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Trump Trial Starts With Constitutional Fight: Impeachment Update

 Donald Trump’s second Senate impeachment trial is set to begin on Tuesday at 1 p.m. Washington time. The trial is sure to be rich in political and constitutional significance even though it’s all but certain to end in acquittal, with most Republicans in opposition. The nine House managers prosecuting Trump will argue that he betrayed his oath of office as president by inciting the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. They plan to use video of Trump’s call to action and the assault that followed. Trump’s lawyers said in their legal brief filed on Monday that his words were constitutionally protected free speech and didn’t incite his supporters to violence. Trump Trial Opens With Constitution Debate (6:00 AM) Before Trump’s impeachment trial can begin in earnest, there will be an impassioned debate about whether it’s even constitutional to have it. Trump’s lawyers argue that he can’t be tried because he’s no longer in office. The House impeachment managers, who will prosecute the case, argue t

Covid: South Africa halts AstraZeneca vaccine rollout over new variant

Share this with Email   Share this with Facebook   Share this with Twitter   Share this with  Image copyright REUTERS Image caption South Africa has recorded more than 1.4 million Covid cases South Africa has put its rollout of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine on hold after a study showed "disappointing" results against its new Covid variant. Scientists say the variant accounts for 90% of new Covid cases in South Africa. The trial, involving some 2,000 people, found that the vaccine offered "minimal protection" against mild and moderate cases. But experts are hopeful that the vaccine will still be effective at preventing severe cases. South Africa has recorded almost 1.5 million coronavirus cases and more than 46,000 deaths since the pandemic began - a higher toll than any other country on the continent. The country has received one million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab and was preparing to start vaccinating people. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said his governme

Queen Elizabeth pressured UK govt for clause in law to conceal private wealth

(REUTERS Photo) INTERNATIONAL NEWS NEXT ARTICLE EU foreign ministers may discuss new anti-Russian sanctions on February 22, says Borrell UK and Commonwealth Head of State,   Queen Elizabeth II , lobbied the UK government to push through an exemption for Buckingham Palace in transparency laws in the 1970s, The Guardian reported citing documents in the National Archives. According to the publication, the Queen deployed her high-powered attorney at the time,  Matthew Farrer , to pressure government officials and lawmakers involved in drafting a bill to tackle opaque, backroom dealings in the country's financial institutions. Correspondences between officials found in the United Kingdom's National Archives reveal that Farrer insisted a clause be added to maintain a veil of secrecy to the queen's estate and her stakes in companies. The left-leaning newspaper maintained that the queen's consent, an archaic procedure of seeking a go-ahead from the sovereign before legislation

A New Population of Blue Whales Was Discovered Hiding in the Indian Ocean

Weighing up to 380,000 pounds and stretching some 100 feet long, the blue whale — the largest creature to have ever lived on Earth — might at first seem difficult for human eyes and ears to miss. But a previously unknown population of the leviathans has long been lurking in the Indian Ocean, leaving scientists none the wiser, new research suggests. The covert cadre of whales, described in a paper published last week in the journal Endangered Species Research, has its own signature anthem: a slow, bellowing ballad that’s distinct from any other whale song ever described. It joins only a dozen or so other blue whale songs that have been documented, each the calling card of a unique population. “It’s like hearing different songs within a genre — Stevie Ray Vaughan versus B. B. King,” said Salvatore Cerchio, a marine mammal biologist at the African Aquatic Conservation Fund in Massachusetts and the study’s lead author. “It’s all blues, but you know the different styles.” The find is

Myth of 'crocodile men' promotes rough justice in C. Africa

Myth of 'crocodile men' promotes rough justice in C. Africa St├ęphane Obam, a Cameroonian "phythotherapist" and traditional doctor, in Bangui, Central African Republic. [AFP] A sickening stench has wafted of late across a busy road in Bangui that runs alongside the Central African Republic’s biggest waterway. In the reeds growing on the bank of the Ubangui River, fishermen have found grossly mutilated corpses wrapped in sackcloth. In just one week last month, three bodies — all handcuffed and beheaded — were found, humanitarian sources have told AFP. Others have had organs sliced out. Gruesome discoveries are not uncommon in this poor landlocked state, where violence is part of life’s daily backdrop. But whenever corpses are fished out of the murky Ubangui, the “talimbi” — crocodile men — are often the prime suspects. Some say the talimbi are humans who metamorphose into reptiles. Others believe they are witchcraft practitioners, able to wield powers without ever l

Here's the list of most admired men and women across the world

Barack Obama is the most admired man in the world, according to a survey by market research and data analytics firm YouGov TopicsBarack Obama | Michelle Obama | Bill Gates BS Web Team  |  New Delhi  Last Updated at September 25, 2020 17:54 IST #1 Barack Obama 1 / 10 Barack Obama is the most admired man in the world, according to a survey by market research and data analytics firm YouGov. For the first time, the former US president has reached the top of the mens rankings since the survey was launched in 2014. #2 Bill Gates 2 / 10 American billionaire and philanthropist Bill Gates is now ranked the second most admired man, after being in first place last year. #3 Michelle Obama 3 / 10 Michelle Obama holds on to her position as the world’s most admired woman. The survey was conducted between May and September 2020. #4 Angelina Jolie 4 / 10 Actor and filmmaker Angelina Jolie has risen one place since last year to be the second most admired woman. More than 45,000 people in 42 countries an

Nova Scotia Shooting: Suspected Gunman Evaded Police For About 12 Hours After Killing 16 People

Nova Scotia authorities have begun investigating the shooting of a gunman who may have been disguised as a police officer and went on 12-hour rampage that left 16 people dead in a small town. A confrontation with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police began after a manhunt for the fleeing suspect overnight Saturday. Multiple crime scenes and hours of evasion later, the gunman was killed Sunday in a shootout with police. Nova Scotia Serious Incident Response Team (SiRT) took over the investigation into the death, according to a statement from SiRT. Gabriel Wortman, 51, was identified as the suspect and was confirmed dead by RCMP Chief Superintendent Chris Leather. The motive behind the shooting, one of Canada's deadliest, is still under investigation, Leather said. Some victims, he said, "appeared not to have a relationship with the assailant shooter." The chaos began when police were first called to a property around 10:30 p.M. Saturday. "When police arrived at the scene