Jan. 21, 2020

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President Donald Trump on Monday rejected the Democratic-led House of Representatives' impeachment charges and called for their immediate dismissal by the Republican-led Senate in a memo offering a legal and political case against his removal.

The U.S. Senate will hear opening arguments in an impeachment trial to determine whether to remove President Donald Trump from office on charges that he abused his power and obstructed Congress in its investigation of his dealings with Ukraine.

North Korea said on Tuesday it was no longer bound by commitments to halt nuclear and missile testing, blaming the United States' failure to meet a year-end deadline for nuclear talks and "brutal and inhumane" U.S. sanctions.

The world needs to prepare for a surge in refugees with potentially millions of people being driven from their homes by the impact of climate change.

The death toll from a mysterious flu-like virus in China climbed to six on Tuesday as new cases surged beyond 300 and authorities fretted about the added risk from millions of Chinese traveling for the Lunar New Year holiday.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador told a news conference that operations to control the flow of migrants at the country's southern border were to protect them.

An Iranian lawmaker offered a $3 million reward to anyone who killed U.S. President Donald Trump and said Iran could avoid threats if it had nuclear arms, ISNA news agency reported on Tuesday amid Tehran's latest standoff with Washington.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday let residents of Flint, Michigan pursue a civil rights lawsuit against the city and government officials that accused them of knowingly allowing the city's water supply to become contaminated with lead.

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There were nearly 35,000 murders in Mexico in 2019, the highest rate since 1997, the first year for which there is an official record.

Britain will introduce tougher jail sentences for convicted terrorists and will end early release as part of a series of measures to strengthen its response to terrorism.

A new CNN poll out Monday shows that 51 percent of Americans think the Senate should vote to convict and remove President Trump from office during his upcoming impeachment trial. Meanwhile, 45 percent believe the Senate should vote against conviction and removal. Almost 69 percent say the trial should include testimony from new witnesses who did not appear before House impeachment investigators. Republicans are split on whether there should be witnesses in the trial - 48 percent are in favor of new witnesses, while 44 percent are not.

A S. Korean anti-piracy unit temporarily expanded its mission to the Strait of Hormuz, a vital global oil route at the center of soaring tensions between Iran and the United States.

China says its newest destroyer is capable of launching land-attack missiles. That puts China in a select club. The Tomahawk land-attack cruise missile has been a favorite tool of U.S. foreign policy and warfighting for 30 years, fired at everything from military bases in Iraq and Syria, to a failed 1998 attempt to kill Osama Bin Laden at his Afghan lair. Russia also has used them: in 2015, Russia fired Kalibr cruise missiles at Syrian rebels from warships stationed a thousand miles away in the Caspian Sea, in a demonstration of the long arm of the Kremlin. Now, China has the option of using them to flex its muscles.

A fight is coming to California over whether to list one of the world's most common over-the-counter drugs as a carcinogen, echoing recent high-profile battles over things like alcohol and coffee. The drug is acetaminophen. It is the basis for more than 600 prescription and over-the-counter medications for adults and children, found in well-known brands like Tylenol, Excedrin, Sudafed, Robitussin and Theraflu.

Iran confirmed two missiles were fired at a Ukrainian airliner brought down this month, in a catastrophic error that killed all 176 people on board and sparked angry protests.

The rapidly changing circumstances for Isabel dos Santos, widely known as "Africa's richest woman," is evident by her absence at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland.

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The Portuguese bank EuroBic has announced it will end its business relationship with Africa's richest woman, Isabel dos Santos. The move follows a BBC investigation which uncovered a number of questionable deals by the billionaire.

President Trump decried climate "prophets of doom" in a speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, where sustainability is the main theme. He called for a rejection of "predictions of the apocalypse" and said America would defend its economy. He did not directly name the teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg, who was in the audience.

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The uniforms for the U.S. Space Force have been released and there are plenty of scoffers. Part of the reason there are plenty of jokes, of course, has to do with the fact that the uniforms are camouflage. It looks similar to Army gear, which is curious when you consider the fact that there isn't any foliage in space.

Indiana will be losing a piece of its history next month as its oldest state worker retires. Bob Vollmer will be retiring Feb. 6 at the age of 102.

Josie Totah, an 18-year-old transgender female actor, has been cast as the star of the new "Saved by the Bell" reboot, which will premiere this year on NBCUniversal's upcoming streaming service called Peacock.

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