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The Amazon is still on fire. Conservation groups blame illegal logging and criminal networks.


Posted: Sun-Jan-2020



The Amazon is still burning. Human Rights Watch and other groups say criminal networks involved in illegal logging are partly to blame.

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China to take measures to stop spread of coronavirus at Lunar New Year
China Outbreak

Wuhan's health authority confirmed earlier on Sunday 17 more cases of the virus in the city, bringing the total number of known patients there to 62.

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Queen Elizabeth greeted by well-wishers after announcement regarding Harry and Meghan's royal ties
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Queen Elizabeth was all smiles as she made her way to church Sunday after a momentous announcement that Prince Harry and wife Meghan would cut almost all of their ties to the Royal Family in favour of a more private life.

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Beirut rocked by violence as Lebanese security forces, protesters clash for 2nd night
LEBANON-CRISIS/PROTESTS

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.

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'We have a truce': Oft-broken arms embargo for Libya conflict reaffirmed at Berlin summit
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The participants at Sunday's summit in Berlin agreed to provide no further military support to the warring parties while a ceasefire lasts, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said after about four hours of talks at the chancellery in Berlin.

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Bodies of 11 Ukrainians killed in Iran plane downing sent home
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The bodies of the 11 Ukrainians who died when Iranian missiles shot down a passenger plane have arrived in Ukraine for a farewell ceremony.

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Prince Harry and Meghan will give up royal titles, public funding
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Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, will no longer be working members of the Royal Family and will, therefore, no longer use their royal titles or taxpayer money, according to a statement from Buckingham Palace released Saturday.

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Trump, Democrats offer duelling arguments ahead of Senate impeachment trial
Trump

Donald Trump's Saturday answer to the Senate's formal impeachment summons calls the two articles of impeachment passed by the House last month "a dangerous attack on the right of the American people to freely choose their president."

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Police fire tear gas to disperse thousands in central Hong Kong
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Police fired tear gas on Sunday to disperse thousands of anti-government protesters who gathered in a central Hong Kong park but later spilled onto the streets, briefly barricading roads and spray-painting buildings.

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Major Canadian pot companies facing proposed class-action lawsuits in the U.S.
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Some of Canada’s biggest cannabis producers are facing a flurry of proposed class-action lawsuits in the United States after investors were hit with steep financial losses in the stock market.

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More than 150 injured after police, protesters clash in Lebanon's capital
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Riot police fired tear gas and sprayed water cannons near parliament in Lebanon's capital Saturday to disperse thousands of protesters after riots broke out during a march against the ruling elite amid a severe economic crisis.

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40 days of strikes show French fondness for revolution over reform
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Public-sector strikes in France have gone on for more than a month, and they hinge on the government's proposal to raise the age of retirement. Germany instituted something similar with next to no resistance, writes Don Murray.

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China reports 17 more cases of new strain of coronavirus
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Seventeen more people in central China have been diagnosed with a new form of viral pneumonia that has killed two patients and placed other countries on alert during a key holiday period.

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Iran sending black boxes of downed plane to Ukraine, report says
Iran Plane Crash

Iran is sending to Ukraine the black boxes of the Ukrainian passenger plane that its military accidentally shot down this month, Tasnim news agency reported on Saturday.

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Prosecutors say Alaska dentist, accused of fraud, rode hoverboard while pulling tooth
Hoverboard dentist

An Alaska dentist accused of fraud and unnecessarily sedating patients also performed a procedure while riding a wheeled, motorized vehicle known as a hoverboard, authorities said.

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Protests close Louvre museum in Paris amid pension strikes
France Strikes

Dozens of protesters blocked the entrance to the Louvre museum and forced the famous Paris landmark to close Friday while they denounced the French government's plans to overhaul the pension system.

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Philippine volcano simmers, officials brace for long crisis
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Philippine officials said Saturday they're bracing for a long crisis whether the Taal volcano erupts more disastrously or simmers precariously for weeks or months, as massive numbers of displaced villagers languish in emergency shelters.

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Trump responds to Iran's supreme leader, says he should be 'very careful with his words'
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U.S. President Donald Trump said Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei should be very careful about what he says after Khamenei harshly criticized the United States in a Friday prayers sermon in Tehran.

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Rescue underway for South Koreans missing in Nepal avalanche
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Seven trekkers, including four South Koreans, are missing in Nepal's northwest Himalayan region after an avalanche hit their trail.

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Alan Dershowitz, Kenneth Starr expected to be on Trump impeachment legal team
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Former independent counsel Ken Starr, who paved the way for the impeachment of Democratic President Bill Clinton in 1998, and prominent lawyer Alan Dershowitz will join President Trump's impeachment trial defence team, Trump's legal team and a source said on Friday.

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Portrait found in gallery walls verified as missing Klimt masterpiece
APTOPIX Italy Stolen Klimt

A painting found in one of the walls of an Italian art gallery has been verified as an original Gustav Klimt, which was originally stolen nearly 23 years ago.

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Violence Escalates In Beirut As Anti-Government Protesters Clash With Security Forces
The clashes in Lebanon took place amid a rapidly worsening financial crisis and an ongoing impasse over the formation of a new government. ... read more


China Reports 17 New Cases Of Deadly SARS-Like Virus Ahead Of Lunar New Year Holiday
Some airports, including three in the U.S., have begun screening airline passengers from central China, where the coronavirus appears to have originated. ... read more


Australian Zoo Staff Save Koalas, Beat Back Alligators In Dramatic Flash Floods Video
“The contrast between the current bushfire crisis and this sudden flooding is striking," said the director of the Australian Reptile Park. ... read more


After India's Amazon Snub, Modi's Party Slams Bezos-Owned Washington Post
An official has been critical of foreign media’s reporting on political issues in the past. ... read more


11 American Troops Injured In Iran Attack On Iraqi Bases Used By U.S. Military
The United States military originally said no service members had been hurt in Iran's Jan. 8 missile attack on the al-Asad and Erbil military bases in Iraq. ... read more


Gripping Images Show Mourning Koala Beside Dead Companion In Australia Fires
The moment was captured on Kangaroo Island, which one shaken rescuer said has "bodies of charred animals as far as the eye can see.” ... read more


Russian Government Resigns As Putin Plots Post-Presidency Power Grab
The resignations came hours after the president proposed new constitutional amendments to boost parliament's powers. ... read more


Greta Thunberg Provides Inspiration For Hilarious Public Salt Truck Naming Poll
Residents in Manchester, England, voted to name the city's fleet of highway maintenance vehicles after a variety of beloved figures. ... read more


30,000 People Flee As Taal Volcano Continues To Spew Lava Near Philippine Capital
Officials have warned the volcano, which began erupting on Sunday, could be on the cusp of a much bigger and more dangerous eruption. ... read more


Video Appears To Show Iranian Security Forces Shooting At Protesters
Demonstrators protested against the country's initial denial that it shot down a Ukrainian plane. ... read more


Sydney Opera House Honors Firefighters With Photos, Thanks On Its 'Sails'
"Thank you, Firies," said the message to those battling Australia's record-breaking wildfires. ... read more


Lava Gushes From Philippine Volcano As Ash Spreads To Manila
The sudden eruption of ash and steam forced villagers to flee en masse and shut down Manila’s international airport, offices and schools. ... read more


'Operation Rock Wallaby' Airdrops Food To Australia's Fire-Affected Animals
Thousands of pounds of carrots and sweet potatoes were airdropped across New South Wales. ... read more


Iran's Only Female Olympic Medalist Says She Has Permanently Left The Country
Taekwondo fighter Kimia Alizadeh defected from Iran, accusing its ruling regime of "injustice" by exploiting Iranian women as political tools. ... read more


Explosive Book Alleging Underage Sexual Relationship With French Writer Prompts Outcry
Vanessa Springora's “Consent” is also being hailed by child-protection activists as a possible watershed moment for France. ... read more


Iranians Defy Police, Protest Over Ukranian Plane Shootdown
The plane crash killed all 176 people on board, mostly Iranians and Iranian-Canadians. ... read more


After Five Weeks Of Protests, French Prime Minister Offers Concession To Unions
French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe offered to withdraw plans to raise the age for access to full pension benefits, hoping to end nationwide labor strikes. ... read more


Reports: Anti-Government Protests Break Out In Iran Over Downing Of Passenger Plane
Iran's belated admission of blame has squandered the national unity seen after Qassem Soleimani's assassination. ... read more


Iran Faces Tough Questions At Home And Abroad After It Admits To Downing Plane
Iran initially denied that a missile downed the Ukrainian airliner for days. ... read more


First Full Moon Of 2020 Is A Striking Celestial Sight
Friday night's "wolf moon" was snapped by stargazers around the world. ... read more


Harry and Meghan to lose royal titles
The couple also intend to repay £2.4m of taxpayer money for the refurbishment of their UK home. ... read more


Iran plane crash: Ukrainian victims of jet's downing repatriated
The bodies of 11 Ukrainians are repatriated after their plane was shot down in Iran last week. ... read more


Czech fire: Eight killed at disabled people's home in Vejprty
Rescue teams from Germany joined Czech crews to bring the fire under control in Vejprty. ... read more


Orthodox Christians brave an icy dip to mark Epiphany
Many worshippers are commemorating the baptism of Jesus by submerging themselves in icy water holes. ... read more


Comme Des Garçons: Row over white fashion models' cornrow wigs
The Japanese fashion brand is accused of cultural appropriation at Paris Fashion Week. ... read more


Brexit: 'No alignment' with EU on regulation, Javid tells business
Sajid Javid warns businesses UK and EU regulations will differ after Brexit, saying firms must "adjust". ... read more


Global Hawk drones: A look at Nato's new spy tool
The Global Hawk, which is unmanned, can travel halfway around the world on one tank of fuel. ... read more


Ukraine audiotape row: President rejects PM's offer to quit
President Zelensky gives PM Oleksiy Honcharuk "a chance" to stay, despite his reported mockery. ... read more


Spain's Magaluf and Ibiza crack down on alcohol-fuelled holidays
The Balearic Islands ban pub crawls and happy hours in popular destinations in Ibiza and Majorca. ... read more


Chinese tourists found dead by 1973 Iceland plane crash site
Police in Iceland tell the BBC autopsies will take place next week to find out the cause of death. ... read more


No Brexit Day plan for Big Ben as countdown clock to light up No 10
Government plans include a countdown projected onto No 10 and an address by the PM - but no bongs. ... read more


Paul Bocuse: Famed chef's restaurant loses three-star rating after 55 years
There was outrage after the restaurant of the late French chef Paul Bocuse lost one of its stars. ... read more


When sexual abuse was called seduction: France confronts its past
Vanessa Springora has given an account of the traumatic effects of her relationship with a writer. ... read more


Davos 2020: What is the World Economic Forum and is it elitist?
The rich and powerful will gather in Davos this week, but claims of elitism still dog the event. ... read more


Serbia migrants: The man offering heat to people rejected by Europe
A priest tries to ease migrants' winter misery near Hungary's tightly-guarded border. ... read more


Violence against women: 'Battered faces' poster campaign appears in Milan
An Italian artist uses the bruised faces of female politicians to highlight violence against women. ... read more


What Putin's plans mean for Russia
President Putin's major reform of the constitution looks like the start of his "transition". ... read more


Never mind Transylvania, Dracula was Irish
A dramatic Monaghan deathbed scene and a bloodsucking Derry chieftain suggest Dracula was Irish, analysts say. ... read more


What is climate change? A really simple guide
BBC News looks at what we know and don't know about the Earth's changing climate. ... read more


What is Russia's Putin up to?
Even ministers in the Russian government apparently did not see their departure coming. ... read more


Trump forced to take a back seat in his impeachment defense as Senate trial begins
The president — who has often said he views himself as his own best spokesman — will have no choice but to watch, along with the rest of the public. ... read more


'We're terrified': Richmond residents in distress as Virginia braces for gun rights rally
Many say they'll be staying as far away as possible from the demonstration they worry will turn violent. ... read more


Influential Iranians break ranks with state after Ukrainian jet downing
“Apologies for lying to you for 13 years,” said one state TV host, announcing on Instagram she was quitting. ... read more


Harry and Meghan begin new life after 'unprecedented' royal divorce
"This separation of powers, this divorce, if you like, from the Royal Family is unprecedented in the modern era," said Camilla Tominey. ... read more


Trump's MAGA supporters and Twitter's Bernie Bros sound disturbingly similar
Bernie Twitter operates under the self-righteous guise of being the true progressives of the internet. But their harassing tactics are anything but progressive. ... read more


Blurring 'Trump' in Women's March photo was mistake, National Archives says
The Archives altered a photo of the 2017 Women’s March, blurring signs critical of President Trump or with words that referenced women’s anatomy. ... read more


White House's top Russia official put on leave pending investigation
It's another jolt of uncertainty to an office in the White House that has seen significant turnover during the past year. ... read more


Puerto Rico residents outraged after discovering unused aid from Hurricane Maria
Gov. Wanda Vázquez fired the island's emergency director Saturday after the incident set off a social media firestorm. ... read more


Confusion over a new law could threaten young voter turnout in New Hampshire
There's "mass disinformation" in the first-in-the-nation 2020 primary state, one Dartmouth College student said. ... read more


Philly professor accused of spending $185K in grant funds on strippers, iTunes
Drexel University Professor Chikaodinaka Nwankpa was arrested and charged with using the money on "adult entertainment ... and iTunes purchases," officials say. ... read more


Kansas City Chiefs beg 'bad luck' fan to stay home for AFC championship game
"Bad Luck Chuck" became a social media star after he posted a video of himself leaving the Chiefs' stadium before the team overcame 24-point deficit last week. ... read more


Singer-songwriter David Olney dies on stage during performance
Olney, 71, fell silent and dropped his head in the midst of his set at the 30A Songwriters Festival in Santa Rosa Beach on Saturday night. ... read more


The common mistake we make with the flu — and how we can fix it
We're at risk for an epidemic of underdiagnosed influenza in which people don't receive potentially helpful treatment or take proper precautions. ... read more


MLB players from Venezuela put a spotlight on their home country's crisis
“I’m being an optimist," says Houston Astros' José Altuve about thinking he'll go back one day. “I want to believe. I have a lot of family there." ... read more


Tell us: What did you think was the most overlooked movie of 2019?
There's more to watch than just the Oscar nominees. ... read more


Hundreds injured in Lebanon amid continued crackdown on Beirut protests
Sunday's confrontation broke out a day after more than 370 people were wounded, the largest injury toll since the protests began in October. ... read more


Dershowitz: Trump shouldn't be removed from office even if he is guilty of House charges
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., called Dershowitz's legal analysis "simply ignorance." ... read more


South Asian Americans protest India's citizenship bill
"The patterns of Islamophobic rhetoric, unlawful detention, surveillance and police brutality in India are chillingly similar to the treatment of black and brown people we’ve seen in the U.S.," one rights group said. ... read more


Dem senator says he's 'fine' with Hunter Biden testifying in impeachment trial
"We take the position that we want to hear from witnesses," Brown said. "I don't know what Hunter Biden has to do with the phone call the president made." ... read more


GOP senator on Trump asking Ukraine, China for political help: 'Things happen'
"I didn't say it was OK," Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., told ABC's "This Week," adding, "people do things. Things happen." ... read more


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Trump forced to take a back seat in his impeachment defense as Senate trial begins
The president — who has often said he views himself as his own best spokesman — will have no choice but to watch, along with the rest of the public. ... read more


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'We're terrified': Richmond residents in distress as Virginia braces for gun rights rally
Many say they'll be staying as far away as possible from the demonstration they worry will turn violent. ... read more


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Influential Iranians break ranks with state after Ukrainian jet downing
“Apologies for lying to you for 13 years,” said one state TV host, announcing on Instagram she was quitting. ... read more


https://media4.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2020_03/3193211/afp_1nw6ex_66e8de1620a500129f31c8c327295e1d.jpg
Harry and Meghan begin new life after 'unprecedented' royal divorce
"This separation of powers, this divorce, if you like, from the Royal Family is unprecedented in the modern era," said Camilla Tominey. ... read more


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Trump's MAGA supporters and Twitter's Bernie Bros sound disturbingly similar
Bernie Twitter operates under the self-righteous guise of being the true progressives of the internet. But their harassing tactics are anything but progressive. ... read more


https://media1.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2020_03/3193006/200118-womens-march-national-archives-1x1-al-1518_06f16ddb3433eb54f1db2a054be11f18.jpg
Blurring 'Trump' in Women's March photo was mistake, National Archives says
The Archives altered a photo of the 2017 Women’s March, blurring signs critical of President Trump or with words that referenced women’s anatomy. ... read more


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White House's top Russia official put on leave pending investigation
It's another jolt of uncertainty to an office in the White House that has seen significant turnover during the past year. ... read more


https://media4.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2020_03/3193456/200119-puerto-rico-supplies-ew-1150a_4a6a64134ee0bd7c214a8c0a7e62f44d.jpg
Puerto Rico residents outraged after discovering unused aid from Hurricane Maria
Gov. Wanda Vázquez fired the island's emergency director Saturday after the incident set off a social media firestorm. ... read more


https://media2.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2020_03/3193051/200118-nh-vote-al-1617_eefa558630479d6f02fa97a85e11a744.jpg
Confusion over a new law could threaten young voter turnout in New Hampshire
There's "mass disinformation" in the first-in-the-nation 2020 primary state, one Dartmouth College student said. ... read more


https://media3.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2020_03/3193396/2001190-2x1-chikaodinaka-nwankpa-ew-1029a_d5acdb9a227335b1469fc3419b93f748.jpg
Philly professor accused of spending $185K in grant funds on strippers, iTunes
Drexel University Professor Chikaodinaka Nwankpa was arrested and charged with using the money on "adult entertainment ... and iTunes purchases," officials say. ... read more


https://media2.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2020_03/3193471/200119-patrick-mahomes-kansas-city-chiefs-ew-1159a_3712e4404f4027c97c443950708ab49d.jpg
Kansas City Chiefs beg 'bad luck' fan to stay home for AFC championship game
"Bad Luck Chuck" became a social media star after he posted a video of himself leaving the Chiefs' stadium before the team overcame 24-point deficit last week. ... read more


https://media3.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2020_03/3193536/200119-david-olney-ew-200p_157757f97bb026344437e95bd0b4e9c8.jpg
Singer-songwriter David Olney dies on stage during performance
Olney, 71, fell silent and dropped his head in the midst of his set at the 30A Songwriters Festival in Santa Rosa Beach on Saturday night. ... read more


https://media2.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2020_03/3192676/200117-flu-infection-test-2018-ac-1030p_b7b5fe6c8acea382b76a67d1ded5293e.jpg
The common mistake we make with the flu — and how we can fix it
We're at risk for an epidemic of underdiagnosed influenza in which people don't receive potentially helpful treatment or take proper precautions. ... read more


https://media1.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2020_03/3189461/200116-francisco-cervelli-mn-1101_f27875c00ecd68ce4ffcdc3ede0f32b7.jpg
MLB players from Venezuela put a spotlight on their home country's crisis
“I’m being an optimist," says Houston Astros' José Altuve about thinking he'll go back one day. “I want to believe. I have a lot of family there." ... read more


https://media1.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2020_03/3189176/200116-last-black-man-in-san-francisco-cs-903a_de9c0418ad446d82c90a2d881ec8aa86.jpg
Tell us: What did you think was the most overlooked movie of 2019?
There's more to watch than just the Oscar nominees. ... read more


https://media3.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2020_03/3193576/200119-beirut-protests-2-ew-248p_c8f275a79b2b261fab84d6314b008624.jpg
Hundreds injured in Lebanon amid continued crackdown on Beirut protests
Sunday's confrontation broke out a day after more than 370 people were wounded, the largest injury toll since the protests began in October. ... read more


https://media4.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2020_03/3193521/200119-alan-dershowitz-ew-127p_40062dd24b1984e3a573909670fa9342.jpg
Dershowitz: Trump shouldn't be removed from office even if he is guilty of House charges
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., called Dershowitz's legal analysis "simply ignorance." ... read more


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South Asian Americans protest India's citizenship bill
"The patterns of Islamophobic rhetoric, unlawful detention, surveillance and police brutality in India are chillingly similar to the treatment of black and brown people we’ve seen in the U.S.," one rights group said. ... read more


https://media4.s-nbcnews.com/i/newscms/2020_03/3193506/200119-sherrod-brown-ew-1230p_a636740392392584e48c7a2e59431ff0.jpg
Dem senator says he's 'fine' with Hunter Biden testifying in impeachment trial
"We take the position that we want to hear from witnesses," Brown said. "I don't know what Hunter Biden has to do with the phone call the president made." ... read more


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GOP senator on Trump asking Ukraine, China for political help: 'Things happen'
"I didn't say it was OK," Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., told ABC's "This Week," adding, "people do things. Things happen." ... read more


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