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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U.S. warships sail in disputed South China Sea, angering China 22 November 2019, 5:51 AM

U.S. Navy warships twice sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea in the past few days, the U.S. military told Reuters on Thursday, at a time of heightened tension between the world’s two largest economies.

Netanyahu charged in corruption cases, deepening Israeli political disarray 21 November 2019, 9:12 PM

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was indicted on corruption charges on Thursday, heightening uncertainty over who will ultimately lead a country deep in political disarray after two inconclusive elections this year.

Pope condemns exploitation of women, children for sex in Thailand 21 November 2019, 8:05 PM

Pope Francis condemned on Thursday the exploitation of women and children for prostitution in Thailand, which is notorious for its sex tourism, saying the violence, abuse and enslavement they suffer are evils that must be uprooted.

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Lawmakers to quiz eavesdropping US embassy official in Trump impeachment inquiry 21 November 2019, 1:14 PM

Lawmakers will question an official from the US embassy in Ukraine on Thursday as they seek to learn more about a phone call in which he says he overheard President Donald Trump ask about the status of an “investigation” into a political rival.

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China says it will strive to reach ‘phase one’ trade deal with U.S. 21 November 2019, 11:51 AM

 China will strive to reach an initial trade agreement with the United States as both sides keep communication channels open, the Chinese commerce ministry said on Thursday, in an attempt to allay fears talks might be unravelling.

Protesters stay holed up on Hong Kong campus, surrounded by riot police 21 November 2019, 9:45 AM

Fewer than 100 protesters remained holed up in a Hong Kong university on Thursday as riot police encircled the campus, with some activists desperately searching for ways to escape while others hid.

Democratic White House candidates unite on impeachment, differ on taxes, healthcare 21 November 2019, 6:51 AM

Democratic White House contenders united in backing the impeachment inquiry of Republican President Donald Trump on Wednesday, but differed over the wisdom of imposing new taxes on the wealthy and how to expand healthcare coverage for Americans.

SA condemns US declaration on Israel’s occupation of West Bank 20 November 2019, 9:01 PM

South Africa has told the United Nations Security Council that no member state is exempt from the obligations of the UN Charter just days after the United States shifted its policy on the illegality of civilian Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank.

Senior US diplomat says he followed Trump’s ‘orders’ on pressuring Ukraine 20 November 2019, 7:00 PM

A senior U.S. diplomat told lawmakers on Wednesday that President Donald Trump expressly ordered him and others to help pressure Ukraine into investigating a political rival of the president, providing some of the most significant testimony to date in the House of Representatives impeachment inquiry.

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Pound slips after election debate 20 November 2019, 3:10 PM

Sterling fell for the second straight day on Wednesday, dented by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's better-than-expected showing in a pre-election TV debate versus Prime Minister Boris Johnson who is perceived by markets as more business-friendly.

Hong Kong protesters risk sewer escapes 20 November 2019, 11:25 AM

Some Hong Kong anti-government protesters trapped inside a Hong Kong university tried to flee through the sewers, where one student said she saw snakes, an escape route firemen ruled out on Wednesday by blocking the trap door into the system.

Conservative leader Boris Johnson listens during a televised debate with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn ahead of general election in London.
Twitter says UK PM Johnson’s party misled public with ‘factcheck’ account 20 November 2019, 10:43 AM

Twitter said British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party misled the public by changing the name of one of its Twitter accounts.

White House aides testify in impeachment probe 20 November 2019, 7:30 AM

Senior US officials told impeachment investigators in Congress on Tuesday they were concerned by President Donald Trump's effort to get Ukraine to investigate a political rival, with one White House official calling it a shock.

UN has not changed position on Israel occupation of West Bank 19 November 2019, 8:27 PM

United Nations Chief Antonio Guterres says the organisation’s long-held position on the illegality of Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank had not changed.

British PM Johnson will probably win this uninspiring election, Farage says 19 November 2019, 6:40 PM

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will probably win the December 12 election with a small majority but the campaign has so far been uninspiring with a host of unrealistic promises on both sides, Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage said on Tuesday.

Key witnesses appear at third public Trump impeachment hearing 19 November 2019, 4:59 PM

Four more witnesses were set to appear on Tuesday in the third public hearing of the House of Representatives impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump including two, Alexander Vindman and Kurt Volker, who previously have offered contrasting testimony behind closed doors.

Beijing hints at looming pressure on Hong Kong courts 19 November 2019, 3:14 PM

Hong Kong lawyers and scholars keen to safeguard the territory's vaunted legal independence were alarmed on Tuesday by a statement from a Chinese parliamentary body questioning a Hong Kong court's decision to overturn a ban on face masks imposed to quell months of violent protests.

Trump was not treated for any urgent health issues: Physician 19 November 2019, 10:15 AM

US President Donald Trump's health examination on Saturday was "routine" and he was not treated for any urgent or acute issues, his physician said in a statement on Monday.

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Fears of bloodshed as Hong Kong university standoff enters third day 19 November 2019, 5:35 AM

Hong Kong's new police chief called for the support of all citizens to end social unrest that has disrupted the city for more than five months, while protesters remained trapped by his officers at a university for a third day on Tuesday.

Police round up students in India’s capital as fee protests grow 18 November 2019, 7:20 PM

Indian police said they briefly detained around 50 students in New Delhi on Monday as protests against proposed fee hikes at a prestigious public university entered a second week and degenerated into clashes.

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.

Chile’s Pinera acknowledges security force abuses during protests, says ‘no impunity’ 18 November 2019, 11:26 AM

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera on Sunday vowed "no impunity" for security forces that used excessive force and violated the rights of protesters during weeks of violent riots over economic policies and social injustice that have left more than 20 dead.

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UK PM Johnson pledges to end Brexit uncertainty, says it has paralysed economy 18 November 2019, 6:38 AM

Britain's Conservatives will deliver Brexit and end the uncertainty and confusion that has “paralysed" the economy if they are re-elected next month, Prime Minister Boris Johnson will tell business leaders on Monday.

Trump hails ‘cash’ to farmers, US aid in China trade war 17 November 2019, 7:47 PM

U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday welcomed a “cash” payout to American farmers before the Thanksgiving Day holiday, that he attributed to China tariffs, but that money actually is part of a U.S. government aid package.

Sri Lanka strongman Rajapaksa wins presidency by big margin 17 November 2019, 4:04 PM

Sri Lanka’s former civil wartime defense chief Gotabaya Rajapaksa was declared the winner in the presidential election on Sunday, after promising to secure the country against militant threats following Easter bombings this year.

Lebanon’s Safadi withdraws candidacy for PM, urges Hariri for post: statement 17 November 2019, 11:38 AM

Former Lebanese finance minister Mohammad Safadi withdrew his candidacy to be the next prime minister on Saturday, saying that he saw that it would have been difficult to form a “harmonious” cabinet supported by all parties.

Rajapaksa takes early lead in Sri Lanka election 17 November 2019, 8:24 AM

Sri Lanka's former wartime defence chief Gotabaya Rajapaksa established a lead over his main rival in a presidential election, months after deadly militant attacks in the island, early results showed on Sunday.

Protesters retake part of bridge in central Baghdad 16 November 2019, 6:40 PM

Iraqi protesters occupied part of a main bridge in Baghdad on Saturday that security forces had pushed them away from a week before, a Reuters photographer said.

Paris police fire tear gas on ‘yellow vest’ protests anniversary 16 November 2019, 2:09 PM

Paris police fired tear gas in north-western Paris on Saturday to drive back protesters on the first year anniversary weekend of anti-government “yellow vest” demonstrations.

Marie Yovanovitch, former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, is sworn in to testify before a House Intelligence Committee hearing as part of the impeachment inquiry into U.S. President Donald Trump.
Democrats see Trump twitter attack as witness intimidation 16 November 2019, 9:33 AM

President Donald Trump launched a Twitter attack on a former US ambassador to Ukraine on Friday while she was testifying to an impeachment hearing in Congress, in an extraordinary moment that Democrats said amounted to witness intimidation.