Jan. 2, 2020

REUTERS

President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he would be happy to have a trial in the U.S. Senate following his impeachment by the Democratic-led House of Representatives, but that he did not really care.

President Trump's re-election campaign raised $46 million in the fourth quarter of 2019, a major haul that was boosted by a surge of donations in the wake of the Democrats' impeachment bid.

Bernie Sanders raised more than $34.5 million in the last quarter of 2019, the largest three-month haul of any Democrat so far in the contest to take on Republican President Donald Trump.

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg raised $24.7 million in the fourth quarter, well ahead of the $19.1 million he collected in the third quarter.

Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Andrew Yang raised $16.5 million in the fourth quarter, well ahead of the nearly $10 million he collected in the third quarter.

Tens of thousands of holiday makers fled seaside towns on Australia's east coast as bushfires approached, and military ships and helicopters began rescuing thousands trapped by the blazes.

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday up to 250,000 migrants were fleeing toward Turkey from Syria's northwest Idlib region after weeks of renewed bombardment by Russian and Syrian government forces.

French police used tear gas to disperse protesters blockading a Paris bus depot on Thursday, the latest confrontation between the authorities and unions over plans to reform the pension system.

The number of Americans filing claims for jobless benefits edged lower last week, a positive signal for the U.S. labor market amid recent signs that new claims may be trending slightly higher. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits decreased 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 222,000 for the week ended Dec. 28.

Denmark sourced almost half its electricity consumption from wind power last year, a new record boosted by steep cost reductions and improved offshore technology.

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Iran's supreme leader and President Donald Trump are locked in an unprecedented war of words over the storming of the American embassy in Iraq, each blaming the other for unrest engulfing the country

As Chief Justice John Roberts prepares to preside over the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, he issued pointed remarks Tuesday in his year-end report on the state of the federal judiciary that seemed to be addressed, at least in part, to the president himself. The two men have a history of friction, and Roberts used the normally mild report to denounce false information spread on social media and to warn against mob rule.

Over a dozen Chinese lawyers and activists were detained or went missing in the final days of 2019 in a crackdown on participants of a private democracy gathering, rights groups said.

Opioid overdose deaths have spiked in the wake of automotive assembly plant closures across the U.S. South and Midwest, a new study suggests. Plant closures were associated with an 85% surge in opioid overdose mortality rates among working-age adults five years later, compared with what would have been expected if these factories had remained open

A federal judge has temporarily blocked a California labor law meant to take effect from Jan. 1 from impacting over 70,000 independent truckers by granting a 'temporary restraining order.'

Thailand began the year with a ban on single-use plastic bags at major stores, continuing a campaign launched by the government and retailers towards a complete ban in 2021 to reduce waste and debris in the sea.

A white nationalist who ran for the U.S. Senate in Florida and was a featured speaker during the 2017 "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, was arrested on charges of kidnapping, domestic violence and possession of a firearm during a crime of violence.

In the most anticipated speech of his career today, North Korea's Kim Jong-un told hundreds of cadre from the Workers' Party of Korea to prepare for a long-term standoff with the United States over its drive to "seek its own political and diplomatic interests" in Korea while "wasting time away under the signboard of dialogue and negotiations."

The European Space Agency is about to pull one of the bigger hunks of garbage from orbit. But there's a problem: The same tech that could help make space cleaner might, in the long run, also make it more dangerous. That's because the ESA's ClearSpace-1 orbital garbage truck, as well as other spacecraft like it, could double as a weapon.

BBC

Protesters who have been demonstrating outside the US embassy in Iraq for a second day have withdrawn from the area after a tense standoff.

Hillary Clinton is to be the new chancellor of Queen's University, Belfast (QUB). She is the university's 11th chancellor and first woman to take up the post. In a statement, Mrs Clinton said it was a "great privilege" to become the chancellor of QUB.

At least 16 inmates have been killed after a riot broke out at a prison in central Mexico.

WND

The mob that attacked the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad on Tuesday was in fact a collection of "mourners," according to The New York Times -- a statement that drew an angry response from the paper's critics.

As the year 2020 rings in, one of the most controversial names in American politics may soon lose her seat in the House of Representatives. That well-known leftist figure is U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. With this being the year of the 2020 Census, it's possible the Democrat's district could be completely eliminated.

A number of senior Palestinian officials claimed this week that Jesus was the "first Palestinian," and one called him the "first Islamic martyr."

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