Trump lawyers call for immediate acquittal in legal, political defense

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday rejected the Democratic-led House of Representatives' impeachment charges and called for their immediate dismissal by the Republican-led Senate in a memo offering a legal and political case against his removal.

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21.Jan.2020


Factbox: Abuse of power, obstruction - the charges against Trump explained

The U.S. Senate on Tuesday may begin to hear opening arguments in an impeachment trial to determine whether to remove President Donald Trump from office on charges that he abused his power and obstructed Congress in its investigation of his dealings with Ukraine.

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21.Jan.2020


Explainer: Why is President Donald Trump on trial in the Senate?

The impeachment trial of President Donald Trump begins in earnest in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, after he was formally charged by the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives on Dec. 18 with "high crimes and misdemeanors."

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21.Jan.2020


Supreme Court religious rights case has big implications for U.S. schools

Despite wondering every autumn whether she can afford it, Kendra Espinoza has worked hard to keep her two daughters in a small private Christian school in Kalispell, Montana, costing about $15,000 annually for them to attend.

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20.Jan.2020


Children go missing as Central American migrants clash with Mexican forces

Mexican security forces fired tear gas at rock-hurling Central American migrants who waded across a river into Mexico earlier on Monday, in a chaotic scramble that saw mothers separated from their young children.

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20.Jan.2020


Democratic presidential candidates enjoy moment of harmony to mark King birthday

Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren marched arm-in-arm on Monday, as a group of often feuding U.S. presidential candidates set aside their differences long enough to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.

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20.Jan.2020


Trump impeachment: What happens next?

Here is what to look out for next as the proceedings advance in U.S. President Donald Trump's impeachment trial in the Senate:

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20.Jan.2020


Thousands of armed U.S. gun rights activists join peaceful Virginia rally

More than 22,000 armed gun-rights activists peacefully filled the streets around Virginia's capitol building on Monday to protest gun-control legislation making its way through the newly Democratic-controlled state legislature.

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20.Jan.2020


Factbox: Seven House Democrats to argue impeachment case against Trump in Senate

Seven members of the House of Representatives will act as prosecutors in the Senate impeachment trial of U.S. President Donald Trump, which begins in earnest on Tuesday.

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20.Jan.2020


McConnell proposal envisions speedy impeachment trial for Trump

U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell on Monday proposed rules that would execute a potentially quick impeachment trial for President Donald Trump, with no guarantee that witnesses or new evidence would be allowed.

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20.Jan.2020


Factbox: As Trump goes on trial, a fight over witnesses remains unresolved

President Donald Trump goes on trial in the U.S. Senate this week on charges he abused his office and obstructed Congress, with one of the most contentious questions still unresolved - should senators hear from witnesses?

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20.Jan.2020


Key arguments in Trump's defense as impeachment trial to begin in U.S. Senate

The White House unveiled its detailed legal defense as the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate gears up to begin President Donald Trump's impeachment trial on Tuesday.

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20.Jan.2020


Explainer: How Trump's impeachment trial will differ from a criminal one

The U.S. Senate's impeachment trial of President Donald Trump will begin in earnest on Tuesday, when senators may begin hearing opening statements on why he should be removed from office.

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20.Jan.2020


Trump urges Senate to reject impeachment as affront to U.S. Constitution

President Donald Trump's lawyers argued on Monday that the impeachment case against him is a product of a rigged process by Democrats and "must be rejected" in the Senate trial that gets under way in earnest on Tuesday.

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20.Jan.2020


U.S. judge dismisses assault case against British retailer Philip Green: Arcadia

Prosecutors in the United States have dropped a case against British retailer Philip Green that had alleged assault, his Arcadia company said on Monday, citing court documents.

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20.Jan.2020


'It was going for my throat': Florida python hunters wrestle invasive snakes

Thomas Aycock's life flashed before his eyes one night in the Everglades as a 13-foot Burmese python squeezed his arm and a leg in its coils.

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20.Jan.2020


Senate's McConnell keeps cool in heated Trump impeachment trial

U.S. President Donald Trump's impeachment trial, which begins next week, may pose one of the greatest political challenges Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has faced in more than three decades in Congress. As usual, he is showing little sign of the pressure.

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20.Jan.2020


Alaska volcano spews thick ash cloud, triggering aviation warning

An Alaska volcano that has been rumbling since midsummer shot ash about 5 miles (8 km) into the sky on Sunday, triggering a warning to aviators and dusting one small fishing village, officials reported.

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20.Jan.2020


Trump promises farmers that China trade deal will be good for them

President Donald Trump sought on Sunday to assure American farmers and ranchers hit by a protracted tariff war with China that a trade agreement he signed with Beijing will lead to major purchases of U.S. agricultural products.

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19.Jan.2020


Gunman kills two Hawaii police officers, dies in house fire: local media

Two Hawaii police officers were fatally shot on Sunday by a man who authorities believe later died in his home after he set it on fire in a quiet neighborhood not far from Oahu's busy Waikiki Beach, officials and local media said.

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19.Jan.2020


U.S. National News

  • Sending back climate refugees may violate right to life - U.N. body

    Governments need to take into account the climate crisis when considering the deportation of asylum seekers, the United Nations said in a landmark ruling that could pave the way for future climate refugees. The ruling by the U.N. Human Rights Committee was given in the case of Ioane Teitiota, from the Pacific nation of Kiribati, who brought a case against New Zealand in 2016 after authorities denied his claim of asylum as a climate refugee. Teitiota migrated to New Zealand in 2007 and applied for refugee status after his visa expired in 2010.


  • Lawyer: Suspect in Hawaii police deaths was 'out of control'

    A man suspected of stabbing a woman and killing two Hawaii police officers would record neighbors with a camera mounted to his hat and rig a barbecue grill to blow thick smoke directly into their windows, a lawyer for residents said. Jaroslav “Jerry” Hanel, facing eviction, stabbed a woman in the leg Sunday before he fired on responding authorities, killing Officers Tiffany Enriquez and Kaulike Kalama, police said. A fire at Hanel's residence then spread in a normally peaceful neighborhood at the far end of famed Waikiki Beach, an area where attorney David Hayakawa has represented three neighbors in restraining orders against Hanel since 2014.


  • Explainer: Why is President Donald Trump on trial in the Senate?

    Here is the Democrats' case for removing Trump from office, and the Republican counter-argument. In their articles of impeachment https://www.congress.gov/116/bills/hres755/BILLS-116hres755ih.pdf , Democrats charge that Trump abused his power as president by pressuring the government of Ukraine to help him win re-election. At the heart of the impeachment case is a transcript of a July 25 telephone call in which Trump pressed Ukraine's new president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, to work with U.S. Attorney General William Barr and Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, to launch a corruption investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden, a top contender for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020.


  • Japan's Aeon aims to start selling eco-certified sushi in time for Olympics

    Japanese supermarket chain Aeon Co Ltd , Asia's biggest retailer by sales, said it aims to start selling eco-certified sushi this year amid growing demand for sustainable seafood and in time for an expected surge in tourists during the summer Olympics. Japan is one of the world's biggest consumers of seafood, eating around 33 kilograms per capita compared with around 5 kilograms in the United States, according to Euromonitor. While its consumers are known for paying a premium for high-quality food products, and for setting global food trends, Japan has lagged behind Europe and the United States in adopting policies on traceability and sustainable fisheries.


  • EXPLAINER-Why is President Donald Trump on trial in the U.S. Senate?

    The Republican president, who is expected to be acquitted by the Republican-controlled Senate, says he is innocent of the charges. Here is the Democrats' case for removing Trump from office, and the Republican counter-argument. In their articles of impeachment https://www.congress.gov/116/bills/hres755/BILLS-116hres755ih.pdf, Democrats charge that Trump abused his power as president by pressuring the government of Ukraine to help him win re-election.


  • Facebook targets UK growth with 1,000 hires this year

    Facebook will hire 1,000 people in London this year in roles such as product development and safety as it continues to grow its biggest engineering centre outside the United States after Britain leaves the European Union. Over half of the new jobs will be in technology, including software engineering and data science, Facebook's vice president for Europe, the Middle East and Africa Nicola Mendelsohn said in an interview. Other roles will be in the "community integrity" team, which makes products to detect and remove harmful content from platforms like Facebook, Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp.


  • FACTBOX -Abuse of power, obstruction - the charges against Trump explained

    The U.S. Senate on Tuesday may begin to hear opening arguments in an impeachment trial to determine whether to remove President Donald Trump from office on charges that he abused his power and obstructed Congress in its investigation of his dealings with Ukraine. The following explains the two charges, or "articles of impeachment," approved by the U.S. House of Representatives. In the impeachment context, abuse of power is generally defined as using the vast powers of the presidency for personal benefit.


  • Air France-KLM proposes buying 49% of Malaysia Airlines, JAL seeks smaller stake: sources

    KUALA LUMPUR/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Proposals to invest in ailing Malaysia Airlines include one from Air France-KLM which wants as much as 49% while Japan Airlines is looking at a 25% stake, sources with knowledge of the matter said. Domestic carrier AirAsia Group Bhd and Malindo Air, the Malaysian arm of Indonesia's Lion Air, have also submitted proposals, the sources said. "The bids from the foreign carriers are more comprehensive and strategic as both plan to capitalize on the strategic location of Malaysia for their operations," said one of the sources.


Health News

China virus outbreak spooks global markets as fourth death reported

China reported a fourth death from a new coronavirus on Tuesday as the number of cases continued to rise, sending jitters through Asian markets as hundreds of millions of Chinese prepared to travel for the Lunar New Year holiday.

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21.Jan.2020


Factbox: New coronavirus outbreak spreads in China

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 that has now spread to other parts of the country.

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20.Jan.2020


As virus spreads to more Chinese cities, WHO calls emergency meeting

An outbreak of a new coronavirus has spread to more Chinese cities, including the capital Beijing and Shanghai, authorities said on Monday, and a fourth case has been reported beyond China's borders.

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20.Jan.2020


Australia to screen some flights from China, warns coronavirus difficult to stop

Australia will begin screening passengers arriving from a Chinese city in a bid to stop the spread of a new coronavirus, the country's chief medical officer said on Tuesday, although authorities warned that an outbreak would be hard to prevent.

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20.Jan.2020


ICU death rate higher in hospitals primarily serving minorities

(Reuters Health) - Death rates have been declining for critically ill patients in intensive care units (ICUs), but a new U.S. study suggests gains have been limited at hospitals with large numbers of minority patients.

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20.Jan.2020


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UK issues commemorative coin celebrating rock band Queen

Britain's Royal Mint has issued its first commemorative coin featuring a British rock group, in a tribute to the late Freddie Mercury and the three other band members of Queen.

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20.Jan.2020


Female Icelandic 'Joker' composer makes film awards history

(This Jan. 19 story corrects spelling of Gudnadottir and of Todd)

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20.Jan.2020


'Parasite' scores historic upset at SAG awards, boosting Oscar chances

South Korean thriller "Parasite" was the upset winner at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards on Sunday, while Joaquin Phoenix and Renee Zellweger were named best actors, cementing their roles as frontrunners at the Oscars next month.

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20.Jan.2020


Factbox: Key winners at the 2020 Screen Actors Guild Awards

The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards for film and television were handed out on Sunday at a ceremony in Los Angeles.

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19.Jan.2020


'Parasite' wins top prize at Screen Actors Guild Awards

The Korean-language film "Parasite" won the top prize, for best ensemble cast in a motion picture, at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday.

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19.Jan.2020


De Niro takes shot at Trump as he accepts SAG lifetime award

Robert De Niro, considered one of the finest motion picture performers of his generation, was saluted on Sunday with a lifetime achievement award from his acting peers, and used the occasion to take a veiled jab at U.S. President Donald Trump.

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19.Jan.2020


Apple's 'Morning Show' will deal with 'chaos' left behind in new season

The second season of Apple Inc's "The Morning Show" will deal with the leadership vacuum created by the sexual misconduct scandal on the fictional news program and may or may not see the return of star Steve Carell, producers said on Sunday.

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19.Jan.2020


Box Office: 'Bad Boys for Life' Towers Over 'Dolittle,' '1917'

LOS ANGELES, (Variety.com) - Universal's "Dolittle" and "1917" found out what "Bad Boys" will do when they come for you at the box office. Sony's "Bad Boys for Life," the third entry in the Will Smith and Martin Lawrence-led series, beat expectations and towered over the competition during the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend.

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19.Jan.2020


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.

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19.Jan.2020


Late actor Paul Walker's vehicles garner $2.33 million at Arizona auction

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.

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18.Jan.2020