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Gabbard and Harris clash over visions for the Democratic Party

Gabbard and Harris clash over visions for the Democratic PartyAt the Democratic debate in Atlanta on Wednesday, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii and Sen. Kamala Harris of California clashed over their differing visions for the party, particularly when it comes to foreign policy.




POSTED NOVEMBER 20, 2019 10:19 PM

After Sondland bombshell, Democrats look to expand Trump probe to Pompeo, others

After Sondland bombshell, Democrats look to expand Trump probe to Pompeo, othersHouse Democrats, emboldened after Ambassador Gordon Sondland provided stunning testimony Wednesday, are debating whether to expand the investigation to other Trump administration officials.




POSTED NOVEMBER 21, 2019 4:12 PM

A man in India dressed up as a pilot and used his disguise to skip lines and get free upgrades, police say

A man in India dressed up as a pilot and used his disguise to skip lines and get free upgrades, police sayThe police detained Rajan Mahbubani as he tried to board an AirAsia plane flying from Delhi to Kolkata. They say he impersonated a Lufthansa pilot.




POSTED NOVEMBER 22, 2019 7:06 AM

Russia 'ruined' Ukrainian naval vessels before handing them back, says Ukrainian navy

Russia 'ruined' Ukrainian naval vessels before handing them back, says Ukrainian navyThree Ukrainian navy boats seized by Russia a year ago were vandalised before being handed back to Ukraine, the country's navy said.  The fast gunboats Nikopol and Berdyansk and the tugboat Tany Kapu were welcomed by Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy and onlookers waving national flags arrived in Ochakiv, a Ukrainian naval port on the Black Sea on Wednesday evening.  But Ukraine's navy said the vessels had been stripped bare and left so badly damaged that they had to be towed home by tug. "The Russians ruined them," said Admiral Ihor Voronchenko, the head of the Ukrainian Navy.   "They even took the ceiling lights, plug sockets, and lavatories," he said.  Mr Zelenskiy, who reviewed the vessels as they returned on Thursday morning, said: "I am very happy that our navy vessels are back where they belong. As promised, we have brought back our sailors and our ships.   "Some of the equipment is missing, as well as some weapons. There will be an investigation. We will see all of the details."   Russia blocked the Kerch strait with a tanker and deployed fighter jets to stop the three vessels entering the Azov Sea last year Credit: Pavel Rebrov/Reuters Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB), which oversees the border service that seized the vessels, denied tampering with the ships and said they had been "handed over to the Ukrainian side in normal condition."   The three vessels were boarded by Russian forces after they tried to pass through the Strait of Kerch in November last year.  Russia says they illegally violated the Russian border, then impounded the vessels and jailed 24 crew members pending trial.  Ukraine described the move as an act of war and a flagrant breach of the treaty that gives the countries joint sovereignty of the only channel between the Black and Azov seas.  Mr Zelenskiy said the return of the boats as the latest in a series of small steps "towards peace" ahead of a key summit with Vladimir Putin next month.  Mr Zelenskiy inspects the artillery boat Nikopol Credit: Arkhip Vereshchagin/TASS The two presidents will meet in person for the first time in Paris on December 9, at talks brokered by France and Germany that are designed to end the conflict in east Ukraine, which has killed 13,000 people since 2014.     In September the ships' crews were released in a prisoner swap that also saw Russia free Oleg Sentsov, a Ukrainian filmmaker and activist who had been held on trumped-up charges since the annexation of Crimea in 2014.    The sides have also agreed to pull back troops from key points on the line of contact in eastern Ukraine. The narrow sea way between Crimea and Russia's Taman peninsula is the only passage for ships sailing to and from Ukraine's industrial port of Mariupol, to which the flotilla was bound when it was seized.  Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 and opened a bridge across the strait in 2017 in defiance of Ukrainian objections. Mariupol is a few miles from the frontline where Ukrainian and Russian-directed separatist forces have been fighting a static war for five years.




POSTED NOVEMBER 21, 2019 10:41 AM

Putin hands awards to widows of men killed in mysterious military test

Putin hands awards to widows of men killed in mysterious military testRussian President Vladimir Putin has handed top state awards to the widows of five scientists killed in an accident while testing what he called an advanced weapons system without equal in the world. The five men died on Aug. 8 in what their employer, state nuclear agency Rosatom, said was an accident during a rocket test on a sea platform off northern Russia, an incident which caused radiation levels in the surrounding area to briefly spike. Thomas DiNanno, a senior U.S. State Department official, said last month that Washington had determined that the explosion was the result of a nuclear reaction which occurred during the recovery of a Russian nuclear-powered cruise missile after a failed test.




POSTED NOVEMBER 22, 2019 6:13 AM

Attorney general unveils plan on missing Native Americans

Attorney general unveils plan on missing Native AmericansAttorney General William Barr announced a nationwide plan Friday to address the crisis of missing and slain Native American women as concerns mount over the level of violence they face. Barr announced the plan, known as the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Initiative, during a visit with tribal leaders and law enforcement officials on the Flathead Reservation in Montana. Native American women experience some of the nation’s highest rates of murder, sexual violence and domestic abuse.




POSTED NOVEMBER 22, 2019 12:54 AM

Cory Booker is right: Joe Biden must be 'high' to oppose legalizing marijuana

Cory Booker is right: Joe Biden must be 'high' to oppose legalizing marijuanaJoe Biden isn’t just old-fashioned. He’s a stubborn prohibitionist averse to catching up with reality — the inevitability of marijuana legalization.




POSTED NOVEMBER 21, 2019 12:51 PM

Colorado's Mesa County Valley School District 51 is closing all its schools amid 'unprecedented' illness outbreak

Colorado's Mesa County Valley School District 51 is closing all its schools amid 'unprecedented' illness outbreakMesa County Valley School District 51 is closing all of its schools until after Thanksgiving break because of an illness outbreak.




POSTED NOVEMBER 21, 2019 12:26 AM

‘Give that dog a license.’ Black lab seen on video doing donuts in Florida cul-de-sac

‘Give that dog a license.’ Black lab seen on video doing donuts in Florida cul-de-sacHis owner reportedly left the car running with the dog inside.




POSTED NOVEMBER 22, 2019 12:18 PM

Exclusive: Acting Homeland Security chief Chad Wolf makes unannounced visit to privately funded border wall

Exclusive: Acting Homeland Security chief Chad Wolf makes unannounced visit to privately funded border wallActing Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf made an unpublicized visit Wednesday to the site of a privately constructed border wall during his first official trip to the southern border, Yahoo News has confirmed.




POSTED NOVEMBER 21, 2019 5:38 PM

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