Trump impeachment probe set to pick up speed with eight more witnesses

18 November 2019, 3:21 PM
The impeachment inquiry of U.S. President Donald Trump shifts into higher gear this week when a parade of officials will face questioning by Democratic lawmakers seeking details that could link Trump to a pressure campaign against Ukraine potentially for his political benefit.
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Foreigners held or missing in Syria 22 November 2017, 2:29 PM

The capture by Iraqi and Syrian forces of the Islamic State group's last bastions failed to clarify the fate of several foreign hostages thought to have been kidnapped by jihadists.

Historic verdict due in ‘Butcher of Bosnia’ genocide trial 22 November 2017, 7:23 AM

United Nations war crimes judges will on Wednesday seek to close a chapter in the brutal Balkans conflicts of the 1990s, handing down a historic verdict in the genocide trial of former Bosnian Serbian commander Ratko Mladic.

Lack of German government puts euro zone integration plans on hold 21 November 2017, 5:37 PM

The collapse of talks on a new German government means that the euro zone's ambitious plans for deeper economic integration could be put on hold, euro zone officials said on Tuesday.

Russia’s Putin hosts Syria’s Assad for talks 21 November 2017, 9:05 AM

Russian President Vladimir Putin hosted Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad for talks at which the two men agreed that the focus in the Syrian conflict was now switching from military operations to the search for a political solution.

Trump declares North Korea state sponsor of terror 21 November 2017, 8:20 AM

President Donald Trump declared North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism on Monday even as his top diplomat said Washington has not given up hope of a negotiated end to its nuclear standoff with Kim Jong-Un's regime.

German president urges parties to compromise, end crisis 20 November 2017, 5:17 PM

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier urged political parties Monday to rethink their positions and find compromises to form a government, hours after coalition talks collapsed and plunged Germany into a crisis. “Building a government has always been a difficult process of give and take, but the mandate to form a government is perhaps the highest mandate […]

Strong earthquake strikes east-northeast of Tadine, New Caledonia -USGS 19 November 2017, 6:25 PM

An earthquake of magnitude 6.6 struck in the Pacific Ocean 42 miles (67 km) east-northeast of Tadine in New Caledonia’s Loyalty Islands, the U.S. Geological Survey said on Sunday. The quake, whose depth was 12.8 miles, occurred just hours after a 6.4 tremor 46 miles east of the Loyalty Islands.

Hariri to return to Lebanon as crisis simmers 19 November 2017, 7:50 AM

Prime Minister Saad Hariri said he will return to Lebanon for Wednesday's Independence Day celebrations.

After Macron meeting, Hariri says will clarify position in Lebanon 18 November 2017, 5:19 PM

French President Emmanuel Macron and Saad al-Hariri, who announced his resignation as Lebanon’s prime minister while on a visit to Saudi Arabia, stand on the steps of the Elysee Palace in Paris on Saturday. (Reuters) Saad al-Hariri, who resigned as Lebanon’s prime minister this month while in Saudi Arabia, said on Saturday he would clarify […]

US lawmakers seek more information from Trump’s son-in-law in Russia probe 17 November 2017, 5:57 AM

Jared Kushner's lawyer failed to give the US Senate Judiciary Committee documents President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser received about a"Russian backdoor overture and dinner invite," the committee's leaders said on Thursday.

Officials say India will not act on smog in 2017 16 November 2017, 7:11 PM

As pollution level climbed to 12 times above the recommended limit this week in India’s capital, government officials said they knew what needed to control the smoky haze was, but nothing would be done, at least in 2017. A major source of the smog at this time of year across northern India, including New Delhi, […]

UN pleads for end of Yemen blockade or ‘untold thousands’ will die 16 November 2017, 6:03 PM

The heads of three U.N. agencies issued a fresh plea on Thursday for the Saudi-led military coalition to lift its blockade on Yemen, warning that "untold thousands" would die.

Gunman kills four in California shooting spree 15 November 2017, 6:05 AM

A gunman carrying a semi-automatic weapon and two handguns opened fire at multiple locations across a small Northern California community on Tuesday, killing four people before he was slain by police.

Texas church reopens as solemn memorial to victims 14 November 2017, 4:57 PM

The modest Texas church where a gunman massacred more than two dozen worshipers last week reopened as a memorial on Sunday, giving the public its first glimpse of the site where one of the most shocking mass shootings in United States history unfolded. Signs of the rampage that officials said took 26 lives and wounded […]

Canada to host 2017 UN Peacekeeping conference 14 November 2017, 9:30 AM

Close to 100 countries, including South Africa, will attend a two-day United Nations ministerial meeting beginning today in Vancouver, Canada.

Iran ends rescue operations, battles to shelter quake survivors 14 November 2017, 5:53 AM

Sunday's 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck villages and towns in the mountainous area of Kermanshah province that borders Iraq while many people were at home asleep.

SA to attend United Nations ministerial meeting 13 November 2017, 7:45 PM

Close to 100 countries, including South Africa, will attend a two-day United Nations ministerial meeting beginning on Tuesday in Vancouver, Canada where improving the gender balance of peacekeeping operations and ending the recruitment of child soldiers will be among the main focal points.

Strong earthquake hits Iraq and Iran, killing at least 145 13 November 2017, 6:24 AM

A magnitude 7.3 earthquake hit the region around the border between Iran and Iraq on Sunday, killing at least 145 people state media in the two countries said, as rescuers searched for dozens trapped under rubble.

Trump backs US spy agencies on poll meddling 12 November 2017, 7:44 AM

Donald Trump said on Sunday he backed United States intelligence agencies who concluded that Russia meddled in the 2016 US presidential election, but repeated his trust in the sincerity of Vladimir Putin’s denials and slammed critics of his relationship with the Russian leader. Key former Trump aides are under US investigation for possible collaboration with […]

Pope meets island leaders, decries rising seas 11 November 2017, 4:31 PM

Pope Francis is blasting “short-sighted human activity” for global warming

Three hurt in vehicle attack near Toulouse: French police 10 November 2017, 7:23 PM

The driver, who was arrested immediately afterwards in the city's Blagnac suburb, acted "deliberately" but was not on a list of known extremists, one source said, asking not to be named.

Trump praises China’s ‘highly respected’ Xi 10 November 2017, 6:26 AM

US President Donald Trump praised Chinese leader Xi Jinping as a “highly respected and powerful representative of his people” on Friday as he wrapped up his first state visit to Beijing. Trump showered his host with accolades during two days of meetings during which the US leader sought to convince Xi to do more to […]

Mobile-app errors expose data on 180 mln phones -security firm 9 November 2017, 9:21 PM

Up to 180 million smart phone owners are at risk of having some of their text messages and calls intercepted by hackers because of a simple coding error in at least 685 mobile apps, cyber-security firm Appthority warned on Thursday. Developers mistakenly coded credentials for accessing services provided by Twilio Inc, said Appthority’s director of […]

UN calls on Saudi-led coalition to reopen Yemen’s aid lifeline 8 November 2017, 8:15 PM

Saudi Arabia called the missile launch an act of war. Iran has denied arming them, leading to a further deterioration in an already catastrophic humanitarian situation in the country.

Sacked for being pregnant, Hong Kong maids called ‘dogs’, left homeless 8 November 2017, 6:06 PM

As soon as Indonesian domestic worker Anisa discovered she was pregnant with her first child, her heart sank. Having worked for 13 years in Hong Kong, she was terrified that her employer would fire her, jeopardising her future and that of her unborn child. For without a prized work contract, Anisa would be homeless, since […]

Woman becomes first transgender elected official in Virginia 8 November 2017, 11:49 AM

An American Democrat made history on Tuesday by becoming Virginia's and possibly the nation's first openly transgender state delegate, winning her bid for a seat in the legislature.

Trump warns ‘rogue regime’ N.Korea of grave danger 8 November 2017, 7:40 AM

US President Donald Trump issueda stark warning to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Wednesday, telling him that the nuclear weapons he is developing "are not making you safer, they are putting your regime in grave danger".

Family strife, threats preceded Texas church massacre 7 November 2017, 8:44 AM

A former US service man who shot 26 worshipers to death during Sunday prayers in Texas was embroiled in a domestic dispute with his in-laws and had sent threatening text messages to his wife's mother before the massacre, officials said Monday.

Investigators seek to establish motive for Texas shooting 6 November 2017, 9:39 PM

Investigators in the United States are scouring the background of the deceased gunman who opened fire inside a church in Texas killing 26 people and injuring 20 more.

Fuel shortage grips Sri Lanka 6 November 2017, 3:26 PM

A Sri Lankan minister was forced Monday to apologise for a fuel shortage that has seen long queues form at gas stations and forced many commuters to leave their cars at home.