Today's Intel

Dec 4, 2019

REUTERS

Democrats in Congress will begin proceedings on Wednesday that are widely expected to end in impeachment charges against President Donald Trump, a day after they accused him of abusing his office in a bid to secure his re-election in 2020.

China warned on Wednesday that U.S. legislation calling for a tougher response to Beijing's treatment of its Uighur Muslim minority will affect bilateral cooperation, clouding prospects for a near-term deal to end a trade war.

NATO leaders gathered at a golf resort near London on Wednesday for a summit acrimonious even by the standards of the Trump era, aiming to tackle sharp disagreements over spending, future threats including China and Turkey's role in the alliance.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Wednesday that the country will seek to strengthen bilateral cooperation to control the flow of "arms and dollars" in meetings with U.S. Attorney General William Barr this week.

Hospital groups have challenged the Trump administration's rule that requires hospitals to be more transparent about prices they charge patients for healthcare services, according to a lawsuit filed on Wednesday. The plaintiffs, including the nonprofit American Hospital Association (AHA), are looking to block the rule issued last month mandating hospitals to publish on the internet pricing information for every item and service they offer.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that the United States was rapidly developing its military forces for potential operations in space and that Washington openly viewed space as a potential theater of war.

President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that trade talks with China were going "very well," sounding more positive than on Tuesday when he said a trade deal might have to wait until after the 2020 U.S. presidential election.

The Vatican said on Wednesday that Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo, New York, who has been at the center of a sex abuse crisis in his diocese.

AP Top Stories

US forces are thought to have killed a senior jihadist leader in northern Syria using a rarely deployed "Ninja" missile which attacks targets with precision sword-like blades.

Eight people, including major Hillary Clinton donors and a witness in the Mueller investigation, have been charged in a massive campaign-finance scheme, the Justice Department announced on Tuesday.

Scores of Jewish graves were found desecrated in a cemetery in eastern France, police said, hours before lawmakers adopted a resolution equating anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism.

Authorities in Samoa asked unvaccinated families to display a red flag outside their homes on Wednesday to help a mass immunization drive aimed at halting a measles epidemic that has killed dozens of children.

French authorities said Tuesday that they removed some 600 asylum-seekers from Tibet from a camp on the edge of a forest outside Paris, which had grown into a rallying point for Tibetans in exile in recent years.

Guatemala received the first Salvadoran citizen from the United States under a new migration agreement that designates the Central American nation a so-called safe third country for asylum seekers, Guatemalan authorities said on Tuesday.

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul wants to combat the rising debt load engulfing college students by allowing families to use their retirement savings to pay off their loans.

China's telecoms giant Huawei has been encouraging its suppliers to violate U.S. law by telling them to move operations offshore in a bid to avoid U.S. sanctions, Commerce Department Secretary Wilbur Ross told Reuters on Tuesday.

France has warned the U.S. of strong European Union retaliation if it imposes tariffs on key French products ranging from sparkling wine to cheese to handbags, in an intensifying row over taxing digital giants that risks spiraling into a new trade war.

Background checks on gun purchases in the U.S. are climbing toward a record high this year, reflecting what the industry says is a rush by people to buy weapons in reaction to the Democratic presidential candidates' calls for tighter restrictions.

China will help build several major infrastructure projects in El Salvador including a stadium and water treatment plant, the two countries said on Tuesday, signaling China's growing role in the region after El Salvador cut ties with Taiwan.

Slogging through snow showers and sludge, hundreds of Harvard University graduate student workers picketed Tuesday at Harvard Yard, as thousands went on strike seeking a $25 minimum wage for hourly workers; expanded health care benefits including mental health coverage; and stronger protections against sexual harassment and discrimination with a new arbitration process for complaints.

BBC

Australian police searching for the final member of a group who became stranded in the outback more than two weeks ago have found a body. The body has not been identified but it is believed to be Claire Hockridge, Northern Territory Police said.

The authorities in northern Nigeria have suspended a $375 bride-price levy imposed by a village chief following a public outcry, to be paid by the groom to the bride's family, had prevented marriages from taking place.

WND

US exports of crude oil and petroleum products - this includes gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, naphtha, and many others - exceeded imports in September by 89,000 barrels a day, the EIA reported today, and so the US became a "net exporter" of crude oil and petroleum products for the first time on a monthly basis in the EIA's data going back to 1973.

The principal of an elementary school in England has apparently banned students from sending Christmas cards to fellow students - claiming the festive tradition is bad for the globe.

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