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Panamanian village sleepless with fear after ritual killings
Panamanian village sleepless with fear after ritual killings

Altos del Terrón (Panamá) (AFP) - A week after six children and a pregnant woman were sacrificed in a brutal religious ritual, the inhabitants of a remote village in northwestern Panama fear they might be next. Blanco lives in Altos del Terron, an isolated indigenous community where the victims of the ritualistic killings were found last week in a mass grave. Police raided the church on January 15, arresting 10 people and rescuing 15 captives, including children, they believe were being prepared for sacrifice.

New charge filed against Michigan lawmaker who reportedly said boys could
New charge filed against Michigan lawmaker who reportedly said boys could 'have a lot of fun' with reporter

The sexual harassment allegation, filed by a Michigan state senator, comes as Peter Lucido faces investigation over remarks to a reporter.

How to stay healthy on a plane as coronavirus, flu, colds raise travel concerns
How to stay healthy on a plane as coronavirus, flu, colds raise travel concerns

The CDC's top tip for staying healthy at 30,000 feet: Wash your hands often with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds.

Hurricane Rudy Strikes Back: Giuliani Hints At Tapes Exposing Parnas
Hurricane Rudy Strikes Back: Giuliani Hints At Tapes Exposing Parnas 'Lies'

Will the potential Trump impeachment witness hit back?

Why America Stores 50 B61 Nuclear Bombs in Turkey
Why America Stores 50 B61 Nuclear Bombs in Turkey

Seems like a questionable idea.

McConnell Impeach Plan: Run Like Hell, Pray for No Surprises
McConnell Impeach Plan: Run Like Hell, Pray for No Surprises

The vision that Senate Republican leaders have for the impeachment trial of President Trump, which is set to begin on Tuesday, is simple: a sprint that briskly checks the required procedural boxes before arriving, business-like, at the end result-an acquittal of the president. The vision that Trump himself has for the impeachment trial of President Trump, however, may be different. He has approached the trial that will decide the fate of his presidency as a scorched-earth battle to vindicate himself and a zero-sum loyalty test for congressional Republicans. His trial team, announced last week, reflects that combative mindset. Between Kenneth Starr-the architect of President Clinton's...

Why Did North Korea Sink the South Korean Warship Cheonan in 2010?
Why Did North Korea Sink the South Korean Warship Cheonan in 2010?

What was the point of this terrible act?

Sending back climate refugees may violate right to life: U.N. body

Governments need to take into account the climate crisis when considering the deportation of asylum seekers, the United Nations said in a landmark ruling that could pave the way for future climate refugees. The ruling by the U.N. Human Rights Committee was given in the case of Ioane Teitiota, from the Pacific nation of Kiribati, who brought a case against New Zealand in 2016 after authorities denied his claim of asylum as a climate refugee. Teitiota migrated to New Zealand in 2007 and applied for refugee status after his visa expired in 2010.

Experts: Iran Could Be a Nuclear Armed State in Just 1 Year
Experts: Iran Could Be a Nuclear Armed State in Just 1 Year

365 days until a crisis?

Justice Dept. memos back defiance of impeachment subpoenas
Justice Dept. memos back defiance of impeachment subpoenas

The White House on Monday released Justice Department legal opinions meant to bolster its case for defying subpoenas from Congress in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. One opinion, dated Sunday, says Trump administration officials were free to disregard subpoenas sent last fall before the House of Representatives had formally authorized an impeachment inquiry.

Sen. Chris Van Hollen says calling Hunter Biden as an impeachment witness would be a sideshow
Sen. Chris Van Hollen says calling Hunter Biden as an impeachment witness would be a sideshow

The standard for impeachment witnesses should be whether the individual has factual information that is relevant to the charges, says Maryland Senator Chris Van Hollen, Democratic member of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Even C-SPAN Is Piqued: Senate Puts Limits on Trial Coverage
Even C-SPAN Is Piqued: Senate Puts Limits on Trial Coverage

News coverage of President Donald Trump's impeachment trial in the Senate began last week with a Republican senator calling a CNN reporter "a liberal hack" in the halls of Congress and laughing about it later that night during a Fox News interview.Things haven't improved much since.Journalists are up in arms about new restrictions on their movement inside the Capitol, which they said will prevent them from easily interviewing lawmakers about the proceedings. The rules, negotiated by Republican Senate leadership, have yet to be written down, causing confusion among reporters and the Capitol Police expected to enforce them.Even sedate C-SPAN is aggrieved, calling on the Senate to...

Sanders Campaign Touts Op-Ed on Biden
Sanders Campaign Touts Op-Ed on Biden's 'Corruption Problem' ahead of Impeachment Trial

The Bernie Sanders campaign circulated an op-ed on Monday highlighting "the transactional, grossly corrupt culture" of former vice president Joe Biden's record, just one day before the Senate begins its impeachment trial over President Trump's alleged attempts to force Ukraine to investigate Biden.A "Bern Notice" email sent by the campaign highlights a Guardian op-ed written by Fordham Law professor and Sanders supporter Zephyr Teachout, which warns that "Biden has a big corruption problem and it makes him a weak candidate."> The day before the Senate impeachment trial against Trump begins, the Bernie Sanders campaign circulates this op-ed attack on Joe Biden...

German court convicts Tamil man over killing of Sri Lanka FM

A German court convicted a Sri Lankan man Monday of accessory to murder in the 2005 killing of the South Asian nation's foreign minister for providing his assassins with crucial information. The regional court in Stuttgart concluded that the defendant, previously identified only as Navanithan G. in line with German privacy rules, had tipped off members of the Tamil Tigers separatist group about Lakshman Kathirkamar's whereabouts. German news agency dpa reported that the court sentenced him to six years and 10 months imprisonment.

Post-Trade Deal, Trump Hits Record-High Approval with Farmers
Post-Trade Deal, Trump Hits Record-High Approval with Farmers

President Trump hit his highest level of support in a monthly poll of farmers released on Sunday, just days after signing a phase-one trade deal with China to increase Chinese purchases of American agricultural products to $40 billion a year over the next two years.The agricultural publication Farm Journal announced Sunday that its monthly nationwide poll of farmers and ranchers - concentrated in the Corn Belt of llinois, Iowa, Indiana, and Nebraska - found an 83 percent approval rating of Trump's job performance, the highest number since the president took office."Of note is the strongly approve category went up three percentage points from an already lofty (December) number and his...

Ten killed in seating collapse at Ethiopian festival
Ten killed in seating collapse at Ethiopian festival

At least ten people were killed Monday and scores injured when a seating area collapsed during a major Orthodox Christian celebration in Ethiopia, with fears the death toll could rise. The accident occurred just before 8am (0500 GMT) Monday in Gondar, a historic city in the country's north, where every year more than a million people gather for the epiphany festivities known as Timkat. Two doctors at the University of Gondar Hospital told AFP that 10 people died when the spectator stands gave way suddenly at Fasilides' Bath, where thousands typically gather to watch worshippers plunge into the holy waters.

Scientists say Australia
Scientists say Australia's rare duck-billed platypuses are being pushed to 'the brink of extinction' - and deadly bushfires are making it worse

A new report says population numbers of the animal have more than halved since Europeans first arrived in Australia.

Huawei partnered with TomTom for a new map app for its phones after being cut off from Google Maps
Huawei partnered with TomTom for a new map app for its phones after being cut off from Google Maps

Huawei has been taking more and more steps to get ready for its Google-less future ever since it got blacklisted by the Trump administration.

The Wuhan Pneumonia Crisis Highlights the Danger in China
The Wuhan Pneumonia Crisis Highlights the Danger in China's Opaque Way of Doing Things

Downplaying the spread of a deadly new virus is a dangerous strategy

Iran considers dual nationals on downed Ukrainian plane to be Iranians: TV
Iran considers dual nationals on downed Ukrainian plane to be Iranians: TV

Iran considers dual nationals aboard a Ukrainian plane that was shot down accidentally this month to be Iranian citizens, the Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Monday. Iran does not recognize dual nationality. Many of the 176 people killed in the disaster were Iranians with dual citizenship.

Document trove shows how
Document trove shows how 'Africa's richest woman' stole fortune: ICIJ

An award-winning investigative team published a trove of files Sunday allegedly showing how Africa's richest woman syphoned hundreds of millions of dollars of public money into offshore accounts. The New York-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) worked with newspapers such as Munich's Suddeutsche Zeitung to reveal the "Panama Papers" tax haven scandal in 2016. Its latest series called "Luanda Leaks" zeros in on Isabel dos Santos, the daughter of former Angola president Jose Eduardo dos Santos.

Why this deal or no deal was the stark reality of choice for the Sussexes
Why this deal or no deal was the stark reality of choice for the Sussexes

There was always something paradoxical about Buckingham Palace's insistence that the "complex" and "complicated" Sussex situation could be resolved in days not weeks. In the end it took 10 days from the moment the Duke and Duchess dropped their bombshell on January 8 to the Queen effectively granting their decree absolute from 'the Firm' on Saturday night - a quickie divorce if ever there was one.  In retrospect, the phrase "these are complicated issues that will take time to work through" - rushed out in response to Harry and Meghan's sudden demand for a new half-in-half-out royal role - now resembles palace code for: "Ain't never going happen". For what we have witnessed over the past...

Germans are slamming Elon Musk
Germans are slamming Elon Musk's plans to clear 740 acres of forest for a $45.36 million Tesla factory

"I am not against Tesla," one activist said. "But it's about the site; in a forest area that is a protected wildlife zone. Is this necessary?"

Republicans ramp up calls for Hunter Biden to testify in impeachment trial
Republicans ramp up calls for Hunter Biden to testify in impeachment trial

Cruz has argued that if witnesses will be allowed in the upcoming Senate impeachment trial, a rule of reciprocity should be implemented.

No normalization in relations yet, UK PM Johnson tells Russia
No normalization in relations yet, UK PM Johnson tells Russia's Putin

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday there would be no normalization of the two countries' relations until Moscow ends its "destabilizing activity" that threatens security. A spokeswoman from Johnson's Downing Street office said the prime minister met Putin on the sidelines of a summit on Libya in Berlin, where the two discussed the need to address security issues in Libya, Syria, Iraq and Iran.

Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro Calls for Direct Talks with U.S.

(Bloomberg) -- Sign up here to receive the Davos Diary, a special daily newsletter that will run from Jan. 20-24.Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro called for direct talks with the U.S., saying its support for opposition leader Juan Guaido has failed.In a rare interview with the Washington Post published Saturday, Maduro mocked U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and said former national security adviser John Bolton and Elliott Abrams, the state department's special envoy for Venezuela, had given President Donald Trump bad advice.Trump is being fed "fake reports," Maduro told the Post.As an incentive for talks, Maduro dangled the prospect of access to the nation's oil industry....

Venezuela
Venezuela's Juan Guaido Leaves Country, Will Attend Davos

(Bloomberg) -- Sign up here to receive the Davos Diary, a special daily newsletter that will run from Jan. 20-24.Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido left the country to start an international tour that includes meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and a trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, according to people familiar with his plans.Guaido is already in Colombia and will meet with President Ivan Duque Sunday afternoon, Duque said on Twitter. He plans to attend an international conference against terrorism on Monday in Colombia at which Pompeo is due to speak. He will also meet with presidents of countries that recognize him as head of state.Who's in...

Lebanese security forces, protesters clash for second night
Lebanese security forces, protesters clash for second night

Lebanese security forces fired water cannons, rubber bullets and tear gas on Sunday to try to break up stone-throwing protesters in Beirut, which has been rocked by some of the worst violence since unrest erupted in October.

Philippine military says 5 Indonesians kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf militants
Philippine military says 5 Indonesians kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf militants

Eight Indonesians were abducted in Sabah on Thursday. Three were released, while the remaining five were probably brought by their captors to the southern Philippine province of Sulu, said Lieutenant General Cirilito Sobejana, chief of the military's Western Mindanao Command.

Philippines looks for safer homes for volcano residents
Philippines looks for safer homes for volcano residents

The simmering volcano has ejected smaller ash plumes for days after a gigantic eruption Jan. 12 sent ash drifting north over Manila, the capital, about 65 kilometers (40 miles) away. While a larger, explosive eruption is still possible and tens of thousands of evacuees remain in emergency shelters, officials have begun discussing post-eruption recovery. Interior Secretary Eduardo Ano said officials in Batangas province, where the volcano is located, have been asked to look for a safer housing area, at least 3 hectares (7 acres) in size, for about 6,000 families that used to live in four villages and worked mostly as tourist guides, farmers and fish pen operators on Volcano Island.

Sen. Rounds on how Senate will come to conclusion on impeachment witnesses
Sen. Rounds on how Senate will come to conclusion on impeachment witnesses

Republican Sen. Mike Rounds offers insight on the GOP's strategy for the Senate impeachment trial.

$66M painting stolen 23 years ago found inside Italian gallery
$66M painting stolen 23 years ago found inside Italian gallery's walls

A stolen $66 million painting was found in the walls of the very same gallery it disappeared from 23 years ago.

How Trump
How Trump's impeachment differs from a criminal trial

Yes, it's a trial - but the Senate's impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump won't resemble anything Americans have seen on Court TV. In Trump's trial, the Senate will serve as both judge and jury. COURTROOM TRIAL: Federal trials, both civil and criminal, are presided over by District Court judges who are nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate.

Meghan Markle
Meghan Markle's former LA mansion is still looking for a buyer, and the asking price just dropped - here's a look inside

Before Kensington Palace, Frogmore Cottage, and declaring a pursuit of financial independence, Meghan Markle already lived like a queen.

Joe Biden says
Joe Biden says 'you can keep' your private insurance 'if your employer doesn't take it away from you'

Former Vice President Joe Biden is still promising "If you like your insurance, you can keep it" - with a twist.In his endorsement interview with The New York Times published Friday, Biden is asked about that phrase both he and former President Barack Obama have said in the past. And after accepting that he actually did say it, Biden promised that "if you like your plan, you can keep it," provided "your employer doesn't take it away from you."While the ObamaCare mantra of keeping the insurance you like ended up not exactly being true, Biden still modified it in a July 2019 primary debate to say under his presidency, "If you like your health care plan,...

Pentagon leaders didn
Pentagon leaders didn't know US troops were injured in Iran's missile attack until a week later, DoD says

Reports about the injuries come days after President Donald Trump insisted that "no Americans were harmed" in the attack.

Off-duty Hong Kong police officer arrested for supporting protests
Off-duty Hong Kong police officer arrested for supporting protests

An off-duty Hong Kong police officer was arrested along with seven other people on Friday as they tried to put pro-democracy posters on a footbridge, police said. It's the first known case of a police officer being apprehended for supporting the massive demonstrations that have led to more than 6,500 arrests in the past seven months. The officer, 31, and the seven other people aged 14 to 61, were arrested at 3:00 am on Friday in Tuen Mun, a district in northwest Hong Kong.

Lara Trump is making fun of Joe Biden
Lara Trump is making fun of Joe Biden's stutter

Apparently Lara Trump didn't get the message about former Vice President Joe Biden's stutter.Trump, who's married to President Trump's son Eric, decided to take a low blow at Biden during a Women for Trump event in Iowa on Thursday night. "I feel kind of sad for Joe Biden," she said, because "I'm supposed to want him to fail at every turn, but every time he comes on stage or they turn to him I'm like 'Joe can you get it out? Let's get the words out Joe.'"> Lara Trump on the Dem field/debate "I feel kind of sad for Joe Biden...I'm supposed to want him to fail at every turn, but every time he comes on stage or they turn to him I'm like 'Joe can you get it out?...

Burundi
Burundi's mass graves reopen old wounds

Neighbors told him soldiers had also discovered his mother in a house where she had been hiding. This week, the government opened a mass grave in his neighborhood. Burundi's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, known by its French acronym CVR, told parliament this week that it had identified more than 4,000 mass graves across the country.

Antifa Group to March With Pro-Gun Protesters at Virginia Rally
Antifa Group to March With Pro-Gun Protesters at Virginia Rally

An annual 2nd Amendment rally in Richmond, Va. scheduled for this Monday will see gun rights activists marching alonside an unusual ally: the local Antifa chapter.While Antifa groups are most famous for sometimes-violent protests against right-wing groups, the Richmond-based Antifa Seven Hills is joining 2nd Amendment supporters in support of gun rights."I think it's been pretty important for us to focus on the fact that gun control in America has a legacy of racist enforcement," Seven Hills spokesperson James told Vice, requesting that his last name be withheld from publication. "Like taking guns away from black people, because black people were perceived as a threat to...

House Democrats overturn DeVos on student loan forgiveness, but change unlikely to pass Senate
House Democrats overturn DeVos on student loan forgiveness, but change unlikely to pass Senate

The Democrat-controlled House overturned rules from Betsy DeVos on student loan forgiveness. Republicans in the Senate are unlikely to agree.

15 photos show a US nuclear missile silo that for decades was ready to strike the Soviet Union at a moment
15 photos show a US nuclear missile silo that for decades was ready to strike the Soviet Union at a moment's notice

Take a tour of the Arizona museum open to the public that has a US intercontinental ballistic missile once built to attack Russia with nuclear force.

Ukraine gives Trump the corruption investigation he asked for
Ukraine gives Trump the corruption investigation he asked for

President Trump's schemes in Ukraine were even worse than we thought. His former lackey Lev Parnas spoke publicly for the first time Wednesday night about his role in the plot to blackmail the Ukrainian president into interfering in the 2020 election and provided new evidence about an apparent effort among Trump associates to harass, stalk, and perhaps even physically harm a sitting U.S. ambassador - Marie Yovanovitch, who was then serving in Ukraine.America is learning what it's like to have a gangster president. But hey, at least Trump got the Ukraine investigation he always wanted - but instead of into the Biden family, it's into his own cronies. Whoops!Rachel Maddow interviewed Parnas...

France to deploy Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier to support Middle East operations

France will deploy the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier and its battle group from January to April to support French military operations in Middle East, Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday. "The aircraft carrier will support Chammal operations (in the Middle East) from January to April 2020 before deploying to the Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea", Macron said at a New Year speech to the French military.

Florida high court sides with governor on felon voter rights
Florida high court sides with governor on felon voter rights

The Florida Supreme Court sided with Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday in a legal dispute over restoring voting rights to felons with unpaid fines - one of many clashes over the ballot box in a state that will play a crucial role in this year's presidential election. The court's advisory opinion - requested by the Republican governor last year - has no immediate legal consequence, but could influence federal judges weighing legal wranglings over the voter-approved measure known as Amendment 4. In a separate opinion, the court found no reason to prevent a measure from going to voters this year that would tweak the state's constitution to specify that "only a citizen" of the United States can...

How Iran
How Iran's Missile Attack on American Bases Showcases Its Weapons' Accuracy

The attacks were a warning.

Europe Threatens Legal Challenge to U.S.-China Trade Pact at WTO

(Bloomberg) -- Terms of Trade is a daily newsletter that untangles a world embroiled in trade wars. Sign up here. The European Union said the preliminary U.S.-China trade agreement could violate World Trade Organization rules and held out the prospect of a legal challenge.EU Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan said his team will scrutinize whether China's pledge to increase purchases of U.S. goods and services by at least $200 billion over the next two years is WTO-compatible. The commitment is included in a first-phase accord signed with fanfare on Wednesday by the U.S. and China."We haven't analyzed the document in detail, but we will and if there's a WTO-compliance issue of course we will...

Republican senator calls CNN reporter a
Republican senator calls CNN reporter a 'liberal hack' when asked about considering new evidence in Trump's impeachment trial

A GOP senator on Thursday called a CNN reporter a "liberal hack" when asked a straightforward question regarding Trump's impeachment trial.

'I owe the American people an apology': A former healthcare executive says he's sorry for devising the biggest argument against Medicare for All

Wendell Potter, a healthcare advocate, said in an op-ed he regrets crafting the talking point used to fight reform: preserving choice in the system.

Qatar further eases restrictions on migrant workers' exit

Qatar said on Thursday it had scrapped restrictions on leaving the country for nearly all migrant workers as part of reforms answering accusations of exploitation especially in the run-up to the 2022 World Cup. The measure removes exit visas for hundreds of thousands of domestic workers left out of earlier reforms - mainly from Asian nations like Nepal, India and the Philippines - whom rights groups said were left open to abuse by being excluded. Unions and activists have documented labor exploitation, dangerous conditions and deaths of workers building stadiums and infrastructure for both the 2018 World Cup in Russia and the upcoming event in Qatar.


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