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Warren jumps ahead of Biden in latest 2020 polls

Warren jumps ahead of Biden in latest 2020 pollsElizabeth Warren is leading the crowded pack of candidates vying for the 2020 Democratic primary nomination for the first time, according to new results from polling aggregation website RealClearPolitics, which averages poll data from across the US. The numbers released on Wednesday show the progressive Massachusetts senator polling at 26.6 per cent, with former Vice President Joe Biden slightly behind her at 26.4 per cent.The latest numbers follow Tuesday’s Quinnipiac University poll, which found Ms Warren capturing 29 per cent of Democrat and Democrat-leaning independent voters. Mr Biden followed at 26 per cent, and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders trailed on 16 per cent. No other candidates topped 4 per cent in that poll.



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U.S. Begins Withdrawal from Northern Syria, Leaving Kurds Vulnerable ahead of Expected Turkish Invasion

U.S. Begins Withdrawal from Northern Syria, Leaving Kurds Vulnerable ahead of Expected Turkish InvasionThe White House announced on Sunday night that U.S. forces will withdraw from northern Syria, leaving our Kurdish allies weakened in advance of an expected Turkish invasion that prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday "could come at any moment."Turkey has signaled it wants to establish a "safe zone" inside Syria where it can resettle some 3.6 million refugees who fled the Syrian civil war and currently live in Turkey. However, Kurds in the region have warned that Turkey's intention is to remake the demographic composition of the region by flooding it with Sunni Muslims, weakening the Kurds' regional foothold.The withdrawal by the U.S. leaves the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a largely Kurdish organization instrumental to the U.S.-led fight against ISIS, without cover in the face of a Turkish invasion. Turkey considers the SDF, which has ties to Kurdish militants in Turkey, a terrorist organization.A statement from the White House press secretary indicated that President Trump had spoken with Erdogan by phone in advance of the invasion."The United States Armed Forces will not support or be involved in the operation, and United States forces, having defeated the ISIS territorial 'Caliphate,' will no longer be in the immediate area," the statement read.Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu tweeted 9n Monday that the country was "determined to ensure our country's existence and security by clearing terrorists from this region," referring to the SDF.The SDF put out a statement saying, "As the Syrian Democratic Forces, we are determined to defend our land at all costs." It also warned that a U.S. withdrawal from the area would "reverse the successful effort to defeat ISIS."



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New York congressman resigns ahead of insider trading plea

New York congressman resigns ahead of insider trading pleaA senior Democratic aide speaking on condition of anonymity said Monday that the office of U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi had received Collins’ letter of resignation, and that it would become effective Tuesday. Collins, 69, is scheduled to appear in Manhattan federal that day to enter his guilty plea, court records show. Collins’ son, Cameron Collins, and another man, Stephen Zarsky, are also scheduled to plead guilty in the case on Thursday.



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Hong Kongers kick off days of rallies ahead of China's birthday

Hong Kongers kick off days of rallies ahead of China's birthdayThousands of Hong Kong pro-democracy activists on Friday night kicked off what is expected to be an intense period of protests, aiming to cast a shadow over communist China’s momentous anniversary celebrations. Beijing is preparing a huge military parade on Tuesday to mark 70 years since the founding of the People’s Republic of China, revelling in its transformation into a global superpower. Four days of action are planned in the run-up to Tuesday with clashes almost certain after police denied permission for a march on the anniversary itself citing safety concerns.



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Mugabe's body moved to rural home ahead of weekend burial

Mugabe's body moved to rural home ahead of weekend burialThe remains of Zimbabwe’s ex-president Robert Mugabe who died early this month, have been moved from his Harare house to his rural village ahead of burial expected this weekend, his family said Friday. After weeks of wrangling between government and his family over the final resting place for the country’s founding leader, the Mugabes have opted to entomb him at his birth place and rural home, about 90 kilometres (55 miles) west of the capital Harare. It was the second time it made its way back to Kutama village in Zvimba district where Mugabe was born 95 years ago.



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Beijing opens glitzy airport ahead of China's 70th anniversary

Beijing opens glitzy airport ahead of China's 70th anniversaryA futuristic airport that resembles a giant starfish opened in Beijing Wednesday, as China unveils another massive infrastructure project just days before it celebrates 70 years of Communist Party rule. Located 46 kilometres (29 miles) south of Tiananmen Square, Beijing Daxing International Airport will operate at full capacity in 2040, with eight runways and the potential to receive 100 million passengers per year. The airport was opened by President Xi Jinping, but had an immediate hitch when its maiden commercial flight — an A380 superjumbo heading to the southern city of Guangzhou — was delayed by nearly 30 minutes.



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Beijing opens glitzy airport ahead of China's 70th anniversary

Beijing opens glitzy airport ahead of China's 70th anniversaryA futuristic new airport in Beijing, which is expected to become one of the busiest in the world, was opened by President Xi Jinping on Wednesday. Xi declared the starfish-shaped airport open in brief remarks at a ceremony inside the huge terminal, days before the country holds a grand celebration to mark 70 years of Communist rule. Located 46 kilometres (29 miles) south of Tiananmen Square, the Beijing Daxing International Airport will operate at full capacity in 2040, with eight runways and the potential to receive 100 million passengers per year.



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Netanyahu forges slightly ahead amid tense negotiations on who should be Israel's next leader

Netanyahu forges slightly ahead amid tense negotiations on who should be Israel's next leaderThough Gantz has won slightly more seats in Israel’s parliament than Netanyahu, he may not have the support of smaller parties needed to secure a win.



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Ukraine needs U.S. support ahead of Donbass peace talks: Zelenskiy

Ukraine needs U.S. support ahead of Donbass peace talks: ZelenskiyUkrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said he expected to have a “meaningful, powerful” meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump this week, and Kiev needed the support of Washington. “We want to come out of this meeting with some results on the specific terms for ending the war and returning our territories,” Zelenskiy added.



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UPDATE 2-Israel's Arab party support pushes Gantz ahead of Netanyahu

UPDATE 2-Israel's Arab party support pushes Gantz ahead of NetanyahuIsrael’s Arab-dominated Joint List party moved on Sunday to back the centre-left bloc of Benny Gantz, who is challenging Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing alliance, to form a new government. With final results all but in, neither Gantz nor Netanyahu command a majority in parliament, so the Arab List’s decision to end its usual policy of withholding support for any candidate in the wake of elections could nudge President Reuven Rivlin to ask Gantz to form a government. Rivlin, who began consulting with party leaders on Sunday to discuss who should lead the country after no clear victor emerged from Tuesday’s election, suggested Gantz and Netanyahu join forces, though it is uncertain who would be the senior partner.



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