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Nov 11, 2019

Conn. man charged in hotel worker's death skips hearing
A Connecticut man charged in the death of a hotel worker he says attacked his family in Anguilla has declined to return to the British Caribbean territory for the most recent pretrial hearing, a spokesman said Monday.

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Nov 11, 2019

A Closer Look at the Beautified Architectural Revolution Within China


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Nov 11, 2019

Apple reportedly revealed devices expected to replace iPhone in October
Apple is looking to replace the iPhone "in roughly a decade," according to a new report in the Information.

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Nov 11, 2019

South Korea President's Biggest Headache Is Prosecutor He Picked
(Bloomberg) -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in -- swept into office on a vow to clean up government after his predecessor was ousted for graft -- wanted a prosecutor who wouldn't hesitate to go after the most powerful.Problem is, Moon may have gotten what he wished for in Yoon Seok-youl.Almost immediately after being appointed as the nation's chief prosecutor in July, Yoon launched a series of probes that have rocked Moon's two-year-old administration. The scandal has forced one justice minister to resign and helped push Moon's approval rating to a record low -- just as he girds for an April parliamentary election that will shape the second half of his term.The investigations are only the latest in string of high-profile cases brought by Yoon, 58, over the years, including probes of two former presidents, a chief justice and the heads of Samsung Electronics Co. and Hyundai Motor Co. After then-President Park Geun-hye demoted Yoon, he joined the special prosecutor's team whose findings laid the groundwork for her impeachment and removal."I'm not loyal to anyone," he famously told lawmakers when asked about one such probe in 2013.Adding to the intrigue is the fact that Yoon's latest case involves a man whom Moon once predicted would make a "fantastic duo" with the chief prosecutor: Former Justice Minster Cho Kuk. Last month, Cho was forced to resign after just five weeks on the job amid investigations into whether members of his family inflated college admission applications and improperly benefited from investments in a private equity fund.While Cho has denied wrongdoing and hasn't been accused of any crimes, his wife, and nephew have been indicted on various charges whi

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Nov 11, 2019

Cops Bust Unicorn Protesting White Supremacy at Indiana Farmer's Market
Courtesy of The Purple Shirt BrigadeThe arrest of an inflatable purple unicorn on Saturday wasn't even close to the strangest event to unfold at Bloomington, Indiana's Community Farmers' Market this year.The market was once the peaceful home of fresh vegetables and goat cheese. But after the owners of a market stall were outed as supporters of a white supremacist group, it has become the center of a fierce debate on bigotry and free speech. The controversy has led to new rules about where people can hold signs and distribute flyers in the market—and on Saturday, five anti-racist protesters were arrested for allegedly breaking those rules.The unicorn was the first to go. Dressed in an inflatable purple pony suit with a golden horn, protester Forrest Gilmore was removed from the market by two police officers, each gripping one of his purple hooves.Gilmore is part of the Purple Shirt Brigade, an activist coalition that formed this year in response to allegations of white supremacists working at the Bloomington Community Farmers' Market. Those allegations began after the arrest of Indiana resident Nolan Brewer for spray-painting Nazi flags on the side of a synagogue and setting off a fire outside. Brewer told authorities he was a dues-paying member of the hate group Identity Evropa, and described getting dinner with another member: Sarah Dye and her husband Douglas Mackey. Brewer also told investigators the screenname Dye used in an Identity Evropa chat room. Local activists then matched that na

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Nov 11, 2019

Record: Officer tried to keep victims quiet after cop threat
An off-duty Kansas police officer who was sentenced to probation for drunkenly threatening to shoot a bar server was initially allowed to keep his service weapon after a responding officer urged witnesses not to press charges, according to court records. The Kansas City Star obtained the records after a state agency revoked former Kansas City police officer Robert Ward's law enforcement license last month. Court records say Ward told the server: "I have my gun on me.

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Nov 11, 2019

Douglas MacArthur Is One of America's Most Famous Generals. He's Also the Most Overrated
He might be one of President Trump's favorite generals, but as Hampton Sides writes, Douglas MacArthur was far from a military genius.

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Nov 11, 2019

McConnell: Bevin 'had a good 4 years,' but likely lost
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin "had a good four years," but he says a review of Bevin's narrow reelection defeat is unlikely to change the outcome. Bevin trailed Democrat Andy Beshear by about 5,000 votes in the Nov. 5 election. McConnell was in Carroll County on Monday to tout a US-Spain treaty he helped pass that cut the taxes for the North American Stainless plant there.

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Nov 11, 2019

UPDATE 2-France, Germany, Britain urge Iran to reverse nuclear deal breaches
France, Britain and Germany said on Monday they would consider a dispute resolution mechanism enshrined in the 2015 Iran nuclear deal that could lead to United Nations sanctions being reimposed for recent breaches of the pact. In a joint statement, the three countries, known as the E3, warned Iran that its latest actions were hindering their efforts to defuse tensions in the region. "Iran's action ... has potentially severe proliferation implications," the three countries said in the statement.

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Nov 11, 2019

EU unveils sanctions plan to hit Turkey over Cyprus drilling
The European Union on Monday unveiled a system for imposing sanctions on Turkey over its unauthorized gas drilling in Mediterranean waters off Cyprus but no Turkish companies or officials have yet been targeted. EU member countries can now come forward with names of those they think should be listed. Turkish warship-escorted drillships began exploratory drilling this summer in waters where EU-member Cyprus has exclusive economic rights, including areas where European energy companies are licensed to conduct a hydrocarbons search.

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Nov 11, 2019

Jordan retakes lands leased by Israel in 1994 peace accord
Jordan's king announced Sunday that his country is retaking "full sovereignty" over two pieces of land leased by Israel, reflecting the cool relations between the neighboring countries as they mark the 25th anniversary of their landmark peace deal. King Abdullah II had said last year that he wouldn't renew the parts of the 1994 treaty that gave Israel a 25-year lease of the two small areas, Baqura and Ghamr. "Today, I announce the expiration of the Peace Treaty annexes on Ghamr and al-Baqura and the imposition of our full sovereignty over every inch of those lands," he said.

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Nov 11, 2019

Missing for 75 years, WWII submarine found after translation error discovered
The USS Grayback, a World War II sub, sank in February 1944 and had been missing ever since. A team of explorers just found it off the coast of Japan.

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Nov 11, 2019

Vaping-related lung transplant performed at Detroit hospital
Doctors at a Detroit hospital have performed a double lung transplant on a man whose lungs were damaged from vaping. No other details of the transplant were released Monday by Henry Ford Health System, which has scheduled a news conference Tuesday. The patient has asked his medical team to share photographs and an update to warn others about vaping.

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Nov 11, 2019

Republican breaks with Trump, insists whistleblower remain anonymous
A Republican lawmaker on Sunday broke with the US president and fellow party members to reject the idea that the whistleblower whose complaint prompted an impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump should have to testify publicly. After weeks of closed-door hearings, House committees on Wednesday will begin questioning witnesses in open session about efforts by Trump and his aides to pressure Ukraine to investigate political opponents including former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Republicans on the House intelligence committee have asked its chairman, Adam Schiff, to call as witnesses both Hunter Biden, who had business links to Ukraine, and the still unidentified whistleblower, who is known to work in the intelligence community.

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Nov 11, 2019

Little Rock teachers to go on strike over district's control
Little Rock teachers will go on strike for one day this week over an Arkansas panel's decision to strip their collective bargaining power and complaints about state control of the 23,000-student district, union officials said Monday. The strike that will take place Thursday will be only the second time teachers have walked out of the job in Little Rock history. The Little Rock Education Association's announcement comes after the state Board of Education in October voted to no longer recognize the union when the contract expired Oct. 31.

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Nov 11, 2019

Thousands of Twitter 'bots' targeted Kentucky with fake news on election night
Thousands of accounts with "bot-like" automated behavior spreading misinformation about the race.

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Nov 11, 2019

No more fire in the kitchen: Cities are banning natural gas in homes to save the planet
Thirteen cities and one county in California have passed building codes encouraging — or requiring — all-electric appliances in new homes.

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Nov 11, 2019

Poland Rebukes Netflix After ‘Terrible Mistake' on Holocaust
(Bloomberg) -- Poland's prime minister wrote an official letter to Netflix Chief Executive Officer Reed Hastings requesting that the media streaming company correct facts about the Holocaust in its "The Devil Next Door" documentary series.The European Union member lurched into the international spotlight last year after its nationalist ruling Law & Justice party outlawed the phrase "Polish death camps." It also criminalized suggesting that the nation was complicit in the mass murder of Jews and other people by the Nazis during their occupation of the country in World War II.A Netflix spokesperson said the company is "aware of the concerns" about the show and is "urgently looking into the matter" after Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki wrote to Hastings.Morawiecki called out Netflix for what he called "a terrible mistake" in the five-part series. The show focuses on John Demjanjuk, a retired Ford Motor Co. auto mechanic who was stripped of his U.S. citizenship and convicted by a German criminal court for aiding in the murder of Jews during the Holocaust.The series showed a map of death camps that said they were located in Poland, using the country's current borders.The Polish government has repeatedly pushed for commentary on the death camps to label them as being operated by the Nazis in "German-occupied Poland," because the eastern European nation had no government of its own on its home soil after the invasion of Adolf Hitler's forces."Not only is the map incorrect, but it deceives viewers into believing that Poland was responsible for establishing and maintaining these camps," Morawiecki wrote, saying he believed it was an "unintentional" mistake. "Today, we still owe t

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Nov 11, 2019

A black man was put in handcuffs after a police officer stopped him on a train platform because he was eating
Bay Area Rapid Transit police said Steve Foster, of Concord, California, violated state law by eating a sandwich on a BART station's platform.

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Nov 11, 2019

Uber CEO says he was wrong to call Khashoggi killing a 'mistake'
Uber's chief executive said on Monday the murder by Saudi Arabia, a major investor in his company, of journalist Jamal Khashoggi last year could not be excused and that he was wrong to have described the killing as a "serious mistake". Dara Khosrowshahi was backtracking from comments he made in an interview with "Axios on HBO" aired earlier in which he compared the Washington Post columnist's murder by Saudi agents inside the kingdom's Istanbul consulate to a fatality caused by one of his company's self-driving cars.

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Nov 11, 2019

UPDATE 1-Polish far-right groups march on independence anniversary
Tens of thousands of Poles took part in a far-right march in the capital Warsaw on Monday to mark Polish independence, an annual event that has become a focus of friction between nationalists and liberals. Poland has become increasingly polarised since the nationalist Law and Justice (PiS) party came to power in 2015, calling for a revival of patriotic and Catholic values in public life and a rejection of Western liberalism. Critics say PiS, which won a second term last month with 44% of the vote, has tacitly encouraged groups with roots in the fascist and anti-Semitic movements of the 1930s that organise the march, although the party denies this.

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Nov 11, 2019

A woman who was part of Oklahoma's mass release of 462 inmates says 'there's more drugs in prison than there is on the streets', and if you can stay clean inside, you can thrive outside
Calista Ortiz, 26, had her drug possession conviction commuted on Monday and released in the largest single-day prison release in US history.

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Nov 11, 2019

Shock in Russia as Napoleon expert confesses to chopping up lover
A prominent Saint Petersburg-based Napoleon expert has confessed to murdering his young lover and former student and dismembering her body in a grisly crime that sent shock waves across Russia. Oleg Sokolov, a 63-year-old history lecturer who received France's Legion d'Honneur from Jacques Chirac in 2003, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of murder after he was hauled out of the icy Moika River with a backpack containing a woman's arms. Sokolov was reportedly drunk and fell into the Moika, a tributary of the Neva, in central Saint Petersburg as he tried to dispose of body parts near the offices of investigators.

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Nov 11, 2019

UPDATE 1-Iran launches nuclear enrichment at underground Fordow plant, IAEA confirms
Iran has begun enriching uranium at its underground Fordow site in the latest breach of its deal with major powers, the U.N. nuclear watchdog confirmed on Monday, adding that Tehran's enriched uranium stock has continued to grow. Iran is contravening the deal's limits on its nuclear activities step by step in response to Washington's withdrawal from the accord last year and its renewed sanctions on Tehran. Tehran says it can quickly undo those breaches if Washington lifts its sanctions.

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Nov 11, 2019

UPDATE 2-Iran adds to breaches of nuclear deal with enrichment push -IAEA report
Iran is enriching uranium at its underground Fordow site and rapidly accelerating enrichment more broadly, a report by the U.N. atomic watchdog showed on Monday, outlining Tehran's latest breaches of its 2015 nuclear deal with major powers. Iran is overstepping the deal's limits on its nuclear activities one after the other in response to the United States' withdrawal from the accord last year and its reimposition of sanctions that have crippled Iran's oil trade.

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Nov 11, 2019

Trump news - live: New Yorkers chant ‘Lock him up' as president addresses Veterans Day Parade after accusing impeachment inquiry of releasing ‘doctored transcripts'
Donald Trump was subjected to chants of "Lock him up" as he addressed New York City's Veterans Day Parade after hitting out at House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff, the top Democrat spearheading the impeachment inquiry, accusing him of releasing "doctored transcripts" of witness depositions.A lawyer for Lev Parnas, an associate of Mr Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, has meanwhile told The New York Times his client was tasked with offering Ukraine US military aid in exchange for a corruption investigation into 2020 candidate Joe Biden and his son.

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Nov 11, 2019

UPDATE 2-Israeli troops kill West Bank Palestinian, U.N. demands probe
Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian during confrontations with stone-throwing protesters in the occupied West Bank on Monday, Palestinian health officials said, drawing a U.N. demand for the incident to be investigated. It was not immediately clear if he had taken part in the protests marking the 15th anniversary of the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. An Israeli military spokeswoman said troops were sent into Al-Aroub in pursuit of local Palestinians who had thrown rocks at cars on a nearby road, and opened fire when confronted by "a large number of rioters", some of them with petrol bombs.

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Nov 11, 2019

Turkey begins deporting foreign jihadists
Turkey deported three foreign jihadists on Monday, with more than 20 Europeans including French and Germans in the process of being expelled to their countries of origin. Turkey's interior ministry said it had deported an American and a Dane, while Germany confirmed that one of its citizens had also been expelled. Turkey has criticised Western countries for refusing to repatriate their citizens who left to join the Islamic State group (IS) in Syria and Iraq, and stripping some of them of their citizenship.

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Nov 11, 2019

Joe Biden aides reportedly worry their meetings are too congratulatory
Former Vice President Joe Biden seems to feel his 2020 run may be faltering. His campaign aides still reportedly don't want to tell him that.Biden's presidential campaign has all the trappings of a winning run: An experienced, beloved politician with a tragically heroic backstory, Edward-Isaac Dovere describes in The Atlantic. But polls and fundraising totals are showing Biden isn't thriving the way he'd hope, and his staffers are reportedly struggling to claim otherwise."Biden's campaign lives in a dual reality," in which he's simultaneously winning most polls and yet still "being written off as finished," Dovere writes. Biden aides chalk a lot of that rhetoric up to the media, making "vaguely Trumpian" complaints in which they claim reporters "cover only bad news about Biden and fail to understand what actual heartland voters want," Dovere continues.Yet behind the scenes, Biden is "aware that there are issues with the campaign, especially as it relates to money," one staffer said. His Iowa organization is smaller than Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and even South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg's, and fundraising shortfalls have turned into cutbacks on TV and online ads. That fact has led some aides to "feel like they're just spinning one another in staff meetings about how well things are going," some tell The Atlantic -- and even Biden himself is reportedly "realizing with dread that the race might be slipping away."When asked about his supposedly falling campaign, Biden unequivocally defended his fundraising and organizing. Read more at The Atlantic.More stories from theweek.com The coming death of just about every rock legend The president has already co

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Nov 11, 2019

Tulsi Gabbard is demanding an apology from Hillary Clinton
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) is keeping up her feud with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.Gabbard's 2020 campaign released a letter from its legal counsel Monday demanding Clinton apologize and retract comments she made about her in October, The Hill reports. Clinton in a podcast on Oct. 17 called Gabbard the "favorite of the Russians," also saying she's being groomed for a third-party bid. The latter remark was initially reported widely as referring to Russians grooming Gabbard, though Clinton's spokesperson later said she meant Gabbard is being groomed by Republicans. Clinton additionally referred to Jill Stein as "also a Russian asset" after talking about Gabbard, with the "also" seeming to suggest Clinton thinks Gabbard is one as well. Gabbard's legal counsel rejected Clinton's explanation for the "grooming" comment, in the Monday letter calling the idea that she meant Republicans "spin developed only after you realized the defamatory nature of your statement, and therefore your legal liability." Clinton's comments are "actionable as defamation," the letter also says, going on to demand she "immediately hold a press conference to verbally retract -- in full -- your comments." Beyond that, Gabbard's counsel demands Clinton release a retraction on her Twitter account and distribute it to major news outlets, with an exact wording even being provided; a statement has Clinton saying she made a "grave mistake," that she apologizes, and that "I support and admire" Gabbard's work.This is Gabbard's latest escalation of her war against Clinton after tearing into her immediately after the October comments in a stunning Twitter thread, calling her "the queen of warmongers, embodime

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Nov 11, 2019

Apple reportedly revealed the devices it expects to replace the iPhone during a secret employee meeting in October (AAPL)
Apple has multiple devices in the works, set to arrive in 2022 and 2023, that are intended to eventually replace the iPhone, The Information reported.

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Nov 11, 2019

How Trump's impeachment will unroll
The start of open hearings in the impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump on Wednesday will give the American public their first chance to witness live the explosive showdown between Democrats and Republicans over the US leader's future. The hearing before the House Intelligence Committee marks the second phase of the impeachment investigation into allegations that Trump abused his powers by seeking help for his 2020 reelection campaign from Ukraine. Trump is under threat of becoming only the third president in US history to be impeached -- formally charged with violating his duties as president or committing crimes, and placed on trial in the Senate.

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Nov 11, 2019

Donald Trump Jr walks out of Triggered book launch after heckling - from supporters
Event at University of California is cut short amid anger at his refusal to take questions from the audienceA pro-Trump supporter protests at the UCLA campus in Westwood, California on Sunday. Some were unhappy that Trump Jr refused to take questions. Photograph: Mark Ralston/AFP via Getty ImagesDonald Trump Jr ventured on to the University of California's overwhelmingly liberal Los Angeles campus on Sunday, hoping to prove what he had just argued in his book - that a hate-filled American left was hell-bent on silencing him and anyone else who supported the Trump presidency.But the appearance backfired when his own supporters, diehard Make America Great Again conservatives, raised their voices most loudly in protest and ended up drowning him out barely 20 minutes into an event scheduled to last two hours.The audience was angry that Trump Jr and his girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle, would not take questions. The loud shouts of "USA! USA!" that greeted Trump when he first appeared on the stage of a university lecture hall to promote his book Triggered: How The Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us quickly morphed into even louder, openly hostile chants of "Q and A! Q and A!"The 450-strong audience had just been told they would not be allowed to ask questions, "due to time constraints".At first, Trump and Guilfoyle tried to ignore the discontent, which originated with a fringe group of America Firsters who believe the Trump administration has been taken captive by a ca

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Nov 11, 2019

Bolivia Faces Power Vacuum and More Chaos After Morales Quits
(Bloomberg) -- Bolivia is in chaos after another night of arson attacks and clashes as the resignation of President Evo Morales left the nation with no clear leadership and no date set for new elections.Morales quit on Sunday after election irregularities triggered weeks of violence and intervention from the armed forces. His vice president also quit, which should mean that power passes to the head of the senate, but she resigned too, as did the head of the lower house, leaving the country with a power vacuum.Before he quit, Morales didn't set a date for new elections, and it's unclear when these will be held. The head of the electoral authority also resigned on Sunday, after the Organization of American States published a report saying the Oct. 20 presidential election had been marred by serious irregularities.Several regional voting centers have been damaged by arson attacks, which will add to the difficulty of holding another vote. Jeanine Anez, an opposition senator and deputy-chair of the Senate, is a leading contender to be interim leader, according to local press reports.Morales took office in 2006, and was the lone survivor of the so-called pink tide of leftist leaders that reshaped the continent's politics during the 2000s. Unlike his ally Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela, he presided over strong economic growth, rising incomes and falling poverty. But his democratic credentials were questioned after he ignored the result of a 2016 referendum on presidential term limits.Bolivia's top soldier General Williams Kaliman Romero on Sunday called on Morales to step down to restore peace to the country. Russia joined leftist governments in the region, including Mexico, Venezuela and Cuba,

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Nov 11, 2019

Giuliani Associate Says He Gave Demand for Biden Inquiry to Ukrainians
Not long before the Ukrainian president was inaugurated in May, an associate of Rudy Giuliani's journeyed to Kyiv to deliver a warning to the country's new leadership, a lawyer for the associate said.The associate, Lev Parnas, told a representative of the incoming government that it had to announce an investigation into Trump's political rival, Joe Biden, and his son, or else Vice President Mike Pence would not attend the swearing-in of the new president, and the United States would freeze aid, the lawyer said.The claim by Parnas, who is preparing to share his account with impeachment investigators, challenges the narrative of events from Trump and Ukrainian officials that is at the core of the congressional inquiry. It also directly links Giuliani, the president's personal lawyer, to threats of repercussions made to the Ukrainians, something he has strenuously denied.But Parnas' account, while potentially significant, is being contradicted on several fronts. None of the people involved dispute that the meeting occurred, but Parnas stands alone in saying the intention was to present an ultimatum to the Ukrainian leadership.Another participant in the meeting, Parnas' business partner, Igor Fruman, said Parnas' claim was false; the men never raised the issues of aid or the vice president's attendance at the inauguration, lawyers for Fruman said.Giuliani denied Parnas' contention that he had delivered the warning at the direction of Giuliani. "Categorically, I did not tell

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Nov 11, 2019

World's first airport therapy pig hogs the limelight at San Francisco airport
Pigs might not fly, but LiLou the therapy pig wants to make air travel less stressful. The five-year-old Juliana pig and her owner, Tatyana Danilova, are part of San Francisco International Airport's "Wag Brigade" - a program that brings therapy animals to the airport to cheer passengers up and help ease travel anxieties.

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Nov 11, 2019

Kremlin eyes four-way Ukraine summit this year
An international summit on solving the Ukrainian crisis is likely to take place this year, Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov told reporters in Moscow on Monday. A breakthrough at talks between Moscow and Kiev on Oct. 1 appeared to open the way for the leaders of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France to hold the first four-way summit on the conflict in three years. "I think that the summit would take place... I think this year," Ushakov said.

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Nov 11, 2019

Poland Criticizes Netflix After ‘Terrible Mistake' on Holocaust
(Bloomberg) -- Poland's prime minister wrote an official letter to Netflix Chief Executive Officer Reed Hastings requesting that the media streaming company correct facts about the Holocaust in its "Devil Next Door" documentary series.The European Union member lurched into the international spotlight last year after its nationalist ruling Law & Justice party outlawed the phrase "Polish death camps." It also criminalized suggesting that the nation was complicit in the mass murder of Jews and other people by the Nazis during their occupation of the country in World War II.Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki wrote to Hastings, calling out Netflix for what he called "a terrible mistake" in the five-part series. The show focuses on John Demjanjuk, a retired Ford Motor Co. auto mechanic who was stripped of his U.S. citizenship and convicted by a German criminal court for aiding in the murder of Jews during the Holocaust.The series showed a map of death camps that said they were located in Poland, using the country's current borders, prompting Morawiecki's letter."Not only is the map incorrect, but it deceives viewers into believing that Poland was responsible for establishing and maintaining these camps," Morawiecki wrote, saying he believed it was an "unintentional" mistake. "Today, we still owe this truth to the victims of World War II."Morawiecki enclosed a 1942 map in the letter, which was backed by a comment from the Auschwitz Memorial saying that "more accuracy" should have been expected from the production.To contact the reporter on this story: Maciej Martewicz in Warsaw at mmartewicz@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Wojciech Moskwa at w

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Nov 11, 2019

EU agrees sanctions on Turkey over Cyprus drilling, to add names later
The decision, reflecting a broader deterioration in EU ties with Turkey, aims to punish Ankara for violating Cyprus' maritime economic zone by drilling off the divided island. It follows a separate decision to stop new arms sales by EU governments to Turkey over Ankara's Oct. 9 incursion into Syria. Turkey, which is a formal candidate to join the EU, says it is operating in waters on its own continental shelf or areas where Turkish Cypriots have rights.

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Nov 11, 2019

Lebanon Offers Banks Dollars as ‘Haircut' on Deposits Ruled Out
(Bloomberg) -- Lebanon's central bank has no plans to impose formal restrictions on the movement of money or force depositors to accept losses but will offer "unlimited" dollars for commercial lenders to finance trade and meet customer demands through weeks of protest.With demonstrators gathered outside the central bank's Beirut headquarters, Governor Riad Salameh said lenders could borrow dollars at an interest rate of 20% to ensure that they were able to give depositors ready access to their money-- on condition that the funds are not transferred abroad. The central bank had also asked lenders to accept Lebanese pounds from clients repaying loans in dollars.The move comes in response to restrictions imposed by individual banks on the transfer and withdrawal of dollars in order to minimize capital flight after the protests forced them to close for a week. Since opening, some have also frozen credit facilities for importers, leaving some unable to settle payments for goods already in transit to Lebanon and causing a public outcry and fears of shortages.Lebanon Warned on Default and Recession as Its Reserves DeclineSalameh said he had asked lenders to meet with merchants immediately to find a way to finance imports."There is a lot of talk about capital controls in the legal term and this is not on the table," he said. "The central bank doesn't have the power to do this and it does not want to. We are a country that lives off transfers and we can't put Lebanese in a situation where they transfer their money into the country and cannot get it out."Capital Controls?Calls have mounted for Lebanon to impose formal restrictions on the transfer of dollars abroad in order to defend its

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Nov 11, 2019

Do you have the right to recline your airline airplane seat? No, and here's why
If you're seated in Economy, then reclining your airline seat is unacceptable.  It's rude - and it's wrong, since we're officially out of space.

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Nov 11, 2019

Saldanha Steel, an Apartheid-Era Conceived Mega-Project, Closes
(Bloomberg) -- The Saldanha Works steel plant has become South Africa's first state-backed industrial mega-project conceived to counter sanctions during apartheid to close, as making a profit in the open economy overrides the case for strategic industries.Like many planned projects it took years to progress and ended up opening after the country's first all-race elections in 1994, lessening the initial need for its construction. South Africa's transition to an economy integrated with the world was a slow process and state involvement in industry was significant even after apartheid ended.ArcelorMittal's South African unit today announced that the $1 billion plant, the planning of which began in the 1970s, will be closed. The 1.2 million-ton a year steel sheet mill has consistently lost money since it was opened as a joint venture between the formerly state-owned Iscor Ltd. and the government's Industrial Development Corp. in 1998.The project isn't the only dud formed from partnerships between industry and a government that feared that sanctions would deprive the South African economy of everything from oil to steel. Anglo American Plc and BHP Group Plc, then known as BHP Billiton, partnered the IDC in Columbus Stainless, a steel mill that failed to make money and is now owned by Acerinox SA.Other projects that can trace their origins back to the fear of sanctions are the coal-to-fuel and chemicals plants owned by Sasol Ltd., a company controlled by the government until 1979, and Mossgas, a troubled gas-to-fuels plant on South Africa's southern coast."The primary logic was self preservation," said David Shapiro, the deputy chairman of Sasfin Securities, who has been trading s

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Nov 11, 2019

Police: Missing Alabama teen suffered life-threatening wound
News outlets report an Auburn, Alabama, police charging document released after the arrest of Ibraheem Yazeed on Friday says a state lab determined the evidence matched Aniah Blanchard, who was reported missing on Oct. 24. The 19-year-old was last seen at a convenience store in Auburn while suspect Ibraheem Yazeed was there. The charging document says a witness identified the 29-year-old Yazeed as the man he saw force Blanchard into a car.

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Nov 11, 2019

UPDATE 3-Key backer of Syrian 'White Helmets' found dead in Istanbul
The British founder of an organisation that trained the "White Helmets" emergency response group has been found dead in Istanbul, five years after the group was set up to perform rescue work in rebel areas during the Syrian civil war. The body of James Le Mesurier, founder of the Mayday Rescue group, was found early on Monday near his home in central Istanbul's Beyoglu district, a neighbour said. The Istanbul Governor's Office said an investigation had been launched.

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Nov 11, 2019

Swedish police set up task force to combat gang violence
Swedish police said on Monday they would set up a special task force to deal with a wave of shootings and bombings linked to criminal gangs following the fatal shooting of a 15-year old in the city of Malmo at the weekend. Sweden has long held a reputation as being one of the safest countries in the world and while overall crime and murder rates remain low, gang wars in major cities have claimed an increasing number of victims in recent years. On Saturday, two 15-year-olds were shot outside a pizza restaurant in Malmo in what police said appeared to be a gang conflict over control of the drug trade in the area.

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Nov 11, 2019

Airbnb, Chobani among companies to oppose U.S. asylum work permit slowdown
Airbnb, Chobani, Western Union and a dozen other companies are urging the withdrawal of a Trump administration proposal to slow down the work permit approval process for asylum seekers. The companies - joined by Uniqlo, Ben & Jerry's, DoorDash and others - spoke out against a recently proposed regulation in a letter sent to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on Friday. The proposed regulation is part of a broader effort by the Trump administration to crack down on asylum seekers.

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Nov 11, 2019

GOP Rep. Pete King says he won't seek reelection
Rep. Pete King of New York will not seek reelection in 2020, he said in a statement Monday morning — becoming the latest in a string of House Republican lawmakers to announce their retirements from Congress in recent months. King, a 14-term congressman first elected in 1992, said the "prime reason" for his departure "was that after 28 years of spending 4 days a week in Washington, D.C., it is time to end the weekly commute and be home" in Seaford, New York. While King's seat is competitive, he suggested his decision to step down was not driven by fear of a challenger in next year's election, citing his support in public polling and a formidable campaign war chest.

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Nov 11, 2019

Police shoot protester, man set on fire in day of Hong Kong fury
A police officer shot a masked protester in an incident shown live on Facebook and a man was set on fire Monday during one of the most violent days of clashes in Hong Kong since pro-democracy unrest erupted more than five months ago. A masked assailant also doused a man with a flammable liquid and set him ablaze during an argument, with the horrifying scene captured on mobile phones and also posted online. "Continuing this rampage is a lose-lose situation for Hong Kong," police spokesman John Tse said at a press conference in which he showed the video of the man being set alight, as well as a fire inside a train.

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Nov 11, 2019

Iran underground lab boosts low-enriched uranium production
Iran is producing even more low-enriched uranium daily than previously thought, after resuming enrichment at an underground laboratory built in a mountain, the head of the country's nuclear program told The Associated Press on Monday. Ali Akbar Salehi of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran attributed the rise to the work at Fordo, a long-secret facility the West feared could be used to divert and rapidly enrich uranium to weapons-grade levels. Iran resumed uranium enrichment at Fordo as it also broke other limits imposed by the 2015 nuclear deal that began to unravel after President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew America from the accord over a year ago.

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Nov 11, 2019

Trump Jr. event derailed by audience after Q&A refusal
Donald Trump Jr.'s appearance Sunday at a university to talk about his new book on liberals and free speech was marked by an argument between him and the audience over why he would not take questions, the Guardian newspaper reported.

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Nov 11, 2019

Saudi Arabia Gives First Permanent Residencies to Foreigners
(Bloomberg) -- Saudi Arabia granted 73 foreigners "premium" residency under a new program to attract overseas investment by enabling selected people to buy property and do business without a Saudi sponsor.The kingdom received thousands of applications after offering permanent residency for 800,000 riyals ($213,000) or a one-year renewable permit for 100,000 riyals. The first batch of recipients come from 19 countries and include investors, doctors, engineers and financiers, according to a statement Monday from the government's Premium Residency Center. It didn't detail how many were granted permanent residency.The program, approved in May, is the latest sign of how the kingdom is rethinking the role for foreigners as it works to reduce the economy's dependence on oil. It's a landmark move in a region where many overseas workers are subject to some of the world's most restrictive residency rules. The premium residencies also allow holders to switch jobs, exit the kingdom easily and sponsor visas for family members.The idea for a long-term Saudi residency was first floated in 2016 by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. At the time, he estimated the program would generate about $10 billion in annual revenue by 2020.While Saudi Arabia is seeking to encourage the affluent to stay, monthly fees imposed on foreign workers and their families, along with sluggish economic growth, have prompted hundreds of thousands of other expats to leave. Those levies are designed to spur private businesses to hire Saudi nationals as citizen unemployment hovers above 12%.To contact the reporter on this story: Vivian Nereim in Riyadh at vnereim@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Ala

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Nov 11, 2019

Sri Lanka minister slams Facebook over 'censorship'
A senior Sri Lankan minister accused social media giant Facebook on Monday of censoring comments he made questioning the citizenship of presidential election frontrunner Gotabhaya Rajapakse. The nationality of Rajapakse, brother of former strongman president Mahinda, is a key issue ahead of voting Saturday as Sri Lankan law prohibits dual citizens from holding elected office. Communications Minister Harin Fernando asked in a Facebook post on his official ministry page Sunday whether Rajapakse should be allowed to stand, suggesting he was still a US national.

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Nov 11, 2019

Border Patrol shooting case: SCOTUS to decide if federal officials can be held accountable
It's pretty simple. Federal officials shouldn't be immune from the very laws they are supposed to enforce.

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Nov 11, 2019

Airlines are flying tons of unneeded fuel around the world to save as little as $52 by not filling up in countries with higher prices
The practice, called "fuel tankering," gives airlines an often tiny saving, at the cost of much larger carbon emissions, BBC's 'Panorama' claimed.

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Nov 11, 2019

As Trump fumes, public impeachment hearings set to grab spotlight
This week will mark a new and unparalleled chapter in Donald Trump's tumultuous presidency, as the Democratic-led impeachment probe goes public with televised hearings into allegations about Trump's dealings with Ukraine. Beginning on Wednesday, three witnesses will publicly detail their concerns, previously expressed behind closed doors, that the Trump administration sought to tie military aid to Ukraine to an investigation of the Republican president's potential Democratic rival for the presidency, Joe Biden. The testimony will be carried by major broadcast and cable networks and is expected to be viewed by millions, who will watch current and former officials from Trump's own administration begin to outline a case for his potential removal from office.

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Nov 11, 2019

What slowdown? Chinese shoppers set new 'Singles' Day' spending record
Chinese consumers spent a record amount on Alibaba platforms Monday during the annual "Singles' Day" buying spree, the world's biggest 24-hour shopping event, which kicked off this year with a glitzy show by US singer Taylor Swift. China's economy is in an extended slowdown exacerbated by the US trade war, and the Singles' Day fire sale is viewed as a snapshot of consumer sentiment in the world's second-biggest economy. US President Donald Trump has repeatedly said his tariffs on Chinese goods have put the country's economy on the ropes, but the state-run tabloid Global Times said the shopping figures proved otherwise.

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Nov 11, 2019

Gambia takes Myanmar to top UN court over Rohingya campaign
Gambia filed the case on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. Gambia's justice minister and attorney general, Abubacarr Marie Tambadou, told The Associated Press he wanted to "send a clear message to Myanmar and to the rest of the international community that the world must not stand by and do nothing in the face of terrible atrocities that are occurring around us.

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Nov 11, 2019

Capitalism and socialism are just words
As the field of Democratic Party presidential contenders narrows, we may well find ourselves stuck in a big ideas debate over the merits of "capitalism" versus "socialism." Of the three front-runners, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) famously called herself "a capitalist to my bones," while Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) identifies as a democratic socialist. Former Vice President Joe Biden seems to be... whatever will keep the big money donors rolling in. Meanwhile, a lot of centrists, liberals and leftists are drawing up battle lines depending on whose label they prefer.But "socialism" and "capitalism" are just words. And the way they get used in everyday debate covers a vast and diverse array of economic arrangements. At the edges, they bleed into one another to the point you can't tell where one ends and one begins.For instance, consider the way your average Fox News pundit slings the word "socialist" at anyone to the left of West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin. Or how the establishments of both parties, as well as the American billionaire class, are hell-bent against Warren becoming president. These are the defenders of America's status quo, which is understood to be capitalism. But whatever Warren means by the term is clearly something they want no part of. Meanwhile, if you actually pick through Sanders' definition of democratic socialism, it's basically some combination of Franklin Roosevelt's politics plus Nordic social democracy -- two things lots of people traditionally understood as falling under the capitalism umbrella.The difference between, say, giving markets "better rules" -- as Warren says she wants to do -- and "interfering with" or "disrupting" markets -- as Warren and Sanders' critics say they will do -- is entirel

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Nov 11, 2019

Hong Kong Violence Escalates With Bullets, Tear Gas, Man on Fire
(Bloomberg) -- Hong Kong saw one of its most violent days since protests began in June, with clashes involving police and protesters leaving downtown paralyzed, transportation networks hobbled and two men clinging to life.The chaos started early on Monday when demonstrators, still angry after the first protest-related death on Friday, moved to disrupt the morning commute. A scuffle ensued outside a subway station in which a police officer shot a protester at point blank, all of which was caught on a video that went viral within moments. He's currently in intensive care.The shooting spawned calls for a flash mob at noon in Central, where protesters blocked roads in one of Hong Kong's premier shopping districts. Police fired tear gas to clear them, leading to chaotic scenes of office workers ducking into luxury malls to wash out their eyes with water.Around the same time, video emerged of a man doused with petrol and lit on fire. Hu Xijin, an editor with China's state-run Global Times newspaper, said the victim had "openly disagreed with radical protesters" at the time of the attack. He's currently in critical condition, according to hospital authorities, who said almost 50 people were injured.The shocking videos raised fears that things could get even worse, as the pro-democracy protests show no signs of letting up after five months of increasingly violent demonstrations opposing Beijing's grip over the city. Hong Kong stocks on Monday saw their biggest loss in about three months, banks set people home early and

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Nov 11, 2019

Centre ground cut out of Spanish politics as centrist leader quits following election
Spain has suffered its most fragmented and polarised election result since returning to democracy in the late 1970s after holding its fourth general election in four years last weekend.  The leader of Spain's pro-market Ciudadanos party resigned after seeing its vote share crumble, while the hard-Right Vox party doubled its seat tally in Spain's 350-seat legislature, emerging as a major force on the Right of Spanish politics.  The collapse of the centre in Spain's political landscape was confirmed by the rise of anti-immigrant Vox that won 52 seats, stealing the thunder in an election nominally won by the Socialist (PSOE) with 120 seats - the lowest-ever total for a winning party.  Ciudadanos, which describes itself as Spain's only centrist party, lost all but 10 of the 57 seats forcing its leader Albert Rivera to resign, warning his country not to succumb to the allure of extremism.  "It's a bad result - no sugaring the pill or excuses," Mr Rivera said while urging Spain's mainstream parties to work together and "never allow Spaniards to be divided into reds and blues" - in reference to the country's turbulent past. Protesters blocked the highway at the La Jonquera border point Credit: David Ramos/Getty Images Spain's parties remain deeply divided over how to deal with the separatist threat from Catalonia's independence movement, with the Socialist acting-Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez now with no obvious route to even a minority government.  The stale

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Nov 11, 2019

Key backer of Syrian 'White Helmets' found dead in Istanbul
The British founder of an organization that trained the "White Helmets" emergency response group has been found dead in Istanbul, five years after the group was set up to perform rescue work in rebel areas during the Syrian civil war. The body of James Le Mesurier, founder of the Mayday Rescue group, was found early on Monday near his home in central Istanbul's Beyoglu district, a neighbor said. The Istanbul Governor's Office said an investigation had been launched.

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Nov 11, 2019

US-born IS bride appeals again to come home from Syria
A US-born woman who says she regrets having joined the Islamic State group has appealed again to come home from the refugee camp where she lives with her small son in Syria. The government is refusing to let Hoda Muthana return to the US, arguing that she is not an American citizen. In an interview with NBC News published Saturday, Muthana said she "regrets every single thing" done by IS, which she joined in 2014 after embracing extremist ideology while living with her family in Alabama.

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Nov 11, 2019

Imelda Marcos Is Here to Teach Us How Wannabe Autocrats Like Trump Really Think
Artur Widak/NurPhoto via GettyLONDON—At the 80th birthday party of comedian Joey Adams in the ballroom of an upmarket hotel overlooking Central Park in 1991, Donald Trump and Imelda Marcos sat side by side; two vulgar icons of '80s greed and ambition.Imelda and her husband Ferdinand Marcos had been ousted from power five years earlier by a popular uprising in the Philippines where people had grown sick of their corruption and brutality. Trump was a loud-mouthed but ultimately powerless New York real estate mogul.Fifteen years later, in 2016, Trump was elected President of the United States and Marcos' political clout was restored after a Filipino presidential election in which her son stood to be vice president and Rodrigo Duterte became the hardline president.The Marcos family are believed to have stolen more than $10 billion from the Filipino people during their 21-year reign. Ferdinand died in 1989, but in recent years, the family secretly helped to fund the rise of Duterte, a notorious homophobe and rape apologist who has bragged of executing drug-dealers in thousands of extrajudicial street killings.Trump is one of the few world leaders to have spoken warmly of Duterte and reportedly congratulated him on his approach to the drug trade.The great claim to fame of vaudevillian Joey Adams' may be his invention of the one-liner: "With friends like these, who needs enemies?"With friends like his, that's no wonder.Imelda Marcos, who is now 90, is currently trying to help her son,

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Nov 11, 2019

2020 Watch: Bloomberg escalates doubts about front-runners
Whether he does or doesn't run, New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg has escalated doubts about front-runners Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren and pushed Democratic anxiety to new heights. There may be more than a dozen candidates still in the race, but several ambitious Democrats who initially opted to bypass a 2020 bid are suddenly being taken seriously as potential candidates. Less than three months before voting begins, the Democratic primary feels increasingly unsettled.

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Nov 11, 2019

Vietnamese court finds Australian guilty of terrorism
A Vietnamese court on Monday sentenced a 70-year-old Australian to 12 years in jail on terrorism charges, state media reported. The Tuoi Tre newspaper said Chau Van Kham, a Sydney resident of Vietnamese origin, was found guilty of "terrorism to oppose the people's administration" in a half-day trial at Ho Chi Minh City People's Court. It said two Vietnamese men, Nguyen Van Vien and Tran Van Quyen, were also sentenced to 11 and 10 years respectively on the same charge.

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Nov 11, 2019

Trump Jr booed off stage by supporters of his father amid apparent split in US far right
Donald Trump Jr was booed off stage and forced to abandon a book tour appearance at the University of California's Los Angeles campus - due to a protest by supporters of his father.The event, organised by conservative group Turning Point USA (TPUSA), was disrupted by chants of "Q and A! Q and A!" after the audience was told the president's son would not take questions, video showed.

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Nov 11, 2019

China accuses US of using UN to 'meddle' in Tibet
China accused the US on Monday of using the United Nations to "meddle" in Tibet, as Washington intensifies its bid to prevent Beijing from handpicking the Dalai Lama's successor. Last week, Sam Brownback, the United States' ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, said the US wanted the UN to take up the succession issue of the Tibetan spiritual leader. The choice of the Dalai Lama's successor "belongs to the Tibetan Buddhists and not the Chinese government", Brownback told AFP.

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Nov 11, 2019

SpaceX launches another 60 solar-powered internet satellites
Initial service is expected to begin next year with global connectivity expected in 2021

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Nov 11, 2019

Poland says France's Macron comments on NATO 'dangerous': FT
French President Emmanuel Macron's critical remarks about NATO were "dangerous", Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said in an interview published on Sunday evening by the Financial Times. Macron told The Economist last week that NATO was experiencing "brain death", citing a lack of coordination and U.S. unpredictability under President Donald Trump. NATO was "the most important alliance in the world when it comes to preserving freedom and peace" and Macron's questioning of whether its members could still be counted on to defend each other was "dangerous", Morawiecki said, according to the FT.

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Nov 11, 2019

Dozens detained in India over holy site social media comments
Indian police have arrested dozens of people for social media comments that allegedly threatened "communal harmony" after the Supreme Court awarded a holy site once used for a mosque to Hindus, officials said Monday. The site in the northern city of Ayodhya has in the past caused religious riots that have left thousands dead. Security forces have been on alert since the verdict was announced on Saturday and remained on the city's streets as hundreds of thousands of Hindu pilgrims began arriving on Monday ahead of a religious festival.

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Nov 11, 2019

Boris Johnson on Track for Win, With Majority on Knife Edge, Odds Say
(Bloomberg) -- Sign up to our Brexit Bulletin, follow us @Brexit and subscribe to our podcast.If you listen to bookmakers, the central question in the U.K. general election is not whether Boris Johnson will win, but by how much.Johnson is the overwhelming favorite to remain as prime minister after the Dec. 12 poll, according to bookmaker Paddy Power. At 3/1 on to lead the next government, punters would need to bet three pounds ($3.84) to win one pound -- effectively meaning the betting firm gives Johnson a 75% chance to keep his job.While that looks like good news for Johnson, odds suggest he's not guaranteed an overall majority in Parliament -- which he has repeatedly said he needs to end the impasse over Brexit. Most betting firms rate his chances of winning an overall majority in the House of Commons at about 50:50.Analysts and traders study bookmakers' odds to help predict the outcome of market-moving events, though their reliability was dealt a blow in the 2016 referendum on the U.K.'s membership of the European Union. As the campaign ended, odds implied a 90% chance of voters opting to remain in the bloc.The current election odds are backed by recent opinion polls, which give the Conservatives a 12 percentage point lead over Labour on average.The odds on Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn winning are 2/1 against, effectively a 33% chance, meaning gamblers would need to risk one pound to win two. His party has about a 5% chance of an overall majority in the House of Commons, according to Be

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Nov 11, 2019

Turkey starts returning IS fighters, deports US national
A U.S. national who is a member of the Islamic State group has been deported home, a Turkish official said Monday, as Ankara began repatriating captured foreign IS fighters. Turkish Interior Ministry spokesman Ismail Catakli told Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency that a German and a Danish national would also be deported later on Monday while seven German nationals would be returned on Nov. 14. "A foreign terrorist fighter from the United States has been deported from Turkey after the procedures were completed," Anadolu quoted Catakli as saying.

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Nov 11, 2019

Kavanaugh Makes Rare Public Foray for Group Vetting Trump Judges
(Bloomberg) -- Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh has done his best to keep a low profile in the 13 months since one of the most polarizing Senate confirmation fights in U.S. history.From the bench, his questions have been evenhanded and his opinions have been measured. His public appearances have been rare.But Kavanaugh will be back in the spotlight when he gives the featured dinner speech on Thursday at the annual Washington convention of the Federalist Society, the powerful conservative legal group that helped put him on the court.The appearance, in front of an organization Kavanaugh joined in 1988 as a law student, will offer a reminder of his professional roots and help showcase the group's success in helping load the federal courts with conservative judges -- one of President Donald Trump's signature achievements.It will also provide a fresh indication of how the Supreme Court's most controversial justice will navigate the raw feelings that remain after his nomination by Trump and narrow Senate confirmation in the face of sexual assault allegations.About 2,300 people are expected to attend the Antonin Scalia Memorial Dinner, a black-tie-optional event that brings legal luminaries to the cavernous Main Hall of Washington's Union Station every year. The event will be open to the media, though broadcast coverage will be prohibited.When many Americans last saw Kavanaugh, he was at his Senate confirmation hearing angrily and tearfully denying that he had assaulted Christine Blasey Ford decade

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Nov 11, 2019

Kavanaugh Returns to Spotlight a Year After Nasty Senate Fight
(Bloomberg) -- Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh has done his best to keep a low profile in the 13 months since one of the most polarizing Senate confirmation fights in U.S. history.From the bench, his questions have been evenhanded and his opinions have been measured. His public appearances have been rare.But Kavanaugh will be back in the spotlight when he gives the featured dinner speech on Thursday at the annual Washington convention of the Federalist Society, the powerful conservative legal group that helped put him on the court.The appearance, in front of an organization Kavanaugh joined in 1988 as a law student, will offer a reminder of his professional roots and help showcase the group's success in helping load the federal courts with conservative judges -- one of President Donald Trump's signature achievements.It will also provide a fresh indication of how the Supreme Court's most controversial justice will navigate the raw feelings that remain after his nomination by Trump and narrow Senate confirmation in the face of sexual assault allegations.About 2,300 people are expected to attend the Antonin Scalia Memorial Dinner, a black-tie-optional event that brings legal luminaries to the cavernous Main Hall of Washington's Union Station every year. The event will be open to the media, though broadcast coverage will be prohibited.When many Americans last saw Kavanaugh, he was at his Senate confirmation hearing angrily and tearfully denying that he had assaulted Christine Blasey Ford decades ago when both were teenagers."This whole two-week effort has been a calculated and orchestrated political hit, fueled with apparent pent-up anger about President Trump and the 2016

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UPDATE 2-Turkey starts repatriation of captured Islamic State militants
Turkey said on Monday it had deported two Islamic State militants -- a German and an American -- beginning a programme to repatriate fighters that has caused friction with its NATO allies since it launched an offensive in northern Syria. Allies have worried that Islamic State militants could escape as a result of the Turkish offensive, which began last month. Turkey has accused Western countries, especially in Europe, of being too slow to take back citizens who travelled to the Middle East to fight on behalf of the militant group.

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Nov 11, 2019

UPDATE 5-Turkey starts repatriating Islamic State detainees
Turkey said on Monday it had deported two captives from Islamic State, a German and an American, starting a programme to repatriate detainees that has caused friction with its NATO allies since it launched an offensive in northern Syria. Ankara says it has captured 287 militants in northeast Syria and already holds hundreds more Islamic State suspects. It has accused European countries of being too slow to take back citizens who travelled to fight in the Middle East.

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Nov 11, 2019

Hong Kong police shoot protester as pro-democracy unrest spirals into rare working-hours violence
A protester was shot and a man set on fire on Monday as protests in Hong Kong spilled into rare daytime hours, forcing public transport, offices and schools to shut down. A 21-year-old activist was in critical condition after being shot and wounded at around 7.20am as traffic police trying to stop protesters from blocking a road fired three live shots with no prior warning. Police later said all were meant to be warning shots, as the officers felt their lives were under threat. Video circulating online showed an officer holding a protester and pointing his gun at another, firing at close range. Another man was admitted to hospital for burns, after he was set on fire. Videos online show protesters arguing with a man in a green t-shirt, as he criticises Hong Kong's pro-democracy activists. A masked person in black then throws liquid over the man, and sets him on fire. The violence is pushing Hong Kong to the "brink of no return," said Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam. She condemned the protesters' "wishful thinking" that escalating violence would force the government to meet their demands.  Police fired tear gas in the Central business district Credit:  REUTERS/Thomas Peter "I'm making this statement clear and loud here: That will not happen," Ms Lam said. "Violence is not going to give us any solution."  Chaos erupted as news of the use of live rounds spread, and as video circulated online of a police officer driving his motorcycle into pr

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Nov 11, 2019

Vietnam jails Australian citizen for 12 years on 'terrorism' charges
A court in Vietnam sentenced a 70-year-old Vietnamese-Australian man on Monday to 12 years in prison after finding him guilty of "terrorism", a lawyer who attended the trial told Reuters. The Ministry of Public Security said in a statement on its official news website that Chau Van Kham was being tried for being a member of the U.S.-based human rights group Viet Tan, which Vietnam regards as a "terrorist" body. It said Kham had helped raised funds for anti-state activities, joined anti-Vietnam protests in Australia and recruited members for Viet Tan.

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Nov 11, 2019

Brexit Bulletin: Farage Under Pressure
Days to Brexit deadline: 81(Bloomberg) -- Sign up here to get the Brexit Bulletin in your inbox every weekday.Today in Brexit: No one is backing down in the tussle over whether to create a pre-election Leave alliance.Nigel Farage is coming under pressure to stand aside and let U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson deliver Brexit after the general election on Dec. 12.Arron Banks, one of Farage's key backers in the 2016 referendum, used a column in the Mail on Sunday to urge his former ally to step aside. Business Minister Kwasi Kwarteng echoed that call in an interview with Sky News's Sophy Ridge. Former Theresa May aide Nick Timothy describes Farage today as a tragic figure, "the Frodo Baggins of Brexit." But Farage, the original poster boy for Brexit, looks unlikely to give way gracefully. Leavers fear Farage could now split the pro-Brexit vote, help Jeremy Corbyn into Downing Street, and scupper Britain's departure from the European Union. As Banks put it: If Farage "insists on pursuing his impossible dream of a perfect Brexit, he will not get it." Weekend polling put Farage's Brexit Party on 6%-10%, in fourth place. Farage launches his Brexit Party's election campaign today in Hartlepool, in the north of England. Follow our rolling election coverage for all the latest.For all the pressure, Farage shows little inclination to bow out. On Sunday, he gave Johnson another four days to reach a deal or face Brexit Party candidates running against Conservatives across the whole U.K. His demand: Johnson should abandon his deal and pursue what Farage calls a "c

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Nov 11, 2019

Syria's Assad: anybody will be able to run at 2021 election
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said the Syrian presidential election in 2021 would be open to anybody who wants to run and that there would be numerous challengers for the presidency. Assad, who made the comment in an interview broadcast on Monday on Russian state-funded television channel RT, faced two challengers at the 2014 election which he won by a landslide, but which his opponents dismissed as a charade. There are going to be numerous nominees," Assad said.

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Nov 11, 2019

SpaceX set to launch another 60 Starlink internet satellites
Initial service is expected to begin next year with global connectivity expected in 2021

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Nov 11, 2019

'A circus and a hoax': how rightwing media are covering impeachment
Televised impeachment hearings will probably spur more negative news cycles for Trump. Except on conservative mediaThe Fox News offices in New York City, 11 October 2019. Photograph: Andrew Kelly/ReutersTelevised public impeachment hearings on Donald Trump start on Wednesday and are likely to grip America with a litany of damaging testimony.Transcripts of private hearings already show witnesses testifying about the same basic scenario: Trump wanted Ukraine to investigate his potential rival in the 2020 election Joe Biden and his son Hunter, who had worked in the country. That has spurred weeks of negative news cycles for Trump. When those same witnesses are grilled live on television it is likely to only get worse for the president.Except on conservative media.The themes advanced by conservative commentators have been wildly supportive of the president and hostile toward impeachment, often painting an alternative reality of a brutal, bullying, illegal and unfair plot against Trump.Jeanine Pirro, on her eponymous Fox News show, recently groused: "There's been a lot of talk about constitutional crises - but the only constitutional crisis right now is the lawless attempt to impeach the sitting president."Fox Business' Lou Dobbs celebrated a Republican protest saying "the Republicans, God bless them for actually doing something. I am so impressed". He also described the inquiry as the "illegal efforts of the radical Dems who are holding secret hearings in their attempts to unseat the president," Colum

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Nov 11, 2019

Donald Trump Jr. talk marked by anger over no questions
Donald Trump Jr.'s appearance Sunday at a university to talk about his new book on liberals and free speech was marked by an argument between him and the audience over why he would not take questions, the Guardian newspaper reported . Members of the audience of about 450 people at the University of California, Los Angeles, were vocally angry that Trump Jr. and his girlfriend, former Fox News personality Kimberly Guilfoyle, declined to take questions because of time constraints, the Guardian reported. USA!" when he first appeared on the stage of a lecture hall, members of the audience eventually turned to louder, openly hostile chants of "Q and A!

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Nov 11, 2019

Forget F-35 and F-22s: This Might be the Most Important Plane in the U.S. Air Force
A vital new plane.

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Nov 11, 2019

Hong Kong police shoot protester, igniting renewed fury
A Hong Kong policeman shot a masked protester in the torso on Monday morning, igniting clashes across the city and renewed fury towards the force as crowds took to the streets to block roads and hurl insults at officers. Footage showed a police officer drawing a pistol in the district of Sai Wan Ho as he tried to detain a masked person at a junction that had been blocked by protesters. Hong Kong police said one person was struck by a bullet while hospital authorities said a 21-year-old man was admitted with a gunshot wound.

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Nov 11, 2019

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's flawed 'read the transcript' defense
Heading into public hearings this week, people have read the transcript , and that's why President Donald Trump has an impeachment problem. The whistleblower, the rough transcript of the July 25 phone call between Trump and Ukraine's leader, and the words of a succession of career civil servants and Trump political appointees brought before Congress are largely in sync. Together they have stitched an account that shows Trump pressing for a political favor from a foreign leader and, as key testimony has it, conditioning military aid on getting what he wanted.

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Nov 11, 2019

Still a chance? 2020 longshots insist race is up for grabs
Bernie Sanders rallied hundreds of supporters outside the New Hampshire capital when the senator formally filed to compete in the state's first-in-the-nation presidential primary. A howling crowd cheered South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg as he walked through the statehouse to file his paperwork. When it was Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet's turn, he wound up with about a dozen supporters and a pep talk from Secretary of State Bill Gardner, the dean of the New Hampshire primary.

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Nov 11, 2019

Trump impeachment inquiry heads to live TV coverage
Back in 1973, tens of millions of Americans tuned in to what Variety called "the hottest daytime soap opera" — the Senate Watergate hearings that eventually led to President Richard Nixon's resignation. It was a communal experience, and by some estimates, more than 80% of Americans tuned in to at least part of the Watergate telecasts. Seeing the witnesses lay out the case against the president moved public opinion decidedly in favor of impeachment.

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Nov 11, 2019

Longtime Republican Rep. Pete King won't seek reelection
The New York Republican has served in Congress since 2003

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Nov 10, 2019

New Zealand could ban some criminals from being near guns
New Zealand's government on Monday proposed legislation to ban certain criminals from being anywhere near guns even if they don't own them, a measure that politicians acknowledge has significant human rights implications. The proposed law would make it illegal for some criminals to live or visit a house where a gun is present or to travel in a car that has a gun inside. The proposal is the latest gun-control measure introduced by the government since Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in March vowed to overhaul gun laws in the days after a gunman killed 51 people at two Christchurch mosques.

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Nov 10, 2019

The Latest: UN chief urges restraint for Bolivians
The United Nations says Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is deeply concerned about the situation in Bolivia, where Evo Morales resigned the presidency Sunday after weeks of protests over a disputed election. Three Bolivians have been killed and more than 100 injured during clashes among opponents and supporters of Morales since the Oct. 20 election, which he claimed to have won.

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Nov 10, 2019

Kenya's Salve for Ethnic Animosity Is at Risk of Backfiring
(Bloomberg) -- A plan championed by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila to end ethnic animosity may end up widening fault lines that have triggered sporadic violence in the East African nation.The two men commissioned a study on how to promote reconciliation in the wake of a disputed election in 2017 that threatened to reignite a conflict in which more than 1,100 people died a decade earlier. Their so-called Building Bridges Initiative envisions an end to a winner-take-all electoral system, watering down the executive's powers and an enhanced role for parliament, according to a draft seen by Bloomberg. The document was verified by people with knowledge of the report, who asked not to be identified because the information is still private and could be amended.While most politicians initially welcomed the rapprochement between the one-time foes and their attempts at nation-building, it's caused ructions in the ruling Jubilee Party because it could pave the way for Odinga to become president in 2022 and leave Kenyatta's deputy, William Ruto, out in the cold."Ruto is deeply suspicious of BBI because he sees it as a vehicle to create a coalition that excludes him," said Nic Cheeseman, a professor of democracy at the University of Birmingham in the U.K. "The threat is that this then raises the political temperatures, and each side starts to prepare for the worst."Ethnic-Based CoalitionsKenyan politics have long been a minefield, with largely ethnic-based coalitions determining who wields power.

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Nov 10, 2019

2 shot after Hong Kong police fire live rounds at pro-democracy demonstrators
Hong Kong police shot at least two pro-democracy protesters on Monday morning, after the demonstrators attempted to block a busy street.The chaos began when a traffic officer started tussling with a protester, The Washington Post reports. Another demonstrator then began to approach them, and the officer fired a live round into the person's stomach. Two more rounds were then fired at another protester. A police spokesperson said the two injured demonstrators have been taken to a hospital.Hong Kong has been rocked by unrest for the last five months, with protesters first hitting the streets after a bill was introduced that would make it legal for suspects arrested in Hong Kong to be extradited to mainland China to face trial. During a protest earlier this month, a demonstrator fell from a parking structure while police tried to disperse the crowd; the protester died on Friday, which led others in the movement to call for a general strike on Monday.More stories from theweek.com Donald Trump Jr. walks offstage after being heckled at book event — by conservatives Customers step up to help lone restaurant employee working a busy shift The therapeutic benefits of taking out the garbage

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Nov 10, 2019

Amazon's $1.5 million political gambit backfires in Seattle City Council election
Seattle voters, in a rebuke to heavy corporate campaign spending by Amazon.com, have kept progressives firmly in control of their city council, reviving chances for a tax on big businesses that the tech giant helped fend off last year. Amazon poured a record $1.5 million into a Super PAC run by the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce to back a slate of candidates in the Nov. 5 council elections viewed as pro-business, or at least more corporate friendly than the incumbent council majority. Amazon, the world's leading online retailer whose chief executive is billionaire entrepreneur Jeff Bezos, accounted for more than half of nearly $2.7 million raised by the Super PAC, a group allowed to accept unlimited sums from wealthy donors in support of their favorite candidates.

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Nov 10, 2019

Progressive lawyer Boudin wins San Francisco's DA race
Chesa Boudin, the son of anti-war radicals sent to prison for murder when he was a toddler, has won San Francisco's tightly contested race for district attorney after campaigning to reform the criminal justice system. The former deputy public defender declared victory Saturday night after four days of ballot counting determined he was ahead of interim District Attorney Suzy Loftus. The latest results from the San Francisco Department of Elections gave Boudin a lead of 8,465 votes.

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Nov 10, 2019

Hong Kong police shoot protester as flashmob rallies target rush hour
A Hong Kong police officer shot at masked protesters on Monday morning, hitting at least one in the torso, as anger sparked by the recent death of a student spilled into the rush hour commute. Footage showed a police officer drawing his sidearm in the district of Sai Wan Ho as he tried to detain a masked person at a junction that had been blocked by protesters.

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Nov 10, 2019

Morales: Latin America's longest-serving leader collapses under protests
Evo Morales was Latin America's longest-serving president until he resigned in ignominy Sunday, after weeks of opposition protests over an election ultimately said to have been riddled with irregularities. A member of the Aymara people, he grew up in poverty on Bolivia's high plains and was a llama herder, coca farmer and leftist union leader before rising to take office as his country's first indigenous president in January 2006. Morales called new elections, but resigned within hours of that announcement after army and police chiefs joined calls for him to quit.

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Nov 10, 2019

Widespread Unrest Across Hong Kong as Protesters Attempt to Enforce General Strike
At least one man has been shot, another set on fire, and petrol bombs hurled into a commuter train.

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Nov 10, 2019

Father who lost wife, sons says life 'turned upside down'
A U.S. citizen who lost his wife and two of his sons when they were ambushed by gunmen in Mexico said his life has been upended and he's leaving the country with the rest of his family, ABC News reported. David Langford told ABC's "World News Tonight" Sunday that "my whole life has turned upside down. Langford's wife, Dawna, and two of his sons, Trevor Langford, 11, and Rogan Langford, 2, were among the nine women and children killed in the ambush Monday in the Mexican state of Sonora.

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Nov 10, 2019

'Doubling down on stupid': GOP warns Adam Schiff not to block Hunter Biden as impeachment witness
Republican lawmakers stepped up pressure on Rep. Adam Schiff to allow them to call Hunter Biden to testify in the impeachment inquiry.

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