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Facebook's Zuckerberg says Libra won't launch without U.S. approval


Posted: Fri-Nov-2019



Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Wednesday that the Libra digital currency will not launch in the U.S. or anywhere in the world without approval from U.S. regulators.

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The Los Angeles County coroner's office identified the victims on Friday as 14-year-old Dominic Blackwell and 15-year-old Gracie Muehlberger.

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U.S. diplomat says he overheard Trump call about investigations
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U.S. State Department official David Holmes told impeachment investigators Friday that he overheard a conversation with President Donald Trump asking a diplomat about "investigations" in Ukraine, according those familiar with Holmes' closed-door deposition.

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Marie Yovanovitch testified on Capitol Hill on Friday, where the ex-ambassador to Ukraine described what it was like to be disparaged by the U.S. president, as well as the stakes for American support in Ukraine. Republicans questioned her relevance as a witness to the probe the Democrats are leading.

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The president of Hong Kong's Chinese University, which anti-government protesters have turned into a fortress stockpiled with petrol bombs and bows and arrows, threatened on Friday to call in "assistance" unless all non-students leave.

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Roger Stone is just the latest former associate of Donald Trump to face legal consequences. But other former advisers of the U.S. president have also been found guilty of various charges, with some receiving prison sentences. Here's a roundup.

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Roger Stone, a longtime friend and ally of U.S. President Donald Trump, has been found guilty of witness tampering and lying to Congress about his pursuit of Russian-hacked emails damaging to Hillary Clinton's 2016 election bid.

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Former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch said during Friday's Trump impeachment hearing in Washington, D.C., that she felt a "big threat" after suddenly being ousted from her post and learning President Donald Trump called her "bad news" on his July phone call with Ukraine's president.

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Sri Lanka holds 1st presidential election since devastating attacks by ISIS affiliates
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Sri Lankans will elect a new president on Saturday in a "finely balanced" race between the early favourite, former defence chief Gotabaya Rajapaksa, and government minister Sajith Premadasa, who has gained momentum in recent weeks.

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U.S. Fed's Jerome Powell urges Congress to tackle growing budget deficit
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Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell on Thursday urged Congress to tackle the growing budget deficit but also underscored the current health of the nation's economy.

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A Michigan teenager was the recipient of what could be the first double lung transplant on a person whose lungs were severely damaged from vaping, health officials said Tuesday.

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Pelosi says agreement on revamped NAFTA 'imminent'
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In a development that would affect Canada and the incoming Parliament, U.S. Democrats say a deal with the Trump administration on the new NAFTA is 'imminent.' The Democrats want to prove they can get things done despite the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.

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Student gunman kills 2, wounds 3 others at Southern California high school
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A Southern California high school student killed two classmates and wounded three others on Thursday, pulling a .45 calibre semiautomatic handgun from his backpack and emptying it in a matter of seconds as the school day began.

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Canada will 'support' Bolivian opposition government
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Canada updated its position on the fluid and chaotic situation in Bolivia today, saying it would work with and support the caretaker administration of Jeanine Añez — while still stopping short of formally recognizing her presidency.

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International Criminal Court approves probe into treatment of Myanmar's Rohingya
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International Criminal Court judges on Thursday approved a request from prosecutors to open an investigation into crimes committed against Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim minority.

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Indonesia quake damages some homes, churches as residents return
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At least two people were injured and some churches and homes damaged after a powerful earthquake struck eastern Indonesia, although residents who had fled to high ground fearing a tsunami had started returning, the disaster agency said on Friday.

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The first plants on Earth were algae that lived in water, and moving onto land required completely new survival skills. Now a new study shows plants got those skills by doing something weird — stealing genes from totally different species.

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'A ticking time bomb': Anti-ISIS allies debating next steps after U.S. withdrawal
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"Success," Winston Churchill supposedly said, "is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm." That could be the motto of foreign ministers in the anti-Islamic State coalition as they gather Thursday in Washington.

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Israel said it resumed strikes on targets linked to the Islamic Jihad group in Gaza after members of the militant group fired a barrage of rockets into Israel.

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Turkish President Recep Erdogan Says He'll Keep Releasing ISIS Fighters Over Sanctions
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Israeli Airstrike Kills Islamic Jihad Commander In Gaza
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Former Bolivian President Evo Morales Says He’s Leaving Bolivia For Mexico
Morales stepped down Sunday following weeks of massive protests over a disputed presidential election. ... read more


Australia Battles Outbreak Of Wildfires As Officials Brace For ‘Catastrophic’ Conditions
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British Man Who Helped Form Syria's White Helmets Found Dead In Turkey
The humanitarian group has been vilified by the Syrian government and its allies, including Russia. ... read more


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Russian Professor Found With Woman's Arms In Backpack After Being Pulled From River
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