biden. There isn't a run on Biden merchandise on college campuses. No one is getting Biden's face tattooed on their arms and legs. Crushingly, a recent poll showed that only 2% of 18- to 29-year-olds in Iowa, the first state to vote in the Democratic primary, support the former vice-president.The Guardian spent two days following Biden to campaign events in New Hampshire, looking for young supporters. If they exist, they aren't coming to see him in droves. Or at least, they aren't coming out in the same way they come out for Biden's rivals.At a recent Biden rally in front of the New Hampshire statehouse in Concord, the crowd, shivering in the 30F (-1.11C) sunshine, was mostly made up of older voters.But there were young people there, too: a group of fresh-faced youngsters, we

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Nov 15, 2019

Hong Kong leader condemns London protester 'attack' on minister
Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam on Friday condemned a "barbaric attack" on her justice minister, who fell while being surrounded by a crowd of jeering pro-democracy protesters in London. It was the most physical confrontation involving a member of Lam's cabinet since the protests, now in their sixth month, erupted in the international finance hub. Teresa Cheng, Hong Kong's deeply unpopular Secretary for Justice, was ambushed by around a dozen masked demonstrators as she prepared to attend a speaking event on Thursday night in London.

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Nov 15, 2019

Off-duty officers were the first responders to the California high school shooting — because they were dropping off their own family members for school
The first responders reported to the scene at approximately 7:40 a.m., shortly after the first shots rang out, and began treating the gunshot victims.

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Nov 15, 2019

N. Korea calls Biden a ‘rabid dog' for insulting its dignity
North Korea called former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden a "rabid dog" that "must be beaten to death with a stick" in its latest swipe against foreign and political leaders it sees as hostile to the North's leadership. The North correctly spelled Biden's name in May when it labeled him a "fool of low IQ" after he called North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a tyrant during a speech. North Korea often insults foreign leaders and politicians over what it sees as slanderous remarks toward its leadership or hostile policies against its government.

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Nov 15, 2019

The U.S. Marine Corps Is Making Big Changes (Thanks to Threats from Russia and China)
It's no secret that the U.S. Marine Corps is changing in order to better prepare for major warfare with China and Russia. Gen. David Berger, the Marine commandant, is overseeing several studies that could result in the Corps cutting some units and adding others and, in the process, radically changing how and why it functions.

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Nov 14, 2019

French tourist killed taking selfie at Thai waterfall
A French tourist has died after falling from a waterfall while trying to take a selfie in Thailand, police said Friday. The accident happened Thursday afternoon on the tropical island of Koh Samui, whose palm-fringed, white-sand beaches are a magnet for both backpackers and high-end tourists. The 33-year-old man fell from Na Mueang 2 waterfall, the same spot where a Spanish tourist died in a fall in July, Lieutenant Phuvadol Viriyavarangkul of the island's tourist police told AFP.

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Nov 14, 2019

Kavanaugh avoids controversy in first major appearance
Justice Brett Kavanaugh called himself grateful and optimistic Thursday, avoiding controversy in his first major public appearance since his stormy Supreme Court confirmation a year ago. The 54-year-old Kavanaugh chose a friendly audience for his remarks, a dinner of more than 2,000 members of the Federalist Society at Washington's Union Station. The conservative legal organization has championed judges appointed by President Donald Trump, including Kavanaugh and Justice Neil Gorsuch.

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Nov 14, 2019

DNC Announces 10 Candidates in Atlanta Democratic Debate
(Bloomberg) -- The Democratic National Committee on Thursday announced the 10 candidates who will participate in the fifth Democratic primary debate in Atlanta on Wednesday.They are: Joe Biden, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Tulsi Gabbard, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer, Elizabeth Warren and Andrew Yang.Julian Castro, who participated in previous debates, most recently in October at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio, didn't make the cut. Another October participant, Beto O'Rourke, has dropped out of the race. Deval Patrick, a former governor of Massachusetts who announced his candidacy on Thursday, also won't be on the stage at the Tyler Perry Studios.The forum will be co-hosted by the Washington Post and MSNBC. Candidates will be questioned by four female moderators: Rachel Maddow, Andrea Mitchell and Kristen Welker from the network, and Ashley Parker from the Post.The two-hour event had a higher bar to qualify than previous debates. Candidates must have contributions from 165,000 donors, up from 135,000.And the donors must be geographically dispersed, with a minimum of 600 per state in at least 20 states. In addition, participants must either show 3% support in four qualifying national or single-state polls, or have at least 5% support in two qualifying single-state polls released between Sept. 13 and Nov. 13 in the early nominating states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina or Nevada.The sixth debate will take place next month in Los Angeles.To contact the reporter on this story:

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Nov 14, 2019

Israel strikes Islamic Jihad targets in Gaza despite ceasefire
Israel launched fresh strikes against Islamic Jihad targets in Gaza, the army said early Friday, weakening a ceasefire put in place after fighting this week killed 34 Palestinians in exchanges of fire. The ceasefire began Thursday morning following two days of deadly violence in the Gaza Strip triggered by an Israeli strike on an Islamic Jihad commander. Israel Defence Forces (IDF) told reporters that new overnight strikes were underway on Islamic Jihad, the second most powerful Palestinian militant group in Gaza after Hamas.

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Nov 14, 2019

Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh gets hero's welcome from conservative Federalist Society
A hero's welcome was delivered Thursday to Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who addressed the Federalist Society a year after his confirmation.

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Nov 14, 2019

70-Year-Old Man Dies in Hong Kong Protests as Xi Jinping Calls for an End to the Unrest
China's leader, issued his toughest comments yet about the ongoing protests

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Nov 14, 2019

North Korea calls U.S. Democrat Biden a 'rabid dog' nearing death
North Korea's state media on Friday stepped up a personal attack on former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden for slandering its leader, calling the Democratic presidential candidate "a rabid dog" that needed to be put down. The official KCNA news agency did not say how Biden had insulted the North's leader, Kim Jong Un, but the 2020 presidential hopeful has been critical of U.S. President Donald Trump's policy, saying he was coddling a murderous dictator.

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Nov 14, 2019

'He Was Definitely Ahead of His Time.' Robert Irwin Speaks About Climate Change And His Father's Legacy
"He was definitely ahead of his time," Irwin tells TIME of his father's climate advocacy

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Nov 14, 2019

Holed up in university, Hong Kong protesters issue demands
Protesters who have barricaded themselves in a Hong Kong university partially cleared a road they were blocking and demanded that the government commit to holding local elections on Nov. 24. One lane of the Tolo Highway was cleared in both directions Friday morning, but the road remained closed after workers sent to clean up shattered glass and other remaining debris were threatened by protesters with bows and arrow and hard objects, authorities said. "Since the highway is still filled with hard objects and devoid of any road signs or traffic cones, reopening the road would certainly cause danger to road users," a government statement said.

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Nov 14, 2019

Trump makes final pitch for Republican challenger in Louisiana governor's race
U.S. President Donald Trump made his final appeal to Louisiana voters on Thursday to wrest power from the Deep South's only Democratic governor in an election later this week, seeking to showcase the power of his support in local races. Trump headlined a rally in Bossier City, marking his third visit to the state to support Republican challenger Eddie Rispone against Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards. The pitch came after Kentucky Republican Governor Matt Bevin was narrowly defeated by Democrat Andy Beshear earlier this month despite an election-eve rally for Bevin headlined by Trump.

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Nov 14, 2019

'He doesn't seem like the kind of kid to do this': Classmates, neighbors surprised by suspected Santa Clarita shooter's identity
The 16-year-old who fatally shot two students and wounded three others at Saugus High School in California was an unlikely shooter, classmates said.

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Nov 14, 2019

Tropical Depression 20 forms in eastern Pacific, may reach Mexico next week
An area of disturbed weather that has been brewing over the eastern Pacific Ocean southwest of Mexico has become Tropical Depression Twenty and could become a tropical storm.This system was located about 800 miles to the south of the southern tip of Baja California, Mexico. This image, taken at midday Thursday, local time, shows a developing swirl in the clouds to the southwest of Mexico over the eastern part of the Pacific Ocean. (NOAA/Goes-West) "With this system over warm water and low wind shear, organization and strengthening are anticipated," according to AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski.Should additional strengthening occur, the system would become Tropical Storm Raymond."The feature has a chance of passing close to the southern tip of Baja California and entering the southern part of the Gulf of California by early next week," Kottlowski said. There is a remote chance that some of the leftover moisture from the system may survive the trip into the southwestern United States later next week.Any non-tropical storm that gathers over the Southwest U.S. could tap into that moisture and potentially enhance rainfall in the region.Download the free AccuWeather app to get the latest updates on the storm and how it might affect your area. Keep checking back on AccuWeather.com and stay tuned to the AccuWeather Network on DirecTV, Frontier and Verizon Fios.

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Nov 14, 2019

Santa Clarita students made an active shooter video. Two months later, they took shelter in fear
A shooting at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita Thursday morning is raising questions about school security measures.

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Nov 14, 2019

Rather Than Retiring, The Storied B-52 Is Getting Upgraded. Here's Why
The Air Force isn't done with it yet.

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Nov 14, 2019

Trump: Impeachment 'has been very hard on my family'
President Trump campaigned in Louisiana for the first time since the House began public hearings in his impeachment inquiry.

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Nov 14, 2019

WRAPUP 1-Hong Kong condemns London 'attack' on justice secretary as protests rumble on
Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng, who was in London to promote Hong Kong as a dispute resolution and deal-making hub, was targeted by a group of protesters who shouted "murderer" and "shameful". A statement by the Hong Kong government said Cheng suffered "serious bodily harm" but gave no details. Video footage of the incident showed Cheng falling to the ground.

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Nov 14, 2019

Top Ukrainian Presidential Aide Spotted With Ex-Trump Adviser
Sean Gallup/GettyAn aide to the Ukrainian president who has been swept up in President Trump's impeachment scandal was seen meeting with a former Trump adviser in Kyiv on Wednesday night. Andriy Yermak, the Ukrainian presidential aide whose name has featured heavily in impeachment depositions for his role at the receiving end of Trump's alleged anti-Biden crusade in Ukraine, was spotted with Bryan Lanza at a restaurant in central Kyiv, according to the Ukrainian news outlet Ukrayinska Pravda. Photos and video of the evening meeting show the two joined by a woman identified as Yermak's assistant. It was not immediately clear what the two discussed, and an aide to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky declined to comment on the meeting. But the mere sight of Zelensky's top adviser meeting with a former Trump adviser-turned-lobbyist was enough to raise eyebrows. Yermak is a key figure in the impeachment probe against Trump, as he was the main intermediary for the Ukrainian president in efforts by top Trump officials and Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani to have the Ukrainian government pursue an investigation into Joe and Hunter Biden and widely debunked claims of Ukrainian election interference in 2016. Lanza, a managing director at Mercury Public Affairs LLC, served as an adviser on Trump's 2016 campaign and transition, and has described the impeachment proceedings against Trump as a "sham impeachment" and "partisan coup" on Twitter. Last year, he also worked on behalf of a Russian oligarch-owned al

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Nov 14, 2019

Protesters blare Christine Blasey Ford testimony and dress up as handmaids outside Kavanaugh speech
The scene outside the venue where Brett Kavanaugh was scheduled to give the keynote speech included protesters chanting and dressed as handmaids.

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Nov 14, 2019

White House budget official Mark Sandy signals he will testify in impeachment inquiry
A career budget aide inside the White House budget office signaled he will testify in the House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

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Nov 14, 2019

‘This touched everyone': Walmart store reopens months after mass shooting
The border city in eastern Texas continues to recover from the racially-driven attack that targeted Mexicans and killed 22 peopleWalmart employees gather outside the El Paso store for the reopening, three months after a deadly shooting. Photograph: Mark Lambie/Associated PressThree months after one of the deadliest mass shootings in modern US history, the Walmart store in El Paso, Texas, where 22 were killed in an August rampage reopened on Thursday amid tears and smiles from customers and staff as the border city continues to reel from the racially-driven tragedy.The 9am opening began with the raising of the American flag - which had been flown at half-staff since the attack - and the unfurling of an "El Paso Strong" banner, a slogan which is now found on bumper stickers, shirts and buildings throughout the city.Inside the store, hundreds of employees lined up to greet each new customer as they arrived, while cashiers, stockers and managers hugged, cried and laughed as intermittent cheers of "Welcome to Walmart" rang out through the store.Employees gather before the opening of the Walmart store in El Paso, Texas, which was the site of one of the deadliest mass shootings in modern US history. Photograph: Paul Ratje/AFP via Getty Images"It will take time to heal," said El Paso resident Randy Villegas, just minutes before the store opened. "The situation was bad, but it made us strong. We're here to show our pride and move on from that terrible day."On 3 August, Patrick Crusius, a 21-y

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Nov 14, 2019

Drug trafficking up sharply under Venezuela's Maduro: US
Drug trafficking to and from Venezuela has shot up 50 percent under President Nicolas Maduro, who is enriching himself by working with organized crime, the United States charged Thursday. Maduro, a leftist who has been in power since 2013, helps crime gangs and has given refuge to terror groups, said Admiral Craig Faller, commander of the US Southern Command based in Miami. "We're seeing an increase in drug trafficking placed out of Venezuela that is aided and abetted by the illegitimate Maduro regime," Faller told a Caribbean security conference.

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Nov 14, 2019

Ugandan Opposition Leader Bobi Wine Says He Worries About His Safety 'Every Day' at TIME 100 Next Event
Wine has said he plans to run for president in Uganda in 2021.

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Nov 14, 2019

Khamenei says Iran wants removal of Israel state not people
Iran's supreme leader said Friday that calls for the abolition of Israel which have sparked outrage in the West target the "imposed state" not the Jewish people. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the future of the land should be decided by Palestinians of all faiths, Jewish as well as Christian and Muslim. "The 'abolition of the Israeli regime' ... does not mean the abolition of Jewish people; we have no problem with them," Khamenei told a meeting of Islamic countries in Tehran, according to his official website.

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Nov 14, 2019

‘Most brilliant thing I have ever seen.' The hunt continues for Missouri meteorite
Amid the Mercury transit and the Taurid meteor shower, it was a rogue meteor that was the star of the show on Monday over Missouri.The lone meteor was not a member of the Taurid meteor shower, NASA reports. Instead, the orbit and brightness of the fireball indicates that it was a fragment of an asteroid.The space rock was around 16 inches in diameter, about the size of a basketball, and weighed over 200 pounds when it entered Earth's atmosphere, according to the NASA Meteor Watch. (Image/American Meteor Society) The meteor traveled northwest at 33,500 mph, according to NASA - more than 40 times the speed of sound, which is approximately 767 mph. The meteor broke apart about 12 miles above Bridgeport, Missouri.Although it flashed over Missouri, people reportedly saw the bright fireball as far away as Texas, North Dakota, Wisconsin and Indiana, according to the American Meteor Society (AMS).There is a $25,000 reward offered by the Maine Mineral and Gem Museum for the first one kilogram of the meteorite recovered."A loud BOOM that shook the house and windows. Sounded like someone set off a bomb in the backyard. The entire sky lit up up (sic.) brighter than daylight," Sherry R. from Sullivan, Missouri, reported to the AMS. Sherry was just one of nearly 300 people to report to the AMS that they saw the fireball early on the night of Nov. 11."It sounded like big logs being dropped on a log pile... first from in front of me then from behind me," Heather G. from Hazelwood, Mis

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Nov 14, 2019

In impeachment hearings, Donald Trump is the one blocking firsthand witnesses
House Republicans complain impeachment witnesses are giving secondhand or thirdhand information. So where are Mick Mulvaney and John Bolton?: Our view

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Nov 14, 2019

This Is How It Feels To Fly Russia's Su-22 Fighter-Bomber
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