Jan. 15, 2020

REUTERS

A federal judge put on hold a bid by a U.S. House of Representatives committee to obtain President Trump's tax returns, saying he would wait for a much-anticipated appeals court decision relating to congressional subpoenas before ruling.

The House of Representatives is expected to send impeachment charges against President Trump to the Senate, to consider whether Trump should be removed from office.

Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives said they would include new evidence when they send formal impeachment charges against President Trump to the Senate, seeking to expand the scope of a trial that will dominate for the next several weeks.

Six Democratic U.S. presidential candidates sparred over war and trade, gender and health care, in a pressure-packed debate in Des Moines, Iowa, on Tuesday, with the first nominating contest in the state less than three weeks away.

The U.S.-China trade war is set to enter a new, quieter phase as President Trump and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He sign an initial trade deal aimed to vastly increase Chinese purchases of U.S. manufactured products, agricultural goods, energy and services.

A Wisconsin appeals court intervened on Tuesday to stop as many as 209,000 names from being scrubbed from the state's voter registration rolls, in a case voting rights advocates say could impact access to the polls in a key 2020 election state.

Pope Francis named the first woman to hold a high-ranking post in the Secretariat of State, the male-dominated Vatican's diplomatic and administrative nerve center.

Iranians called on social media on Wednesday for fresh demonstrations a week after the shooting down of a passenger plane, seeking to turn the aftermath of the crash into a sustained campaign against Iran's leadership.

President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday proposed a nationwide vote on sweeping constitutional changes that would shift power from the presidency to parliament and the prime minister, a move that could allow him to extend his rule after leaving the Kremlin.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said that his government was resigning to give President Putin room to carry out the changes he wants to make to the constitution.

Rogers Communications said on it has started rolling out the fifth-generation (5G) telecoms network in Canada's select cities, becoming the country's first cellphone provider to offer the super-fast telecom services.

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Populist Iraqi Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr called on Tuesday for a million Iraqis to march against the U.S. "presence and violations" in Iraq after Washington's killing of an Iranian commander in Baghdad.

Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos said his company will invest $1 billion to bring small businesses online in India, reaching out to some of his fiercest critics in a goodwill visit that saw him donning traditional Indian attire and fly a kite with children.

The National Security Agency has discovered a major security flaw in Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system that could let hackers intercept seemingly secure communications. But rather than exploit the flaw for its own intelligence needs, the NSA tipped off Microsoft so that it can fix the system for everyone.

U.S. government officials presented the British government with new evidence on Monday about the risks of including Huawei equipment in future 5G mobile networks, branding it "madness", the Guardian newspaper reported.

The Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) wants Defense Secretary Mark Esper to step in following a swearing-in ceremony for new Space Force chief Gen. John Raymond. The group took issue with Raymond using a Bible for his swearing-in ceremony.

BBC

A passenger plane has dumped fuel over several schools as it made an emergency landing at Los Angeles International Airport. At least 60 people, many of them children, were treated for skin irritation and breathing problems.

Peru's top court has ruled that the dissolution of the country's Congress on 30 September was legal.

The West Africa coastline recorded a 50% increase in kidnapping of sailors last year, according to a maritime watchdog, even as overall piracy incidents declined worldwide.

WND

A new poll finds 47% of young Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents believe that other countries are better than the United States.

Pro-abortion students at Bowling Green State University who were confronted with the moral reasoning required to maintain their stance were unable to condemn Nazism in an exchange with pro-life activists.

After three days of anti-government protests, some analysts believe Iran's Islamic regime is more vulnerable than at any time since its founding in 1979.

Rapper Kanye West will be bringing his Sunday Service to Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona, on Saturday as part of a massive day-long event that many are believing God will use to help spark the next national spiritual awakening in the United States.

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