Sep. 30, 2019

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The House of Representatives impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump over his request that a foreign power investigate a domestic political rival is set to intensify this week with testimony due from witnesses concerning allegations made by a whistleblower within the U.S. intelligence community.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Monday that Kiev was unlikely to publish its version of a transcript of a July 25 phone call with U.S. President Donald Trump, at the heart of an impeachment inquiry in Washington.

The Kremlin said on Monday that Washington would need Russian consent to publish transcripts of phone calls between U.S. President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

President Trump escalated his attacks against the lawmaker leading the impeachment inquiry against him, suggesting that Representative Adam Schiff be arrested for "treason."

There are now up to 12,000 Chinese troops in Hong Kong, diplomats tell Reuters. Among them: members of the People's Armed Police, a paramilitary force that answers to Xi Jinping.

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi has accused Israel of being behind attacks on Iranian-backed militia positions in Iraq, the first time Baghdad has directly blamed Israel, Al Jazeera television reported on Monday.

Iraq reopened its Qaim border-crossing with Syria on Monday after eight years of closure amid regional turmoil, in the latest sign of normalization between Baghdad and Damascus and a win for their mutual ally Iran.

Islamic State said it killed and wounded 18 Nigerian soldiers on Sunday in the northeastern state of Borno, according to its Amaq news agency.

Chinese state media released videos of foreign citizens praising the country on the eve of celebrations to mark the 70th anniversary of the People's Republic, as new research showed declining perceptions of China in many western countries.

Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk has unveiled the latest iteration of his space company's newly assembled Starship, outlining a speedy development timeline for the centerpiece vehicle of SpaceX's quest to launch humans to the moon and Mars.

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One week after summer's end, a "winter" storm began blasting parts of the West with up to 3 feet of snow, smashing records with low temperatures, heavy snow, strong winds and blizzard conditions forecast into Monday.

The trial of a neo-Nazi "terrorist" cell accused of plotting violent political upheaval in Germany opens Monday amid reports the country's far-right scene is growing more armed and radical.

Pakistan's leader castigated India over its Kashmir crackdown from the podium of the United Nations on Friday, warning of a "bloodbath" when and if Indian authorities lift a curfew over the disputed territory.

India is estimated to have produced enough military plutonium for 150 to 200 nuclear warheads, but has likely produced only 130 to 140.

French police repeatedly used tear gas and water cannons to break up a protest Saturday by nearly a 1,000 yellow vest demonstrators in the southwest city of Toulouse.

Riot police fired tear gas at stone-throwing protesters as fresh protests erupted across Indonesia Monday, sparked by a raft of divisive legal reforms including banning pre-marital sex and weakening the anti-graft agency.

BBC

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has warned that oil prices may soar if the world does not act to deter Iran.

Yemen's Houthi rebels have unilaterally released 290 detainees as part of a UN peace initiative, the International Committee of the Red Cross said. Those freed include 42 survivors of an air strike on a prison this month that killed more than 100 people.

Nigerian police have freed 19 pregnant women from properties in Lagos, which they describe as "baby factories". Most of the women had been abducted "for the purpose of getting them pregnant and selling the babies", a police statement said.

US retailer CVS has become the latest to suspend the sale of Zantac, a heartburn drug, being investigated for links to cancer.

Tributes have poured in for a "trailblazing" Sikh sheriff's deputy in in Texas's Harris County, after he was killed on duty. Authorities said Sandeep Dhaliwal died after being shot from behind during a traffic stop in Texas on Friday. A man has been arrested and charged with murder. The motive is not known. Deputy Dhaliwal made history as the first Sikh to become a sheriff's deputy

It's the last day of legal tender for Kenya's old 1,000 shilling banknote. The other smaller denominations will be withdrawn gradually.

WND

A conservative health-care organization focused on health-care choices, individualized patient care and medical and genetic privacy is praising the U.S. Senate for maintaining a ban on funding the issuance of a "unique patient identifier" to every person in America.

House Democrats voted Thursday to fast-track an electronic medical records system that would serve illegal immigrants, something America's veterans have been seeking for years.

Duke University's Student Government Senate rejected a Young Life chapter's request to be recognized as an official student group on campus due to the Christian organization's leadership policy, which the senate claims discriminates against LGBT students.

Jeffersonville, IN. - The new rules at Riverside Elementary say kids in 5th grade can't date.

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