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U.K. Will Take Northern Rail Franchise Back Into State Ownership
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  • 2020-01-29 14:23:17Z

(Bloomberg) -- Boris Johnson's U.K. government said it will take the troubled Northern Rail franchise back into state ownership from March 1, in the latest sign that his Conservative administration is willing to intervene in the running of ailing private companies."The service provided by the rail network in the north has failed to meet the needs of passengers," Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said as he made the announcement in a written statement to Parliament on Wednesday. "People across the north deserve better, their communities deserve better and I am determined to achieve that."The Northern franchise is currently run by Arriva group, part of Deutsche Bahn. From March, it will be...

A look at Israel
A look at Israel's settlements ahead of possible annexation
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  • 2020-01-29 14:07:21Z

President Donald Trump's plan for ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict paves the way for Israel to annex most or all of its settlements in the occupied West Bank. The settlement enterprise began immediately after Israel captured east Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip in the 1967 war and accelerated through much of the decades-long peace process. The Palestinians view the settlements as illegal and the main obstacle to resolving the conflict, saying they make the establishment of a contiguous, viable Palestinian state virtually impossible.

The Latest: Putin tells officials to prepare for new virus
The Latest: Putin tells officials to prepare for new virus
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  • 2020-01-29 14:02:04Z

Russian President Vladimir Putin has urged the country's government to be prepared to deal with a possible outbreak of a new virus from China. "It is a new phenomenon, and the question is how well we are prepared for this challenge," Putin said during a meeting with several Cabinet members. Russia shares a long border with China.

Trump rages against John Bolton:
Trump rages against John Bolton: 'If I listened to him, we would be in World War Six'
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  • 2020-01-29 13:45:01Z

President Trump would like everyone to know that his former national security adviser nearly got us into four world wars.Trump on Wednesday lashed out at former National Security Adviser John Bolton following a report in The New York Times that Bolton in his upcoming book describes how Trump linked Ukraine aid to investigations into Democrats.As this report sparks new calls for witnesses in the impeachment trial, Trump mocked Bolton for his "many" mistakes and declared that if he "listened to him, we would be in World War Six by now."> For a guy who couldn't get approved for the Ambassador to the U.N. years ago, couldn't get approved for anything since, "begged" me...

'Now they can chase their dreams': Bangladesh allows Rohingya children to study

Rohingya refugees reacted with surprise and joy on Wednesday to the news that Bangladesh would provide formal education to their children, two and a half years after they were forced to flee Myanmar. Human rights groups have long campaigned for the nearly half a million effectively stateless Rohingya children in Bangladesh's refugee camps to be allowed access to quality education, warning of the costs of a 'lost generation'.

Islamophobia in the US did not start with Trump, but his tweets perpetuate a long history of equating Muslims with terrorism
Islamophobia in the US did not start with Trump, but his tweets perpetuate a long history of equating Muslims with terrorism
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  • 2020-01-29 13:21:25Z

President Donald Trump retweeted a doctored image of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wearing a hijab and Senator Chuck Schumer wearing a turban on Jan. 13. In the fake photo, both were seen standing in front of an Iranian flag with a caption saying: "The corrupted Dems trying their best to come to the Ayatollah's rescue." Trump was again criticized for promoting anti-Muslim sentiments and for being a social media troll who spreads false information. The image was, presumably, meant to criticize Pelosi and other Democrats for questioning Trump's order to kill the Iranian general Qasem Soleimani by positioning Pelosi and Schumer as defending America's "enemy" - Iran. The image portrays the...

Britain is about to leave the EU - what
Britain is about to leave the EU - what's next?
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  • 2020-01-29 13:21:15Z

Britain will shortly leave the European Union. So that's it. Brexit is over, right?Wrong. To channel former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill - as every leading Brexit supporter seems to want to do - "This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning."Although Britain formally leaves the European Union on Jan. 31, little will change until the end of the year. Britain will still adhere to the four freedoms of the tariff-free single market - free movement of goods, services, capital and people - as well as rulings from the European Court of Justice. This transition period is intended to give Britain and the EU time to arrange...

EU's Barnier eyes loose association deal as basis for new British ties
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  • 2020-01-29 13:05:52Z

Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier told the 27 EU states staying on together that a loose so-called association agreement like the one the bloc has with Ukraine should serve as the basis for a new relationship with Britain, diplomatic sources said. Barnier met Brussels envoys of the 27 countries earlier on Wednesday as part of preparations for looming talks on a new EU-UK deal that will start after Britain leaves the bloc on Friday. Diplomats briefed on the closed-door meeting told Reuters Barnier stressed the bloc would not give ground on its key principles and was ready to hold negotiating rounds with Britain every three weeks on a dozen-or-so issues in parallel.

Restaurant honors 'Good Samaritan' who helped stop abduction

North Carolina A&T graduate student Cody Byrd, 24, received a "Good Citizen Award" at a ceremony presented by the Biscuitville restaurant chain. Byrd will eat free for a year, and he shared his first free meal with his mother on Tuesday, news outlets reported. Byrd was dining at the Greensboro location in December when he noticed a man watching the child, he told news outlets and police.

Germany Lifts Growth Outlook, Pushes Investment to Keep Its Edge
Germany Lifts Growth Outlook, Pushes Investment to Keep Its Edge
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  • 2020-01-29 12:58:56Z

(Bloomberg) -- Terms of Trade is a daily newsletter that untangles a world embroiled in trade wars. Sign up here. Germany's government raised its 2020 growth projection and pledged investment to keep Europe's largest economy competitive as it turns more digital and climate-aware, and its population ages.The administration's first major assessment of the economic situation this year comes amid signs that Germany is putting the worst of its troubles behind it. Surveys of activity have picked up, reinforcing the view that the pace of growth may slowly pick up through 2020.That's good news for an economy where a car industry slump and a manufacturing recession held expansion to just 0.6% last...

The Ugliest Part of Trump
The Ugliest Part of Trump's Impeachment Defense
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  • 2020-01-29 12:53:16Z

(Bloomberg Opinion) -- Get Jonathan Bernstein's newsletter every morning in your inbox. Click here to subscribe.President Donald Trump's legal team wrapped up its three-day defense presentation in the Senate impeachment trial on Tuesday. The president's lawyers wound up taking up less than half of their allotted time, which doesn't necessarily mean anything - after all, the House managers who played the prosecutorial role took up all 24 hours in part by making many of their points multiple times. Keeping the defense short might be thought of as a strategy, rather than an indication of a lack of anything useful to say.In this case, however? It's really astonishing how unimpressive their...

The Ugliest Part of Trump
The Ugliest Part of Trump's Impeachment Defense
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  • 2020-01-29 12:53:16Z

(Bloomberg Opinion) -- Get Jonathan Bernstein's newsletter every morning in your inbox. Click here to subscribe.President Donald Trump's legal team wrapped up its three-day defense presentation in the Senate impeachment trial on Tuesday. The president's lawyers wound up taking up less than half of their allotted time, which doesn't necessarily mean anything - after all, the House managers who played the prosecutorial role took up all 24 hours in part by making many of their points multiple times. Keeping the defense short might be thought of as a strategy, rather than an indication of a lack of anything useful to say.In this case, however? It's really astonishing how unimpressive their...

Israeli president: Germany must win anti-Semitism fight
Israeli president: Germany must win anti-Semitism fight
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  • 2020-01-29 12:50:42Z

Lamenting rising anti-Semitism in Europe, Israel's president said Germany "must not fail" in fighting it as he addressed German lawmakers Wednesday to mark the 75th anniversary of the Auschwitz death camp's liberation. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin's address to parliament capped a three-day

Erdogan Warns Russia Risks Split With Turkey on Syria Attack

(Bloomberg) -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan voiced rare recent criticism of Russia for its conduct in Syria, saying his "patience is running out" over the ongoing bombing of opposition Islamist forces in Idlib province."As of now, Russia is loyal to neither Astana nor Sochi" agreements, Erdogan told reporters on his way back from a visit to African countries, according to Anadolu Agency.He was referring to accords struck by the two countries in recent years to curtail fighting in northern Syria. Russia and Turkey have stepped up their cooperation in the Syrian conflict while finding themselves on opposite sides of other Middle Eastern conflicts, such as the one in Libya."If we...

10 things you need to know today: January 29, 2020
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  • 2020-01-29 11:49:00Z

1.President Trump on Tuesday unveiled a Middle East peace plan that would give Israel control of a unified Jerusalem as its capital, and let it hold onto settlements in the West Bank. The proposal also called for a Palestinian state, but one with limited sovereignty and a capital in "eastern Jerusalem" cut off from the rest of the city by an Israeli military barrier. "My vision presents a win-win opportunity for both sides," Trump said. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stood by Trump's side as he announced the long-awaited plan. There was no Palestinian representative present. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called Trump's proposal the "slap of the...

U.S. hopes to discuss
U.S. hopes to discuss 'entire strategic framework' with Iraq soon

The United States hopes to discuss the entire strategic framework of its relationship with Iraq soon, a U.S. envoy said on Tuesday, as the fate of a U.S. military mission there remains in doubt after a drone strike that killed an Iranian general. Iraq's parliament has voted to ask the United States to withdraw its 5,000-strong force after the Jan. 3 U.S. drone strike in Baghdad, which killed Iranian general Qassem Soleimani and the Iraqi leader of a powerful pro-Iran armed faction. Washington has paused some of the military activity of its troops in Iraq, which were invited back into the country in 2014 as part of a mission to fight the Islamic State militant group in both Iraq and...

Containing Paranoia as Well as a Deadly Virus
Containing Paranoia as Well as a Deadly Virus
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  • 2020-01-29 10:58:09Z

(Bloomberg) -- Want to receive this post in your inbox every day? Sign up for the Balance of Power newsletter, and follow Bloomberg Politics on Twitter and Facebook for more.China's unprecedented decision to quarantine a city bigger than New York has prompted travel curbs that have spread around the world nearly as fast as the deadly virus they're intended to stop.Many of those measures have found Chinese travelers - healthy or otherwise - facing suspicion, a sideways glance, or an awkward shuffle away. With nearly 6,000 cases in China alone and at least 132 deaths, the virus presents a major challenge for governments to limit the contagion.British Airways has stopped all flights to and...

Bangladesh to improve schools for Rohingya refugee children
Bangladesh to improve schools for Rohingya refugee children
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  • 2020-01-29 10:41:43Z

Authorities in Bangladesh in partnership with the United Nations will expand educational programs for hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohingya children living in refugee camps who are currently receiving only basic lessons, officials said Wednesday. The children, who fled with their families from neighboring Myanmar to the camps in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar district, now attend about 1,500 learning centers run by UNICEF that provide basic education, drawing and other fun activities. Under the new program starting in April, they will receive a formal education using a Myanmar curriculum from grade 6 to 9, the U.N. said in a statement.

Israeli Cabinet postpones vote on West Bank annexation
Israeli Cabinet postpones vote on West Bank annexation
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  • 2020-01-29 10:10:41Z

A senior Israeli minister said on Wednesday that a Cabinet vote to endorse annexation of parts of the West Bank will not take place early next week, despite Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's pledge a day earlier to act quickly after the U.S. released a plan to end the conflict that was rejected by the Palestinians. Netanyahu said he would ask the Cabinet to advance the extension of Israeli sovereignty over most Jewish settlements and the strategic Jordan Valley, a move that would likely spark international outrage and complicate the White House's efforts to build support for the plan.

Say hello to invisible Brexit
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  • 2020-01-29 10:02:51Z

Brexit arrived with a thunderclap, but it is leaving with a whimper.

Why Brexit Opponents Lost the Vote and the Argument
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  • 2020-01-29 09:58:44Z

(Bloomberg Opinion) -- Britain will leave the EU at 11 pm London time on Friday, following Boris Johnson's victory at last month's general election. Much has been written, including in this column, about the results of the election, and in particular how the Labour Party lost it so badly. But Brexit also means another postmortem - why did the efforts to stop Brexit fall short?There were effectively two routes by which Brexit could have been stopped - either for parliament to legislate for a referendum with a "remain" option during last year's standoff, or by electing a parliament that would do this. Neither succeeded.The Remainers were unable to convince enough lawmakers to back a...

Why Brexit Opponents Lost the Vote and the Argument
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  • 2020-01-29 09:58:44Z

(Bloomberg Opinion) -- Britain will leave the EU at 11 pm London time on Friday, following Boris Johnson's victory at last month's general election. Much has been written, including in this column, about the results of the election, and in particular how the Labour Party lost it so badly. But Brexit also means another postmortem - why did the efforts to stop Brexit fall short?There were effectively two routes by which Brexit could have been stopped - either for parliament to legislate for a referendum with a "remain" option during last year's standoff, or by electing a parliament that would do this. Neither succeeded.The Remainers were unable to convince enough lawmakers to back a...

Merkel Cabinet Approves Coal Exit Bill Setting RWE Compensation
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  • 2020-01-29 09:21:08Z

(Bloomberg) -- Want the lowdown on European markets? In your inbox before the open, every day. Sign up here.Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet on Wednesday approved delayed coal exit legislation that sets a time plan and compensation for closing over 100 hard coal and lignite plants owned by RWE AG,

Confined at home, Chinese get creative to beat boredom
Confined at home, Chinese get creative to beat boredom
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  • 2020-01-29 09:08:31Z

Chinese around the country confined to their apartments either by choice or by order are making the best of the situation as cities remain in lockdown in a desperate bid to contain a new, dangerous virus. A couple from Shantou, a coastal city in Guangdong province, recreated a childhood game at home

Syrian troops capture key town in rebel-held Idlib province
Syrian troops capture key town in rebel-held Idlib province
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  • 2020-01-29 08:32:13Z

Syrian troops are in full control of a key rebel-held town in the country's northwest after days of intense fighting and airstrikes that displaced tens of thousands of people, the Syrian army said Wednesday. The capture of the town of Maaret al-Numan in Idlib province marks another victory for President

Americans Trapped in Wuhan Aren
Americans Trapped in Wuhan Aren't Angry at the Chinese Government. They're Angry at Their Own

As the deadly coronavirus continues to spread, Americans feel abandoned by their government

Japanese evacuated from Wuhan describe fear in virus epicentre
Japanese evacuated from Wuhan describe fear in virus epicentre

Japanese citizens evacuated from Wuhan, the epicentre of a deadly virus outbreak, described an atmosphere of confusion and fear in the Chinese city and expressed relief as they arrived in Tokyo on Wednesday. A total of 206 Japanese citizens landed at Tokyo's Haneda airport on Wednesday morning, with health professionals carrying out checks on board and at the airport, but no mandatory quarantine was planned.

RPT-WHO weighs science and politics in global virus emergency decision
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  • 2020-01-29 06:49:51Z

GENEVA/LONDON, Jan 28 (Reuters) - Most of the World Health Organization's (WHO) criteria for declaring a global emergency have been met, but it is awaiting clear evidence of a sustained spread of the new coronavirus outside China before doing so, some experts and diplomats said. The U.N. agency

No hot meals, blankets, magazines as airlines step up fight on virus
No hot meals, blankets, magazines as airlines step up fight on virus

Passengers on some flights to China will have to make do without hot meals or blankets and newspapers, as airlines step up measures to protect crew and travelers from a coronavirus that has killed more than 130 in the country. Seeking to contain the spread of the new virus by reducing personal contact, Taiwan's China Airlines said it is encouraging passengers to bring their own beverage bottles and would limit re-usable items by replacing them with disposables. The airline and its regional arm Mandarin Airlines have stopped from Monday serving hot meals and replaced tablecloths and napkins with paper towels on cross-strait and Hong Kong flights.

Israel headed for clash with ICC over West Bank settlements
Israel headed for clash with ICC over West Bank settlements
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  • 2020-01-29 06:26:12Z

Emboldened by a supportive White House, Israel appears to be barreling toward a showdown with the international community over its half-century-old settlement enterprise in the West Bank. With the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court poised to launch a war crimes probe of Israel's settlement

NPR, federal watchdog demand answers on Pompeo
NPR, federal watchdog demand answers on Pompeo's evident retaliation over testy NPR interview

President Trump may think it amusing and laudatory that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo berated and cursed out NPR reporter Mary Louise Kelly last week after she asked him tough questions about Ukraine and whether he supports his diplomats, but NPR isn't laughing at Pompeo's behavior.The State Department informed NPR diplomatic correspondent Michele Keleman on Sunday, without explanation, that she will no longer be traveling with Pompeo on this week's trip to Britain, Ukraine, and Central Asia. NPR CEO John Lansing demanded an explanation Tuesday and told the State Department if NPR doesn't get satisfactory answers by Wednesday, when Pompeo is scheduled to depart, NPR "will have no...

Georgia man set to be executed for killings of 2 people
Georgia man set to be executed for killings of 2 people

Donnie Cleveland Lance, 66, is set to receive a lethal injection at the state prison in Jackson for the November 1997 killings of Sabrina "Joy" Lance and Dwight "Butch" Wood Jr. in Jackson County, about 60 miles northeast of Atlanta. Lance went to Wood's home the night of Nov. 8, 1997, kicked in the front door and shot Wood in the front and back with a shotgun and then beat Joy Lance to death with the butt of the shotgun, according to a Georgia Supreme Court summary of the case.

UAE confirms first cases of new Chinese virus in Mideast
UAE confirms first cases of new Chinese virus in Mideast
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  • 2020-01-29 05:34:54Z

The United Arab Emirates on Wednesday confirmed the first cases in the Mideast of the new Chinese virus that causes flu-like symptoms, saying doctors now were treating a family that had just come from a city at the epicenter of the outbreak. The UAE's state-run WAM news agency made the announcement citing the Health and Prevention Ministry, but offered no details on where the stricken family lived nor where they were receiving treatment. The UAE , a federation of seven sheikhdoms on the Arabian Peninsula including Dubai and Abu Dhabi, is home to long-haul carriers Emirates and Etihad Airways and is a hub for global air travel.

Twitter row over Taiwan virus response hits UN aviation body
Twitter row over Taiwan virus response hits UN aviation body

A Twitter row over Taiwan's lack of access to international agencies to fight the new coronavirus outbreak has landed the UN aviation body in hot water after it blocked followers who criticised its refusal to work with the self-ruled island. The spread of a new deadly virus in central China has sparked alarm throughout the region and sent countries scrambling to reassess international flights as they try to stop the epidemic spreading. Neither the Montreal-based International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), nor the Geneva-based World Health Organization (WHO) will deal with Taiwan directly and only recognise Beijing.

Foreigners airlifted from China virus epicentre, death toll hits 132
Foreigners airlifted from China virus epicentre, death toll hits 132

Hundreds of Americans and Japanese escaped the quarantined Chinese city at the centre of a coronavirus epidemic aboard charter flights on Wednesday, as the death toll soared to 132 and confirmed infections neared 6,000. SARS, another respiratory coronavirus transmitted between people, went on to claim nearly 800 lives around the world, with most of those fatalities in mainland China and Hong Kong. The new disease has spread to more than 15 countries since it emerged out of Wuhan late last year, although all the confirmed fatalities have so far been in China.

Whether to call Bolton, other witnesses roils Trump
Whether to call Bolton, other witnesses roils Trump's trial
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  • 2020-01-29 05:09:46Z

President Donald Trump's impeachment trial is shifting to questions from senators, a pivotal juncture as Republicans lack the votes to block witnesses and face a potential setback in their hope of ending the trial with a quick acquittal. After Trump's defense team rested Tuesday with a plea to "end now," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell privately told senators he doesn't yet have the votes to brush back Democratic demands for witnesses now that revelations from John Bolton, the former national security adviser, have roiled the trial. Bolton writes in a forthcoming book that Trump told him he wanted to withhold military aid from Ukraine until it helped with investigations into...

Question time: What
Question time: What's next in Trump's impeachment trial
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  • 2020-01-29 05:06:41Z

With opening arguments wrapped up in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial, senators will now get a chance to ask questions. The question-and-answer session, expected to last two days, will allow the lawyers on both sides to make their final points before the senators vote on whether to hear witnesses and, eventually, on whether to convict the president and remove him from office. The senators must submit their questions to the presiding officer, Chief Justice John Roberts.

A robot named Little Peanut is delivering food to people in quarantine amid the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak
A robot named Little Peanut is delivering food to people in quarantine amid the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak

"Hello everyone. Cute Little Peanut is serving food to you now," the robot said, according to a translation. "Enjoy your meal."

The Five Big Flashpoints in Boris Johnson's Battle With Brussels
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  • 2020-01-29 05:00:01Z

(Bloomberg) -- Terms of Trade is a daily newsletter that untangles a world embroiled in trade wars. Sign up here. When the U.K. rescued Flybe two weeks ago, alarm bells rang not only at the regional airline's rivals but also atop the European Union.One of the EU's biggest roles is limiting the subsidies member states can give companies to prevent them getting an unfair advantage over competitors. After Brexit, the EU wants the U.K. to go on playing by these rules. Flybe showed the British may not be so keen. That's just one potential flashpoint as the EU and U.K. prepare to negotiate a landmark trade deal this year. For Europe, the trade-off is clear: The further Britain strays from the...

The Leopard 2 Tank Has Some Big Flaws (As It Got Smashed In Syria)
The Leopard 2 Tank Has Some Big Flaws (As It Got Smashed In Syria)

Will they be fixed?

Hannity Says He
Hannity Says He's 'Not Recognizing' Bolton, Angrily Demands He Come on His Show
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  • 2020-01-29 04:12:29Z

Fox News primetime host Sean Hannity called out former National Security Adviser John Bolton on Tuesday night and demanded that he come on his program to talk about Bolton's assertions that President Donald Trump told him about a Ukrainian quid pro quo.With Republican senators facing increased pressure to call Bolton as an impeachment witness following the revelation that his upcoming book details the president leveraging military aid to get Ukraine to investigate his political foes, Hannity kicked off his Tuesday night show by calling the Bolton bombshell a "manufactured crisis."After roundly dismissing the "B.S. surrounding Bolton," Hannity went on to note that he's known Bolton for...

Why Russia Is Doubling Down On The 1981 Tu-160 Bomber
Why Russia Is Doubling Down On The 1981 Tu-160 Bomber

It wants 50 new bombers.

Merkel's Partner Wants to Forget That Talk of Ditching Coalition
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  • 2020-01-29 04:00:00Z

(Bloomberg) -- Talk of bringing down Chancellor Angela Merkel's government or demanding huge concessions has all but evaporated as Germany's Social Democrats prepare for coalition talks.Back in December, the party's newly-elected leftist leaders, Saskia Esken and Norbert Walter-Borjans, were still threatening to withdraw from the coalition unless Merkel agreed to massive investments, a sizable minimum wage boost and other spending projects.But when party chiefs meet for coalition talks Wednesday night, it'll be about minor adjustments not major shifts in economic policy. Instead of the 450 billion euros ($495 billion) in investment that the SPD leaders had demanded, they will discuss how...

Pompeo takes on growing rift with Brexit Britain
Pompeo takes on growing rift with Brexit Britain
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  • 2020-01-29 03:52:59Z

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visits London on Wednesday to salvage a post-Brexit alliance with an old friend whose defiance on China and Iran underscores Washington's diplomatic isolation. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been touting the prospects of a big new trade deal with the United States that can fill the void of Britain's departure from the European Union on Friday.

London
London's 'City' is banking on wide appeal post Brexit
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  • 2020-01-29 03:37:11Z

London's powerful "City" financial sector, facing reduced access to mainland European markets following Brexit, is banking on its global appeal to forge new ties and remain an international force. With Britain exiting the EU on Friday, the City will eventually lose "passporting" rights that has allowed the driver of Britain's dominant services sector to operate freely across the bloc. The long-standing bilateral arrangement, which has convinced especially large US and Japanese lenders to set up massive operations in London, formally ends with the conclusion of a Brexit transition period due December 31.

Latest North Korea quake shows legacy of instability at nuclear test site: South Korea

A small natural earthquake detected in North Korea on Wednesday was likely a result of seismic instability lingering in the area since North Korea conducted its sixth and largest nuclear test in 2017, the South Korean government said. A magnitude 2.5 earthquake was detected at 9:33 a.m. (0033 GMT) in Hamgyong Province, the location of North Korea's shuttered Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site, according to South Korea's Meteorological Administration. "It was a natural earthquake, presumably caused by the sixth nuclear test," the administration said in a statement on its website.

Swan song: N.Ireland looks to post-Brexit future
Swan song: N.Ireland looks to post-Brexit future
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  • 2020-01-29 03:26:17Z

Violin-maker Martin McClean carves amber wood and plucks at delicate strings in his studio in Northern Ireland, surrounded by stacks of slender glinting tools and precious timber. Britain leaves the EU on Friday and for McClean, Brexit represents the loss of a patron.

Brexit to be sealed with final Brussels vote
Brexit to be sealed with final Brussels vote
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  • 2020-01-29 03:15:35Z

Brexit Day is to be set in stone Wednesday when the European Parliament in Brussels casts a vote ratifying the terms of Britain's divorce deal from the EU. The historic legislative act -- the last for the 72 remaining British MEPs who will leave afterwards -- will allow Brexit to officially take effect on Friday at 2300 GMT, midnight for most of continental Europe and 11:00 pm in Britain. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson insists that date will see Brexit "done".

Bloomberg says he didn
Bloomberg says he didn't bother to keep Trump's cellphone number

Bloomberg told CBS News about advice he gave Trump after he was elected but before he took office.

Biden: Joni Ernst
Biden: Joni Ernst 'spilled the beans' on Trump using impeachment trial to smear him

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) said the quiet part out loud on Monday when she told reporters she was "really interested" in seeing how Iowa voters react to President Trump's impeachment lawyers attacking former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter."Iowa caucuses are this next Monday evening," Ernst said. "And I'm really interested to see how this discussion today informs and influences the Iowa caucus voters, these Democratic caucusgoers. Will they be supporting Vice President Biden at this point?"While meeting with Iowa voters on Tuesday, Biden said Ernst "spilled the beans. She just came out and flat said it. You know, the whole impeachment trial for...


Apple hits new all-time high after iPhone demand shatters sales records (AAPL)
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  • 2020-01-29 17:03:04

Apple hits new all-time high after iPhone demand shatters sales records (AAPL)

Apple TV Plus shows are performing well: third-party data - Business Insider
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  • 2020-01-29 15:58:47

Apple TV Plus originals made up six of the top 10 streaming debuts in the fourth quarter of 2019, according to Parrot Analytics.

Harvard chemist arrested on charges of lying about work with China - Business Insider
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  • 2020-01-29 15:57:58

Charles Lieber was arrested Tuesday on charges of lying to the Department of Defense about his ties to China.

ASU students demand university do more after Wuhan virus confirmed - Business Insider
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  • 2020-01-29 15:56:27

In a petition that has gained over 20,000 signatures, students asked for more safety measures and information from the university administration.

Warren Buffett is selling his newspapers for $140 million â?? a fraction of what they cost him
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  • 2020-01-29 15:42:08

Warren Buffett is selling his newspapers for $140 million â?? a fraction of what they cost him

Apple's next 10 years: Self-driving cars, smart glasses, faster iPhone - Business Insider
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  • 2020-01-29 14:41:00

Apple has dominated the last decade in tech, and it has no plans of slowing down in the next 10 years.

They killed her daughter. Now this mum won't give up until they're hanged
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  • 2020-01-29 14:07:04

The rape and murder of a young woman on a bus in New Delhi triggered outrage around the world. India is preparing to execute her attackers, but for many rape victims, justice is elusive.

Netflix's head of recruiting shares her No. 1 job interview question - Business Insider
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  • 2020-01-29 13:41:49

The toughest job-interview questions at Netflix tie back to the company's culture, which is rooted in values like courage and integrity.

Rafael Nadal exits Australian Open, outgunned by Dominic Thiem in quarter-final clash
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  • 2020-01-29 13:17:06

The world number one departs the tournament at the hands of the Austrian fifth seed, as the four-set loss ends his quest to win a record-equalling 20th men's major in Melbourne.

What it's like staying at NYC's top-rated hotel: The St. Regis - Business Insider
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  • 2020-01-29 13:15:00

The St. Regis is a 5-star hotel in one of the world's priciest cities, but I was still shocked by the room service prices — like a $16 sliced avocado.

Apple is facing an AirPods Pro shortage â?? and CEO Tim Cook doesn't know when the supply crunch will end
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  • 2020-01-29 13:12:06

Apple is facing an AirPods Pro shortage â?? and CEO Tim Cook doesn't know when the supply crunch will end

Real estate investing strategy, approach from billionaire Sam Zell - Business Insider
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  • 2020-01-29 13:09:00

Sam Zell, legendary entrepreneur and investor, shares the "the single most important criteria" an investor needs to consult.

Donald Trump alone on world stage as Europe defies him and backs Huawei - Business Insider
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  • 2020-01-29 12:48:08

Donald Trump's is accused of presiding over "the biggest strategic defeat for the US since the early days of WW2".

Trump attempt to boost Sanders 2020 candidacy could backfire - Business Insider
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  • 2020-01-29 11:57:54

Bernie Sanders is popular in the Rust Belt states that gave Trump victory in 2016, and insiders fear that the president may be underestimating him.

China coronavirus: Medics sent to Wuhan, infections outstrip SARS - Business Insider
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  • 2020-01-29 11:46:56

As of Wednesday, 5,974 cases of the Wuhan coronavirus had been confirmed in mainland China. The number of SARS cases in 2003 was 5,327.

Rangers feared this neon-pink slug was wiped out by fires — then it rained
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  • 2020-01-29 11:37:14

The rare species is only found in a 10-kilometre-square patch of national park which was ravaged by bushfires last year.

Huawei: How allies are reacting to US calls to avoid the tech firm - Business Insider
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  • 2020-01-29 10:57:00

The UK defied Trump to permit Huawei limited access to its 5G network.

Apple is deep-cleaning stores and restricting employee travel thanks to the coronavirus - Business Insider
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  • 2020-01-29 10:43:40

Apple is also conducting temperature checks for its employees in China, CEO Tim Cook said during the company's earnings call.

Chinese soccer team quarantined in Brisbane as state's first coronavirus case confirmed
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  • 2020-01-29 10:03:52

China's women's national soccer team is confined to a Brisbane hotel as a precaution against the spread of coronavirus.

Police divers locate plane wreckage a week after crash, no sign of occupants
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  • 2020-01-29 09:59:42

The Cessna 182 crashed into Moreton Bay off Brisbane on January 22 with two people on board and while police divers have found the wrecked plane, there is still no sign of the occupants.

Chinese store fined for price-gouging on protective masks as coronavirus grips the nation
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  • 2020-01-29 09:46:05

As coronavirus hits China hard, authorities are cracking down on profiteering, with one store hit with a 3 million yuan fine for raising raised the price of protective masks dramatically.

Rafael Nadal stopped in his tracks by Aus Open security for not wearing his ID pass
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  • 2020-01-29 08:19:16

It doesn't matter how famous or well-known you are at the Australian Open, you're going to have show ID to security. Just ask the men's world number one.

Victorian health authorities confirm second case of coronavirus, bringing Australian total to six
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  • 2020-01-29 07:50:43

Victoria's chief health officer Brett Sutton reveals that the state has confirmed its second case of coronavirus.

British Airways cancels all flights to mainland China as Wuhan coronavirus spreads - Business Insider
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  • 2020-01-29 07:43:12

The company apologized for the inconvenience to its customers in a statement and said the move would go into "immediate effect."

Investigators reveal Kobe Bryant's helicopter dived into ground 'at high speed'
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  • 2020-01-29 06:57:47

Investigators have cleared the Calabasas hillside of the helicopter debris from the crash that killed Kobe Bryant, but also revealed some terrifying speculation about the final moments of the doomed flight.

'Leper colony' or a positive contribution: Coronavirus quarantine splits Christmas Island
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  • 2020-01-29 06:36:48

Locals have raised questions about the surprise news that Christmas Island will house Australian evacuees caught up in China's coronavirus outbreak.

Morrison knows where his political weaknesses lie — but he won't give any ground
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  • 2020-01-29 06:35:21

It was billed as an opportunity for Scott Morrison to reset after a disastrous start to the political year. But in he end, a defensive Morrison doubled down.

Quiet Australians want their voice on climate change to be heard
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  • 2020-01-29 06:16:00

For the first time in their lives, Rod and Margot Cunich are so angry about a political issue they are taking action. And they are not the only ones.

Light plane crashes into ocean, two survivors swim ashore
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  • 2020-01-29 06:01:10

A light plane crashes into the ocean off Queensland's Fraser Island, with the pilot and a passenger both surviving and swimming ashore to waiting paramedics.

Councillor compares colleagues to 'Osama Green Laden' for wanting to replace fireworks
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  • 2020-01-29 05:56:03

An Adelaide city councillor cautions opponents to not become the Taliban wing of the council for supporting an investigation into replacing New Year's Eve fireworks with a drone or light display.

Court releases shocking video of man punching female cop at AFL game
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  • 2020-01-29 05:56:03

A magistrate has released shocking video of a man punching a female police officer as she tried to arrest him at an AFL match in Geelong.

Quarantine centre set up on Christmas Island for 'vulnerable' Australians evacuated from China
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  • 2020-01-29 05:53:43

Scott Morrison says the Federal Government will try to evacuate isolated and vulnerable Australians trapped in China because of the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus.

Scott Morrison distances himself from sports grants scandal plaguing his Government
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  • 2020-01-29 05:00:06

The Prime Minister has sought to distance his office from a scandal-plagued sports grants program that is threatening the political future of a senior minister.

'Would've been good to say goodbye': Future NBA star ditches Aussie team without a word
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  • 2020-01-29 03:58:17

American basketball sensation LaMelo Ball has unceremoniously ended his Australian stint, leaving the country without telling his teammates.

Google chief's Neverending Story-themed ship charts course for mysterious sea canyon
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  • 2020-01-29 02:50:39

A state-of-the-art research vessel is set to probe the unknown depths of the Bremer Bay canyon, off the coast of WA, as part of a year-long tour around Australia.

Trump's most powerful Senate ally says he might not be able to block new impeachment trial witnesses
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  • 2020-01-29 01:56:09

The President's defence team wrap up their opening arguments, but the attention stays on John Bolton and the efforts to get him to testify.

Helicopter carrying Kobe Bryant didn't have terrain warning system - Business Insider
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  • 2020-01-29 01:23:16

An NTSB official said that the descent rate of the aircraft was 2,000 feet per minute, which she referred to as a "high energy impact crash."

Apple stock has increased 4x since Trump dumped his shares - Business Insider
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  • 2020-01-29 01:16:44

History has shown that it's often unwise to bet against Apple, as the iPhone continues to help it dominate.

Quarantine centre set up on Christmas Island for Australians evacuated from Wuhan
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  • 2020-01-29 01:03:25

Scott Morrison says the Federal Government will try to evacuate isolated and vulnerable Australians trapped in China because of the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus.

Apple's curious comments on China coronavirus and its revenue forecast - Business Insider
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  • 2020-01-29 00:22:37

Apple attributed a 'wider-than-usual' revenue forecast to uncertainty over the the deadly coronavirus. But the forecast wasn't actually unusual.

Everyone's attitude to climate change fits into one of these six groups
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  • 2020-01-29 00:14:39

Understanding these six groups of people is key to healing divisions over climate action, writes Rebecca Huntley.

Nike Vaporfly shoes will not be banned, The Guardian reports - Business Insider
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  • 2020-01-29 00:01:55

Nike's Vaporfly shoes confer 4% more energetic efficiency than competing brands' shoes. The World Athletics association is expected not to ban them.

McConnell says he doesn't have votes to block impeachment witnesses - Business Insider
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  • 2020-01-28 23:35:03

McConnell reportedly compiled a list of "yes," "no," and "maybe" votes but didn't show the count to his fellow senators.

Sleeping naked won't help you get through this heatwave
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  • 2020-01-28 22:47:39

With huge areas of Australia expected to swelter through stifling temperatures this week, here are a few tricks to keep cool as the mercury rises.

Chinese men trying to enter Australia by boat trigger biosecurity operation amid coronavirus concerns
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  • 2020-01-28 22:31:00

Border and biosecurity operations are triggered in Australia and Indonesia by six Chinese men who tried to enter Australia's northern waters by boat.

Wuhan teacher's videos show what life is like inside quarantined city - Business Insider
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  • 2020-01-28 22:08:36

Ben Kavanaugh has been chronicling his life in quarantined Wuhan, China for British broadcaster Channel 4.

Michael Bloomberg shakes man's hand and then dog's mouth while campaigning in Vermont - Business Insider
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  • 2020-01-28 21:53:56

Though the dog appeared to be fine after the encounter, the video of the moment between Bloomberg and the canine created quite a stir online.

NASA, Air Force satellites might crash in space over Pittsburgh - Business Insider
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  • 2020-01-28 21:36:00

Experts who track space debris calculated that the satellites will pass dangerously close to one another, with an "alarming" chance of collision.

Microsoft Edge blocks ads with strong privacy compared to Chrome - Business Insider
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  • 2020-01-28 21:07:36

The privacy settings in the new Microsoft Edge are refreshing more intuitive than Chrome, and even more powerful, too.

Sleeping naked won't help you get through this heatwave
  • World
  • 2020-01-28 20:52:54

With huge areas of Australia expected to swelter through stifling temperatures this week, here are a few tricks to keep cool as the mercury rises.

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