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Nov 17, 2019

Leading Muslim groups to challenge India holy site court ruling
Two leading Muslim groups said Sunday they will file petitions in India's top court challenging its decision to award Hindus control of a bitterly disputed holy site that has sparked deadly inter-religious violence. The Supreme Court ruled on November 9 that the holy site in Ayodhya, where Hindu mobs destroyed a 460-year-old mosque in 1992, must be managed by a trust to oversee the construction of a Hindu temple. A separate piece of land in Ayodhya would be given over to a Muslim group to build a "prominent" new mosque.

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Nov 17, 2019

Syracuse suspends all fraternity activities after string of racist, anti-Semitic incidents
Syracuse suspended a fraternity and halted social activities of all fraternities for the semester after a series of racist and anti-Semitic incidents.

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Nov 17, 2019

On an upswing, the Pete Buttigieg show rolls through New Hampshire
Pete Buttigieg traveled more than 100 miles through the Granite State on a bus emblazoned with his name and packed with over a dozen journalists. It's a spectacle that hasn't been seen in recent presidential races, but it's part of a freewheeling strategy has helped bring Buttigieg from relative obscurity to the top of the Democratic primary field. 

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Nov 17, 2019

Private zoo owner in Crimea pleads for public to take 30 of his bears so he won't have to euthanise them
The owner of a struggling safari park in Crimea is giving more than thirty bears to save them from euthanasia.  Oleg Zubkov, the owner of the Taigan Lion Park near Simferopol, said he is seeking new homes for the animals because he can no longer afford to feed them. It comes after inspectors ordered the safari park, which is famous for its large collection of lions, found violations of veterinary regulations and ordered it closed for three months.  Speaking on his Youtube channel, "the Lion Man," Mr Zubkov said he could not afford to feed and look after the animals without the revenue from ticket sales and was left with no choice but to find them new homes or put them down.  "Twelve lions and tigers will be moved to other zoos shortly, and a final decision will be made about… shooting 30 bears from the park," he says in the video. "I've forced into these extreme measures because there are no other options left," he said. Oleg Zubkov with BBC television presenter  Simon Reeve Credit:  Jonathan Young Mr Zubkov said he had already fed several dozen of his Vietnamese pigs to the lions and tigers in a bid to cut costs, and that he had informed regional veterinary authorities about his decision to cull his bears.  Valery Ivanov, the head of the state veterinary committee in Crimea, told Interfax no documents related to the killing of animals had been received.  The Taigan Safari Park, which is home to 2,500 animals, was opened in 2012

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Nov 17, 2019

Jayme Closs's kidnapper gets in fight at New Mexico prison, video shows
Raw video: Video shows a 20-second fight between the man who kidnapped Jayme Closs and killed her parents.

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Nov 17, 2019

Lebanon mired deeper in crisis after Safadi withdrawal
Lebanon slipped deeper into political crisis on Sunday after the withdrawal of a top candidate for prime minister narrowed the chances of creating a government needed to enact urgent reforms. Mohammad Safadi, a former finance minister, withdrew his candidacy late on Saturday, saying it was too hard to form a "harmonious" government with broad political support. Safadi was the first candidate who had appeared to win some consensus among Lebanon's fractious sectarian-based parties since Hariri quit as prime minister on Oct. 29, pushed out by sweeping protests against the ruling elite.

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Nov 17, 2019

Indian Muslims to pursue review of Hindu temple site ruling
An Indian Muslim group said on Sunday it would file a petition in the Supreme Court asking for a review of a ruling that awarded a disputed site in Uttar Pradesh to Hindus, allowing them to build a temple there. India's Supreme Court ruled on Nov. 9 that a 2.77 acre (1.1 hectare) plot of land should be awarded to Hindus, who believe it is the birthplace of Lord Ram, a physical incarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu. "There are apparent errors in the Supreme Court judgment, and we felt that it would be prudent to file a review petition," Syed Qasim Ilyas, a member of the group, told a press briefing.

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Nov 17, 2019

Hong Kong police officer hit by arrow in clashes with protesters
A Hong Kong police officer was hit in the leg by an arrow Sunday as authorities used tear gas and water cannons to try to drive back protesters occupying a university campus and blocking a major road tunnel under the city's harbor. Police said the arrow struck a media liaison officer and he was taken to a hospital. Photos on the department's Facebook page show the arrow sticking out of the back of the officer's lower leg through his pants. The protesters held their ground for most of the day, as water cannon trucks drove over bricks and nails strewn by protesters to spray them at close range. They began retreating into Hong Kong Polytechnic University near sunset, fearing they would be trapped as police fired tear gas volleys and approached from the opposite direction. The use of bows and arrows, along with a gasoline bombs launched with catapults, threatened to escalate the violence in the more than five-month-long anti-government movement. Protesters are trying to keep the pressure on Hong Kong leaders, who have rejected most of their demands. The protests were sparked by proposed legislation that would have allowed the extradition of criminal suspects to the mainland. Activists saw it as an erosion of Hong Kong's autonomy under the "one country, two systems" formula implemented in 1997, when Britain returned the territory to China. The officer was taken to hospital Credit: REX The bill has been withdrawn, but the protests have expanded into a wider resistance movement against what is perceived as the growing

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Nov 17, 2019

Today's Democrats aren't for Michael Bloomberg. He should run as an independent, instead.
Business mogul Michael Bloomberg doesn't fit today's Democratic Party. But his candidacy as an independent could serve an important purpose.

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Nov 17, 2019

‘You can't impeach somebody just because you don't like them': Michigan, swing voters and the impeachment
Yahoo News speaks with voters from the battleground state of Michigan to hear their thoughts on the impeachment hearings and on the election that's just one year away. With Michigan a home to swing voters, who stands a chance at winning this crucial state?

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Nov 17, 2019

UPDATE 1-Belarus threatens to pull out of Russia integration deal over subsidy row
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko on Sunday threatened to pull out of signing an integration deal with Russia next month if Moscow failed to resolve their dispute over energy subsidies. Russia has propped up its traditional ally with loans and subsidies to keep Belarus in its political orbit but now plans to phase these out to lessen the burden on its economy. Belarus previously said that it stands to lose hundreds of millions of dollars a year from changes to Russian tax policy and has tried to negotiate compensation.

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Nov 17, 2019

French interior minister blames protest violence on 'thugs'
French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner blamed "thugs" and "bullies" on Sunday for the violence that hit demonstrations the previous day marking marked the first anniversary of the anti-government "yellow vest" protests. "Yesterday, what we saw were few (legitimate) demonstrators but thugs, bullies and morons," Castaner told Europe 1 radio when asked about the violence in Paris on Saturday. Demonstrators torched cars and pelted police with stones and bottles and police fired tear gas and water cannon during the rallies to mark a year since the birth of the anti-government yellow vest movement.

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Nov 17, 2019

'Terminator' Rajapaksa storms to victory in Sri Lanka
Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who spearheaded the brutal crushing of the Tamil Tigers 10 years ago, stormed to victory Sunday in Sri Lanka's presidential elections, seven months after Islamist extremist attacks killed 269 people. Rajapaksa conducted a nationalist campaign with a promise of security and a vow to crush religious extremism in the Buddhist-majority country following the April 21 suicide bombings blamed on a homegrown jihadi group. Mahinda, with Gotabaya effectively running the security forces, ended a 37-year civil war with Tamil separatists.

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Nov 17, 2019

Forgotten Genocide: How a Quarter of Europe's Roma Were Murdered by the Nazis, then Erased From History
LONDON—It's impossible to fathom the scale of the depravity. An eyewitness account by a Holocaust survivor—unearthed for a new exhibition in London—describes the conditions in the "gypsy" section of Auschwitz as even more inhumane than the rest of the appalling facility."The conditions were worse than in the other camps," wrote eyewitness Hermann Langbein in 1945. "The route between the huts was ankle deep in mud and dirt. The gypsies were still wearing the clothes that they had been given upon arrival… footwear was missing… The latrines were built in such a way that they were practically unusable for the gypsy children. The infirmary was a pathetic sight."The Holocaust Didn't End with the Liberation of Auschwitz and the Nazi Death CampsThe report by Langbein, also a survivor of the Spanish Civil War, is just one of the sickening contemporary accounts highlighted in the exhibition Forgotten Victims: The Nazi Genocide of the Roma and Sinti at London's Wiener Holocaust Library (to March 11, 2020).Over 90 percent of the Roma held at Auschwitz did not survive the war.In total, it is estimated that up to half a million Roma and Sinti, the name taken by the nomadic people based in Germany, died during the Holocaust. Accurate estimates are impossible but that may have been a quarter of Europe's Roma and Sinti population.The plight of these people, commonly known as gypsies at the time, was overshadowed by the scale of the genocide

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Nov 17, 2019

Rogue elephant dies in captivity after killing villagers
A rogue elephant named after the late Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has died in captivity after he was captured following a massive hunt in northeastern India, officials said Sunday. The male animal -- nicknamed "Laden" -- was tracked for days by forestry officers and tranquilised on Monday after a deadly October rampage killed five villagers in Goalpara, in the northeastern state of Assam. It was moved to Assam's Orang National Park where officials planned to teach it to patrol wildlife parks and sanctuaries in the state, but said it died early Sunday.

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Nov 17, 2019

UPDATE 1-Russia begins moving captured Ukrainian ships before possible handover
Russia began moving three captured Ukrainian navy ships on Sunday after a Russian newspaper reported Moscow would return them to Ukraine ahead of a four-way summit on eastern Ukraine next month, a Reuters reporter said. The reporter in Crimea, which Russia annexed from Ukraine in 2014, saw tug boats pulling the three vessels through the Kerch Strait towards the Black Sea where they could potentially travel onwards towards Ukraine. Russia seized the ships off the coast of Crimea in November last year after opening fire on them and wounding several sailors.

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Nov 17, 2019

UPDATE 2-Russia says it will return captured naval ships to Ukraine on Monday
Russia will return three captured naval ships to Ukraine on Monday and is moving them to a handover location agreed with Kiev, Crimea's border guard service was cited as saying by Russian news agencies on Sunday. A Reuters reporter in Crimea, which Russian annexed from Ukraine in 2014, earlier on Sunday saw coastguard boats pulling the three vessels through the Kerch Strait towards the Black Sea where they could potentially be handed over to Ukraine.

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Nov 17, 2019

Belarus threatens to pull out of Russia integration deal over subsidy row
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko on Sunday threatened to pull out of signing an integration deal with Russia next month if Moscow failed to resolve their dispute over energy subsidies. Russia has propped up its traditional ally with loans and subsidies to keep Belarus in its political orbit but now plans to phase these out to lessen the burden on its economy. Belarus previously said that it stands to lose hundreds of millions of dollars a year from changes to Russian tax policy and has tried to negotiate compensation.

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Nov 17, 2019

Back in 2017, Russian Nuclear Submarines Fired Torpedoes at Each Other
It was a drill--and thank god for that.

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Nov 17, 2019

Russia says it will return captured naval ships to Ukraine on Monday
Russia will return three captured naval ships to Ukraine on Monday and is moving them to a handover location agreed with Kiev, Crimea's border guard service was cited as saying by Russian news agencies on Sunday. A Reuters reporter in Crimea, which Russian annexed from Ukraine in 2014, earlier on Sunday saw coastguard boats pulling the three vessels through the Kerch Strait toward the Black Sea where they could potentially be handed over to Ukraine. Ukraine has been pushing for their return as a good will gesture from Moscow ahead of a possible four-way peace summit on eastern Ukraine next month.

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Nov 17, 2019

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

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Nov 17, 2019

Russia says India delaying signing helicopters deal -exec
The head of Russian Helicopters said on Sunday that India was delaying the signing of a firm agreement for purchasing 140 helicopters despite providing all information. Chief Executive Andrey Boginsky also said it would benefit India if the planned order for over 100 rotorcraft for the Indian Navy could be combined with the 140 India is looking to buy for the Army. Russian Helicopters is owned by state-owned Russian conglomerate Rostec.

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Nov 17, 2019

CORRECTED-Russia says India delaying signing helicopters deal -exec
The head of Russian Helicopters said on Sunday that India was delaying the signing of a firm agreement for purchasing 200 helicopters despite providing all information. Chief Executive Andrey Boginsky also said it would benefit India if the planned order for over 100 rotorcraft for the Indian Navy could be combined with the 200 India is looking to buy for the Army. Russian Helicopters is owned by state-owned Russian conglomerate Rostec.

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Nov 17, 2019

Democrat Edwards wins reelection in conservative Louisiana
Deep in the heart of the conservative South, Louisiana's voters reelected Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards to a second term, shocking Republicans who had hoped to reclaim the seat on the strength of President Donald Trump's popularity. With his focus on bipartisan, state-specific issues, the moderate Edwards cobbled together enough cross-party support Saturday to defeat Republican businessman Eddie Rispone, getting about 51% of the vote. Trump fought to return the seat to the GOP, but his intense interest in the race not only motivated conservative Republicans, but also powered a surge in anti-Trump and black voter turnout that helped boost Edwards over the finish line.

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Nov 17, 2019

Iran's Khamenei backs petrol price hike decision: state TV
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Sunday voiced support for a decision to impose petrol price hikes and rationing that sparked protests across the Islamic republic. Protests flared across Iran after the price hike agreed by the High Council of Economic Coordination made up of the president, parliament speaker and judiciary chief was announced at midnight on Friday. "The heads of the branches made a decision with the backing of expert opinion and naturally it must be implemented," said Khamenei.

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Nov 17, 2019

Why Did a Russian Soldier Shoot Eight of His Comrades in Siberia?
Could it have been a hazing issue? Something more?

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Nov 17, 2019

The Latest: Fires blaze as Hong Kong protesters face police
Protesters have set fires on bridges leading to Hong Kong Polytechnic University as they try to keep police from advancing on their campus stronghold. Police had shut down access to the area and massed earlier Sunday in an apparent attempt to surround protesters. Protesters have blocked access to the tunnel for days and set fires in the toll booths.

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Nov 17, 2019

The Latest: Hong Kong extends suspension of school classes
Classes will remain suspended at Hong Kong schools on Monday because of continuing unrest in the city. The Education Bureau says all classes from kindergarten through high school would be suspended because of safety concerns. The Education Bureau says students should stay at home, not wander in the streets and must not participate in unlawful activities.

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Nov 17, 2019

The Latest: Hong Kong police launch move on protesters
Police have launched an operation to flush out protesters who have barricaded themselves inside a university in Hong Kong. Tear gas barrages were fired late Sunday at protesters outside the campus after an ultimatum to come out expired. Police have created a cordon around Hong Kong Polytechnic University to prevent protesters from escaping as they move in.

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Nov 17, 2019

The Latest: Officer hit by arrow in Hong Kong protests
A Hong Kong police officer has been struck in the lower leg by an arrow during a faceoff with protesters outside Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Anti-government protesters fired arrows toward officers last week, but this is the first reported incident of anyone being hit. Police have unleashed water cannons on protesters in Hong Kong, drenching them repeatedly with blue-dyed and non-dyed water.

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Nov 17, 2019

US, S Korea postpone joint exercise criticized by N Korea
U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Sunday the United States and South Korea have indefinitely postponed a joint military exercise in an "act of goodwill" toward North Korea. The move comes even as Japan's defense minister, whose country feels threatened by repeated North Korean missile launches, told Esper "no one could be optimistic about" changing the North's behavior. The statement by Japan's defense chief, Taro Kono, was a stark illustration of the difficulties facing the U.S. and its international allies and partners as they struggle to get North Korea back to negotiations to eliminate its nuclear weapons and missiles.

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Nov 16, 2019

US, China negotiators hold 'constructive' call on trade deal: ministry
Top Chinese and US trade negotiators held "constructive" discussions over the phone on a preliminary trade deal between the two countries, China's commerce ministry announced in a statement on Sunday. The long-running trade war between Washington and Beijing has weighed on the global economy and spooked markets, with the two sides imposing punitive tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars in two-way trade. US President Trump announced a "phase one" trade deal last month which has yet to be signed.

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Nov 16, 2019

White House budget official broke ranks to testify
Mark Sandy would be the first official in the Office of Management and Budget to testify in the impeachment inquiry

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Nov 16, 2019

Trump aide curbed access to Ukraine call, fearing fallout
A top US official restricted access to the summary of Donald Trump's Ukraine call that triggered an impeachment probe, fearing it would damage the president, testimony released Saturday showed. White House Ukraine expert Timothy Morrison told House investigators he knew immediately how sensitive the call was when he heard Trump press Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former US vice president Joe Biden.

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Nov 16, 2019

Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards wins reelection in Louisiana
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards won reelection Saturday, the second gubernatorial victory for Democrats in a red state this month. Edwards, the only Democratic governor in the Deep South, narrowly defeated Republican businessman Eddie Rispone, 51 percent to 49 percent, according to The Associated Press. Edwards' win gives Democrats victories in two of the three contests for governor this year: Louisiana and Kentucky.

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Nov 16, 2019

Elizabeth Warren takes risk with ad blasting billionaires
Elizabeth Warren, one of the leading Democratic presidential candidates, has stepped up her assault on billionaires -- a rallying cry popular with her base, but one that could stymie her efforts to garner wider support among US voters. The one-minute campaign ad shows clips of several leading businessmen criticizing her plans for a wealth tax and predicting economic ruin if she is elected to succeed Donald Trump, a billionaire himself. Then the viewer sees Warren at a campaign rally, challenging America's most wealthy to pay up to help reduce income inequality in America.

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Nov 16, 2019

Chile police stopped rescue workers helping dying protester: human rights watchdog
Chile's independent human rights watchdog said on Saturday it would file a formal complaint for murder against police officers who allegedly prevented paramedics from attending a heart attack victim amid a protest Friday. Security forces firing tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannons made it impossible for rescue workers to properly treat the victim, Chile's publicly-funded National Institute for Human Rights said. Twenty-nine year old Abel Acuna died shortly after at a nearby Santiago hospital.

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Nov 16, 2019

Prince Andrew: I Didn't Have Sex With Virginia Roberts Giuffre. I Was Eating Pizza.
Screenshot/BBCNewsnight/TwitterPrince Andrew says he is prepared to give evidence about his friendship with late accused child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein under oath, and claimed to have no recollection of the notorious photograph of him with his arm around the waist of alleged Epstein victim Virginia Roberts Giuffre being taken.Inside Jeffrey Epstein's Creepy Parties With Prince AndrewTo support his latter claim, Andrew told the BBC's Newsnight program on Saturday that the "traveling clothes" he was wearing in the picture were not clothes he would wear in London. The claim is demonstrably false, as there are images of him leaving London nightclub Chinawhite in July 2000, wearing almost the exact same outfit.Giuffre has accused Prince Andrew of having sex with her on three occasions when she was being trafficked by Epstein, an allegation he has denied. Andrew also insisted he couldn't have had sex with Roberts on the night she claimed, as he was at a chain pizza restaurant, Pizza Express, in suburban Woking with his daughters. He said the pizza party was at about 4 p.m. or 5 p.m. and then he was at home.He sought to discredit Roberts' account of dancing with him at Tramp nightclub, in which she described him as sweating profusely, by claiming that he was suffering from a post-combat condition that meant he didn't sweat. He went on to dispute Giuffre's claim that he bought her a drink, saying he "didn't know where the bar was" in Tramp, despite admitting having been there se

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Nov 16, 2019

Two planes in 'minor' collision at Frankfurt airport
An Air Namibia plane collided with a Korean Air jet after landing at Frankfurt airport on Saturday evening, officials said, adding that no one was injured. Both aircraft were damaged in what Air Namibia on Sunday called "a minor accident". A spokeswoman for Frankfurt airport said the incident happened at around 6:00 pm (1700 GMT) on Saturday.

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Nov 16, 2019

Florida county is first in the state to become a 'Second Amendment Sanctuary'
While Democrats propose taking away what some call 'weapons of war', Republicans are touting their second amendment rights to bear arms; Elina Shirazi reports.

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Nov 16, 2019

Man kills wife, three young sons in San Diego home: police
Three other boys, ages 5, 9 and 11, were taken to a hospital where two of them died, San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit said during a news conference. "When the officers arrived on the scene, they were able to look into one of the windows and see a small child inside covered in blood," San Diego Police Lieutenant Matt Dobbs said.

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Nov 16, 2019

NSC official feared Trump-Zelensky call would be leaked. Key takeaways from Williams, Morrison testimony
Transcripts released provided more evidence Trump's July 25 phone call with the Ukrainian president caused concern throughout his administration.

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Nov 16, 2019

Man kills wife, three young sons in San Diego home - police
Three young boys and two adults were fatally shot and another boy was wounded in a domestic dispute that escalated into a shooting on Saturday in southeastern San Diego, police said. Three other boys, ages 5, 9 and 11, were taken to a hospital where two of them died, San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit said during a news conference. "When the officers arrived on the scene, they were able to look into one of the windows and see a small child inside covered in blood," San Diego Police Lieutenant Matt Dobbs said.

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Nov 16, 2019

5 family members, including 3 children, dead in murder-suicide in San Diego, police say
Five family members have died and a boy was injured after a man shot his family and then turned the gun on himself in San Diego, police say.

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Nov 16, 2019

Breaking Down the Fallout from Marie Yovanovitch's Testimony
There were fireworks aplenty, but the most important development during former U.S. ambassador Marie Yovanovitch's testimony at Friday's House impeachment hearing was an undetonated bomb.Or was it just a dud?Ambassador Yovanovitch came across as a compelling witness: heroic in serving the United States in the world's badlands, dedicated to the cause of advancing American policy under administrations of both parties, and suddenly ousted by President Trump — not just in the absence of a sensible explanation, but as the victim of a whispering campaign that maligned her character and undermined her reputation for nonpartisan service.The president's camp is the unapologetic source of the whispering campaign. They depict a very different Yovanovitch: a partisan deep-state operator, who abetted and covered up Ukrainian collusion with Democrats in the 2016 campaign.On Friday, that alternative view was the dog that never barked.In the midst of the proceedings, on the rationale that Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff (D., Calif.) was thwarting Republican efforts to confront Yovanovitch's testimony effectively, the president and his inner circle launched a trio of missiles from outside the hearing room — the unguided kind, it seems.The April Trump-Zelensky Call As the hearing kicked off, the president released a rough transcript of his first telephone conversation, in April 2019, with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky (not to be confused with the later July 25 conversation, the main focus of the c

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Nov 16, 2019

Pence aide testified that Trump's efforts to pressure Ukraine were 'inappropriate'
A top national security aide to Vice President Mike Pence told House impeachment investigators that President Donald Trump's efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate his political opponents were "unusual and inappropriate," and "shed some light on possible other motivations" for the president's order to freeze military aid to the U.S. ally. Jennifer Williams, who serves as Pence's special adviser for Europe and Russia, told investigators in early November that she took notes while she listened in on Trump's July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky from the White House Situation Room, adding that she viewed Trump's requests for investigations as politically motivated.

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Nov 16, 2019

Here's everything we know about Mina Chang, who rapidly rose from a self-described singer to a State Department official with a dubious résumé
A closer look at her history reveals the Trump official may have misrepresented her work history and educational background.

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Nov 16, 2019

French protesters, police clash on 'yellow vest' anniversary
French police fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse stone-throwing "yellow vest" protesters in Paris Saturday, on the first anniversary of the movement challenging President Emmanuel Macron's policies. Clashes broke out in other French cities as activists rallied to prove their movement is still a force a year after the first giant protest on November 17, 2018, which drew 282,000 people. Numbers attending the protests and levels of violence have sharply diminished from the height of the movement, which began on the back of frustration Macron was failing to address the needs of ordinary French people.

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Nov 16, 2019

Hong Kong campus protesters fire arrows as unrest spreads across Kowloon
Hong Kong protesters shot bows and arrows and hurled petrol bombs from a barricaded university on Sunday and police fired volleys of tear gas and blue liquid from water cannon as unrest spread across the Kowloon peninsula. Several protesters fired arrows from rooftops at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University amid some of the most dramatic scenes in over five months of anti-government demonstrations in the Chinese-ruled city. Police said a media liaison officer was hit in the leg by an arrow.

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Nov 16, 2019

Hong Kong protesters fire bows and arrows from campus fortress
Hong Kong protesters shot bows and arrows and hurled petrol bombs from a barricaded university campus on Sunday, as police charged and charged again, firing tear gas and blue liquid from water cannon after fiery clashes overnight. Several protesters fired arrows from rooftops at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University amid some of the most dramatic scenes in over five months of unrest in the Chinese-ruled city. Police said a media liaison officer was hit in the leg by an arrow.

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Nov 16, 2019

Hong Kong protesters unleash stash of petrol bombs; Chinese soldiers clear roads
Fires blazed on the doorstep of a Hong Kong university into the early hours of Sunday as protesters hurled petrol bombs and police fired volleys of tear gas in some of the most dramatic scenes in more than five months of escalating violence. Hours earlier, squads of Chinese soldiers dressed in shorts and T-shirts, some carrying red plastic buckets or brooms, emerged from their barracks to help clear debris that has blocked some key roads in the city for days. The presence of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers on the streets, even to help clean up, could stoke further controversy over Hong Kong's autonomous status at a time many fear Beijing is tightening its grip on the city.

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Nov 16, 2019

5 die in apparent murder-suicide in San Diego
Five members of a family, including three young boys, have died and another boy was hospitalized with injuries in an apparent murder-suicide in San Diego. Police received a 911 call early Saturday in which dispatchers heard the sound of arguing in the background, Lt. Matt Dobbs said. As officers headed to the house in the Paradise Hills neighborhood in southeastern San Diego, a relative who lives next door called 911 and reported hearing arguing and what sounded like a nail gun being fired.

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Nov 16, 2019

Why Russian Fighter Jets Are Threatening NATO In The Baltics
A Russian Su-27 recent intercepted an American F-15C.

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Nov 16, 2019

Trump commits new offence which could lead to impeachment in the middle of his own impeachment hearing
It should not, perhaps, be surprising in the extraordinary state of affairs of Trumpworld that in the middle of his impeachment proceedings the president would tweet something which could lead to a further article of impeachment.The tweet disproves Mr Trump's claim that he was ignoring the hearings which he had claimed would go nowhere, and attacked using his usual terms against investigations into his conduct - a "worst ever witch-hunt", "totally fake" and so on.

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Nov 16, 2019

UPDATE 6-Hong Kong campus protesters fire bows and arrows, set fires
Hong Kong protesters shot bows and arrows and hurled petrol bombs from a barricaded university campus on Sunday, as police charged and charged again, firing tear gas and blue liquid from water cannon after fiery clashes overnight. Several protesters fired arrows from rooftops at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University amid some of the most dramatic scenes in over five months of unrest in the Chinese-ruled city.

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Nov 16, 2019

UPDATE 8-Hong Kong campus protesters fire arrows as anti-government unrest spreads
Hong Kong protesters shot arrows and hurled petrol bombs from a barricaded university on Sunday at police who fired tear gas and water cannon in some of the worst violence in the Chinese-ruled city since anti-government unrest erupted five months ago. Several protesters took up positions on the rooftops of Hong Kong Polytechnic University, armed with bows and arrows, as unrest spread across the territory's central Kowloon district. Protesters, who were sprayed with the blue liquid from water cannon, stripped off and hosed each other down to wash it off.

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Nov 16, 2019

UPDATE 1-Hong Kong protesters hurl petrol bombs in fresh university clashes
Fresh violence erupted around a besieged Hong Kong university campus on Sunday morning, as protesters braced for a possible final police push to clear them after fiery clashes overnight. Huge fires had lit up the night sky at Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Kowloon district hours earlier as protesters hurled petrol bombs, some by catapult, and police fired volleys of tear gas to force them up onto the podium of the red-brick campus.

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Nov 16, 2019

REFILE-Hong Kong protesters unleash stash of petrol bombs; Chinese soldiers clear roads
Fires blazed on the doorstep of a Hong Kong university into the early hours of Sunday as protesters hurled petrol bombs and police fired volleys of tear gas in some of the most dramatic scenes in more than five months of escalating violence. Hours earlier, squads of Chinese soldiers dressed in shorts and T-shirts, some carrying red plastic buckets or brooms, emerged from their barracks to help clear debris that has blocked some key roads in the city for days. The presence of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers on the streets, even to help clean up, could stoke further controversy over Hong Kong's autonomous status at a time many fear Beijing is tightening its grip on the city.

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Nov 16, 2019

Diplomat had to 'hold phone away from ear' as Donald Trump loudly asked about Joe Biden investigation
A US diplomat has told Congress he overheard Donald Trump on a phone call asking about getting the president of Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden. Mr Trump was speaking so loudly that the person he was talking to had to hold the phone away from their ear, allowing those nearby to hear what was being said. The call was described by David Holmes, the political counselor at the US embassy in Kyiv, in evidence given behind closed doors to the impeachment inquiry. Mr Holmes said he was having lunch with Gordon Sondland, the US ambassador to the European Union, and two others, on the terrace of a restaurant in Kyiv on July 26. It was the day after Mr Trump had talked by phone to Volodymyr Zelenskiy, the Ukrainian president, pressing him to investigate Mr Biden. A whistleblower's complaint about that call led to the impeachment inquiry. During the lunch Mr Sondland used his mobile phone to place the call to Mr Trump. Mr Holmes said: "Sondland told Trump that Zelenskiy 'loves your ass'. "I then heard President Trump ask, 'So, he's gonna do the investigation?' Ambassador Sondland replied that 'He's gonna do it,' adding that President Zelenskiy will do 'anything you ask him to.'" Describing how he could hear the telephone conversation, Mr Holmes said: "While Ambassador Sondland's phone was not on speakerphone, I could hear the president's voice through the earpiece of the phone. "The president's voice was very loud and recognisable, and Ambassador

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Nov 16, 2019

Gunmen fire on buses carrying Muslim Sri Lankan voters
Gunmen fired at buses carrying minority Muslim voters on Saturday as Sri Lankans elected a new president, with the powerful Rajapaksa clan eyeing a comeback seven months after Islamist extremists staged deadly bombings. Minority Tamils and Muslims are seen as crucial in the close election, and the attack in the northwest of the island -- in which no one was injured -- was likely aimed at deterring people from heading to the polls. "Comparatively this is the most peaceful presidential election we have had in this country," Deshapriya told reporters at the end of the 10-hour voting period.

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Nov 16, 2019

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

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Nov 16, 2019

How China Is Learning From Russia's War In Syria
Beijing has long watched other power's modern military interventions.

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Nov 16, 2019

‘We Must Be As Harsh as Them': Leaked Docs Reveal China's Mass Incarceration of Muslims: NYT
HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via GettyHundreds of internal Chinese government documents obtained by The New York Times reveals striking new details about the execution of the country's mass detention of ethnic minorities over the past three years in the Xinjiang region.The rare leak of documents, described in the newspaper's bombshell report as "one of the most significant leaks of government papers from inside China's ruling Communist Party in decades," details how Chinese authorities have contained as many as one million Uighurs, Kazakhs and other predominately Muslim minorities into internment camps and prisons.The camps, which began in 2016, were described as China's answer to fighting Islamic extremism.While the party has pushed back on international criticism of the camps by describing them as "job-training centers," the documents show the coercive nature of the camps that top government officials knew tore families apart, fueled ethnic tensions and hurt economic growth. Cannibalism, Torture and Death: Inside China's Genocidal Re-Education Camps"Children saw their parents taken away, students wondered who would pay their tuition and crops could not be planted or harvested for lack of manpower," the report states. "Yet officials were directed to tell people who complained to be grateful for the Communist Party's help and stay quiet."According to the documents, President Xi Jinping first laid the groundwork for the camps in a series of April 2014 speeches to par

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Nov 16, 2019

Sandy Hook lawsuit could force Remington to open books
A recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court has upended a longstanding legal roadblock that has given the gun industry far-reaching immunity from lawsuits in the aftermath of mass killings. The court this week allowed families of victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre to sue the maker of the AR-15 used in the attack. The case against Remington will now proceed in the Connecticut courts.

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Nov 16, 2019

'Funny, loyal, light of our lives': Santa Clarita mourns victims of Saugus school shooting
The community of Santa Clarita is remembering Dominic Blackwell and Gracie Muehlberger, two students killed in the Saugus High School shooting.

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Nov 16, 2019

U.S. says no plans to send asylum seekers to remote Guatemalan regions
GUATEMALA CITY/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government said on Saturday that it had no plans to send asylum seekers to remote regions in Guatemala after the Central American country floated the plan during negotiations for a bilateral migration agreement this week. The two countries are finalizing a deal signed over the summer that would allow the United States to send asylum seekers who arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border, but who passed first through Guatemala on their journey, back to Guatemala to seek refuge there instead. Guatemala's Interior Minister Enrique Degenhart, who met officials from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Friday, told Reuters the government was considering accepting arriving asylum seekers at remote airports far from the country's capital of Guatemala City.

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Nov 16, 2019

Chicago gang leader accused of attempting to help Islamic State
A purported street gang leader from Chicago who allegedly became radicalized in prison faces federal charges accusing him of seeking to provide money to Islamic State militants in Syria, according to a complaint unsealed Friday in U.S. District Court in Chicago.

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Nov 16, 2019

Huge Czech protest marking Velvet Revolution demands PM quit
More than 200,000 Czechs flooded central Prague on Saturday to mark 30 years since the Velvet Revolution toppled communism in then-Czechoslovakia, with protesters demanding that billionaire Prime Minister Andrej Babis quit over allegations of graft. Some demonstrators waved flags or brandished banners calling for Babis to step down and chanted "shame!" and "resign!". Czech police tweeted there were "more than 200,000 people while others are still coming" to the protest at Letna park in central Prague.

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Nov 16, 2019

Palestinian militant groups come to blows over Israel diplomacy
Tensions between Gaza's two largest Palestinian militant groups have spilled into the open as Islamic Jihad supporters angrily accused Hamas of not coming to their aid in this week's fighting with Israel.  Islamic Jihad, a smaller militant group backed by Iran, fired more than 400 rockets into Israel this week in retaliation for Israel's assassination of one of their senior leaders. But Hamas, the dominant force in Gaza, stayed out of the fighting.   Senior Hamas officials were accosted by Islamic Jihad supporters when they tried to visit a mourning tent for Baha Abu al-Ata, the assassinated Jihad commander. Some Jihad supporters threw stones at the Hamas leaders' cars.  The clashes, which were broken up by Hamas policemen, were a rare public show of the fractures between the two groups.  An Israeli missile launched from the Iron Dome defence missile system, designed to intercept and destroy incoming short-range rockets and artillery shells Credit: AFP Hamas did belatedly fire fire two rockets into Israel early on Saturday morning, the Israeli military said. Both rockets were shot down by Israel's Iron Dome missile system and Israeli warplanes struck Hamas targets in response.  An Israeli official said it was not clear yet who gave the order for the rockets but it may have been a face-saving gesture as Hamas tried to fend off allegations that it had stood by and left Islamic Jihad to fight alone.  Islamic Jihad usually cooperates with Hamas but also sometimes tries to outflank the larger group and pres

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Nov 16, 2019

No More Air: How An Entire Chinese Submarine Crew Died a Tragic Death in 2003
A cruel death.

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Nov 16, 2019

Cuba cries foul as doctors head home from Bolivia
The first of around 700 Cuban doctors were scheduled to fly home from strife-torn Bolivia on Saturday as officials railed against what they charged was slander and mistreatment by Bolivia's conservative interim government. Cuba said Saturday that 10 doctors, including the coordinator of its medical mission, were detained this week and four remained in custody. On Friday, the foreign ministry said it was terminating its medical mission as officials were fostering violence against the doctors by claiming they were instigating rebellion.

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Nov 16, 2019

Venezuela's Guaidó leads thousands in anti-Maduro protest
A large crowd rallied around Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó in a peaceful protest Saturday, answering his call to take to the streets in an attempt to reignite a campaign aimed at forcing President Nicolás Maduro from power. Guaidó in a speech urged supporters to remain in the streets in the days ahead, pointing to the recent upheaval in Bolivia, where 18 days of protests prompted the resignation of Maduro's ally, Evo Morales. "If we stay at home, we will lose," Guaidó said before marching peacefully with a small group of supporters to the Bolivian Embassy in eastern Caracas, an opposition stronghold.

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Nov 16, 2019

S. African asylum-seekers held on trespassing charges
South African police detained more than 180 foreign nationals for storming the UN refugee agency in Pretoria, where they had been staging a sit-in protest, police said Saturday. Hundreds of asylum-seekers started camping in front of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on October 8, asking to be relocated to another country after a spate of xenophobic violence in September. Protesters broke into the UNHCR premises on Thursday after they were informed of a court order giving them three days to vacate the site.

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Nov 16, 2019

U.N. warns Bolivia crisis could 'spin out of control' as death toll mounts
The United Nations warned on Saturday violence in Bolivia could "spin out of control" following a night of skirmishes between security forces and coca farmers loyal to ousted President Evo Morales that left at least eight dead. Morales resigned under pressure from Bolivia´s police and military last Sunday after evidence of vote rigging tainted his Oct. 20 election victory. The leftist and charismatic former coca farmer has since called his ouster a "coup" and decried growing allegations of heavy-handed repression by security forces under interim President and former conservative lawmaker Jeanine Anez.

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Nov 16, 2019

Chinese soldiers leave Hong Kong barracks in rare clean-up cameo
Soldiers from the Chinese People's Liberation Army briefly left their Hong Kong barracks on Saturday to help the clean-up after a week of disruption caused by pro-democracy protests, a rare and highly symbolic troop movement unsolicited by the city's embattled government. The action saw scores of soldiers from the garrison, which is confined to the barracks under Hong Kong's mini-constitution, with crewcuts and identical gym kits conduct a lightning-quick removal of bricks and debris near their base. Confirming the brief deployment on Weibo, China's Twitter-like social media platform, the PLA said it acted to open a debris-strewn road outside their Kowloon Tong barracks to traffic, winning "applause from residents" in the process.

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Nov 16, 2019

Egypt to reduce subsidised staple food prices
Egypt will lower prices of subsidised food staples from December, the state news agency MENA quoted Supply Minister Ali Moselhy as saying on Saturday. A bottle of cooking oil will cost 8.5 Egyptian pounds ($0.53) instead of 9.5, the price of sugar will decrease to 8.5 pounds per kilogram from nine, that of rice will be reduced to eight per kilogram from nine and flour will go down to 6.50 pounds per bag from 6.75, Moselhy said.

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Nov 16, 2019

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

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Nov 16, 2019

Obama cautions Democratic hopefuls on tacking too far left
Former President Barack Obama on Friday warned the Democratic field of White House hopefuls not to veer too far to the left, a move he said would alienate many who would otherwise be open to voting for the party's nominee next year. The centrist wing of the party has warned for months that a far-left nominee could alienate moderate Republicans and independent voters needed to oust President Donald Trump.

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Nov 16, 2019

Chicago teachers approve 'historic' contract that ended 11-day strike
The Chicago Teachers Union voted Friday to accept a contract deal that ended an 11-day strike in the third-largest school district last month.

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Nov 16, 2019

Sheriff calls deadly shooting at Airbnb rental a ‘bloodbath'
Authorities in the San Francisco Bay Area are calling a shooting that left five dead during a Halloween party at an Airbnb rental a "bloodbath," where several partygoers were armed and some showed up looking for trouble. Contra Costa Sheriff David Livingston said Friday that he knows residents in the plush San Francisco suburb of Orinda are on edge after the massive party on Oct. 31 and wanted to provide an update, although he could not yet say what sparked the shooting and who shot whom. Livingston said there is a wealth of evidence to process, including casings that littered the floors and countertops of the four-bedroom home with vaulted ceilings that hosted roughly 100 people that night.

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Nov 16, 2019

China's H-20 Stealth Bomber: The One Weapon America Won't Be Able to Beat?
Or just a myth?

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Nov 16, 2019

Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are the 2020 progressive standard-bearers. Here's where they disagree on policy
The two progressive presidential candidates have a lot in common, but diverge in several key policy areas.

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Nov 16, 2019

Protesters retake part of bridge in central Baghdad
Iraqi protesters occupied part of a main bridge in Baghdad on Saturday that security forces had pushed them away from a week before, a Reuters photographer said. Demonstrators also occupied a tall building overlooking the bridge, taking new ground in the center of the Iraqi capital after protests had appeared to lose momentum. A bomb blast at a nearby square during the night killed at least three people, police and medics said, but it was not immediately clear who was responsible or whether it was linked to demonstrations.

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Nov 16, 2019

Why serial killers kill
There have been 220,000 unsolved murders in the U.S. since 1980. Are serial killers to blame? Here's everything you need to know:How many serial killers are there? Since 1900, there have been 3,000 identified American serial killers who've collectively killed nearly 10,000 people, says Dr. Michael Aamodt, who oversees the Radford University/Florida Gulf Coast University Serial Killer Database. The FBI defines a serial killer as someone who kills two or more people in separate events. About 32 percent of these killers, Aamodt says, did so for enjoyment (thrills, lust, and power); 30 percent for financial reward; 18 percent in anger; 6.3 percent to advance a criminal enterprise; and fewer than 1 percent because a cult put them up to it. Their favorite murder weapon was a gun (42 percent), although 6 percent preferred poison and 2 percent axes. About 52 percent were white, 40 percent black, and 6.7 percent Hispanic. Men outnumber women by a factor of 10. Samuel Little, a transient former boxer and career criminal serving time for two murders, was recently identified by the FBI as the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history, after he confessed to 93 killings between 1970 and 2005.What makes a serial killer? Probably a combination of genetics and experience. Research shows that certain genes can predispose people to violence. (One gene, particularly, the so-called warrior gene, is present in about 30 percent of the population and has been linked to increased aggression.) Many serial killers also experienced childhood trauma or early separation from their mothers. As a consequence of that trauma or separation, scientists believe, they learned to suppress empathy or suffered damage to the areas of the brain that control emotional impulses. Serial killers often are lone

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Nov 16, 2019

Sanders and Warren want to tax the rich. Here's why their plans could work.
Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have been facing charges that the proposals won't work. Critics of the Warren (D-Mass.) and Sanders (I-Vt.) plans say it's too hard to figure out how much wealth there is in the U.S., and they point out that wealth taxes failed in Europe. It didn't work in Europe, so why will it work here?

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Nov 16, 2019

Stephen Miller is no outlier. White supremacy rules the Republican party
Republican voters made Trump the white-supremacist-in-chief. That's why a resignation from Miller wouldn't change much‘It is time for Democrats to face and name the ugly truth: the Grand Old Party is a party steeped in white supremacy.' Photograph: Tom Brenner/ReutersThis week, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) published a bombshell article revealing troubling emails that White House senior policy advisor Stephen Miller sent to editors at Breitbart News, the far-right media outlet previously led by Steve Bannon.The emails, which were leaked by former Breitbart editor Katie McHugh and predate Miller's period in the White House, show Miller's obsession with immigration and his seemingly successful attempts to get Breitbart editors to write anti-immigration stories, some of which were based on openly white nationalist sources like American Renaissance and V-Dare.The widespread public outrage in response to the revelations is understandable. Miller is the longest serving senior advisor to President Trump who is not related to the president, and is believed to be the architect of the White House's draconian anti-immigration policies, which doesn't just target "illegal immigration" but also aims to return to the country to the infamously racist immigration policy of the early 20th century.In its response to the leak, the White House tried to discredit the source, SPLC, which has had some internal and external problems recently, but is overall a very reliable authority on the US far right (ful

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Nov 16, 2019

Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) on streets of Hong Kong for clean-up operation
China's People's Liberation Army troops appeared on the streets of Hong Kong yesterday as part of a clean-up mission that risked a backlash from pro-democracy protesters who have brought the city to a standstill in recent months. The appearance of the PLA soldiers outside their barracks - even dressed in shorts and t-shirts - to help clear away barricades and debris from another night of protests could be seen as an incremental raising of the political stakes from Beijing. Demosisto, a pro-democracy organisation, said the clean-up operation could set a "grave precedent" if the city's government invites the military to deal with internal problems. A member of Chinas People's Liberation Army (PLA) stands guard inside Osborn Barracks in Kowloon Tong in Hong Kong on November 16, 2019. - China's President Xi Jinping warned on November 14 that protests in Hong Kong threaten the "one country, two systems" principle governing the semi-autonomous city that has tipped into worsening violence with two dead in a week. Credit: AFP Hong Kong's city government clarified that it did not request assistance from PLA forces which have remained in their barracks during five months of protests, issuing a statement describing the deployment as a "voluntary community activity" by the military. Foreign envoys and security analysts estimate up to 12,000 troops are now based across Hong Kong - more than double the usual garrison number following an additional deployment last August. Chin

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Nov 16, 2019

Protest graffiti fills Beirut's posh downtown
A majestic phoenix spreads its wings as Hayat Nazer adds a splash of colour to a Beirut wall. As Lebanon's uprising enters its second month, graffiti has enveloped the capital's posh downtown. Since October 17, the chanting of tens of thousands of Lebanese denouncing the political elite have shaken the normally staid district around two Beirut squares -- Martyrs' and Riad Al Solh.

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Nov 16, 2019

Heavy snow snarls traffic, shuts schools in Iran capital
Heavy snowfall blanketed the streets of north Tehran on Saturday, causing traffic chaos and forcing the closure of schools, authorities in the Iranian capital said. Crews of municipal workers were battling to clear roads and pavements in parts of the capital, where snow began falling at the start of the morning rush hour and continued through the day. "Snow started at a time when there is usually high traffic and now as you can imagine that snow has intensified this traffic," Hamid Mousavi, mayor of Tehran's first district, told the ISNA news agency.

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Nov 16, 2019

Iran's protests against gasoline price hike turn political: media
Riot police and security forces clashed with demonstrators in Tehran and dozens of cities across Iran on Saturday, Iranian news agencies and social media said, as protests against a rise in gasoline prices turned political. The reports said demonstrators chanted anti-government slogans around the country, a day after the government increased the price of regular gasoline to 15,000 rials ($0.13) a liter from 10,000 rials and rationed it. Iranian Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli told state TV that security forces "have so far shown restraint" but will act to restore calm if the demonstrators "damaged public properties".

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Nov 16, 2019

I was a reporter during Watergate. Democrats, don't celebrate impeachment hearings yet.
The lesson many missed this week as the impeachment inquiry began is how so much potential evidence against President Donald Trump is still elusive.

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Nov 16, 2019

One dead in Iran fuel protest after government hikes pump prices up to 50 per cent
One civilian was killed and other people injured in Iran's Sirjan, the semi-official news agency ISNA said on Saturday, a day after protests in the central city over a petrol price hike. "Unfortunately someone was killed," Sirjan's acting governor Mohammad Mahmoudabadi said in the report, adding that the cause of the death and whether "the individual was shot or not" was still unclear. Other people were injured during the demonstrations, he said. Iran tensions | Read more Mahmoudabadi emphasised that "security forces did not have permission to shoot and were only allowed to fire warning shots... which they did." He said it was a "calm gathering" that was exploited by some who "destroyed public property, damaged fuel stations and also wanted to access the oil company's main fuel depots and set fire to them". Their effort was thwarted by forces including the police, the Revolutionary Guards and the Basij militia, ISNA quoted him as saying. Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei  Credit: Reuters Iran imposed petrol rationing and raised pump prices by at least 50 percent on Friday, saying the move was aimed at helping citizens in need with cash handouts. Under the scheme, drivers will pay 15,000 rials (13 US cents) a litre for the first 60 litres of petrol bought each month, with each additional litre costing them 30,000 rials. "Scattered" protests against the measure also broke out in other cities including Abadan, Ahvaz, Bandar Abbas, Birjand, Gachsaran, Khoramshahr, Mahsha

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Nov 16, 2019

Four dead in Iran fuel protest after government hikes pump prices up to 300 per cent
Four people were left dead in Iran following clashes between riot police and protesters in several Iranian cities after the government raised the price of petrol by up to 300 per cent. The deaths occurred in separate incidents in the southern cities of Sirjan, Behbahan and Shiraz, while video footage showed protestors had attacked a military barracks used by the regime's feared Bajis militias in Tehran, setting it on fire. Thousands of angry motorists parked their vehicles on major thoroughfares and highways in protest at the price hikes, urging others to stop and "join the national anti-regime movement" as they drove by. Iran's chief public prosecutor, Mohammad Jafar Montazeri, called the protestors "saboteurs" and warned they would face "severe punishment" if arrested. He has also alleged that foreign powers were behind the protests. At a glance | Key players in Tehran But in a sign of that the Rouhani government's increasing political isolation over the decision, a leading establishment cleric Grand ayatollah Golpaygani called for the decision to be reversed, describing it as "a matter of great regret" and "deplorable". Video footage from the city of Shiraz showed protesters over-running a police station and setting banks on fire, while chanting "death to the dictator" against Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Iran's Interior Minister Abdulreza Rahmani Fazli announced the sudden 300 percent increase in the price of gasoline last Friday, saying that it was a

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Nov 16, 2019

Australian MP says he and colleague barred entry to China
An outspoken Australian parliamentarian said Saturday that he and a colleague have been barred entry to China for a study trip, a development he said was concerning. Sen. James Paterson said he and Rep. Andrew Hastie were due to take part in a study tour next month in Beijing organized by China Matters, an Australia-based think-tank. Paterson has spoken out about human rights abuses against minority Muslim Uighurs in China's Xinjiang province and the ongoing protests in Hong Kong, while Hastie in August was rebuked by Beijing after comparing the West's handling of China's rise to the failure to contain Nazi Germany.

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Nov 16, 2019

Russia Loves the Impeachment Hearings Because GOP Is Parroting Kremlin Propaganda
Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastAs Russia's state media watch impeachment proceedings against U.S. President Donald J. Trump they're loving what they see. They don't think the man they brag about getting elected is in much danger. They listen in delight as Republicans parrot conspiracy theories first launched by  Russians. And they gloat about the way Trump removed U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, because they blame her for promoting democratic "color revolutions" that weakened Moscow's hold on the former Soviet empire. Best of all, from the Kremlin's point of view, they see Trump pushing Ukraine back into the Russian fold.Republicans Thought Yovanovitch Would Be a Pushover. She Beat Them Up InsteadSo while the historical impeachment inquiry, after two days of public hearings, has been deemed by some pundits to lack "pizzazz," the Kremlin is  having a ball. Instead of disseminating their usual conspiracy theories, the Russians watch gleefully as the Republicans do that for them. From the long-debunked "Crowdstrike" cyber plot positioning Ukraine as the fall guy for what undoubtedly was Russian interference in the 2016 elections, to anti-Semitic conspiracy theories centering around Jewish financier and philanthropist George Soros, rivers of Russian dezinformatsiya are flowing down from the President of the United States and the GOP, through the impeachment hearings, to Trump's cult-like devotees. The Kremlin also enjoys the

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Nov 16, 2019

Venice Is Flooding Because of Corruption
FILIPPO MONTEFORTEROME-In 1984, long before global warming and rising sea levels were common notions, Venice already was sinking. The future was so dire for the lagoon city that the local council voted to spend whatever it would take to study and then build a high-tech floodgate system to combat the rising Adriatic Sea. It took nearly 20 years and a starting budget of $1.8 billion to come up with the so-called "Moses" plan. The project is an acronym for Modulo Sperimentale Elettromeccanico or Experimental Electromechanical Module, and plays on the name of the biblical figure who parted the Red Sea. Silvio Berlusconi, Italy's then prime minister, inaugurated the project in 2003 with the promise it would be completed by 2011, which was pushed back to 2014, which was pushed back to 2016, and, at last check, to 2021. Had the project been completed in time, Moses' 78 massive mechanical gates might have limited this week's devastating floods, which inundated 85 percent of the city with a tidal surge that topped six feet, causing millions of dollars' worth of damage and putting ancient treasures at risk. Moses likely would not have completely kept out the surge, experts say, but it would have certainly done more than the alternative, which was to do nothing but tally the damage and wait for the next high tide.In the 16 years since the Moses plan was put in place, the budget to finish the project has exploded to more than $7 billion and continues to bleed money at a dizzying rate. Some of the money has gone to bad management or corrupt contractors who have swi

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Nov 16, 2019

Trump impeachment narrative gathers steam as diplomats fill in details
The first week of public testimony in the impeachment inquiry of President Trump shed new light on the administration's efforts to procure a Ukrainian investigation of former Vice President Joe Biden.

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Nov 16, 2019

Australia Firefighters Battle Blazes, Brace for Worse
(Bloomberg) -- Australian firefighters struggled to control blazes across the nation's parched east coast ahead of a forecast of renewed strong winds and higher temperatures that are likely to fan the flames.Four people are dead and more than 300 homes have been razed in the state of New South Wales, while an estimated 2.5 million acres of farmland and bush have burnt in what have been early and extraordinarily fierce wildfires for the southern hemisphere's spring.The Bureau of Meteorology issued a warning Saturday afternoon for northeast New South Wales, saying "very warm and dry westerly winds will generate elevated fire danger" over the region through the weekend. It forecast "severe fire danger" for the Far North Coast, New England, Northern Slopes and North Western areas.Hundreds of fires have raged in Australia this week, sparking debate on whether Prime Minister Scott Morrison is doing enough to curb emissions and whether climate change is worsening the fire season in what is already the world's driest inhabited continent. His conservative government has snubbed calls to discuss the impact of climate change in drought-affected rural areas, saying its full focus should be on extinguishing the blazes and helping victims.As of Saturday morning, 59 bush and grass fires were burning in New South Wales, with 13 yet to be contained, according to the Rural Fire Service. Firefighters overnight strengthened containment lines by back-burning -- where fires are deliberately lit to clear dry undergrowth -- around the Gospers

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Nov 16, 2019

Maps show 500 suspected 're-education' camps and prisons where China is locking up and torturing its Muslim minority
Former detainees have spoken of torture and medical experiments in Xinjiang camps and prisons. China insists they are "free vocational training."

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Nov 16, 2019

First African-American FBI agent finally gets recognition
There are no known photographs of James Wormley Jones, but there is a record of his hiring

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