Nov 12, 2019


President Donald Trump on Tuesday dangled a new line of defense a day before Congress' impeachment inquiry into his dealings with Ukraine goes public, promising to release details about another call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

U.S. Democrats launch the public phase of their impeachment inquiry into President Trump this week, with open, televised hearings set for Wednesday and Friday.

Congressional Republicans said on Monday that weeks of closed-door impeachment testimony have not established that President Donald Trump pressed Ukraine to investigate his political rivals for his own benefit or that he has committed an impeachable offense.

Police fired tear gas at pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong's Central financial district and at demonstrators on the other side of the harbor on Tuesday as a senior officer said the unrest had brought the city to "the brink of total breakdown".

Bolivia's former leader Evo Morales was heading to Mexico to seek asylum on Tuesday as security forces sought to quell violence over the long-serving leftist's resignation and lawmakers jostled to establish an interim replacement.

Consumers complained about glitches in Walt Disney Co's streaming service on Twitter, just hours after its highly anticipated launch.

Iraq's ruling parties appear to have rallied behind a strategy, blessed by Iran, to try to survive a mass anti-government uprising by containing protests on the streets of Baghdad while offering a package of political reforms and elections next year.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday dealt a blow to the firearms industry, rejecting Remington Arms bid to escape a lawsuit by families of victims aiming to hold the gun maker liable for its marketing of the assault-style rifle used in the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre that killed 20 children and six adults.

Israel killed a top commander from the Iranian-backed Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad in a rare targeted strike in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, drawing retaliatory rocket salvoes that reached as far as Tel Aviv.

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San Diego State University has suspended 14 fraternities amid allegations that "possible misconduct" at one of them may have been linked to the death of a 19-year-old student over the weekend, the authorities said.

Denmark will temporarily reinstate border controls with Sweden and step up police work along the border after a series of violent crimes and explosions around Copenhagen that Danish authorities say were carried out by perpetrators from Sweden.

Mexico has made an unspecified number of arrests in last week's massacre of three women and six children of dual U.S-Mexican nationality in the north of the country, Security Minister Alfonso Durazo said on Monday. "There have been arrests, but it's not up to us to give information," Durazo told reporters in Mexico City.

A Saudi Arabian court has convicted 38 people of financing terrorism and declaring other Muslims non-believers, handing out sentences ranging from 30 months to 25 years, state-run Al Ekhbariya television reported on Tuesday.

Jordan's king announced Sunday that his country is retaking "full sovereignty" over two pieces of land leased by Israel, reflecting the cool relations between the neighboring countries as they mark the 25th anniversary of their landmark peace deal.

Two well-known scientific groups have dropped job postings from their websites from Brigham Young University because of the school's LGBTQ policies, igniting a debate on whether research organizations should take a stance on social issues.

GLAAD, the media-monitoring organization, just-released the "Where We Are on TV" report, which evaluates the overall diversity of primetime scripted series regulars and tallies the LGBTQ characters on cable networks and streaming platforms, says that where we are… is a pretty good place. Not only are there more LGBTQ series regulars than ever before, there has been a significant increase in the racial diversity of LGBTQ characters on broadcast and cable. In addition, there are now more LGBTQ women in regular and recurring roles on broadcast than LGBTQ men - a first in the 24-year history of the "Where We Are On TV" report. (Though LGBTQ women outnumber men 53 percent to 47 percent, gender parity was thisclose to being achieved.)

The United Nations and Kenyan government on Monday came under fire on the eve a global conference on sexual and reproductive health with Christian groups claiming hosting the event was promoting abortion and homosexuality in the east African nation.


Far-right groups turned out in force to mark Polish Independence Day. Poland won independence in November 1918, but lost it when Nazi Germany invaded in 1939.

Afghanistan is to release three high-ranking Taliban prisoners in exchange for two hostages held by the group, President Ghani has said. American Kevin King and Australian Timothy Weeks were lecturers at the American University of Afghanistan when they were kidnapped in 2016.

Queues have formed outside banks in Zimbabwe as people hope to get hold of the country's first Zimbabwe dollar notes to be issued since 2009. The currency was scrapped a decade ago because of hyperinflation when prices were almost doubling every day.


In South London, two 10-year-old Christian students say they were suspended after they asked their Heavers Farm Primary School head teacher if they could forgo participation in a lesson about LGBT topics during "Pride Month."

Hollins University, a Virginia women's college, will no longer require its applicants to be biologically female, but rather only to "identify as women." Individuals already at the school who currently identify as women but who transition to live as men will be allowed to stay.

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