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Taiwan police shoot man suspected of planting explosive device: media

Taiwan police shoot man suspected of planting explosive device: mediaPolice in southern Taiwan shot a man on Saturday suspected of planting a possible explosive device outside a campaign office for the island’s main opposition party, the Kuomintang, the official Central News Agency reported. Taiwan holds presidential and parliamentary elections on Jan. 11, and campaigning is in full swing with the Kuomintang challenging the ruling Democratic Progressive Party of President Tsai Ing-wen, who is currently far ahead in the polls. Taiwan elections are passionate, noisy affairs, but generally pass off peacefully.



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Elon Musk testifies in his own defense during explosive opening day of defamation trial over 'pedo guy' tweet

Elon Musk testifies in his own defense during explosive opening day of defamation trial over 'pedo guy' tweetTesla CEO Elon Musk testified that he was "upset" by an interview Vernon Unsworth gave to CNN, saying, "I insulted him back."



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Indian court rules in favor of Hindus in explosive row with Muslims

Indian court rules in favor of Hindus in explosive row with MuslimsIndia’s Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Hindu group on Saturday in a centuries-old dispute with minority Muslims over a place of worship in northern India that has been a lightning rod for tension between the two communities. The court said the disputed land be handed over to a Hindu trust to build a temple while Muslims will be provided a separate parcel of land. A lawyer for a Muslim group said the decision was disappointing and the group was likely to file a review petition.



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Trump compares impeachment inquiry to 'lynching' in explosive rant, as key witness gives 'damning' testimony to Congress

Trump compares impeachment inquiry to 'lynching' in explosive rant, as key witness gives 'damning' testimony to CongressDonald Trump has compared the impeachment inquiry surrounding him to “a lynching” in an apparent bid to inflame controversy and distract from Bill Taylor’s deposition on Capitol Hill, the US charge d’affaires for Ukraine who discussed his alarming text exchanges with Gordon Sondland and Kurt Volker during the session.“So some day, if a Democrat becomes President and the Republicans win the House, even by a tiny margin, they can impeach the President, without due process or fairness or any legal rights. All Republicans must remember what they are witnessing here – a lynching. But we will WIN!” the president tweeted, prior to Mr Taylor’s arrival.



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Trump news – live: Ambassador turns on president at explosive impeachment inquiry, amid ridicule over Erdogan letter and 'meltdown' in Pelosi meeting

Trump news - live: Ambassador turns on president at explosive impeachment inquiry, amid ridicule over Erdogan letter and 'meltdown' in Pelosi meetingDonald Trump’s ambassador to the EU, Gordon Sondland, a key figure of interest in the impeachment inquiry, is currently testifying on Capitol Hill behind closed doors, turning on the president in his opening statement by saying he was “disappointed” by the decision to involve Mr Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani in US dealings with Ukraine.President Trump – en route to Texas for his latest rally – was already having a bad day, facing ridicule following the release of a bizarre letter he had written to Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan imploring him not to attack the Kurdish fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces, which appears to have been thrown away and ignored by the recipient.



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Celebrities, royals and politicians brace themselves as court orders release of explosive Jeffrey Epstein files

Celebrities, royals and politicians brace themselves as court orders release of explosive Jeffrey Epstein filesIn Room 270, the records management unit, on the second floor of an imposing granite and marble courthouse in lower Manhattan, 167 documents totaling more than 2,000 pages are being kept under lock and key. But they are about to be unsealed and made public – making a host of important people around the world, including celebrities, politicians and royals, very nervous. The files contain explosive allegations in the case of Giuffre v Maxwell, in which Virginia Giuffre, a woman who claims to have been Jeffrey Epstein's teenage "sex slave", sued Ghislaine Maxwell, a British socialite and the billionaire's former girlfriend, for defamation. The case was settled in May 2017 on the eve of the trial but the details were not disclosed and the final judgment and supporting documents were sealed, with the court noting the "highly sensitive nature of the underlying allegations." According to other court documents that have been published, Ms Giuffre has made allegations of sexual abuse against "numerous prominent American politicians, powerful business executives, foreign presidents, a well‐known Prime Minister, and other world leaders." An appeal to unseal the rest of the documents was launched by the Miami Herald newspaper, which has spearheaded media investigations into Epstein. It was rejected three times. Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell became a fixture on the New York social scene after she moved to the city in 1991 Credit: Joe Schildhorn/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images But last month the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ordered their release, ruling that the public's right to know outweighed the privacy rights of the high-profile individuals named. It what may be an indication of the fame of those individuals, the judges made a striking plea to the media to "exercise restraint" in reporting the allegations about to come to light. They also allowed parties involved to apply for minor redactions, delaying the release. Another delay is possible as Miss Maxwell has launched an appeal to keep the documents sealed, her lawyers arguing that a full release would trigger a “furious feeding frenzy." They wrote: "Plaintiff Giuffre made numerous allegations of sexual, if not criminal, conduct against a wide range of third parties. Because of the media no reference to anyone in this case is benign: a reference to any person is toxic and lethal to that person’s reputation. Facts and truth are all but irrelevant." The legal battle between Ms Giuffre and Miss Maxwell began in late 2014 when Ms Giuffre claimed that Epstein sexually abused her starting in 2000 when she was 16, with the “assistance and participation” of Miss Maxwell. She also made allegations against the Duke of York, which were categorically denied by Buckingham Palace. Miss Maxwell described the claims as "obvious lies," and Ms Giuffre then sued her for defamation. Buckingham Palace has categorically denied any misconduct on the part of Prince Andrew, who was pictured with Virginia Giuffre, then Virginia Roberts, and Ghislaine Maxwell in 2001 In a recent statement Josh Schiller, a lawyer for Ms Giuffre, said the appeal court was unlikely to overturn an unsealing decision, and he believed Miss Maxwell's appeal would cause only a "short delay" in releasing the documents. He added: "There is an overwhelming public interest." The appeal court's decision to release the documents came just three days before Epstein was arrested last month, charged with sex trafficking. Prosecutors in New York have accused him of assaulting dozens of girls as young as 14. The case has thrown the Marlborough College and Oxford-educated Miss Maxwell, 57, back into the spotlight. She moved to New York in 1991, the year her father – disgraced newspaper tycoon Robert Maxwell – died. In New York, herself and Epstein became a fixture on the social scene. Miss Maxwell was well-connected. Guests including Donald Trump had partied on her father's yacht, the Lady Ghislaine, as far back as 1989. She is a private helicopter pilot and a deep water submarine pilot. In 2012 she founded the TerraMar Project in New York, aimed at creating a "global ocean community" to protect international waters, and spoke about it at the United Nations. Last month, six days after Epstein's arrest, the TerraMar Project announced it would "cease all operations." Miss Maxwell sold her Manhattan townhouse for $ 15 million in 2016, and her current whereabouts are unclear.



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Trump says there was 'illegal spying' on his campaign after Barr backs off explosive claim

Trump says there was 'illegal spying' on his campaign after Barr backs off explosive claimOne day after William Barr’s clarified his assertion that he believes the FBI was “spying” on the Trump campaign, the president said he agreed with his attorney general's initial remarks.



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Barr backs off explosive claim about FBI 'spying' on Trump campaign

Barr backs off explosive claim about FBI 'spying' on Trump campaignThe U.S. attorney general briefly touched off a firestorm during a hearing on Capitol Hill, saying he believes “spying did occur” in the federal investigation into the Trump campaign’s contacts with Russia.



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Trump and his family could be forced to testify after explosive Cohen hearing: 'They will hear from the committee'

Trump and his family could be forced to testify after explosive Cohen hearing: 'They will hear from the committee'Donald Trump and several of his family members could soon find themselves testifying before Congress about the president’s alleged lies and criminal conduct, if the Democratic-controlled House Oversight Committee gets its way. Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the committee tasked with investigating Mr Trump’s financial dealings, ties to Russia and a slate of other scandals plaguing the White House since his 2016 election, warned the first family and others close to the president they “can expect” to hear from Congress about details revealed in Michael Cohen’s explosive public testimony on Wednesday.



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Trump erupts over explosive Michael Cohen testimony calling president a 'racist conman'

Trump erupts over explosive Michael Cohen testimony calling president a 'racist conman'Donald Trump has responded angrily to reports his former lawyer will testify that he is a racist conman, claiming Michael Cohen’s allegations are an attempt to reduce his prison time. The president’s former attorney is expected to tell the House oversight committee on Wednesday he is a “racist, a conman and a cheat” and that he was negotiating a business deal in Russia on his client’s behalf during the 2016 presidential election. Mr Trump’s claim Cohen was merely “one of many lawyers” – an apparent attempt to distance himself from the 52-year-old – is in stark contrast to a 2012 tweet in which he described Mr Cohen as his EVP (executive vice president).



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