Feb. 5, 2020

REUTERS

The Republican-led U.S. Senate is expected to acquit President Donald Trump on Wednesday at the end of his impeachment trial on charges that he abused his power in dealings with Ukraine and obstructed efforts to uncover the alleged misconduct.

A bitter feud between U.S. President Donald Trump and top Democrat Nancy Pelosi boiled over at his State of the Union speech on Tuesday, with Trump denying her a handshake and Pelosi ripping apart a copy of his remarks behind his back.

Russia is alarmed by the U.S. Navy's decision to deploy low-yield nuclear missiles on submarines since they heighten the risk of a limited nuclear war, a Russian official said on Wednesday.

Thousands of passengers and crew on two cruise ships in Asian waters were placed in quarantine for China's coronavirus on Wednesday as airlines, car manufacturers and other global companies counted the cost of the fast-spreading outbreak.

The White House in Washington said on Wednesday it will welcome Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido to visit U.S. President Donald Trump, the day after Trump used a national address to support Guaido's effort to oust socialist President Nicolas Maduro.

The U.S. trade deficit fell for the first time in six years in 2019 as the White House's trade war with China curbed the import bill, keeping the economy on a moderate growth path despite a slowdown in consumer spending and weak business investment.

The bodies of two U.S. firefighters killed battling Australian blazes were sent home on Wednesday in emotional ceremonies attended by officials and relatives.

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Former mayor Pete Buttigieg held a narrow lead over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders after the release Tuesday of a fresh wave of results from the Iowa Democratic caucuses.

The Virginia Senate blocked one of Gov. Ralph Northam's top gun-control bills Monday, adding to the list of measures the Democratic governor supports that may not pass the legislature.

The British on Tuesday began to restore their once-formidable capabilities for maritime patrol with the arrival to the Royal Air Force base at Kinloss, Scotland, of the first of a fleet of Boeing P-8A Poseidon jets.

On April 20, 2019, Russia's TASS Agency reported that Vice Admiral Oleg Burtsev announced Russia's intention to take two of its decommissioned Typhoon-class ballistic submarines and pack them full of hundreds of cruise missiles. "The dimensions of these submarines allow arming each of them with at least 200 cruise missiles [each]," he said. But there's a big problem with this plan-revamping the two mothballed subs would likely cost more than simply building newer, better submarines for the job.

China said it will ban illegal wildlife markets and trade in light of the Wuhan coronavirus, which has killed at least 426 people and infected more than 20,000.

A former inmate whose newborn died in a prison toilet in South Carolina will receive more than $1 million from the state and two medical companies.

Ten people on a Japanese cruise ship that has been quarantined near Tokyo since Monday have tested positive for the Wuhan coronavirus. Medics started screening all 3,711 people aboard on Tuesday. Nobody can leave the ship for the next 14 days.

BBC

Thirty-three people have been killed and dozens more trapped after a second avalanche struck a mountainside in Turkey on Wednesday, officials said. About 300 rescue workers were at the site, near the eastern border with Iran, dealing with an earlier avalanche on Tuesday that killed five people. More than 50 people were believed to be trapped in vehicles in the area following the incident on Wednesday.

Nine people, including at least four boys aged under 18, have been shot dead in an amusement arcade in the city of Uruapan in western Mexico. Investigators say the arcade is used by the Los Viagra gang to sell drugs.

The wife of the prime minister of Lesotho has been formally charged in court with murdering his previous wife.

Tanzania's Boniface Mwamposa, who refers to himself as "the apostle",has been released on bail after he was arrested over a stampede that killed 20 people on Sunday during an outdoor religious service he was leading in the northern town of Moshi. Twenty people - including five children - lost their lives following a rush to be anointed with "blessed oil".

Olympic organizers are "seriously concerned" about the spread of coronavirus and the impact it could have on the Tokyo Games this summer.

Finland's new government has announced plans to give all parents the same parental leave, in a push to get fathers to spend more time with their children. Paid allowance will increase to a combined 14 months, which works out as 164 days per parent.

WND

The Chinese province adjacent to the one where the coronavirus first appeared is facing an outbreak of H5N1 bird flu, according to news reports.

Iowa Democrats rejected an offer from the federal Department of Homeland Security to test the election app that failed Monday night, acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said Tuesday.

An "amateur or terrorist" organization could easily generate a "poor man's EMP nuke" that would disable the infrastructure or the electric grid through devices such as a Tesla coil or a Marx generator.

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