White House tells Democrats it will not participate in Trump impeachment hearing

7 December 2019, 11:35 AM
 The White House said on Friday it would refuse to take part in hearings in the US House of Representatives set for next week that will consider what articles of impeachment to bring against President Donald Trump.
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Forensics officers work near the site of an incident at London Bridge in London, Britain.
London attacker previously convicted of terrorism offenses 30 November 2019, 7:05 AM

Britain’s top counter-terrorism police officers said this individual was known to authorities, having been convicted in 2012 for terrorism offenses.

British police shoot man at London Bridge after several people stabbed 29 November 2019, 6:54 PM

British police shot a man on Friday after a number of people were stabbed in the London Bridge area of the city. A video posted on Twitter shows a group of about half a dozen men wrestling with someone on the ground on the sidewalk of the bridge. One of them backs away from the […]

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British PM Johnson to Trump: keep out of UK election 29 November 2019, 5:27 PM

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday it would be "best" if U.S. President Donald Trump does not get involved in Britain's election when he visits London fora NATO summit next week.

A still image from a social media video shows a police officer aiming his gun at a protester in Sai Wan Ho, Hong Kong.
Hong Kong police withdraw from wrecked campus 29 November 2019, 2:49 PM

Hong Kong police on Friday withdrew from the wreckage of a university campus damaged in weeks of clashes, as pro-democracy activists canvassed social media for support for more rallies at the weekend.

Taliban ready to resume peace talks – following Trump’s Kabul visit 29 November 2019, 10:07 AM

The Taliban said on Friday they were ready to restart peace talks with the United States, a day after President Donald Trump made a surprise visit to U.S. troops in Afghanistan and said he believed the radical group would agree to a ceasefire.

Uruguay opposition claims victory in presidential vote, official candidate concedes 29 November 2019, 5:37 AM

Uruguay’s conservative opposition party claimed victory and the governing party’s candidate conceded defeat on Thursday after the count of Sunday’s runoff election concluded, marking a rightward shift on a continent torn by social unrest.

US accuses Russia of helping Syria cover up chemical weapons use 28 November 2019, 4:37 PM

The United States on Thursday accused Russia of helping Syria conceal the use of banned toxic munitions in the civil war by undermining the work of the global chemical weapons agency trying to identify those responsible.

Forty years on, New Zealand apologises for Antarctic plane disaster 28 November 2019, 11:11 AM

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern apologised on Thursday for the then-government's handling of a plane crash in Antarctica 40 years ago that took the lives of 257 people in the country's worst peacetime disaster.

‘No intervention:’ Mexico president reacts to Trump’s cartel terrorism plan 28 November 2019, 9:20 AM

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Wednesday rejected "interventionism"after US President Donald Trump said he was working to designate the Latin American country's drug cartels as terrorist organizations.

China warns US of retaliation for law backing Hong Kong protesters 28 November 2019, 6:39 AM

China warned the United States on Thursday it would take “firm counter measures” in response to U.S. legislation backing anti-government protesters in Hong Kong, and said attempts to interfere in the Chinese-ruled city were doomed to fail.

Fears of violence grow as Lebanese crisis deepens 27 November 2019, 8:25 PM

The crisis sweeping Lebanon has taken a violent turn this week with three nights of skirmishes that have prompted warnings of bloodshed and revived memories of the 1975-90 civil war.

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Poll shows support for Trump impeachment grew steadily during US congressional hearings 27 November 2019, 3:07 PM

Public support for impeaching President Donald Trump has tracked steadily higher over the past few weeks while a US House of Representatives committee held a series of televised impeachment hearings, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Tuesday.

Bangladesh court to deliver verdict on 2016 cafe attack 27 November 2019, 11:25 AM

The long-awaited verdict of the Bangladesh hostage crisis in 2016 that took the lives of 22 people, including 18 foreigners, will be passed in a Dhaka court on Wednesday.

US House Judiciary panel invites Trump to impeachment hearing 27 November 2019, 7:00 AM

The US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee on Tuesday invited President Donald Trump to its first impeachment hearing, scheduled for December 4, starting a new phase of the inquiry that could lead to formal charges against the president within weeks.

Quake death toll to 13 in Albania as buildings bury residents 26 November 2019, 4:06 PM

At least 13 people were killed when the most powerful earthquake to hit Albania in decades shook the capital Tirana and the country’s west and north on Tuesday, tearing down buildings and burying residents under rubble.

Powerful quake shakes Albania, kills seven, topples buildings 26 November 2019, 1:43 PM

At least seven people were killed when the most powerful earthquake to hit Albania in decades rocked the capital Tirana and surrounding region early on Tuesday, causing buildings to collapse and burying residents under rubble.

China summons U.S. ambassador to protest against Hong Kong rights bill 26 November 2019, 6:08 AM

China’s foreign ministry summoned U.S. Ambassador Terry Branstad on Monday to protest against the passing in the U.S. Congress of the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, saying it amounted to interference in an internal Chinese matter.

Iran stages pro-government rallies after days of violent unrest 25 November 2019, 8:21 PM

Thousands of supporters of Iran’s clerical establishment rallied in Tehran on Monday, accusing the United States and Israel of instigating the most violent anti-government protests for a over a decade in the Islamic Republic.

Britain is a dangerous mess, former PM Blair says 25 November 2019, 2:59 PM

Former prime minister Tony Blair said on Monday that Britain was in a dangerous mess and that neither his own Labour Party nor Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservatives deserved to win a 12 December election.

Champagne flows as landslide democratic win puts pressure on Hong Kong leader 25 November 2019, 11:40 AM

Hong Kong’s democrats scored a landslide majority in district council elections, which saw a record turnout after six months of anti-government protests, increasing pressure on the Chinese-ruled city’s leader on Monday to listen to calls for democracy.

Media mogul Bloomberg enters US presidential race, takes aim at Trump 25 November 2019, 5:26 AM

 Billionaire media mogul Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of America’s largest city, jumped into the race for the Democratic US presidential nomination on Sunday as a moderate with deep pockets unabashedly aiming to beat fellow New Yorker Donald Trump in the November 2020 election.

Spanish rescue ship stranded off Italy with 73 African migrants on board 24 November 2019, 3:21 PM

The leader of a Spanish rescue mission said on Sunday that Italian authorities had refused to grant port access to its Open Arms ship, leaving the vessel stranded in rough conditions in the Mediterranean with more than 70 African migrants on board.

Security forces kill five in southern Iraq as protests continue: sources 24 November 2019, 1:11 PM

Security forces opened fire on protesters in southern Iraq, killing at least five people and wounding dozens others, police and medical sources said, as weeks of unrest in Baghdad and some southern cities continue.

US and France vie to bolster Gulf security after Saudi oil attack 24 November 2019, 6:45 AM

The United States and France are boosting Saudi Arabia’s radar systems following crippling drone and cruise missile attacks on Saudi oil infrastructure in September, which Washington blames on Iran.

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Former CIA case officer sentenced for being spy 23 November 2019, 4:46 PM

A former CIA case officer was sentenced by a federal judge in Virginia on Friday to serve 19 years in prison, after he pleaded guilty in May to conspiring to become a spy for China, federal prosecutors announced.

Netanyahu’s inner circle key to criminal cases 23 November 2019, 11:03 AM

Secret recordings, powerful media moguls, illicit gifts of cigars and champagne, betrayals by trusted aides. The three corruption cases against Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu have all the makings of a political thriller.

US Republican senators ask Treasury for any reports on Hunter Biden 23 November 2019, 7:26 AM

The Republican chairpersons of two US Senate committees have asked the Treasury Department, in a letter, for possible reports of money laundering or fraud on the business dealings of former Vice President Joe Biden's son with a Ukraine energy firm.

Bolivia’s interim government charges Morales with sedition and terrorism 22 November 2019, 9:45 PM

Bolivia's interim government filed a criminal complaint on Friday against former President Evo Morales for alleged sedition and terrorism, the interior minister said.

Trump accuses impeachment witness of lying, defends use of Giuliani 22 November 2019, 7:15 PM

President Donald Trump on Friday accused a witness in the Democratic-led impeachment inquiry of lying and offered an explanation for his controversial use of his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani on Ukraine policy.

Former Mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg speaks in the Manhattan borough of New York, New York.
Billionaire Bloomberg enters US election race 22 November 2019, 8:41 AM

Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg has formally joined the race to be the Democratic nominee for President of the United States.