January 17, 2020

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  • On Trial

    Impeachment Trial Begins Amid Fresh Evidence

    “Hear ye!” With those words from the Senate’s sergeant at arms, the upper chamber yesterday launched its third-ever impeachment trial. As Chief Justice John Roberts administered an oath of “impartial justice” to senators, the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office said President Donald Trump broke the law when he withheld U.S. aid to Ukraine. Meanwhile, an indicted

  • Delayed Data

    US Reveals Troops Hurt in Iran Attacks

    Defense Department officials said yesterday that 11 American troops were being screened for traumatic brain injuries after the Jan. 8 missile strikes by Iran on two military bases in Iraq. At the time, the Pentagon revealed only that there weren’t any deaths. Meanwhile, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei led Friday prayers in Tehran for the first

  • Financial Fail

    China Posts Slowest Growth in 29 Years

    With a GDP that grew 6.1 percent last year — partly hobbled by weaker consumer spending and rising unemployment — the world’s second-largest economy expanded at its slowest rate since 1990. But it’s not all bad news: Fourth-quarter growth remained steady from the previous three months, while industrial output, investment and retail sales all ticked up in

  • Busted

    FBI Arrests Suspected Neo-Nazis

    Three alleged members of a far-right extremist group known as “The Base” — including Canadian fugitive Patrik Mathews — were arrested Thursday on weapons and immigration charges ahead of a Virginia gun rally they were expected to attend. Mathews, a former military reservist, had been under investigation for his links to white supremacists when he reportedly

  • In Short

    Also Important…

    Google parent company Alphabet has become only the fourth U.S. firm to reach a $1 trillion market value. Ukrainian Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk has offered to quit after recordings emerged of him disparaging President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s understanding of the economy. And the head of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party has criticized Washington Post owner Jeff

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