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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Israel approves more than 1000 West Bank settler homes: NGO 22 August 2018, 4:01 PM

Israeli authorities on Wednesday approved plans for more than 1,000 settlement homes in the occupied West Bank, the Peace Now NGO said, the latest in a raft of approvals since US President Donald Trump took office.

Trump’s ex-campaign chief Manafort guilty of tax, bank fraud 22 August 2018, 6:27 AM

Donald Trump's former campaign chief Paul Manafort was found guilty of tax and bank fraud Tuesday, in the first trial resulting from the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

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More than a million pack India flood relief camps 21 August 2018, 2:38 PM

More than one million people have swarmed relief camps in India's Kerala state to escape devastating monsoon floods that have killed more than 410 people, officials said Tuesday as a huge international aid operation gathered pace.

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Authorities hand out medicines after India’s worst flood in a century 21 August 2018, 6:18 AM

 The death toll in India's southern state of Kerala rose on Monday to nearly 400 after its worst flood in a century.

UN lines up events to pay homage to Kofi Annan 20 August 2018, 9:52 PM

The United Nations will pay tribute to late Secretary General Kofi Annan through various events in the coming days and weeks – including a wreathe laying ceremony at Headquarters in New York on Wednesday.

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Melania Trump laments cyber bullying 20 August 2018, 7:43 PM

United States (US) First Lady Melania Trump renewed her campaign to tackle cyber bullying Monday, as her husband lit up the internet with a stream of invective against his perceived foes.

Jury resumes deliberations in Manafort trial 20 August 2018, 6:16 PM

The jury resumed deliberations Monday in the trial of President Donald Trump's former campaign chief Paul Manafort, the first resulting from the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

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Avnery, Israeli peace activist who met Arafat, dies aged 94 20 August 2018, 4:16 PM

Israeli journalist and peace activist, Uri Avnery, has died in Tel Aviv aged 94, after suffering a stroke.

Afghanistan waits for Taliban response to truce offer 20 August 2018, 2:58 PM

Afghanistan was waiting Monday for a Taliban response to President Ashraf Ghani's proposal of a three-month ceasefire, an offer welcomed by the United States and NATO after nearly 17 years of war.

Brazil sends troops after clashes at Venezuela border 20 August 2018, 6:05 AM

Brazil's President Michel Temer called an emergency meeting of key ministers Sunday after ordering troops to the border with Venezuela as regional tensions build over the exodus from its crisis-hit neighbour.

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Switzerland mourns ‘visionary and friend’ Kofi Annan 19 August 2018, 9:10 PM

As tributes flooded in from around the world Sunday for former UN chief Kofi Annan, Switzerland mourned a "visionary" who helped bolster his adopted home's position as an international diplomatic hub.

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Tributes laud Annan as man of peace and champion of rights 19 August 2018, 3:54 PM

As condolences pour in from around the world after the death of former UN Secretary General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kofi Annan, we take a look at what world leaders have said of him:

More than two million Muslims begin hajj pilgrimage 19 August 2018, 11:26 AM

More than two million Muslims from around the globe on Sunday started the hajj pilgrimage at Islam's holiest sites in Saudi Arabia, one of the world's largest annual gatherings.

Tributes continue to pour in for Kofi Annan 19 August 2018, 9:07 AM

The Thabo Mbeki Foundation says  the outstanding African diplomat Kofi Annan dedicated his adult life to the service of all humanity.

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Italy bids farewell to bridge collapse dead as outrage simmers 19 August 2018, 7:25 AM

Thousands of mourners attended a state funeral in the Italian city of Genoa to bid a solemn farewell to victims of a bridge collapse that has sparked nationwide anger, while rescuers pulled more bodies from the rubble.

India floods death toll jumps to 357 19 August 2018, 6:47 AM

The death toll from the worst flooding to hit India's Kerala state in a century has jumped to 357, authorities said Sunday, with losses to infrastructure pegged at some $3 billion.

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UN flags to fly at half-mast for Annan 18 August 2018, 10:04 PM

Flags will fly at half-mast for three days at UN headquarters in New York and its mission around the world after the unexpected passing of former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.

Life and Times of Kofi Annan 18 August 2018, 6:19 PM

As condolences pour in from leaders around the world after the death of former UN Secretary General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kofi Annan, we look at the Life and Times of the diplomat...

Annan lashed out at state of global leadership before death 18 August 2018, 5:57 PM

Former UN chief Kofi Annan, who died on Saturday, lashed out at the state of global leadership in an exclusive interview with AFP last year, urging more cooperation to deal with terrorism, migration and climate change.

The Elders mourn the loss of Kofi Annan 18 August 2018, 4:49 PM

The Elders are shocked and deeply saddened at the passing of their dear friend and colleague Kofi Annan, who was the globally admired and respected Chair of The Elders.

Putin hails Annan’s ‘wisdom and courage’ 18 August 2018, 3:55 PM

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday sent a message of condolences to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres following the death of the former head of the world body Kofi Annan.

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18 bodies pulled from SW Pakistan mine after blast 18 August 2018, 3:35 PM

Pakistani authorities said Saturday they have now retrieved 18 bodies after a blast tore through a coal mine in southwest Pakistan earlier this week, including two rescuers who entered after the explosion.

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Ramaphosa saddened by Annan’s passing 18 August 2018, 1:35 PM

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, who is at the SADC Summit in Nambia, has expressed his sadness at the passing of Kofi Annan.

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UN chief says predecessor Annan was ‘guiding force for good’ 18 August 2018, 12:40 PM

United Nations chief Antonio Guterres voiced deep sorrow Saturday at the news his predecessor Kofi Annan had passed away, calling him "a guiding force for good".

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Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan dies 18 August 2018, 11:55 AM

Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has died. Annan is said to have died ton Saturday morning in Switzerland after a short illness aged 80.

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Italy buries bridge collapse dead amid outrage 18 August 2018, 11:30 AM

Italy was preparing an official day of mourning Saturday to commemorate the dozens of people killed in Genoa's bridge disaster with some outraged relatives of victims set to shun the official ceremonies.

Thousands gather to pay last respects to Vajpayee 17 August 2018, 12:31 PM

Thousands of mourners are paying tribute to one of India's most prolific leader, Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Pentagon says China military ‘likely training for strikes’ on US targets 17 August 2018, 5:59 AM

China’s military has expanded its bomber operations in recent years while “likely training for strikes” against the United States and its allies, a Pentagon report released on Thursday said.

Newspapers denounce Trump’s attacks on the press 16 August 2018, 9:31 PM

More than 300 newspapers in the United States and elsewhere on Thursday ran editorials denouncing President Donald Trump’s attacks on the press.

EU hits back at Italy govt over bridge disaster comments 16 August 2018, 4:00 PM

The European Union pushed back Thursday against Italy's populist government over the deadly collapse of a bridge in Genoa, saying that it had given Rome billions of euros to fix infrastructure.