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  • Trump goes after Bolton as Republicans struggle to get votes to block testimony – live

    Today is first of two days of question-and-answer sessions at trialMitch McConnell tries to wrangle the votes to block witnessesVote on witness testimonies will take place on FridayHelp us cover the critical issues of 2020. Consider making a contribution 4.43pm GMT Although Lev Parnas has arrived on Capitol Hill, it appears the former associate of Rudy Giuliani may not be able to actually enter the Senate chamber where the impeachment trial is being held.SCHUMER just said he might not be able...

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  • Boeing puts cost of 737 Max crashes at $19bn as it slumps to annual loss

    Company lost $636m last year after two deadly crashes forced new airliner to be grounded Boeing has put the total cost of the two deadly crashes of its 737 Max airliners at nearly $19bn (£14.6bn) and slumped to its first annual loss in more than two decades. The US manufacturing giant lost $1bn in the fourth quarter as revenue plunged 37% after the worldwide grounding of the 737 Max. The company has suspended new deliveries of the plane in the wake of the biggest crisis in its 103-year history....

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  • 'We will never be Jerusalem': Abu Dis pours scorn on Trump plan

    Mayor of Palestinian town cut off from Jerusalem by Israeli wall says it has no aspiration to be capital of future ‘state’ It seems nobody thinks much of the hillside Palestinian town of Abu Dis, not even its mayor, who finds it hard to answer why he took the job. “For real, I don’t know,” he said. “There’s a lot of crime and drugs.” When they still lived in a village with stunning views of the golden Dome of the Rock and the Mount of Olives, families from Abu Dis would walk across the valleys...

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  • Doubts raised over workability of Trump's Middle East peace plan

    France issues guarded statement while others say plan may deepen polarisation Donald Trump’s Middle East peace plan could make the creation of a viable Palestinian state much less likely, despite the US president heralding it as a “realistic two-state solution”, diplomats, analysts and aid organisations have warned. But even before the ink was dry on a plan largely credited to Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, analysts from both right and left in Israel, as well as elsewhere, were questioning...

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  • Mississippi: 13th inmate dies in less than a month amid crisis in prison system

    Limarion Reaves, 28, collapsed and died at Kemper-NeshobaGovernor vows to close parts of troubled Parchman prison Shortly after Mississippi’s newly elected governor vowed to close parts of the state’s most notorious prison, officials announced on Tuesday night that another inmate had died in the system – marking the 13th state prisoner death since late December. Mississippi’s ageing and underfunded network of prisons has come under renewed scrutiny in recent weeks after a spate of unrest over...

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  • UK has chance to relook at Huawei 5G decision, says Pompeo

    Secretary of state strikes measured tone but says US still thinks Chinese firm poses risk Britain has a chance to relook at its decision to allow Huawei into its 5G phone network in the future, the US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, declared as he flew to London for a two-day visit to the UK. The senior member of Donald Trump’s administration told reporters that the US believed that deploying Huawei created “real risk”, but added that the White House would have to study the UK’s implementation...

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  • Democrat who switched sides acts as Trump's sideman at New Jersey rally

    Less than two months since Jeff van Drew defected to the GOP, he’s adapted to the strategy Trump adores: naked flattery In December, the Democratic congressman Jeff Van Drew, facing a tough re-election campaign in New Jersey, defected to the Republican party. On Tuesday, in return for his fealty, Van Drew was rewarded with an appearance at a Donald Trump campaign rally in his home state. Related: Trump goes after Bolton as Republicans struggle to get votes to block testimony – live Continue...

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  • Why does Joe Biden keep losing his cool with voters?

    The Democrat had the latest in a series of bizarre encounters with voters on Tuesday, telling a man who asked about the climate crisis to ‘go vote for someone else’ Joe Biden apparently doesn’t care if you vote for him. No, really. On Tuesday in Iowa the former vice-president had the latest in a series of bizarre encounters with potential voters, telling a man who asked him about the issue of building new pipelines and where he stood on the climate crisis to “go vote for someone else”. The man,...

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  • Trump rages at John Bolton amid signs former adviser could be called to testify

    President complains of Bolton’s ‘nasty and untrue’ bookBook alleges Trump did link Ukraine aid delay to Biden inquiryDonald Trump launched a direct attack on his former national security adviser John Bolton on Wednesday amid signs that the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, does not have Republican votes locked down to block Democrats’ efforts to call Bolton as a witness in the president’s impeachment trial. Related: 'Danger! Danger! Danger!' Is Trump's team alarmed about their own case? ...

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  • Kobe Bryant to be honoured at Oscars

    The Academy plans tribute to the Oscar-winning athlete while Elton John and Cynthia Erivo will perform their Oscar-nominated songs live The Oscars will honour basketball great Kobe Bryant during the Academy awards ceremony on 9 February. Bryant died on Sunday in a helicopter crash in California, along with his daughter Gianna and seven others. Bryant won an Oscar for best animated short film in 2018 for Dear Basketball, adapted from a poem he published in 2015 about his retirement from the...

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  • Harvard professor accused of lying about ties with Chinese government

    Charles Lieber among three researchers facing charges over ‘siphoning technology’ A Harvard University professor has been charged with lying about his ties to a Chinese-run recruitment programme and concealing payments he received from the Chinese government for research. Charles Lieber, the chair of the department of chemistry and chemical biology, is accused of hiding his involvement in China’s Thousand Talents Plan, a programme designed to attract people with knowledge of foreign technology...

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  • Kobe Bryant death: NBA star's helicopter lacked recommended warning system

    NBA champion and eight others were killed on SundayEarly warning system may not have prevented crashThe helicopter carrying Kobe Bryant didn’t have a recommended warning system to alert the pilot he was too close to the ground but it is unclear it would have averted the crash that killed the former NBA star and eight others on Sunday, federal regulators and experts said. Pilot Ara Zobayan had been climbing out of the clouds when the aircraft banked left and began a sudden 1,200-foot descent...

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  • Prince Andrew ‘angry’ at claims he is not cooperating on Epstein inquiry

    Sources say Duke of York has not been approached by US investigators to speak The Duke of York is said to be “angry and bewildered” about claims he has failed to cooperate with US investigators over the Jeffrey Epstein inquiry, saying he has not been approached to speak about the case. The New York state attorney, Geoffrey Berman, has accused Prince Andrew of “zero cooperation” and not responding to requests by the FBI and US lawyers for an interview over his friendship with the disgraced...

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  • US briefing: impeachment witnesses, Middle East plan and coronavirus

    Wednesday’s top story: McConnell says Republicans still don’t have votes to block impeachment witnesses. Plus, fighting back against Brazil’s far-right Good morning, I’m Tim Walker with today’s essential stories. Continue reading

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  • The Clean Water Act was a staggering bipartisan achievement. Now Trump is gutting it

    This is the single largest loss of clean water protections that America has ever seen – and the timing couldn’t be worse It may be hard to remember these days, but the nation that led the world on to the stage of modern environmental protection was the United States. Starting in the early 70s, the US Congress enacted bold bipartisan laws to protect America’s wildlife, air and water. America’s skies cleared. Waterfronts across the nation went from blighted dumping grounds into vital civic...

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  • The painful truth for Saudi Arabia: it needs the Iranian regime to survive

    For all its fiery rhetoric, Riyadh actually benefits from a standoff between Iran and the US In a video animation released in December 2017 the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, oversees an invasion of Iran after Iranian boats attack a Saudi humanitarian ship. At the end of the video, Saudi troops storm a military compound where a haggard, trembling Qassem Suleimani, the commander of the Quds force, surrenders on his knees. The video, created by an outfit calling itself Saudi Strike...

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  • Johnson faces Tory rebellion after allowing Huawei 5G role

    Senior Tories consider trying to force Commons vote on tighter restrictions for Chinese firmAll today’s UK politics news – liveBoris Johnson is facing a possible rebellion over his decision to allow China’s Huawei to build part of Britain’s 5G infrastructure. Senior Tories are examining whether they could try to force a Commons vote on tightening restrictions on Huawei or reduce the cap on its market share further from 35% in the coming years. Continue reading

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  • Coronavirus evacuations begin as China cases outstrip Sars

    Japan and US airlift hundreds out of Wuhan as death toll rises to 132 with almost 6,000 confirmed cases inside ChinaCoronavirus crisis – latest updatesJapan and the US have airlifted hundreds of their citizens from Wuhan, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak, as officials in China said the death toll from the disease had risen sharply overnight to 132, with nearly 1,500 new cases in the country. A government-chartered plane carrying 206 Japanese nationals arrived in Tokyo from Wuhan on...

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  • Reddit co-founder on paternity leave and male success: 'These things are not mutually exclusive'

    Alexis Ohanian says paid parental leave was vital when his wife, Serena Williams, gave birth to their daughterPaternity leave: US is least generous in list of world’s richest countriesIt’s been roughly three years since Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian found out he was going to be a father, but he’s still grappling with the profound awareness of his own mortality that came with it. It first hit him when tennis star Serena Williams, his now wife, presented him with a bag full of positive...

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  • One year inside Trump's monumental Facebook campaign

    A Guardian investigation of 218,100 ads reveals how the campaign’s sophisticated social media machine targets conservative voters As the Democratic candidates for president spent 2019 battling each other in early voting states, Donald Trump’s re-election campaign built a sophisticated social media machine to communicate with conservative voters, grow its email list and fine-tune its messaging. Over the course of 2019, the Trump campaign spent nearly $20m on more than 218,000 different Facebook...

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  • US to put 9,000 South Korea workers on leave as military funding row deepens

    Stand-off with Seoul over how much South Korea contributes to the upkeep of 28,000 US soldiers stationed there The US military said it has begun notifying nearly 9,000 South Korean workers that they will be put on leave starting in April if Seoul and Washington fail to reach a deal on sharing costs for the upkeep of 28,500 US soldiers in South Korea. The two countries have held six rounds of talks but have been unable to reach an agreement due to differences over Washington’s demand for a sharp...

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  • Coronavirus live updates: US and Japanese citizens evacuated from Wuhan, China – latest news

    Hundreds of Japanese and Americans airlifted out of city at heart of outbreak in China, with Australia to follow suit. All the latest news, liveAustralian coronavirus evacuees to be quarantined on Christmas IslandWhat is the coronavirus and how worried should we be about it?Coronavirus: how to protect yourself from infectionShare your stories 4.26am GMT In Beijing, Reuters reports that a pharmacist has been fined 3 million yuan (US $434,530) for artificially inflating the price of masks sixfold...

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  • World's wurst driver: Oscar Mayer Wienermobile gets frank warning from officer

    Wisconsin sheriff’s deputy has beef with novelty vehicle after it fails to make room for another car A Wisconsin sheriff’s deputy pulled over a 27ft Wienermobile and grilled the driver for failing to obey traffic laws. On Monday, the Waukesha sheriff’s office, outside Milwaukee, tweeted the image of a deputy’s SUV parked behind a giant, roving hotdog with the hashtags #MoveOver #SlowDown #Wienermobile, a reference to state law that requires all vehicles, including mobile frankfurters, to change...

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  • Iran missile strike: 50 US troops now diagnosed with brain injuries

    Trump and other officials initially said 8 January attack on Iraq airbase had not killed or injured any US service members The Pentagon said on Tuesday 50 US service members were now diagnosed with traumatic brain injury after missile strikes by Iran on a base in Iraq earlier this month, 16 more than the military had previously announced. Donald Trump and other top officials initially said Iran’s 8 January attack had not killed or injured any US service members. Continue reading

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