Today's Intel

Jan. 13, 2020

REUTERS

U.S. House Speaker Pelosi is expected to relinquish the impeachment proceedings against President Trump this week by turning the process over to Mitch McConnell, the Senate leader who has vowed to help acquit his fellow Republican.

Six Democratic presidential contenders to face perhaps the most pressure-packed debate yet, with voters in Iowa set to kick off the 2020 nominating contest in just weeks.

Hong Kong's most senior judge made a rare public plea for the rule of law to be protected amid often violent anti-China protests rocking the financial center since mid-2019.

Three Belgian doctors go on trial for murder on Tuesday for helping a woman end her life, in the country's first criminal case concerning euthanasia.

Talks between Libya's warring parties in Moscow, supported by Turkish and Russian officials, are going positively, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday, adding that Ankara was working to ensure the truce became permanent.

Protesters denouncing Iran's clerical rulers took to the streets and riot police deployed to face them on Monday, in a third day of demonstrations after authorities acknowledged shooting down a passenger plane by accident.

U.S. coal-fired power plants shut down at the second-fastest pace on record in 2019, despite President Donald Trump's efforts to prop up the industry.

Lovers of Champagne and other French sparkling wines should brace for big cost increases if the United States makes good on a threat to impose 100% tariffs on French goods in a dispute over the country's planned digital services tax.

AP Top Stories

Two World War II-era bombs were made safe in the western German city of Dortmund after around 14,000 people were evacuated, the city said Sunday.

World leaders traveled Sunday to Oman to meet the country's new sultan, named just a day earlier after the death of the nation's longtime ruler Sultan Qaboos bin Said.

Recent tensions between Iran and the US are threatening the safety of the world's ships and movement oil in the Strait of Hormuz. The narrow strait is the most important chokepoint for the world's oil supply. Some 21 million barrels - or $1.2 billion worth of oil - pass through the strait every day. One way Iran could exact its revenge on the US and its allies is by shutting or harassing tankers in the strait, which would disrupt oil supply and send prices shooting up.

A volcano in the Philippines began spewing lava on Monday local time after a sudden eruption a day earlier sent ash flying half a mile into the sky.

A "furious" Prime Minister Justin Trudeau demanded Saturday that Iran provide Canada with "full clarity" on the shootdown near Tehran of a Ukrainian airliner that killed all 176 aboard, including dozens of Canadian citizens.

Canada will not rest until there is "justice and accountability" for the victims of the plane shot down by an Iranian missile, Justin Trudeau has said.

U.S. troops cleared rubble and debris from a military base housing American soldiers in western Iraq on Monday, days after it was struck by a barrage of Iranian ballistic missiles in a major escalation between the two longtime foes.

A magnitude 5.9 quake shook Puerto Rico on Saturday, causing further damage along the island's southern coast.

China's foreign minister Wang Yi on Sunday pledged to strengthen cooperation with Zimbabwe despite a spat over bilateral aid figures in November. The two countries butted heads after Zimbabwe's government said it had only received $3.6 million in aid from Beijing in 2019 -- 40 times lower than the figure claimed by China.

The U.S. government will announce "actions" on Monday along with results of a Justice Department criminal investigation into the December shootings at the Pensacola Naval Air Station in Florida that killed three U.S. service members and wounded eight other Americans, an official told Reuters.

BBC

France's president and his counterparts from the Sahel region are due to meet to discuss military operations against Islamist militants in West Africa.

A man has been rescued after surviving more than three weeks in the Alaskan wilderness with little food and shelter. He lived on canned foods that survived the blaze and made a basic tent out of debris in the sub-zero temperatures. Authorities only found Mr. Steele after concerned family members asked them to check on him.

WND

All religious groups in China will be forced to teach the "principles" of the Chinese Communist Party.

A bill introduced in the Vermont Senate would make it illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to use or possess a cellphone in the state.

Someone has paid $3.74 million for the 1968 "Bullitt" Mustang GT driven by Steve McQueen over the streets of San Francisco.

An organization called Created Equal, which has exposed violent responses to its pro-life activism, has re-released a video that links abortion to Satanism.

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