Trump to offer first detailed impeachment defense as pivotal week begins

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – After refusing to cooperate with the Democratic Party-led impeachment probe in the House of Representatives, President Donald Trump will on Monday offer his first comprehensive defense, before his trial begins in earnest in the Senate. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump gestures as he gives a speech at the American Farm Bureau …

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Australia’s platypus fights for survival amid prolonged drought

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s platypus is under severe stress as the continent’s prolonged drought dries up river beds, leaving one of the world’s most peculiar animals fighting for its existence, scientists say. The intensity of Australia’s three-year drought on top of other factors such as land clearing, dam construction and climate change is worsening the …

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Austria to collaborate with EU partners on Huawei 5G decision

FILE PHOTO: A Huawei logo and a 5G sign are pictured at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Shanghai, China June 28, 2019. REUTERS/Aly Song VIENNA (Reuters) – Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz did not rule out deploying Huawei Technologies equipment in his country’s future 5G networks on Monday but said the country would coordinate its decisions …

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Female Icelandic ‘Joker’ composer Guonadottir makes film awards history

BERLIN (Reuters) – Golden Globe-winning Icelandic musician Hildur Guonadottir, 37, usually lives a quiet life in Berlin, but is about to see a lot more of Los Angeles’ red carpets as nominations come flooding in for her score for Tod Phillips’ film “Joker”. On Jan. 5, Guonadottir made history by becoming the first solo female …

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Presidential hopeful Sanders renews attack on rival Biden’s Social Security record

CONCORD, N.H. (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders doubled down on criticism of former Vice President Joe Biden’s record on Social Security on Sunday, as the two front-runners for the Democratic Party’s nomination for president sparred just weeks before voting begins. Democratic 2020 U.S. presidential candidates (L-R) former Vice President Joe Biden listens to Senator …

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Foreign powers back Libya ceasefire as commander’s forces choke oil flows

BERLIN/BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – Foreign powers agreed at a summit in Berlin on Sunday to strengthen an arms embargo on Libya and shore up a shaky ceasefire, but the meeting was overshadowed by blockades on major oilfields by forces loyal to commander Khalifa Haftar. Haftar, whose self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) is bearing down on …

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CEO says Bank of America aims to ‘double’ its U.S. consumer market share: FT

FILE PHOTO: Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan attends the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, January 22, 2019. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann (Reuters) – Brian Moynihan, the chief executive officer of Bank of America Corp (BAC.N), has said the bank could double its consumer market share in the United States despite fears about …

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Search for South Korean trekkers missing in Nepal could take weeks-rescuers

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – A search and rescue operation for the four South Korean trekkers and three Nepali guides missing after being struck by an avalanche in northwest Nepal could take weeks due to bad weather, rescuers said on Sunday. The area of Friday’s disaster lies along the popular Annapurna trekking route, about 150 km (90 …

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Tesla moves a step closer to opening first European factory with German property deal

FILE PHOTO: A demonstrators holds pro-Tesla poster during an action to support plans by U.S. electric vehicle pioneer Tesla to build its first European factory and design center in Gruenheide near Berlin, Germany January 18, 2020. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski BERLIN (Reuters) – U.S. electric car pioneer Tesla (TSLA.O) has agreed to buy a property on the …

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SpaceX astronaut capsule splashes down off Florida after rocket failure test

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, carrying the Crew Dragon astronaut capsule, lifts off on an in-flight abort test , a key milestone before flying humans in 2020 under NASA’s commercial crew program, from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S. January 19, 2020. REUTERS/Joe Skipper CAPE CANAVERAL (Reuters) – Elon Musk’s SpaceX simulated …

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