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Jan 19, 2019

Syrian opposition sees window for political solution in Syria
Syria now has a good opportunity to reach a political solution to its devastating eight-year war as ceasefires have brought calm to many areas of the country, Syria's chief opposition negotiator said on Saturday. "I think now that we have an opportunity, because nearly in Syria we have a ceasefire now, in the northeast of Syria and the north of Syria, and the efforts of fighting terrorism has achieved good results," Nasr Hariri told Reuters in an interview in the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh, where he is based. Hariri, the opposition's chief negotiator in U.N. peace talks, met with the newly appointed United Nations Special Envoy to Syria Geir Pedersen on Friday.

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Jan 19, 2019

U.S. Should Slow Syria Pullout to Contain Risks, Graham Says
"I believe it would be an absolute disaster to walk away from Syria and drop in Erdogan's lap armed elements of YPG that he considers to be terrorist and expect Turkey to deal with that and prevent ISIS from coming back," Graham, a South Carolina Republican, told Bloomberg in an interview in Ankara. Addressing concerns by Turkey, a NATO ally, over Kurdish militant group YPG can dovetail with American objectives such as containing Iran and the jihadist group Islamic State, he said.

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Jan 19, 2019

Trump government shutdown - live: President to make 'major announcement' on border dispute amid Mueller probe reports
Donald Trump is set to make a "major announcement" on the government shutdown and the US-Mexico border on Saturday afternoon as the standstill over funding for his proposed wall continues into its fifth week. The White House has not provided any details about what exactly the president will reveal at 3pm EST today (8pm UK time), but he is not expected to sign the national emergency declaration he has been threatening to use for several weeks. Mr Trump has been in a standoff with Democrats in Congress for the past 29 days after he refused to sign a government funding bill without $5.7 billion for his border wall.

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Jan 19, 2019

Special counsel disputes explosive report on Trump lawyer testimony
Trump's lieutenants had already strongly pushed back against the report, which said that the president ordered Michael Cohen to lie about a Russian skyscraper project they pursued during the 2016 election. "BuzzFeed's description of specific statements to the Special Counsel's Office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen's Congressional testimony are not accurate," spokesman Peter Carr said in a statement.

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Jan 19, 2019

Feds confirm jailed Iranian TV anchor not charged with crime
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal officials confirmed Friday that a prominent American-born anchorwoman on Iranian state television was jailed in the U.S. as a material witness and has not been charged with any crime, according to court papers.

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Jan 19, 2019

Winter storm slows travel in Plains states, heads east
CHICAGO (AP) — After leaving slick roads and runways in the Midwest, a winter storm inched its way toward New England, where it was forecast to dump up to 2 feet (0.61 meters) of snow.

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Jan 18, 2019

Calabasas campground murder: Family of Tristan Beaudette file $90M claim over his death
The family of the man shot and killed while camping with his daughters at Malibu Creek State Park has filed a $90 million claim over his death.

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Jan 18, 2019

Trump to Renew Wall Demand With Incentives for Democrats
The person would not discuss what Trump plans to offer to the Democrats who now control the U.S. House, beyond saying that it may have something to do with immigration. Although Trump has hinted that he might declare a national emergency to bypass Congress and fund the wall if other options failed, he does not plan to so on Saturday, according to the person, who was granted anonymity to discuss the announcement beforehand. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders declined to say what would be in the announcement, which Trump planned to make at 3 p.m. in Washington.

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Jan 18, 2019

Singapore Plans to Buy F-35 Fighter Jets to Replace F-16 Fleet
The Air Force's F-16s that were in service since 1998 will retire soon after 2030, Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen said in a Facebook post the same day. Singapore has an annual defense budget of S$14.76 billion ($10.9 billion), the Straits Times reported in March 2018.

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Jan 18, 2019

Special Counsel Labels Bombshell BuzzFeed Report ‘Not Accurate' in Rare Statement
A spokesman for special counsel Robert Mueller took the unusual step Friday of publicly correcting an inaccurate BuzzFeed News report that accused President Trump of suborning perjury. "BuzzFeed's description of specific statements to the Special Counsel's Office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen's Congressional testimony are not accurate," special counsel spokesman Peter Carr said in a statement to BuzzFeed. The statement was issued in response to a bombshell report, which cited two law enforcement officials and alleged Trump directed his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, to lie to Congress about when exactly plans to construct a Trump Tower in Moscow concluded.

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Jan 18, 2019

Trump, North Korea's Kim to hold second summit in late February
The announcement came amid a diplomatic flurry in Washington surrounding the visit of Kim Yong Chol, a hardline former spy chief, and marked a sign of movement in a denuclearization effort that has stalled since a landmark meeting between Trump and the North Korean leader in Singapore on June 12. "President Donald J. Trump met with Kim Yong Chol for an hour and a half to discuss denuclearization and a second summit, which will take place near the end of February," White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.

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Jan 18, 2019

Omaha airport reopens after Southwest Airlines plane goes off runway
The airport tweeted out a statement Friday afternoon about the incident, and followed up with several additional tweets.

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Jan 18, 2019

Chicago ex-cop sentenced to nearly seven years over teen shooting
Washington (AFP) - A white former Chicago police officer was sentenced to nearly seven years in prison on Friday for fatally shooting a black teenager in 2014, an incident that triggered months of protests in the city.

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Jan 18, 2019

Romney backs Trump in shutdown showdown, questions Pelosi
OGDEN, Utah (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah said Friday he supports President Donald Trump's push for a border wall that has led to a government shutdown and questioned why Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi won't agree to "another few miles" of barriers on the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Jan 18, 2019

Snow: Flight cancellations now stretch into Sunday
Airlines are already canceling flights ahead of a new winter storm forecast to bring snow and ice from the Great Plains to the Midwest and Northeast.

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Jan 18, 2019

The Latest: Canadian PM discusses China actions with Merkel
TORONTO (AP) — The Latest on Canada (all times local):

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Jan 18, 2019

Trump-Pelosi rancor over Democrat's scrapped trip amid shutdown woes
US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday excoriated her political nemesis, President Donald Trump, for "outing" her commercial trip to Afghanistan after he barred her from using a military aircraft, forcing her to scrap it entirely over security concerns. The brawl between the no-nonsense Republican leader and the take-no-prisoners Democrat is the latest round in their showdown, which could take a new turn with Trump announcing he will be making a "major announcement" Saturday regarding the partial government shutdown and the situation on the US-Mexico border. The federal government has been shuttered for four weeks over Trump's insistence that a wider federal budget measure include billions of dollars for a border wall -- and Pelosi's refusal to go along.

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Jan 18, 2019

'We're in Uncharted Waters.' Schools Brace for Lunch Funding Challenges if Shutdown Continues
"We've never gone through anything like this before"

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Jan 18, 2019

Weekend winter storm sweeping from Midwest to New England
CHICAGO (AP) — A winter storm started sweeping across the Midwest on Friday, leading to slick roads and runways, as it inched its way toward New England, where it was forecast to dump up to 2 feet (0.61 meters) of snow.

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Jan 18, 2019

Correction: Trump-Russia Probe story
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story Jan. 17 about comments made by President Donald Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, The Associated Press reported erroneously the number of Russians charged with interfering in the 2016 presidential election. It is 25, not 32.

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Jan 18, 2019

President Trump promises 'major announcement' about the government shutdown and border security
White House officials are tight-lipped about president's announcement concerning the 'humanitarian crisis on our southern border.'

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Jan 18, 2019

How much?!? See a state-by-state breakdown of maximum predicted snowfall
The storm is expected to deliver snow accumulations that could be the largest snowfall of the season in some places.

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Jan 18, 2019

The Latest: Police chief calls 14-year-old's death 'tragic'
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Latest on the police shooting of a 14-year-old burglary suspect in Arizona (all times local):

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Jan 18, 2019

Pursuing R. Kelly: Could he end up convicted of sex crimes like Bill Cosby?
The R&B star is fighting multiple accusations of sexual misconduct, but could he be charged with a crime and convicted?

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Jan 18, 2019

George W. Bush delivers pizza to Secret Service agents working during government shutdown
"It's time for leaders on both sides to put politics aside, come together, and end this shutdown," Bush wrote of the shutdown, the longest in American history.

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Jan 18, 2019

President George W. Bush delivers pizza to Secret Service detail amid government shutdown
Former President George W. Bush delivered pizza to his Secret Service detail, who are working without pay due to the partial government shutdown.

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Jan 18, 2019

Winter storm disturbs travel as it rolls toward U.S. Midwest, Northeast
A major winter storm was expected to clobber a large swath of the northern United States with heavy snow, gusty winds and frigid temperatures making travel difficult and dangerous starting on Friday and through the weekend, forecasters said. The storm system will dump 6 to 10 inches (15 to 25 cm) of snow in the Plains and Midwest on Friday night and Saturday and as it moves east at least a foot of snow in parts of the Northeast on Saturday and Sunday, the National Weather Service (NWS) said in several advisories. The system was expected to also bring freezing rain, wind gusts of 35 miles (56 km) per hour and quickly dropping temperatures that will to dip into the teens and even below zero Fahrenheit in several areas, the service said.

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Jan 18, 2019

The Winter Show Modernizes the Antique Fair with Creative, Colorful Booths—and an App
Last night's colorful, lively opening party was proof of antiques' staying power

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Jan 18, 2019

Michael Cohen seen clutching pillow with arm in sling as reports say Trump ordered him to lie to Congress
Michael Cohen has said he is prepared to reveal the truth about Donald Trump during a televised hearing next month — but first, the president's former personal lawyer required surgery. Cohen was spotted returning home from a pre-scheduled hospital visit on Friday afternoon after receiving surgery on his shoulder, his adviser Lanny Davis confirmed. The surgery arrived the same day an explosive report in BuzzFeed News suggested Mr Trump told Cohen to lie to Congress — an illegal and arguably impeachable offence — about a Trump Tower project in Moscow he was supposedly working on throughout the 2016 presidential election.

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Jan 18, 2019

The Latest: Officer to plead not guilty after man's death
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on the criminal case against a white Nashville police officer who shot and killed an armed black man who was fleeing (all times local):

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Jan 18, 2019

Kenyan authorities investigate local role in Nairobi attack
Officials have released few details about the five-man assault team that carried out Tuesday's siege at the dusitD2 hotel complex, an attack that killed 21 people and was claimed by al Shabaab, a Somalia-based al Qaeda affiliate. How did he get to where he is?" said a private security official in Kenya, who asked not to be identified for operational reasons. "If al Shabaab can replicate this model, then there is a fundamental problem." All five assailants were killed in Tuesday's attack, the country's president said in a televised address the next morning.

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Jan 18, 2019

Students appear to perform Nazi salute in 'sickening' photo, superintendent says
High school officials in Indiana are investigating after a picture posted on social media appeared to show students using a Nazi salute.

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Jan 18, 2019

Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger Moved In Together in West L.A.
The couple got engaged earlier this month after seven months of dating

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Jan 18, 2019

Global stocks surge on China-US trade breakthrough hopes
Stock markets across the globe powered higher Friday, buoyed by hopes of a breakthrough in efforts to defuse a US-China trade war.

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Jan 18, 2019

Canada dismisses China's warning of repercussions over Huawei ban
Canada's government on Friday dismissed China's warning of repercussions if Ottawa banned Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL] from supplying equipment to 5G networks, saying it would not compromise on security. China's ambassador to Canada issued the threat on Thursday as relations between the two nations continued to deteriorate after a senior Huawei executive was arrested in Vancouver last month on a U.S. extradition warrant. China has also detained two Canadians.

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Jan 18, 2019

Trump-Cohen allegations: White House denies president ordered lawyer to lie about Russia links as Congress launches investigations
The White House has denied allegations that Donald Trump ordered former lawyer Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about his plans to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. Law enforcement officials claimed Mr Trump had instructed Cohen to claim negotiations over the Russian project ended months earlier than they actually did, according to explosive new claims. Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders vehemently denied the allegations, reported by Buzzfeed News, during a brief exchange with reporters on the White House driveway.

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Jan 18, 2019

Germany urges Russia, Ukraine to de-escalate conflict
Speaking in Kiev after a meeting with his Ukrainian counterpart Pavlo Klimkin, Maas again called for Moscow to release of the crews of three Ukrainian navy vessels it seized in November off Crimea. "All sides must contribute to the de-escalation of the conflicts," said Maas in Kiev after meeting with Lavrov earlier in the day in Moscow. Klimkin welcomed the offer to monitor shipping traffic through the Kerch Strait.

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Jan 18, 2019

U.S. regulators discuss fining Facebook for privacy violations - report
Facebook has talked with FTC staff about the investigation, one of the people familiar with the matter told the Post. Facebook declined to comment. The FTC, which is affected by the U.S. government shutdown, did not immediately respond to a request to comment.

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Jan 18, 2019

A month into US govt shutdown, the economy blinks first
After four weeks, the partial shutdown of the US government has begun to rattle the world's largest economy, particularly hitting consumer sentiment, a mainstay of growth. A closely-watched monthly consumer survey on Friday touched its lowest level since President Donald Trump's election in 2016, suffering its biggest one-month drop in more than six years, according to University of Michigan economists. Americans have less confidence in the economy's strength in 2019, while 800,000 government workers are furloughed or work without pay as Trump battles on Democratic lawmakers over funding for a wall on the Mexican border.

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Jan 18, 2019

Canada pours cold water on free trade with China
Canada's envoy to Beijing on Thursday threw cold water on long-sought free trade between the two nations as an ugly diplomat spat over Canada's detention of a top Chinese tech executive drags into a second month. Ambassador John McCallum, who returned to Canada to brief lawmakers on the row, told reporters that Canadian businesses want to press on with growing the trade relationship. "We are certainly not negotiating free trade with China either before or after this.

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Jan 18, 2019

Michael Cohen: What is the latest scandal and how does it impact Donald Trump?
Michael Cohen, a once loyal confidante of the president turned man who has done a plea deal over hush money payments made to two women on the eve of the election, is back in the news. BuzzFeed News set off a series of reverberations, when it reported that according to two federal law enforcement officials involved in an investigation, Trump directed Cohen to lie to Congress about the negotiations.

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Jan 18, 2019

Trump to Meet with Kim Jong-un in February
President Trump will meet with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un at the end of February, the White House announced Friday. "President Donald J. Trump met with Kim Yong Chol for an hour and half, to discuss denuclearization and a second summit, which will take place near the end of February," White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement, referencing the former North Korean spy chief who is Pyongyang's lead negotiator in the nuclear talks.

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Jan 18, 2019

Kenya court orders 6 suspects held over Nairobi hotel attack
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — A Canadian national and five other people suspected of helping extremist gunmen stage a deadly attack in the Kenyan capital this week appeared in court on Friday as prosecutors investigated them for suspected terror offenses.

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Jan 18, 2019

White House pushes back after explosive report alleges Trump told lawyer to lie
President Donald Trump's lieutenants pushed back strongly Friday at an explosive report alleging that Trump ordered his former lawyer Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about a Russian skyscraper project they pursued during the 2016 election. "These allegations may prove unfounded, but, if true, they would constitute both the subornation of perjury as well as obstruction of justice," said Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.

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Jan 18, 2019

Trump missile defense review calls North Korea 'extraordinary threat'
The open acknowledgment in the Missile Defense Review of U.S. plans to counter Russian and Chinese technological advances likely will alarm those nations. It marked a departure from the approach taken by Republican Trump's Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama, to tamp down concerns by major nuclear powers about expanding U.S. missile defenses. "Our goal is simple: To ensure we can detect and destroy any missile launched against the United States - anywhere, anytime, anyplace," Trump said at the Pentagon.

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Jan 18, 2019

Robert Mueller disputes report claiming Trump told Michael Cohen to lie to congress
Robert Mueller has issued a rare statement dismissing a news report that claimed Michael Cohen had informed prosecutors Donald Trump had told him to lie to Congress. After Democrats seized on the report by BuzzFeed News and said they would open hearings into whether the president had indeed ordered his former personal lawyer to lie about a Trump Tower project in Moscow, the special prosecutor appeared to pour cold water on the story. "BuzzFeed's description of specific statements to the special counsel's office, and characterisation of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen's Congressional testimony are not accurate," Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mr Mueller's office, said in a statement emailed to the media on Friday evening.

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Jan 18, 2019

Government Shutdown Blocks Emergency Response for Struggling Orcas
The government shutdown could be keeping critically endangered southern resident orcas from getting the help they need.

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Jan 18, 2019

Netflix tidying guru sparks charity shop boom
A Netflix tidying guru has sparked a charity shop boom, as branches of Salvation Army, Scope and the British Heart Foundation have said she has led to increase in donations. It comes as decluttering expert Marie Kondo has rapidly risen to fame with her "KonMari" household organisation method, which promises to provide not only a de-cluttered house, but also a clean mind.  Through her hit Netflix show she is teaching those with messy tendencies to get their homes in order by throwing out old and unwanted items to create a calmer home environment. Many people following the craze claim her various techniques have helped their mental health, and are adamant that a clean and organised home helps them feel calm.  Charity shops across the country said they had seen donations of clothes double over the past few weeks since Ms Kondo's show was released on the streaming service.  Marie Kondo, the author of the international best-seller, "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up," became famous for advising readers to transform their lives by sifting through all their belongings, one by one, embracing those that "spark joy" and bidding a fond but hasty farewell to the rest Credit: Natsuno Ichigo They say they are able to identify items which have come from people who have watched the show as they are folded according to her "signature fold", which sees items placed upright to reduce creasing. For example, according to the method socks should be lain flat as a pair, with one sock on top of the other. The toe is folded inward about an inch from the top, th

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Jan 18, 2019

Democrats say Donald Trump must be impeached if he ordered his lawyer to lie to Congress
Leading Democrats have said Donald Trump should be impeached if claims that he ordered his lawyer to lie to Congress are proved to be true. It was alleged on Thursday that Michael Cohen, the president's former longtime lawyer, was instructed to falsify his testimony to Congress on Mr Trump's orders. Joaquin Castro, a Democratic congressman from Texas said "President Trump must resign or be impeached" if the report was true.  Adam Schiff, the Democratic chair of the powerful House Intelligence Committee, said that such a move would constitute the subornation of perjury and obstruction of justice - both of which are federal crimes. This is significant because such a crime would pave the way for Congress to launch articles of impeachment against the president. The allegation that the President of the United States may have suborned perjury before our committee in an effort to curtail the investigation and cover up his business dealings with Russia is among the most serious to date. We will do what's necessary to find out if it's true. https://t.co/GljBAFqOjh— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) January 18, 2019 Democrats have hitherto been reluctant to discuss impeachment, which requires two thirds of the Senate to approve the motion, amid fears it will alienate some voters. However with a majority in the House of Representatives, a number of individuals have pledged to aggressively investigate Mr Trump, his close aides and family members. In his role heading up t

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Jan 18, 2019

'We'll Have No Other Option Than Declaring Bankruptcy.' How the Shutdown Could Impact Government Workers for Months
'It just feels like such a betrayal,' says one impacted government contractor

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Jan 18, 2019

The New 2020 GMC Sierra HD Will Be a Reskinned Silverado HD
As usual, the GMC will come with extra chrome and an in-your-face grille.

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Jan 18, 2019

Russia agrees for Germany, France to monitor Kerch Strait: Lavrov
Russia on Friday said it had agreed for France and Germany to monitor shipping traffic in the Kerch Strait following a naval confrontation between Moscow and Kiev last year. Russian ships fired on and seized three Ukrainian navy vessels in the narrow strait -- shared between Russia and Ukraine -- as the boats tried to pass from the Black Sea to the Azov Sea on November 25. President Vladimir Putin had "immediately agreed" to Berlin's request to send observers to the area, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a press conference with his German counterpart Heiko Maas.

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Jan 18, 2019

Trump-Cohen allegations - LIVE: White House refuses to deny president ordered lawyer to lie about Russia links as Congress launches investigations
Donald Trump ordered former lawyer Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about his plans to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, according to explosive new claims. With the US president still mired in deadlock over the government shutdown, the new allegations relating to Mr Cohen - sentenced to three years in prison in December - have prompted calls from top Democrats for his resignation or impeachment. House Intelligence Committee chair Adam Schiff and House Judiciary Committee chair Jerrold Nadler have both pledged to investigate.

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Jan 18, 2019

The Latest: California dries off after storms batter state
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on California storms (all times local):

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Jan 18, 2019

The Latest: US worker gets insurance relief amid shutdown
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Latest on the ill federal worker in Oregon (all times local):

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Jan 18, 2019

Six suspects in court over Nairobi hotel attack
Six suspects, including a Canadian national, appeared in a Kenyan court on Friday in connection with a radical Islamist attack on a Nairobi hotel complex that left 21 dead. A magistrate granted a request from the prosecution to detain four men and one woman for 30 days while investigations continue. The suspects are accused of "possible involvement" in the almost 20-hour siege of the DusitD2 hotel and office complex by a suicide bomber and four gunmen who were killed by security forces, a court document said.

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Jan 18, 2019

State of emergency declared in Pennsylvania, New Jersey as Midwest, Northeast rush to finalize snowstorm preparations
A major snowstorm is moving through the Midwest into the Northeast through this weekend, dumping mass amounts of snow and creating treacherous travel. Local officials warn communities to prepare ahead of the dangerous winter storm.

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Jan 18, 2019

China Offers a Path to Eliminate U.S. Trade Imbalance, Sources Say
The offer, made during talks in Beijing earlier this month, was met with skepticism by U.S. negotiators who nonetheless asked the Chinese to do even better, demanding that the imbalance be cleared in the next two years, the people said. Economists who've studied the trade relationship argue it would be hard to eliminate the gap, which they say is sustained in large part by U.S. demand for Chinese products. U.S. stocks extended gains and the dollar rose following the news.

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Jan 18, 2019

Trump 'tried to cut off' disaster relief money for Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria
President Trump attempted to cut off federal disaster aid to Puerto Rico, it has been reported, which may have prompted deputy Housing and Urban Development secretary Pam Patenaude to resign. In October, the president inaccurately tweeted that the Puerto Rican government was planning on using the disaster relief money for Hurricane Maria to pay off old debts. Although untrue, Mr Trump then reportedly attempted to prevent disaster-relief money from going to Puerto Rico, and instead requested the funds be directed to Texas and Florida, according to a Washington Post article detailing Ms Patenaude's exit from the White House.

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Jan 18, 2019

My Client Resigned From the White House. It's Time for Trump to Think About His Children and Do the Same
Impeachment should be far from the President's only concern

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Jan 18, 2019

Sophie Turner Says Sansa Stark's Hair Is Full of Game of Thrones Secrets
That's one insightful 'do

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Jan 18, 2019

Trump-Russia: Mueller probe has dogged president's first two years and he should expect it to dominate rest of his term
Ten days before he was even sworn into office in 2017 Donald Trump was tweeting about the political "witch hunt" against him - and since then the phrase has appeared in more than 150 other tweets. As for "Russia", that has appeared more than 300 times since the president was elected. The vast majority of mentions related to what has become special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election meddling and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

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Jan 18, 2019

Friday TSA status: Long lines in Seattle, Atlanta as holiday weekend kicks off
The TSA said it expects a busy travel weekend due to the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

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Jan 18, 2019

How to Find a Real Estate Agent
The necessary steps in the real estate process change over the years, so you might as well have someone on your side who's well-versed in the nuances and can help ensure you get the best possible deal.

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Jan 18, 2019

What is open and closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day?
Federal offices usually closed on the third Monday of every January to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

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Jan 18, 2019

Donald Trump meets with North Korea envoy; second summit with Kim Jong Un being discussed
Kim Yong Chol, a high-level official in North Korea's Communist government, met earlier with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington.

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Jan 18, 2019

Prince Philip's decades of previous collisions remembered by Norfolk locals
The Duke of Edinburgh's crash on Thursday was not the first he has been involved in. After the news made headlines around the world, locals reminisced about crashes and near misses they had encountered over the decades with Prince Philip, who is a keen driver. Norfolk businessman Patrick Daynes ended up up in neck brace and with whiplashe injuries in January 1996 after the Prince steered his Land Rover into the back of his Mercedes 190 as he let an elderly lady across a zebra crossing. Mr Daynes said: "The Prince's Range Rover came into the back of my Mercedes while I was waiting at a pedestrian crossing. It was entirely his fault. "It was about 8.45am and I was on my way to a couple of appointments in London. "It's a route I know well and I haven't been involved in any similar accidents. I noticed that I was being followed by a rather smart Range Rover, but at the time had no idea that Prince Philip was driving. "I stopped at a pedestrian crossing to let a lady cross the road and suddenly there was an almighty bang. My car jolted forward and I knew immediately that it had been seriously damaged. "It was then that I noticed through my rear-view mirror that it was the Duke of Edinburgh who had been driving. It was quite a surprise." At the time, Royal sources confirmed the accident occurred, and said the Duke apologised afterwards. There were questions even in the 1940s whether Prince Philip should be driving the Queen Credit:  PA/ Steve Parsons Others have spoken of alleged

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Jan 18, 2019

Man makes terrifying jump from 11th story cruise ship balcony
Royal Caribbean has banned a group of thrill seekers after one of the men

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Jan 18, 2019

What Martin Luther King Jr. Said About Walls During His 1964 Visit to Berlin
"For here on either side of the wall are God's children and no man-made barrier can obliterate that fact"

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Jan 18, 2019

Save $34 on the Instant Pot of air fryers
It has now gotten to the point where I actually cannot remember what life was like before I got my Oster Dura Ceramic Air Fryer. Seriously, I use it at least once a week. It's by far the best air fryer we've ever tested here at BGR, but it's also so much more than that. It's a roaster, a grill, it can saute, and it can even bake. It's basically the Instant Pot of air fryers, and it's back in stock right now on Amazon. This model will cost $160 if you buy it direct from Oster, but Amazon's offering it right now for just $129, or $125.95 if you clip the on-site coupon! Here's what you need to know from the product page: * This Oster air fryer air-fries to the perfect crispiness for the taste and texture of fried food, using only a tablespoon or less of oil for a healthier alternative * Hot air fryer has a titanium-infused coating that cooks food 30% faster and is 8 times more durable than regular nonstick coatings; it's also PTFE- and PFOA-free, and easy to clean * Dual cooking method uses a tilt motion, fan assisted convection, and radiated heat conduction- heating elements above and below the bowl-to expose food to circulating heat, and cook it evenly * LCD screen lets you set cooking time and temperature; unit shuts off automatically when food is done * Large, 3 liter capacity lets you cook more at a time

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Jan 18, 2019

PayPal offers up to $500 credit for U.S. federal employees affected by shutdown
Employees who use PayPal Credit will be able to avail an advance of up to $500 each, without having to pay any interest, and the program will last until the government reopens and employees receive their first paycheck, the company said on its website http://bit.ly/2Cs7xAY. The partial shutdown, which hit the four-week mark on Friday, is the longest in U.S. history. The shutdown means 800,000 federal workers nationwide would continue to go unpaid and some government functions would remain impaired.

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Jan 18, 2019

Women's March Leader Refuses to Acknowledge Israel's Right to Exist
Embattled Women's March co-chairwoman Tamika Mallory refused to acknowledge the state of Israel's right to exist during a recent interview on PBS's The Firing Line and seemed to suggest that, unlike Palestinians, Israelis were not "native" to the region. Mallory, who has been forced in recent days to confront questions about her association with notorious anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan, acknowledged during the interview that "all people have the right to exist" but would not address the legitimacy of the Israeli state. The Women's March lost the support of the Democratic National Committee and a host of other prominent liberal groups this week after Mallory defend her past praise for Farrakhan during a Monday appearance on The View.

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Jan 18, 2019

Thousands of Palestinians protest at Gaza border
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Thousands of Palestinians have gathered for a weekly protest along the fence between Gaza and Israel.

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Jan 18, 2019

Pelosi Accuses Trump of Endangering Security by Leaking Afghanistan Travel Plans
"the delegation has decided to postpone the trip so as not to further endanger our troops"

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Jan 18, 2019

Tesla Is Cutting 3150 Jobs to Increase Model 3 Production
Elon Musk told employees about the cuts in a letter posted online.

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Jan 18, 2019

On Day 28, no sign of end to U.S. partial government shutdown
The Democratic-led House of Representatives has left town for a three-day weekend, returning late on Tuesday. The Senate was expected to reconvene on Friday, but its exact plans were unsettled. The Republican-controlled Senate, toeing Trump's line on the wall, has not acted on any of several shutdown-ending bills approved in recent days by the House, all lacking wall funding.

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Jan 18, 2019

Nancy Pelosi cancels trip, claims White House leaked plans to fly commercially
After the president denied her aircraft for a trip abroad, Pelosi said she would not be flying commercially, either.

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Jan 18, 2019

Son: Jailed Iranian TV anchor to appear before US grand jury
WASHINGTON (AP) — A prominent American-born anchorwoman on Iranian state television, who has been jailed in the U.S., will appear Friday before a federal grand jury, her son said.

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Jan 18, 2019

TSA officers open up about what the government shutdown is doing to their families
Shutdown threatens the financial security of TSA agents across the country, including at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport.

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Jan 18, 2019

Mexican airline enters border debate with 'DNA discount'
Aeromexico is taking a poke at the US-Mexico border standoff with a "DNA discount" for people in the United States with Mexican ancestry. An ad launched this week that became viral on social media took on prejudice against Mexico and encouraged Americans to visit the country on the southern border. "Mexico's first destination is America, but America's first destination is not Mexico," the narrator says in the spot.

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Jan 18, 2019

Arctic blasts threaten weekend blizzards, heavy snow and paralyzing ice storms
Heavy snows, strong winds expected from the Corn Belt to New England, with up to 40 inches of snow in some parts.

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Jan 18, 2019

Mexican airline trolls Americans with brilliant ad
While the debate over immigration and a border wall between the United States and Mexico has helped grind the U.S. federal government to a halt, Mexico's national airline, AeroMexico, is trolling Americans with a new ad called "DNA Discounts." The ad features purported residents of Wharton, Texas, a town about 60 miles southwest of Houston, professing a variety of opinions about Mexico and its citizens. The ad also drops some knowledge about the long history of immigration from Mexico to the U.S., and notes that many in southern and southwestern states have a touch of Mexican DNA. Things get flipped when the airline reveals it's offering flight discounts to Americans, including those Wharton residents, based on the amount of Mexican DNA they have (i.e., 18 percent DNA equals an 18 percent discount). That certainly turns opinions around. As one recipient says, "I love discounts!" Of course, it's such a brilliant ad, it's hard to tell if those Wharton residents are real or just actors and if this whole DNA discount thing is real  or satirical. Aeromexico, which has gotten political before, isn't saying much, but we've reached out for comment and will update this post when we hear back.  Either way, it's a brilliant gambit that undermines the vitriol so many Americans have expressed at our neighbors to the south, and does so without ever directly mentioning the political turmoil, the wall, or even President Trump. Instead, it directs that energy at a sense of shared community, including the tagline, "There are no borders withi

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Jan 18, 2019

Five suspects in court over Nairobi hotel attack
Five suspects, including a Canadian citizen, appeared in a Kenyan court Friday in connection with an Islamist attack on a Nairobi hotel complex that left 21 dead. A magistrate granted a request from the prosecution to detain the four men and one woman for 30 days while investigations continue. The suspects are accused of "possible involvement in the almost 20-hour siege of the DusitD2 hotel and office complex by a suicide bomber and four gunmen who were all killed by security forces, a court document said.

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Jan 18, 2019

Chevy Pulls Commercial Claiming Superior Reliability
A consumer group challenges the automaker's small-print disclaimer-who's right?

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Jan 18, 2019

PHOTOS: Partial government shutdown continues as Congress and president fail to reach deal
As the partial U.S. government shutdown hit the four-week mark on Friday, tensions mounted in Washington on either side of the standoff over President Donald Trump's demand for $5.7 billion to help fund a U.S.-Mexico border wall.

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Jan 18, 2019

97-Year-Old Prince Philip Flips Land Rover, Gets Replacement Freelander Delivered
Whether Prince Philip should still be driving will surely be a hot topic in England after this, but within hours he had already taken delivery of a replacement Land Rover Freelander.

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Jan 18, 2019

How to Get a Mortgage With Bad Credit
A bad credit score could add an extra wrinkle or two to the mortgage approval process. "While getting a mortgage with bad credit is not always easy or optimal, it's still possible under certain conditions," says Daniela Andreevska, content marketing director at Mashvisor, a real estate data analytics company. A better question might be whether you should get a mortgage with bad credit.

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Jan 18, 2019

Tesla to cut workforce by 7 percent, increase Model 3 production at lower prices
Saying the road ahead was "very difficult," Tesla's CEO Elon Musk said Friday that the company would be cutting its staff by about 7 percent.

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Jan 18, 2019

Prince Philip crash: As Duke takes delivery of another Land Rover, will he be back on the road soon?
A replacement Land Rover, previously driven by the Duke of Edinburgh, has been delivered to the Sandringham estate in Norfolk, hours after his car was involved in a horror crash. A black Land Rover Freelander was driven into Sandringham inside a delivery truck on Friday morning. The Land Rover is the same model as the one Prince Philip, 97, was driving in yesterday's crash, which also involved a Kia. It is believed to be the same car he has been seen driving near to Balmoral in September 2018, with a shared number plate.  Armed police were on hand as the replacement vehicle was delivered to Sandringham, where Prince Phillip is now recovering. The delivery driver backed the Land Rover out of the van, then drove it through the gates of the Sandringham estate. The Duke was not injured in yesterday's crash, and was checked over by a doctor as a precaution. The two people in the other car involved in the crash were taken to hospital and treated for "minor injuries" and then discharged. Police supervise the unloading of the car Credit: Geoff Robinson The Land Rover driven by the Duke in the accident was towed away after the crash which saw the car overturn and the windscreen smash. Photographs appeared to show the air bags deployed, with heavy scratches down the sides of the vehicle.  The accident will be "investigated and any appropriate action taken", Norfolk Constabulary has said. Norfolk Police said they were following standard procedure w

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Jan 18, 2019

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's First House Speech Broke a C-SPAN Record. Here's What She Said
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's first speech from the House floor has set a new record with C-SPAN

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Jan 18, 2019

Royal Caribbean bans man who jumped from cruise ship
Royal Caribbean International says it's issued a lifetime ban for a Canadian man who jumped off a cruise ship in the Bahamas.

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Jan 18, 2019

Government shutdown: FBI officials fear investigations being harmed by lack of funding
At federal law enforcement agencies from the FBI to the DEA to Customs and Border Protection and others, the frustration about having missed a pay-check last week because of the partial government shutdown is growing into fear and anger amid signs the lack of funds is affecting investigations. The government shutdown, the longest in American history, has dragged down morale across federal agencies as tens of thousands of workers are required to show up with no idea when their pay will resume. Most travel and training among the law enforcement agencies has been cancelled.

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Jan 18, 2019

US Navy chief hints aircraft carrier could be sent through Taiwan Strait, despite threat of new Chinese missiles
The US Navy could still send an aircraft carrier through the Taiwan Strait in spite of Chinese military technology advances which pose a greater threat to American warships than ever before, the US chief of naval operations has said. Such an operation would inevitably increase the risk of military conflict between the world's largest superpowers, which are currently locked in an escalating trade war and ongoing disputes over territorial claims in the South China Sea. Washington sent ships through the strategic waterway, which separates Taiwan from the Chinese mainland, three times last year, but has not dispatched a carrier in more than 10 years.

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Jan 18, 2019

'Total internet shutdown' in Zimbabwe: provider
Zimbabwe imposed a "total shutdown" of the internet on Friday, a major provider told customers, after protests early this week triggered a ruthless security crackdown. The internet had been partially restored after a first shutdown started on Tuesday. "We were served with another directive for total shutdown of the internet until further notice," Econet, the country's biggest provider, said in a text message on Friday.

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Jan 18, 2019

Tesla to cut workforce by 7 percent, sees smaller fourth-quarter profit
The company has long struggled with cash burn and Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk has been under intense pressure to stabilize production of the Model 3, seen critical for easing a cash crunch and achieving long-term profitability. "I want to make sure that you know all the facts and figures and understand that the road ahead is very difficult," Musk said in an email to employees that was published on the company's blog. This is Tesla's second job cut in seven months and comes just days after it cut U.S. prices for all vehicles and fell short on quarterly deliveries of its mass-market Model 3 sedan.

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Jan 18, 2019

Stock markets rebound on China-US trade breakthrough hopes
Stock markets rebounded more than one percent Friday, buoyed by hopes of a breakthrough in the US-China trade war.

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Jan 18, 2019

I carried my dying daughter to term. It was a lesson in love many didn't understand
We live in a culture that believes unlimited freedom of choice is what it means to be human. But what if real freedom is the ability to choose love?

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Jan 18, 2019

Prince Philip will accept he can no longer drive while 'muttering under his breath', says friend Gyles Brandreth
Prince Philip will begrudgingly accept his days of driving are over after his "miracle escape" from a crash near the Sandringham Estate, his friend and biographer has said.  The Duke of Edinburgh walked from the wreckage of his car on Thursday afternoon on the A149 after his Land Rover collided with a Kia. Witnesses described it as a "miracle" that His Royal Highness managed to escape uninjured. The Duke of Edinburgh, 97, was left bleeding following the accident which saw his car "tumble" across a road. He had to be helped out of his car before immediately asking whether others were "alright". Two female passengers of the second car, a Kia, went to hospital with minor injuries, while a baby travelling with them was unharmed. There will be growing calls for the Duke to surrender his licence, but Gyles Brandreth doesn't think his freind will react "too well" to being told not to get behind the wheel, saying: "But if you can't do it any more, you can't do it any more. He's a pragmatist and a realist and I'm sure he'll accept that while possibly muttering under his breath." "I think everyone will be telling him that [to stop driving] from his wife to his insurers to the Norfolk Constabulary to almost everyone you can think of, [will be telling him], 'Old boy, it's time to hang up the keys and give yourself a break'," said Mr Brandreth, who wrote the Duke's biography.  "He can afford a chauffeur, after all, and indeed

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Jan 18, 2019

Week in review: Jayme Closs found after being kidnapped
The 21-year-old suspect allegedly targeted Closs.

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Jan 18, 2019

Trump-Cohen allegations - LIVE: President told 'impeachment soon begins' over bombshell report he ordered lawyer to lie to Congress
Donald Trump ordered former lawyer Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about his plans to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, according to explosive new claims. With the US president still mired in deadlock over the government shutdown, the new allegations relating to Cohen - sentenced to three years in prison in December - have prompted calls for his resignation or impeachment. Cohen is set to testify before a congressional panel of the House of Representatives on 7 February about his role as Mr Trump's right-hand man, following FBI special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the president's alleged ties to Russia.

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