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Hunter Biden admits error in judgment but insists no wrongdoing

Oct 15, 2019 - 9:50 PM

'Did I make a mistake? Maybe in the grand scheme of things. But did I make a mistake based on some ethical lapse? Absolutely not,' says Hunter Biden

HUNTER BIDEN. In this file photo, Hunter Biden attends the T&C Philanthropy Summit with screening of 'Generosity Of Eye' at Lincoln Center with Town & Country on May 28, 2014 in New York City. File photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Town & Country/AFP

Bolton warned lawyers over 'hand grenade' Giuliani – report

Oct 15, 2019 - 3:12 PM

Former national security advisor John Bolton says Donald Trump's attorney, Rudy Giuliani, is 'a hand grenade who's going to blow everyone up'

RUDY GIULIANI. In this file photo taken on July 18, 2016, lawyer Rudy Giuliani speaks on the first day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images North America/AFP)

Capitol Hill girds for impeachment row, as Trump ex-aide testifies

Oct 15, 2019 - 12:46 PM

Trump's former top Russia advisor Fiona Hill appears before congressional investigators despite the White House declaration that it would not cooperate with the probe

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 14: Fiona Hill (C), former Special Assistant to U.S. President Donald Trump and Senior Director for European and Russian Affairs on the United States National Security Council, leaves Capitol Hill on October 14, 2019 in Washington, DC. Hill testifed Monday in connection with the House impeachment inquiry of President Trump. Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images/AFP Alex Wroblewski / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Facebook chief hosts conservative guests amid bias debate

Oct 15, 2019 - 9:14 AM

Zuckerberg confirms hosting a series of dinners with right-wing figures amid accusations that the social media platform stifles conservative voices

ZUCKERBERG. This file photo taken on June 24, 2016 shows Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg speaking during a discussion at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP


U.S. slaps sanctions on Turkey as Syrian regime returns to north

Oct 15, 2019 - 8:16 AM

The actions come hours after regime troops returned for the first time in years to parts of northeastern Syria, invited by Kurdish fighters desperate for protection as the United States pulls out

Turkey-backed Syrian fighters gather around a Turkish army US-made M60 tank in the northern outskirts of the Syrian city of Manbij near the Turkish border on October 14, 2019, as Turkey and its allies continue their assault on Kurdish-held border towns in northeastern Syria. Turkey wants to create a roughly 30-kilometre (20-mile) buffer zone along its border to keep Kurdish forces at bay and also to send back some of the 3.6 million Syrian refugees it hosts. Zein Al RIFAI / AFP

Trump demands whistleblower testify, as ex-aide talks to Congress

Oct 14, 2019 - 11:53 PM

US President Donald Trump faces a new setback with his former top Russia advisor, Fiona Hill, sitting for a closed-door deposition before Capitol Hill lawmakers

PROBE. Fiona Hill, former Special Assistant to US President Donald Trump and Senior Director for European and Russian Affairs on the United States National Security Council, arrives on Capitol Hill on October 14, 2019 in Washington, DC. Hill is expected to testify in connection with the House impeachment inquiry of President Trump. Photo by Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images/AFP

Trump violently attacks media figures in supporter's event meme – New York Times

Oct 14, 2019 - 2:28 PM

(UPDATED) The meme takes a scene from 'Kingsman: The Secret Service,' using it to show Trump attacking members of a so-called 'Church of Fake News'

TRUMP VS 'THE CHURCH OF FAKE NEWS.' US President Donald Trump speaks at the Values Voter Summit at the Omni Shoreham Hotel on October 12, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo by Eric Baradat/AFP

Pentagon says up to 1,000 U.S. troops to withdraw from northern Syria

Oct 13, 2019 - 9:31 PM

United States Defense Secretary Mark Esper says President Donald Trump has ordered the withdrawal from northern Syria

(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 08, 2019 US troops walk past a Turkish military vehicle during a joint patrol with Turkish troops in the Syrian village of al-Hashisha on the outskirts of Tal Abyad town along the border with Turkish troops. - US troops in northern Syria will no longer be near the border with Turkey, nor will they support Ankara's "long-planned operation" into the country, the White House said on late October 6, 2019. (Photo by Delil SOULEIMAN / AFP)

Embattled Trump takes victory lap on China trade deal

Oct 12, 2019 - 3:10 PM

However, some observers said the deal is underwhelming

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump delivers remarks at the Hispanic Heritage Month Reception at the White House in Washington, DC, September 27, 2019. Photo by JIM WATSON / AFP

Prince estate slams Trump for playing 'Purple Rain' at rally

Oct 12, 2019 - 1:34 PM

Donald Trump's re-election team played Prince's 'Purple Rain' at a campaign event, despite Prince's estate saying a year ago that 'it will never give permission to President Trump to use Prince's songs'

U.S. ex-envoy in Congress to testify in impeachment probe

Oct 11, 2019 - 11:58 PM

Lawmakers are looking into whether Marie Yovanovitch was removed by Trump because she failed to go along with a bid to get Ukraine to open an investigation into former vice president Biden and his son Hunter

TRUMP IMPEACHMENT PROBE. Former US ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch arrives at the US Capitol October 11, in Washington, DC. Yovanovitch is invited to testify behind closed doors to the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight committees as part of the ongoing impeachment investigation against President Donald Trump. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Trump joins Amazon's Twitch platform

Oct 11, 2019 - 8:41 PM

Trump opens his Twitch account on Thursday just before a campaign rally in Minneapolis which was then streamed live

Warriors coach Kerr shrugs off Trump criticism

Oct 11, 2019 - 4:15 PM

US President Donald Trump says Steve Kerr – a longtime critic of the president – 'looked like a little boy' when the Warriors coach declined to comment on the NBA-China row

Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Officials warned of Trump's Ukraine policy before Zelensky call – report

Oct 11, 2019 - 2:39 PM

At least 4 security officials raise concerns with National Security Council legal advisor John Eisenberg, according to a Washington Post report citing US officials and other people familiar with the matter

TRUMP AND ZELENSKY. This combination of pictures created on September 24, 2019 shows Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky in June 17, 2019 in Paris, and US President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington, DC, September 20, 2019. Photos by ludovic Marin and Saul Loeb/AFP

House subpoenas Giuliani Ukraine associates in impeachment inquiry

Oct 11, 2019 - 12:01 PM

Lev Parnas, a Ukrainian-born American, and Igor Fruman, a Belarus-born US citizen, are arrested at Dulles Airport in Virginia on Wednesday evening, October 9, as they sought to board an international flight with one-way tickets

BOOKED. These booking photos courtesy of the Alexandria Sheriff's Office in Virginia and released on October 10, 2019, show Lev Parnas (left) and Igor Fruman. Handout Alexandria Sheriff's Office/AFP

Turkey within Trump red line; U.S. seeking ceasefire

Oct 11, 2019 - 7:20 AM

The US president, in a week of mixed messages, initially voiced understanding for Turkey before criticizing the offensive and warning of sanctions if the operation is not 'humane'

Smoke rises from the Syrian town of Tal Abyad, in a picture taken from the Turkish side of the border where the Turkish flag is seen in Akcakale on October 10, 2019, on the second day of Turkey's military operation against Kurdish forces. Turkey has vowed to destroy the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) which controls much of northeastern Syria, and set up a "safe zone" for the return of Syrian refugees. A total of 70 people were so far reported injured across Turkish areas. Families were evacuating and streets emptying in Akcakale, as local authorities called on people to take shelter. BULENT KILIC / AFP

Civilians flee as Syria Kurds battle Turkish invasion

Oct 11, 2019 - 12:13 AM

(UPDATED) The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says more than 60,000 people have been displaced in less than a day

CIVILIANS. Syrian Arab and Kurdish civilians arrive to Tall Tamr town, in the Syrian northwestern Hasakeh province, after fleeing Turkish bombardment on the northeastern towns along the Turkish border on October 10, 2019. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

U.S., China resume trade talks amid uncertainty

Oct 10, 2019 - 10:00 PM

The atmosphere surrounding the talks is acrimonious and shifting rapidly, with one news report overnight saying Chinese officials could cut short their visit

TRADE TALKS. US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (R) greets Chinese Vice Premier Liu He as he arrives for trade talks at the Office of the US Trade Representative in Washington, DC, October 10, 2019. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Social networks face quandary on politics in misinformation fight

Oct 10, 2019 - 6:26 PM

Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms decide to allow politicians including President Donald Trump extra leeway to their rules, seeking to avoid stifling political debate and leaving 'newsworthy' content online

SOCIAL MEDIA. This photo illustration taken on March 22, 2018 shows apps for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social networks on a smartphone in New Delhi. Photo by Chandan Khanna/AFP


Ukraine's Zelensky denies Trump tried to 'blackmail' him

Oct 10, 2019 - 5:56 PM

The sole aim of the phone call, says Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, was to plan a meeting with Donald Trump

'NO BLACKMAIL.' In this file photo taken on March 6, Ukrainian comic actor, showman, and then presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelensky takes part in the shooting of the television series 'Servant of the People' where he plays the role of the President of Ukraine in Kiev. File photo by Sergei Supinsky/AFP

Turkey faces U.S. 'sanctions from hell' after Syria Kurd assault

Oct 10, 2019 - 11:26 AM

Lindsey Graham, a senior US Republican senator who is usually a steadfast supporter of Donald Trump, warns Turkey of 'sanctions from hell'

ATTACK. Turkish army vehicles drive towards the Syrian border near Akcakale in Sanliurfa province on October 9, 2019. Photo by Bulent Kilic/AFP

Rihanna blasts Trump in new 'Vogue' interview

Oct 10, 2019 - 10:15 AM

'The most mentally ill human being in America right now seems to be the president,' Rihanna says about Trump as she talks politics with 'Vogue'

Democrat Joe Biden calls for Trump's impeachment

Oct 10, 2019 - 9:37 AM

Donald Trump, however, shows no sign of buckling under pressure from the Democratic party probe into his alleged bid to damage Biden by strong-arming Ukraine to investigate the former vice president

US Vice President Joe R. Biden speaks during a portrait unveiling for outgoing Senate Minority Leader Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) on Capitol Hill December 8, 2016 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski

Turkey launches assault on Syrian Kurdish forces

Oct 09, 2019 - 8:56 PM

(UPDATED) President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announces the start of the attack on Twitter, labeling it 'Operation Peace Spring'

SYRIA KURDS. A member of Kurdish security forces stands guard during a demonstration by Syrian Kurds against Turkish threats next to a base for the US-led international coalition on the outskirts of Ras al-Ain town in Syria's Hasakeh province near the Turkish border on October 6, 2019. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

Turkey to begin Syria offensive 'shortly' despite mixed U.S. signals

Oct 09, 2019 - 12:37 PM

Istanbul sends more armored vehicles to the border with Syria, with a large convoy of dozens of vehicles seen in the Turkish town of Akcakale

A Turkish army's tank drives down from a truck as Turkish armed forces drive towards the border with Syria near Akcakale in Sanliurfa province on October 8, 2019. Turkey said on October 8, 2019, it was ready for an offensive into northern Syria, while President Donald Trump insisted the United States had not abandoned its Kurdish allies who would be targeted in the assault. Trump has blown hot and cold since a surprise announcement two days before that Washington was pulling back 50 to 100 "special operators" from Syria's northern frontier. BULENT KILIC / AF

Trump seeks to discredit entire impeachment

Oct 09, 2019 - 9:33 AM

(UPDATED) In an eight-page letter signed by the White House counsel, the administration bluntly announces it will not cooperate with the Democratic-led House of Representatives, calling its impeachment push illegitimate

(FILES) In this file photo taken on October 3, 2019 US President Donald Trump leaves after signing an executive order regarding Medicare at Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center in The Villages, Florida. A second whistleblower has comes forward, this one with first-hand information of the events that triggered an impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump for alleged abuse of power, the informant's lawyer said Sunday. Brendan Smialowski / AFP

Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter's advice for Trump? Tweet less

Oct 09, 2019 - 8:33 AM

'My advice to him would be to tell the truth... and also to cut back on his Twitter feeds,' says Carter during an interview by MSNBC

(FILES) - File picture taken September 6, 2012 shows former US president Jimmy Carter delivering a keynote address during the 16th annual conference of Development Bank of Latin America (CAF) in Washington, DC. Former US president Carter said August 12, 2015 that recent surgery had shown he has cancer and that it has spread from his liver. The 39th president recently underwent surgery to remove a small mass from his liver. "That procedure revealed that I have cancer that now is in other parts of my body. I will be rearranging my schedule as necessary so I can undergo treatment," he said, in a brief statement. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad

Trump threatens Turkey after greenlighting Syria invasion

Oct 08, 2019 - 9:30 AM

'I have told Turkey that if they do anything outside of what we would think is humane...they could suffer the wrath of an extremely decimated economy,' says US President Donald Trump

PULLBACK. A US soldier sits atop an armoured vehicle during a demonstration by Syrian Kurds against Turkish threats next to a base for the US-led international coalition on the outskirts of Ras al-Ain town in Syria's Hasakeh province near the Turkish border on October 6, 2019. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

U.S. Democrats subpoena Pentagon docs in impeachment inquiry

Oct 08, 2019 - 12:44 AM

The chairmen of 3 House panels leading the impeachment investigation are seeking information related to President Donald Trump pressing his Ukrainian counterpart to uncover dirt on 2020 US presidential contender Joe Biden

SUBPOENA. This photo shows the US Capitol on December 31, 2018 in Washington, DC. File photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. judge orders Trump to produce tax returns, president appeals

Oct 07, 2019 - 10:13 PM

(UPDATED) 'The Court cannot square a vision of presidential immunity that would place the President above the law,' Judge Victor Marrero says in a 75-page ruling rejecting Trump's argument

TAX RETURNS. In this file photo taken on September 11, 2018, US President Donald Trump speaks to members of the press following a briefing on Hurricane Florence in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC. File photo by Zach Gibson/AFP

U.S. forces start Syria border pullback, alarming Kurds

Oct 07, 2019 - 2:15 PM

(UPDATED) The move marks a major shift in US policy, and effectively abandons the Kurds, who were Washington's main ally in the years-old battle against the so-called Islamic State group

PATROL. In this file photo taken on September 08, 2019 US troops walk past a Turkish military vehicle during a joint patrol with Turkish troops in the Syrian village of al-Hashisha on the outskirts of Tal Abyad town along the border. Photo by Delil Souleiman/AFP

As U.S. factories falter, White House insists economy like 'a rock'

Oct 06, 2019 - 11:55 PM

American manufacturers are closing down and announcing job cuts, but the US government says the economy and manufacturing are both 'strong as a rock'

LAWRENCE, MASSACHUSETTS - AUGUST 16: Old factories sit along the railroad tracks in Lawrence on August 16, 2019 in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Lawrence, once one of Americas great manufacturing cities with immigrants from around the world coming to work in its textile and wool processing mills, has struggled to find its economic base since the decline of manufacturing. Despite a strong national economy, Lawrence, and many mid-size American cities and towns, are struggling with persistent joblessness, an opioid epidemic and a lack of affordable housing. While Lawrence is witnessing pockets of investment, many of its residents are facing economic hardship. Currently one-third of Lawrence's children live in poverty, 36 percent of residents receive aid under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and just over 24 percent of residents live in poverty. Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

Second Trump whistle-blower comes forward with firsthand information – lawyer

Oct 06, 2019 - 9:10 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The existence of a whistleblower claiming firsthand knowledge would make it harder for the president and his supporters to dismiss the original complaint as hearsay, as they have repeatedly done

US President Donald Trump holds a meeting on the opioid epidemic in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, June 12, 2019. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) / ALTERNATIVE CROP

Smoking text? Diplomats bring drama to Ukraine scandal

Oct 05, 2019 - 10:17 AM

Here are the texts among the members of Trump's camp before and after his phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky

ZELENSKY AND TRUMP. Composite image of Donald Trump in 2018 and Volodymyr Zelensky in 2019 from Shutterstock

Trump says unsure if he'll cooperate with Congress on impeachment

Oct 05, 2019 - 12:00 AM

President Donald Trump once again denies that he's done anything wrong in his relations with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, insisting that his only interest is 'looking at corruption'

UNSURE. US President Donald Trump gives a statement before boarding to Washington at Morristown Airport on August 04, 2019. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Trump says North Korea talks going ahead despite missile test

Oct 04, 2019 - 12:06 AM

'They want to talk and we'll be talking to them,' says US President Donald Trump in his first public reaction to North Korea's announcement of what it calls a 'new phase' in its arsenal

TALKS. US President Donald Trump (R) walks with North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un during a break in talks at the second US-North Korea summit at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi on February 28, 2019. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Trump openly calls on Ukraine, China to investigate Biden

Oct 03, 2019 - 11:59 PM

(UPDATED) 'China should start an investigation into the Bidens because what happened in China is just about as bad as what happened with Ukraine,' says President Donald Trump

TRUMP ON BIDEN. This file photo shows US President Donald Trump in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC, on July 9, 2019. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Trump lashes out at rising impeachment storm

Oct 03, 2019 - 11:34 AM

The US president resorts to coarse language in his broadsides against the investigation and his adversaries conducting it

US President Donald Trump speaks during a joint press conference with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto (not shown) in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on October 2, 2019. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP)

Australian leader says Trump wanted 'point of contact' for Russia probe

Oct 02, 2019 - 3:51 PM

'Australia would never do anything contrary to our national interest. It would have been, frankly, more surprising had we chosen not to cooperate,' Scott Morrison says

SCOTT MORRISON. Scott Morrison, the Prime Minister of Australia, speaks at the 74th United Nations (U.N.) General Assembly on September 25, 2019 in New York City. File photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

Trump denounces impeachment inquiry as a 'coup'

Oct 02, 2019 - 2:03 PM

'As I learn more and more each day, I am coming to the conclusion that what is taking place is not an impeachment, it is a COUP,' Trump tweets

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Romania's President Klaus Iohannis in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC on August 20, 2019. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Pompeo accuses Democrats of bullying in impeachment probe

Oct 01, 2019 - 11:37 PM

In a letter to Congress, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the subpoenas 'can only be understood as an attempt to intimidate, bully and treat improperly the distinguished professionals of the Department of State'

POMPEO. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attends a meeting in Sochi on May 14, 2019. File photo by Pavel Golovkin/Pool/AFP

Trump asked Australia for help discrediting Russia probe

Oct 01, 2019 - 7:08 AM

(UPDATED) An Australian government spokesperson confirms President Donald Trump asked Prime Minister Scott Morrison to investigate issues raised in Robert Mueller's probe

US Attorney General William Barr speaks about the release of the Mueller Report at the Department of Justice April 18, 2019, in Washington, DC. - The Mueller report on Russian interference in the 2016 US election concluded that neither President Donald Trump nor his campaign cooperated with the Russians, Attorney General Bill Barr announced Thursday. "The special counsel's report states that his investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities," he said. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP)

Trump: I want to meet my accuser

Sep 30, 2019 - 8:26 AM

(UPDATED) 'He wrote down and read terrible things, then said it was from the mouth of the President of the United States,' Trump says

DONALD TRUMP. US President Donald Trump takes part in the 3rd Annual Made in America Product Showcase on the South Lawn at the White House in Washington, DC, on July 15, 2019. File photo by Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Aides claim Trump the true 'whistleblower' in Ukraine scandal

Sep 30, 2019 - 7:58 AM

'The president of the United States is the whistleblower,' Trump advisor Stephen Miller tells 'Fox News Sunday'

TRUMP THE 'WHISTLEBLOWER.' US President Donald Trump delivers remarks at the Hispanic Heritage Month Reception at the White House in Washington, DC, September 27, 2019. Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP

Trump to supporters: 'Our country is at stake like never before'

Sep 29, 2019 - 8:18 AM

'They're trying to stop me because I'm fighting for you – and I'll never let that happen,' says embattled US President Donald Trump on the impeachment probe he is facing

IMPEACHMENT. US President Donald Trump addresses his supporters in a video posted on his Twitter account on September 28, 2019. Screenshot from Trump's Twitter page

Trump told Russian officials he wasn't concerned by interference – report

Sep 28, 2019 - 2:03 PM

Trump makes the previously unreported comments during the same May 2017 Oval Office meeting in which he revealed highly classified information on ISIS

UNCONCERNED. US President Donald Trump speaks to the media as he walks to Marine One prior to departing from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, July 5, 2019. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Pompeo subpoenaed as Democrats press Trump impeachment

Sep 28, 2019 - 1:27 PM

Three House committees are giving US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo one week to turn over Ukraine-related documents

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump delivers remarks at the Hispanic Heritage Month Reception at the White House in Washington, DC, September 27, 2019. (Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Trump lashes out, marshals supporters for impeachment fight

Sep 28, 2019 - 11:11 AM

Trump is seeking to undo the political damage from asking Ukraine's leader to conduct an investigation into his potential 2020 Democratic rival Joe Biden, and a possible White House cover-up

DONALD TRUMP. US President Donald Trump speaks prior to meeting with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore during a meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, September 23, 2019. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

China foreign minister tells the U.N. protectionism risks causing global recession

Sep 28, 2019 - 8:40 AM

'The lessons of the Great Depression should not be forgotten,' Wang Yi tells the United Nations General Assembly in New York

WANG YI. Foreign Minister of China Wang Yi addresses the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters on September 27, 2019 in New York City. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

8 reasons why impeaching Donald Trump is a big risk for the Democrats (and 3 reasons why it's not)

Sep 28, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Impeaching Trump is still fraught with risk for the Democrats. Taking down a sitting president is the equivalent of the nuclear option in American politics.

TRUMP IMPEACHMENT BID. US Speaker Nancy Pelosi and US President Donald Trump. Photos by Brendan Smialowski / AFP