House Speaker Nancy Pelosi walked out of a meeting with Donald Trump about the crisis in Syria Wednesday after she said the president had had a “very serious meltdown” and insulted her in front of other congressional leaders. Now we have to pray for his health, because this was a very serious meltdown on the part of the president,” Pelosi told reporters on Capitol Hill. It was the first face-to-face meeting between Trump and Pelosi since House Democrats began their impeachment inquiry of the president in late September, and it came just hours after the House passed a resolution by a bipartisan vote of 354 to 60 rebuking the president for abandoning Kurdish militias that the U.S. had recruited to fight ISIS.
At Tuesday night's Democratic primary debate, presidential candidates Beto O'Rourke and Pete Buttigieg escalated their disagreement over O'Rourke's proposal for mandatory buybacks of assault weapons. “Every single one of them is an instrument of terror,” said former Texas Rep. O'Rourke when asked how he planned to take away assault weapons from American gun owners, registered or unregistered. O'Rourke in a previous debate said, “Hell, yes,” he would as president establish a mandatory government buyback program for AK-47 and AR-15 rifles but without going into details of how it would be enforced.
China said Thursday it detained two U.S. citizens on suspicion of organizing others to illegally cross the border, amid sharpening tensions between the sides over trade, technology and other sensitive issues. Police in the eastern province of Jiangsu arrested Alyssa Petersen and Jacob Harlan on Sept. 27 and Sept. 29, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said. "The department handling the case has informed the U.S. Consulate General in Shanghai in a timely manner, arranged U.S. diplomats to conduct consular visits and protected the legitimate rights and interests of the two," Geng said at a regular press briefing.
Rudy Giuliani has said he will not co-operate with an impeachment inquiry against Donald Trump and insisted he did not need a lawyer following the arrest of two business associates accused of campaign finance violations. The attorney to Mr Giuliani — who was subpoenaed by Congress over documents related to the impeachment inquiry — said the subpoena was “overbroad, unduly burdensome, and seeks documents beyond the scope of legitimate inquiry” in the letter dated 15 October. In his tweet posted on Tuesday afternoon, Mr Giuliani also announced his own lawyer, Jon Sale, would no longer represent him.
When Catalonia's secessionist president, Joaquim Torra, claims to be speaking for all Catalans, that comes close to a totalitarian attitude, Borrell, who was born in the region, told reporters Tuesday. “The root of the problem is that the independence movement ignores the 'Catalanness' of those people who aren't in favor of independence,” he said. Borrell, who himself is Catalan, spoke as protests continued against Supreme Court verdicts on Monday that sentenced nine separatist leaders to a combined 100 years in jail, including a 13-year term for Oriol Junqueras, the region's former vice president.
A Dutch family was found living in the basement of their farmhouse on Sunday, waiting for the end of the world. The family was found after the eldest son, Jan, 25, escaped the basement, wet to a local bar, and spilled the story to the bar's owner. The bartender called the police, who found the family living in a farmhouse.
Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Thursday it would issue a formal note of protest to the U.S. embassy in Moscow after authorities caught three U.S. diplomats in a restricted area near a secret test site, the TASS news agency reported. The diplomats, among them U.S. military and naval attaches, were removed from a train on Monday in northern Russia near the site of a mysterious military testing accident that took place in August. A U.S. State Department spokesman said the diplomats had been on an official trip and that they had notified Russian authorities in advance of their travel plans.
In 2005, a U.S. Navy attack submarine collided head-on with an undersea mountain at more than thirty miles an hour. Despite the damage the ship sustained and the crew's injuries, the USS San Francisco managed to limp to her home port of Guam on her own power. The incident was a testament to the design of the submarine and the training and professionalism of her crew.
Among O'Reilly's insights were that he found the “Trump bashing festival” by the candidates “boring,” he wanted Joe Biden to “fight back” harder and that Elizabeth Warren “wants a wealth tax to pay for free stuff, lots of free stuff. Then came former Rep. Beto O'Rourke's answer to a question about Warren's wealth tax proposal.
For the first time, a majority of Americans said this week that they supported the impeachment of President Trump. Not just in one, outlying poll — in an average of all current national polls compiled by the data journalists at FiveThirtyEight. For Trump this polling milestone comes less than one month after reports first surfaced of a Ukraine whistleblower and roughly three weeks after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the start of a formal impeachment inquiry — meaning that it represents a historical milestone as well.
After agreeing to an alliance with Kurdish forces on Sunday, Syrian president Bashar al-Assad said Thursday that Syrian forces will help the Kurds repel Turkey's invasion by “all legitimate means.” Assad's comments come a day after Turkey accused Syria of a “dirty deal” with Kurdish forces. Syria “will respond to [Turkey] and confront it, in all its forms, anywhere in Syria, using all legitimate means at our disposal,” Assad said during a press conference with Iraqi national-security adviser Faleh al-Fayad.
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From his post as a teenage SS private in a watchtower in Nazi Germany's Stutthof concentration camp, Bruno Dey could hear the screams of Jews dying in the gas chamber. And, Dey later told investigators, the carting of their lifeless bodies to the camp's crematorium was a daily sight. More than seven decades later, Dey went on trial Thursday on 5,230 counts of accessory to murder in Hamburg state court.
The Democratic Republic of Congo has one of the world's worst aviation safety records, so reports that an aircraft had tumbled into a remote forest last week caused few international ripples. Since then, however, a deepening mystery over the nature of the cargo and the identity of those on board has left the Congolese government facing awkward questions. The passengers were identified as the personal chauffeur of Felix Tshisekedi, Congo's president, and three of his bodyguards.
A Florida school resource officer was fired Wednesday after accidentally discharging his gun in a school cafeteria this year. Jonathan Cross, a resource officer at Thomas E. Weightman Middle School in Wesley Chapel, Florida, was "terminated for conduct unbecoming (of an officer) and mishandling of a weapon," Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said at a news conference Wednesday. The incident took place at around 12:40 p.m. on April 30, when Cross' holstered, duty-provided pistol discharged into a wall while students were in the cafeteria going through the lunch line, Pasco County School public information officer Linda Cobbe told USA TODAY.
At a press conference with the president of Italy, President Trump said that the Kurdish group PKK is worse than ISIS, and that Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. would keep the U.S. in the Middle East for “the next thousand years with thousands of soldiers fighting other people's wars.
The Israeli ambassador to Ukraine asked police on Thursday to find and punish people who left a red paint-spattered effigy of tycoon Ihor Kolomoisky, who holds a Ukrainian Jewish community leadership post, on the steps of the main synagogue in Kiev. Kolomoisky, one of Ukraine's richest men, is in the public eye over his business ties to President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who came to fame as the star of TV show on a channel Kolomoisky owns. The tycoon has been in a protracted legal battle with the authorities over control of Urkaine's biggest bank.
What I don't understand is why these people are complaining about that. With that, he cut to a clip of Donald Trump Jr. accusing Hunter Biden of trading on his name and Eric Trump arguing that he and his brother are exempt from criticism because they do not sit on any corporate boards. First of all, I'm not surprised nobody has put Beavis and Forehead on any corporate boards,” Noah said.
President Donald Trump is looking for a new political fighter to push through hard-line immigration policies — just in time for his reelection campaign. People inside and outside the White House are lobbying Trump to give the job of Homeland Security secretary to Ken Cuccinelli, a newcomer to the administration who has quickly developed direct access to the president, according to five people familiar with the situation. Cuccinelli, acting head of the relatively obscure U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, is one of the president's top lieutenants for his aggressive immigration agenda who has the support of leading DHS officials, as well as Stephen Miller, Trump's senior adviser who plays an outsize role on the issue.
Three American diplomats were briefly detained in Russia near the military test site where a mysterious explosion released radiation in August, several Russia state news agencies have reported. The Russian foreign ministry said the diplomats had named a different city as their destination and had “obviously got lost”. The report comes just days after the United States said the accident was caused by a nuclear reaction when Russia tried to retrieve a nuclear-powered cruise missile from the Barents Sea.
The Saphir, a French nuclear attack submarine, reportedly penetrated the defenses of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt and scored simulated torpedo hits on her. The incident, originally reported by the French Navy, was later suppressed. On March 4th, 2015 the French Navy announced in a blog post that the submarine Saphir (“Sapphire”) had simulated stalking and killing the carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt.
New York City police have arrested a 20-year-old man in connection with a mass shooting over the summer at a Brooklyn community festival that left one person dead and 11 wounded. Police said the gunman, Kyle Williams, was one of two people who opened fire — possibly shooting at each other — during the Old Timers Day gathering in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn on July 27. The gunfire sent a crowd of thousands of people, who had gathered in the area around a playground and community center for music and food, scattering.
A new book dives into the rarely seen archives of the iconic midcentury-modern campus in Warren, Michigan Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest
President Vladimir Putin hosts dozens of African leaders next week as Russia seeks to reassert its influence on the continent and beyond. The heads of some 35 African countries are expected for the first Africa-Russia Summit in the Black Sea resort of Sochi next Wednesday and Thursday. For Putin, the summit is a chance to revive Soviet-era relationships and build new alliances, bolstering Moscow's global clout in the face of confrontation with the West.
Ten months into 2019, there have already been 47% more store closings announced than in all of 2018, according to a new report from global marketing research firm Coresight Research. Sears and Kmart store closings: Bed Bath & Beyond closings: What you need to know about coupons, returns and gift cards Based on Coresight Research's figures, retailers' earnings reports, bankruptcy filings and other records, nearly 8,600 stores are slated to shutter this year and thousands of locations already gone. Bankrupt footwear company Payless ShoeSource, which closed its remaining U.S. stores in June, accounts for about 37% of the closings.