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McConnell promises vote on Democrats' Green New Deal

At least six senators running for president or considering White House bids backed the Green New Deal put forth by freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Even without McConnell's efforts, the Green New Deal has become the latest flashpoint in the Democratic party's internal conflict between its centrists and its unapologetic left wing.

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USA jury convicts El Chapo on all counts

In this courtroom drawing, Joaquin " El Chapo " Guzman, centre, sits at the defence table while listening to the judge addressing the jury during his long-running drug trafficking trial in NY. Guzman smiled and waved, and she touched her hand to her chest. Guzman's lawyers say he was set up as a "fall guy" by Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada, a powerful drug lord from Sinaloa who remains at large.

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Pot head goes to abandoned home to smoke weed - finds overweight TIGER

The wild animal was first discovered by two people who entered the almost vacant house looking for a place to smoke marijuana, KHOU-TV reported officials as saying. In a statement , the Houston Zoo said it will not be able to take the tiger. 'It was a pretty small cage inside basically a garage in a house that didn't look like it was in the best shape.

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Rouhani: Iran to continue expanding military might, missile work

Chants of "Death to Israel" and "Death to Britain" followed, and demonstrators burned US and Israeli flags. Bolton, a leading hawk in the Trump administration's attempt to weaken Iranian influence, was tweeting as a huge crowd in Tehran gathered to celebrate the 1979 revolution, in which Muslim leader Ayatollah Ruholla Khomeini ended the centuries-old rule of the royal dynasty.

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Northam Botches 'Slavery' Comment, Suggests Others May Need To Resign

In his first televised interview since last week's blackface scandal which ended in multiple calls for the Virginia governor's resignation, Northam seemed to be attempting to give viewers a lesson on the history of slavery in the state.

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Hakeem Al-Araibi will walk free after Bahrain drops extradition request

Thailand's attorney general's office has dropped the extradition case against the jailed footballer who plays for Pascoe Vale FC in Melbourne and has refugee status in Australia, a prosecution source said. Araibi denies the charges, saying he was playing in a televised soccer match at the time of the police station attack. "Many wonderful people stepped forward to help Hakeem, " he wrote Monday in comments on Twitter.

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Protests across Andhra against PM's visit, 'Modi go back' slogans raised

Mr. Modi's comments came after party president Rahul Gandhi recently upped the ante on the Rafale row by quoting a media report saying the PMO conducted "parallel" negotiations on the deal. Taking a cue from Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has called upon his party workers to express their resentment against Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit by wearing yellow and black clothes, and flying yellow and black balloons on Sunday.

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Greek Parliament approves the Protocol for Macedonia's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation membership

However, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Macedonian counterpart Zoran Zaev were able to push through their accord as part of efforts to normalize relations. A poll showed that two-thirds of the public opposed the move. Staring down strong domestic opposition from Greeks anxious the Balkan neighbor was appropriating Greek heritage, the government of leftist Greek Premier Alexis Tsipras pushed the name change through parliament on January 25.

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Elizabeth Warren Makes It Official, Announces She’s Running For President In 2020

Joseph P. Kennedy III on Saturday, who will endorse his former professor at the outdoor event. Weeks after announcing her exploratory committee , Warren's announcement in MA today kicked off her campaign in what's shaping up to be a large Democratic field running against President Donald Trump .

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Disruption as Storm Erik brings strong winds to Sheffield

The flight attempted to touch down on the runway, with the pilot fighting for control before electing to take off again rather than risk the landing. Big Jet TV were on hand to catch the dramatic moment a plane was forced to abort its landing at Heathrow Airport today due to the high winds.

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EU Sentenced to Failure for following Opposition, Says Maduro

Maduro has thus far used the military to block the aid from entering Venezuela , denying that the country is suffering a humanitarian crisis and saying the delivery of the shipments would be a prelude to a US-led military intervention. He blamed shortages of food and medicine on U.S. sanctions, which mostly target regime individuals as well as state oil company PDVSA. Under Maduro's stewardship, oil-rich Venezuela's economy has collapsed leaving the country wracked by hyperinflation, ...

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State of the Union: Here's What to Expect from President Trump

The President addressed his policy agenda for the coming year and reiterated last year's appeal for bipartisanship, but the prospect of a government shutdown will not be completely behind him. Kamala Harris of California and Cory Booker of New Jersey. "Obviously it's the most diverse class we've inaugurated in the House, in particular, so I think she'll proudly own that and will refer to what America looks like today in the 21st century and what our collective issues are".

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Texas man killed after e-cigarette explodes in his face

He reportedly was trying the vape for the first time in a vehicle when it exploded and severed his left carotid artery, one of four major vessels that supply blood to the brain. The family said that they were hiring a lawyer. "He popped it and it exploded, and that's when it shot across his mouth", Alice Brown said. Most of the fires and explosions occurred while the device was being used or stored in a pocket and none had resulted in death, according to the report .

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Feet shackled, Bahraini footballer arrives at Thai court to fight extradition

Dressed in a brown prison uniform with his bare feet shackled, Al-Araibi appeared at a Bangkok criminal court on Monday to launch a formal challenge against being sent back to a country where he claims he was imprisoned and tortured. A Bahraini footballer with refugee status in Australia will spend another two months in a Thai prison as Manama attempts to have him extradited. The footballer is in a detention centre and faces being extradited to Bahrain, where he fears for his life ...

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Venezuelan crisis: Guaido gets backing from 13 European nations

Trump said USA military intervention was under consideration in an interview with CBS aired on Sunday. The announcement from Caracas comes as the Netherlands joined Germany, the UK, France, Spain, Sweden, Belgium , and Denmark in recognizing Guaido after earlier calling on the constitutionally-elected President Nicolas Maduro to run fresh elections - a request he denied .

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Trump backs down over border wall

Regarding ongoing negotiations in Congress to avoid another costly government shutdown, with a deadline in two weeks, Trump said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi "should be ashamed" for refusing to give the Republicans the funding for the wall he has demanded.

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Venezuela's opposition leader Guaido courts Russia, China; powers divided on Maduro

He told officials: "Do not cross the red line". China's foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said cooperation between the countries would continue "no matter how the situation changes" in Venezuela . On Saturday, Maduro said he was willing to sit down for talks with the opposition in an effort to promote national "harmony". It also voted to condemn the continued violence and the detention of journalists in the South American country.

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Here's Punxsutawney Phil's Prediction for Groundhog Day 2019

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio stopped attending Staten Island's Groundhog Day ceremony in 2015, a year after he accidentally dropped the furry critter that died a week later. The Groundhog Day 2019 results are in, and with extremely cold temperatures polar vortex-ing across much of the United States, they could not have come at a better time.

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Trump administration abandons 1987 U.S.-Russia missile treaty

US President Donald Trump said on October 20 that Washington would withdraw from the INF Treaty because Russian Federation was violating the terms of the agreement. Trump insisted the USA can not be "put at a disadvantage". "When an agreement is so brazenly disregarded and our security is so openly threatened, we must respond".

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Huawei exec's extradition hearing pushed to March

Meng , the 46-year-old daughter of Huawei's founder, was detained at the request of the United States Dec. 1, in Vancouver, Canada , where her family owns two homes, one of which she is now staying at. The US operator claimed in 2014 Huawei illegally stole technology related to mobile phone testing robot called "Tappy", and a civil court in Seattle ruled that although trade secrets had been misappropriated, the act was not malicious.

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Roger Stone arrives at court for his arraignment

Stone's indictment cut deeply into Trump's inner circle and revealed a link between his campaign and WikiLeaks , the online publisher of secret documents, to damage Clinton with material that USA intelligence agencies have said was stolen by Russians.

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Ex-Trump advisor accuses Russian Federation probe of 'Gestapo tactics'

Trump calls the Russian Federation investigation a "witch hunt". Stone was an early Trump backer whose reputation as an aggressive political operative and self-proclaimed "dirty trickster" dates back to the Watergate scandal of the 1970s when he was working for Richard Nixon .

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Light snow showers possible this weekend — FORECAST

Weather forecaster Lucy Martin warned of Arctic air moving its way across Britain. This could lead to traffic gridlock, reminiscent of events in January 2016 and 2011 when some commuters endured nightmare trips lasting many hours. High temperatures will be in the low teens, but wind chills will stay below zero throughout the majority of the day. Overnight, a Wind Chill Advisory was issued from 6 pm Thursday until noon on Friday .

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Roger Stone’s Dramatic FBI Arrest Is Inspiring Plenty Of Jokes And Memes

Wikileaks - about the impending release of illegally stolen documents. Prosecutors also asked that Stone, who did not enter a plea, undergo a drug test, and his lawyer did not object. Trump had said he fired Stone from his presidential campaign. "This has been rumoured to be coming down for several months, so Roger and his legal team are ready to fight these charges in court", Caputo told Reuters.

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Kamala Harris Announces 2020 Presidential Run

Before her first term as a USA senator, Harris previously served as California's attorney general and, prior to that, as district attorney of San Francisco . The others being Senator Elizabeth Warren from Massachusetts, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand from NY and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard from Hawaii.

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Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris Says She Will Run for President in 2020

Day to tell the country that "we know America can be better than this" and call on potential supporters to come "together" in order to "fight for our American values". The kickoff state of Iowa, which launched Barack Obama's presidential bid in 2008, has a strong base of liberal activists, and the race will then quickly move to more diverse states such as Nevada and SC.

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Trump made an offer---it's time for Democrats to start negotiating

In exchange the president wants the Democrats to vote in favor of $5.7 billion for the wall he seeks between the USA and Mexico. "Wall!" at his arena rallies has swayed Trump before, including past year, when the conservative news site Breitbart branded him "Amnesty Don" for considering a similar deal that would have provided $25 billion in wall funding for a path to legal status for those the DACA program was created to help.

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Syria says repels Israeli air attack, Israel says downs Golan rocket

A week and a half ago, Israel attacked Iranian munitions warehouses in the heart of Damascus. According to Syrian opposition media, approximately 10 missiles were fired at targets near the airport and in al-Kiswah. During his historic visit to Chad, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu proudly suggested that Israel was responsible for the attack, saying that Israel's policies against its enemies are iron-clad.

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The latest on the weekend storm

Total snow accumulations of 5 to 8 inches expected. Heavy ice accumulation could cause power failures just as the coldest air of the season comes rushing in behind the storm. Between 3 and 6 inches of snow is possible along the Interstate 29 and Interstate 70 corridors, with the heaviest snowfall between 7 p.m. Friday and 3 a.m.

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North Korea not listed as ‘enemy’ in Seoul protection report

Kim Yong Chol, North Korea's main nuclear negotiator, will travel to the United States for talks with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday, CNN reported , quoting two US sources familiar with the negotiations. South Korea will hold talks with the United States on North Korea policy, specifically cross-border issues and reunions of war-separated families, official sources reported on Wednesday.

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Kenya: Nairobi terrorists killed while 14 left dead

Kenya's information minister says the government's quick reaction to a deadly extremist attack in Nairobi this week reflects improvements in its ability to respond to such brazen assaults on civilian targets. Al-Shabaab fighters perform military exercises in Somalia. The dead comprised 16 Kenyan nationals, one Briton, one American and three individuals of African descent who are yet to be identified.

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Giant rotating ice disk in river draws gawkers

Scientists say the formation of ice discs is rare but natural, but the surreal appearance of the disk has led to speculation of alien intervention. The City of Westbrook, Maine , is inviting fans of odd natural phenomena to come check out a massive ice disc rotating in the Presumpscot River - and perhaps you could patronize some local restaurants while you're at it.

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Trump’s attorney-general nominee pledges to shield Mueller’s Russian Federation probe

In his prepared testimony, Barr says his memo "was narrow in scope", regarding "a specific obstruction-of-justice theory under a single statute that I thought, based on media reports , the special counsel might be considering". Barr stated without hesitation that it was in the public interest for Mueller to finish his investigation into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with the Kremlin to sway the election.

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Trump Won’t Declare National Emergency to Build Border Wall

Pritchett, a BLM planner in Reno, says the effects of the shutdown will have a ripple effect on federal land management long after the government fully reopens because of deadlines that were missed for federal permits on a whole range of projects, from gold mines to large recreational events.

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Suspect in kidnapping, homicides due in court

The suspect, Jake Patterson, is scheduled to make his first court appearance Monday. Police found James Closs, 56, and Denise Closs, 46, shot dead in their home three months ago. He is believed to have been unemployed and didn't attend any of the local businesses with enough frequency for anyone to recognise him. Patterson was unemployed, and though he lived at the remote Gordon home, he didn't own it, Fitzgerald said.

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Equipment, not troops being moved out of Syria: Pentagon

Speaking in the United Arab Emirates, Mr Pompeo said he thought it would be possible to reach an agreement which would allow the Turks to defend themselves from terror threats while protecting Kurds - who have been fighting alongside U.S. He added Pompeo also stressed the importance that the USA places on the protection of forces, namely PYD/YPG, the Syrian offshoot of PKK terror organization.

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Israel Confirms Syria Strike, Ends Mission on Lebanon Border

Israel also insists that Iran uses Syria as a bridge to supply missiles and other weapons to Hezbollah in Lebanon. Hezbollah's Al-Manar TV said the attack was "broader than usual", and targeted areas stretching from the eastern Damascus suburb of Dmeir to Kiswa, south of the capital, and all the way to the western village of Dimas near the Lebanese border.

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Brexit: PM warns of 'catastrophic breach of trust'

United Kingdom data disappointed, indicating shrinking business activity amid Brexit uncertainty. Brexit minister Stephen Barclay told BBC TV that persuading enough lawmakers to support the deal would be "challenging" but that even if it was rejected, he suspected parliament would ultimately support something "along the lines of this deal".

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'Elections have consequences,' Trump tweets as shutdown continues

I will declare a national emergency . But Trump said Friday that he wasn't rushing to use that option, which would be challenged in court and, if not overturned, establish a precedent expanding the power of future Democratic presidents.

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Bernie Sanders Apologizes for Sex Harassment by 2016 Campaign Staff

Politico reported Wednesday night that the head of Sanders's Iowa caucus campaign in 2016 has been accused of forcibly kissing a female subordinate on the final night of the Democratic National Convention in July 2016. It must be a reality in our daily lives. Sanders denied knowing about the settlement to reporters. Rather, Weaver told CNN , he'd serve as "a strategic adviser that needs to deal with some of the 30,000-foot issues as opposed to the management of a day-to-day campaign".