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Text messages show Devin Nunes' aide had extensive communications with Giuliani associate Lev Parnas about Trump's Ukraine efforts

The messages provide key new evidence that Nunes' team was aware of and involved in Trump's efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden.

Taliban aim to sign deal with US by end of month: report
Taliban aim to sign deal with US by end of month: report

The Taliban are aiming to reach a withdrawal agreement with the US by the end of January and are prepared to "scale down" military operations ahead of signing the deal, according to their chief spokesman. The statement by Suhail Shaheen to Pakistani daily Dawn comes as the group and the US held discussions in Doha this week, after insurgent sources told AFP they had offered to initiate a brief ceasefire. "We have agreed to scale down military operations in days leading up to the signing of the peace agreement with the United States," Shaheen told Dawn in a report published Saturday.

Donald Trump stirs tensions before Virginia gun rally by saying Second Amendment is
Donald Trump stirs tensions before Virginia gun rally by saying Second Amendment is 'under attack'

President Trump has stirred tensions before a gun rally in Virginia - a demonstration the state governor said carried credible "threats of violence" - by claiming that Americans' Second Amendment rights are "under attack". Thousands of pro-gun activists are expected to march on Virginia's State Capitol on Monday to protest about the state's new gun controls. The rally in Richmond has provoked fears of violence and unrest. Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency this week, banning guns from the site of the rally, amid concerns that the protest will be flooded with extremists, anti-government militias and white supremacists. Activists in favour of gun...

'Hundreds' likely affected by Chinese virus: researchers

Chinese authorities have said pneumonia linked to the virus has hit at least 41 people in the country, with the outbreak centred around a seafood market in the central city of Wuhan. The scientists at the Centre -- which advises bodies including the World Health Organization -- said they estimated a "total of 1,723 cases" in Wuhan would have been infected as of January 12. The researchers took the number of cases reported outside China so far -- two in Thailand and one in Japan -- to infer how many were likely infected in the city, based on international flight traffic data from Wuhan's airport.

Boeing Is Way Behind Airbus in Race for China
Boeing Is Way Behind Airbus in Race for China's Next Big Order

(Bloomberg) -- The long-awaited trade agreement between the U.S. and China may pave the way for Boeing Co. to resume sales to the world's second-largest aviation market, but the American giant has much catching up to do against European archrival Airbus SA.China Aviation Supplies Holding Co., which buys planes on behalf of the nation's airlines, has been in talks with Airbus since 2019 about purchasing jets for the country's next five-year economic plan that begins in 2021, people familiar with the matter said, asking not to be named discussing a private matter. Those talks began early last year, one of the people said. China's top economic planner, which needs to clear negotiations of...

Christmas foods and treats you should definitely keep away from your pets over the holidays
Christmas foods and treats you should definitely keep away from your pets over the holidays

It's tempting to treat our pets over the holidays, but there are some festive foods they should never have.

Kansas wants you, America
Kansas wants you, America

Here are three of the week's top pieces of financial insight, gathered from around the web:Bad financial advice for teachers High-fee investments are leaving teachers with dramatically smaller nest eggs for their retirement plans, said Gretchen Morgenson and Anne Tergesen at The Wall Street Journal. Teachers with 403(b) accounts - government employees' equivalent of the 401(k) - ­typically have more than half their assets invested in annuities, which carry costs as high as 3 percent a year. "In contrast, fees on 401(k) accounts average less than 1 percent." For a typical account, over 25 years "an extra two percentage points in fees would cut 38 percent from the final...

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France's Macron says colonialism was 'grave mistake'

French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday said "colonialism was a grave mistake," and called for "turning the page" on the past during a visit to Ivory Coast, a former French colony in West Africa. "I belong to a generation which was not" part of the colonial-era, he

New Jersey Governor Signs Bill Allowing Illegal Immigrants to Get Driver
New Jersey Governor Signs Bill Allowing Illegal Immigrants to Get Driver's Licenses

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy on Thursday signed a bill allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses.The bill will allow those living in New Jersey who are unable to prove they are legal residents to obtain permits, "standard" driver's licenses, and "Real ID" cards. The measure was passed by the state legislature this week."Expanding access to driver's licenses is critical for the safety of New Jerseyans and a step toward building a stronger and fairer New Jersey for all," the governor said in a statement. "Allowing residents the opportunity to obtain driver's licenses regardless of their immigration status will decrease the number of uninsured...

Hundreds of Chinese held in Philippine online gaming crackdown
Hundreds of Chinese held in Philippine online gaming crackdown

The Philippines said Friday it has detained hundreds of Chinese workers in a continuing crackdown against unlicensed online gaming businesses catering to mainland customers. A total of 342 Chinese without working visas were arrested on Thursday in a raid of a Manila-based POGO outfit operating without a permit from the gaming regulator, according to the immigration service. "We had reason to suspect that the company is a front for illegal cyber activities and investment scams," Fortunato Manahan, intelligence chief of the immigration service, said in a statement.

Death toll in attack on Moscow security officers rises to 2
Death toll in attack on Moscow security officers rises to 2

The death toll in the shooting outside the Moscow headquarters of Russia's main security agency has risen to two, officials said Friday as investigators pressed to uncover the assailant's motives. The Investigative Committee, the nation's top state investigative agency, identified the attacker as 39-year-old Yevgeny Manyurov, who lived in Moscow's suburbs. It said Manyurov opened fire Thursday just outside the main headquarters of the Federal Security Service, killing one security officer and badly wounding another, who later died in a hospital.

'Before it is too late': Diplomats race to defuse tensions ahead of North Korea's deadline

A last minute flurry of diplomacy aimed at engaging with North Korea ahead of its declared year-end deadline for talks has been met with stony silence from Pyongyang so far, with the looming crisis expected to top the agenda at summits in China next week. The U.S. special envoy for North Korea, Stephen Biegun, was due to leave Beijing on Friday after meeting with Chinese officials. It is unclear if Biegun had any behind-the-scenes contact with North Korean officials, but his overtures and calls for new talks were not publicly answered by Pyongyang.

George Conway has a savage new nickname for post-impeachment Trump
George Conway has a savage new nickname for post-impeachment Trump

President Trump spent a good deal of Thursday angrily tweeting about being impeached by the House and - in a move that appears to have him especially enraged - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's decision to sit on the articles of impeachment for a bit before sending them to the Senate. Trump is "mad as hell" and "demanding his day in court," Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) reported Thursday evening. Trump has no control over Pelosi's decision.So what do you call a person who holds the most powerful office in the world, stewing over his inability to influence a coequal branch of government that just accused him of high crimes and misdemeanors?George Conway has an idea.>...

The Upgraded AC-130 Is the Ultimate Gunship
The Upgraded AC-130 Is the Ultimate Gunship

ISIS already knows how deadly the gunship is.

Schumer Joins Pelosi in Backing Plan to Sit on Impeachment Articles
Schumer Joins Pelosi in Backing Plan to Sit on Impeachment Articles

The day after the House of Representatives voted to impeach President Trump, the person who will be leading Democrats in the impeachment trial, Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), said that he backs the idea of withholding the articles of impeachment until Senate Republicans offer them more favorable terms for the trial.In his office on Thursday, Schumer told reporters that he and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) are on "the same page" when it comes to the speaker's decision to sit on the articles of impeachment instead of immediately sending them to the GOP leader, Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. Pelosi shocked impeachment observers after the votes were held on Wednesday night...

What crackdown? Migrant smuggling business adapts, thrives
What crackdown? Migrant smuggling business adapts, thrives

The heavy-set man swept through a nightclub curtain into the reserved area of a nightclub. In the darkness he agreed to talk about his business: handling the income from smuggling migrants across a 375-mile stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border. The hardening of U.S. and Mexican immigration policies has "complicated" the business because there are more security forces on both sides of the border, but Manuel isn't worried.

Rep. Debbie Dingell says Trump
Rep. Debbie Dingell says Trump's comments about her husband 'brought me down in a way you can never imagine'

Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) on Wednesday night let President Trump know that his comments about her late husband, Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.), hurt in an unfathomable way.Earlier in the evening, Trump told supporters at a rally in Battle Creek, Michigan, that after John Dingell -- the longest-serving member of Congress in U.S. history -- died in February, he made sure that he had the best possible state funeral. Trump claimed that Debbie Dingell called him to say it was "the nicest thing that's ever happened, thank you so much, John is looking down." Trump decided to then suggest her husband was in hell, saying, "Maybe he's looking up, I don't know. Maybe."Trump made...


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