Jan. 23, 2020

REUTERS

Democrats planned to plow ahead on Thursday at U.S. President Donald Trump's impeachment trial with their arguments for removing him from office, but Republicans showed no signs of softening their resistance to the Democratic case.

Some members of the U.S. Senate hearing President Donald Trump's impeachment trial, a proceeding following decades-old precedent, said they welcomed at least one of the chamber's anachronistic rules: a ban on cellphones.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denounced Iran on Thursday as "the most anti-Semitic regime on the planet", telling world leaders at a Holocaust memorial event that Israel would always defend itself against those seeking to destroy it.

China put millions of people on lock down on Thursday in two cities at the epicenter of a coronavirus outbreak that has killed 17 people and infected more than 630, as authorities around the world worked to prevent a global pandemic.

China's aviation regulator said on Thursday passengers will be able to receive full refunds on their flight tickets nationwide starting on Friday due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Singapore on Thursday confirmed its first case of a new strain of coronavirus that has killed 17 and infected more than 630 people in China, the health ministry said.

Vietnam's health ministry said on Thursday that two Chinese citizens in the Southeast Asian country had tested positive for coronavirus, but were in "good condition".

An Indian nurse working at a hospital in southwestern Saudi Arabia has been infected by the coronavirus amid an outbreak that has killed 17 people in China, India's minister of state for external affairs said on Thursday.

Hundreds of Central Americans crossed the Guatemalan border into Mexico early on Thursday, testing the Mexican government's resolve to stem the movement of people north under pressure from the United States.

Diversification is crucial to ensuring a country's security in the rollout of 5G mobile technology and shunning one supplier completely risks being counterproductive, German Chancellor Angela said on Thursday.

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A man who fell ill in Mexico on Monday following a December trip to Wuhan, China, is under observation as a potential case of the coronavirus, the respiratory virus that has killed at least 17 people worldwide.

Donald Trump will be the first president to attend the annual anti-abortion rally March for Life, the White House has confirmed.

A Tennessee inmate has chosen the electric chair for his scheduled execution next month, opting like four other inmates in little more than a year for electrocution over the state's preferred execution method of lethal injection.

California Governor Gavin Newsom, stepping up his bid to enlist U.S. government help to combat homelessness, has urged the Trump administration to open up surplus federal property for construction of more low-cost housing across the state.

A man who served nearly three decades in prison for a triple killing in Philadelphia in what prosecutors called a "perfect storm" of injustice was freed after a judge threw out his conviction.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos had his phone hacked for months and gigabytes of his private data stolen, according to a forensic analysis cited in a UN report published on Wednesday. The primary suspect in the hacking: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who he was exchanging WhatsApp messages with.

About a dozen militants from the terrorist group al-Shabab launched a surprise attack against a Kenyan military base housing US forces earlier this month, according to new details in a New York Times report published Wednesday.

BBC

The number of police killings in Rio de Janeiro reached a record high last year, officials say, amid controversial hardline measures to tackle violence. Police killed 1,810 people, an average of five per day, the highest number since official records began in 1998.

Brazilian prosecutors have filed charges including murder in relation to the collapse of a dam a year ago that killed at least 250 people.

A community in Ivory Coast has partnered with UNICEF to transform landfill waste into bricks for schools. The classrooms cost almost half the price of conventional building materials and can be built using just a hammer. Since 2018, plastic waste has been turned into 26 classrooms.

WND

Although Chinese state media claims at least 300 people have been infected by the disease, named 2019-nCoV, the Imperial College estimates that there could be well over 1,700 cases.

The city of San Antonio has spent over $300,000 in legal fees since the City Council voted last March to prevent Chick-fil-A from opening a restaurant in the San Antonio International Airport.

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