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Trump impeachment trial opens; White House faulted on Ukraine aid freeze

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Senate impeachment trial on whether to remove U.S. President Donald Trump from office formally began on Thursday even as a congressional watchdog found that the White House broke the law by withholding security aid for Ukraine approved by Congress.

The assessment from the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office was a setback for Trump, even though it was unclear if it would figure in his trial in the Republican-led Senate given that key issues such as whether witnesses will appear or new evidence will be considered remain up in the air.

Democrat Adam Schiff, who heads a team of seven House of Representatives members who will serve as prosecutors, appeared on the Senate floor to read the two charges passed by the House on Dec. 18 accusing Trump of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress arising from his dealings with Ukraine.

Chief Justice John Roberts, wearing his black judicial robe, was led onto the Senate floor by four senior lawmakers. He took an oath to preside over the trial and then swore in the assembled senators, instructing them to raise their right hand, asking, “Do you solemnly swear that in all things appertaining to the trial of the impeachment of Donald John Trump, president of the United States, now pending you will do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws, so help you God?”

The 99 senators present signed their assent one by one. One senator - Republican Jim Inhofe - was in his home state of Oklahoma to be with a family member facing a medical issue, according to his office, but was due to sign later in the day.
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Johnson refused Putin to improve relations

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told Russian President Vladimir Putin that there will be no normalization of relations between the two countries until Moscow ceases its "destabilizing activities that threaten the security" of Britain and its allies, Reuters writes January 19.

A spokeswoman for the British prime minister’s office said that Johnson met with Putin on the sidelines of the Libyan summit in Berlin, where they discussed the need to address security issues in Syria, Iraq and Iran.

"He made it clear that Britain’s position on Salisbury has not changed - it was a reckless use of chemical weapons and an audacious attempt to kill innocent people in the UK. He said that such an attack should not be repeated," the spokeswoman said.

The Salisbury incident occurred in March 2018. Then, ex-GRU ex-employee Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia were found unconscious on a park bench.

British authorities later said they were poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok, and Russia was behind the attack. Moscow has repeatedly denied these allegations.

can someone explain me on which level of braindead faggot did britbongs landed? i mean they just spit into face of people who literally saved their football sports and bank system..
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Russian spies hacked Ukrainian energy company at center of Trump's impeachment

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>The Ukrainian natural gas company that prompted President Donald Trump to seek investigations from Ukraine's president over its hiring of former Vice President Joe Biden's son was hacked by Russian spies, security experts said in a report released Monday.

>The Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Army, or GRU, "launched a phishing campaign targeting Burisma Holdings" as early as November, according to the cybersecurity firm Area 1 Security.

>"The Russians were trying to steal user names," and "from that perspective they were successful," Area 1 co-founder Oren Falkowitz, a former employee of the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command, said Monday night. "What they intend to do from there is unknown," he said.
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RIP little guy. Your life was too short.

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The world's shortest man who could walk, as verified by Guinness World Records (GWR), has died at a hospital in Nepal at the age of 27.

Khagendra Thapa Magar, from Nepal's Baglung district, measured 67.08cm (2ft 2.41in).

His brother told AFP news agency he died on Friday following a battle with pneumonia.

GWR paid tribute to Mr Magar, saying he "didn't let his small size stop him from getting the most out of life".

Mr Magar was recognised as the world's smallest man on his 18th birthday in 2010, at a ceremony attended by local and international dignitaries.

"I don't consider myself to be a small man. I'm a big man. I hope that having this title enables me to prove it and get a proper house for me and my family," he said at the time.

GWR has two categories for people of short stature - mobile and non-mobile. Filipino Junrey Balawing, who is unable to walk or stand unaided, is the world's shortest non-mobile man, measuring 59.93cm.

Mr Magar lost his title as the world's shortest mobile man to fellow Nepalese national Chandra Bahadur Dangi, who measured 54.6cm. However, he regained it following Mr Dangi's death in 2015.

Mr Magar was first spotted by a travelling salesman when he was 14 and taken to local fairs, where children paid to be photographed next to him.

After gaining recognition from GWR in 2010, he travelled around the world and made television appearances in Europe and the US. He also became an official face of Nepal's tourism campaign.

Craig Glenday, GWR's editor-in-chief, said he was "terribly sad" to hear the news of Mr Magar's death.

"His bright smile was so infectious that he melted the hearts of anyone who met him," he said.

The record for the shortest living mobile man is now held by Edward Hernandez of Colombia, who measures 70.21cm.

Newborn’s Death Linked to Acute Marijuana Toxicity

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A recently published report describes the case of an 11-day-old female neonate who died due to acute marijuana toxicity and highlights the need for more research on the impact of marijuana use on pregnancy outcomes.
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The Truth about the Dr. Phil Show

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Trump admiin atty general Bill Bar wants back doors built into phone software for law enforcement

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The federal government is once again “asking” Apple to break into an encrypted iPhone that was once owned by a now-deceased murderer and which contains what officials insist may be vital information — information that, without Apple’s technical intervention, will remain hidden from investigators’ view.

The request — it’s really a demand, and it's one that the feds have made before — can only be granted by Apple if the company makes all of its iPhone customers less safe.

To its credit, Apple has resisted this demand, as it has on similar occasions in the past.

The government's current request is related to the Saudi Arabian cadet who was training with the U.S. military in Pensacola, Florida. He killed three people and wounded eight more before he was shot and killed, according to official accounts. Apple, in response to requests from law enforcement, turned over the cadet's data it could retrieve from both its iCloud service and his online transactions.

The government — as it has in the past — wants more. In a complex ecosystem of hardware, software, storage and communications, officials want Apple (and Facebook, Google and every technology company that provides encrypted devices and software) to build what technologists call “back doors into those products and services.
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Woman Allegedly Laces Husband’s Beer with Laxatives to Make Him Quit Drinking

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Tired of her husband’s drinking habit, a Mexican woman decided to make him think he had become allergic to booze by lacing his beers with natural laxatives like castor oil and plum extract.

After consulting various internet pages and forums, Michel N., a young woman from Sinaloa, devised a plan to make her husband, José Brayan, quit drinking. She managed to get a hold on a mixture of castor oil and plum extract and started putting a few drops of it into his beer bottles, to achieve a mild, gradual laxative effect. José later told police that he found it a bit strange when his wife offered to pop open his beer and bring it to him whenever he needed one, but he simply “let himself be loved and pampered”.

As the natural laxatives started working their magic on José ‘s bowels, his wife tried to convince him that the diarrhea was a sign of allergy, most likely to alcohol. But the man didn’t let himself be scared into quitting his beer habit, instead popping a stomach pill and continuing to drink as usual. He even jokingly told Michel that the bathroom was a short distance away, so there was no problem.
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Man requests 'trial by combat' with Japanese swords to settle custody battle with ex-wife

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For once, it's not Florida.

>DES MOINES, Iowa – A Kansas man asked an Iowa court to grant his motion for trial by combat, so he can meet his ex-wife and her attorney "on the field of battle where (he) will rend their souls from their corporal bodies."

>David Ostrom, 40, of Paola, Kansas, claims in court documents that his ex-wife, Bridgette Ostrom, 38, "destroyed (him) legally."

>He asked the Iowa District Court in Shelby County to give him 12 weeks' "lead time" to source or forge katana and wakizashi swords, according to the Carroll Times Herald.

>"To this day, trial by combat has never been explicitly banned or restricted as a right in these United States," Ostrom argued in court records, saying it was used "as recently as 1818 in British Court."

>Monday, Ostrom told the Des Moines Register he got the idea after learning about a case in 2016 in which New York Supreme Court Justice Philip Minardo acknowledged that duels had not been abolished.

>Ostrom said the motion stemmed from his frustrations with his ex-wife's attorney, Matthew Hudson.

>"I think I've met Mr. Hudson's absurdity with my own absurdity," he said.

>Ostrom said his ex-wife can choose her attorney as a "champion," or stand-in fighter.

>Hudson filed a resistance to the trial-by-combat motion by first correcting Ostrom's spelling.


I wish we had more news like this.
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