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Woman filmed having sex in nightclub.

…says, she was drunk and can’t recall doing anything


A woman who was caught on camera allegedly having sex in a nightclub is now warning others to watch the amount of alcohol they consume, to avoid making a similar mistake.

Woman filmed ?having sex? in club says she was so drunk she can?t remember doing it

After Video footage of her and a man getting intimate at The Beach, in Cleethorpes, went viral this week, the woman involved, who wishes to remain anonymous, has now spoken out about the dangers of drinking too much saying she is ashamed of the video but will have to move on.

Stating that she is ‘ashamed’ of the video, she said the incident had occurred after she ‘drunk more than I ever have’.


She told Grimsby Live: ‘I do believe it has been blown out of proportion, as there was no physical penetration.

‘I understand the issues with what happened and the implication of what was seen, but would like to move on.’


She continued: ‘Alcohol can be dangerous and quite frankly the fact that I can’t remember even walking into the club unsettled me.’

An East Midlands Ambulance Services (EMAS) spokeswoman said to Metro UK: ‘People need to look after themselves by not drinking too much

‘Unfortunately it will be the busiest day of the year and people need to make sure they do not get to the point where they have consumed so much alcohol they cannot look after themselves.’

EMAS chief executive Richard Henderson added: ‘We will have additional staff out on the road and in our 999 control room on key dates where we anticipate demand to be especially high, and will deploy mobile treatment centres to specific locations to help reduce pressures on the NHS system.’


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As part of retaliation, Iraqi protesters storm US Embassy in the commune, set it on fire.


Plenty of Iraqi protesters stormed the US embassy compound in Baghdad, Iraq on Tuesday Dec 31st, smashing the main door, and setting fire to the reception area after US Military launched attacks on Iran backed Kataib Hezbollah, killing 25 suspected terrorists as retaliation for last week’s killing of an American contractor in a rocket attack on an Iraqi military base .


Protesters storm US Embassy in Iraq and set it ablaze as retaliation after US military attacks that killed 25 terrorists

The protesters marched on to the heavily fortified Green Zone and kept walking until they reached the embassy.


Protesters storm US Embassy in Iraq and set it ablaze as retaliation after US military attacks that killed 25 terrorists

Protesters storm US Embassy in Iraq and set it ablaze as retaliation after US military attacks that killed 25 terrorists

Protesters were also seen hanging yellow flags belonging to the Kataib Hezbollah on the walls of the Embassy as they approached, according to Al Jazeera.

After the protesters broke the main door, tear gas was launched into the Embassy area by police, and gunfire was exchanged as Iraqi police guarding the Embassy left their duty posts, while the US Ambassador to Iraq was evacuated from the building.


Earlier during the day hundreds of protesters gathered outside the US embassy to decry US air attacks in Iraq and Syria .

The protesters shouted “Down, Down USA!” as they hurled water bottles and smashed security cameras outside the embassy grounds.

Iraq’s caretaker Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi,on hearing of the attempted attacks on the embassy, called on the protesters to leave the compound “immediately”.

“We recall that any aggression or harassment of foreign embassies will be firmly prohibited by the security forces,” Abdul Mahdi’s office said several hours after the attack began.


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Iran sends letter to US to prepare for consequences

…US Airstrikes in Iraq & Syria, killed 25 and injured 51 militants


Iran has warned the US to prepare for ‘consequences’ after the US Militia launched airstrikes against Iranian backed militia group in Iraq and Syria killing 25 people and injuring 51.

The precision airstrikes, targeted five facilities controlled by Kataib Hezbollah in Iraq and Syria on Sunday, leading to Iran’s fury filled statement Monday night.

#USvsIran : Iran warns US to prepare for consequences after US Airstrikes in Iraq & Syria that killed 25 and injured 51 militants

“The US has openly shown its support to terrorism and shown its negligence to the independence and national sovereignty of countries,” said Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mosavi , according to the state-run IRNA news agency.
“It must accept responsibility of the consequences of the illegal attacks,” added Mosavi.


Hezbollah, another militia group based in Lebanon that receives it’s funding from Iran, called the attack “a blatant violation on the sovereignty, security and stability of Iraq and the Iraqi people,” in a statement released on the group’s al-Manar TV Monday.

“This aggression reaffirms that the American administration wants to strike the underlying potential powers of the Iraqi people which is capable to confront ISIS and the powers of extremism and crime,” the statement read.


“The American administration reveals its true face as an enemy to Iraq and the interest of the Iraqi people and their aspiration for freedom, true sovereignty and a secured future,” it continued.

Meanwhile the Pentagon has released a statement confirming the attacks .
Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman described the strikes as “precision defensive strikes” that “will degrade” the group’s ability to conduct future attacks against coalition forces.


The military strikes represent the first significant US military response in retaliation for attacks by the Iran backed militia groups against US Forces or interests in the region in a long while.

Military analysts believe a proxy war could start out now between the US and Iran following the latest


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developments.

Timi Frank Thanks U.S Intervention As Sowore, Dansuki Regains Freedom.

…Demands US, EU, UN visa ban govt officials

The former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Timi Frank, has commended the United States Senate and Government for mounting pressure on the Nigerian Government for the release of detained activist, Omoyele Sowore and former National Security Adviser, Sabo Dasuki, both of whom were released on Tuesday.

The political activist also thanked Nigerians, especially human rights lawyer Femi Falana, who stood up to fight for justice, despite threats to their lives.

Frank argued that if not for the pressure by the US Government and some of its senators, Sowore would still be languishing in a DSS detention facility without charge.

Reacting to the releases in a statement he personally signed on Wednesday in Abuja, Frank said: “Truly the American Government is the police of the world.”

He urged the Buhari administration to apologise to the duo for tramping on their rights.

Frank equally appealed to the USA, EU, UN and all lovers of democracy, including Nigerians in the diaspora, to mount more pressure on the Nigerian Government to release other political prisoners.

He suggested to the USA, EU and all democratic countries to issue visa bans on officials of the Buhari administration who ignore the rule of law.

“General Buhari’s government has succeeded in oppressing its citizens; no more freedom of speech and the right to assembly; just a few days ago, General Buhari/APC thugs beat to stupor Deji Adeyanju, the activist, for protesting the continued detention of Sowore, yet the ruling party had the nerve to accuse the opposition party of masterminding the attack; indeed this government is not only clueless but shameless,” the statement read.

“I appeal to the USA, EU and all democratic countries where rule of law applies to issue visa ban on the government officials of this clueless government whose stock in trade is to disobey court orders that don’t favor them, oppress Nigerians by depriving them of their fundamental human right to associate and express themselves freely.

“This government is very powerful when it comes to oppressing innocent Nigerians but very weak when in fighting corruption and insurgency.

“No government has disgraced and embarrassed Nigeria before the international community like the Buhari government. It took the USA senators to speak out before Sowore was released while our Nigerian senators are busy rubber stamping all Buhari’s request to the Senate.

“I call on the USA government despite the blackmail to do more to ensure that other political detainees and journalists are freed.

“Sowore like Dasuki were granted bail by courts of competent jurisdiction but the tyrant General Buhari and the cabal decided to flaunt the order. Dasuki spent four years in DSS detention despite several bail granted him by the courts while Sowore was rearrested a day after he was granted bail without charges.

“It is a shame that this government cannot put its house in order, they speak from both sides of the mouth as they are clueless.

“Just last week, the AGF, Malami said he cannot order the DSS to release Sowore without recourse to the court, yet a week later, he ordered the same DSS to release Sowore.

“What has changed in a week to make the AGF order the DSS to release Sowore? It is the pressure from the international community, especially the American senators and the USA government that compelled this clueless government to release Sowore.

“A few days ago, the spokesperson of General Buhari, Femi Adesina, said nobody appointed the USA the police of the world, yet a few days later, they have not only released Sowore but they also released Dasuki and the AGF suddenly remember that he can appeal their bail. The fear of the police of the world made you release Sowore,” Frank noted in the statement.

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U.S president criticized the imprisonment of a gay couple in Zambia.

The US ambassador to Zambia, Daniel Foote has been recalled following a diplomatic row that ensued after he criticised the imprisonment of a gay couple.

Foote who said he was “horrified” that the men were handed a 15-year jail sentence after being caught having sex in 2017, was declared persona non grata and also accused of trying to dictate policy by President Edgar Lungu.

Home Affairs Minister, Stephen Kampyongo told Hot FM radio;

“The dos and don’ts for those who represent nations in other nations are very clear. So if one crosses the line, it’s not about bilateral relations between the two countries. They (Washington) listened to the complaint”

An embassy source told Reuters that Washington decided to recall its ambassador because it was difficult for him to work in Zambia if his hosts did not want him.

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Presidency tells U.S government, says ‘My conscience is clear’.

President Muhammadu Buhari has responded to United States of America designating Nigeria as “a country of particular concern” with regard to religious freedom and the freedom of thought and conscience, saying his conscious is clear.

On December 20, the United States government issued a statement, through the U.S. Department of State and U.S. secretary of State, Michael R. Pompeo, designating Nigeria “a country of particular concern” with regard to religious freedom and the freedom of thought and conscience, declaring that “the protection of religious freedom is a top Trump Administration foreign policy priority.”

According to a statement by Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, Buhari described the designation as unfair, urging the US to ensure that its sources of information on Nigeria cut across all sectors as some people might provide misleading and manipulative narratives for self-serving purposes, ignoring the larger picture of a united country.

Buhari was speaking when he received Letters of Credence of United States of America Ambassador to Nigeria, Ms Mary Beth Leonard, in the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He said the recent listing of Nigeria for human rights concerns created an impression that some people were being unfairly treated or marginalized in the country.

“I know that those with access have created an impression of being marginalized.

“I sit here with a clear conscience. I took an oath and I am honouring the office,” he said.

President Buhari said he took some time to explain the situation in the country when he met with President Donald Trump in Washington DC as the American President expressed concern with reports of attacks on segments of the society.

“It is not an easy task to work for the unity of the country, and I am doing my best. During your stay in the country I am asking you to ensure that your sources of strategic information cut across,” he added.

The president urged the envoy to use the opportunity of her posting to Nigeria, with her experience, knowledge and energy to get the facts on the country.

In her remarks, the United States Ambassador said Nigeria was listed on a watch list to deepen conversation on the humanitarian situation in the country, accepting that some people could “flare the flames and crystalize issues’’ that could affect peaceful-coexistence.

“There are people who make things less attractive than they seem,’’ she said, noting that the report will deepen conversation of the situation in the country, especially with religious leaders and mediators.

“I want to assure that the United States recognizes and celebrates the integration in Nigeria.”

She said the United States will always side with transparent processes.

The ambassador said Nigerians and America have a lot in common in terms of “being big among neighbours, enthusiastic and entrepreneurial”.

Leonard assured President Buhari of support from the United States, especially on the humanitarian challenges, while appreciating the willingness to always share useful information and intelligence with her country.

“I feel it’s a privilege and great honour to be here; coming to see the giant of Africa. I have worked for 30 decades before coming to Nigeria. We will do a lot together for peace, security and delivering humanitarian assistance,’’ she added.

President Buhari also received Letters of Credence from the High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to Nigeria, Ahamed Lebbe Sabarullah Khan.

The president appreciated the country for supporting Nigeria to provide the President of the United Nations General Assembly.

In his remarks, the High Commissioner said:

“Our countries face similar challenges and we will support each other.’’

He said Sri Lanka will also strengthen bilateral relations with Nigeria on trade and investments.

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U.S government sends representative to monitor trial of sowore.

The United States government has sent a representative to monitor the trial of #RevolutionNow convener, Omoyele Sowore.

United States sends representative to monitor Omoyele Sowore

A representative was sent by the United States government, two weeks after the media personality was rearrested by Department of State Services (DSS) operatives inside a federal high court in Abuja, barely 24 hours after being released by the secret police who detained him for 125 days.

United States sends representative to monitor Omoyele Sowore

Photos taken at the resumed hearing of Sowore’s case at the Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday December 23, showed the Political Officer of the United States Embassy in Nigeria, Marcus Thornton exchanging pleasantries with #RevolutionNow convener’s lawyer Femi Falana (SAN).

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U.S Government Puts Nigeria On Special Watch List (SWL)

…as country with severe violations of religious freedom

Nigeria has been added to a “Special Watch List (SWL)” of countries that have engaged in or tolerated “severe violations of religious freedom” by the United States government.

The West African Country was added to the SWL following the 2018 report of the United States Commission for International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) which recommended designation of Nigeria as a Country of Particular Concern (CPC).

Some of the cases cited in the USCIRF 2018 report include violation of rights of Shi’a members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) and violent clashes in Middle-Belt states.

The 2018 report partly reads;

“Religious freedom conditions in Nigeria trended negatively in 2018. The Nigerian government at the national and state levels continued to tolerate violence and discrimination on the basis of religion or belief, and suppressed the freedom to manifest religion or belief.

“Religious sectarian violence increased during the year, with Muslims and Christians attacked based on their religious and ethnic identity.

“The Nigerian military and government continued to violate the religious freedom and human rights of the Shi’a members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN). IMN leader Sheikh Ibrahim Al Zak Zaky remained in detention.

“However, in 12 Muslim-majority northern Nigerian states, federalism has allowed the adoption of Islamic Shari’ah law in the criminal codes. The Nigerian constitution also establishes the roles of customary law and Shari’ah courts for Islamic personal law, family”.

Making announcement of Nigeria being added to the SWL, U.S Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also disclosed that al-Nusra Front, al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula, al-Qa’ida, al-Shabab, Boko Haram, the Houthis, ISIS, ISIS-Khorasan, and the Taliban have been designated as Entities of Particular Concern.

He said;

“On December 18, 2019, the Department of State re-designated Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan as Countries of Particular Concern under the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 for having engaged in or tolerated “systematic, ongoing, [and] egregious violations of religious freedom.

“The Department renewed the placement of Comoros, Russia, and Uzbekistan on a Special Watch List (SWL) for governments that have engaged in or tolerated “severe violations of religious freedom,” and added Cuba, Nicaragua, Nigeria, and Sudan to this list.”

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Nigeria’s reputation damaged internationally due to sowore’s rearrest – Ex U.S Ambassador

…What is different this time is the parallelism

John Campbell, a former United States Ambassador to Nigeria has accused the Buhari-led administration of tainting Nigeria’s international reputation with the rearrest of Omoyele Sowore in his statement titled: “Buhari’s Dictatorial Past and the Rule of Law Today in Nigeria”

The diplomat also spoke about the danger ahead of the press following Punch Newspaper’s editorial on prefixing President Buhari’s title with his rank as a military dictator and referring to his administration as a “regime” as a symbolic demonstration of their protest against the President’s alleged autocracy and military-style repression.

The statement released by Campbell who served as U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria from May 12, 2004, to July 19, 2007, was published on the website of the Council on Foreign Relations and it reads in part;

“The state security service assault on a courtroom and the re-arrest of Sowore has already damaged the country’s international reputation.

“Buhari is not surprising, but it is worth noting that Zakzaky and Dasuki are both northern Muslims. What is different this time is the parallelism between military rule and Buhari’s civilian administration.

“Nigeria’s foreign friends will be hoping that the government takes no move to limit Punch’s freedom of expression. The SSS assault on a court room and the re-arrest of Sowore has already damaged the country’s international reputation.

“The Sowore re-arrest is consolidating opposition to the president by civil society, the press, international opinion and now religious leaders. It is to be hoped that the Buhari administration is looking actively for a way to defuse the Sowore issue, perhaps by allowing him to return to the United States.”

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US Christian magazine request for Trump’s removal from office. (See Trump’s reactions)

A leading Christian magazine founded by late evangelist Billy Graham (father of key presidential supporter Franklin Graham) published an editorial on Thursday, December 19th calling for President Donald Trump to be removed from office and urging evangelicals not to support him.

“Whether Mr. Trump should be removed from office by the Senate or by popular vote next election that is a matter of prudential judgment. That he should be removed, we believe, is not a matter of partisan loyalties but loyalty to the Creator of the Ten Commandments” Christianity Today’s editor in chief, Mark Galli, wrote in the op-ed.

“We believe the impeachment hearings have made it absolutely clear, in a way the Mueller investigation did not, that President Trump has abused his authority for personal gain and betrayed his constitutional oath. The impeachment hearings have illuminated the president’s moral deficiencies for all to see.”

“None of the president’s positives can balance the moral and political danger we face under a leader of such grossly immoral character,” he added.

The publication, an influential one among evangelicals, has criticized Trump before on immigration and other issues, but never before called for his removal. The op-ed shows potential reasoning for dissent among a key faction of the Republican coalition as Trump prepares for a potential Senate trial following his impeachment by the House of Representatives Wednesday night.

“To the many evangelicals who continue to support Mr. Trump in spite of his blackened moral record, we might say this: Remember who you are and whom you serve.

Consider how your justification of Mr. Trump influences your witness to your Lord and Savior. Consider what an unbelieving world will say if you continue to brush off Mr. Trump’s immoral words and behavior in the cause of political expediency” Galli wrote.

President Trump however dismissed the criticism today, calling the publication a “far left magazine” and drawing a contrast between himself and the Democrats seeking the 2020 presidential nomination

#Newsworthy…

Jeff Van Drew join President Trump in the Republican party

…dump the Democrats.

President Donald Trump has announced that Rep. Jeff Van Drew would join the Republican Party, a day after the New Jersey congressman and one other Democrat voted against both articles of impeachment.

Van Drew met with Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy at the White House on Thursday, December 19th but looked to have already made up his mind Wednesday night. He sat with Republicans before the historic vote, receiving handshakes and fist bumps from GOP members.

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He crossed his arms when House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff presented the Democratic case for impeachment. And he gave McCarthy’s counter argument a standing ovation. “I think they were very kind, very gracious, very nice, very supportive,” said Van Drew about the Republican welcome on Wednesday night. “And I appreciated that.” Van Drew added that he thought Trump’s chances of reelection “are going to be even higher” after the Senate acquits the President.

Democrats are however moving quickly to keep the seat. Brigid Harrison, a political science professor at Montclair State University, announced on Monday that she would run and other Democrats are considering campaigns.

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Putin – Trump’s impeachment, all made up… Senate won’t uphold it.

Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin has dismissed the impeachment charges against US President Donald Trump which he claimed were all made up.

Speaking during an annual press conference, Putin said he expects the US president to survive the historic proceedings.

Describing the impeachment proceedings as political infighting, the Russian leader insisted that the Democrats were seeking to make up for their loss in the 2016 presidential elections “by other means”.

“The Democratic party, which lost the elections, is achieving results through other means, by accusing Trump at first of conspiracy with Russia, then it turns out, there was no conspiracy at all.

“It then turned out that there was no collusion and it could not form the basis for an impeachment, and now there is this made-up pressure on Ukraine.”

Recall that President Trump became the third president in US history to be impeached, after the House passed two articles of impeachment: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

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Americans drag out Donald Trump’s post since June 2014.

…say we didn’t remove you because of incompetence

On June 4, 2014, while Barack Obama was still the US president, Donald Trump tweeted: “Are you allowed to impeach a president for gross incompetence?”.

With his impeachment by the House of Representatives yesterday, Americans dug out the Tweet and below is how they’re reacting to it.

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President Donald Trump’s Supporter Give Up His Testicle After Impeachment Vote.

…as he foretold in September on twitter

One of Donald Trump’s strong supporters has donated his left testicle for medical research following his impeachment by the House of Representatives on Wednesday night (Dec.18).

The man identified as Mr. Joey Saladino on Twitter had taken to his page back in September to announce that he will donate his left testicle in protest against the impeachment of Mr. Donald Trump if it comes to reality.

Well, the man has now come out to claim that his left testicle has now been donated for medical research. He also shared a letter of acknowledgment from the National Testicle Association (NTA) after the donation.

See his full posts below.

Trump supporter

Trump supporter
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Hilary Clinton speak on Donald Trump’s Impeachment.

…230 majority Democrats impeachment votes

Former United States Democratic Presidential Candidate and Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, has lauded the United States House of Representatives for impeaching President Donald Trump.

Trump was impeached by a majority 230 Democrat votes on Wednesday

Reacting to this, Clinton, who lost to Trump in the 2016 US elections, said the President had abused his powers and left lawmakers with no choice than to approve his impeachment.

She said, “One of our most precious rights as Americans is the right to determine who our leaders are.

“The President abused his powers to cheat in the next election and rob us of that right.

“Then he obstructed Congress to cover it up. Impeachment is the only remedy.”

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Just in – Pelosi delay senate trial, withhold Trump’s impeachment articles.

Hours after President Donald Trump was impeached by the US Congress, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has hinted on temporarily withholding the articles of impeachment from the Senate – a decision she suggested could depend on how the other chamber chooses to conduct its trial on Trump’s removal.

Though the House adopted two articles of impeachment charging Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of congressional investigations, it must pass a second resolution formally naming impeachment managers to present the case in the Senate.

Pelosi who spoke on not transmitting the articles to the senate shortly after the impeachement process, cited concerns about an unfair trial on removing President Donald Trump from office at the senate.

On naming the House “managers” who will present the case for removal to the Senate, Pelosi said;

“We cannot name managers until we see what the process is on the Senate side.

“So far we haven’t seen anything that looks fair to us. So hopefully it will be fair. And when we see what that is, we’ll send our managers.”

The notion has reportedly gained traction among some on the political left as a way of potentially forcing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, to conduct a trial on more favorable terms for Democrats. And if no agreement is reached, some have argued the trial could be delayed indefinitely, denying Trump an expected acquittal.

Before President Trump was impeached, McConnell signaled that he preferred a relatively short trial where House managers will present the case for removal and Trump’s defense team rebuts it before a summary dismissal.

McConnell boasted that he has closely coordinated the planning of the trial with the White House and has repeatedly predicted Trump would be acquitted. He has also suggested Democrats shouldn’t be allowed to call new witnesses as they attempt to present their case.

#Newsworthy…

U.S white house reacts to Donald Trump’s impeachment.

… describes it as ‘the most shameful political episode in US history’

The White House has reacted to the impeachment of President Trump by the House of Representatives describing it as ‘the most shameful political episode in US history’.

See the full statement below…

Today’s decision in Texas v. Azar is a win for all Americans and confirms what I have said all along: that the individual mandate, by far the worst element of Obamacare, is unconstitutional.

Today marks the culmination in the House of one of the most shameful political episodes in the history of our Nation. Without a single Republican vote or any proof of wrongdoing, Democrats pushed illegitimate articles of impeachment through the House of Representatives.

House Democrats blatantly ignored precedent, conducted the inquiry in secret, selectively leaked to media allies, and denied the President fundamental fairness and due process. Their articles lack any support in evidence and fail to describe any impeachable offense.

Democrats have lost sight of what this country needs: a Congress that works for the people. Their boundless animus for President Trump fuels their desire to nullify the 2016 election results and improperly influence the 2020 election.

The American people are not fooled by this disgraceful behavior. They understand fairness, due process, and substantial, reliable evidence are required before any American should be charged with wrongdoing and certainly before impeaching a duly elected President.

The President is confident the Senate will restore regular order, fairness, and due process, and will continue to work tirelessly to address the needs and priorities of the American people, as he has since the day he took office.

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Breaking – Trump impeached by the U.S. House through Historic vote.

Donald Trump on Wednesday became the third U.S. president to be impeached as the House of Representatives formally charged him with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress in a historic step that will inflame partisan tensions across a deeply divided America.

The Democratic-led House’s passage of two articles of impeachment on a mostly party-line vote sets the stage for a trial next month in the Republican-controlled Senate – friendlier terrain for Trump – on whether to convict and remove him from office.

No president in the 243-year history of the United States has been removed from office by impeachment. That would require a two-thirds majority in the 100-member Senate, meaning at least 20 Republicans would have to join Democrats in voting against Trump – and none have indicated they will.

The Senate’s top Republican, Mitch McConnell, has predicted there is “no chance” his chamber will remove Trump when it holds its trial. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said after the vote she would wait to name the House managers, or prosecutors, until she knew more about the procedures for the Senate trial. She did not specify when she would send the articles to the Senate.

“So far, we haven’t seen anything that looks fair to us,” Pelosi told reporters.

Trump, 73, is accused of abusing his power by pressuring Ukraine to investigate political rival Joe Biden, a leading contender for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, as well as a discredited theory that Democrats conspired with Ukraine to meddle in the 2016 election.

Democrats said Trump held back $391 million in security aid intended to combat Russia-backed separatists and a coveted White House meeting for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy as leverage to coerce Kiev into interfering in the 2020 election by smearing Biden.

The second article accused Trump of obstruction of Congress by directing administration officials and agencies not to comply with lawful House subpoenas for testimony and documents related to impeachment.

Trump, who is seeking another four-year term in the November 2020 presidential election, has denied wrongdoing and called the impeachment enquiry launched by Pelosi in September a “witch hunt.”

At a raucous rally for his re-election in Battle Creek, Michigan, as the House voted, Trump said the impeachment would be a “mark of shame” for Democrats and Pelosi, and cost them in the 2020 election.

“This lawless, partisan impeachment is a political suicide march for the Democrat Party,” Trump said. “They’re the ones who should be impeached, every one of them.”

‘HERE TO DEFEND DEMOCRACY’

During a daylong debate before the vote, Pelosi read the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance and said: “We are here to defend democracy for the people.”

“If we do not act now, we would be derelict in our duty. It is tragic that the president’s reckless actions make impeachment necessary,” Pelosi said.

As the debate unfolded, Republicans accused Democrats of seeking to use an unfair, rigged process to nullify the 2016 election and influence the 2020 vote.

“The matter before the House today is based solely on a fundamental hatred of our president. It’s a sham, a witch hunt – and it’s tantamount to a coup against the duly elected president of the United States,” Republican Representative Mike Rogers said.

Republican Representative Mike Kelly compared the impeachment to the Japanese attack on Hawaii’s Pearl Harbor in 1941, calling the House proceedings another “date that will live in infamy” – similar to the words Democratic President Franklin Roosevelt used to describe the raid that killed about 2,400 people and led to America’s entry into World War Two.

The abuse of power article was passed on a 230-197 vote and the obstruction article was passed 229-198. All of the House Republicans opposed the articles, and two Democrats, Collin Peterson and Jeff Van Drew, voted no on both. Democrat Jared Golden voted against the obstruction charge but for abuse of power.

“The only part of the vote that was bipartisan was in opposition. The President is just getting stronger while support for the Democrats’ political theater has faded,” Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale said in a statement.

U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard, a Democratic presidential candidate, voted present on both articles, declaring in a statement: “I could not in good conscience vote either yes or no.”

POLARIZED COUNTRY

Trump’s election has polarized the United States, dividing families and friends and making it more difficult for politicians in Washington to find middle ground as they try to confront pressing challenges like the rise of China and climate change.

The impeachment vote comes ahead of Trump’s re-election campaign, which will pit him against the winner among a field of Democratic contenders, including Biden, who have repeatedly criticized Trump’s conduct in office and promised to make it a key issue.

“President Trump abused his power, violated his oath of office, and betrayed our nation,” Biden said on Twitter after the vote, adding: “In the United States of America, no one is above the law — not even the president.”

Reuters/Ipsos polls show that while most Democrats want to see him impeached, most Republicans do not. Televised hearings last month that were meant to build public support for impeachment appear to have pushed the two sides further apart.

The House vote on Wednesday was just the latest, but also unquestionably the biggest, in a string of controversies that have buffeted the turbulent presidency of the New York real estate mogul and former reality TV personality.

Central to the impeachment inquiry was a July 25 telephone call in which Trump asked Zelenskiy to investigate Biden and his son Hunter Biden, who had joined the board of Ukrainian energy company Burisma while his father was U.S. vice president.

Trump has accused the Bidens of corruption without offering evidence. They have denied wrongdoing.

A rough transcript of the call released by the White House showed Trump asking Zelenskiy, elected only three months earlier and eager for American support, to “do us a favor” and conduct the investigations in coordination with his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani.

Giuliani in the prior months had engaged in a concerted effort to persuade Ukraine to carry out the investigations. Testimony before House committees showed that Giuliani helped engineer Trump’s removal last May of the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, who was perceived as a roadblock to those investigations.

Impeachment is a remedy devised by the United States’ founders, wary of a monarch on American soil after breaking away from Britain and King George III in the 18th century, to enable Congress to remove a president who has committed “high crimes and misdemeanors.”

Only two previous presidents have been impeached. The House in 1998 impeached President Bill Clinton on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice arising from a sexual relationship he had with a White House intern, but the Senate acquitted him. The House impeached President Andrew Johnson in 1868, focused on his removal of the secretary of war, but he was acquitted by one vote in the Senate.

In 1974, President Richard Nixon resigned after the House Judiciary Committee approved articles of impeachment in the Watergate corruption scandal but before the full House could pass them.

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Veteran actor dies at 86

Veteran film actor Danny Aiello, known for his roles in the movies Do The Right Thing The Godfather Part II, has died aged 86.

He also played Madonna’s father in the 1986 video for Papa Don’t Preach.

His family said with “profound sorrow” in a statement that he died after a short illness.

A veteran of stage and film, Aiello was best known for playing the pizza parlour owner Sal in Spike Lee’s 1989 Do the Right Thing.

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“It is with profound sorrow to report that Danny Aiello, beloved husband, father, grandfather, actor and musician passed away last night after a brief illness,” the family said, in a statement to the BBC from his literary agent Jennifer De Chiara.

“The family asks for privacy at this time. Service arrangements will be announced at a later date.”

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In The Godfather Part II, Aiello had a relatively small part as small-time gangster Tony Rosato but he made the role his own by uttering the famous line, “Michael Corleone says hello!” during a raid on gang rival Frank Pentangel.

Aiello’s big acting break came in the early 1970s in the baseball drama Bang the Drum Slowly, starring Robert De Niro.

His other credits include Fort Apache the Bronx, Once Upon a Time in America, again with Robert de Niro, The Purple Rose of Cairo and Hudson Hawk.

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Aiello also had a stage career on Broadway, appearing in shows including Gemini, The Floating Light Bulb, Hurlyburly, and The House of Blue Leaves and Wheelbarrown’s Close.

In July 2011, he appeared Off Broadway in the two-act drama The Shoemaker, written by Susan Charlotte and directed by Antony Marsellis.

As well as acting, Aiello had a singing career, he released several big -and style albums including Live from Atlantic City in 2008.

In 1990 he told People magazine: “You know, I’ve only been in this business 17 years.

“For actors, that’s no time at all. Everything is happening so damn fast. It’s like a beautiful dream that never seems to end.”

Baggage clerk and bouncer

Aiello, the fifth of six children, was born on West 68th Street, Manhattan

At the age of 16, he lied about his age to enlist in the US Army. After serving for three years, he returned to New York City and did various jobs in order to support himself and later his family.

With limited education and few skills, Aiello jumped at the chance offered by his wife’s uncle to become a baggage clerk for Greyhound.

Later however he worked as a bouncer in a string of tough after-hours clubs in Queens and Manhattan.

To support his wife and four children, he would take any odd job going.

So for Aiello, the theatre was pretty much a shot in the dark gamble – one which paid off.

Directors began to respond to the Aiello’s raw intensity and when Robert De Niro turned down the role of Sal in Lee’s film, he was recommended to take his place.

The roles continued to come his way. He had bit parts in feature films and won and Emmy in 1980 for the TV show A Family of Strangers.

Later Woody Allen offered him the role in Purple Rose of Cairo, and then he was asked to be in Madonna’s video, followed by stage success as a drug-taking TV actor in Hurlyburly.

High salary

After Do the Right Thing, Aiello worked in the TV movie The Preppie Murder, then took some time out for his family.

In the early 1990s, he was still one of the highest-paid character actors in Hollywood, commanding at least $750,000 a film, he told People magazine.

He went on to do the films Once Around with Holly Hunter and Hawk with Bruce Willis, and he also made a Broadway appearance with Harvey Keitel in Those the River Keeps.

He is survived by his wife, Sandy Cohen, and their three children.

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US and China goes head-to-head as trump halts new tarrif

The US and China have announced a preliminary trade agreement.

The so-called phase one deal will see billions of dollars in tariffs removed or delayed.

US stocks hit a fresh record on hopes there will be a continued softening of trade tensions between the world’s two largest economies.

A fresh wave of US tariffs on Chinese imports was due to take effect on Sunday. However, this has been cancelled for now.

If the new, higher tariffs had gone ahead, Chinese-made goods such as smartphones, clothing and toys would have become more expensive for Americans just ahead of Christmas.

US negotiators are reportedly offering to significantly reduce existing tariffs on about $360bn (£270bn) worth of Chinese imports.

In return, China has promised to buy large quantities of US soybeans, poultry and other agricultural products.

The agreement is a deal in principle, which means if China breaks any part of the agreement, the Trump administration has the ability to re-implement tariffs.

Analysis box by Katie Prescott, Business correspondent

There’s some festive cheer for American shoppers and businesses as the Christmas decorations, game consoles and iphones that were due to be hit with a 15% tariff are now off the hook.

The share of these goods coming from China is around 85%, according to Bloomberg analysis, which would have made it difficult for companies to source them from elsewhere.

America’s business lobby group – the influential Business Roundtable has long been lobbying against the tariffs, saying they would be very damaging to the US economy. As the boss of JP Morgan Jamie Dimon put it “it’s what happens to people’s psyche and confidence and businesses”.

The International Monetary Fund estimates that the US-China trade war could shave almost a percentage point off of global growth this year.

But there has been push back from others, such as Trump’s trade advisor Peter Navarro, who feel the US should keep the pressure on what are widely accepted as China’s unfair business practices. Replacing ‘trade’ with ‘aid’ (subsidies) for the American farmers who have suffered since China put reciprocal taxes on the likes of soybeans.

It’s worth noting that this ‘phase one’ deal is just the beginning of the end. America imports $550bn dollars worth of products from China – and tariffs will remain on $370bn dollars of that.

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Key committee charges impeachment against Trump

The US House Judiciary Committee has approved two impeachment charges against President Donald Trump, moving the process towards a full House vote.

The committee vote split along party lines. The articles are expected to be voted on by the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives next week.

Mr Trump is the fourth US president in history to face impeachment.

Speaking to reporters at the White House, he again dismissed the process as a “sham” and a “hoax”.

Friday’s hearing lasted just over ten minutes before the two articles of impeachment – abuse of power and obstructing Congress – were passed by 23 votes to 17.

The vote had been expected on Thursday but was delayed after more than 14 hours of rancorous debate. Republicans criticised that decision by Democratic Party Chairman Jerry Nadler, accusing him of pushing back the vote to ensure more TV coverage.



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In the abuse of power article, Mr Trump is accused of soliciting a foreign country to help him politically by trying to force Ukraine to launch a corruption investigation into his political rival Joe Biden, a leading Democratic presidential contender.

He is also accused of obstructing Congress by failing to co-operate with the House investigation.

Leading Democrats agreed the articles of impeachment described over nine pages. They say that Mr Trump “betrayed the nation” by acting “corruptly”.

Mr Nadler made a brief statement to reporters after the vote, calling it a “solemn and sad day” and pledged that the House of Representatives would “act expeditiously”.

But Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz said: “For Democrats, impeachment is their drug.”

What is the latest from the White House?
Speaking from the White House Oval Office alongside the president of Paraguay, Mr Trump called the impeachment process “a witch hunt”, “a sham” and “a hoax”.

He said Democrats were “trivialising impeachment” adding that they are “making absolute fools out of themselves”.

“It’s a sad thing for this country, but seems to be very good for me politically,” he added.

The march toward impeachment in the House of Representatives has hit the mark reached by Richard Nixon in 1974. Hearings have been conducted, speeches given and articles of impeachment approved by the Judiciary Committee.

All that stands between Trump and a Senate trial are two votes by the full House of Representatives – one vote on each article of impeachment.

Nixon, of course, avoided the near certainty of impeachment and Senate removal by resigning. This time around, the president and his supporters are digging in for a protracted fight.

The coming showdown in the House is destined to be a partisan affair – as everything, these days, seems to be. Republicans, their ranks thinned by electoral defeat, will remain united. While some Democrats may waver, it won’t be enough to stop the seemingly inevitable.

Democrats will frame this as a sad, but necessary, step to contain a rogue president. Mr Trump will suggest it is the latest effort by the powers of the status quo to block his populist groundswell.

As the calendar flips to 2020 and a November general election, the day approaches when American voters can directly render their verdict – on the Trump presidency and the Democrats who have sought to end it.

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Trump says US and China are very close

Wall Street share markets hit a record high on signs of an imminent pause in the trade war between the US and China.

Business chiefs who met White House officials on Thursday hinted that a deal could come this week.

It would avert another round of tariffs that the US was due to impose on China on Sunday.

President Donald Trump has been meeting his trade advisers, and tweeted earlier that the US and China were “very” close to a deal.

“They want it and so do we!” he wrote.

The US has reportedly offered to halve tariff rates on about $350bn worth of Chinese goods, some of which had climbed as high as 25%. In exchange, China would commit to boost its purchases of US agricultural products.

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However, the so-called Phase One deal is not expected to address many of the more difficult issues that triggered the fight, like China’s subsidies for certain industries.

“It’s a good starting point,” Chamber of Commerce head of international affairs Myron Brilliant told broadcaster CNBC after the White House meeting.

The hints of progress sent the main US stock indexes up about 1%.

A deal would deliver a victory to Mr Trump, who is under political pressure, with debate on his impeachment underway in the US Congress.

As described, the potential agreement falls short of what the US initially said were its goals, said Jennifer Hillman, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and a former trade official.

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Mr Trump has repeatedly claimed progress toward a deal that would end the trade war, which has seen tariffs imposed on more than $450bn worth of US-China trade and weighed on the global economy.

In October, he announced that the two sides had agreed to terms for a “Phase One”, but negotiations dragged on.

Without progress, the US had threatened to impose tariffs on more than $150bn worth of Chinese exports on 15 December.

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Previous rounds of tariffs had largely spared the US consumer, the main driver of the US economy. But this time, the tax was expected fall on a wide range of everyday goods, including smartphones, children’s books, footwear and clothing.

Goldman Sachs analysts estimated that US economic growth could be 0.4% lower next year, without some sort of deal to avoid the next tariffs and roll back some of those already in place.

White House officials have downplayed the risks, arguing the tariffs are aimed at making China give up “unfair” trade practices, such as alleged intellectual property theft.

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Breaking:U.S sets up for Trump’s impeachment

A US House of Representatives panel is expected to approve impeachment charges against President Donald Trump later in a historic day at the Capitol.

The judiciary committee is debating two articles of impeachment alleging abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

A full vote by the Democratic-run House next week will likely make him the third US president ever impeached.

But the Senate, controlled by Mr Trump’s fellow Republicans, is not expected to remove him from office.

“No crime!” the US president said on Twitter early on Thursday.

What do the articles of impeachment say?
Mr Trump is accused of trying to force Ukraine to launch a corruption investigation into his political rival Joe Biden, a leading Democratic contender for the White House next year; and obstruction of Congress for stonewalling the House investigation.

The Democrats who run the committee have agreed the language of the nine pages detailing the charges, saying that Mr Trump “betrayed the nation” by acting “corruptly”.

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There are 41 members – 24 Democrats and 17 Republicans – on the panel, which is expected to vote according to party affiliation later on Thursday.

What is being said in the debate?
Day two of the judiciary committee’s marathon session saw Jim Jordan, an Ohio Republican, try to have the first impeachment charge against Mr Trump deleted.

But his amendment was rejected after hours of debate on a 23-17 party-line vote.

“This notion of abuse of power is the lowest of low-energy impeachment theories,” said Matt Gaetz, a Florida Republican, whose own proposed amendment was also defeated.

But Democrats rebuked Republicans for their loyalty to Mr Trump.

“Is any one of my colleagues willing to say that it is ever OK for a president of the United States of America to invite foreign interference in our elections?” said Pramila Jayapal, a Washington Demcorat.

But Democrats have a 36-seat lead over Republicans in the House so passage is still expected to go ahead.

Democrats stepped back from including in the impeachment charges findings by Special Counsel Robert Mueller that Mr Trump may have obstructed the justice department’s inquiry into alleged Russian election meddling.

The party’s lawmakers from more conservative districts have argued the focus should be limited to Ukraine.

Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday they would not whip the historic vote, allowing members to make their own personal choice.

What will happen in the Senate?
The Senate is expected to hold a trial next month on the charges and acquit the president.

Republicans who hold sway in the chamber appear to favour a quick vote, limiting political fanfare.

Mr Trump has indicated he would like to see witnesses called such as Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, who worked for a Ukrainian gas firm that the US president wanted investigated.

Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, said on Wednesday no decision had yet been made over how to conduct the trial.

Analysts say the 100-seat chamber does not have the 67 votes needed to remove Mr Trump from office.