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Taliban fighters hit with a series of airstrikes after failed attempt to breach Bagram Air Base

Taliban fighters hit with a series of airstrikes after failed attempt to breach Bagram Air BaseA series of airstrikes were called in following a failed attempt by the Taliban to breach Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, on Wednesday, according to a Resolute Support spokesman.



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Giuliani Meets Ukrainian Prosecutors at Center of Impeachment Inquiry to Film TV Series

Giuliani Meets Ukrainian Prosecutors at Center of Impeachment Inquiry to Film TV SeriesPresident Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani is in Europe this week to meet with Ukrainian prosecutors at the center of the impeachment inquiry against the President, in order to produce a television show about the impeachment process, the New York Times reported on Wednesday.House Democrats launched the impeachment inquiry due to suspicions Trump withheld military aid to Ukraine to pressure the country to investigate corruption allegations against Joe Biden. Giuliani gathered information on the allegations from Ukrainian contacts throughout the first half of 2019.Giuliani met with former Ukrainian prosecutor Yuriy Lutsenko in Budapest on Tuesday, and is scheduled to meet with former prosecutor general Victor Shokin, to film a series on impeachment for right-wing outlet One America News (OAN). Giuliani is filming the series even as the impeachment inquiry has focused national attention on his contacts with Ukraine.During his tenure, Shokin's office had opened a corruption investigation into Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian natural gas company on whose board sat Hunter Biden, the former vice president's son. In 2016 Joe Biden threatened to withhold U.S. aid to Ukraine if the government did not fire Shokin, who was widely seen as corrupt by U.S. and European leaders.In early 2019 Giuliani considered taking Lutsenko as a client even as the former NYC mayor pushed Lutsenko to look into allegations against Biden. Lutsenko is under investigation by Ukraine's National Anti-Corruption Bureau for allegations of abuse of power.In November the Wall Street Journal reported that federal prosecutors had launched a wide-ranging probe into Giuliani's businesses and partners. Investigators are looking into the possibility that Giuliani acted as an unregistered foreign agent.



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Trump blames media for his behaviour, makes series of false claims then says whistleblower's lawyer should be sued for treason

Trump blames media for his behaviour, makes series of false claims then says whistleblower's lawyer should be sued for treasonDonald Trump has blamed the media for his behaviour before claiming the impeachment inquiry was a hoax and suggesting a whistleblower’s lawyer should be sued for treason.The US president lashed out at the “fake news” – a pejorative term he routinely deploys to describe media outlets which publish stories that reflect badly in him – during a two-minute rant in response to criticism that his “unpresidential deportment” was tearing the country apart.



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New Trump Ad Broadcast During World Series: Campaign Update

New Trump Ad Broadcast During World Series: Campaign Update(Bloomberg) — President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign chose the final game of the World Series to broadcast a new advertisement hailing the candidate as “no Mr. Nice Guy.”“He’s no Mr. Nice Guy, but sometimes it takes a Donald Trump to change Washington,” the commercial’s narrator says. The ad goes on to claim that the Trump administration created 6 million new jobs, cut illegal immigration in half, and touts the killing of the Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.Democrats, the ad says, “would rather focus on impeachment and phony investigations.” Trump’s campaign manager tweeted: “Game 7 World Series ad, 1 year out. WeAreComing and fighting for the forgotten Americans.”The Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros were playing the last game of the series in Houston. Trump was booed when he attended the fifth game in Washington on Sunday night.Trump Campaign Condemns Twitter’s New Ad Policy (6:41 p.m.)Parscale said Twitter made “a very dumb decision” after the president’s favorite social media platform banned paid political advertising.“Twitter just walked away from hundreds of millions of dollars of potential revenue,” Parscale said in a statement, adding that the new policy was another attempt to silence conservatives, and that Trump “has the most sophisticated online program ever known.”Jack Dorsey, the company’s chief executive officer, announced Wednesday that the platform would ban all political ads starting on Nov. 22. The move comes after Democratic candidates criticized Facebook Inc. for its policy of not fact-checking posts and paid ads from politicians, allowing them to use the platform to spread false information.Twitter may not be losing out on as much money as Parscale thinks. In an earnings call last week, Twitter said political ads brought in less than $ 3 million during the 2018 midterm elections. By contrast, Trump’s campaign spent $ 5 million advertising on Facebook in the four weeks leading up to Oct. 19, according to data from Advertising Analytics.Biden’s Lead Over Warren Narrows in Poll (4:12 p.m.)Joe Biden’s lead over Elizabeth Warren has been cut in half in a national USA Today/Suffolk University poll released Wednesday.The survey showed Biden on top with 26% support among likely Democratic voters, followed by Warren at 17%, Bernie Sanders at 13% and Pete Buttigieg at 10%. All other candidates were in the single digits.Biden’s 9-point lead is down sharply from the 18-point advantage he had in the last USA Today/Suffolk poll, which was taken in late August, before the Trump-Ukraine scandal highlighted the work of Biden’s son Hunter.The telephone poll of 1,000 registered voters, of whom 399 were likely Democratic voters, nationwide was taken Oct. 23-26. It has a margin of error of 4.9 percentage points among Democratic respondents. — Ryan Teague BeckwithWarren Deflects Question on Medicare for All (2:04 p.m.)A voter said she came to an Elizabeth Warren campaign event in New Hampshire in search of specifics on how she will pay for her government-funded health care plan. The voter left empty-handed.At a town hall at the University of New Hampshire on Wednesday, Warren once again didn’t provide specifics, but reiterated that she’s working on determining the total cost of her plan and where the money will come from.Warren adopted Bernie Sanders’ Medicare-for-All plan and has promised she’ll explain how to pay its $ 30 trillion cost.“We know that Medicare for All is the least expensive way to get everyone covered, so for me that means I’m in,” Warren said, pledging that “the numbers will be out there” to back up her claim that costs for middle class people will drop.Democratic rivals have criticized Warren for not providing the details. — Misyrlena EgkolfopoulouBiden Hits Trump for Not Celebrating Pet Days (11:22 a.m.)Joe Biden took a dig at President Donald Trump on Instagram for not being an animal lover. But the timing was a little awkward.Biden posted a photo of himself with a German shepherd, one day after the president tweeted a photo of the shepherd that played a prominent role in the raid last weekend that killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.“Some Americans celebrate NationalCatDay, some celebrate Nationalization — President Trump celebrates neither. It says a lot,” Biden’s post says.Trump on Monday posted a picture of the German shepherd who assisted in al-Baghdadi raid, praising the dog’s work on Twitter.Trump is the first president since William McKinley, who took office in 1897, to not have a White House pet. At a February rally in El Paso, Texas, Trump said owning a dog while in office would be “phony.”“How would I look walking a dog on the White House lawn?” Trump said. “Feels a little phony to me.” — Emma KineryCOMING UPFourteen presidential candidates, including Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg are scheduled to speak on Friday at the Liberty and Justice Celebration hosted by the Iowa Democratic Party in Des Moines.\–With assistance from Emma Kinery, Misyrlena Egkolfopoulou, Ryan Teague Beckwith and Bill Allison.To contact the reporter on this story: Chelsea Mes in Sydney at cmes@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Wendy Benjaminson at wbenjaminson@bloomberg.net, Max Berley, John HarneyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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Three-Dozen ISIS Fighters Killed in Series of U.S. Strikes in Libya

Three-Dozen ISIS Fighters Killed in Series of U.S. Strikes in LibyaThe U.S. military killed 36 ISIS militants in a series of three airstrikes in Libya over the past eight days, U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) announced Friday.“This ongoing campaign against ISIS-Libya demonstrates that U.S. Africa Command persistently targets terrorist networks that seek to harm innocent Libyans,” read a statement from AFRICOM's director of intelligence, Navy Rear Admiral Heidi Berg. “We will continue to pursue ISIS-Libya and other terrorists in the region, denying them safe haven to coordinate and plan operations in Libya.”Seventeen ISIS members were killed in an airstrike on Thursday in southwest Libya. That strike followed a strike Tuesday near Murzuq that killed eleven jihadis, and a previous strike in the same area late last week that killed eight alleged fighters, AFRICOM said.Tuesday's airstrike “was conducted to eliminate ISIS terrorists and deny them the ability to conduct attacks on the Libyan people,” said AFRICOM’s director of operations, U.S. Army Major General William Gayler. “This effort demonstrates the resolve of the U.S. and our Libyan partners to deny safe havens to terrorists.”None of the three strikes, which were the first such U.S. operations in Libya in over a year, appear to have caused civilian casualties, according to AFRICOM.



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Trump news – live: President threatens to release thousands of captured Isis fighters into Europe after extraordinary series of outrageous statements

Trump news – live: President threatens to release thousands of captured Isis fighters into Europe after extraordinary series of outrageous statementsDonald Trump joked about awarding himself the Medal of Honor and trailed the idea of dumping thousands of captured Isis fighters on Europe in an address to the American Veterans 75th National Convention in Kentucky on Wednesday evening.The speech followed a particularly wild day for the president in which he retweeted praise from an evangelical broadcaster likening the affection in which he is held by Israeli Jews to “the second coming of God”, referred to himself as a “the chosen one” in discussion with reporters and labelled the prime minister of Denmark “nasty” over her refusal to consider selling Greenland to him.



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4 dead, 2 injured in series of stabbings in Orange County, suspect in custody

4 dead, 2 injured in series of stabbings in Orange County, suspect in custodyFour people are dead, two others are injured, and a robbery suspect is in custody after a series of stabbings in Orange County Wednesday afternoon, police say.



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Trump news – live: President launches series of wild attacks on 'enemy of the people' US media as impeachment threat grows

Trump news - live: President launches series of wild attacks on 'enemy of the people' US media as impeachment threat growsDonald Trump has lashed out at The New York Times, Morning Joe, CNN, the Democrats and the EU on Twitter \- as well as the social media platform itself – during a busy morning in which a new state visit to Britain was also confirmed.As the president continues to gloat over the outcome of the Mueller report, the opposition are busy formulating their response, with 2020 hopeful Elizabeth Warren the most vocal among a growing choir calling for his impeachment: “If any other human being in this country had done what’s documented in the Mueller report, they would be arrested and put in jail.”President Trump yesterday ignored plummeting approval ratings to take part in the traditional White House Easter Egg Roll in characteristic style, bragging to an audience of children about his rebuilding of the US military and stressing the need for his forthcoming border wall.Please allow a moment for our liveblog to load



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Trump news – live: President launches series of wild attacks on 'enemy of the people' US media as impeachment threat grows

Trump news - live: President launches series of wild attacks on 'enemy of the people' US media as impeachment threat growsDonald Trump has lashed out at The New York Times, Morning Joe, CNN, the Democrats and the EU on Twitter \- as well as the social media platform itself – during a busy morning in which a new state visit to Britain was also confirmed.As the president continues to gloat over the outcome of the Mueller report, the opposition are busy formulating their response, with 2020 hopeful Elizabeth Warren the most vocal among a growing choir calling for his impeachment: “If any other human being in this country had done what’s documented in the Mueller report, they would be arrested and put in jail.”President Trump yesterday ignored plummeting approval ratings to take part in the traditional White House Easter Egg Roll in characteristic style, bragging to an audience of children about his rebuilding of the US military and stressing the need for his forthcoming border wall.Please allow a moment for our liveblog to load



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Turkish president suffers series of setbacks as his party loses grip of capital

Turkish president suffers series of setbacks as his party loses grip of capitalRecep Tayyip Erdogan said his ruling party would make up for its "shortcomings” after Turkish voters handed it a series of stinging local election defeats amid widespread frustration over the economy. The Turkish president’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) lost control of the mayorship of Ankara for the first time in 25 years and preliminary figures appeared to show they had also lost the mayor’s race in Istanbul. The results are arguably the worst showing for the AKP since it first came to power in 2003 and prompted victory celebrations among the Turkish opposition.  Mr Erdogan, who has held power for 15 years and presided over a crackdown on the free media and political opponents, campaigned relentlessly and described the local elections as “a matter of survival” for the country.  However, it was not enough to overcome public anger over the economy, which is currently in recession and has been dogged by a weakened currency that has damaged businesses and hurt families’ finances.    Mr Erdogan appeared to cede the Istanbul vote Credit: Arif Hudaverdi Yaman/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images Speaking in Ankara, Mr Erdogan appeared somewhat chastened by the voters’ rebuke of his party. "If there are any shortcomings, it is our duty to correct them,” he said. “Starting tomorrow morning, we will begin our work to identify our shortcomings and make up for them." Turkish officials said the president may reshuffle his cabinet ministers as a way of signalling to both voters and the markets that he understood their frustration.   Mr Erdogan nonetheless claimed victory on the grounds that the AKP and its nationalist allies had still won more than 50 per cent of the vote nationwide.  AKP officials also said they planned to dispute the results in both Ankara and Istanbul, where their secular rivals, the Republican People’s Party (CHP), had claimed victory.  The AKP candidate in Istanbul, Binali Yildrim, was trailing by 25,000 votes out of around 10 million total votes cast and refused to conceded.  Mr Erdogan was elected mayor of Istanbul in 1994 and his allies have held the post ever since, meaning defeat there would be a blow to the president’s personal legacy.  The gap was larger in Ankara, where the AKP candidate appeared to have lost 51 per cent to 47 per cent to a CHP challenger. The AKP said it planned to challenge the results there also. "The people have voted in favour of democracy, they have chosen democracy," said Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the leader of the CHP.  Rusen Cakir, a prominent Turkish commentator, said the results were as important as those in 1994, when Mr Erdogan first became mayor of Istanbul. “It is is a declaration that a page that was opened 25 years ago is being turned,” he said.  The results do not affect Mr Erdogan’s grip on the presidency nor his control of parliament, where the AKP retains control through an agreement with a smaller nationalist party.   However, mayors have significant powers in Turkey and the CHP victories are likely to mean significant changes in how the country’s largest cities are run.    Turkey has no scheduled elections for the next four years so it may be difficult for the opposition to turn its local election victories into broader political momentum.  A team of election observers from the Council of Europe said it was “not fully convinced that Turkey currently has the free and fair electoral environment which is necessary for genuinely democratic elections”.  Turkey’s media is overwhelmingly loyal to Mr Erdogan and his political opponents have faced arrest and harassment by state authorities as they tried to challenge the AKP. While Mr Erdogan took deliberately pragmatic positions during his first years in office, he has become more hardline over time, developing a political brand based on a combination of Islamism, authoritarian nationalism, and economic populism.  He has moved aggressively to stamp out dissent in the three years since a failed coup against him in 2016. However, the CHP and other opposition parties retain large memberships and the infrastructure to fight elections.



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