• Schiff lobbies Chief Justice Roberts to rule on questions of executive privilege
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    Schiff lobbies Chief Justice Roberts to rule on questions of executive privilege

    Rep. Adam Schiff, the lead House prosecutor, called on Chief Justice John Roberts to expedite rulings on any disputes between Congress and President Trump over witness testimony and documents, if the Senate votes to allow them. “We have a very capable justice sitting in that Senate chamber empowered by the Senate rules to decide issues of evidence and privilege,” Schiff, the Democratic congressman from California leading the case for impeachment, told reporters prior to the last day of opening arguments for the House impeachment managers. Republicans have said over the past day or so that one reason to vote against subpoenas for documents and witnesses in the trial is that it would drag out the process too long, because Trump would claim executive privilege and the matter would get bogged down in the courts.

  • Robert Koehler: Serial ‘pillowcase rapist’ suspect was building a ‘dungeon’ before arrest
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    The Independent

    Robert Koehler: Serial ‘pillowcase rapist’ suspect was building a ‘dungeon’ before arrest

    Prosecutors in Florida believe a 60-year-old man building a “dungeon” under his home is the so-called pillowcase rapist, who authorities say broke into women's houses and concealed his face with pillows and towels in as many as 40 assaults in the state since the 1980s. Robert Koehler was arrested on 18 January after authorities say they tied his DNA to samples collected from a 1983 case. Authorities were able to link Koehler to at least 25 cases, although they believe there are other matches to follow, as investigators begin to dive into Koehler's history in the state.

  • Canada ‘Will Not Stop’ Until It Has Answers on Iran Crash
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    Bloomberg

    Canada ‘Will Not Stop’ Until It Has Answers on Iran Crash

    Justin Trudeau's second in command, speaking in an interview with Bloomberg TV in Davos, Switzerland, said Canada wants a “real, independent” analysis of the airplane's black box, along with transparency on what exactly happened. “I am confident we will get those answers because Canada is relentlessly focused on getting them and we will not stop until we get them,” Freeland said. Iran is under intense international pressure to provide full accountability over the circumstances that caused the crash of the Ukrainian International Airlines plane on Jan. 8.

  • This Is What Skiing in Africa Looks Like
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    Architectural Digest

    This Is What Skiing in Africa Looks Like

    From the sand dunes of Namibia to South Africa's world-class Tiffindell resort, this is what makes skiing in Africa like no place on the planet Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest

  • ‘Fox & Friends’ Desperately Tries to End Unhinged Giuliani Interview, Repeatedly Fails
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    The Daily Beast

    ‘Fox & Friends’ Desperately Tries to End Unhinged Giuliani Interview, Repeatedly Fails

    President Donald Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani showed up on the president's favorite morning program on Friday—and apparently didn't want to leave. A day after Giuliani claimed on Twitter that he was about to go public with evidence that will reveal the “Biden Family Enterprise made millions by selling public office” when Joe Biden was vice president, the former New York City mayor sat down on Fox & Friends' curvy couch for what can generously be described as an unhinged, rambling, off-the-rails performance. Giuliani, whose involvement in the Ukraine scandal is at the heart of the president's impeachment, continually left the hosts of the Fox News slack-jawed as he prattled on and bulldozed right through their efforts to keep him from incriminating and implicating himself.

  • China scrambles to contain 'strengthening' virus
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    Reuters

    China scrambles to contain 'strengthening' virus

    BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - The ability of the new coronavirus to spread is strengthening and infections could continue to rise, China's National Health Commission said on Sunday, with nearly 2,000 people in China infected and 56 killed by the disease. A handful of cases have been reported outside China, including in Thailand, Australia, the United States and France, with health authorities around the world racing to prevent a pandemic. The newly-identified coronavirus has created alarm because there are still many unknowns surrounding it, such as how dangerous it is and how easily it spreads between people.

  • Damaged By Drone Strike: Suleimani's Sainthood Is Now Being Questioned
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    The National Interest

    Damaged By Drone Strike: Suleimani's Sainthood Is Now Being Questioned

    In the wake of Washington's assassination of former Quds Force commander Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, Arab Shi'a desires and interests across the Middle East are under a microscope. Have they shifted their protest slogans from opposing Iran to denouncing the United States? Americans should not assume that wide-angle television images of Shi'a protests in Iran calling for the downfall of the Great Satan reflect Shi'a sentiment across Arab societies.

  • Chinese Uighurs in Saudi face impossible choice
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    AFP

    Chinese Uighurs in Saudi face impossible choice

    His eyes brimming with tears, a Uighur student in Saudi Arabia holds out his Chinese passport -- long past its expiry date and condemning him to an uncertain fate as the kingdom grows closer to Beijing. The Chinese mission in Saudi Arabia stopped renewing passports for the ethnic Muslim minority more than two years ago, in what campaigners call a pressure tactic exercised in many countries to force the Uighur diaspora to return home. Half a dozen Uighur families in Saudi Arabia who showed AFP their passports -- a few already expired and some approaching the date -- said they dread going back to China, where over a million Uighurs are believed to be held in internment camps.

  • Kim's aunt reemerges after years of speculation about fate
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    Associated Press

    Kim's aunt reemerges after years of speculation about fate

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's aunt made her first public appearance in about six years, state media reported Sunday, quelling years of rumors that she was purged or executed by her nephew after helping him inherit power from his father. According to a Korean Central News Agency dispatch, the name of Kim Kyong Hui was included in a list of top North Korean officials who watched a performance marking Lunar New Year's Day with Kim Jong Un at a Pyongyang theater on Saturday. North Korea's main newspaper also released a photo showing Kim Kyong Hui sitting near Kim Jong Un and his wife, Ri Sol Ju, at the Samjiyon Theater.

  • As defense opens, Trump attorneys accuse Democrats of 'blind drive' to impeachment
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    As defense opens, Trump attorneys accuse Democrats of 'blind drive' to impeachment

    Attorneys for President Trump opened their defense in his Senate impeachment trial Saturday morning by charging that the case presented by House Democrats was full of “bluster and innuendo,” and that “devastating evidence” would lead to the inevitable conclusion that the two articles of impeachment now being considered have no merit. “The president did absolutely nothing wrong,” said White House counsel Pat Cipollone, who is leading Trump's defense. The other key point, made by Cipollone and others, was that Trump acted “in our national interest” by withholding $250 million in military aid from Ukraine for several months in the spring and summer of 2019.

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    Business Insider

    Fox News primetime is covering Trump's impeachment trial — but with no audio of evidence from Democrats

    Fox News Fox News in its primetime evening coverage of impeachment proceedings is playing testimony by top Democrats with no sound, and adding live spin from Trump allies. In his show, Sean Hannity assured viewers that the proceedings weren't worth watching and attacked them as "24 hours of never-ending babbling, repetitive talking points." Fox News has long been accused of being an unofficial communications arm of the Trump White House, and its coverage of the impeachment proceedings is leading the ratings.

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    Bloomberg

    Bloomberg Offers Few Details to Back Up Trillions in Spending

    Bloomberg has released almost 20 proposals since joining the race on Nov. 24: $1.2 trillion for infrastructure. If Bloomberg comes out of Super Tuesday among the Democratic race's top tier, there will be increasing pressure on him to explain how he's going to pay for his policies, said Don Fowler, a former Democratic National Committee chairman who hasn't endorsed a 2020 candidate.“There will be a great hue and cry for him to add substance to his proposals and do it very quickly,” Fowler said. Bloomberg's campaign says that it plans to release further details about the tax proposal as soon as next week and that it will show how he plans to pay for his proposals.

  • Inmate charged with murder of 'Britain's worst pedophile'
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    Yahoo News Video

    Inmate charged with murder of 'Britain's worst pedophile'

    A prison inmate has been charged with the murder of “Britain's worst pedophile, police have confirmed.

  • Millions of locusts are swarming in Kenya. These striking photos show just how bad the outbreak is
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    USA TODAY

    Millions of locusts are swarming in Kenya. These striking photos show just how bad the outbreak is

    It's the worst locust outbreak to hit Kenya in 70 years. Hundreds of millions of the small bugs are swarming in from neighboring Somalia and Ethiopia with unprecedented size and destructive potential, according to the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization. The Desert Locust, the most devastating of all locust species, is eating up crops in areas already susceptible to food and water shortages.

  • Pope backs Iraqi call for its sovereignty to be respected
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    Reuters

    Pope backs Iraqi call for its sovereignty to be respected

    Pope Francis met Iraq's president on Saturday and the two agreed that the country's sovereignty must be respected, following attacks on Iraqi territory this month by the United States and Iran. President Barham Salih held private talks for about 30 minutes with the pope and then met the Vatican's two top diplomats, Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin and Archbishop Paul Gallagher, its foreign minister. The talks "focused on the challenges the country currently faces and on the importance of promoting stability and the reconstruction process, encouraging the path of dialogue and the search for suitable solutions in favor of citizens and with respect for national sovereignty," a Vatican statement said.

  • China is Expanding into the Indian Ocean—Here Are Five Things the Indian Navy Can Do About It
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    The National Interest

    China is Expanding into the Indian Ocean—Here Are Five Things the Indian Navy Can Do About It

    For decades, the Indian Navy has been the dominant regional power in the Indian Ocean, and has even boasted a carrier aviation capability that was nearly unique in Asia. But as outlined in a report by the Center for New American Security (CNAS), the growth of Chinese military power in the last two decades has dramatically eclipsed India's own attempts to modernize and expand its forces—particularly in the maritime domain. This is problematic due to New Delhi's tense relations with Beijing since a 1962 border war.

  • Canada has confirmed its first Wuhan coronavirus case in Toronto
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    INSIDER

    Canada has confirmed its first Wuhan coronavirus case in Toronto

    Canada has confirmed its first "presumptive" case of the Wuhan coronavirus in a patient in Toronto. Canadian public health officials announced Saturday they had been notified of the country's first "presumptive" case of coronavirus in a patient who recently flew to Toronto from Wuhan, China. The officials said at a press conference Saturday evening that the patient was a man in his 50s, who was in stable condition at a Toronto hospital.

  • Pete Stark, congressman who reshaped health care, dies at 88
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    Associated Press

    Pete Stark, congressman who reshaped health care, dies at 88

    Former California Rep. Fortney “Pete” Stark Jr., an influential Democrat whose legislative work helped reshape America's health care system, has died. He was 88. Stark's family said he died Friday at his home in Maryland.

  • Biden Calls DACA Recipients ‘More American Than Most Americans’
    Politics
    National Review

    Biden Calls DACA Recipients ‘More American Than Most Americans’

    Biden, who earlier this week said he would fire any ICE agent attempting to deport illegal immigrants who had not committed a felony, has been an outspoken defendant of former president Barack Obama's immigration record. In November, the U.N. revealed that Obama held over 100,000 illegal immigrant children in detention in 2015. DACA is currently facing a Supreme Court decision on its survival, after the Trump administration decided to end it in 2017.

  • NASA is hiring someone to help figure out how to get Mars rocks back to Earth — and the position pays at least $182,000
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    Business Insider

    NASA is hiring someone to help figure out how to get Mars rocks back to Earth — and the position pays at least $182,000

    NASA/JPL-Caltech NASA is looking to fill an intriguing new role: The space agency needs someone to direct a mission to get the first rocks from Mars back to Earth. Formally, the job is director of the Mars Sample Return (MSR) program, which aims to bring scientists pristine samples of rocks and soil from the red planet to study up close. The first step in that effort is the launch of the soon-to-be-named Mars 2020 rover, which is scheduled for July 17.

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    Bloomberg

    Bulgaria Takes Harder Line on Russia Before U.S. Energy Talks

    Bulgaria said it may expel two Russian diplomats it accuses of espionage, demonstrating an unusually tough stance toward the Kremlin in the run-up to talks with the U.S. over energy and security. A European Union and NATO member, the Balkan country is trying to balance the priorities of its Western allies with religious, historical and cultural ties to neighboring Russia, which is also its main energy supplier. The pair -- a first secretary in the Russian embassy's consular department in Sofia and a diplomat in Russia's commercial representation office -- will “most likely” be declared persona non grata, Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva told reporters.

  • Female prisoner dies after guards ‘did not stop her being beaten with soap bars’
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    The Independent

    Female prisoner dies after guards ‘did not stop her being beaten with soap bars’

    A female prisoner died after guards did not intervene while she was being beaten with a sock filled with bars of soap, it is claimed in a lawsuit set to be heard in the US. Nicole Rathmann was attacked by another inmate as she lay on her bunk at the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility. But prison wardens allegedly allowed the beating to happen without intervening.

  • A 'messy' winter storm bringing snow and flooding may cause travel delays across Northeast
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    USA TODAY

    A 'messy' winter storm bringing snow and flooding may cause travel delays across Northeast

    Expect travel delays, heavy rain and possible flooding in the Northeast over the weekend as a slow-moving storm moves eastward from the Midwest. Rainfall up to 2 inches was expected Saturday for the northern Mid-Atlantic and southern New England, with possible flooding in portions of northern Virginia and central Maryland, according to the National Weather Service. The NWS office in Portland, Maine, issued a flood watch through Saturday night for the "messy winter storm," the office said on Twitter.

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    Reuters

    Putin orders Prosecutor General to review protester's conviction

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the Prosecutor General to investigate if a guilty verdict for Moscow protester Konstantin Kotov was lawful, the Kremlin said. A Moscow court sentenced Kotov, a 34-year-old programmer, to four years in prison in September for "repeated" participation in unauthorized rallies, under a widely criticized law that has made non-violent protests a criminal offence. The court said Kotov "disregarded basic constitutional principles" because he continued to take part in unauthorized protests after being found guilty of violating legislation on public gatherings.

  • Will China Invade Taiwan Before the Communist Party Approaches its 100th Anniversary?
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    The National Interest

    Will China Invade Taiwan Before the Communist Party Approaches its 100th Anniversary?

    On September 1, 1939, the German army launched an invasion of Poland that triggered the start of World War II. The battle for Poland only lasted about a month before a Nazi victory. But the invasion plunged the world into a war that would continue for almost six years and claim the lives of tens of millions of people.