January 17th, 2020

World News

Starr, Dershowitz: Trump assembles made-for-TV defence team

By Eric Tucker And Zeke Miller, The Associated Press on January 17th, 2020

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump has assembled a made-for-TV legal team for his Senate trial that includes household names like Alan Dershowitz and Ken Starr, the prosecutor whose investigation two decades ago resulted in the impeachment of Bill Clinton. The additions on Friday bring experience in the politics of impeachment as well as constitutional law ... Read More »

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Who’s who on Trump’s legal team for impeachment trial

By Jill Colvin And Deb Riechmann, The Associated Press on January 17th, 2020

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s legal team for his Senate impeachment trial will include a pair of well-known attorneys who have vigorously defended Trump on television and played roles in some of the most consequential legal dramas in recent history. Among those joining White House counsel Pat Cipollone and longtime Trump attorney Jay Sekulow on ... Read More »

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Mexico readies for Central American migrants at south border

By MaríA Verza And Sonia PéRez D., The Associated Press on January 17th, 2020

CIUDAD HIDALGO, Mexico – Border security forces in southern Mexico were preparing Friday for the expected arrival of hundreds of Central Americans travelling through Guatemala and vowed to prevent a repeat of the headline-grabbing “caravans” of past years when massive flows of migrants and asylum seekers overwhelmed agents. National Guard and army troops stood watch ... Read More »

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Officials, activists: 2 Iraqi protesters killed in Baghdad

By Samya Kullab And Qassem Abdul-Zahra, The Associated Press on January 17th, 2020

BAGHDAD – Two protesters were killed and over a dozen wounded in central Baghdad on Friday in renewed violence between anti-government demonstrators and Iraqi security forces, activists and officials said. The deaths followed weeks of calm. Riot police fired tear gas and hurled sound bombs to disperse crowds on the strategic Sinak Bridge after protesters ... Read More »

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Officials, activists say 2 Iraqi protesters killed

By Samya Kullab And Qassem Abdul-Zahra, The Associated Press on January 17th, 2020

BAGHDAD – Two protesters were killed and over a dozen wounded in central Baghdad on Friday in renewed violence between anti-government demonstrators and Iraqi security forces, activists and officials said. The deaths follow weeks of calm. Riot police fired tear gas and hurled sound bombs to disperse crowds on the strategic Sinak Bridge after protesters ... Read More »

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Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein’s rape trial

By Tom Hays And Michael R. Sisak, The Associated Press on January 17th, 2020

NEW YORK – A jury of seven men and five women was selected Friday for Harvey Weinstein’s rape trial after an arduous two-week process, setting the stage for testimony to begin in the next week. The final tally mostly erased a gender imbalance that, just hours earlier, led to complaints by prosecutors that the defence ... Read More »

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Ukrainian president rejects prime minister’s resignation

By Yuras Karmanau, The Associated Press on January 17th, 2020

KYIV, Ukraine – Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy rejected his prime minister’s offer to resign and asked him to stay on the job Friday after he was caught on tape saying Zelenskiy – a former sitcom star with no previous political experience – knows nothing about the economy. In a video released by Zelenskiy’s office, the ... Read More »

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Ukrainian president asks PM who disparaged him to stay

By Yuras Karmanau, The Associated Press on January 17th, 2020

KYIV, Ukraine – Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has rejected his prime minister’s resignation and asked Oleksiy Honcharuk to stay on the job. Honcharuk submitted his resignation days after he was caught on tape saying Zelenskiy knows nothing about the economy. In a video released by Zelenskiy’s office on Friday evening, the president said he decided ... Read More »

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Pompeo breaks silence on alleged threats to envoy in Ukraine

By Matthew Lee, The Associated Press on January 17th, 2020

WASHINGTON – Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday broke nearly 72 hours of silence over alleged surveillance and threats to the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, saying he believed the allegations would prove to be wrong but that he had an obligation to evaluate and investigate the matter. In interviews with conservative radio hosts, ... Read More »

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Dershowitz, Starr join Trump impeachment legal defence

By Eric Tucker, The Associated Press on January 17th, 2020

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s legal team for his upcoming Senate impeachment trial will include former Harvard University law professor Alan Dershowitz and Ken Starr, the independent counsel who investigated President Bill Clinton. The team will also include Pam Bondi, the former Florida attorney general and a Trump ally, according to a person who spoke ... Read More »

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