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Trump impeachment: Senate falls short of majority needed to convict

Trump impeachment: Senate falls short of majority needed to convict

World
The US Senate has fallen short of the two-thirds majority needed to convict former President Donald Trump on a charge of incitement to insurrection over the Capitol riot on 6 January.A majority of senators - 57 to 43, including seven Republicans - voted to convict Mr Trump, 10 votes short of the 67 required for conviction. After his acquittal, Mr Trump released a statement denouncing the trial as "the greatest witch hunt in history". This was Mr Trump's second impeachment. What verdict means for Trump, Biden and AmericaDid Trump's words at rally incite violence?'They thought they were going to die'If he had been convicted, the Senate could have voted to bar him from running for office ever again. After the vote, the senior Republican in Congress, Senator Mitch McConnell said Mr Trump was "...
Trump impeachment: Insurrection incitement charge a ‘monstrous lie’

Trump impeachment: Insurrection incitement charge a ‘monstrous lie’

World
ReutersDonald Trump's insurrection incitement charge is a "monstrous lie", defence lawyers said as they presented evidence in the US Senate.Lawyer Michael van der Veen called impeachment proceedings against the former president a "politically motivated witch hunt" by the Democrats.Mr Trump is accused of causing riots in the Capitol on 6 January which left five people dead. He denies the charge.Most Republicans have indicated they will not vote to convict Mr Trump.The defence team took less than four of its 16 hours, trying to move the impeachment trial to a speedy end.After this, senators were given four hours to ask questions of the two sides.Anthony Zurcher: Why there could be a speedy endDid Trump's words at rally incite violence?'They thought they were going to die'Earlier, they sat th...
Trump impeachment: Graphic video shown as ex-president called ‘inciter in chief’

Trump impeachment: Graphic video shown as ex-president called ‘inciter in chief’

World
Senators at Donald Trump's second impeachment trial have been shown new dramatic and graphic video of the day his supporters stormed the US Congress.The footage showed police engaging in hand-to-hand clashes with rioters and desperately pleading for support.Officers ushered politicians to safety, sometimes within metres of the mob breaking into the chambers.Using Mr Trump's own words and tweets, Democrats prosecuting the case argued he had acted as "inciter in chief".A two-thirds majority is required to convict Mr Trump in the evenly split 100-seat Senate, but an acquittal looks likely as the vast majority of Republican senators have remained loyal to him so far.However, if convicted, he could be barred from holding office again.Trump impeachment videos: What did we see?Fact-checking the S...
Trump shares pride over Home Alone 2 appearance as he quits actors union

Trump shares pride over Home Alone 2 appearance as he quits actors union

Entertainment
Donald Trump has resigned from an American actors' union, boasting about his work on films including Home Alone 2 and Zoolander, and telling the organisation: "You have done nothing for me."The former US president quit the Screen Actors Guild - American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) to avoid the risk of being pushed, as the Hollywood-based union was considering expelling him over his role in the attack on the US Capitol. In his letter to the union's president Gabrielle Carteris, he addressed the issue of his possible expulsion, saying: "Who cares!" Image: Mr Trump had a cameo in Home Alone 2, alongside Macaulay Culkin He went on: "While I'm not familiar with your work, I'm very proud of my work on movies such ...

Report: Israeli settler population surged during Trump era

World
A pro-settler group says Israel’s West Bank settler population has grown at a far higher rate than the country as a whole over the last four yearsBy JOSEPH KRAUSS Associated PressJanuary 27, 2021, 10:18 AM• 4 min readJERUSALEM -- Israel's West Bank settler population has grown at a far higher rate than the country as a whole over the last four years, a pro-settler group said Wednesday, a period that coincides with the Trump administration's unprecedented acceptance of settlement activity.The report by West Bank Jewish Population Stats shows the settler population growing by around 13% since the start of 2017 to reach 475,481. During the same period, Israel's population grew by around 8% to reach nearly 9.3 million, according to the government.The group's report, which is based on official ...