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Trump impeachment: Historic Senate trial begins as McConnell caves on 'disgraceful' evidence rules

Trump impeachment: Historic Senate trial begins as McConnell caves on 'disgraceful' evidence rulesDonald Trump’s lawyers and Democrats arguing for his removal from office clashed on Tuesday over the powers of his office, as the president’s legal team echoed his allegations about the House investigation that led to his impeachment.House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff used his lengthy opening statement to warn senators to resist transforming Mr Trump into “a monarch” by allowing him to set the terms of a trial that will determine whether he is ousted from the Oval Office. But White House counsel Pat Cipollone responded on the first day of Mr Trump’s impeachment trial by alleging House Democrats put forth “fraudulent” evidence and “have no case.”



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Trump impeachment news – live: President begins global summit by raging about Senate trial, as Schiff warns proposed rules will lead to rigged result

Trump impeachment news – live: President begins global summit by raging about Senate trial, as Schiff warns proposed rules will lead to rigged resultDonald Trump has again labelled his Senate impeachment trial a “witch hunt” and a “hoax” from the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, before addressing the business summit with a blustering, hyperbolic speech laying out his supposed economic and environmental achievements.Proceedings in the upper chamber of Congress will begin in earnest on Tuesday after the president was charged with abuse of power and obstruction by the House of Representatives, with today’s session set to see heated debate over majority leader Mitch McConnell’s proposals for a compressed format, already labelled the basis for nothing more than a “rigged trial” by House Intelligence Committee chair Adam Schiff.



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Trump's trial begins at the start of an election year

Trump's trial begins at the start of an election yearThe U.S. Senate opened the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump with quiet ceremony Thursday — senators standing at their desks to swear an oath of “impartial justice” as jurors, House prosecutors formally reciting the charges and Chief Justice John Roberts presiding. Four of the senators sitting in judgment on Trump are running for the Democratic Party’s nomination to challenge him in the fall. “Hear ye, hear ye, hear ye!” intoned the Senate’s sergeant at arms, calling the proceedings to order just past noon.



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American Airlines begins offering non-binary gender options during booking process

American Airlines begins offering non-binary gender options during booking processAmerican Airlines has quietly rolled out non-binary gender options during the booking process, where people can designate "U" or "X" for their gender.



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Turkey begins deporting foreign jihadists

Turkey begins deporting foreign jihadistsTurkey deported three foreign jihadists on Monday, with more than 20 Europeans including French and Germans in the process of being expelled to their countries of origin. Turkey has criticised Western countries for refusing to repatriate their citizens who left to join the Islamic State group (IS) in Syria and Iraq, and stripping some of them of their citizenship. Greek police said they rejected the man and sent him back to Turkey.



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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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Supreme Court begins election-year term full of big cases

Supreme Court begins election-year term full of big casesThe justices are returning to the Supreme Court bench for the start of an election-year term that includes high-profile cases on about abortions, protections for young immigrants and LGBT rights. The justices also will hear arguments Monday in a challenge to a murder conviction by a non-unanimous jury in Louisiana. The term could reveal how far to the right and how fast the court’s conservative majority will move, even as Chief Justice John Roberts has made clear he wants to keep the court clear of Washington partisan politics.



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Former rebel stronghold in Syria begins to rebuild

Former rebel stronghold in Syria begins to rebuildPortraits of Syrian President Bashar Assad adorn a few buildings still intact after years of fighting and Russian soldiers hand out food and other supplies to residents of this Syrian town that was recently captured by the Syrian army. Khan Sheikoun, which holds a strategic position in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province, fell to Assad’s forces last month following weeks of a massive offensive by Syrian troops backed by Russian military support.



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Trial begins for ex-Dallas cop who shot neighbor in his home

Trial begins for ex-Dallas cop who shot neighbor in his homeOpening statements are set to begin Monday in the murder trial of a white police officer accused of shooting her black neighbor in his Dallas apartment. Amber Guyger, 31, is expected in a city courthouse Monday morning, where she will stand trial for the fatal shooting of 26-year-old Botham Jean last year. The case has attracted intense national scrutiny for its strange circumstances and as one in a chain of shootings of black men by white police officers.



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Trial in 'heinous' gang-related murder of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee begins in Chicago

Trial in 'heinous' gang-related murder of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee begins in ChicagoTrial of Dwright Boone-Doty and Corey Morgan, charged with the November 2015 attack on 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee, began Tuesday in Chicago.



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