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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says Trump 'not worth' the 'divisive' costs of impeachment

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says Trump 'not worth' the 'divisive' costs of impeachmentHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi told The Washington Post she is "not for impeachment" of President Donald Trump. "He's just not worth it," she said.



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Trump must be removed with 25th amendment because he is 'not well at all mentally', former White House ethics chief says

Trump must be removed with 25th amendment because he is 'not well at all mentally', former White House ethics chief saysDonald Trump must be removed from office as he is “not well at all mentally”, a former White House ethics chief has said. Richard Painter, who served as George W Bush’s ethics lawyer between 2005 and 2007, told cable network Msnbc Mr Trump’s national emergency declaration over illegal immigration was “clearly illegal” and the product of the president’s state of mind.



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Trump's border wall 'not really a wall', says outgoing chief of staff John Kelly

Trump's border wall 'not really a wall', says outgoing chief of staff John KellyDonald Trump's outgoing chief of staff on Sunday admitted the president's planned wall along the US and Mexico border would be more like a fence, as he gave his final interview before leaving office. General John Kelly, who leaves the administration on Wednesday after a rocky 18-month tenure, broke with the president on key areas during an intriguing exit interview with The Los Angeles Times newspaper. The two men have had a strained relationship in recent months. In September Gen. Kelly denied claims made in Bob Woodward's bombshell book, Fear, that he called the US leader an "idiot". On Sunday, it emerged that he fundamentally disagreed with the president's characterisation of illegal immigrants as criminals who are invading America. “We do have an immigration problem," the former Marine said while describing his role spending 15 hour days alongside Mr Trump as "bone-crushing". But he added: “Illegal immigrants, overwhelmingly, are not bad people,” describing many migrants as victims of traffickers. “I have nothing but compassion for them, the young kids." Speaking of the wall, Gen. Kelly said that after consultation with border patrol agents it became clear that a continuous, opaque structure would not be suitable for stemming the flow of illegal immigrants. For a start, agents need to be able to see through any barrier to allow them to view those approaching from Mexico. “To be honest, it’s not a wall,” he said. “The president still says ‘wall’ – oftentimes frankly he’ll say ‘barrier’ or ‘fencing,’ now he’s tended toward steel slats. But we left a solid concrete wall early on in the administration, when we asked people what they needed and where they needed it.” “They said, ‘Well we need a physical barrier in certain places, we need technology across the board, and we need more people.’” The US president's vision of what he called "a big beautiful wall" that "Mexico is going to pay for" became a rallying cry to his supporters during the 2016 election campaign. But halfway through his four-year term, he is still trying to secure most of the estimated $ 18 billion (£14.2bn) needed to fund it. The stalemate between Republicans and Democrats is at the heart of the current government shutdown now entering its tenth day.



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Lion Air plane 'not airworthy' and should have been grounded, say investigators

Lion Air plane 'not airworthy' and should have been grounded, say investigatorsThe Indonesian authorities have concluded that the Lion Air plane that crashed last month killing 189 people was not fit to fly and should have been grounded after recurring technical problems.  The Boeing 737 MAX vanished from radar about 13 minutes after taking off from Jakarta, the Indonesian capital, on October 29, slamming into the Java Sea at 450 miles per hour moments after the pilot had asked to return to the airport.  Data from the jetliner, presented in preliminary findings by accident investigators on Wednesday, showed the pilots fought to prevent the crash from the moment the plane took off as the 737’s nose was repeatedly forced down, apparently by an automatic system receiving incorrect sensor readings. The information from the flight data recorder reveals that the crews successfully battled to raise the nose over two dozen times before finally losing control.  The National Transport Safety Committee (KNKT) did not pinpoint a definitive cause of the accident, with a final crash report not likely to be filed until next year. However, it admonished Lion Air, the nation’s largest budget carrier, for repeatedly putting the plane back into service despite failing to fix a problem with the airspeed indicator in the days leading up to the fatal flight.   Jakarta plane crash: Flight Lion Air JT610 Its previous flight, on the eve of the crash, was from Denpasar in Bali to Jakarta. The pilots had reported the same problem but had de-activated the anti-stall system and continued to fly manually.  “During [that] flight, the plane was experiencing a technical problem but the pilot decided to continue,” Nurcahyo Utomo, aviation head of the KNKT told reporters. The report outlines the maintenance procedures that were carried out in response.   “In our opinion, the plane was no longer airworthy and should not have continued,” he said, according to the BBC.  The report itself does not explicitly spell out that conclusion. Instead it urges the airline to improve its safety culture, including to increase pilots’ knowledge of emergency procedures, and to better document repair work on its planes.  The initial findings will also heighten concerns there were problems with key systems in one of the world's newest and most advanced commercial passenger planes. Investigators have previously said the doomed aircraft had problems with its airspeed indicator and angle of attack (AOA) sensors, prompting Boeing to issue a special bulletin telling operators what to do when they face the same situation. An AOA sensor provides data about the angle at which air is passing over the wings and tells pilots how much lift a plane is getting. The information can be critical in preventing an aircraft from stalling.  Boeing 737 MAX | Who has ordered the plane? The KNKT has retrieved one of the plane's black boxes – the flight data recorder  – but is yet to locate the cockpit voice recorder, which will give more details of how the pilots acted to tackle the problem.  Indonesia's aviation safety record has improved since its airlines, including national carrier Garuda, were subject to years-long bans from US and European airspace for safety violations, although the country has still recorded 40 fatal accidents over the past 15 years. Lion Air’s parent group, which also operates Batik Air and Wings Air, has captured half the domestic market in less than 20 years of operation to become Southeast Asia's biggest airline, but it has been dogged by a dubious safety record and an avalanche of complaints over shoddy service.  Last week a searing investigation by the New York Times, based on interviews with dozens of Lion Air’s management personnel and flight and ground crew members, as well as investigators and aviation analysts, painted a picture of a carrier that allegedly prioritised growth over safety.  Fifteen major safety lapses have been documented in recent years, including a crash that killed 25 people. Government safety investigators alleged that the company’s political ties have allowed it to circumvent their recommendations and play down safety fears.  BREAKING: Indonesian national transport safety committee says no engineer briefed the pilot of crashed Lion Air flight JT610 of the multiple serious flight problems experienced on previous flights. The onus was on him to read the maintenance log— amanda hodge (@hodgeamanda) November 28, 2018 In one incident described by the Times, a government inspector had grounded a plane in the city of Makassar, eastern Indonesia, over problems with its hydraulic system. The airline went over his head to gain permission to fly from officials in Jakarta and the flight took off anyway.  But Boeing has also come under fire for possible glitches on the 737 MAX – which entered service just last year. Several relatives of the crash victims have already filed lawsuits against Boeing, including the family of a young doctor who was to have married his high school sweetheart this month. Authorities have called off the grim task of identifying victims of the crash, with 125 passengers officially recognised after testing on human remains that filled some 200 body bags. 



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Indian officials urged 'not to recover' US missionary's body from isolated tribe's island

Indian officials urged 'not to recover' US missionary's body from isolated tribe's islandIndian police have been urged to abandon efforts to recover the body of an American missionary killed by an isolated tribe on a remote island, amid warnings any contact could have "catastrophic" consequences. Survival International, an NGO working for tribal rights, said the Sentinelese people could be wiped out if outside diseases were introduced onto the island. Any such mission would also pose extreme danger to Indian officials, the group said. John Allen Chau was killed by the people of North Sentinel earlier this month after paying fisherman to smuggle him to the island, where outsiders are forbidden from venturing under Indian law.  The fishermen later said they saw the Sentinelese bury his body on the beach. The 26-year-old left notes saying he wanted to bring Christianity to the tribe and knew he was risking his life. He also detailed an attempt at contact a day earlier, when he was forced off the island amid arrow fire. Believed to be the last pre-Neolithic tribe in the world, there has been no significant contact with the Sentinelese for generations.  “The risk of a deadly epidemic of flu, measles or other outside disease is very real, and increases with every such contact," Survival International’s Director Stephen Corry said in a statement yesterday (Monday). "Such efforts in similar cases in the past have ended with the Sentinelese attempting to defend their island by force." Chau had left notes speaking of his desire to bring Christianity to the North Sentinelese people Credit: Reuters Authorities should leave Chau's body and the Sentinelese alone, Mr Corry said. He also called for the weakening of restrictions on visiting the area to be revoked, and the exclusion zone around North Sentinel properly enforced. "All uncontacted tribal peoples face catastrophe unless their land is protected," he added. The call came as Indian police said they were still working with anthropologists and psychologists to see if a plan could be forged to recover the missionary's body.  However they were treading carefully and "at this stage" had no plan to confront the Sentinelese, said Dependra Pathak, director general of police in the Andaman and Nicobar islands. "If they suggest any methodology to interact without disturbing them then we can draw (up a) strategy," he said. "They are a treasure," the police chief added." We cannot go and force our way in. We don't want to harm them." A police boat approached the island on Friday and Saturday, on the latter occasion finding the tribespeople armed with spears and bows and arrows.  "We watched them from a distance and they watched us from a distance," Mr Pathak said. P.C. Joshi. a professor of anthropology at Delhi University, said he understood why authorities wanted to recover the body. But he noted the islanders could not be prosecuted under Indian law, and said it was likely already too late to learn much from the body as conditions on the island would cause rapid decomposition. "Ultimately, it's becoming futile," he said, according to AP. Chau's family have said they have already forgiven the tribe, as well as the fishermen who aided his journey who have been arrested.



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Trump's Planned Nuclear Pact Withdrawal 'Not The Work Of A Great Mind,' Says Gorbachev

Trump's Planned Nuclear Pact Withdrawal 'Not The Work Of A Great Mind,' Says GorbachevFormer Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev slammed U.S. President Donald



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Police 'not ruling out terrorism' after man fire bombs McDonald's and takes hostage in Cologne train station

Police 'not ruling out terrorism' after man fire bombs McDonald's and takes hostage in Cologne train stationA man threw a Molotov cocktail into a crowded McDonald’s restaurant before taking a woman hostage in the German city of Cologne's main railway station in what police said may have been a failed terror attack. A 14-year-old girl suffered burns to her legs when the man claiming to be a member of Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil) attacked the restaurant. Police said the could not rule out terrorism. He then took a second woman hostage in a pharmacy inside the station complex while onlookers fled. Witnesses described him as shouting that he was acting for Isil. Police special forces stormed the station and freed the hostage, who suffered moderate injuries according to emergency services. The suspect was shot in the stomach by police marksmen and was said to be in critical condition last night (MON). Police denied reports of shots being fired Credit:  Michael Gottschalk/ Getty The residence document of a 55-year-old Syrian who has been living in Cologne since 2016 was recovered from the scene, but police said it was not clear if it belonged to the suspect. The owner of the residence card has a criminal record for theft. The incident began at around 12.45pm local time (11.45pm BST) when the suspect threw a Molotov cocktail into the station’s McDonald’s outlet. A 14-year-old girl was injured but managed to escape. “It was indescribable, terrible to look at,” a witness who saw the teenager’s injuries told the local Express newspaper. The girl was rushed to hospital and was said to be in stable condition last night (MON). Armed with a handgun, the suspect then took another woman hostage in the station pharmacy. Loudspeaker announcements ordered the public to leave the station by the nearest exit and police sealed the complex off. A two-hour stand-off followed as nervous passengers waited on the nearby steps of Cologne cathedral, many of them clutching their luggage. All trains to and from the station, one of the busiest in Germany, were cancelled. The suspect made various “political demands”, including the release of a Tunisian woman from prison, according to police. He also demanded safe passage out of the station. He was known to police for offences including theft and fraud, Cologne's deputy police chief Miriam Brauns said. "We also do not rule out a terrorist attack," Ms Brauns said. Police were unable to determine if the handgun he was carrying was genuine from a distance, and the decision was made to storm the station, a spokesman said. A police marksman shot the suspect in the stomach to disable him. Inquiries were still ongoing last night, and it is not yet clear if the handgun the suspect used was genuine, police said. Police made the decision to storm the station when the suspect threatened to set light to the hostage. He had taped gas cartridges to her body and poured fuel over her. Police were unable to determine if the handgun he was carrying was genuine, so a police marksman shot the suspect in the stomach to disable him.



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Lisa Murkowski Declares Brett Kavanaugh 'Not Right' For Supreme Court

Lisa Murkowski Declares Brett Kavanaugh 'Not Right' For Supreme CourtSen. Lisa Murkowski says she will oppose Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court.



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White House national security adviser John Bolton says Palestine is 'not a state'

White House national security adviser John Bolton says Palestine is 'not a state'John Bolton said Palestinian isn't a state but reiterated the president's support for a two-state solution.



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Parkland Dad Fred Guttenberg Reminds Kavanaugh His Life Is 'Not Ruined'

Parkland Dad Fred Guttenberg Reminds Kavanaugh His Life Is 'Not Ruined'The father of a child killed in the Parkland, Florida, high school massacre



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