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Russia reacts with anger after doping ban from Olympics, World Cup
Russia reacts with anger after doping ban from Olympics, World Cup

The World Anti-Doping Agency on Monday banned Russia for four years from major global sporting events including the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar over manipulated doping data, prompting an angry response from President Vladimir Putin. WADA's executive committee, meeting in

Trump wants
Trump wants 'movement' from China to avoid Dec. 15 tariffs - U.S. agriculture secretary

Beijing and Washington have been embroiled in a 17-month trade war that has disrupted global grain flows, rattled markets and weighed on world economic growth. China, the top global soybean buyer, said on Monday it hoped to make a trade deal with the United States as soon as possible, before the new tariffs kick in. "I don't think the president wants to implement these new tariffs, but there has got to be some movement on their part to encourage him not to do that," Perdue said, according to an audio recording of his responses to reporters' questions.

AP source: Strasburg, Nats reach record $245M, 7-year deal
AP source: Strasburg, Nats reach record $245M, 7-year deal

Stephen Strasburg is returning to Washington with a record contract, and fellow free agent pitcher Gerrit Cole could be in line for an even larger payday. Strasburg and the Nationals agreed to a $245 million, seven-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Monday

Virginia gun rights activists vow to fight new restrictions
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  • 2019-12-09 21:39:42Z

More than 200 gun rights activists wearing "Guns SAVE Lives" stickers rallied Monday in Virginia, vowing to fight any attempt by the new Democratic majority in the state legislature to pass new restrictions on gun ownership. "Hands off our guns, hands off our rights, and hands off our guns," said Bob Good, a member of the Campbell County Board of Supervisors.

U.S. border arrests dropped again in November amid Trump crackdown on migrant crossers
U.S. border arrests dropped again in November amid Trump crackdown on migrant crossers

Border arrests - which are used to estimate illegal crossings - initially plummeted after U.S. President Donald Trump took office in January 2017. The Trump administration credits the decline to tougher asylum policies and increased cooperation with Mexico and Central American nations. Acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan said on Monday that Congress needs to take legislative action to discourage illegal crossings in the long term.

South Africa Hit by Record Blackouts, Raising Recession Risk
South Africa Hit by Record Blackouts, Raising Recession Risk

(Bloomberg) -- Sign up to our Next Africa newsletter and follow Bloomberg Africa on TwitterSouth Africa's state power company intensified rolling blackouts to a record, signaling a deepening crisis at the debt-ridden utility and raising the risk of a second recession in as many years.Eskom Holdings SOC

India
India's lower house passes contentious nationality bill

India's lower house passed controversial legislation early Tuesday that will grant citizenship to religious minorities from neighbouring countries, but not Muslims, amid raucous scenes in parliament and protests in the country's northeast. "This bill is in line with India's centuries old ethos of assimilation and belief in humanitarian values," Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, adding that he was "delighted" about its passage. "This is not a bill that is discriminatory," Home Minister Amit Shah said.

Wray: Report on Russia probe found "unacceptable" problems
Wray: Report on Russia probe found "unacceptable" problems

A Justice Department inspector general report on the early days of the Russia investigation identified problems that are "unacceptable and unrepresentative of who we are as an institution," FBI Director Chris Wray said Monday in detailing changes the bureau plans to make in response. In an interview

Erdogan says Turkey aims to settle 1 million refugees in Syria offensive area
Erdogan says Turkey aims to settle 1 million refugees in Syria offensive area

Turkey aims to settle one million Syrian war refugees in the area of northern Syria where it carried out a military incursion in October, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday. Turkey and its Syrian rebel allies launched the offensive against the Kurdish YPG militia, which Ankara views as a terrorist group. After seizing a strip of land inside Syria 120 km (75 miles) long and around 30 km (18 miles) wide running from the town of Ras al Ain to Tel Abyad, Turkey signed separate deals with the United States and Russia to halt its assault.

Steele had
Steele had 'personal' relationship with Ivanka Trump, DoJ report reveals
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  • 2019-12-09 19:55:56Z

* Former MI6 officer gifted her 'family tartan from Scotland' * Steele was 'favorably disposed' to Trump family, report said The former MI6 officer Christopher Steele had a "personal" relationship with Ivanka Trump and gifted her a "family tartan from Scotland" as a present, the long-awaited report by US Department of Justice inspector general, Michael Horowitz, revealed on Monday.Horowitz's review of the FBI's 2016 investigation into Donald Trump's 2016 election campaign and its links with Russia includes fresh details of Steele's interactions with the FBI, and startling claims about his relationship with the Trumps dating back to the period before he wrote a controversial dossier on...

Chris Wallace: DOJ IG Report
Chris Wallace: DOJ IG Report 'Didn't Find the Things' Trump and Barr Think It Did

Shortly after the Department of Justice's inspector general reported there was no political bias, and that the FBI had sufficient evidence to launch the Russia probe on Donald Trump's 2016 campaign, Fox News anchor Chris Wallace said the real headline should be that the top watchdog "didn't find the things" that President Trump and Attorney General William Barr have long alleged.Minutes following Monday's release of the report, and after other Fox News personalities had already spun the results in a pro-Trump fashion, Wallace explained his view of the findings as "a reporter" and not as a partisan pundit."Remember, this comes against the backdrop of Donald Trump talking about the...

'S--- just got real': DOJ watchdog uncovers pro-Trump text messages between FBI agents after 2016 election

"I saw a lot of scared MFers on...[my way to work] this morning," one FBI agent texted another. "Start looking for new jobs fellas. Haha."

Madison Bumgarner is reportedly asking for a nine-figure deal
Madison Bumgarner is reportedly asking for a nine-figure deal

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that free agent pitcher Madison Bumgarner is asking for a nine-figure deal. Indeed, he's only ten months older than Zack Wheeler, who just nabbed a five-year, $118 million deal from Philly. Bumgarner, obviously, has much more mileage on the odometer than Wheeler does, and he's not the ace he was a few years ago, but he's coming off a fine year, having put up a solid 3.90 ERA and 203/43 K/BB ratio over 207.2 innings in 2019.

Barr Slams FBI for Surveilling Trump Campaign Based on
Barr Slams FBI for Surveilling Trump Campaign Based on 'Thinnest of Suspicions' In Response to IG Report

Attorney General William Barr slammed the FBI on Monday after the release of the Inspector General report detailing the agency's investigation of the Trump campaign's alleged ties with Russia."The Inspector General's report now makes clear that the FBI launched an intrusive investigation of a U.S. presidential campaign on the thinnest of suspicions that, in my view, were insufficient to justify the steps taken," Barr said in a statement. "It is also clear that, from its inception, the evidence produced by the investigation was consistently exculpatory."The FBI began its investigation after campaign staffer George Papadopoulos allegedly told a member of Australian...

FBI wiretap of Trump campaign aide was riddled with errors, but Russia probe was legally justified, IG report finds
FBI wiretap of Trump campaign aide was riddled with errors, but Russia probe was legally justified, IG report finds

DOJ IG Michael Horowitz's report, released Monday, says the FBI was not driven by bias against President Donald Trump in launching the Russia probe.

Woods is the GOAT, not Nicklaus - McIlroy
Woods is the GOAT, not Nicklaus - McIlroy

Tiger Woods is the greatest golfer of all time despite having won fewer majors than Jack Nicklaus. Nicklaus won 18 majors between 1962 and 1986, with Woods' 2019 Masters success moving him to 15 after an 11-year wait. "In the history of our game no one has played better golf than Tiger Woods," McIlroy told the Golf Channel's Morning Drive show.

AP FACT CHECK: Impeachment hearing draws too-simple answers
AP FACT CHECK: Impeachment hearing draws too-simple answers

Debating the grounds for impeachment, Republicans said there's nothing here. Democrats said it's a slam dunk. Weighty questions about a president's alleged malfeasance and whether that merits the extraordinary step of impeachment drew some too-simple answers at a House hearing Monday aimed

Chris Wallace Schools Ken Starr: Trump Impeachment
Chris Wallace Schools Ken Starr: Trump Impeachment 'Much Bigger' Than Clinton's Sex Lies Were

Fox News anchor Chris Wallace on Monday dressed down Kenneth Starr, the Clinton impeachment-era independent counsel, objecting to Starr's insistence that the current allegations against President Donald Trump are "narrow" and "slanted."During a break in Monday's House impeachment hearing, Wallace addressed

'Truth was rarely welcome': US officials held bleak view of war in Afghanistan, documents reveal

Many top U.S. officials held sharply negative views of the U.S. entry into Afghanistan and bleak assessments of the prospects for success.

'Fox & Friends' Host Presses Kellyanne Conway: Is Rudy Giuliani Working for Trump or Himself?

Kellyanne Conway spent nearly 10 minutes ranting and raving Monday morning on Fox & Friends, receiving mostly agreeable nods and words of encouragement from the three hosts. When the White House counselor called out Democrats for preparing their impeachment strategy over the weekend, Steve Doocy replied

Amazon lawsuit blames Trump for loss of Pentagon cloud contract
Amazon lawsuit blames Trump for loss of Pentagon cloud contract

Amazon.com Inc on Monday accused U.S. President Donald Trump of exerting "improper pressure" and bias that led the Department of Defense to award a lucrative $10 billion cloud contract to rival Microsoft Corp . In a complaint filed in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, Amazon said Trump launched

Trump, Russia and Ukraine: Five presidential conspiracy theories debunked
Trump, Russia and Ukraine: Five presidential conspiracy theories debunked

Here's a guide to the facts -- and the fictions -- behind some of President Trump's assertions about Russia, Ukraine and the 2016 election.

Trump, Dems in tentative deal on North American trade pact
Trump, Dems in tentative deal on North American trade pact

House Democrats have reached a tentative agreement with labor leaders and the White House over a rewrite of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade deal that has been a top priority for President Donald Trump. The tentative accord was revealed by a Democratic aide not authorized to discuss the talks and granted

'It's time:' Mexico urges Pelosi to act on North American trade deal
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  • 2019-12-09 16:34:26Z

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Monday urged U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi to make a decision about the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, saying it was time to move forward with the trade deal. Lopez Obrador said Mexican senators accepted changes to the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) presented by the government on Sunday amid an intense back-and-forth between the countries as they hammer out final changes to satisfy U.S. Democrats' demands. The president said he "respectfully requests" Pelosi to take action on the deal, which was struck more than a year ago but must be ratified by legislators in the three countries before it goes...

Amazon says Trump
Amazon says Trump's 'improper pressure' doomed Pentagon bid

Amazon says President Donald Trump's "improper pressure" and behind-the-scenes attacks harmed its chances of winning a $10 billion Pentagon contract. The Pentagon awarded the cloud computing contract to Microsoft in October. Amazon argues in a lawsuit unsealed Monday in the U.S. Court of Federal

U.S. Supreme Court rejects inmate's bid for sex reassignment surgery

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear an appeal by a convicted murderer who filed a civil rights lawsuit because Texas prison officials denied her request to be considered for gender reassignment surgery. The justices let stand a lower court's decision to reject the claim by inmate Vanessa Lynn Gibson that denying the surgery request violated the U.S. Constitution's Eighth Amendment prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment. Gibson, 41, who is transgender and also goes by the name Scott in court papers, was assigned male at birth and has lived as a female since age 15.

Shouting matches and protesting kick off combative impeachment hearing  - the latest
Shouting matches and protesting kick off combative impeachment hearing - the latest

A partisan dispute erupted over Democratic counsel Barry Berke's recitation about President Trump's alleged wrongdoing.

2020 election crucial for US to catch up on climate action
2020 election crucial for US to catch up on climate action

A significant expansion of state, city, and business climate action could reduce US greenhouse gas emissions by up to 37 percent by 2030 over 2005 levels even without federal support, according to projections published Monday. The figures were compiled by America's Pledge, a group founded in 2017 and financed by billionaire Michael Bloomberg, who last month announced he was running to be the Democratic candidate for the 2020 US presidential election. Climate change experts quoted in the report, from the University of Maryland and the Rocky Mountain Institute, estimate the US is presently set to reduce emissions by 25 percent by 2030 if sub-federal climate ambitions remain at their...

Top US officials knew the Afghanistan war was unwinnable and
Top US officials knew the Afghanistan war was unwinnable and 'lied' - even as costs rose to $1 trillion and 2,351 American troop's lives

Thousands of pages of notes from hundreds of interviews reveal true US assessments of the war in Afghanistan, and it's not a pretty picture.

Leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France meet for much-anticipated talks for eastern Ukraine
Leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France meet for much-anticipated talks for eastern Ukraine
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  • 2019-12-09 14:56:56Z

The leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France are meeting on Monday to discuss a peace settlement for Ukraine's war-ravaged east for the first time in more than three years. Monday's summit in Paris is also the first time that Ukraine's new President Volodymyr Zelenskiy will meet Russian leader Vladimir Putin, whom many in Ukraine hold personally responsible for the hostilities in the east. Mr Zelenskiy was elected in April this year and declared putting an end to the protracted armed conflict in the Donbass region one of his priorities. Just a few months into his presidency, Mr Zelenskiy negotiated a major prisoner swap with Mr Putin, which offered hopes for a breakthrough for the...

Vandals damage cars in Arab neighborhood of east Jerusalem
Vandals damage cars in Arab neighborhood of east Jerusalem
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  • 2019-12-09 14:46:22Z

Vandals slashed the tires of over 160 vehicles and sprayed slogans such as "Arabs=enemies" in a Palestinian neighborhood of Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, Israeli police said Monday. Elsewhere, Palestinian residents of the volatile West Bank city of Hebron staged a general strike to protest the construction of a new Jewish settlement there. Masked suspects operated under the cover of darkness to vandalize the cars in east Jerusalem's Shuafat neighborhood and spray-painted Hebrew graffiti on a nearby wall, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.

U.S. Supreme Court leaves in place Kentucky abortion restriction
U.S. Supreme Court leaves in place Kentucky abortion restriction
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  • 2019-12-09 14:44:56Z

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday left in place a Kentucky restriction requiring doctors to show and describe ultrasound images to women seeking an abortion, turning away a challenge arguing that the measure violates the free speech rights of physicians. The justices declined without comment to hear an appeal by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of a lower court ruling that upheld the law after a federal judge previously had struck it down as a violation of the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment guarantee of free speech. The Supreme Court has a 5-4 conservative majority and is closely divided on abortion rights.

Supreme Court leaves Kentucky
Supreme Court leaves Kentucky's ultrasound law in place
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  • 2019-12-09 14:43:05Z

The Supreme Court on Monday left in place a Kentucky law requiring doctors to perform ultrasounds and show fetal images to patients before abortions. The justices did not comment in refusing to review an appeals court ruling that upheld the law. The American Civil Liberties Union had challenged the law on behalf of Kentucky's lone remaining abortion clinic.

British model Lily Cole backs climate change hunger strikers
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  • 2019-12-09 14:23:37Z

British model and actress Lily Cole on Monday visited two elderly climate change activists from the Extinction Rebellion group who have been on hunger strike outside Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative Party headquarters for 22 days. Peter Cole, 76, and Marko Stepanov, 67, began their hunger strike last month in a bid to highlight the gravity of the threat to humanity from climate change.

Biden Says Son Hunter Will Not Engage in Foreign Business if He Wins in 2020
Biden Says Son Hunter Will Not Engage in Foreign Business if He Wins in 2020

Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden said his son Hunter will not be engaged in any foreign business if the former vice president is elected in 2020."They will not be engaged in any foreign business because of what's happened in this administration," Biden told "Axios on HBO."Hunter Biden raised eyebrows when it came to light that he held a lucrative position on the board of a Ukrainian gas company while his father was fighting corruption in Ukraine as vice president. The set-up prompted Trump to ask Ukraine to investigate the Bidens while temporarily withholding U.S. military aid, an alleged quid pro quo that became the basis for the impeachment inquiry against...

Boeing is promising 3 fixes to the faulty autopilot behind the 737 Max crashes to let pilots stop it forcing the plane into an unstoppable nose-dive
Boeing is promising 3 fixes to the faulty autopilot behind the 737 Max crashes to let pilots stop it forcing the plane into an unstoppable nose-dive

The faulty MCAS software, which was designed to push the plane's nose down to stabilize the jet, was a key factor in both 737 Max crashes.

Iran says ready for more US prisoner swaps
Iran says ready for more US prisoner swaps
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  • 2019-12-09 13:06:45Z

Iran said Monday it was open to more prisoner swaps with the US while stressing an exchange at the weekend was not the result of formal negotiations with its arch-foe. US President Donald Trump thanked Iran for what he called a "very fair negotiation" after an American scholar was released Saturday in exchange for an Iranian scientist held in the United States. The exchange involved Xiyue Wang, a Chinese-born American held in Iran since 2016, and Massoud Soleimani, an Iranian scientist detained in the United States since 2018.

Golden Globes 2020: Full list of nominees
Golden Globes 2020: Full list of nominees

Golden Globes 2020: Full list of nominees

Warren says all-women Democratic presidential ticket can beat Trump
Warren says all-women Democratic presidential ticket can beat Trump

* Candidate says she'd consider Kamala Harris as running mate * Warren: Trump has destroyed US leadership - I'll restore itElizabeth Warren believes an all-women Democratic presidential ticket can beat Donald Trump next year.The Massachusetts senator made her views plain in an interview with the Associated

Miss South Africa Zozibini Tunzi Crowned Miss Universe 2019
Miss South Africa Zozibini Tunzi Crowned Miss Universe 2019

Miss South Africa Crowned Miss Universe 2019

Sexism Isn
Sexism Isn't Why Warren Is Falling

In early October, Elizabeth Warren hit her stride. Her stock in the Democratic primary had been climbing steadily since midsummer, and as Joe Biden continued to lag, the Massachusetts senator became the first presidential hopeful to overtake him as front-runner in the RealClearPolitics polling average.She's been in free fall ever since.Warren now sits at just 14.8 percent in the RCP average, in third place behind Bernie Sanders, with about half the support Biden has. The former vice president has lost a step or two (or several) since his time as Obama's right-hand man, but it's looking less and less likely that Warren will be the Democrat to supplant him as the party's favorite heading...

Barr warned Trump for months that Rudy Giuliani was becoming a liability, but the president ignored him because he loves Giuliani
Barr warned Trump for months that Rudy Giuliani was becoming a liability, but the president ignored him because he loves Giuliani's fiery media appearances

Rudy Giuliani was a key figure in the events that sparked an impeachment probe, and his actions have long concerned Trump administration officials.

'It was beautiful': Acupuncturists help migrants stranded at Mexico border deal with stress

Migrants are embracing acupuncture treatments while living in dangerous Mexican border towns as they await their immigration court date in the U.S.

DOJ Report Has Trump Fanboys Quivering With Anticipation
DOJ Report Has Trump Fanboys Quivering With Anticipation

Donald Trump's staunchest allies have continuously built up expectations that the  Department of Justice inspector general's report into the Trump campaign and Russia will contain bombshell revelations of a Deep State plotting to stop Trump's 2016 candidacy before the election. If early reports about the investigation are accurate, though, the president's boosters-and Donald Trump himself-have set themselves up for a big disappointment when the report is released on Monday.Inspector General Michael Horowitz has been investigating whether Justice Department officials were politically biased against Trump's campaign, and whether a surveillance warrant against former Trump campaign adviser...

'Toxic' Mueller Impeachment Article Threatens to Split Dems

When Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced on Thursday that House Democrats would proceed with articles of impeachment, she did so in the language of duty, history, and the Constitution. "This has nothing to do with politics," she said. "It's about the Constitution of the United States."In almost the same breath

Webcam live feed showed tourists inside New Zealand volcano right before it erupted and killed at least 5
Webcam live feed showed tourists inside New Zealand volcano right before it erupted and killed at least 5

The webcam photograph was taken at 2:10 p.m. local time, just a minute before the eruption started. The fate of the people in the picture is unclear.

'An outright lie': Ohio lawmaker shown to be linked to group pushing rightwing Christian bills

Timothy Ginter, who said he had 'no knowledge' of Project Blitz, was listed as co-chair of state branch of group behind the campaignAn Ohio legislator who said he had "no knowledge" of a rightwing Christian bill mill called Project Blitz is, in fact, the co-chair of the state branch of an organization behind the campaign.The Ohio state representative Timothy Ginter sponsored a bill called the Student Religious Liberties Act. Opponents argued the bill would provide students with a religious exemption to facts, and would frighten teachers and school administrators into including religion in school functions.The Guardian revealed the bill was nearly identical to one promoted by Project...

China says it will continue
China says it will continue 'training' Xinjiang people

China on Monday defended its vast network of re-education camps in Xinjiang and said it would continue "training" residents, following explosive government document leaks detailing surveillance and control of the region's Uighur population. The government has launched a propaganda drive in recent days to justify its security crackdown after the leaks emerged and the US Congress passed a bill calling for sanctions against officials involved in the controversial policy. In a press conference, Shohrat Zakir, chairman of the far-west region, rejected estimates by rights groups and foreign experts that more than one million Uighurs and other mostly Muslim minorities are held in the facilities.

Ed Smart, father of Elizabeth Smart: "There is no cure" for being gay
Ed Smart, father of Elizabeth Smart: "There is no cure" for being gay

Seventeen years after his daughter's kidnapping and miraculous rescue, Ed Smart says there's something he has to talk about

Accidental shootings raise questions about arming teachers
Accidental shootings raise questions about arming teachers
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  • 2019-12-09 05:28:38Z

As the country looks for ways to deal with mass shootings at schools, some have responded by saying more people should carry guns, including teachers. "The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," President Donald Trump told the National Rifle Association convention in April. An Associated Press investigation has found accidental shootings occur at law enforcement agencies large and small across the United States every year.

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