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Iran leader's speech fails to quell plane anger

Iran leader's speech fails to quell plane angerSome Iranians reacted angrily Friday to a speech by the country's supreme leader, which they said sought to downplay days of protests after a tension-filled month in the Islamic republic. "He didn't even try to calm the people and totally ignored the protesters," said one activist in Iran. Protests erupted after the Iranian government admitted to having accidentally shot down a Ukrainian jet on January 8, killing all 176 people on board.




POSTED JANUARY 17, 2020 3:14 PM

How Trump's impeachment differs from a criminal trial

How Trump's impeachment differs from a criminal trialYes, 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.




POSTED JANUARY 17, 2020 5:37 PM

Why Russia Doesn't Like (Or Have) Many Aircraft Carriers

Why Russia Doesn't Like (Or Have) Many Aircraft CarriersNot enough money?




POSTED JANUARY 18, 2020 7:00 AM

The TSA apologized after an agent pulled a Native American passenger's braid and said "giddyup!" during a pat down

The TSA apologized after an agent pulled a Native American passenger's braid and said "giddyup!" during a pat downTara Houska was going through security at the Minneapolis airport on Monday when she said an agent humiliated her by whipping her braids.




POSTED JANUARY 17, 2020 12:43 PM

Parnas communicated with Nunes aide about Ukraine, documents show

Parnas communicated with Nunes aide about Ukraine, documents showLev Parnas, the indicted associate of Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani who worked as his envoy in Ukraine, communicated with a top aide to Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) about an effort to find damaging information on former Vice President Joe Biden, documents released Friday night by House Democrats revealed.The evidence shows Derek Harvey, a former White House official and top aide to Nunes, communicated extensively with Parnas and sought to speak with Ukrainian prosecutors who were giving Giuliani information about Biden, reports The Washington Post. The documents corroborate Parnas' own claims about Nunes' office's involvement in the scheme.Parnas has said President Trump and his associates were working to push Ukraine into announcing an investigation into Biden. The messages, the Post writes, "indicate Nunes' office was aware of the operation at the heart of impeachment proceedings against the president — and sought to use the information Parnas was gathering." Nunes, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, did not comment on the documents.Read more at The Washington Post and NBC News.More stories from theweek.com Trump is getting the band back together The Patriots only have one option French officials warn of violence from subgroups in protest movement




POSTED JANUARY 18, 2020 8:52 AM

Princess Cruises responds after 'Marriage Story' actress speaks out, sues alleging bedbugs

Princess Cruises responds after 'Marriage Story' actress speaks out, sues alleging bedbugsA "Marriage Story" actress and her husband are suing Princess Cruises, alleging their room was infested with bedbugs.




POSTED JANUARY 17, 2020 7:57 AM

Warren Calls On Perry To Step Down From Energy Transfer Board

Warren Calls On Perry To Step Down From Energy Transfer Board(Bloomberg) -- Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren is calling on former U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry to step down from the board of the general partner that controls Dallas-based pipeline giant Energy Transfer LP.In a letter dated Jan. 16, Warren said Perry’s decision to join the board is “unethical” because Energy Transfer lobbied the Department of Energy he oversaw. The company is led by billionaire Kelcy Warren, who isn’t related to Elizabeth Warren.“As Energy Secretary for the first two years of the Trump administration, you were one of the chief architects in planning and executing the federal government’s energy policy,” Warren wrote. “This is exactly the kind of unethical, revolving-door corruption that has made Americans cynical and distrustful of the federal government.”Energy Transfer is “pleased to have Former Secretary Rick Perry as a board member of our general partner,” Vicki Granado, a spokeswoman for the company, said in an email. She said the company wouldn’t provide additional comment on board members.Perry, a two-time U.S. presidential candidate who was Texas governor for more than a decade, was appointed to the board of LE GP LLC on Jan. 1. Energy Transfer is structured as a master limited partnership. The limited partner -- Energy Transfer LP -- is publicly traded, while the general partner is closely held, with Kelcy Warren controlling a majority stake.To contact the reporter on this story: Rachel Adams-Heard in Houston at radamsheard@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Simon Casey at scasey4@bloomberg.net, Christine Buurma, Catherine TraywickFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.




POSTED JANUARY 17, 2020 4:22 PM

Rain douses some Australian bush fires but flash floods now threaten wildlife

Rain douses some Australian bush fires but flash floods now threaten wildlifeHeavy rains in fire-ravaged eastern Australia have brought welcome relief for firefighters and farmers, but sparked flash floods that have led to fresh scrambles to save native animals.  As the rain hit on Thursday the New South Wales State Emergency Services department warned that the sudden heavy downpours in some areas would bring flash flooding, falling trees and landslides where the fires have wiped out vegetation.  On Friday, the warnings were realised when flash floods hit the Australia Reptile Park on the NSW east coast, and the state's koalas - having lost thousands of their number and huge swathes of their habitat - needed to be rescued again as floods thundered down fire-blasted hills empty of vegetation.  Park director Tim Faulkner told local media that the sudden floods on Friday morning were “incredible”.  “Just last week we were having daily meetings to discuss the imminent threat of bushfires,” he said. “Today, we've had the whole team out there, drenched, acting fast to secure the safety of our animals and defend the park from the onslaught of water… We haven't seen flooding like this at the park for over 15 years.” And while the rains have doused fires in some areas, blazes continue to rage across many other parts of the country where the weather stayed dry, including in other parts of New South Wales where 82 fires were still burning, with 30 out of control, and in the state of Victoria, to the south. Parts of the state’s Alpine region were evacuated again as erratic winds caused spot fires around a large blaze at Mount Buffalo.  The rain also completely missed Kangaroo Island, the nation's third biggest off the southern coast of the mainland, where fires have devastated the formerly wildlife-rich national park.  The authorities have warned the crisis could worsen again with Australia only halfway through its summer. The unprecedented fires, fuelled by climate change and a years-long drought, have already claimed 28 lives over the past five months. They have scorched massive tracts of pristine forests in eastern and southern Australia, decimated livestock on already barren farms and destroyed 2,000 homes. In areas where rain has arrived, there are new concerns that muddy ash will be swept into rivers and lakes, exacerbating an emerging crisis as fish die in vast numbers due to ash poisoning the waterways. The NSW Department of Primary Industries has received reports of “hundreds of thousands” of fish dead in the Macleay river since December 2019.




POSTED JANUARY 17, 2020 11:19 AM

U.S. warship transits Taiwan Strait less than week after election

U.S. warship transits Taiwan Strait less than week after electionA U.S. warship sailed through the Taiwan Strait on Thursday, the island's defense ministry said, less than a week after Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen won re-election by a landslide on a platform of standing up to China which claims the island. The ship sailed in a northerly direction through the sensitive waterway and Taiwan's armed forces monitored it throughout, the ministry said in a brief statement on Friday, describing the sailing as an "ordinary mission". Taiwan is China's most sensitive territorial and diplomatic issue and Beijing has never ruled out the use of force to bring the island under its control.




POSTED JANUARY 16, 2020 7:29 PM

Extinction Rebellion protest disrupts Brussels Motor Show

Extinction Rebellion protest disrupts Brussels Motor ShowPolice in Brussels said they arrested around 150 people at the Brussels Motor Show on Saturday after Extinction Rebellion campaigners smeared cars with fake blood and staged die-ins around the displays. The activists would be released once they had given their identity, a police spokesman told AFP. "This action of mass civil disobedience aims at denouncing the many lies which car manufacturers keep selling to the public to increase their sales at the cost of the environment, people's health and social justice," the statement added.




POSTED JANUARY 18, 2020 1:46 PM

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