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Dec 11, 2019

Trump slams Democrats at Pennsylvania rally, claims opponents 'embarrassed' by impeachment
Donald Trump lashed out at Democrats at a rally in Pennsylvania that came hours after House Democrats unveiled articles of impeachment against him.

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Dec 11, 2019

Experts quit police probe in blow to Hong Kong government
Foreign experts recruited to add legitimacy to Hong Kong's police watchdog quit Wednesday, saying the agency lacks teeth. The expert panel's decision to stand aside is likely to increase pressure on the territory's government for an independent probe of police behavior during six months of pro-democracy protests.

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Dec 11, 2019

Volcanoes an ever-present, if usually distant danger
The deadly eruption of a volcano in New Zealand's Bay of Plenty on Monday left six people confirmed dead and dozens of visitors to the island injured. Rescuers were coping with toxic gases and smaller eruptions as they tried to search for eight missing tourists presumed killed in the disaster. A famed tourist attraction, the White Island volcano is one of several in New Zealand and thousands that encircle the Pacific.

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Dec 11, 2019

Nude portrait of Emiliano Zapata in high heels sparks fury in Mexico
Campesinos storm museum to call for removal of image featuring revolutionary hero posing in pink sombreroA new portrait of Emiliano Zapata has caused a firestorm of outrage for its portrayal of the Mexican revolutionary hero striking a seductive pose - clad only in a pink sombrero and high heels.Furious campesinos stormed one of the country's most renowned art museums on Thursday to demand the removal of the painting, part of a new exhibition titled Zapata after Zapata that seeks to present alternative views of the Mexican revolution. "This isn't freedom of expression, it is debauchery! It's degrading. They can't exhibit our history that way," fumed Antonio Medrano, a spokesman for the protesters. "They can't permit this kind of mockery."The small painting by Fabián Cháirez depicts a naked Zapata, astride a white horse. His willowy frame is bound by a ribbon striped with the Mexican tricolor of red, white and green, while his lips pout under his distinctive curved moustache.Press pictures of the painting provoked strong reactions in Mexico, where Zapata has maintained an unambiguously heroic reputation since the revolution of 1910 - when he called for "reform, freedom, justice and law".Some of Zapata's heirs - with matching droopy moustaches - vowed to take legal action against the exhibition."We are not going to allow this," said Jorge Zapata Gonzalez. "For us as relatives, this denigrates the figure of our general - depicting him as gay."Apocryphal tales of a gay romances involving Zapata have b

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Dec 11, 2019

Turkey hints it could bar US from using key air bases
Turkey's foreign minister suggested Wednesday that the United States could be barred from using two strategic air bases in retaliation to possible U.S. sanctions against his country, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported. Mevlut Cavusoglu comments came amid reports that U.S. lawmakers had agreed on a defense bill that also includes calls to sanction Turkey over its decision to proceed with the purchase and deployment of Russian-made S-400 missile defense systems. "In the event of a decision to sanction Turkey, the Incirlik and Kurecik airbases can be brought to the agenda," Anadolu quoted Cavusoglu as saying.

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Dec 11, 2019

Turkey says will retaliate against any sanctions ahead of U.S. vote
Turkey said on Wednesday it would retaliate against any U.S. sanctions over its purchase of Russian defense systems, adding that with Britain it had agreed to speed up a joint fighter jet program to meet Turkish defense needs. U.S. lawmakers will vote - and likely pass - a defense bill later on Wednesday that calls for sanctions against Turkey over Ankara's decision to procure the S-400 defenses. Turkey and the United States, NATO allies, have been at odds over the purchase.

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Dec 11, 2019

China imprisoned more journalists than any other country in 2019: CPJ
At least 250 journalists were imprisoned worldwide this year, according to the report, which the committee compiles annually. China's total rose by one since last year. "A crackdown in Xinjiang province - where a million members of Muslim ethnic groups have been sent to internment camps - has led to the arrests of dozens of journalists, including some apparently jailed for journalistic activity years earlier," the report said.

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Dec 11, 2019

Trump and Dems want same outcome in impeachment subpoena case
Both parties want the court to throw out a lawsuit from Charles Kupperman, who abided by White House orders not to testify.

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Dec 11, 2019

Exclusive: U.S. Army will fund rare earths plant for weapons development
The move would mark the first financial investment by the U.S. military into commercial-scale rare earths production since World War Two's Manhattan Project built the first atomic bomb. It comes after President Donald Trump earlier this year ordered the military to update its supply chain for the niche materials, warning that reliance on other nations for the strategic minerals could hamper U.S. defenses. China, which refines most of the world's rare earths, has threatened to stop exporting the specialized minerals to the United States, using its monopoly as a cudgel in the ongoing trade spat between the world's two largest economies.

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Dec 10, 2019

Six dead in hours-long New York-area shootout
Six people including a police officer and two suspects were killed during an hours-long shootout across a New York suburb not far from the Statue of Liberty, local officials said. "Our officers were under fire for hours," Jersey City Police Chief Michael Kelly told reporters after the latest high-profile US shooting. In addition to the officer and the suspects, three civilians were killed in the incident that began around midday at a cemetery and ended in a store, Kelly said.

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Dec 10, 2019

Afghan bomber hits medical facility near Bagram Air Base
A powerful suicide bombing targeted an under-construction medical facility on Wednesday near Bagram Air Base, the main American base north of the Afghan capital, the U.S. military said. The attacker struck the facility that is being built to help the Afghan people who live in the area, the U.S. military said. There were no coalition casualties and the base remains secure, the statement said.

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Dec 10, 2019

Why Israel and Russia Have Built Special Urban Warfare Tanks
How do they work?

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Dec 10, 2019

Toxic Israeli Politics Give Rise to Fears of Assassinations
(Bloomberg) -- In Israel's toxic political atmosphere, talk has turned to assassination.Benjamin Netanyahu and opposition leaders have received death threats as two divisive and inconclusive elections dovetail in a caustic mix with the premier's indictment for fraud. A former spymaster sees a worrisome parallel with the vitriolic campaign against Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin before he was gunned down leaving a peace rally in 1995."There have been negative campaigns and smear campaigns" in the past, said Gabi Weimann, a communications professor at the University of Haifa. "But all of that is nothing compared to recent times."Israel has long been a society wracked by sectarian divides: Jews of European descent versus Jews from the Middle East and North Africa. Ultra-religious Jews against secular Jews. Proponents and opponents of trading land for peace with the Palestinians. Not to mention the chasm between Arab and Jew.Netanyahu proved a master at leveraging these rifts, championing nationalist identity politics that pit right-wingers against leftists, and Jews against Arabs. Israel's fractured poltiical terrain offered fertile ground. But the atmosphere has become more menacing in the wake of the two elections where corruption allegations against Netanyahu played a key role.A social media post, now under investigation, advised Israeli police to "get ready to direct traffic to the funerals" of Netanyahu, his wife and son, an aide said.Israeli media have reported unconfirmed death threats against Netanyahu's main challenger, former military chief Benny Gantz, and another senior figure in his Blue and White bloc, lawmaker Yair Lapid, has received death threats for weeks, an aide said. "Ever

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Dec 10, 2019

Pro-Trump Network OAN Tried to Get This Ukrainian Millionaire a Visa Before His Arrest
Before catching the eye of German law enforcement, former Ukrainian parliamentarian Oleksandr Onyshchenko drew attention from the conservative TV channel One America News. Last week, German authorities arrested the multi-millionaire because of a warrant from Ukrainian anti-corruption prosecutors. Before his arrest, though, the Trump-friendly media outlet tried to help him get a visa to travel to the U.S. The effort, which has not been previously reported, was part of a push by OAN to unearth information on Burisma Holdings, the energy company that retained Hunter Biden, the son of former Vice President and current Trump rival Joe Biden. Onyshchenko has claimed to have dirt on the firm. Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, meanwhile, has boosted the channel's Burisma work. "I can confirm that One America News Network did attempt to secure a number of visas for former Ukrainian officials to travel to the United States, including Olekesandr Onyshchenko," network president Charles Herring told The Daily Beast in an email. "One America News Network made the request prior to Mr. Onyschchenko being detained. One America News investigative efforts have cost in excess of $100,000 to date."Herring added that the outlet is also "currently seeking visas" for several other former Ukrainian officials, but is no longer doing so for Onyshchenko. Herring declined to say which other ex-officials his outlet is trying to secure visas for. Efforts by media outlets to secure legal travel

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Dec 10, 2019

Corruption allegations long dogged ex-Mexico security chief
Mexico's former security chief was dogged by so many allegations of corruption and wrongdoing for so long that some said it was only a matter of time before he would be arrested. What amazed some was that it took so long, and that Genaro García Luna's arrest this week came on U.S. soil rather than in Mexico. García Luna, 51, who left the security post nearly a decade ago, was charged in federal court in New York with three counts of trafficking cocaine and one count of making false statements.

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Dec 10, 2019

Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Camp Wins Big in Accountant Election
(Bloomberg) -- Hong Kong's pro-democracy supporters can chalk up another election victory.In a vote for seats on the council of the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants, all six pro-democracy candidates running won against a mix of pro-government and independent opponents. The other seat up for grabs was filled by Roy Leung from accounting firm KPMG, according to the institute.The vote followed a broader citywide election late last month, which saw pro-democracy candidates secure a landslide win. The politicized battle over seats on even an accounting board underscores how the polarization is deepening in Hong Kong amid mounting protests against China's grip on the city.Now Even Accountants Are Fighting Over Democracy in Hong Kong"The result shows how the industry speaks for itself after the district council election," said Rosalind Lee, one of the successful candidates from the pro-democracy camp.The seven new members will serve on the 21-member council for two years, starting Jan. 1, 2020. A new president will be elected after an annual general meeting on Dec. 12.Hong Kong Protesters Rage Against China Inc.'s Growing DominanceTo contact the reporter on this story: Kiuyan Wong in Hong Kong at kwong739@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Candice Zachariahs at czachariahs2@bloomberg.net, Jonas Bergman, Michael PattersonFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

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Dec 10, 2019

New Zealand volcano: Six confirmed dead as police launch investigation
The rise of 'volcano tourism' - a disaster waiting to happen In pictures: White Island erupts Subscribe for just £1 per week - 50% off Rescuers have told how they tried to save dying tourists covered in ash after the New Zealand volcano erupted in scenes compared to "Chernobyl". One of those who had been rescued from White Island in the wake of the eruption died in hospital on Tuesday, bringing the official death toll to six with a further eight people missing presumed dead. Two British women are among the 30 still being treated in hospital, with medics warning that many have suffered burns to more than 30 per cent of their bodies and are still in critical conditions. On Tuesday night, New Zealand police said 25 of the injured are in a critical condition while the other five are stable but seriously injured.  Police believed that there were 47 people on the island when tragedy stuck and alongside the two British women there were 24 visitors from Australia, nine from the US, five from New Zealand, four from Germany, two from China and one person from Malaysia. The initial five dead were understood to include Hayden Marshall-Inman, an experienced guide for White Island Tours, alongside the tourist from Malaysia and three people from Australia. Hayden Marshall-Inman was among those confirmed dead Questions have been raised as to why visitors were allowed on the island after seismic monitoring experts raised the volcano's alert level last month. "These questions must be asked and they must be answered

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Dec 10, 2019

Russia's Top Diplomat: We're Ready to Publish Our Correspondence With U.S. on Election Meddling Allegations
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov dismissed concerns about Russian interference in U.S. elections and waged a bizarre personal attack on an American prisoner being held in Moscow after meeting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and President Trump on Tuesday. The disagreements between Russia's top diplomat and his American counterpart were on full display as soon as Pompeo said at a joint press conference that he'd put his foot down with Moscow and made clear the Trump administration would not put up with election meddling. "I was clear — it's unacceptable," he said. Lavrov replied that Russia had not seen any proof of election meddling, and when a reporter suggested he could simply "read the Mueller report," he said there was "no proof of any collusion" in the report. According to a transcript published by Russia's Foreign Ministry, he also cryptically said the Kremlin was "ready to publicize the correspondence between us and the American administration regarding allegations of interference.""We will be ready, as soon as Washington confirms its consent, to publicize these documents that are important to the public," he was quoted as saying. Reuters separately quoted him as saying: "We suggested to our colleagues that in order to dispel all suspicions that are baseless: Let us publish this close channel of correspondence starting from October 2016 until November 2017 so it would all become very clear to many people

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Dec 10, 2019

A Samoan father loses 3 of his 5 children to the measles outbreak
The virus has infected more than 4,800 people, and at least 70 have died — many of them young children.

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Dec 10, 2019

Why Can't Russia Replace Its Old Submarines Fast Enough?
The Yasen class is in trouble.

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Dec 10, 2019

At least 6 dead, 25 people critically injured, after a New Zealand volcano and popular tourist spot erupted unexpectedly
New Zealand police said that eight people remain missing and are presumed dead after one of New Zealand's most active volcanoes erupted on Monday.

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Dec 10, 2019

Bernie Sanders has a $150 billion plan to turn the internet into a public utility with low prices and fast speeds — here's how his plan works
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders just proposed a sweeping plan that would fundamentally change how the internet works in the US.

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Dec 10, 2019

'We've shared plenty of facts': Pompeo, Lavrov clash over election meddling before Trump meeting
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called the accusations that Russia interfered in the 2016 US election "baseless."

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Dec 10, 2019

Pete Buttigieg Reveals His List of Clients From ‘Amoral' McKinsey
Following weeks of increasing pressure for presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg to break one of the corporate world's most famously stringent non-disclosure agreements, the Indiana Democrat on Tuesday night revealed a comprehensive list of clients he worked with during his time at McKinsey & Co., one day after the management consulting behemoth announced that it would give Buttigieg permission to disclose their identities. The client list includes a Canadian grocery store chain, a Michigan insurance company, a handful of environmental non-profits, multiple U.S. government departments and agencies, and Best Buy, all of which gave permission to McKinsey for their identities to be revealed."I think people are going to pounce on things no matter what. The best I can do is to explain my story—as much as I can responsibly share," Buttigieg told The Atlantic's Edward-Isaac Dovere, the first to report Buttigieg's client list in full. "But if folks are going to come up with a fanciful theory based on consulting work I did four and a half years out of school, chances are they'll find a way to do it no matter what I say or do."In the interview, Buttigieg said that there were at least four instances after he left McKinsey where he felt that someone at the consulting firm had "done something upsetting.""It's a place that is as amoral as the American business community in general, or at least the corporate community, can be. And that's one of the problems with it," Buttigieg told The Atlantic. "I never worked or

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Dec 10, 2019

GM, doubling down on big SUVs, unveils longer Chevy Tahoe, Suburban
General Motors Co could expand the lineup of vehicles using its large truck and sport utility vehicle architecture and sees big opportunities in over-the-air software updates, President Mark Reuss told Reuters on Tuesday. GM, which controls about 70% of the large sport utility market in North America with six models, unveiled the redesigned Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban, the first of a new generation of large SUVs whose profits will help fund development of electric vehicles that the automaker promises for the future. The 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe, revealed at the arena where the Detroit Red Wings hockey team plays in downtown Detroit, is 6.7 inches longer than the current Tahoe and can carry as much as 122.9 cubic feet of cargo.

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Dec 10, 2019

Fire the Nukes: Why America's Ohio-Class Submarines Could Kill Millions
(They've got nuclear weapons.)

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Dec 10, 2019

'Obstruction of Congress:' Trump's stonewalling becomes basis for impeachment
It's a simple dispute, easy for Americans to digest: Democrats say Trump must comply with congressional subpoenas. He calls it a partisan inquiry.

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Dec 10, 2019

Judge Hears Argument on Withdrawn Subpoena: Impeachment Update
(Bloomberg) -- House Democrats leading the panels running the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump announced their next steps during a news conference Tuesday in Washington.Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler, Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, Foreign Affairs Chairman Eliot Engel, Financial Services Chairwoman Maxine Waters, Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal and Oversight Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney took part, along with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.The impeachment resolution is here.Here are the latest developments:Judge Hears Argument on Withdrawn Subpoena (5:41 p.m.)A lawyer for former White House aide Charles Kupperman urged a federal judge to decide whether he must honor a House Intelligence Committee subpoena demanding his testimony or obey Trump's order that he refuse to comply -- even though the subpoena has been withdrawn.Attorneys for the president and the House told U.S. District Judge Richard Leon in Washington the matter is moot and that the case filed Oct. 25 by Kupperman, a former deputy national security adviser, should be thrown out.Kupperman lawyer Charles Cooper said he didn't trust lawmakers not to seek his client's testimony if the case were dismissed, even after House attorney Todd Tatelman told Leon the House wasn't planning to do so.The judge told Cooper that in that case, "obviously, they'd be right back in this courtroom." Leon reserved decision on which faction Kupperman was required to obey and whether the court could even consider the question, saying only that he'd

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Dec 10, 2019

'We're in!' Andrew Yang's campaign manager notifies him mid-interview he's made the debate stage
Andrew Yang's campaign manager notified him mid-interview with the Des Moines Register's editorial board he had qualified for the December debate.

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Dec 10, 2019

UPDATE 4-New Jersey gun battle leaves six dead, including cop and both suspects
Police waged an hours-long gunfight with two men armed with high-powered rifles on Tuesday in and around a New Jersey cemetery and kosher market, leaving six people dead, including one officer and both suspects, authorities said. The violence began after noon in the heart of Jersey City, the state's second-largest municipality directly across the Hudson River from Lower Manhattan, prompting a lockdown of all Jersey City schools as law enforcement swarmed the area. Police arriving on the scene immediately came under "high-powered rifle fire," Jersey City Police Chief Michael Kelly told reporters.

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Dec 10, 2019

15 Million Iranian Bank Accounts Hacked During Protests
Following massive anti-government protests in Iran in November, during which demonstrators set fire to banks across the country, the details of 15 million Iranian debit cards were published online, exposing the account information of almost one-fifth of Iran's population."This is the largest financial scam in Iran's history," conservative Iranian outlet Aftab News reported. "Millions of Iranians are worried to find their names among the list of hacked accounts."The affected banks had been sanctioned by the U.S. in 2018 over allegations they transferred money for the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps in violation of international law. The elite security force was labelled a terrorist organization by the U.S. in April.Iranian information and telecommunications minister Mohammad Jahromi denied the breach was the result of a hack. However, cyber experts told the New York Times the attack was likely carried out by a state or state-sponsored organization.The attack revealed a "high technological capability, which is usually at the hand of state intelligence services," said Boaz Dolev, chief executive officer of cybersecurity company ClearSky.The protests, initially set off by increases in the price of fuel, were the "the worst political crisis the regime has faced in its 40 years," according to State Department Iran Envoy Brian Hook. Hook also said the regime may have killed up to 1,000 people in response to the protests, although he did not cite evidence for the figure.Human rights groups have estimated the total number of

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Dec 10, 2019

UPDATE 2-Huawei's CFO wins Canada court fight to see more documents on her arrest
Lawyers for Huawei's chief financial officer have won a court battle after a judge asked Canada's attorney general to hand over more evidence and documents relating to the arrest of Meng Wanzhou, according to a court ruling released on Tuesday. Meng's legal team has contested her extradition in the Canadian courts on grounds that the United States is using it for economic and political gain, and that she was unlawfully held, searched and interrogated by Canadian authorities acting for the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Associate Chief Justice Heather Holmes in the Supreme Court of British Columbia agreed with Huawei Technologies Co Ltd's appeal for Canada's attorney general to release more documents relating to the run-up to and events of the arrest.

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Dec 10, 2019

Analysis: Articles of impeachment? Sure. Plus a trade deal, an FBI feud, a campaign rally and more
House Democrats unveil two articles of impeachment against the president on a day that demonstrates the collision of news in the Era of Trump.

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Dec 10, 2019

New Jersey gun battle leaves six dead, including cop and both suspects
Police waged an hours-long gunfight with two men armed with high-powered rifles on Tuesday in and around a New Jersey cemetery and kosher market, leaving six people dead, including one officer and both suspects, authorities said. The violence began after noon in the heart of Jersey City, the state's second-largest municipality directly across the Hudson River from Lower Manhattan, prompting a lockdown of all Jersey City schools as law enforcement swarmed the area. Police arriving on the scene immediately came under "high-powered rifle fire," Jersey City Police Chief Michael Kelly told reporters.

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Dec 10, 2019

Republicans believe white people experience same level of racism as black people, report says
Researchers have punctured right-wing claims that a wave of "racism against white people" has coincided with efforts to prevent discrimination against blacks.A study published in Nature Human Behaviour compared perceptions of racial discrimination in "societies that supposedly favour non-white people" and found that white people consistently experienced far less discrimination than black people, despite the influence of far-right groups and increasingly polarised political views that have argued civil rights progress has eliminated rights for others.

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Dec 10, 2019

Panel urges the U.S. to weigh sanctions against India's home minister
A federal panel on religion has urged the United States to weigh sanctions against India's Home Minister Amit Shah if the South Asian nation adopts legislation to exclude Muslims from a path to citizenship for religious minorities from its neighbors.

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Dec 10, 2019

Trans woman puts Chinese law to the test in landmark case
Earlier this year, shortly after completing gender-reassignment surgery, a Chinese transgender woman surnamed Yang was fired from her job, an all-too-common fate for members of the country's LGBT community. The reason given for her dismissal was chronic tardiness, but Yang smelled a rat and sued her former employer in what LGBT activists are calling a landmark test of a transgender seeking redress through a new addition to Chinese law promoting equal employment rights.

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Dec 10, 2019

Congress Flexes Foreign-Policy Muscle With Rebukes of Trump
(Bloomberg) -- President Donald Trump will face a more assertive Congress on foreign policy as he fights off impeachment and seeks re-election, with lawmakers pushing legislation at odds with his priorities and personal style on the global stage.This will be on full display Wednesday when the Republican-led Senate Foreign Relations Committee considers sanctions on Turkey and Russia, both countries that Trump has tried to court despite Congress's wariness. The panel has also been the driving force behind two recent laws to support Hong Kong protesters, which Trump reluctantly signed despite Chinese threats of retaliation.In recent months, the Senate's GOP majority has been more likely to agree with House Democrats on foreign policy than with the Trump administration. Even the president's closest allies in Congress criticized him for withdrawing American troops from Syria, inviting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the White House and selling arms to Saudi Arabia.Lawmakers last week called for the suspension of a training program for foreign fighters after a Saudi air force officer shot and killed three U.S. service-members at Naval base in Pensacola, Florida. Trump, on the other hand, tweeted that he had received "sincere condolences" from Saudi Arabia's king."It's time that Congress reestablish its Article I prerogatives by not just asking probing questions but also by resuming legislative activity on a once very visible and consequential committee," said Republican Senator Todd Young of Indiana, desc

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Dec 10, 2019

Stocks Drop With Bonds as Trade Deadline Looms: Markets Wrap
(Bloomberg) -- U.S. stocks fell for a second day as investors pulled back ahead of the Federal Reserve rate decision, U.K. election and Sunday's tariff deadline. Treasuries slipped.The S&P 500 Index fluctuated for most of the day before ending lower. Trade took center stage, with investors debating whether China and the Trump administration will reach a meaningful trade deal to avert fresh tariffs. Multiple reports indicated a delay was likely, before administration officials said the outcome depends on how talks progress. The two sides say a partial deal remains within reach, though the contours have not been made clear. Crude rose."The trade talks and headlines are going to be very fluid this week," said Ryan Nauman, market strategist at Informa Financial Intelligence's Zephyr. "You've got a lot of stuff going on this week, just a lot of information that traders are having to contend with. But trade talks and headwinds are definitely driving risk-on or risk-off trades right now."In other trade news, Canada, Mexico and the U.S. moved toward an agreement that appeared to have legislative support in each of the countries. Mexico's peso was little changed."Those three countries are highly dependent on each other so I don't think there likely to be anything that is that far away from where we're at," said Jim Besaw, chief investment officer at GenTrust.Trade continued to dominate sentiment on equity markets, with the dispute between the world's two largest economies taking much of the blame for a slowdown in global

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Dec 10, 2019

Lisa Page Sues FBI and the Justice Department for Leaking Her Texts With Peter Strzok
Former FBI attorney Lisa Page on Tuesday sued the FBI and the Justice Department over the leaking of her text messages that prompted a barrage of public attacks from lawmakers and President Donald Trump himself."I sued the Department of Justice and FBI today," she wrote on Twitter. "I take little joy in having done so. But what they did in leaking my messages to the press was not only wrong, it was illegal."The lawsuit accuses both agencies of violating the Privacy Act when reporters were given access to her messages with former FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok. The messages were originally part of two DOJ inspector general probes into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails and Russian interference in the 2016 election.Lisa Page Speaks: ‘There's No Fathomable Way I Have Committed Any Crime at All'Page alleges that DOJ officials—including former spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores—invited a group of reporters in Dec. 2017 to view a 90-page document containing 375 text messages between her and Strzok. Senior department officials allegedly signed off on the move, and the journalists were told to not source the information back to the department.According to Page, the messages were leaked because the department sought to "elevate DOJ's standing with the President" amid his constant attacks on then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The timing of the leak was also allegedly important: Reporters gained access to the messages the day before ex-Deputy Attorney Gene

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Dec 10, 2019

GOP Rep. Jim Jordan: 'I don't care how I'm remembered'
President Trump's Republican allies in his battle against impeachment don't seem too bothered about what the history books might say about them one day.Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), who has appeared on both the House Judiciary and House Intelligence Committee panels during the impeachment inquiry, frankly couldn't seem to care less about his personal legacy. "I don't care how I'm remembered," Jordan told HuffPost, adding that he hasn't given anything like that a "second's thought."Instead Jordan said he's more concerned about House Democrats trying to remove Trump with "zero facts on their side" because they can't accept the 2016 election results, as well as what he apparently considers elitist attitudes of Democratic witnesses like Stanford law professor Pamela Karlan, who testified before the House Judiciary Committee last week. "The arrogance that lady had for hillbillies like Jim Jordan from Ohio, or Mark Meadows from the mountains of North Carolina, or anyone across the heartland who voted for this president, the disdain that she had for us, you know, regular folk," he said.Meadows and Collins were more measured than Jordan, with the former telling HuffPost that "historical commentary will be about the process more than the individuals," and the latter noting that "history writes itself."House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), who is helping lead the Democrats' impeachment charge, wasn't buying the nonchalance, though. "History will not be kind to those that refuse to do their duty in the face of this unethical president," he said. Read more at HuffPost.More stories from theweek.com Trump's pathological obsession with being laughed at The most important day of the impeachment inquiry

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Dec 10, 2019

A Florida sheriff office's captain told a deputy to act like a 'white supremacist' and a 'Nazi' when stopping a black murder suspect
The comment made by Monroe County Sheriff's Capt. Penny Phelps was recorded by a deputy's body camera during a conversation in late 2017.

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Dec 10, 2019

John Kerry: World's richest nations are failing to 'behave like adults'
The world's richest nations are failing to "behave like adults" and act firmly enough to meet global warming targets set in the Paris climate accord, former Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday.

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Dec 10, 2019

Gunman kills himself after deadly Czech hospital rampage
A gunman killed himself Tuesday after shooting dead six patients at a hospital in the eastern Czech city of Ostrava, in what the country's premier has called "an immense tragedy". The attacker gunned down people at close range at the trauma ward of the Faculty Hospital in Ostrava, a steel hub located some 300 kilometres (190 miles) east of Prague, police said. A father was gunned down as he protected his daughter, according to Czech Television.

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Dec 10, 2019

Here's who will be onstage for the December Democratic debate co-hosted by PBS NewsHour and Politico, and how to watch
Seven candidates have qualified for the next debate, which PBS NewsHour and Politico will co-host on December 19 in Los Angeles.

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Dec 10, 2019

How Saturn Cracked Open Enceladus's Icy Surface
The origins of one of the moon's most unique mysteries has been revealed.

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Dec 10, 2019

Former Head of Mexican Police Charged with Drug Trafficking
The former Mexican Secretary of Public Security Genaro Garcia Luna was charged Tuesday with drug trafficking and receiving bribes from the notorious Sinaloa Cartel.Garcia Luna's position made him the head of Mexican police. He served in the office from 2006 to 2012, and was arrested on Monday by federal agents in Dallas, Texas."Garcia Luna stands accused of taking millions of dollars in bribes from ‘El Chapo' Guzman's Sinaloa Cartel while he controlled Mexico's Federal Police Force and was responsible for ensuring public safety in Mexico," announced Richard P. Donoghue, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. Garcia Luna was indicted in federal court in Brooklyn.The Sinaloa Cartel displayed its power in October of this year when its gunmen laid siege to the city of Culiacán, after police had arrested El Chapo's son Ovidio Guzman. During the hours-long gun battle, police begged Guzman to call cartel members directly to call off the attack. Eight people were killed in the fighting, and police eventually police released Guzman.The indictment alleges Garcia Luna received bribes from the Sinaloa cartel in exchange for freedom of movement for cartel members and goods, as well as for inside information on police investigations into the cartel. At least two of the bribes of between three to five million dollars were paid out in suitcases filled with cash, delivered by cartel members directly to Garcia Luna. His protection allowed for the importation of tons of cocaine into the U.S.Garcia Luna left Mexico

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Dec 10, 2019

Newlyweds burned by volcanic eruption on New Zealand honeymoon cruise
Lauren and Matt Urey were touring the White Island volcano Monday on the Royal Caribbean cruise ship Ovation of the Seas when it erupted.

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Dec 10, 2019

San Francisco is so expensive, Oracle is moving its annual mega-conference to Las Vegas instead
Oracle will move its OpenWorld conference to Caesars Forum in Las Vegas because of high hotel rates in San Francisco and "poor street conditions."

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Dec 10, 2019

The architect of Mexico's war on cartels was just arrested in Texas and accused of drug trafficking and taking bribes
Genaro Garcia Luna, a former Mexican security official once considered "something of a wunderkind," was arrested by US federal agents on Monday.

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Dec 10, 2019

UPDATE 1-Iran foreign ministry issues travel advisory for citizens not to visit America
Iran warned its citizens, particularly scientists, on Tuesday not to visit America, saying Iranians there were subjected to arbitrary and lengthy detention in inhuman conditions. "Iranian citizens, particularly elites and scientists, are requested to seriously avoid traveling to America, even to take part in scientific conferences and even having an invitation," a travel advisory on the foreign ministry website said. It cited, "America's cruel and one-sided laws toward Iranians, especially Iranian elites, and arbitrary and lengthy detention in completely inhuman conditions" as reasons for the travel advisory.

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Dec 10, 2019

Rep. Kennedy calls on Trump health care administrator to resign over $47,000 stolen property claim
Seema Verma said her bags containing more that $43,000 in jewelry, including a $5,900 pendant designed by Ivanka Trump, were stolen during a work trip.

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Dec 10, 2019

Fires from CP Rail train derailment under control: safety officials
"The last that I have on it is that things are under control... the fire is contained in an area, there's no concern about other tanker cars catching fire at this point," Transport Minister Marc Garneau told reporters in Ottawa on Tuesday. CP said it re-opened the rail line on Tuesday morning once all track repairs and safety inspections were complete. Garneau said Canada's Transportation Safety Board was investigating the derailment.

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Dec 10, 2019

1 Officer and 3 Civilians Killed, 2 Suspects Dead in 4-Hour Jersey City Standoff
'Today is a horrific day'

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Dec 10, 2019

Climate change hitting top U.S. fishery in the Arctic: NOAA
WASHINGTON/ANCHORAGE (Reuters) - Climate change is causing chaos in the Bering Sea, home to one of America's largest fisheries, an example of how rising temperatures can rapidly change ecosystems important to the economy, U.S. federal government scientists said in a report on Tuesday. Rising temperatures in the Arctic have led to decreases in sea ice, record warm temperatures at the bottom of the Bering Sea and the northward migration of fish species such as Pacific cod, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, said in its 2019 Arctic Report Card. While the changes are widespread in the Arctic, the effect on wildlife is acute in the eastern shelf of the Bering Sea, which yields more than 40% of the annual U.S. fish and shellfish catch.

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Dec 10, 2019

Trump in Hershey, Pa.: Supporters gathering early for rally call impeachment 'a sham'
The large crowds gathering early for Trump rally in Hershey were unfazed by the unveiling of articles of impeachment coming at the same time.

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Dec 10, 2019

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Dec 10, 2019

Transgender pupil, 12, given puberty blockers, as mother says she 'wanted to be a girl from age of three'
A 12-year-old transgender girl has started puberty blocking treatment, as her mother says she "knew from the age of three" that she wanted to be female.   Ash Lammin, who was born a boy, is embarking on a lengthy journey to transition to female at an NHS-run clinic and is one of the youngest in the country to do so. She has researched the process in depth and says that she eventually wants a womb transplant so that she can be a mother when she's older. Her mother, Terri Lammin, 43, said that Ash "insisted she was a girl from the moment she could speak".  "When she was three she said to me, 'I'm a boy because you gave me a boy's name - it's your fault," Ms Lammin, from Ramsgate, Kent, said. "I remember feeling horrible, because she blamed me. Ash has started transitioning after realising she was born in the ‘wrong body' aged just three Credit:  KMG /SWNS.COM "I'd never come across it before and I just went along with it. I just thought 'if he's happy, well that's the main thing.'" Ash, who changed her name by deed poll to Ashley when she was eight, will start taking hormone blockers to halt the onset of puberty until she is 18. She will then decide whether to go ahead with gender reassignment surgery. Puberty blockers can be prescribed to any child suffering from gender dysphoria from age 10 by the NHS's Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS).  GIDS has so far treated over a thousand children with puberty blockers, with

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Dec 10, 2019

Inspector General report on FBI's FISA abuse tells us one thing: We need radical reform.
According to the IG, political bias wasn't what motivated the investigation into President Trump. But he found plenty of other misconduct.

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Dec 10, 2019

Iran foreign ministry issues travel advisory for citizens not to visit America
Iran warned its citizens, particularly scientists, on Tuesday not to visit America, saying Iranians there were subjected to arbitrary and lengthy detention in inhuman conditions. "Iranian citizens, particularly elites and scientists, are requested to seriously avoid traveling to America, even to take part in scientific conferences and even having an invitation," a travel advisory on the foreign ministry website said. It cited, "America's cruel and one-sided laws toward Iranians, especially Iranian elites, and arbitrary and lengthy detention in completely inhuman conditions" as reasons for the travel advisory.

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Dec 10, 2019

The U.S. military is testing water-penetrating bullets, reportedly so Navy SEALs can shoot from underwater
A new weapon being tested by the U.S. military could give special operators a more lethal edge by allowing them to shoot underwater, according to Defense One.

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Dec 10, 2019

Florida GOP Rep. Yoho announces retirement from Congress
Republican Rep. Ted Yoho of Florida announced Tuesday that he will not seek another term, saying he never meant to spend more than eight years in Congress. Yoho, who aligned himself with the Tea Party faction of the Republican Party and has been a fierce supporter of President Donald Trump, joins at least 27 House Republicans in announcing their departures from the U.S. House. Of those, 23 aren't seeking reelection, while three have resigned and already left Congress.

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Dec 10, 2019

Nancy Pelosi bragged to Democrats that 'we ate their lunch' on Trump's NAFTA replacement deal
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi celebrated her party's work on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) this week.

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Dec 10, 2019

Representative Ted Yoho Becomes the 23rd House Republican to Announce Retirement
Representative Ted Yoho of Florida announced Tuesday that he will step down after completing his fourth term, joining the wave of House Republicans who have opted against running for reelection in 2020.Yoho had promised to serve no more than four terms in Congress."I ran on a pledge to serve four terms — eight years and come home," Yoho said in his announcement. "Many told me I was naive and they're probably right. I was told the district has changed three times and so the pledge isn't binding and I could rationalize that. However, I truly believe a person's word is their bond and should live up to their word."Yoho is the twenty-third House Republican to announce retirement in 2020. 26 Republicans retired in 2018, the year Democrats took back control of the House."Carolyn and I want to thank all of our awesome and loyal supporters who believed in us enough to give us the incredible honor to serve as a Member of the United States Congress, a government that represents the greatest country on earth," Yoho wrote in a letter to supporters.Yoho sits on the House Foreign Affairs and Agriculture Committees. Before running for Congress he worked as a large animal veterinarian.In November Yoho was thought to be considering retirement, but the congressman initially denied reports that he would be stepping down.The retirement wave is fueling concerns for GOP prospects in the 2020 congressional elections, although some of the affected districts are expected to remain in Republican contro

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Dec 10, 2019

Bloomberg Continues to Poach His Newsroom to Staff Up 2020 Campaign
Michael Bloomberg is continuing to staff up his presidential campaign with employees from his news organization. A Bloomberg News spokesperson confirmed to The Daily Beast that former Bloomberg News editor Zara Kessler has taken a leave of absence and joined the ex-NYC mayor's campaign. Her Twitter bio changed in recent days to now say she works on the billionaire's recently announced presidential campaign.Kessler is at least the fifth staffer from Bloomberg's media operation to join the ex-mayor's 2020 run since he announced the campaign late last month—and she is seemingly the first to join from the non-opinion side of the newsroom.A number of editorial staffers have left the outlet to join their boss' campaign: Bloomberg Opinion senior executive editor David Shipley and executive editor Tim O'Brien both also took a leave of absence to enlist for 2020; and Bloomberg Opinion editor Mark Whitehouse also updated his Twitter bio to say he works on the campaign, as did former Bloomberg Opinion social-media editor Jessica Karl. A Bloomberg News spokesperson confirmed that they had also joined the campaign.The moves come amid internal turmoil over Bloomberg's decision to seek higher office, a decision staffers at the business news-focused company feared in the lead-up to the 2020 election as the former mayor mulled a bid. (When The Daily Beast asked dozens of staffers last year whether they want Bloomberg to run for president, only one said yes.)Since he joined the large 2020 Democratic field, Bloo

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Dec 10, 2019

Nine-year-old Belgian prodigy drops out of university
A nine-year-old Belgian boy who was due to graduate in electrical engineering has dropped out of his Dutch university due to a dispute over the end date of his degree, his father said Tuesday. Young prodigy Laurent Simons hit the headlines worldwide when it emerged he was on course to receive his degree from the Eindhoven University of Technology in December and become one of the world's youngest graduates. "Today he already got two offers" from foreign universities, Alexander Simons said.

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Dec 10, 2019

How Nancy Pelosi could lose the impeachment vote
Well, here we are. Impeachment articles against President Trump have been introduced — one for abuse of power and one for obstruction of justice — and a vote in the House is coming soon.The way forward seems entirely predictable. The Democratic majority in the House will vote "yes" on impeachment and the Republican-controlled Senate will decline to convict. Likewise, polling shows the impeachment inquiry has overwhelmingly served to reinforce Americans' previously held opinions about the president. Fully 95 percent of those who came away more convinced of Trump's guilt already thought he was guilty, and an equal 95 percent of those freshly persuaded of his innocence already believed he hasn't done anything impeachable.But here's an interesting thing: In survey data collected by Ipsos and FiveThirtyEight at the beginning of this month, 16.5 percent of Democrats said they believe Trump committed an impeachable offense but do not think he should be removed from office via impeachment. Instead, they say, his fate should be left to the voters to decide on Election Day 2020. Another 9.4 percent of Democratic respondents said Trump didn't commit an impeachable offense at all. If those numbers are reflected in Congress, the impeachment articles will fail.That outcome is unlikely, I'll grant you — but it's not entirely implausible, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) says she's not whipping votes. "On an issue like this, we don't count the votes. People will just make their voices known on it," she told reporters the night before the articles of impeachment were announced. "I haven't counted votes, nor will I."I don't believe Pelosi has no sense of where each member of her caucus stands on this — or that Democ

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Dec 10, 2019

The Climate Anxiety Decade: How We Came to Terms With Our Warming World in the 2010s
The 2010s was when society finally grasped the enormity of climate change, the 2020s will decide how we survive it.

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Dec 10, 2019

Democratic congressman says 'it will not end if the Senate does not convict'
Green subsequently introduced articles of impeachment three times for what he described as Trump's "infusion of bigotry into policy." On Dec. 4, Green sent a memo to other House members urging them to include Trump's "racism" in the articles of impeachment.

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Dec 10, 2019

Brazil's Bolsonaro calls activist Thunberg a 'brat'
Brazil's right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro called Swedish climate change campaigner Greta Thunberg a "brat" on Tuesday after she criticized mounting violence against indigenous people in which two Amazon tribesmen were shot dead three days ago. The teen activist retorted by changed the biographical description on her Twitter account to "Pirralha".

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Dec 10, 2019

Justices seem to favor insurers' Obamacare claims for $12B
The Supreme Court appeared likely Tuesday to rule that insurance companies can collect $12 billion from the federal government to cover their losses in the early years of the health care law championed by President Barack Obama. Several justices indicated their agreement with arguments from the insurers that they are entitled to the money under a provision of the "Obamacare" health law that promised the companies a financial cushion for losses they might incur by selling coverage to people in the marketplaces created by the health care law. The program only lasted three years, but Congress inserted a provision in the Health and Human Services Department's spending bills from 2015 to 2017 to limit payments under the "risk corridors" program.

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Dec 10, 2019

Progressives slam Democrats for announcing their new trade deal with Trump an hour after they said they're bringing articles of impeachment
Behind closed doors, Pelosi insisted that Democrats had the upper hand in the trade deal and had outstrategized the GOP.

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Dec 10, 2019

Austria's Handke receives Nobel Literature Prize amid protests, criticism
Demonstrators braved freezing temperatures on Tuesday to protest against the awarding of the 2019 Nobel Prize for Literature to Austrian writer Peter Handke because of his support for the late Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic. Handke and the Nobel laureates in chemistry, medicine, physics and economics received their prizes from the Swedish king in a lavish ceremony at Stockholm Concert Hall on Tuesday evening. The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded separately earlier on Tuesday in Oslo to Ethiopia's prime minister.

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Dec 10, 2019

Greenland's ice is melting 7 times faster than it did in the early 90s — suggesting scientists' worst-case predictions may come true
As our planet and its oceans warm, the polar ice sheets are melting at accelerated rates. Greenland's average yearly ice loss is 262 billion tons.

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Dec 10, 2019

U.S. says ex-Mexican official took bribes so El Chapo could roam with 'impunity'
A former Mexican government official responsible for public security has been charged with accepting millions of dollars in bribes from the Sinaloa drug cartel once run by Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to help it operate with "impunity" in Mexico, U.S. prosecutors said on Tuesday. Genaro Garcia Luna, 51, who now lives in Florida, faces charges of drug trafficking conspiracy and making false statements, and could spend the rest of his life in prison if convicted, the Department of Justice said. Garcia Luna was arrested in Dallas on Monday and is expected to face the charges in the same Brooklyn, New York court where a jury convicted Guzman in February on drug trafficking charges.

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Dec 10, 2019

U.S. says former top Mexican security official took bribes to give Sinaloa drug cartel 'impunity'
A former Mexican government official responsible for public security has been charged with accepting millions of dollars in bribes from the Sinaloa drug cartel once run by Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to help it operate with "impunity" in Mexico, U.S. prosecutors said on Tuesday. Genaro Garcia Luna, 51, who now lives in Florida, faces charges of drug trafficking conspiracy and making false statements, and could spend the rest of his life in prison if convicted, the Department of Justice said. Garcia Luna was arrested in Dallas on Monday and is expected to face the charges in the same Brooklyn, New York, court where a jury convicted Guzman in February on drug trafficking charges.

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Dec 10, 2019

US charges: Mexico ex-security chief took bribes from cartel
Mexico's former top security chief has been indicted in New York City on charges he accepted a fortune in drug-money bribes from kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's notorious Sinaloa cartel to let it operate with impunity in Mexico. Genaro Garcia Luna, 51, was charged in federal court in Brooklyn with three counts of cocaine trafficking conspiracy and a false statements charge. Garcia Luna, a resident of Florida, was arrested Monday by federal agents in Dallas, where he made an initial court appearance Tuesday afternoon.

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Dec 10, 2019

TikTok's chief cancels planned meetings with US senators amid concerns over privacy and app's ties to China
TikTok told Business Insider the meetings were postponed until after the holidays "to ensure these conversations are as productive as possible."

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Dec 10, 2019

Rudy Giuliani's personal communications director is a 20-year-old minor Instagram personality still getting her communications degree
Christianné Allen is representing Rudy Giuliani in the middle of an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

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Dec 10, 2019

Northern Irish nationalists eye historic gain as Brexit sends DUP reeling
In a part of Belfast where huge "peace walls" still keep some Catholic Irish nationalists and Protestant unionists apart, Thursday's UK general election could have far-reaching consequences in the decades-long battle for a united Ireland. John Finucane, son of one of the most high-profile victims of British-ruled Northern Ireland's bloody "Troubles", is seeking to become the first nationalist elected by the historically pro-British constituency of North Belfast.

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Dec 10, 2019

Read the articles of impeachment against President Trump
House Democrats on Tuesday unveiled two articles of impeachment against President Trump, charging him with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress over his dealings with Ukraine.

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Dec 10, 2019

Immigrant advocates sue US over yanked detention hotline
The nonprofit group Freedom for Immigrants, which has run the hotline since 2013 with a free phone line provided by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, sued in federal court in Los Angeles. The lawsuit alleged that the administration yanked the hotline in August after it was featured on the Netflix show, which drew attention to the group's criticism of detention conditions for immigrants.

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Dec 10, 2019

Trump goes on a Twitter tantrum after Democrats announce 2 articles of impeachment against him
President Donald Trump unloaded on House Democrats on Twitter shortly after articles of impeachment were announced against him.

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Dec 10, 2019

'It hurt': Women of color from rival campaigns lament Harris' exit
But they also express hope that the historic diversity of the initial 2020 field "will reverberate for years to come."

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Dec 10, 2019

Why the Marines Love Their LAV-25 "Destroyers"
A spunky and useful vehicle.

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Dec 10, 2019

Ready for prisoner swaps, Iran says US holding 20 Iranians
Iran said on Tuesday that American authorities are holding about 20 Iranian nationals in jail, its official news agency reported, a day after Tehran said it was ready for more prisoner swaps with the U.S. A prisoner exchange over the weekend saw Iran free a Chinese-American scholar from Princeton who had been held for three years on widely criticized espionage charges. It was seen as a rare diplomatic breakthrough between Tehran and Washington after months of tensions.

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Dec 10, 2019

Teens arrested as Spain police smash global paedophile ring
Seventeen people, most of them teenage boys, have been arrested in Spain for sharing images of "extremely violent" child pornography on Whatsapp, police said Tuesday following a two-year investigation spanning three continents. The arrests came as part of a wide-ranging international probe led by Spain's national police, in which 33 people were detained in raids across 11 countries. As well as the 17 arrested in Spain, another nine were being held for investigation -- with a total of 14 teenage boys involved.

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Dec 10, 2019

U.S. slaps sanctions on Myanmar military chief over Rohingya atrocities
The United States on Tuesday imposed sanctions on four Myanmar military leaders, including the commander-in-chief, in the toughest action taken yet by Washington for alleged human rights abuses against the Rohingya and other minorities. The sanctions targeted military chief Min Aung Hlaing on the same day that Myanmar's civilian leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, attended the first day hearings at the U.N.'s highest court in The Hague, where she will lead Myanmar's defense against the charge of genocide.

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Dec 10, 2019

Russia Throws Wrench Into Efforts to Renew Serbia-Kosovo Talks
(Bloomberg) -- Russia poured cold water on U.S. and European plans for swift reconciliation between Serbia and Kosovo, with Moscow's envoy to Belgrade calling the latter a "fake state."The statements by Ambassador Alexander Botsan-Kharchenko support the long-held position of Serbia's government, which has refused to recognize its neighbor since it split away after a 1998-1999 war.By contrast, the U.S. wants the former foes to reach a lasting agreement that includes the recognition of Kosovo's unilateral 2008 secession. The neighbors need to normalize ties to qualify for European Union membership, but EU-mediated talks between them have stalled for more than a year."There aren't even preconditions in place for a constructive exchange of opinions or continuation of the dialogue," Botsan-Kharchenko told reporters in Belgrade Tuesday. "It's better to wait, to build trust, to solve some small but important problems in everyday life and to ensure progress, step by step, to political negotiations."Russia has long opposed the spread of euro-Atlantic institutions including the EU and NATO into former communist Europe, including by stoking unrest. Along with backing separatists in Ukraine and Georgia, Russia was blamed by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's newest member, Montenegro, for fomenting a failed coup in 2016. Moscow says it is innocent.‘Fake State'The ambassador said Russia also wants an agreement between the two, and that it didn't oppose Serbia's plans to join the EU. He urged Kosovo to lift a punitive 100% tax on Serb goods that Pristina imposed after Serbia blocked its recognition in the Interpol international police body.That dispute helped torpedo a deal floated last y

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Dec 10, 2019

How did South Bend actually do under Mayor Pete Buttigieg? We pulled the numbers to find out.
Buttigieg was a two-term mayor of a small city. It rebounded from a severely high unemployment rate but vacant houses are a problem.

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Dec 10, 2019

Stocks Rise, Bonds Fall Amid Muddled Trade Views: Markets Wrap
(Bloomberg) -- U.S. stocks edged higher as investors debated whether China and the Trump administration will reach a meaningful trade deal ahead of a looming tariff deadline. Treasuries slipped.The S&P 500 Index hovered near session highs with a modest gain as investors digested dueling signals on the likelihood of fresh tariffs on Dec. 15. Tech shares led the advance. Multiple reports indicated a delay was likely, before administration officials said the outcome depends on how talks progress. The two sides say a partial deal remains within reach, though the contours of any such agreement have not been made clear. Crude slipped."The trade talks and headlines are going to be very fluid this week," said Ryan Nauman, market strategist at Informa Financial Intelligence's Zephyr. "You've got a lot of stuff going on this week, just a lot of information that traders are having to contend with. But trade talks and headwinds are definitely driving risk-on or risk-off trades right now."In other trade news, Canada, Mexico and the U.S. moved toward an agreement that appeared to have legislative support in each of the countries. Mexico's peso was little changed."Those three countries are highly dependent on each other so I don't think there likely to be anything that is that far away from where we're at," said Jim Besaw, chief investment officer at GenTrust.Trade continued to dominate sentiment on equity markets, with the dispute between the world's two largest economies taking much of the blame for a slowdown in global g

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Dec 10, 2019

Supreme Court rejects a challenge to free speech about Berkeley cellphone law
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a free speech challenge brought by a trade group against a regulation issued by the California city of Berkeley that requires cellphone retailers to tell customers of certain radiation risks.

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Dec 10, 2019

Delhi rapist-murderer cites pollution in death row appeal
Akshay Kumar Singh was one of a group of men who gang-raped a 23-year-old woman on a bus in India's capital late at night in December seven years ago. Filed through his lawyer, the now 31-year-old said in his review petition to the Supreme Court that the air quality in New Delhi was like a "gas chamber" and its water "full of poison".

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Dec 10, 2019

More US contractors have died in Afghanistan than US troops — but the Pentagon doesn't keep track
New documents show that the Pentagon was trying to hide how badly the Afghanistan war was going for the past 18 years.

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Dec 10, 2019

Cities are criminalizing homelessness by banning people from camping in public. That's the wrong approach, report says
More cities are criminally punishing homeless people for sleeping in public, a new report shows, amid an increase in Americans living on the streets.

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Dec 10, 2019

2 St. Louis police officers fired over Facebook posts
Two of nearly two dozen St. Louis police officers accused this summer by a watchdog group of posting objectionable Facebook messages have been fired. Sgt. Ronald Hasty and Detective Thomas Mabrey are appealing, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

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Dec 10, 2019

New 'Varsity Blues' charges: Georgetown mom pleads guilty to cheating in son's online classes
In a new twist in the "Varsity Blues" admissions scandal, a California woman agreed to plead guilty to paying $9,000 to have someone take online classes for her son so he could graduate from Georgetown.

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Dec 10, 2019

Belgian boy, 9, terminates his studies at a Dutch university
A 9-year-old Belgian boy who was on track to become the world's youngest university graduate has terminated his studies at the Dutch university of Eindhoven following a dispute over his possible graduation date.

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Dec 10, 2019

Planned Parenthood Employee Admits She Tried to Facilitate Sale of Fetal Livers in Court Testimony
A Planned Parenthood employee told a San Francisco court that she had planned to "move forward" with the sale of fetal livers at $750 each.Tram Nguyen, a healthcare administrator at Planned Parenthood of the Gulf Coast, testified in March that she wanted to sell fetal livers for $750 each as well as combinations of fetal livers and fetal thymi at $1,600 each, the Daily Caller reported Monday.Her testimony came as part of the ongoing lawsuits against pro-life investigator David Daleiden, who who went undercover several years ago to record abortion industry executives discussing and haggling over their procurement fetal body parts for researchers. Planned Parenthood sued Daleiden and his organization, the Center for Medical Progress, in 2016.Nguyen, who said she performed administrative duties but would also assist abortionists in the operating room, forwarded an email to her supervisor regarding her Planned Parenthood affiliate's offer to provide Daleiden's fake fetal research company with fetal livers for $750 each and a fetal liver and a thymus for $1600 each."FYI, we are still trying to move forward with this," Nguyen wrote in an email to her supervisor, Dyann Santos, according to Attorney Paul Jonna's statement in court."Do you want to do this," Santos responded."Yes, ma'am," Nguyen wrote back."I know I wanted to move forward with it," Nguyen told the court. "There were emails — from what I recall earlier, there were emails i

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Dec 10, 2019

Russian court sentences 11 for Saint Petersburg bombing
A Russian court on Tuesday sentenced 11 people to terms including life in prison after finding them guilty of a deadly bomb attack on the Saint Petersburg metro in 2017. Abror Azimov, a 29-year-old from Kyrgyzstan, was sentenced by a military court in Russia's second biggest city to life in prison for organising and participating in a terrorist group. The bomb blast in April 2017 killed 15 people in the Saint Petersburg metro and wounded dozens more.

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