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Trump impeachment hearings to go public next week

Trump impeachment hearings to go public next week

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Congressional Democrats have announced the first public hearings next week in an inquiry that may seek to remove President Donald Trump from office.Three state department officials will testify first. So far lawmakers from three key House committees have heard from witnesses behind closed doors. The impeachment inquiry centres on claims that Mr Trump pressured Ukraine to publicly announce an investigation into political rival Joe Biden.Mr Trump denies any abuse of power. The impeachment story explained Who's who in Trump whistleblower story? House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff, who is overseeing the inquiry, told reporters on Wednesday that an impeachment case was building against the president.He said: "We are gett...
Official: Trump shared goal of denuclearizing Korea in letter to Moon

Official: Trump shared goal of denuclearizing Korea in letter to Moon

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Bangkok, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- U.S. President Donald Trump has reaffirmed his commitment to the "shared goal" with South Korean President Moon Jae-in of denuclearization and peace on the Korean Peninsula, Moon's office said Tuesday. Trump delivered the message in his personal letter to Moon extending his condolences over the death of his mother last week, according to Cheong Wa Dae spokesperson Ko Min-jung. It was conveyed by the U.S. National Security Adviser, Robert O'Brien, during his meeting with Moon in Bangkok a day earlier. Trump was quoted as saying he hopes to keep moving toward the shared aim of making Korea free of nuclear weapons and achieving peace. He pointed out that South Korea and the United States are continuing efforts for the day when separated families living on the other ...
Recalled US ambassador felt ‘threatened’ by Trump

Recalled US ambassador felt ‘threatened’ by Trump

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A recalled US ambassador at the centre of the Trump impeachment inquiry said she felt threatened by a cryptic remark the president made about her on a call.Ex-envoy to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch told Congress she was "very concerned" by President Donald Trump's comment in the phone call with Ukraine's leader.Mr Trump told his counterpart: "Well, she's [Ms Yovanovitch] going to go through some things." Democrats have just released the first transcripts from closed-door testimony.The Republican president is accused of trying to pressure Ukraine into investigating unsubstantiated corruption claims against his US political rival, Joe Biden, and his son, Hunter Biden, who worked with a Ukrainian gas company.During the 25 July call with President Volodymyr Zelen...
IS leader killed himself and three of his children with suicide vest – Trump

IS leader killed himself and three of his children with suicide vest – Trump

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Donald Trump has confirmed that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi was killed in a US military operation.The president said: "Last night, we brought the world's number one terrorist leader to justice." He added: "He died like a dog, like a coward." What does Baghdadi death mean for IS? The president said US special forces had conducted a "daring raid" which lasted around two hours, during which a large num...
Paris Agreement: Trump confirms US will leave climate accord

Paris Agreement: Trump confirms US will leave climate accord

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Media playback is unsupported on your device The US will definitely withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, President Trump has confirmed.He made the announcement at an energy conference in Pittsburgh on a stage flanked by men in hard hats.He described the accord as a bad deal and said his pro fossil fuel policies had made the US an energy superpower.The earliest he can formally start the process of withdrawing the US from the Paris accord is 4 November.The pull-out will take effect a year later - the day after the 2020 US presidential election – assuming that Mr Trump is re-elected.The Paris agreement brought together 195 nations in the battle to combat climate change.It committed the US to cutting greenhouse gases up to 28% by 2025 based