Nov 14, 2019

REUTERS

The Democratic-led impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump moves ahead on Thursday after an opening day of public testimony that linked Trump to a pressure campaign to force Ukraine to conduct investigations that would benefit him politically.

Kuwait's ruler has accepted the resignation of the government submitted by the prime minister earlier on Thursday, a government communication office said.

Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters paralyzed parts of the Chinese-ruled city for a fourth day on Thursday, forcing schools to close and blocking highways, as students built campus barricades and the government dismissed rumors of a curfew.

Turkey's president Tayyip Erdogan said Washington was not right to propose that Ankara get rid of the Russian S-400 missile defenses it purchased, calling it an infringement of sovereign rights, according to Turkish media.

North Korea said on Thursday it has been offered a fresh meeting with the United States, but is uninterested in more talks aimed at "appeasing us" ahead of a year-end deadline Pyongyang has set for Washington to show more flexibility in their negotiations.

U.S. producer prices increased by the most in six months in October, lifted by gains in the costs of goods and services, further bolstering the Federal Reserve's stance that it will probably not cut interest rates again in the near term. Rising healthcare costs, if sustained, suggest inflation could trend higher, though it is not likely to become troublesome because of a moderation in the pace of rent increases.

China on Thursday successfully completed a crucial landing test in northern Hebei province ahead of a historic unmanned exploration mission to Mars next year.

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A cease-fire between Israel and Gaza's Islamic Jihad militant group appeared to be holding Thursday despite an earlier barrage of rocket fire that briefly disrupted a truce to end two days of intense fighting that killed at least 34 Palestinians, including three women and eight children, and paralyzed parts of Israel.

Venezuela's former military intelligence chief has gone missing in Spain just days after a court approved a request for his extradition to the United States on drug trafficking charges, police said Wednesday.

India's dependency on cash may slow the country's transition to digital payments despite large numbers of internet and mobile phone users. For many citizens living in rural areas, cash is still the bedrock of daily existence because of a lack of facilities.

The Indian capital's notorious air pollution hit "emergency" levels again Wednesday, coinciding with a visit by Britain's Prince Charles. New Delhi has been choked on and off for weeks, as industrial and traffic pollution -- combined with smoke from crop stubble burning -- cast a toxic pall over the metropolis.

From "be water" to "blossom everywhere", Hong Kong's black-clad pro-democracy protesters' tactics have evolved this week in their bid to overwhelm police by creating flashpoints in as many areas as possible.

Pope Francis on Thursday appointed a fellow Jesuit to be the Vatican's finance minister, filling a crucial position left vacant for more than two years after Cardinal George Pell left Rome to stand trial on sex abuse charges in his native Australia.

The U.S. Navy's new aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford might not be able to deploy until 2024. That's years later than the Navy originally expected. The delay could further inhibit the ability of the Navy's Atlantic Fleet to deploy carriers. The nuclear-powered Ford, which cost no less than $13 billion to build, has been undergoing trials off the U.S. east coast since commissioning in 2017.

Eleven people have been accused of taking part in a major drug ring that sent truckloads of carfentanil - a drug 100 times more potent than fentanyl - across the country, including $2.4 million worth of drugs that were seized in West Nyack, New York.

BBC

Italy is set to declare a state of emergency in Venice after the Italian city was engulfed by 6ft high water levels, flooding its historic basilica and cutting power to homes. More than 80% of the city, a Unesco world heritage site, was under water when tides were at their highest.

Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip have launched rockets towards Israel hours after a ceasefire took effect. The truce ended two days of intense fighting in which militants fired some 450 rockets and Israeli aircraft carried out waves of strikes.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced a scheme to lower the "overly expensive" price of insulin. The UN agency wants other drug companies to produce generic versions of insulin, which it will then test.

A second Ebola vaccine is to be offered to around 50,000 people in the Democratic Republic of Congo, as part of a major clinical trial. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be used alongside a vaccine made by Merck, which has already been given to around 250,000 people. Merck's jab has now been approved by the World Health Organization.

Japan's Hayabusa-2 spacecraft has departed from a faraway asteroid and begun its year-long journey back to Earth. mThe spacecraft left its orbit around Ryugu on Wednesday with samples of the asteroid in tow.

WND

A federal judge on Tuesday expanded Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches, finding "suspicionless searches" of travelers' electronic devices by federal agents at airports and other U.S. ports of entry to be unconstitutional.

The Mexican navy says two Italian crew members were wounded in an attack by armed assailants who boarded their ship in the Gulf of Mexico. The pirate attack was apparently carried out by several armed men who approached the Italian-flagged ship Rema in two fishing boats.

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