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  • Southern Libyan oilfields face threat of closure

    A group that has previously shut down Libya's largest oilfield is threatening to do so again as international powers gather in Berlin for a summit on Libya, potentially taking nearly all the country's oil output offline. The group Fezzan Anger, named for Libya's southwestern Fezzan desert region, was preparing to shut down the El Sharara and El Feel fields to push economic and security demands, its leader Bashir al-Sheikh said. The National Oil Corporation (NOC) said the closure was ordered by eastern military commander Khalifa Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA) and would lead to the loss of 800,000 barrels per day (bpd), more than half the country's total production.

    Sun, 19 Jan 2020 06:26:22 -0500
  • China moves to phase out single-use plastics

    China is stepping up restrictions on the production, sale and use of single-use plastic products, the state planner said on Sunday, as it seeks to tackle one of the country's biggest environmental problems. Vast amounts of untreated plastic waste are buried in landfills or dumped in rivers. The United Nations has identified single-use plastics as one of the world's biggest environmental challenges.

    Sun, 19 Jan 2020 06:21:24 -0500
  • Vows of peace, fears of violence at Virginia gun rally

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    The top Republican in Virginia's lower house said that any group planning to incite violence at a large gun rights rally on Monday in Richmond should stay home, while far-right leaders of militias planning to attend swore they were coming in peace. Richmond was braced on Sunday for the rally, aimed at showing gun enthusiasts' disdain for swift moves the newly Democrat-controlled legislature is making to pass stiffer gun laws - and many residents feared a repeat of violence seen at a white supremacist rally in nearby Charlottesville in 2017. Other leaders of well-known militias also vowed they were not seeking confrontations in Richmond.

    Sun, 19 Jan 2020 06:11:18 -0500
  • Lebanon's Hariri: 'stop wasting time' in govt talks, economic solutions

    Lebanon's Saad al-Hariri on Sunday urged politicians to urgently form a new government and find solutions for the country's economic crisis, after a night of violent clashes between security forces and protesters. "To keep the army, security forces and protesters in a state of confrontation is to circle inside the problem," he said.

    Sun, 19 Jan 2020 06:09:37 -0500
  • Vows of peace, fears of violence at Virginia gun rally

    The top Republican in Virginia's lower house said that any group planning to incite violence at a large gun rights rally on Monday in Richmond should stay home, while far-right leaders of militias planning to attend swore they were coming in peace. Richmond was braced on Sunday for the rally, aimed at showing gun enthusiasts' disdain for swift moves the newly Democrat-controlled legislature is making to pass stiffer gun laws - and many residents feared a repeat of violence seen at a white supremacist rally in nearby Charlottesville in 2017. Other leaders of well-known militias also vowed they were not seeking confrontations in Richmond.

    Sun, 19 Jan 2020 06:00:00 -0500
  • Despite great snow, Lebanon's ski slopes suffer in economic crisis

    It is a sunny day on Lebanon's ski slopes after weeks of snowfall but, as the economic crisis bites, there is no sign of the traffic that would typically jam the road. "It is still slow, but the weather is great and the snow as well, so we invite everyone to come," said Nicole Wakim Freiha, marketing and development manager of Mzaar ski resort, which has slashed prices by 30% in a bid to entice skiers. With views stretching out to the Mediterranean to the west and Syria to the east, Mzaar has some of Lebanon's best ski runs.

    Sun, 19 Jan 2020 06:00:00 -0500
  • Major storm moves offshore while cold air rushes in behind, new Western storm brews in Pacific

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    While some of these alerts will expire early this morning, many will remain in place throughout the day due to high winds driving lake effect snow in the typical lake effect regions through Sunday evening. This morning, lake effect snow is blowing off the Great Lakes and impacting parts of I-80 and I-90 in western Pennsylvania and New York State. As the storm system continues to push offshore through Sunday, gusty winds will bring in cold air down from the Arctic region.

    Sun, 19 Jan 2020 05:57:56 -0500
  • Philippine military says 5 Indonesians kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf militants

    The Philippine military on Sunday said it has launched search and rescue operations for five Indonesian fishermen kidnapped by militants belonging to the Islamic State-linked Abu Sayyaf group in Malaysian waters last week. Three were released, while the remaining five were probably brought by their captors to the southern Philippine province of Sulu, said Lieutenant General Cirilito Sobejana, chief of the military's Western Mindanao Command. Sulu is Abu Sayyaf's stronghold.

    Sun, 19 Jan 2020 05:55:51 -0500
  • Iran denies decision taken to send downed plane's black boxes abroad - IRNA

    Iran is seeking to examine the black boxes of a Ukrainian airliner that was shot down this month, the official IRNA news agency reported, denying an earlier report that a decision had been taken to send the plane's recorders to Ukraine. Another Iranian news agency had said on Saturday the flight data and voice recorders of the plane, which the military admitted it had shot down in error on Jan. 8, were being sent to Ukraine.

    Sun, 19 Jan 2020 05:51:42 -0500
  • Meghan's father accuses daughter of 'cheapening' UK's royal family

    Meghan Markle's father, Thomas Markle, has accused his daughter of "cheapening" the British royal family, in part of an interview released a day after Buckingham Palace said Prince Harry and his wife would no longer be working members of the monarchy. The palace announced on Saturday that the couple would no longer use their "Royal Highness" titles and would pay their own way in life. Thomas Markle, who is estranged from his daughter, told Channel 5 news in a documentary that he believed Meghan, 38, was tossing away "every girl's dream".

    Sun, 19 Jan 2020 05:51:16 -0500
  • Evacuees pray for safety at Sunday mass amid Philippine volcano threat

    Hundreds of people who have fled their homes near a restive volcano on the Philippines' main island Luzon attended a Catholic mass at a temporary shelter on Sunday, praying for safety amid fears of a violent eruption. Some residents danced and brought wooden replicas of the Infant Jesus, locally known as "Santo Nino", to celebrate the feast of the Holy Child. "We prayed that we can rise up, put a stop to this calamity to allow us to return back to our homes," said 44-year-old evacuee Annie Villanueva.

    Sun, 19 Jan 2020 05:48:05 -0500
  • Stepfather shoots son in stomach during alleged domestic dispute

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    A 38-year-old man is in critical condition after his own stepfather allegedly shot him during a dispute in their home. The incident occurred on Saturday evening when police responded to a call in Harris County, Texas, that a man had been shot in his stomach, according to ABC News' Houston station KTRK. When police arrived on the scene they found a man with a gunshot wound to his abdomen.

    Sun, 19 Jan 2020 05:18:00 -0500
  • Bodies of Ukrainian victims of Iran plane crash returned home

    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. All 176 on board the Ukraine International Airlines flight from Tehran to Kiev were killed when the Boeing 737-800 was shot down on Jan. 8, at a time when Iran was on high alert for a U.S. attack. Nine of the Ukrainian citizens were crew members.

    Sun, 19 Jan 2020 05:16:46 -0500
  • Founder of S.Korean retail giant Lotte dies

    Lotte Group founder Shin Kyuk-ho, who started manufacturing chewing gum in 1948 in Japan and built the business into South Korea's No.5 conglomerate with interests ranging from retail to chemicals, died on Sunday, the company said. Lotte was founded in 1948 as a chewing gum maker in Japan by Shin, who moved to the neighbouring country when the Korean peninsula was under Japanese colonial rule.

    Sun, 19 Jan 2020 05:09:38 -0500
  • Controversial group ADOS divides black Americans in fight for economic equality

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    Reparations and the lingering racial wealth gap have been conversations largely within the black American community. Both issues have received wider attention of late, particularly among the current crop of Democratic presidential candidates. All the Democratic presidential candidates, except for former Vice President Joe Biden, said they support legislation to at least study the issue of reparations.

    Sun, 19 Jan 2020 05:00:53 -0500
  • Iran may review cooperation with IAEA if EU pressure mounts -TV

    Iran will review its cooperation with the United Nations' nuclear watchdog over any "unjust" measures, Iranian parliament speaker Ali Larijani said after EU powers last week triggered a dispute mechanism under Tehran's 2015 nuclear deal. "We state openly that if the European powers, for any reason, adopt an unfair approach in using the dispute mechanism, we will seriously reconsider our cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency," State TV quoted Larijani as saying.

    Sun, 19 Jan 2020 04:22:37 -0500
  • Main Irish opposition surged into 12-point lead as election called

    Ireland's main opposition party, Fianna Fail, surged into a 12-point lead over the governing Fine Gael party according to an opinion poll that was published on Sunday but conducted mainly before Prime Minister Leo Varadkar called a snap election. The Sunday Times/Behaviour & Attitudes poll had put the two dominant parties of Irish politics level on 27% heading into the contest but the poll on Sunday showed Fine Gael plummeting to 20% while its centrist rival jumped to 32%, up five points on a month ago. The survey of almost 1,000 eligible Irish voters was conducted between Jan. 2 and 14, the day Varadkar called the election.

    Sun, 19 Jan 2020 04:05:11 -0500
  • Fire at Czech asylum for mentally ill kills 8 patients

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    A fire swept through a Czech asylum for the mentally ill on Sunday, killing eight male patients, officials said. Prokop Volenik, spokesman for the regional rescue service, said the fire in the northwestern town of Vejprty broke out early Sunday before 5 a.m. (0400 GMT). There were 35 patients and three staff members at the home at the time of the fire, officials said.

    Sun, 19 Jan 2020 03:37:32 -0500
  • REFILE-Israel to build anti-tunnel sensor network along Lebanon border

    Israel's military announced on Sunday the start of construction of an underground network of sensors along the Lebanese frontier to detect any cross-border tunnel building. The project is getting under way a year after the Israeli military said it had destroyed a series of infiltration tunnels dug by the Lebanese Hezbollah group. "All the drilling is being done on the Israeli side of the blue line," military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Jonathan Conricus, referring to the border demarcation with Lebanon, said in a conference call with journalists.

    Sun, 19 Jan 2020 03:32:42 -0500
  • China will increase imports from U.S. according to 'market principles': official

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    China will negotiate with American companies and increase imports of U.S. goods and products according to market principles, an official with its state planner said on Sunday. The United States has high quality supply in the fields of energy, manufactured goods, agricultural products, medical care and financial services, said Meng Wei, spokesperson for China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), at a press conference on Sunday. China will boost purchases of U.S. goods and services by $200 billion over two years in exchange for the rolling back of some tariffs under an initial trade deal between the world's two largest economies.

    Sun, 19 Jan 2020 03:12:05 -0500
  • Over 1,000 gather in central Hong Kong park to call for democracy

    Hundreds of protesters in China-ruled Hong Kong gathered in a central park on Sunday to call for democratic reforms and denounce communism, as police stopped and searched people on nearby streets and in metro stations. The "Universal Siege Against Communism" demonstration was the latest in a relentless series of protests against the government since June, when Hong Kongers took to the streets to voice their anger over a now-withdrawn extradition bill. The protests, which have since broadened to include demands for universal suffrage and an independent investigation into police handling of the demonstrations, have lost some of their intensity in recent weeks.

    Sun, 19 Jan 2020 03:04:25 -0500
  • Yemen's president says military needs to be on high alert following attack

    Yemen's president told the military on Sunday it needs to be on high alert and ready for battle following an attack on Saturday by Iran-aligned Houthis on a military training camp in the city of Marib. The attack "confirms without doubt that the Houthis have no desire for peace", Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi said, in a statement on Yemen's state news agency SABA. The Houthis did not immediately claim responsibility for Saturday's attack.

    Sun, 19 Jan 2020 03:02:29 -0500
  • Gulf carriers fly over Iraq, Iran after military action deters others

    Qatar Airways, Emirates and several other Gulf airlines still fly in Iraqi and Iranian airspace and to cities in both countries, even as other international carriers have rerouted planes since the United States and Iran traded military strikes. Executives and analysts said carriers in the Gulf, a major transit stop between European and Asian destinations, have few alternative routes to choose from in an area where much of the airspace is kept clear of civilian aircraft for military use.

    Sun, 19 Jan 2020 02:28:58 -0500
  • Woman injures 2 after allegedly driving into traffic as a test of faith

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    A woman in Pennsylvania allegedly drove her car into oncoming traffic as a test of her faith in God and showed no remorse for her actions, according to authorities. The incident occurred on Jan. 7 near Weatherly, Pennsylvania when 31-year-old Nadejda Reilly drove into oncoming traffic on Route 93, according to ABC News’ Pittsburgh affiliate station WTAE. An investigator who spoke to Reilly said that she told him she had been driving around for several hours waiting for a calling from God when she decided to take action into her own hands and drive into an oncoming vehicle.

    Sun, 19 Jan 2020 02:08:51 -0500
  • Rap and rice paddies: Thai hip hop creates unlikely new stars

    In geography and in culture, the rice paddies of northeastern Thailand are thousands of miles away from the birthplace of hip hop in New York City's Bronx, but for Thai rapper RachYo, the language of hip hop is universal. A recent video features the 18-year-old artist rapping in a rice field, sitting on an old truck as he laments in Thai about jealousy over a girl. It was viewed 57 million times on YouTube.

    Sun, 19 Jan 2020 01:56:54 -0500
  • SpaceX to try rocket failure test again after bad weather delay

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    Elon Musk's SpaceX will try again on Sunday to destroy one of its own rockets in a test of a crucial emergency abort system, a day after bad weather forced the company to delay its final milestone test before flying NASA astronauts from U.S. soil. If the test goes ahead, SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule, an acorn-shaped pod that can seat seven astronauts, will fire thrusters to detach itself from a Falcon 9 rocket less than two minutes after liftoff, simulating an emergency abort scenario to prove it can return astronauts to safety. The test is crucial to qualify the capsule to fly humans to the International Space Station, a feat the National Aeronautics and Space Administration expects to come as soon as mid-2020.

    Sun, 19 Jan 2020 00:04:13 -0500
  • SpaceX to try rocket failure test again after bad weather delay

    Elon Musk's SpaceX will try again on Sunday to destroy one of its own rockets in a test of a crucial emergency abort system, a day after bad weather forced the company to delay its final milestone test before flying NASA astronauts from U.S. soil. If the test goes ahead, SpaceX's Crew Dragon capsule, an acorn-shaped pod that can seat seven astronauts, will fire thrusters to detach itself from a Falcon 9 rocket less than two minutes after liftoff, simulating an emergency abort scenario to prove it can return astronauts to safety. The test is crucial to qualify the capsule to fly humans to the International Space Station, a feat the National Aeronautics and Space Administration expects to come as soon as mid-2020.

    Sun, 19 Jan 2020 00:01:00 -0500
  • Reuters Entertainment News Summary

    Following is a summary of current entertainment news briefs. Reality TV star Kim Kardashian West said on Saturday she had successfully completed her first year of law studies while preparing to release a documentary about her advocacy work for criminal justice reform. "Kim Kardashian West: The Justice Project" will debut on the Oxygen cable network on April 5.

    Sat, 18 Jan 2020 23:56:06 -0500
  • Reuters Health News Summary

    The Czech Republic has its first case of the highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu virus in three years after an outbreak was reported on a poultry farm in the country's central region, the State Veterinary Administration said on Saturday. A Pennsylvania judge on Friday slashed to $6.8 million from $8 billion a punitive damages award against Johnson & Johnson to a man who said it failed to warn that boys using its antipsychotic drug Risperdal could grow breasts.

    Sat, 18 Jan 2020 23:56:05 -0500
  • Reuters People News Summary

    French designer Jean Paul Gaultier, known for dressing stars like Madonna and who cultivated an irreverent image as the industry's "bad boy", said on Friday that a fashion show in Paris next week would be his last. Gaultier, 67, did not detail what would happen to his namesake brand, owned by private Spanish fashion and fragrance group Puig, only saying in a brief statement that it would continue to exist. "I will be celebrating my 50th anniversary in fashion with a major Haute Couture fashion show," Gaultier said in short statement.

    Sat, 18 Jan 2020 23:56:05 -0500
  • Reuters Science News Summary

    An exquisite fossil of a fierce little Chinese dinosaur dubbed the "dancing dragon" that lived 120 million years ago - an older cousin of the Velociraptor - is showing scientists that feathers grew differently on dinosaurs than on birds. The two-legged Cretaceous Period dinosaur, called Wulong bohaiensis, was a bantamweight meat-eater - a bit bigger than a crow - residing in a lakeside environment, researchers said.

    Sat, 18 Jan 2020 23:56:05 -0500
  • Reuters Odd News Summary

    Following is a summary of current odd news briefs. Have a cold one, have an "El Chapo" beer. The beer is part of the "El Chapo 701" brand, which has already launched a clothing line, and gets its name from when Forbes named him the 701st richest person in the world in 2009.

    Sat, 18 Jan 2020 23:56:05 -0500
  • Trump marks U.S.-Japan security pact with call for stronger, deeper alliance

    U.S. President Donald Trump marked the 60th anniversary of the signing of the current U.S.-Japan security treaty with a call for a stronger and deeper alliance between the two countries, despite criticising the pact six months ago. "As the security environment continues to evolve and new challenges arise, it is essential that our alliance further strengthen and deepen," Trump said in a statement dated Jan. 18. In June last year, Trump told a news conference in Japan that the 1960 treaty - which was signed exactly six decades ago on Sunday, and is the linchpin of Japan's defence policies - was "unfair" and should be changed, echoing his long-held view that Japan is a free-rider on defence.

    Sat, 18 Jan 2020 23:20:33 -0500
  • Prince Harry and Meghan no longer 'working members' of royal family: All your burning questions answered

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    Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, will start this spring on the "next chapter of their lives" in which they are no longer "working members" of Britain's royal family, Buckingham Palace announced Saturday. "Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved members of my family," Queen Elizabeth said in her own statement, referring to the couple's 8-month-old son.

    Sat, 18 Jan 2020 22:55:00 -0500
  • FACTBOX-New coronavirus outbreak in Chinese city of Wuhan

    Chinese authorities and the World Health Organization (WHO) say a new strain of coronavirus is behind the outbreak of pneumonia in the central city of Wuhan, which has erupted just ahead of the Lunar New Year, the country's biggest festival. Health officials say the strain does not appear as lethal as some other strains of coronavirus such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, which killed nearly 800 people worldwide during a 2002/03 outbreak that also originated from China. As of Jan. 19, there were 65 confirmed cases of patients with pneumonia caused by the new strain of coronavirus.

    Sat, 18 Jan 2020 22:40:39 -0500
  • Late actor Paul Walker's vehicles garner $2.33 million at Arizona auction

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    Twenty-one vehicles owned by the late actor Paul Walker, who starred in the popular "Fast and Furious" movie franchise, sold for a combined $2.33 million during spirited bidding at an annual car auction in Arizona, officials said. The collection assembled by Walker posted strong results at the week-long Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, with an Alpine White 1995 BMW M3 Lightweight fetching the top single price of $385,000 in the final day of sales on Saturday. Walker, an avid car enthusiast, was a passenger in a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT driven by Roger Rodas when the vehicle careened into trees and a utility pole in Santa Clarita, northwest of Los Angeles, killing both men in November 2013.

    Sat, 18 Jan 2020 22:15:42 -0500
  • Giuliani associate Parnas texted with Trump campaign donors, including about Ukraine efforts

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    Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas was in contact with at least two major Trump campaign donors-- one with an official role in the Republican National Committee-- during his efforts to pressure Ukraine into opening politically motivated investigations, documents released by the House Intelligence committee this week revealed. Parnas' interactions with the two men, Harry Sargeant III and Tommy Hicks Jr. -- who have given hundreds of thousands of dollars to fundraising vehicles for the president -- provides more fuel to assertions by the president’s critics that political motives – and not the nation’s foreign policy goals -- drove the efforts in Ukraine.

    Sat, 18 Jan 2020 21:45:00 -0500
  • China reports 17 more cases of new virus strain

    China reported 17 more cases of pneumonia caused by a new coronavirus strain on Sunday, stoking worries as the country gears up to celebrate Chinese Lunar New Year when much of the population travels. Three of those patients are seriously ill, according to a statement issued by the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission. The total number of patients infected by the disease in China, all of them in central Chinese city of Wuhan, has now climbed to 62.

    Sat, 18 Jan 2020 21:35:28 -0500
  • Kim Kardashian shrugs off critics, reveals law school progress

    Reality TV star Kim Kardashian West said on Saturday she had successfully completed her first year of law studies while preparing to release a documentary about her advocacy work for criminal justice reform. "Kim Kardashian West: The Justice Project" will debut on the Oxygen cable network on April 5. West is best known for developing beauty and fashion products and chronicling her life with her sisters on TV's "Keeping Up with the Kardashians." She became interested in criminal justice reform after helping to win the release two women from prison.

    Sat, 18 Jan 2020 21:07:31 -0500
  • Australian government says to support tourism industry as bushfires recede

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    MELBOURNE/KANAGAROO ISLAND, Australia (Reuters) - The Australian government said on Sunday it will provide financial aid to the country's tourism sector that's been badly hit by long-lasting bushfires, as business owners fretted about cancellations that stretch into the months ahead. "People have stopped coming," said Tony Coppins, owner of Kangaroo Island Safari and Kangaroo Island Ocean Safari, adding that he had received cancellations for February and March. A fire earlier this month scorched more than 200,000 hectares (494,000 acres) on the island, located off the coast of South Australia, in blazes described as "hell on earth".

    Sat, 18 Jan 2020 20:11:14 -0500
  • REFILE-Australian government to aid tourism industry as bushfires recede

    The Australian government said on Sunday it will channel A$76 million ($52 million) to the tourism industry as recent heavy rains have dampened many of the monthslong bushfires, allowing the country to look to recovery. The number of fires burning across Australia's east and south coast has gone under 100 over the weekend for the first time in weeks, bringing relief from a disaster that has scorched an area roughly a third the size of Germany since September. "Our federal response to these devastating bushfires is comprehensive and unprecedented," Prime Minister Scott Morrison was cited in a statement announcing the aid.

    Sat, 18 Jan 2020 19:53:19 -0500
  • Reuters World News Summary

    Following is a summary of current world news briefs. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson is preparing to impose new restrictions on low-skilled migrants moving to Britain on the first day after the Brexit transition period ends in December, the Telegraph reported.

    Sat, 18 Jan 2020 18:54:53 -0500
  • Reuters US Domestic News Summary

    This year's once-a-decade official U.S. national population count will start in a small Alaska Native village perched on the tundra overlooking the Bering Sea. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham himself is scheduled to conduct the first in-home interview, with an elder chosen by the local tribe. As the 2020 race heats up, the Supreme Court agreed on Friday to hear a dispute involving the complex U.S. presidential election system focusing on whether Electoral College electors are free to break their pledges to back the candidate who wins their state's popular vote, an act that could upend an election.

    Sat, 18 Jan 2020 18:54:53 -0500
  • UK's Johnson plans to move House of Lords to York: Sunday Times

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson is planning to relocate parliament's upper house, the House of Lords, to the northern English city of York, the Sunday Times reported. In last month's national election for the lower house, Johnson's Conservatives won a swathe of seats in the traditional Northern English heartland of the opposition Labour Party as he secured a large majority in parliament.

    Sat, 18 Jan 2020 18:28:29 -0500
  • Foreign powers to discuss ways out Libya crisis with rival camps

    Libyan rival camps and their foreign backers will attend a summit in Berlin on Sunday to discuss ways to end a proxy war over the capital Tripoli and the oil producer, which has displaced 140,000 and now more than halved the country's crude output. Germany and the United Nations hope to persuade Russia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt to push their opposing camps to agree on a lasting truce in Tripoli, home to the internationally recognised government. As with previous failed attempts, centre stage of the one-day meeting will be occupied by eastern commander Khalifa Haftar, who in April started a campaign to take Tripoli.

    Sat, 18 Jan 2020 17:58:18 -0500
  • 'Simply a lie,' Biden accuses Sanders campaign of releasing 'doctored' video

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    Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden accused rival Bernie Sanders's campaign on Saturday of disseminating a "doctored" video edited to falsely appear to show the former vice president supporting cutting Social Security, and called on the Sanders campaign to disown it. In response, Sanders' campaign refused to back down and continued to cite the video as evidence that Biden wants to limit the government-run retirement and disability program. With about two weeks until the primary selection process kicks off in Iowa, Sanders and his campaign have ramped up their attacks on opponents, escalating their criticism of Biden and fellow liberal U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren.

    Sat, 18 Jan 2020 17:13:55 -0500
  • Biden accuses Sanders campaign of releasing 'doctored' video, calls it a lie

    Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden accused rival Bernie Sanders’s campaign on Saturday of disseminating a "doctored" video which falsely shows Biden supporting the privatization of Social Security, and called on the Sanders campaign to disown it. Former Vice President Biden, who had just been asked at an Iowa campaign event about rumors that he wants to cut Social Security, said he does not want to cut the government-run retirement and disability program. Biden said "Bernie’s people" had put out a "doctored video" that appeared to show him agreeing with Republican former House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan that Social Security should be privatized.

    Sat, 18 Jan 2020 17:08:53 -0500
  • In impeachment document, Democrats say Trump endangers security, Trump denies

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    WASHINGTON/PALM BEACH, Fla. (Reuters) - Democratic U.S. lawmakers leading the impeachment case against Republican President Donald Trump said on Saturday the president must be removed from office to protect national security and preserve the country’s system of government. In a 111-page document filed before Trump's Senate trial begins in earnest on Tuesday, the lawmakers laid out their arguments supporting charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress against the president. "The Senate should convict and remove President Trump to avoid serious and long term damage to our democratic values and the nation's security," the lawmakers said, for the first time formally calling for the Senate to convict the president and remove him from office.

    Sat, 18 Jan 2020 17:04:21 -0500
  • Ahead of Senate trial, Trump legal team rejects impeachment as flawed

    U.S. President Donald Trump's legal team on Saturday issued a resounding rejection of the House of Representatives' impeachment of him, calling the charges against Trump a "dangerous attack" on Americans and their right to vote. In a six-page document to be released on Saturday, Trump's lawyers formally address the merits of the two articles of impeachment - abuse of power and obstruction of Congress - that the Democratic-led House approved late last year and which form the basis of a trial that will begin in earnest on Tuesday in the Republican-controlled Senate, sources close to Trump's legal team said.

    Sat, 18 Jan 2020 17:00:00 -0500
  • Report: Oregon marijuana sales 420% stronger near Idaho

    Marijuana sales in Oregon along the Idaho state line are 420% the statewide average, according to a state report. Idaho residents are purchasing recreational marijuana in Oregon because it is illegal in Idaho, the report released Friday by the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis said. The report also showed stronger marijuana sales for Washington state along its border with Idaho in 2019 than along its borders with Oregon or Canada.

    Sat, 18 Jan 2020 16:53:24 -0500
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