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Jan 18, 2020

US allows Chevron to keep drilling in Venezuela for 3 months
The Trump administration has granted Chevron a special license to keep drilling oil in Venezuela despite a ban on American companies doing business with President Nicolás Maduro's socialist government. The Treasury Department late Friday renewed until April 22 the license for Chevron and four other U.S. service suppliers that are among the last American companies operating in the oil-rich South American nation.

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Jan 18, 2020

Mexico ramps up border security to block migrant caravan
Mexico deployed around 200 National Guard officers to the Guatemalan border on Friday in an effort to block a huge migrant caravan traversing Central America toward the United States. According to Guatemala's new President Alejandro Giammattei, Mexico has vowed to use "everything at its disposal" to stop the convoy from entering its territory. The Mexican troops were stationed at the town of Ciudad Hidalgo, one of the main crossing points into the country from its southern neighbor.

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Jan 18, 2020

4 SKoreans, 3 Nepal guides missing in avalanche; 30 rescued
An avalanche swept a popular trekking route in Nepal's mountains, leaving at least four South Koreans and three Nepali guides missing, authorities said Saturday. Nepal's Department of Tourism official Meera Acharya said at least one Chinese national injured in the avalanche was rescued by helicopter. The avalanche hit along the popular Annapurna circuit trekking route, which encircles Mount Annapurna.

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Jan 18, 2020

Revealed: The Secrets Behind Russia's Crazy 100-Megaton Nuclear Torpedo
From fiction to reality.

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Jan 17, 2020

Austria's 'ghetto' language classes stir segregation fears
Every morning Abulrahman leaves his normal primary school lessons in Vienna and joins about 20 other children for three hours to learn to read, write and speak German. Despite conservative Chancellor Sebastian Kurz's new coalition partners, the Greens, having expressed concerns about the controversial policy, it looks set to continue. Kurz has pledged to maintain his anti-immigration reforms -- with junior partner, the Greens, conceding -- including the special classes, which the government argues allow children with weak German skills to learn at their own pace without holding others back.

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Jan 17, 2020

Liberia souring on George Weah at two-year mark
Dominic Kpadeh heaves a hammer over his head to crack a half-tonne rock in a northern suburb of Liberia's capital Monrovia, knowing his hard labour earns him far less than a year ago. Stories such as Kpadeh's are common in Liberia, where rampant inflation has left many people struggling and increasingly turning their anger on President George Weah. A former football icon whose goals for AC Milan and Paris St Germain dazzled fans, Weah came to power in January 2018, promising to invest in education and create jobs.

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Jan 17, 2020

Parnas says Trump tried to fire Yovanovitch "at least four" times
"The president kept firing her, and she wouldn't leave," Parnas told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow.

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Jan 17, 2020

House Democrats release more materials from Lev Parnas
Democrats released texts exchanged between Parnas and Rudy Giuliani and another set between Parnas and a staffer for Representative Devin Nunes.

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Jan 17, 2020

Rollback proposed for Michelle Obama school lunch guidelines
The Trump administration on Friday took another step toward dismantling Michelle Obama's school nutrition guidelines, proposing a new rule that could lead to more pizza and fries and less fruit and a smaller variety of vegetables on school menus. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, who announced the rule changes on Obama's birthday, said they were needed to give schools more flexibility and reduce waste while still providing nutritious and appetizing meals. "What a shameless, embarrassing capitulation to lobbyists at the expense of American children and their well-being," said Sam Kass, who served as executive director of Obama's "Let's Move" campaign to combat child obesity.

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Jan 17, 2020

'Hundreds' likely affected by Chinese virus: researchers
Chinese authorities have said pneumonia linked to the virus has hit at least 41 people in the country, with the outbreak centred around a seafood market in the central city of Wuhan. The scientists at the Centre -- which advises bodies including the World Health Organization -- said they estimated a "total of 1,723 cases" in Wuhan would have been infected as of January 12. The researchers took the number of cases reported outside China so far -- two in Thailand and one in Japan -- to infer how many were likely infected in the city, based on international flight traffic data from Wuhan's airport.

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Jan 17, 2020

Rainstorms douse bushfires across eastern Australia
Rain and thunderstorms doused long-burning bushfires across much of eastern Australia Saturday, but they also brought a new threat of flooding in some areas. Major bushfires continued to rage in regions of the south and southeast of the country that have so far missed out on the rain, including in wildlife-rich forests on Kangaroo Island off the southern coast. The fire service in New South Wales (NSW) state, the country's most populous and the hardest hit by the crisis, said 75 fires continued to burn Saturday, down from well over 100 a few days earlier.

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Jan 17, 2020

Parnas Messages to Be Part of House Filing: Impeachment Update
(Bloomberg) -- The Senate will be ready to begin Donald Trump's impeachment trial on Tuesday after House prosecutors and the president's lawyers file their trial briefs over the weekend.Here are the latest developments:Parnas Messages to Be Part of House Filing (6:36 p.m.)House Democrats plan to include material from Lev Parnas, the indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani, as part of the official impeachment record accompanying the brief they will file before Trump's trial starts Tuesday.The brief will argue for admitting evidence not presented during the House investigation -- such as the material from Parnas -- as well as for calling witnesses not heard during the House probe, Democrats said in a briefing.Documents released earlier this week by House Democrats contained messages to Parnas from GOP congressional candidate Robert Hyde suggesting that someone had then-U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch under surveillance near Kyiv in March 2019.Additional Parnas material that will be part of the record was released by House Democrats Friday night, including a transcript of a Jan. 16 interview of Parnas on CNN, in which he says he's willing to testify at the trial.Democrats said they will argue that blocking witnesses goes against the history of impeachment trials, and that even Mitch McConnell spoke in favor of a request for three witnesses during President Bill Clinton's 1999 trial.The seven House managers plan to work through the weekend to prepare for the trial, and will do a walk-through of the S

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Jan 17, 2020

Inside India's Large and Deadly Nuclear Weapons Program
All you want to know.

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Jan 17, 2020

Iran's top leader strikes defiant tone amid month of turmoil
Iran's supreme leader lashed out at Western countries as he led Friday prayers in Tehran for the first time in eight years, dismissing "American clowns" who he said pretend to support the Iranian nation but want to stick their "poisoned dagger" into its back. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei used his rare appearance at the weekly prayers to deliver a fiery address in which he insisted Iran would not bow to U.S. pressure after months of crushing sanctions and a series of recent crises — from the American killing of a top Iranian general to Iran's accidental shootdown of a Ukrainian passenger plane. Khamenei said the mass funerals for Gen. Qassem Soleimani, who was killed in a U.S. airstrike earlier this month, show that the Iranian people support the Islamic Republic despite its recent trials.

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Jan 17, 2020

Trump administration announces reversal of Michelle Obama's healthy school food reforms — on her birthday
The Trump administration has proposed new school lunch rules that critics say would allow for more pizzas, burgers and french fries to be served to children across the country instead of veggies — a cut to former first lady Michelle Obama's signature achievement to try and make school lunches healthier.The timing is also notable; the latest rule proposals were announced on Mrs Obama's birthday.

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Jan 17, 2020

How Trump's impeachment differs from a criminal trial
Yes, it's a trial — but the Senate's impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump won't resemble anything Americans have seen on Court TV. In Trump's trial, the Senate will serve as both judge and jury. COURTROOM TRIAL: Federal trials, both civil and criminal, are presided over by District Court judges who are nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate.

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Jan 17, 2020

Meghan Markle's former LA mansion is still looking for a buyer, and the asking price just dropped — here's a look inside
Before Kensington Palace, Frogmore Cottage, and declaring a pursuit of financial independence, Meghan Markle already lived like a queen.

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Jan 17, 2020

A 'naked philanthropist' who says she raised $1 million for Australia's fires is now sending nudes to people who donate to Puerto Rico
Kaylen Ward says she raised $1 million for Australia, sending nudes to people who donated. Now she is doing the same, raising money for Puerto Rico.

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Jan 17, 2020

Painting found in Italian museum wall is stolen Klimt
A painting found stashed inside a wall at an Italian museum has been confirmed as the stolen "Portrait of a Lady" by Austria's Gustav Klimt, prosecutors said on Friday, two decades after the artwork went missing. The century-old painting was discovered concealed in an external wall by gardeners at the Ricci Oddi Gallery of Modern Art in Piacenza, northeast Italy, last month. "It is with no small emotion that I can tell you the work is authentic," prosecutor Ornella Chicca told reporters.

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Jan 17, 2020

Trump called top national-security officials 'losers,' 'dopes and babies' when they tried to walk him through the basics of US diplomacy, an explosive new book says
Top officials were stunned into silence by the president's extraordinary personal attack, according to the new book "A Very Stable Genius."

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Jan 17, 2020

Trump administration to roll back school lunch regulations on fruits and vegetables
The USDA announced they plan to roll back school lunch regulations championed by Michelle Obama to allow schools "more flexibility" in what they serve because "because they know their children best."

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Jan 17, 2020

Supreme Court will hear case that could decide future presidential elections
Must the 538 members of the Electoral College vote for their states' winning candidates, or can they exercise independent judgment?

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Jan 17, 2020

A 15-year-old orphan who lives with his grandparents is being kicked out of their senior living community because he's too young
Collin Clabaugh has been living with his grandparents in a 55-and-over gated community in Arizona since last year, when both of his parents died.

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Jan 17, 2020

U.S. Supreme Court takes up presidential Electoral College dispute
As the 2020 race heats up, the Supreme Court agreed on Friday to hear a dispute involving the complex U.S. presidential election system focusing on whether Electoral College electors are free to break their pledges to back the candidate who wins their state's popular vote, an act that could upend an election. The Supreme Court will take up appeals in two cases - from Washington state and Colorado - involving electors who decided to vote in the Electoral College process for someone other than Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016 even though she won the popular vote in their states.

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Jan 17, 2020

Groom accused of sexually assaulting teenage waitress at wedding spared jail
A man accused of sexually assaulting a woman at his own wedding reception pleaded guilty to misdemeanours after more serious charges against the New Jersey groom were dropped, keeping him out of prison.In a Pennsylvania court on Thursday, 32-year-old newlywed Matthew Aimers received six years of probation as part of a plea agreement on misdemeanour charges of simple assault, indecent exposure and disorderly conduct during his November 2018 reception. Charges of indecent assault, imprisonment of a minor and harassment were dropped.

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Jan 17, 2020

Iran leader's speech fails to quell plane anger
Some Iranians reacted angrily Friday to a speech by the country's supreme leader, which they said sought to downplay days of protests after a tension-filled month in the Islamic republic. "He didn't even try to calm the people and totally ignored the protesters," said one activist in Iran. Protests erupted after the Iranian government admitted to having accidentally shot down a Ukrainian jet on January 8, killing all 176 people on board.

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Jan 17, 2020

Kate Middleton bows out of idea of having more kids with Prince William
The Duchess of Cambridge addressed the possibility of more children during a Wednesday visit to the city of Bradford on Wednesday.

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Jan 17, 2020

Some Weird Gas Balls Are Swirling Around Sagittarius A*
But they behave just like stars.

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Jan 17, 2020

Was the Taal Volcano eruption large enough to influence the climate?
The Taal volcano roared to life last weekend for the first time in more than 40 years, sending a massive plume of volcanic ash towering over the Philippines.This was the first time that Taal has erupted since 1977, an event that marked the end of an active period for the volcano that had begun in 1965. Taal did show signs of unrest periodically throughout the 1990s, but it did not erupt during that period, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology.The eruption, which began on Jan. 12, 2020, has forced more than 125,000 people to evacuate the Philippine province of Batangas, where the volcano is located. A state of calamity has been declared for the zone surrounding the volcano, according to The Associated Press. People watch as Taal Volcano erupts Sunday Jan. 12, 2020, in Tagaytay, Cavite province, outside Manila, Philippines (AP Photo/Aaron Favila) During the height of the eruption, a large plume of searing hot volcanic ash blossomed approximately 50,000 feet, about 9.5 miles, into the atmosphere, with some materials making it into the stratosphere, according to observations from NASA. The eruption was accompanied by incredible displays of volcanic lightning, which made for breathtaking video footage, fountains of scalding lava and more than 400 earthquakes.The aftermath of the eruption had the country's president, Rodrigo Duterte, using no uncertain terms to describe the impact on the surrounding communities."It is now a no man's land," Duterte declared, according

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Jan 17, 2020

Joe Biden says 'you can keep' your private insurance 'if your employer doesn't take it away from you'
Former Vice President Joe Biden is still promising "If you like your insurance, you can keep it" — with a twist.In his endorsement interview with The New York Times published Friday, Biden is asked about that phrase both he and former President Barack Obama have said in the past. And after accepting that he actually did say it, Biden promised that "if you like your plan, you can keep it," provided "your employer doesn't take it away from you."While the ObamaCare mantra of keeping the insurance you like ended up not exactly being true, Biden still modified it in a July 2019 primary debate to say under his presidency, "If you like your health care plan, your employer-based plan, you can keep it. If in fact you have private insurance, you can keep it." There's video proof of Biden saying that but, when confronted with it in his Times interview, Biden replied with "I didn't say that, by the way."The interview moved on, and Biden was asked about how if there was a public health insurance option, employers may stop offering insurance altogether. The new Biden pitch: ‘If you like your private insurance, you can keep it, assuming your employer doesn't take it away from you' pic.twitter.com/65Xtvw2gNr — Andrew Perez (@andrewperezdc) January 17, 2020That all devolved into what Biden saying something that would look perfect on a campaign coffee mug as long as it fits: "If you like your plan, you can keep it, assuming — I should add the obvious — if your

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Jan 17, 2020

Can't sell your presidential plane? Mexico mulls raffle instead
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Friday floated the idea of raffling off his predecessor's $130 million jet after the government's efforts to sell the plane over the past year came to nothing. Mexico has yet to find a buyer for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which the leftist Lopez Obrador has cast as a symbol of excess and corruption in previous governments in a country where around half the population lives in poverty. Seeking to paint his predecessors as part of an out-of-touch elite, Lopez Obrador has made a point of taking commercial flights, and has auctioned off many government planes and helicopters.

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Jan 17, 2020

Georgia sets execution for man convicted of killing 2 people
Donnie Cleveland Lance, 66, is scheduled to die Jan. 29 at the state prison in Jackson, state Attorney General Chris Carr and Department of Corrections Commissioner Timothy Ward announced Friday. Lance has exhausted his standard appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court declined last year to hear his case, though three justices dissented. According to a Georgia Supreme Court summary of the case, Lance went to Wood's home the night of Nov. 8, 1997, kicked in the front door and shot Wood in the front and back with a shotgun and then beat Joy Lance to death with the butt of the shotgun, the summary says.

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Jan 17, 2020

Pentagon leaders didn't know US troops were injured in Iran's missile attack until a week later, DoD says
Reports about the injuries come days after President Donald Trump insisted that "no Americans were harmed" in the attack.

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Jan 17, 2020

Off-duty Hong Kong police officer arrested for supporting protests
An off-duty Hong Kong police officer was arrested along with seven other people on Friday as they tried to put pro-democracy posters on a footbridge, police said. It's the first known case of a police officer being apprehended for supporting the massive demonstrations that have led to more than 6,500 arrests in the past seven months. The officer, 31, and the seven other people aged 14 to 61, were arrested at 3:00 am on Friday in Tuen Mun, a district in northwest Hong Kong.

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Jan 17, 2020

US court dismisses suit by youths over climate change
A federal appeals court on Friday dismissed a lawsuit by 21 young people who claimed the U.S. government's climate policies and reliance on fossil fuels harms them, jeopardizes their future and violates their constitutional rights, potentially dealing a fatal blow to a long-running case that activists saw as an important front in the war against environmental degradation. The Oregon-based youth advocacy group Our Children's Trust filed the lawsuit in 2015 in Eugene on behalf of the youngsters. It sought an injunction ordering the government to implement a plan to phase out fossil fuel emissions and draw down atmospheric carbon dioxide emission.

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Jan 17, 2020

Reuters poll: Sanders climbs, now tied with Biden among registered voters
Sen. Bernie Sanders has been steadily climbing in popularity this year and is now tied with former Vice President Joe Biden for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination among registered voters, according to a Reuters/Ipsos national poll.

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Jan 17, 2020

Eleven US troops flown to medical centers after Iran strike
Eleven U.S. troops were flown out of Iraq for evaluation of concussion-like symptoms in the days following an Iranian missile strike that President Donald Trump had said caused no harm to American forces, officials said Friday. The Pentagon's chief spokesman, Jonathan Hoffman, said Defense Secretary Mark Esper did not know of the injuries until he was told Thursday afternoon that the 11 troops had been sent for evaluation at U.S. medical facilities — eight in Germany and three in Kuwait.

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Jan 17, 2020

Hillary Clinton to 2020 Democratic voters: pick a winner
Hillary Rodham Clinton has advice for Democratic voters faced with an unsettled field of presidential contenders: pick a winner. "This is an election that will have such profound impact, so take your vote seriously," Clinton said. Voters must act thoughtfully "because Lord knows what will happen if we don't retire the current incumbent and his henchmen, as (House Speaker) Nancy Pelosi so well described them," the former first lady said.

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Jan 17, 2020

Town on edge in Colombia after 5 killed, 2 vehicles burned
A remote town was on edge Friday after at least five people were found shot to death, highlighting Colombia's struggle to bring peace to rural areas where drug crops are abundant and illegal armed groups are active. The killings happened overnight in an isolated part of the Jamundi municipality in southwestern Colombia and also left two vehicles incinerated, officials said. It was the third massacre in Jamundi in the past year.

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Jan 17, 2020

The TSA apologized after an agent pulled a Native American passenger's braid and said "giddyup!" during a pat down
Tara Houska was going through security at the Minneapolis airport on Monday when she said an agent humiliated her by whipping her braids.

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Jan 17, 2020

How an insecure teenager became a NASA-trained Navy SEAL, and convinced his Korean-American mom to allow him to join the military
"Lunch time in high school [was] one of the worst times of the day, because I never wanted to be seen not having any friends to eat with," Kim said.

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Jan 17, 2020

'Stay the hell away from Richmond': Mother of Charlottesville victim Heather Heyer gives warning about Virginia gun rally as armed neo-Nazis are arrested
The mother of a civil rights activist who died while demonstrating against the 2017 neo-nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia has a message for those planning to attend a major guns rights demonstration in the state on Monday: "To anybody planning violence: stay the hell away from Richmond."Susan Bro, co-founder and president of the social justice foundation named after her daughter Heather Heyer, spoke to The Independent on Friday after the FBI arrested multiple suspected neo-Nazis who had discussed attending the demonstrations next week with firearms.

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Jan 17, 2020

Meghan McCain: McSally ‘Didn't Earn' the Senate Seat She Inherited From My Dad
The View's Meghan McCain took some shots at Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) on Friday after the lawmaker personally insulted a CNN reporter, pointing out that McSally didn't "earn" the Senate seat she was appointed to after McCain's father died.After CNN senior congressional correspondent Manu Raju attempted to ask McSally whether the Senate should consider new evidence in the impending impeachment trial, the Arizona senator snapped at Raju: "You're a liberal hack—I'm not talking to you." McSally, meanwhile, quickly seized upon the instantly viral moment to fundraise for her tight election race before predictably appearing on Fox News to do a victory lap.Discussing the incident on Friday's broadcast of the ABC talk show, the View hosts noted that Raju's question was "very reasonable" and that the lawmaker also refused to answer it when asked by Fox News' Laura Ingraham during a chummy Thursday night interview. View co-host Ana Navarro speculated that McSally likely lashed out at Raju because she's on "thin ice" in her Senate race, prompting McCain to offer up even more background."She's actually appointed," the conservative host added. "She didn't win that seat. I think that's important."After losing her Senate bid to Democrat Kyrsten Sinema in 2018, McSally was appointed by Republican Gov. Doug Ducey to permanently fill the seat that was vacated by Meghan's father, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), after his death. (McSally succeeded retired Sen. Jon Kyl, who accepted a temporary assignment to t

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Jan 17, 2020

Canada says black boxes from Iran crash should be sent to France
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday urged Iran to send the black boxes from the passenger plane shot down by its forces to France for analysis and said the first remains of victims should soon arrive back in Canada. Trudeau told a news conference in Ottawa that France was one of the few countries with the ability to read the flight and cockpit data recorders from the jet, which he said were badly damaged. Iran says it shot down Ukrainian International Airlines flight 752 last week by accident, killing all 176 people aboard, 57 of whom were Canadian.

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Jan 17, 2020

Delta plane slides off taxiway amid winter storm; airlines issue travel advisories into weekend
Airlines are issuing travel waivers on account of a winter storm headed for much of the northern U.S. this weekend.

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Jan 17, 2020

As Iran and Iraq simmer, giants of Shiite world vie for influence
The separation of religion and state is splitting the Shiite world, pitting the supreme leader of Iran, a theocracy, against Iraq's grand ayatollah.

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Jan 17, 2020

Flybe Rescue May Include U.K. Subsidies for Some Routes
(Bloomberg) -- Want the lowdown on European markets? In your inbox before the open, every day. Sign up here.The U.K. government is considering subsidizing some routes operated by regional airline Flybe as part of the rescue deal struck with the owners of the country's biggest domestic carrier, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.Any decision to grant Flybe routes so-called public service obligation status would come on top of a deferral of air passenger duty payments and a proposed government loan, said the person, who asked not to be identified discussing details not disclosed in the initial blueprint.Only one Flybe service, from London Heathrow airport to Newquay in the far southwest of England, currently benefits from U.K. government aid through the PSO mechanism. Another, linking Cardiff with the island of Anglesey, is funded by the Welsh Assembly.Prime Minister Boris Johnson this week took the unusual step of coming to the aid of Flybe as it teetered on the brink of collapse. Johnson said he intervened because a loss of the airline would have left some of the most economically challenged parts of the country with diminished transport links, given the relative lack of suitable alternatives such as high-speed trains.The Department for Transport "will lead the review and consider?a number of?options for ensuring that we continue to have good regional connectivity, including existing policy levers such as PSOs," it said in a statement to Bloomberg. "It is important that all options are properly considered."A represen

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Jan 17, 2020

Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei calls Trump a 'clown,' defends Iran's military
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called President Donald Trump a "clown" as he led Friday prayers in Tehran for the first time since 2012.

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Jan 17, 2020

Alan Dershowitz and Ken Starr join Trump impeachment defense team
The legal team representing President Trump in his Senate impeachment trial will include some familiar faces, especially for regular viewers of Fox News.

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Jan 17, 2020

Rain douses some Australian bush fires but flash floods now threaten wildlife
Heavy rains in fire-ravaged eastern Australia have brought welcome relief for firefighters and farmers, but sparked flash floods that have led to fresh scrambles to save native animals.  As the rain hit on Thursday the New South Wales State Emergency Services department warned that the sudden heavy downpours in some areas would bring flash flooding, falling trees and landslides where the fires have wiped out vegetation.  On Friday, the warnings were realised when flash floods hit the Australia Reptile Park on the NSW east coast, and the state's koalas - having lost thousands of their number and huge swathes of their habitat - needed to be rescued again as floods thundered down fire-blasted hills empty of vegetation.  Park director Tim Faulkner told local media that the sudden floods on Friday morning were "incredible".  "Just last week we were having daily meetings to discuss the imminent threat of bushfires," he said. "Today, we've had the whole team out there, drenched, acting fast to secure the safety of our animals and defend the park from the onslaught of water… We haven't seen flooding like this at the park for over 15 years." And while the rains have doused fires in some areas, blazes continue to rage across many other parts of the country where the weather stayed dry, including in other parts of New South Wales where 82 fires were still burning, with 30 out of control, and in the state of Victoria, to the south. Parts of the state's Alpine region were evacuated again as e

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Jan 17, 2020

Nazi Leader Paraphrasing Costs Brazil Culture Secretary His Job
(Bloomberg) -- Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro fired the country's culture secretary after he paraphrased notorious Nazi politician Joseph Goebbels in a video that stirred outrage in the nation.Roberto Alvim said that Brazilian art over the next decade will be "heroic" or "it will be nothing," similarly to remarks made by Goebbels decades ago, according to a video posted on social networks early on Friday. Within hours, the term "Goebbels" became one of the top trending topics on Twitter in Brazil, and lawmakers including Senate President Davi Alcolumbre, who is Jewish, called for Alvim's immediate removal.Music by Richard Wagner, who was Hitler's favorite composer, plays in the background of the video posted by the culture secretary. An official photo of Bolsonaro looms over him, while a cross and a Brazilian flag can also be seen.In a subsequent interview with a local radio station, Alvim denied that he was a Nazi and said he was unaware that he had copied part of a speech made by Goebbels. "It was an unfortunate rhetorical coincidence," he said. Alvim also said in a post on his Facebook page that "there is nothing wrong with the sentence."In a statement dismissing Alvim, Bolsonaro said that "unfortunate" remarks made it impossible for the secretary to remain in the job. "I reiterate our repudiation of totalitarian and genocidal ideologies," Bolsonaro said in the statement. "We also express our total and unrestricted support to the Jewish community."The remarks represent the latest source of public uproar under the administration of President Jair Bolsonaro, who rose to the nation's top job in part due to his non-conventional views. Bolsonaro has maintained a loyal su

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Jan 17, 2020

'You have not seen anything yet,' climate activist Greta says ahead of Davos
Swedish activist Greta Thunberg marched with 10,000 protesters in the Swiss city of Lausanne on Friday and said "you have not seen anything yet" before some head to Davos next week to challenge the global financial elite to fight climate change. "So, we are now in a new year and we have entered a new decade and so far, during this decade, we have seen no sign whatsoever that real climate action is coming and that has to change," Thunberg said in a speech in Lausanne. Hundreds will take trains over the weekend and then march to Klosters near Davos, the annual gathering of world political and business leaders that Thunberg is attending for the second year in a row and will take part in two panel events.

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Jan 17, 2020

Royal Caribbean blames 'reckless' grandfather in toddler Chloe Wiegand's death
"His actions... were reckless and irresponsible and the sole reason why Chloe is no longer with her parents," Royal Caribbean said in court documents.

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Jan 17, 2020

These clothes use outlandish designs to trick facial recognition software into thinking you're not human
Privacy-focused designers, academics, and activists have designed wearable accessories and clothes meant to thwart facial recognition tech.

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Jan 17, 2020

Groom accused of sexually assaulting underage server at his wedding gets probation
A South Jersey man will serve six years of probation after admitting to indecent exposure and simple assault at his wedding venue.

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Jan 17, 2020

Aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln shatters US Navy's record for longest post-Cold War deployment with 10-month around-the-world tour
The Lincoln broke a cruise record the ship set nearly two decades earlier, sailed around the world, and sent warnings to both Russia and Iran.

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Jan 17, 2020

USS Abraham Lincoln shatters US Navy's record for longest post-Cold War carrier deployment with 10-month around-the-world tour
The Lincoln broke a cruise record set nearly two decades earlier, sailed around the world, and sent warnings to both Russia and Iran.

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Jan 17, 2020

Hezbollah warns of 'chaos' if Lebanon government delayed
A senior Hezbollah official warned Friday that Lebanon could fall into chaos and "complete collapse" unless a new government is formed. Sheikh Ali Daamoush's comments came amid more bickering between politicians on the formation of a new Cabinet amid a crippling financial crisis and ongoing mass protests against the country's ruling elite. Meanwhile, Britain announced that it classified the militant Hezbollah as a terrorist organization in a move that will freeze the group's assets in Britain.

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Jan 17, 2020

50 stunning wildlife photos that will make you see animals in a whole new light
Nature photography competitions collect the best photos of animals from around the world. Here's a selection of photos from five different contests.

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Jan 17, 2020

Florida woman who feeds alligators, vultures behind her home forced to pay $53K in fines
The property owners association said the feedings attracted flocks of defecating, vomiting vultures, as well as raccoons, alligators and a bobcat.

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Jan 17, 2020

An ISIS preacher captured in Iraq was apparently so overweight that police had to take him away in the back of a pickup truck
Shifa al-Nima was captured in the Mansour neighborhood of Mosul by the Nineveh police command, according to Iraqi police.

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Jan 17, 2020

Germany's Air Force Has a Serious Problem
And it's running out of time to fix it.

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Jan 17, 2020

Russia: Iran was spooked by reports of U.S. F-35s when it downed airliner
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday that Iran's accidental shooting down of a Ukrainian airliner last week occurred at a time when Tehran was spooked by reports of advanced U.S. stealth fighters in the area. Iran's downing of Ukraine International Airlines flight 752, which killed all 176 people aboard, has created a crisis for the Islamic Republic's clerical rulers who have faced days of protests after the Iranian military admitted it had shot down the plane accidentally. Lavrov, speaking at his annual news conference in Moscow, called the incident a human error and said he was not trying to excuse anyone for what happened.

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Jan 17, 2020

Burundi's mass graves reopen old wounds
Neighbors told him soldiers had also discovered his mother in a house where she had been hiding. This week, the government opened a mass grave in his neighborhood. Burundi's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, known by its French acronym CVR, told parliament this week that it had identified more than 4,000 mass graves across the country.

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Jan 17, 2020

Israel's F-35I Adir Is Taking America's Stealth Fighter To A Whole Other Level
Israel has a history of improving America's weapons to fit its needs.

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Jan 17, 2020

Antifa Group to March With Pro-Gun Protesters at Virginia Rally
An annual 2nd Amendment rally in Richmond, Va. scheduled for this Monday will see gun rights activists marching alonside an unusual ally: the local Antifa chapter.While Antifa groups are most famous for sometimes-violent protests against right-wing groups, the Richmond-based Antifa Seven Hills is joining 2nd Amendment supporters in support of gun rights."I think it's been pretty important for us to focus on the fact that gun control in America has a legacy of racist enforcement," Seven Hills spokesperson James told Vice, requesting that his last name be withheld from publication. "Like taking guns away from black people, because black people were perceived as a threat to property and the sanctity of the state."Several leftist gun rights groups have formed in response to the election of President Trump. This includes Redneck Revolt, which was established in 2016, and the Socialist Rifle Association, which was formed in 2018 and has chapters in all 50 states."I think what's particular about the South is that we have to be a bit more creative and sensitive to the people around us — instead of fulfilling some sort of meme of what antifa is," James said. "That's really what we're trying to work against right now, especially by talking to conservatives and showing we aren't just a black-clad group of rabble-rousers who are out for attention and have jobs funded by George Soros.""The presence of an armed left is not discussed, it's not understood," he added.The rally itself became the subject of controversy after V

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Jan 17, 2020

Steven Mnuchin Plays It Ultra-Safe Instead of Going Ultra-Long
(Bloomberg Opinion) -- After three years of will-he-or-won't-he, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin officially decided that it's not worth rocking the boat when it comes to financing the federal government.The Treasury announced late Thursday that it would start issuing 20-year bonds in the first half of this year, bringing back the maturity for the first time since 1986. While it sounds like a big move to bring back an obligation that has been discontinued for more than three decades, it's tame compared with the alternative. Mnuchin had long floated the idea of an "ultra-long" 50- or 100-year security, which has been issued by Argentina, many European countries and even some U.S. municipalities, companies and universities, but would have been unprecedented for the federal government.In the end, he played it safe. And it was the right call.The Treasury Department has deemed "regular and predictable" issuance a cornerstone of its debt-management process. Just this month, the U.S. auctioned $16 billion of 30-year bonds and $24 billion of 10-year notes, as it did in December. There was simply no way to know for sure that the government could successfully place 50- or 100-year bonds at monthly or quarterly auctions in any kind of reasonable size. Sure, investors like pension funds that need long duration assets to match their liabilities seemed like natural buyers of ultra-long debt, but limiting the potential pool of investors would have been risky, especially given that bid-to-cover ratios are already trend

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Jan 17, 2020

For the Senators Who Will Judge Trump, an Incomplete Story to Consider
WASHINGTON -- By the time the Senate opened impeachment trials for Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton, its members pretty well knew the facts of the accusations against the presidents. None of them needed to turn on "The Rachel Maddow Show" to learn things they did not already know.But as senators formally convened Thursday as a court of impeachment in the case of Donald John Trump, new revelations were still emerging, and important questions remained unanswered. The latest interviews by Lev Parnas, the Soviet-born associate of Rudy Giuliani, the president's personal lawyer, as well as documents released by House investigators, only reinforced the reality that there is more still to be learned.None of it may matter to the outcome even if more information does present itself in the weeks to come. The quasi-jurors who swore an oath Thursday to do "impartial justice" for the most part have already signaled their partiality. And what has been documented so far gives a pretty clear picture of Trump's efforts to pressure Ukraine for incriminating information about his political rivals, whether it is cause for removing him from office or not.Yet there are still so many loose threads to be pulled that the story feels incomplete. Did Trump know "everything that was going on," as Parnas put it in an interview with The New York Times on the same day he appeared on Maddow's MSNBC show? Was an American ambassador who had been targeted by Trump really put under surveillance by an unstable associate of Parna

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Jan 17, 2020

EU border chief says migrant entries from Turkey on the rise
The number of migrants entering Europe from Turkey rose significantly last year as people fleeing strife in Syria and Afghanistan flooded into the country and then set out for Greece, the head of the European Union's border agency said Friday. More than 82,000 migrants tried to enter Europe without authorization in 2019, an increase of 46% over the previous year, Frontex Executive Director Fabrice Leggeri said in Brussels. "This was mainly due to the situation in Syria, but also instability in Afghanistan, and changing policies towards Afghan nationals by Iranian and Pakistani authorities," Leggeri told reporters.

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Jan 17, 2020

Evelyn Yang, Andrew Yang's wife, said she was sexually assaulted by her OB-GYN during pregnancy
Evelyn Yang, the wife of 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Andrew Yang, says she was sexually assaulted by a doctor during her first pregnancy.

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Jan 17, 2020

Ukrainian PM offers to resign after tape criticizing the president is released
Ukrainian Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk submitted his resignation on Friday after an audio recording suggested he had criticized the president, but then appeared to suggest in comments to Reuters that he might stay in his job.

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Jan 17, 2020

Trump again denied knowing Lev Parnas. So Parnas' lawyer posted more robust proof.
Despite a warning from Lev Parnas, President Trump claimed not to know him again Thursday. "I don't know Parnas, other than I guess I had pictures taken, which I do with thousands of people," Trump told reporters in the Oval Office. "I don't know him at all, don't know what he's about, don't know where he comes from, know nothing about him. ... I don't believe I've ever spoken to him."Jospeh Bondy, Parnas' lawyer, brought the receipts, posting a video taken at Mar-a-Lago in December 2016, where Trump is clearly talking with Parnas, who is standing next to him and also Roman Nasirov, a former Ukrainian official charged with embezzlement. Here's the "I don't know him at all, don't know what he's about, don't know where he comes from, know nothing about him" guy, w Lev Parnas & Roman Nasirov, former head of Ukrainian Fiscal Service, at Mar-a-Lago 12/16. @POTUS .@realDonaldTrump @Acosta LevRemembers LetLevSpeak pic.twitter.com/5B5QY2DJEg — Joseph A. Bondy (@josephabondy) January 16, 2020The Washington Post used that video in a jaunty roundup of Parnas posing, often on multiple occasions, next to Trump and other Republicans who claimed not to know him.Calling Parnas a "Giuliani associate" is "way too limited — he is a full-fledged member of Trump Co," Chris Cuomo said on CNN Thursday night. As he ran through the details, he showed photo after photo of Parnas and Trump or members of his family and inner circle. "There are so many that I had to leave pictures out," Cuomo said. L

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Jan 17, 2020

Princess Cruises responds after 'Marriage Story' actress speaks out, sues alleging bedbugs
A "Marriage Story" actress and her husband are suing Princess Cruises, alleging their room was infested with bedbugs.

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Jan 17, 2020

'Days of God': A look at Iran's mounting crises
The Islamic Republic has been reeling from one crisis to another, from the targeted killing by the United States of its top general to the Revolutionary Guard's accidental shootdown of a passenger plane carrying scores of young people, most of them Iranians. U.S. sanctions have crippled its economy as tensions with America have soared. In a rare Friday sermon in Tehran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei stuck to the playbook Iran has relied on since 1979, blaming the country's woes on the U.S. and other Western powers, and proclaiming that Iranians still support the Islamic Revolution.

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Jan 17, 2020

Iran's supreme leader slams 'clown' Trump, says Iran's missile strikes showed 'the hand of God'
Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, led Friday prayers at a mosque in Tehran on Friday for the first time since 2012, trying to rally support among intertwined crises facing his government. On the foreign front, punishing U.S. sanctions have harmed Iran's economy and the Trump administration's killing of Iran's top general brought the U.S. and Tehran to the brink of war. Domestically, Iranians already angry over a hike in fuel prices took to the streets this week to demand justice and accountability for the Revolutionary Guard's downing of a Ukrainian jetliner, killing 176 people, most of them Iranian.In nationally broadcast comments from inside the Mosalla mosque, Khamenei, 80, said the missiles fired on the Ukrainian jet were a "bitter accident" and defended the Revolutionary Guard, which reports directly to him. "Our enemies were as happy about the plane crash as we were sad," he said. "Happy that they had found something to question the Guard and the armed forces." He called President Trump, who has been encouraging the antigovernment protests, a "clown" who is only pretending to support Iran's people and would just as soon "push a poisonous dagger" into their backs.Khamenei also addressed the missile strikes on two Iraqi bases hosting U.S. forces, calling the a "slap on the face" to the U.S. "The fact that Iran has the power to give such a slap to a world power shows the hand of God," he said, but pushing the U.S. military out of the Mid

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Jan 17, 2020

Woman pleads guilty to killing husband by putting eye drops in his water
A South Carolina woman pleaded guilty to fatally poisoning her husband by putting eye drops in his water for days. She was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

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Jan 17, 2020

US admits 11 troops were injured in Iran attack after Trump said there were no casualties
The US military said 11 troops were treated for concussion after Iran launched a rocket attack at the Al-Asad air base in western Iraq, despite initially saying no service members had been hurt.The attack took place on 8 January in retaliation for the US-launched drone strike in Baghdad that killed Qassem Soleimani, a commander in Iran's Revolutionary Guard.

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Jan 17, 2020

Myanmar president hails 'historic' visit as China's Xi arrives to fanfare
Chinese President Xi Jinping flew into Myanmar on Friday for two days of talks to shore up massive infrastructure projects in the Southeast Asian nation isolated by the West over its treatment of the Rohingya Muslim minority. State counselor Aung San Suu Kyi greeted him with a handshake on the steps of the presidential palace after a ceremonial welcome by the president and a military marching band, on the first day of a two-day visit, Xi's first as leader and the first of any Chinese president in 19 years. Analysts say Xi will seek to reinvigorate stalled infrastructure projects central to his flagship Belt and Road Initiative described as a "21st century silk road".

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Jan 17, 2020

Zimbabwe gripped by drama of vice president's nasty divorce
Black magic, drug addiction, attempted murder and a wrestling match over luxury cars and overseas properties. Zimbabwe is riveted by the explosive charges being made in the divorce of First Vice President Constantino Chiwenga and his wife Marry. A glimpse of the luxurious lives of Zimbabwe's ruling elite, as the rest of the country grapples with economic collapse, hyperinflation and hunger, is emerging in the divorce papers filed in court.

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Jan 17, 2020

The United States' main allies are abandoning Trump as his threats to world leaders backfire
European leaders are talking openly about loosening Europe's alliance with the United States as President Donald Trump alienates long-standing allies.

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Jan 17, 2020

UK expands Hezbollah asset freeze, targets entire organization
Britain's Treasury said it has designated the entire Hezbollah organization as a terrorist group under its Terrorism and Terrorist Financing rules, and as such its assets will be frozen. Previously it was only Hezbollah's Military Wing which was subject to asset freezing under UK government rules. Hezbollah, a heavily armed group designated as a terrorist organization by the United States, was established in 1982 by Iran's Revolutionary Guards and is an important part of a regional Tehran-led alliance known as "the axis of resistance".

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Jan 17, 2020

Foreign powers to push Libyan rivals for truce in Berlin
BERLIN/TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Germany and the United Nations will push rival Libyan camps and their foreign backers fighting over the capital to agree on Sunday to a truce and monitoring mechanism as first steps towards peace, diplomats and a draft communique said. The summit will put pressure on Khalifa Haftar and his eastern Libyan National Army (LNA) to halt a nine-month offensive against Fayez al-Serraj's government in the coastal capital after a week-long lull in fighting. "I hope the war ends and we have our country back to live in peace," said Aisha Ali Saleh, a mother-of-eight in an apartment on an abandoned building site with no power or running water.

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Jan 17, 2020

Pakistan court jails dozens of Islamists over Asia Bibi protests
A Pakistani court has sentenced more than 80 Islamists to 55 years in prison each after protests linked to the 2018 acquittal of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman accused of blasphemy, one of their senior leaders told AFP. The sentence -- an unusually harsh one in Pakistan, where blasphemy is an extremely sensitive issue -- was announced by a lower court in the garrison town of Rawalpindi on Thursday, said Pir Ejaz Ashrafi, a senior leader of the Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP).

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Jan 17, 2020

Trump lavished praise on Giuliani, then hinted he may throw him under the bus by denying any knowledge of a letter his attorney sent Ukraine's president
"I didn't know about a specific letter," he said, after investigators released a letter allegedly implicating him in Giuliani's quest for Biden dirt.

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Jan 17, 2020

Judge upholds firearms ban for Virginia gun rally
A Virginia judge ruled that a firearms ban imposed by the governor ahead of a planned pro-gun rally can stay in place, but gun rights groups are still fighting the ban.

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Jan 17, 2020

Trump just ran a two-year trade war experiment. It failed.
Fans of free-market capitalism, you have reason to rejoice. Break out those green Adam Smith neckties hanging in the back of your closet. Party like it's 1999 — or, even better, 2000 when the internet-fueled Nasdaq hit a record high of 5000 and the U.S. normalized trade relations with China.The cause for celebration today is President Trump signing a "phase one" trade deal with China. After two years of back-and-forth tariffs that marked the world's worst trade conflict in a century, Beijing and Washington have reached a historic agreement that accomplishes ... not so much, really. It doesn't create balanced trade between the United States and China. It doesn't disentangle the two mega-economies. And it doesn't force China to alter its "state capitalist" economic model built on central planning and subsidies. China doesn't even concede that it has a history of forcing American firms to hand over their technology.But "not so much" isn't nothing. The singular achievement of President Trump's protectionist experiment is to vividly demonstrate on a global stage that protectionism doesn't work. And for that welcome-if-unintentional result, free marketeers should be delighted — though not really surprised. After all, Trump's fundamental economic observation about trade is flat-out wrong. Big trade deficits are not the result of dumb trade deals by corrupt or dumb politicians. They're the result of too much spending and too little saving.While China might buy more stuff from America as a result of the deal, the overall near-term benefit to t

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Jan 17, 2020

Russia Isn't Afraid of America's Mighty F-35. Why?
Maybe they should be...

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Jan 17, 2020

Trump impeachment: Giuliani associate Lev Parnas compares president to a cult leader
Donald Trump is like a cult leader and many Republicans are now too scared to go against him, according to an alleged former ally at the centre of the impeachment inquiry.Lev Parnas claims to have been personally carrying out extensive efforts to discredit the Bidens in Ukraine at the direct behest of Mr Trump and his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, of whom he is a known associate.

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Jan 17, 2020

A Boeing 737 Max crash killed my daughter. Boeing's board and CEO don't inspire optimism.
Since the death of my daughter in the Ethiopian Airlines crash, I've learned more about aviation than I ever dreamed, and how Boeing let safety slip.

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Jan 17, 2020

'We can't wait': Maldives desperate for funds as islands risk going under
The tropical Maldives may lose entire islands unless it can quickly access cheap financing to fight the impact of climate change, its foreign minister said. The archipelago's former president Mohamed Nasheed famously held a cabinet meeting underwater to draw attention to submerging land and global warming a decade ago. "For small states, it is not easy," Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid told Reuters in New Delhi.

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Jan 17, 2020

Abandoned by Allies, EU Censure Pushes Orban Toward EPP Exit
(Bloomberg) -- Hungary's prime minister said he was on the verge of quitting the European Union's biggest political group after it backed a resolution demanding that the bloc intensify efforts to rein in his perceived democratic backsliding.In a joint resolution on Hungary and Poland, the European Parliament said Thursday that EU probes into the rule of law in both countries haven't resulted in improvements. EU lawmakers also called for additional mechanisms to reinforce the bloc's ability to discipline rogue member states.Pointedly for Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, whose ruling Fidesz party is in the EPP, a large majority of the umbrella group supported the resolution. The EPP is considering whether to expel Fidesz over the dismantlement of checks and balances in Hungary."We were within a centimeter of quitting the EPP," Orban told state radio in an interview on Friday. "When our allies betray us -- and the majority of the EPP betrayed us -- we have no place there."The EPP suspended Fidesz in March over the erosion of the rule-of-law. Orban reiterated that he may preemptively withdraw his party from the EPP, and if he does he will most likely create a new EU umbrella platform.Orban has already held talks about possible cooperation with Poland's nationalist ruling Law & Justice Party, which is a member of a smaller group in the European Parliament."Things can't go on like this, that's for sure," Orban said, adding that the only reason he didn't withdraw Fidesz from the EPP already was because Italian, French and Spanish members voted against the resolution. "That gives us some hope, though it's waning."(Updates with Orban comments in fourth and last paragraphs.)\--With as

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Jan 17, 2020

Khamenei: Iran gave U.S. 'slap on face', calls missile strikes 'day of God'
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a Friday sermon that Iran's missile strikes on U.S. targets in Iraq this month delivered a "slap on the face" to the United States, showing the Islamic Republic had divine support. During a spike in tension, Iran launched missiles at U.S. targets on Jan. 8 in response to a U.S. drone strike on Jan. 3 that killed Qassem Soleimeni, a powerful Iranian general who was close to Khamenei.

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Jan 17, 2020

India Snubs $1 Billion Amazon Investment as Resentment Grows
(Bloomberg) -- Terms of Trade is a daily newsletter that untangles a world embroiled in trade wars. Sign up here. India's government has scoffed at Amazon.com Inc. founder Jeff Bezos' offer to invest $1 billion in the country, firing the latest salvo at an e-commerce giant that's been accused of predatory business practices.Trade minister Piyush Goyal delivered a stinging rebuke two days after Bezos arrived in New Delhi and touted his efforts to help digitize small and medium enterprises. The investment would bring Amazon's bet on the Indian market to about $6.5 billion. Goyal told a gathering of foreign ministers from around the world he welcomed an investigation into the company's alleged "predatory pricing and unfair trade practices.""They may have put in a billion dollars," Goyal said at the Raisina Dialogue in New Delhi on Thursday. "But then if they make a loss of a billion dollars every year, then they jolly well have to finance that billion dollars. So it's not as if they are doing a great favor to India when they invest a billion dollars."Bezos has attracted significant opposition during a tour of India intended to underscore its importance as a growth driver for Amazon. The country's antitrust regulator initiated a formal investigation hours before his arrival, and retailers affiliated with the Confederation of All India Traders organized sit-ins and public rallies in multiple cities to protest Amazon's traditional cut-price approach and exclusive-selling practices.Outside the venue of Amazon India's

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Jan 17, 2020

Putin the Puppet Master Shows He Retains the Power to Shock
(Bloomberg) -- As Russian lawmakers huddled in the State Duma to discuss Vladimir Putin's bombshell plan to change the constitution, the president still had one more surprise for them.When news broke the prime minister had resigned, even Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin, a former top Kremlin aide, was caught off guard. He sat waiting as the government's parliamentary envoy rushed from the room Wednesday to confirm the reports.Dmitry Medvedev didn't know his days as premier were numbered until as little as 72 hours earlier, even though his replacement, Mikhail Mishustin, had already met with the president, two people familiar with the matter said.The lightning series of actions demonstrated that Putin retains the ability to upend Russian politics even after 20 years in power."There could be more surprises," said Alexei Mukhin, head of the Moscow-based Center for Political Information. "Putin just fired an opening shot, he only provided the broad picture."What seems clear, however, is that he intends to leave the presidency when his current term ends in 2024 in line with the constitution, since nothing in his proposed reforms would enable him to skirt term limits to remain in the Kremlin.While Putin insisted Russia must remain a "strong presidential republic," he's embarked on a program aimed at restraining the powers of his favored successor while creating options for himself to control political developments if he so chooses.Unclear Outcome"We're seeing the start of the transition but it's not clear what the final outcome will look like under Putin's scheme," said Mikhail Vinogradov, head of the St. Petersburg Politics Foundation.The Russian leader's actions have opened the way to several s

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Jan 17, 2020

Don't turn plane crash into political issue: Iran foreign ministry spokesman
All countries involved in the Ukrainian airliner crash in Iran should avoid turning it into a political issue, an Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Friday. "We request all sides not to make human issues, particularly this tragic accident, into an excuse for political gestures," Abbas Mousavi was quoted as saying by the semi-official ISNA news agency. Five countries whose citizens died when Iran shot down the airliner last week said on Thursday that Tehran should pay compensation to families of the victims, and that the world was watching for its response.

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Jan 17, 2020

The 1 Downside to Building Fake Islands China Didn't See Coming
Too much land to defend?

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Jan 17, 2020

North Korea Fact: Trillions of Dollars in Wealth Is Sitting Below the Surface
The reclusive regime sits on $10 trillion in minerals.

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Jan 17, 2020

Pakistani court hands down 55-year sentences to 86 Islamists
A Pakistani court has sentenced 86 members of a radical Islamist party to 55-year prison terms each for taking part in violent rallies in 2018 over the acquittal of a Christian woman in a blasphemy case, a party official said Friday. The verdicts, unusually harsh for Pakistan, were announced late Thursday night by the court in Rawalpindi, a garrison city near Islamabad. Pir Ejaz Ashrafi, a senior leader of the radical Tehreek-e-Labbaik party, said the sentences would be appealed.

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Jan 17, 2020

Khamenei says Iran's strikes at U.S. targets show 'hand of God'
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a Friday prayers sermon that Iran's missile strikes on U.S. targets in Iraq showed it had divine support in delivering a "slap on the face" to a world power. Making the main weekly sermon in Tehran for the first time since 2012, with Iran and its clerical rulers under pressure at home and abroad, Khamenei also said that U.S. sanctions imposed in a row over its nuclear program would not make Iran yield. Thousands had gathered inside a large prayer hall in central Tehran and packed the area and streets outside the building, chanting "Death to America".

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Jan 17, 2020

The start of Trump's impeachment trial had solemn oaths, 'lengthy' yawns, 'pained expressions,' lots of lefties
The Senate impeachment trial of President Trump began on Thursday, with the House impeachment managers walking the two articles of impeachment to the Senate, lead House prosecutor Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) reading the articles to the full (and silent) Senate, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts taking an oath to administer "impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws," then asking the jury of all 100 senators to swear to the same. ABC News recapped the formal and solemn proceedings, noting that the impeachment trial is beginning even as new evidence emerges."After we were all sworn in, a surprise (at least for me): we were all requested to sign our names, one by one, in the trial's log book," Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) recounted. "Afterward, one of my colleagues showed me his notes, where he had kept track of how many senators are left handed." And the number of southpaws — 13, by our count — does stand out as you watch the senators sign their names, sped up here by ABC News: WATCH: Timelapse shows all Senators in attendance signing the Senate oath book, after being sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts for the impeachment trial of Pres. Trump. https://t.co/VzqoLhOsfn pic.twitter.com/JXiYp8Q4Th — ABC News (@ABC) January 17, 2020If you haven't perused the two articles of impeachment, you can read along as Schiff recited them for the Senate.As Schiff read the articles to the "deathly quiet" Senat

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