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Western hostages in Afghanistan freed by Taliban in swap for top commanders

Western hostages in Afghanistan freed by Taliban in swap for top commanders Three ranking Taliban prisoners released by the Kabul government have been flown to Qatar for an expected swap for an American and an Australian hostage held by the insurgents since their abduction in 2016, Taliban officials said Tuesday. [Full Article...]

'Meth. We're On It.': South Dakota prevention campaign launches

'Meth. We're On It.': South Dakota prevention campaign launches South Dakota´s Department of Social Services paid the agency almost $449,000 this fall, according to the state´s finances website . Tweeted New York Times opinion columnist Jamelle Bouie, "For half the cost of this campaign I will develop an even better slogan: 'Drugs". [Full Article...]

Trump should testify in impeachment investigation: US Senator Schumer

Trump should testify in impeachment investigation: US Senator Schumer In a pair of tweets, Trump says he will "strongly consider" an offer by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to testify before the House impeachment panel. "Even though I did nothing wrong, and don't like giving credibility to this No Due Process Hoax, I like the idea and will, in order to get Congress focused again, strongly consider it", he said in a tweet. [Full Article...]

Pompeo declines to defend ex-U.S. ambassador after Trump attack

Pompeo declines to defend ex-U.S. ambassador after Trump attack Ms. Yovanovitch, a career diplomat, testified on the second day of televised impeachment hearings , which will resume next week. Holmes told lawmakers he overheard a phone call between Trump and Gordon Sondland , the USA ambassador to the European Union, in which the president inquired about Ukraine's willingness to carry out investigations of Biden and his son. [Full Article...]

Feminist Chrissy Teigen, George Conway call GOP Rep. Elise Stefanik 'trash'

Feminist Chrissy Teigen, George Conway call GOP Rep. Elise Stefanik 'trash' In one particularly viral moment, she called out House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff for being in favor of the Trump whistleblower testifying - before he was against it. "Do you have any information regarding any criminal activity that the president of the United States has been involved with at all?" he asked her. Stefanik has also solidified her maintain on a massive district... [Full Article...]

Texas appeals court blocks Rodney Reed execution

Texas appeals court blocks Rodney Reed execution The Innocence Project said that forensic experts who testified against Reed later admitted they made errors in their analysis. His lawyers say fresh evidence proves that. Reed, 51, has been on death row for 21 years and long maintained his innocence. Reed said he and Stites had a consensual, casual relationship. One of those witnesses, a prison inmate, claimed in an affidavit that Fennell conf... [Full Article...]

5 killed, including 3 children, in shooting at California home

5 killed, including 3 children, in shooting at California home Police initially identified the eldest child as the lone survivor, but later said it was too early to tell. The estranged wife had obtained a restraining order against the suspected gunman the day before, Dobbs said, although he added that it was still unclear whether it had been served when the shooting occurred. [Full Article...]

United Kingdom police probe claim of Tory corruption

United Kingdom police probe claim of Tory corruption Arch eurosceptic Nigel Farage, who founded the Brexit Party earlier this year, has accused Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Tories of "corruption of the worst level" by offering his candidates jobs and peerages to withdraw from the Dec 12 election. [Full Article...]

4 killed in post-election violence in Bolivia

4 killed in post-election violence in Bolivia First indigenous president of Bolivia , Morales He had faced increasing pressure after claiming he was the absolute victor of the vote in Bolivia on October 20, with opposition supporters who took to the streets for weeks accusing him of undermining the country's democracy. [Full Article...]

Premadasa concedes Sri Lanka presidential poll to Rajapaksa

Premadasa concedes Sri Lanka presidential poll to Rajapaksa He will be sworn in tomorrow or the day after", Mr Rambukwella said. Gotabaya was a key figure during the almost 10-year presidency of his elder brother Mahinda, whose two terms were marked by his authoritarian grip. The Rajapaksas are adored by Sri Lanka's Sinhalese majority for defeating the Tigers and ending a 37-year civil war in 2009 in which around 100,000 people lost their lives. [Full Article...]

North Korea Angling for Another Trump-Kim Summit

North Korea Angling for Another Trump-Kim Summit Trump has long complained about the cost of keeping USA forces overseas, and a year ago canceled joint military exercises with South Korea in what was described as a cost-saving effort. After his talks with Jeong, Esper warned that South Korea's decision to end an intelligence-sharing pact with Japan, called GSOMIA, would impact military readiness - presumably by slowing the ability of the USA all... [Full Article...]

WTI, Futures, Oil, Oil Trading, US, China, Trade War, Inventories, Crude

WTI, Futures, Oil, Oil Trading, US, China, Trade War, Inventories, Crude U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said Thursday that the U.S. welcomes the decision and predicted that U.S. poultry exports to China could surpass $1 billion a year. Beijing and Washington have been embroiled in an 18-month trade war which has weighed on the global economy, and two sides have slapped punitive tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars in two-way trade. [Full Article...]

Massachusetts Ex-Governor Patrick Enters Crowded Democratic Presidential Race

Massachusetts Ex-Governor Patrick Enters Crowded Democratic Presidential Race He was staring down reelection as MA governor in 2010, in the midst of a sluggish economic recovery that would ultimately contribute to sweeping Democratic defeats across the country. Patrick begins his White House run lagging far behind in the campaign infrastructure enjoyed by his leading rivals in the race, who have spent the majority of this year building ground operations and earning endorsem... [Full Article...]

Venice underwater: Mayor estimates damage at hundreds of millions of euros

Venice underwater: Mayor estimates damage at hundreds of millions of euros The worst flooding in Venice in more than 50 years prompted calls Wednesday to better protect the historic city from rising sea levels as officials calculated hundreds of millions of euros in damage. "Customers already in Venice should be kept updated on advice issued by local authorities, and any that are due to travel should be contacted to discuss if any changes are necessary to their ... [Full Article...]

Trump tweets about Roger Stone's conviction, calls it a 'double standard'

Trump tweets about Roger Stone's conviction, calls it a 'double standard' The charges stem from testimony Stone had given to House intelligence committee, in which he lied about his WikiLeaks contacts during the 2016 campaign. The sentencing date was set for February 6. Stone's trial centred on the former Trump adviser's boasts in 2016 that he knew about the WikiLeaks dirt on Clinton and her campaign chairman and when it would be made public. [Full Article...]

Trump campaign raises $3.1M on first day of impeachment hearings

Trump campaign raises $3.1M on first day of impeachment hearings Yovanovitch's testimony is the second public hearing of the inquiry. The inquiry threatens Trump's presidency even as he seeks re-election in November 2020. What we saw on display Wednesday were two dedicated, experienced career foreign policy officials who had been desperately trying to figure out what the president wanted - and inferring his intentions based on snippets of information from... [Full Article...]

'Fantastic Adventures' YouTube mom accused of abusing her children has died

'Fantastic Adventures' YouTube mom accused of abusing her children has died However, behind the camera the 48-year-old was accused of beating the kids , dousing them with pepper spray and locking them in a closet for days without food, water or bathroom access. All of Hobson's children were removed from her custody. A family acquaintance said Hobson had a brain aneurysm and had been placed in a care facility, after being released from jail with conditions in early June. [Full Article...]

Impeachment witness: Ukrainians asked about holdup of aid

Impeachment witness: Ukrainians asked about holdup of aid The inquiry into whether Trump misused US foreign policy to ask Ukraine to target a domestic political opponent enters a critical phase on Wednesday when Congress holds its first public, televised hearings to question witnesses. Democrats, who control the House, have argued that Trump abused his power in pressing a vulnerable U.S. ally to carry out investigations that would benefit Trump political... [Full Article...]

Furious Erdogan threatens to send ISIS members into Greece and entire Europe

Furious Erdogan threatens to send ISIS members into Greece and entire Europe Five Republican senators, including vocal Turkey critic Lindsey Graham, came to the White House and spoke with Erdogan and Trump about the F-35 programme. The average sentence for fighters returning to European countries has been about five years of imprisonment, which generates serious domestic security threats if the returned European nationals can not go through an efficient rehabilitation pr... [Full Article...]

Toxic Compound Responsible for Vaping Illnesses: CDC

Toxic Compound Responsible for Vaping Illnesses: CDC The latest studies come just a week after British health bosses said they are "as certain as ever" that vaping is less harmful than smoking. The data are pointing to illicit supply chains", but, she added, "I don't think we know enough yet if we can take dispensaries totally out of the question. [Full Article...]


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