Dec 5, 2019

REUTERS

President Donald Trump on Thursday urged House Democrats to move fast if they are going to impeach him, so that the Republican-led Senate can take up the issue.

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday said she has instructed the House Judiciary panel to draft articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.

Israel's Justice Ministry announced criminal charges on Thursday against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's lawyer, a former top aide and an ex-navy chief over a $2 billion purchase of submarines from Germany.

Railway workers, teachers and emergency room medics launched one of the biggest public sector strikes in France for decades on Thursday, determined to force President Emmanuel Macron to abandon plans to overhaul France's generous pension system.

France said on Thursday that Iran's ballistic missile activities did not conform with a U.N. Security Council resolution enshrining a nuclear deal with world powers in 2015 and called on the country to respect all of its obligations under that resolution.

Meetings between Mexican officials and U.S. Attorney General William Barr on Thursday will focus on bilateral cooperation.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday night that the public can soon stop talking about Brexit if he wins next week's general election and that there is significant investment waiting once the political paralysis is over.

Tariffs must be cut if China and the United States are to reach an interim agreement on trade, the Chinese commerce ministry said on Thursday, sticking to its stance that some U.S. tariffs must be rolled back for a phase one deal.

The U.S. Navy on Thursday was investigating what prompted a sailor to shoot dead two civilians working at Hawaii's historic Pearl Harbor military base before turning the gun on himself.

The United States has completed its military pullback in northeastern Syria, settling into a more stable posture of about 600 troops in the rest of the country after repositioning and reducing forces, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said.

The U.S. trade deficit dropped to its lowest level in nearly 1-1/2 years in October, suggesting trade could contribute to economic growth in the fourth quarter, though a fall in imports of consumer goods hinted at a slowdown in domestic demand.

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President Emmanuel Macron has pledged to fight anti-Semitism saying "Jews are and make France" after 107 graves were desecrated at a Jewish cemetery in the northeast of the country.

Tens of thousands of devout Hindus thronged a temple in southern Nepal where thousands of animals and birds were sacrificed this week, amid an outcry from animal rights activists who said the ritual was a cruel and gruesome spectacle.

A Navy warship has seized a "significant cache" of suspected Iranian guided missile parts headed to rebels in Yemen, U.S. officials said Wednesday, marking the first time that such sophisticated components have been taken en route to the war there.

Warning that vulnerable households are bracing for brutal winter conditions, the city of Newark, New Jersey is suing New York City to shut down a controversial program that provides families in the city's homeless shelters with a year of rent. But a lawsuit says the initiative has sent hundreds of people into substandard housing outside the city's jurisdiction.

Underground headquarters, fortifications and troop depots have the potential to not only enhance the Korean People's Army's ability to mount a surprise attack, but also to prolong the war.

BBC

Three European powers have warned the UN that Iran is developing nuclear-capable ballistic missiles in violation of a Security Council resolution.

New Zealand's national airline says it is trialing edible coffee cups in a bid to reduce the amount of waste on board its planes. The cups, by local company Twiice, are made from vanilla-flavored biscotti - and are apparently "leak-proof".

A bomb squad in Madrid has safely destroyed a grenade that police believe was thrown over the wall of a migrant center for children.

Australian police have arrested a 21-year-old man in Sydney on three separate terrorism charges. Police allege that the man was a member of Islamic State and was in the early stages of preparing for "terrorist acts". He is also accused of posting extremist content online, and of attempting to radicalize two teenagers.

At least 57 people have died after their boat capsized off the coast of Mauritania, says the UN migration agency. The vessel left The Gambia a week ago carrying 150 migrants.

WND

A sweeping ban on many popular guns has been proposed in Virginia, which in November handed total control of the state's legislature to Democrats. Senate Bill 16 seeks to expand the state's definition of so-called "assault weapons." Violation of the law's provisions would be a Class 6 felony, which in Virginia is punishable by up to five years in prison. "The restrictions included in the proposed legislation does not grandfather current owners. The legislation is clearly designed to be firearms confiscation, as current owners would be forced to dispossess themselves of their property or face a felony conviction," the NRA-ILA wrote.

According The Washington Post, city lawmakers in Evanston, just north of Chicago, voted eight to one on Nov. 25 to tax marijuana sales at a rate of 3 percent and use the revenue to develop a reparations fund for black residents.

Members of a Mexican cartel were captured on video storming a hospital and kidnapping a patient who was later found dismembered, Fox News reported.

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