Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Monday called the revelation that former national security adviser John Bolton can implicate President Trump directly in the effort to pressure Ukraine by withholding military aid “stunning” evidence that “we're all staring a White House cover-up in the face. Schumer was reacting to a report in the New York Times that Bolton's forthcoming memoir contains an account of an August 2019 conversation in which Trump told him he wanted military aid to Ukraine frozen until that country's government announced investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.
As authorities in China scrambled to handle a coronavirus that has killed at least 81 people, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday described a surging potential crisis even as they pushed back on the latest thinking from Beijing about just how easily it spreads. Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, confirmed to reporters that the total number of cases stateside had reached five—and that there were 110 additional “persons under investigation” for the virus in 26 states. The confirmed cases in the U.S. include patients in Orange County, California; a man in his 30s in Washington state; a woman in her 60s in Chicago; a passenger who felt ill after flying into Los Angeles International Airport; and a student at Arizona State University who does not live in university housing, the CDC said on Sunday.
The Taliban said it had shot down a U.S. military plane in the central Afghan province of Ghazni on Monday, killing all personnel on board. "The plane, which was on an intelligence mission, was brought down in Sado Khel area of Deh Yak district of Ghazni province," Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the Taliban, said in a statement, adding that everyone on board, including high ranking officers, had been killed. A senior defense official investigating the crash said no senior U.S. official was killed and added that they were still investigating the cause of the crash.
YouTube/Andrew Yang for President 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang uses Autopilot, Tesla's semi-autonomous driver-assistance feature, in a new ad. Yang uses Autopilot with his hands off the steering wheel in the ad. Tesla instructs Autopilot users to always keep their hands on the wheel, even when Autopilot is in use. Tesla has been criticized for using language like "full self-driving" to describe Autopilot's capabilities, but the electric-car maker argues that the feature helps to keep people safe. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.
Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Monday declined to criticize supporters who confronted and insulted relatives of people killed by violence, defending their right to protest but saying he hadn't encouraged them. Backers of the president shouted and accused people in the Caravan for Truth, Justice and Peace of being provocateurs Sunday as they arrived in Mexico City's central plaza after a four-day march. Asked about the confrontation, López Obrador appeared to suggest the marchers had a political motive and were silent during previous administrations and only decided to speak up in his.
A Google search for "When did Kobe Bryant die" on Sunday night, listed Jan. 26 as the former NBA star's "date of assassination" rather than "date of death." The result, which mentions the "date of assassination" is for a Wikipedia page about Bryant's life and career. The word "assassination" did not appear on the Wikipedia page, which does have a note that it is "being heavily edited because its subject has recently died."
South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg was confronted by a pro-life Democratic voter over the party's position on abortion during a Fox News town hall event on Sunday. “I am a proud pro-life Democrat,” audience member Kristin Day said. “Would you support more moderate platform language [regarding abortion] in the Democratic Party to ensure that the party of diversity and inclusion really does include everybody?” Currently, the Democratic party platform supports abortion up to nine months into pregnancy.
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.
Two people are dead and at least four are wounded following a shooting at a South Carolina bar on Sunday morning. The Darlington County Coroner's Office identified Dicaprio Collins, 21 and Bryan Robinson, 29 as the victims of the shooting at Mac's Lounge in Hartsville, South Carolina. Hartsville Police confirmed in a Monday morning Facebook post that they had two suspects in custody in connection with the shooting.
To all who serve in the world's greatest deliberative body and believe it must live up to that description: Don't let history's verdict be a question mark or an asterisk. The framers of the Constitution purposely and thoughtfully put the solemn responsibility of impeachment trials in the hands of the Senate, where they envisioned people of courage and conviction weighing facts and evidence. Indeed, the impeachment trial has dawned with a series of party line votes, as was the case in the House.
A deadly virus that has prompted travel restrictions in China is sending shockwaves through Asia's tourism industry, which has become increasingly reliant on growing numbers of Chinese visitors. At least 81 people have died since the new strain of coronavirus emerged in China's Wuhan, and millions are now under an effective quarantine, with all flights in and out of the city grounded and a ban on Chinese tour groups domestically and abroad. There will be a less immediate impact in Europe, which is currently off peak season for visitors from China.
Taiwan will inspect people leaving the island to ensure they are not breaking a temporary ban on exporting face masks amid an outbreak of the new coronavirus which started in China, but people carrying them for personal use will be exempted. Taiwan, which has close economic and cultural links with China even though political ties are strained, has reported five cases of the coronavirus and has stepped up inspections at airports and stopped most Chinese visitors from coming. A total of 81 people have died, all in China.
The Huanan Wholesale Seafood Market in Wuhan closed on January 1 after it was found to be the most likely starting point for the outbreak of this coronavirus, also called 2019-nCov. NOEL CELIS/AFP via Getty Images A 61-year-old man was the first person to die from the virus. According to Bloomberg, he was a regular shopper at the Huanan wet market, which sold more than seafood.
A Georgia death row inmate whose planned execution was halted in September 2017 by the U.S. Supreme Court after his lawyers argued his death sentence was tainted by a juror's racial bias has died, according to the state Department of Corrections. Keith “Bo” Tharpe, 61, died of natural causes Friday, Georgia Department of Corrections spokeswoman Joan Heath confirmed in an email Sunday. In 1991, a jury convicted Tharpe of murder in the September 1990 slaying of his sister-in-law, Jacquelyn Freeman, and sentenced him to death.
Los Angeles authorities later slammed the outlet for reporting the fatal accident before they could alert the victims' families. Visit Insider's homepage for more. News that the basketball icon Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, stunned the world Sunday after it was first reported by TMZ.
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The Taliban said it had shot down a U.S. military plane in the central Afghan province of Ghazni on Monday, killing all personnel onboard.
A 4-year-old boy died Thursday after he was accidentally struck by a bullet from a gun that discharged while he was wrestling with his father. Tripp Shaw died at 8:17 a.m. Thursday from head injuries in the shooting Sunday night at his home south of Bloomington, Indiana, the Monroe County Sheriff's Office reported. The child's father, Tyler Shaw, 36, was struck in the head with the same bullet that killed his son.
With Bernie Sanders gaining steam a week before the Iowa caucuses, tormented Democrats are second-guessing what they say was a hands-off strategy against the Vermont senator in the 2020 primary. They fear a repeat of 2016 is in the making — when mainstream Republicans scoffed at the idea that Donald Trump could ever win the nomination, until he became unstoppable — only this time from the left. The Republican money people were laughing at Trump when he came down the escalator and they kept laughing at him for way too long, until 'holy crap' he's winning primaries,” Matt Bennett, co-founder of Third Way told POLITICO.
Sign up to our Next Africa newsletter and follow Bloomberg Africa on Twitter Sanctioned by the West and spurned by China, Zimbabwe has turned to the United Arab Emirates in its latest bid to find a savior that can arrest the collapse of its economy. Zimbabwe's government has approached the U.A.E. in hopes of selling a stake in its national oil company, according to three company and government officials familiar with the plan. It also wants companies in the U.A.E. to buy more of its gold, they said.
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While the epicentre remains in Wuhan and the central Chinese province of Hubei, it has since spread to some of the country's biggest cities -- including Beijing, Shanghai and Chongqing, and the southern cities of Shenzhen and Guangzhou. "We are expecting to see epicentres of self-sustaining epidemics in these other major city clusters on the mainland," Leung predicted. Given those cities have major regional and international transport links it was "highly likely" they would spread the virus further afield once those cities have self-sustaining outbreaks, he added.
A divided Supreme Court on Monday allowed the Trump administration to put in place a policy connecting the use of public benefits with whether immigrants could become permanent residents. The new policy can be used to deny green cards to immigrants over their use of public benefits including Medicaid, food stamps and housing vouchers, as well as other factors. The justices' order came by a 5-4 vote and reversed a ruling from the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York that had kept in a place a nationwide hold on the policy following lawsuits that have been filed against it.
The aunt of North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un, has re-emerged in Pyongyang, the capital, the country's media said Sunday, dispelling rumors that she was purged after her powerful husband was executed on charges of plotting a coup to topple Kim in 2013. North Korea's state-run media said Kim Kyong Hui, the only sister of Kim Jong Un's father, Kim Jong Il, accompanied her nephew to an orchestra performance Saturday for Lunar New Year's Day. Photos released in state media showed her dressed in black and sitting with her nephew, his wife, his sister and other top leaders in the front row at a theater in Pyongyang.
The Suffren is launching years behind schedule, but has come only slightly over budget due to use of a fixed-price contract. In 2025 and 2030, French shipbuilder Naval Group will launch five more Barracudas, replacing all six of France's original nuclear-powered attack submarines, the Rubis-class, at a total cost of €9.9 billion euros. Delays in the Suffren's completion were related to difficulties miniaturizing of the 150-megawatt K15 nuclear reactor, adapted from a type used on the larger Triomphant-class ballistic missile submarine.