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Trump says impeachment trial witnesses would be national security risk
22 January 2020, 4:13 PM

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he would prefer a longer impeachment trial so that current and former top administration officials could testify, but that having them appear would present national security concerns.

Trump, speaking at a news conference , said it was up to the Senate to decide how to handle the trial, but that he would like to have former national security adviser John Bolton and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testify.

“The problem with John (Bolton) is that it’s a national security problem,” Trump said as he prepared to leave the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, to return to Washington,where opening arguments were set to begin in the historic proceedings.

“He knows some of my thoughts, he knows what I think about leaders. What happens if he reveals what I think about a certain leader and it’s not very positive?” he said, adding that Pompeo testifying would also be a risk.

“You could call it presidential prerogative,” Trump said.”The way I look at it, I call it national security, for national security reasons. Executive privilege.”

Senators must decide whether to remove Trump from office after he was impeached last month by the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress for pressuring Ukraine to investigate former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden, a political rival,and impeding the inquiry into the matter.

Trump also said he would want to have his acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney testify but that he would not have much more to add to his public comments in television interviews. He also said he would want Rick Perry, adding that the former US Energy Secretary had asked him if he could testify.

“I would rather go the long way,” he said.

But, he added, “I’ll leave that to the Senate,” adding that he would watch the proceedings after leaving the summit.


Truck crashes into wall leaving two pupils dead in Limpopo
22 January 2020, 3:00 PM

Two learners have been killed and two others critically injured after a food delivery truck crashed into a wall at the Lekgolo Primary School in Mamaila outside Elim in Limpopo.

Community members are on the scene consoling relatives of the children.

The four learners are all from the same family.

It is believed that they were standing on the side of the wall when the trailer of the truck that had just delivered the school’s feeding scheme food hit the wall and it caved in on them.

One of the deceased was in Grade R while the other was in Grade five.

A group of confused community members is standing outside the school gate, while some inconsolable relatives of the deceased are in a closed meeting with education officials.

Police are still at the scene.

Limpopo Education MEC Polly Boshielo is expected to visit the school later today.


Imperious Federer sweeps past Krajinovic into third round
22 January 2020, 2:30 PM

Third seed Roger Federer hit winners at will in an imperious display as he cantered into the third round of the Australian Open with a 6-1 6-4 6-1 thumping of Serb Filip Krajinovic on Wednesday.

Starting his second-round match at around 21:00 local time on Rod Laver Arena, the six-time champion appeared to be in a hurry to finish the contest, breaking his opponent’s serve twice in the first two sets and thrice in the third.

Krajinovic took a medical timeout to have his right upper arm attended with Federer leading 2-1 in the third set but it made no difference to the momentum for the 20-times Grand Slam champion, who hit his 42nd winner to end the contest in a little over 90 minutes.

Next up for Federer, who was broken only once in the match, will be a meeting against local hope John Millman.


Olympic qualifiers shifted out of Wuhan following virus fears
22 January 2020, 2:11 PM

Next month’s women’s Olympic football qualifiers in Wuhan have been shifted to Nanjing, the Asian Football Confederation said on Wednesday, following an outbreak of the new corona virus in the central Chinese city.

Nine people are confirmed to have died and as many as 440 infected from the new SARS-like corona virus now spreading across China after an outbreak in Wuhan.

“The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has agreed to the proposal by the Chinese Football Association (CFA) to move the … Asian Qualifiers Final Round – Group B from Wuhan to Jiangning Football Training Centre in Nanjing,” the continental governing body said in a statement.

The dates of the February 3-9 tournament remain unchanged with top two teams qualifying for the playoff against group B counterparts for the final two places, alongside host Japan, at the Tokyo Olympics.

Australia has issued a travel warning for Wuhan, asking visitors to “exercise a high degree of caution”, but their head coach said on Tuesday they were preparing for a Wuhan trip.

Australia play Taiwan on FebruaryFeb. 3, Thailand three days later and China on February 9.

Taiwan’s football association said on Wednesday the sports administration had asked the AFC in December to change the location due to fears about the health of players.

If the venue was not changed then Taiwan’s team would not participate, the association added.

Taiwan, where one case of the corona virus has been detected, has called on people not to visit Wuhan unless they absolutely have to.



SA to face Ghana, Zim and Ethiopia in Soccer World Cup qualifier
21 January 2020, 8:41 PM

South Africa will face Ghana, Zimbabwe and Ethiopia in Group G, in the World Cup qualifier draw announced on Tuesday.

African champions Algeria will begin their bid for a place at the 2022 World Cup against tiny Djibouti in October after the draw was made for the qualifying group stage in Cairo.

Only the top team in each of the 10 pools advance to the final knockout stages, where they will play home and away for a place in Qatar, and Algeria will be confident of advancing from Group A that also contains Burkina Faso and Niger.

Senegal also have a favourable draw in Group H along with Congo-Brazzaville, Namibia and Togo, the latter a shadow of the side that qualified for the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

Nigeria are in Group C along with Cape Verde Islands, Central African Republic and Liberia, which should cause few alarms.

One of Cameroon and Ivory Coast will be eliminated at this stage after they were drawn together in Group D along with Mozambique and Malawi.

They must also face , who are both tricky opponents.

North African powerhouse Tunisia are in Group B with Zambia, Mauritania and Equatorial Guinea, while Egypt have been handed a difficult road in a pool with Gabon, Libya and Angola.

The qualifiers will get under way in October, with the pool stage completed 12 months later.

The 10 group winners will then face-off in November 2021, with the five victors of those knockout matches sealing a place at the World Cup.

The draw:

Group A
Burkina Faso

Group B
Equatorial Guinea

Group C
Cape Verde Islands
Central African Republic

Group D
Ivory Coast

Group E

Group F

Group G
South Africa

Group H

Group I

Group J
Democratic Republic of Congo



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