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McConnell releases impeachment trial rules, sparking new outcry from Democrats Click Here to Open in a New Window

McConnell releases impeachment trial rules, sparking new outcry from DemocratsSenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released the rules for a Senate impeachment trial on Monday evening.



‘Sorry for Lying to You for 13 Years’: Iranian State TV Host Turns on Regime after Ukrainian Jet Downing Click Here to Open in a New Window

‘Sorry for Lying to You for 13 Years’: Iranian State TV Host Turns on Regime after Ukrainian Jet DowningA number of Iranian TV hosts and other public personalities have denounced the regime in the wake of Iran's missile strike on a Ukrainian passenger jet that killed 176 people after the military mistook the jet for an enemy target."Apologies for lying to you for 13 years," state TV host of "Good Morning Iran" Gelareh Jabbari posted on Instagram last Monday. "It was very hard for me to believe our people have been killed, forgive me for believing this late."The post, which was seen by NBC News, has since been deleted.Taraneh Alidoosti, one of Iran's most popular actors and a star of the Oscar-winning 2016 movie The Salesman, also criticized the regime in a post to her 5.8 million Instagram followers."We are not citizens, we are captives, millions of captives," Alidoosti wrote. That post has also been deleted."The Islamic Republic is facing the worst legitimacy crisis in its 40-year history, and the pressures are mounting from every angle," Afshin Shahi, associate professor of Middle East politics at Bradford University, England, told NBC. "The gap between the state and society has widened to an extreme extent."Iran admitted to accidentally shooting down the plane after several days of official denials. U.S., Canadian and European intelligence had already indicated the plane was shot down in a missile strike.Several hours earlier, Iran launched 15 ballistic missiles at U.S. positions in Iraq, in retaliation for the U.S. killing of top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani. The Iranian military later said the strikes were not intended to kill U.S. troops.However, the Pentagon later acknowledged that 11 Americans were injured in the strikes, and were being treated for concussive symptoms.



2 more inmates killed in troubled Mississippi prison Click Here to Open in a New Window

2 more inmates killed in troubled Mississippi prisonTwo inmates were killed Monday night at an understaffed Mississippi prison that has been shaken by other deadly violence in recent weeks. The state Department of Corrections confirmed the deaths Tuesday but did not immediately release the names of the latest inmates killed at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman. Department spokeswoman Grace Simmons Fisher verified to The Associated Press that the information is accurate.



Double trouble: Sri Lanka's twin gathering marred by overcrowding Click Here to Open in a New Window

Double trouble: Sri Lanka's twin gathering marred by overcrowdingThousands of twins packed two-by-two into a stadium in Sri Lanka's capital on Monday - so many that officials struggled to count them in time to prove they had organised a record-breaking gathering. Huge queues built up at the open-air venue in Colombo as sets of siblings waited to get their birth certificates checked. The last record was set in Taiwan in 1999, when 3,961 sets of twins, 37 sets of triplets and four sets of quadruplets gathered outside Taipei City Hall.



Body of woman who was missing for almost 6 years found in car submerged in NJ river Click Here to Open in a New Window

Body of woman who was missing for almost 6 years found in car submerged in NJ riverVanessa Smallwood of Maple Shade, N.J., was 46 at the time of her disappearance. She was identified in a statement from New Jersey State Police.



China's Navy Warships Are Now Armed With Land-Attack Missiles Click Here to Open in a New Window

China's Navy Warships Are Now Armed With Land-Attack MissilesChina says its newest destroyer is capable of launching land-attack missiles.



Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Unusual, Rustic Island Paradise Click Here to Open in a New Window

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Unusual, Rustic Island ParadiseWhen news broke that Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and baby Archie had escaped the public eye to find shelter on Vancouver Island, I, like most people who have spent a lot of time there, raised an eyebrow. Exotic it is, but it is hardly the first place that comes to mind when one thinks of a royal getaway. I’ve been to the island dozens of times to visit in-laws, and I can attest that, even in the summer, the weather is gray and the water is always cold. And the unusually snowy 2020 so far has no doubt baptized the couple to what Canadian winters can be like. Even though Prince Harry said baby Archie thought it was “bloody brilliant,” it’s likely he enjoyed it through double glazed windows beside a roaring fire. The very British city of Victoria, near where the Duke and Duchess of Sussex found refuge in a $15 million mansion owned by the country club where I rather coincidentally had my wedding reception nearly two decades ago, is a mishmash of colonial chic with double decker buses, British flags along the streets, and proper tea rooms. The Empress Hotel is the jewel of the city and as luxurious as it gets, but the city is cozy, not cosmopolitan, and certainly nothing close to the same level of sophistication as London. And the place is hard to get to. It is reachable from the mainland by private jet for royalty, but most people have little option but  a two-plus hour ferry, a white knuckle float plane or commuter cigar-plane service from the larger Canadian cities. The rest of the island is a mix of rugged terrain and the largely uninhabited northern reaches are isolated and almost entirely off the grid. Highways are scarce—there is just one major thoroughfare called the Island Highway that cuts a curvy swath along the island’s east coast. It was only recently completed all the way to the northernmost town of Port Hardy, and has opened up the most remote areas of the island to tourism and trade which won’t make everyone who is settled there happy. The island was a haven for American draft dodgers who settled there during the Vietnam War and who still live there comfortably under the radar.The island is popular with outdoorsy types who favor off-route hiking and those for whom rough camping—read no amenities—is a treat. One of the main tourist attractions during the winter months is storm-watching off the rocky Pacific coast. Hotels like the famous Wickaninnish Inn in Tofino on the island’s remote west coast are booked months in advance, especially during the harshest seasons. Microphones set up along the sharp rocks capture the violent crashing sounds of the waves that can be piped into every room in the hotel and take the place of dinner music in the main dining room.Beachcombing here takes on a whole new meaning. Cargo ship wreckage—including cars, containers, and tons of plastic—regularly washes up on the coast line. Over the years, the British Columbia province spent millions to clean up debris that had been swept across the ocean after the 2011 tsunami in Japan that killed more than 15,000 people. I still have a weathered yellow hard hat with Japanese writing inside that rolled up on the shoreline in 2013. The island is also where a number of severed feet in sneakers and leather shoes have washed up on shore in one of the area’s most bizarre claims to fame.Another oh-so-Canadian treat is Coombs Old Country Market about halfway up the Island Highway between Nanaimo, with its popular port and world-famous chocolate and custard squares, and the Comox Valley, which is where indigenous Canadians, called First Nations People, first settled the island. The market started as a highway fruit stand in the 1970s and has grown into a bizarre roadside attraction featuring live goats that graze the convenience store rooftop. It’s the kind of thing Baby Archie would surely love–I know my kids could never get enough of seeing animals eating the steep rooftop.The island is a commercial fisherman’s paradise, offering some of the best prawn, salmon, halibut and crab anywhere in Canada. Whale-watching and bird-watching are regular pastimes, too, but royal-watching is apparently not. Miles Arsenault, the owner and captain of Deep Cove’s Bay to Bay Charters near Victoria, said he turned down several British tabloid hacks who descended on the island over the holidays, who tried to get him to take them out for a glimpse of the Sussexes in their hideaway. He said he and other charter boat captains made a pact not to create such a cottage industry. “It’s hard to turn down money when you are starting a new business, but this one was an easy choice to turn down,” he told the Global News. “Canadians and all of the islanders respect the privacy of others and would not feel good about taking them [paparazzi] out to take pictures of the royals.”It is yet unknown whether Meghan and Harry will stay on the island, but it seems more likely they would move to the more glamorous city of Vancouver on the mainland. The city, called Hollywood North, has produced a string of television series and movies in recent years, including Star Trek, X-Files, Deadpool, Tomorrowland, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Godzilla, The Twilight Saga and X-Men. It seems a good spot for the duchess to job-hunt. It is also a great spot for charity work. The Downtown Eastside, where Meghan was photographed just last week at a women’s center, is known for the high number of heroin addicts and homeless people who get help from the area’s numerous shelters. Already, several real estate companies have started courting the Sussexes with some of the city’s best properties on the market. According to one article in the local newspaper The Province, called “Fit For a King: Five B.C. Homes That Could Work for Meghan and Harry,” agents have compiled a list of some stunning homes. The most expensive goes for around $30 million and is located in the ritzy First Shaughnessy district, referred to in the listing as, “the traditional seat of power for Vancouver’s rich, after being developed by Canadian Pacific Railway for its executives back when Vancouver was a railroad town.” The 12,400 square-foot home was built in 1922 and, according to the ad, “stripped to the bones and rebuilt to include all sorts of probably unneeded things like an indoor Koi aquarium and an enormous Cognac Cellar.” Another one goes for around $20 million in a district called Surrey. “As Surrey is a very British word, and they don’t mind living outside of the city, this 11,000 square foot home on 77 acres of rural land could work,” the listing suggests. Whatever they decide to do, they will likely be ignored by the Canadian population, who tend to not meddle as a matter of national pride. Big name celebrities, from Tom Cruise to Demi Moore, have bought property in the area precisely because they are left alone. If that’s what the couple formerly known as royals really want, then they will easily find the peace and quiet that countless others love about the area. Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



Canada locals vow to protect Harry and Meghan Click Here to Open in a New Window

Canada locals vow to protect Harry and MeghanThe new neighbors have been spotted out hiking and down at the farmers' market, but residents of North Saanich say they will ensure privacy for Harry and Meghan at their Canadian island hideaway. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, along with their baby son Archie, are living at the scenic, wooded property of Mille Fleurs on Vancouver Island after exiting from their royal roles. Residents walking dogs on a path near the house told AFP that they opposed intrusion into Harry and Meghan's new Canadian set-up, and were proud of the local instinct to give them space.



Schiff joins Schumer in blasting McConnell's impeachment trial rules Click Here to Open in a New Window

Schiff joins Schumer in blasting McConnell's impeachment trial rulesRep. Adam Schiff joined Sen. Chuck Schumer in slamming the rules unveiled by Republicans for the Senate impeachment trial, calling them “the process for a rigged trial.”



Russia Tightens Control Over Chinese Border on Coronavirus Fears Click Here to Open in a New Window

Russia Tightens Control Over Chinese Border on Coronavirus Fears(Bloomberg) -- Russian authorities strengthened controls at border crossings with China to prevent a deadly strain of coronavirus from being brought into the country, the state-run RIA Novosti news service reported, citing acting Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova.The mysterious virus has caused at least six deaths and infected a number of medical workers in China, a sign the illness can be passed from person to person. China raised the number of confirmed cases to 291 on Tuesday and its National Health Commission has warned there’s a risk of the virus spreading further.Russia’s Federal Agency for Tourism warned travelers to avoid the Chinese city of Wuhan in relation to the outbreak until the situation stabilizes, RIA reported.Russia shares its second-longest border with China, after the demarcation line with Kazakhstan, stretching for 4,209 kilometers (2,615 miles). Growing numbers of Chinese tourists and business people are visiting Russia as relations between the two countries have grown closer in recent years.To contact the reporter on this story: Jake Rudnitsky in Moscow at jrudnitsky@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Torrey Clark at tclark8@bloomberg.net, Tony Halpin, Gregory L. WhiteFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.



A Drexel University professor has been charged with stealing $185,000 in government grant money to spend on Philadelphia strip clubs and iTunes Click Here to Open in a New Window

A Drexel University professor has been charged with stealing $185,000 in government grant money to spend on Philadelphia strip clubs and iTunesThe Philadelphia district attorney's office charged Chikaodinaka Nwankpa with theft by unlawful taking and theft by deception last week.



Stocks in Asia plummet on new virus scare, Hong Kong dives 776 points Click Here to Open in a New Window

SYDNEY, Australia - Stocks in Asia tumbled on Tuesday with fears about a divided America, ahead of the president's impeachment trial, and concern over a new outbreak of the coronavirus in China.

American farms to have aid cut due to new Chinese trade deal Click Here to Open in a New Window

AUSTIN, TEXAS - With China poised to increase purchases of U.S. agricultural goods this year as part of a Phase 1 China trade deal, the U.S. Agriculture Secretary said Monday there is no need for a


China building more nuclear power facilities than any other country Click Here to Open in a New Window

BEIJING, China - There are currently eleven nuclear power units under construction in China, the largest number of nuclear power facilities under construction in the world.

The country has 4


Stocks plummet on Asian virus concerns Click Here to Open in a New Window

The JSE fell on Tuesday following heavy losses in Asia which were mainly attributed to worries about a deadly virus in China.

The Hang Seng slumped 2.81% while the Shanghai Composite Index fe


EXPLAINED: What we know so far about the new China virus Click Here to Open in a New Window

A new SARS-like virus has killed six people in China and infected nearly 300 others.

Fears have been mounting that the virus will spread during the massive annual Lunar New Year migration.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump Spreads Distortions at Davos Click Here to Open in a New Window

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump spread distorted information about the U.S. economy and his administration's involvement with historically black colleges in a preening performance Tuesday at th


Trump Touts US Economy in Davos, Ahead of Impeachment Trial Start Click Here to Open in a New Window

DAVOS, SWITZERLAND - U.S. President Donald Trump touted the conclusion of two major trade deals and declared Americans are "winning again like never before," as he gave an opening address Tuesday a


Countries Around World Gear Up Response to New Coronavirus Click Here to Open in a New Window

BEIJING - Countries in Asia and elsewhere have begun body temperature checks at airports, railway stations and along highways in hopes of catching people carrying a new coronavirus that is believed


The Kazakhs Left Behind In Xinjiang Click Here to Open in a New Window

ALMATY, Kazakhstan -- When word came from the capital, Nur-Sultan, that no Kazakhs were being held in 'reeducation' centers in northwest China's Xinjiang region, many who didn't believe that claim


CEO pessimism over global growth reaches record high: PwC Click Here to Open in a New Window
Davos [Switzerland], Jan 21 (ANI): As we enter a new decade, chief executive officers are showing record levels of pessimism in the global economy with 53 per cent predicting a decline in the rate of
Tajikistan: Parliament votes to permit foreigners to buy into Roghun Click Here to Open in a New Window

Lawmakers in Tajikistan have voted to allow foreign investors to buy shares in the Roghun hydroelectric plant, an ongoing project upon which the government has pinned the nation's future.

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China says virus spreading between humans as WHO set to meet Click Here to Open in a New Window

China has confirmed cases of human-to-human transmission in the outbreak of a new SARS-like virus as the number of cases soared and the World Health Organisation (WHO) said it would consider declar







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