Republicans ready for start of Trump’s defense in impeachment trial

27 January 2020, 5:57 PM
Republican senators on Friday (January 24) said they were ready to hear US President Donald Trump's defense team refute the House arguments that Trump abused his power by pressuring Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden.
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I’ll miss playing the villain: Brexit crusader Farage 28 January 2020, 9:01 PM

As Nigel Farage packed a few belongings into a box at his office in the European Union's parliament in Brussels on Tuesday, he reflected that he will miss the very institution on which - as its bluntest critic - he built his political career.

China records first virus death in Beijing as toll passes 100 28 January 2020, 8:49 AM

The new strain of coronavirus spreading across China claimed its first victim in Beijing, officials said on Tuesday, as the death toll climbed to 106, the United States warned citizens against trips to the country and financial markets recoiled again at the potential impact on the world’s second-biggest economy.

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China extends holiday, businesses shut as virus toll rises to 81 27 January 2020, 2:14 PM

The death toll from a coronavirus outbreak in China rose to 81 on Monday, as the government extended the Lunar New Year holiday and more big businesses shut down or told staff to work from home in an effort to curb the spread.

Pope Francis
Pope asks Catholics to say ‘Never Again’ to the Holocaust 27 January 2020, 6:47 AM

Pope Francis on Sunday asked the world’s 1.3 billion Catholics to stop for a moment of prayer and reflection on the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz and say “Never Again.”

US presidential hopeful Sanders surges in early primary states, national polls 26 January 2020, 5:45 PM

US Senator Bernie Sanders pulled ahead in a New Hampshire poll released on Sunday, bolstering evidence that he is gaining momentum with only days left until voting begins in the Democratic presidential contest.

Dozens pulled from rubble as Turkey quake toll hits 35 26 January 2020, 11:36 AM

Rescue teams working through the night pulled 45 people from collapsed buildings, Turkey’s disaster authority said on Sunday, as the death toll from a powerful earthquake in the country’s east rose to 35.

Bezos allegations put phone hacking technology in the spotlight 26 January 2020, 10:20 AM

Allegations that Amazon.com boss Jeff Bezos had his phone hacked by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman have put a spotlight on the security of smartphones.

Tragedy of bush fires clouds Australia Day celebrations 26 January 2020, 8:08 AM

Australia Day celebrations on Sunday saw thousands of people flock to beaches and music festivals, but festivities were clouded by the tragedy of bushfires which have killed 33 and destroyed hundreds of homes.

Defence to present opening arguments in Trump’s Impeachment Trial 25 January 2020, 4:16 PM

The Senate Impeachment Trial of US President Donald Trump will resume later on Saturday in Washington after a blistering and at times emotional closing argument by the Democratic Lead Impeachment Manager on Friday night.

Donald Trump
Trump’s peace plan may polarize the Middle East it seeks to calm 25 January 2020, 7:56 AM

As United States (US) President Donald Trump prepares to host Israeli leaders in Washington to reveal details of his long-delayed Middle East peace plan, Palestinians warned on Friday that no deal could work without them on board.

Donald Trump
House of Representatives Impeachment Managers to press for the removal of Trump 24 January 2020, 7:41 PM

House of Representatives Impeachment Managers will use their final day of opening arguments in the Senate Impeachment trial of United States President Donald Trump to press for his removal from office.

Democrats to argue Trump obstructed probe in third day of impeachment trial 24 January 2020, 1:30 PM

Democrats serving as prosecutors in United States President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial will make their case that he improperly interfered in Congress’ probe of his dealings with Ukraine in their final day of arguments on Friday.

Australia mourns U.S. firefighters as probe into plane crash begins 24 January 2020, 6:19 AM

Firefighters in Australia held a minute’s silence on Friday for three U.S. colleagues killed in a plane crash as investigators began scouring the accident site in remote bushland.

UN orders Myanmar to take measures to protect Rohingya population from genocide 23 January 2020, 9:14 PM

The world court affiliated to the United Nations has issued a decision ordering Myanmar to take urgent measures to protect its Rohingya population from genocide

SACP says US must stop bullying the Middle East 23 January 2020, 6:47 PM

The South African Communist Party says the United States must stop bullying the Middle East.

Extradition hearing for WikiLeaks’ Assange to be split in two parts 23 January 2020, 3:26 PM

The London hearing to decide whether WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange can be extradited to the United States to face charges including spying will be split in two, with the second half delayed until May, a judge ruled on Thursday.

Democrats accuse Trump at impeachment trial of corrupt scheme to pressure Ukraine 23 January 2020, 7:52 AM

Democrats accused President Donald Trump at his impeachment trial on Wednesday of a corrupt scheme to pressure Ukraine to help him get re-elected and warned that America's global prestige would suffer if the U.S. Senate acquits him.

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 administration plans to add Nigeria to travel ban list 22 January 2020, 10:02 AM

The Trump administration is planning to add seven countries - Belarus, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania - to its travel ban list, US media reports said on Tuesday.

US Senate blocks Democratic bids for evidence 22 January 2020, 5:50 AM

The Republican-controlled US Senate rejected Democratic efforts on Tuesday to obtain evidence and call witnesses in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial, an early sign the proceeding could advance along lines favorable to Trump.

Russia gets new government in what Putin calls major renewal 21 January 2020, 9:14 PM

President Vladimir Putin approved a new Russian government on Tuesday which he called a break with the past and included a new economy minister and first deputy prime minister, but many senior ministers stayed on.

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Four protesters, two policemen killed as Iraq unrest resumes 21 January 2020, 6:59 AM

Six Iraqis including two police officers were killed and scores were wounded in Baghdad and other cities on Monday in clashes with security forces.

Trump lawyers call for immediate acquittal in legal, political defence 21 January 2020, 6:35 AM

US President Donald Trump on Monday rejected the Democratic-led House of Representatives’ impeachment charges and called for their immediate dismissal by the Republican-led Senate in a memo offering a legal and political case against his removal.

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Trump’s Impeachment Trial begins in earnest on Tuesday 20 January 2020, 7:12 PM

The Impeachment Trial of the 45th President of the United States begins in earnest Tuesday where Republican and Democratic Senators are expected to clash over the adoption of a resolution setting the rules for the process.

Migrants
US-bound migrant caravan in tense standoff at border between Mexico and Guatemala 20 January 2020, 4:25 PM

A large caravan of Central Americans was preparing to cross the Guatemalan border into Mexico on Monday, posing a potential challenge to the Mexican government's pledge to help the United States contain mass movements of migrants.

Boris Johnson
As Brexit nears, UK’s Johnson pushes for deeper trade ties with Africa 20 January 2020, 8:37 AM

 Prime Minister Boris Johnson will call for deeper investment ties between Britain and Africa at a summit for leaders of 21 African countries on Monday.

Bodies of Ukrainian victims of Iran plane crash returned home 19 January 2020, 1:30 PM

The bodies of the 11 Ukrainian citizens who died when a passenger plane was accidentally shot down by Iran this month were brought back to Ukraine on Sunday in a solemn ceremony at Kiev airport.

Brazilian tribes back manifesto to save Amazon habitat from Bolsonaro 19 January 2020, 10:22 AM

Leaders of native tribes in Brazil issued a rallying call to protect the Amazon rain forest and its indigenous people from what they called the "genocide, ethnocide and ecocide" planned by the country's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro.

Trump marks US-Japan security pact with call for stronger, deeper alliance 19 January 2020, 9:39 AM

United States (US) President Donald Trump marked the 60th anniversary of the signing of the current US-Japan security treaty with a call for a stronger and deeper alliance between the two countries, despite criticizing the pact six months ago.

Sixty killed in Houthi attack on camp in Yemen’s Marib 19 January 2020, 7:55 AM

Iran-aligned Houthis attacked a military training camp in the Yemeni city of Marib on Saturday, killing 60 military personnel and wounding dozens others, Saudi state television said on Saturday evening.