Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. TENSIONS ESCALATE IN HONG KONG Police deploy tear gas, pepper spray and high-pressure water hoses against protesters who lay siege to government buildings to oppose a contentious extradition bill. 2. BIDEN, TRUMP TRADE JABS IN POSSIBLE 2020 ELECTION PREVIEW The two unleashed verbal attacks in Iowa that at times felt more like the closing […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. BRITAIN PLANS ‘UNPRECEDENTED’ D-DAY EVENT World leaders and World War II veterans are gathering on the southern coast of England to honor the Allied soldiers who helped liberate Europe from Nazi Germany 75 years ago. 2. GOP SENATORS LINE UP AGAINST TRUMP’S MEXICO TARIFF PLAN It’s unclear if lawmakers have the votes to stop […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. IMPEACHMENT CALLS GROW IN HOUSE More Democrats are calling for action against Trump after his latest defiance of Congress by blocking his former White House lawyer from testifying. 2. NORTH KOREA HURLS INSULTS AT BIDEN Pyongyang labels the presidential candidate a “fool of low IQ” and an “imbecile bereft of elementary quality as a […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. ALABAMA BANS NEARLY ALL ABORTIONS The state’s Republican-dominated Senate voted to make performing an abortion at any stage of pregnancy a felony punishable by up to 99 years or life in prison for the abortion provider. 2. IRAN’S SUPREME LEADER MAKES VEILED THREAT Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says it wouldn’t be difficult for the Islamic […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. SENATE PANEL TO GRILL BARR A dramatic showdown is expected as the attorney general will defend his actions before Democrats who accuse him of spinning the Mueller report findings in Trump’s favor. 2. WHAT CONCERNED TRUMP ABOUT RUSSIA PROBE As the special counsel’s investigation threatened to shadow his presidency, he became increasingly concerned he […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. SRI LANKA EASTER BOMBINGS DEATH TOLL RISES TO 359 The country’s leaders vowed to overhaul the security apparatus amid a series of intelligence lapses before the attacks. 2. CRUCIAL SUMMIT IN FAR-EASTERN RUSSIA North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is in Vladivostok for a much-anticipated meeting with President Vladimir Putin amid deadlocked diplomacy on […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. DONATIONS POUR IN FOR NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL Nearly $1 billion in global contributions have been made to restore the fire-ravaged, 12th century landmark in Paris, and France’s president wants the work completed in five years. 2. COLUMBINE THREAT BY WOMAN WITH GUN SHUTS DENVER-AREA SCHOOLS Authorities are searching for 18-year-old Sol Pais, who they […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. NETANYAHU APPEARS HEADED TO RE-ELECTION It would be a historic fifth term as prime minister, which this summer would make him Israel’s longest-serving leader ever, surpassing founding father David Ben-Gurion. 2. MAY TO ASK EU FOR BREXIT DELAY Just days away from a potentially calamitous no-deal Brexit, EU leaders will meet to discuss granting […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. TRUMP EXPLORES ART OF THE CLIMB-DOWN The president pivots on two big policy fronts, easing up on threats to close the U.S. border with Mexico and delaying any changes to “Obamacare” until after the 2020 election. 2. ‘A CITY REBORN’ Lori Lightfoot will be Chicago’s next mayor, a historic repudiation of the old-style, insider […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. TRUMP’S 2020 MACHINE A FAR CRY FROM FLY-BY-NIGHT 2016 EFFORT The president is assembling an army of operatives to fight for re-election in what stands to be a legacy-defining political battle. 2. FAA PLANNING REVAMP OF AIRCRAFT OVERSIGHT While the agency has made improvements to its oversight of airplane manufacturers, it plans by July […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. NEW ZEALAND HOLDS FIRST FUNERALS FOR MOSQUE SHOOTING VICTIMS A father and son who fled the civil war in Syria for “the safest country in the world” are buried before hundreds of mourners. 2. DISNEY CLOSES $71 BILLION DEAL FOR FOX’S ENTERTAINMENT ASSETS The deal paves the way for Disney to launch its streaming […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. ETHIOPIA TO SEND PLANE’S BLACK BOX ABROAD The black box from the doomed Ethiopian Airlines jetliner will be sent overseas for analysis but no country has been chosen, an airline spokesman tells the AP. 2. CARDINAL PELL SENT TO PRISON FOR MOLESTATION The most senior Catholic convicted of child sex abuse is sentenced to […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. HOUSE DEMOCRATS POISED FOR MORE COHEN TESTIMONY Trump’s former lawyer returns to Capitol Hill for a fourth day of questioning as Democrats pursue investigations into Trump’s White House, businesses and presidential campaign. 2. FORMER NISSAN CHAIRMAN LEAVES DETENTION FACILITY Carlos Ghosn, held nearly four months for alleged financial fraud, appears to have left a […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. TRUMP, KIM BEGIN SUMMIT WITH HANDSHAKE, SMILES The affable leaders of hostile nations open with hopeful words and a private chat before sitting down for dinner and further talks about North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear weapons. 2. MICHAEL COHEN: TRUMP KNEW ABOUT WIKILEAKS Trump’s former personal lawyer is planning to tell a House committee […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. POSSIBLE PEACE DECLARATION LOOMS OVER KIM-TRUMP SUMMIT Such an announcement ending the six-decade-old Korean War could open up a whole new set of problems for Washington if not done carefully. 2. CALIFORNIA VS. TRUMP ESCALATES Disputes over the president’s border wall and California’s bullet train are intensifying the feud between the White House and […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. ‘I CAN’T SAY I’M THRILLED’ Trump says he’s not expecting the government to shut down again, a signal that he’s leaning toward accepting a budget deal that denies him most of the money he’s sought for a border wall. 2. ‘EL CHAPO’ HEADING TO ‘ALCATRAZ OF THE ROCKIES’ Experts say convicted Mexican drug lord […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. ‘THERE CANNOT BE WAR AND INVESTIGATION’ In a line from his State of the Union address that largely fell flat, Trump calls on Congress to cast aside partisanship but refuses to yield on immigration policies that have infuriated Democrats. 2. WHAT WILL COME OUT OF TRUMP-KIM II IN VIETNAM Trump has announced plans for […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. ODDS SEEM AGAINST TRADE WAR BREAKTHROUGH U.S. and Chinese negotiators begin talks aimed at settling a half-year dispute that has weakened both sides, rattled financial markets and clouded the global economic outlook. 2. LAWMAKERS HOPEFUL OF PACT THAT WOULD PREVENT SHUTDOWN Capitol Hill negotiators say they could easily reach a deal on a homeland […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. WHAT SENATORS ARE GRAPPLING WITH Side with Trump or vote to temporarily end the longest shutdown in U.S. history and keep negotiating. 2. VENEZUELA BRACES FOR PROTESTS The country’s opposition faces a crucial test in an appeal to the military and the poor to shift loyalties that until recently looked solidly behind the socialist […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. MAY FACES NO-CONFIDENCE VOTE Analysts expect the British prime minister to keep her job a day after Parliament resoundingly defeated her Brexit deal with the European Union. 2. ‘I WILL NOT BE BULLIED’ William Barr, Trump’s nominee for attorney general, asserts independence from the White House and states that Robert Mueller’s investigation is not […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. THE FIRST ORDER OF BUSINESS FOR HOUSE DEMOCRATS House Democrats sweep into power this week on a campaign promise of improving government for ordinary Americans. But first, they’ll have to get government reopened. 2. TRUMP’S OFFER OF TALKS TO BREAK THE IMPASSE President Donald Trump meets with congressional leaders for a White House briefing […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. WHAT’S NEXT FOR SWEEPING CRIMINAL JUSTICE BILL After the Senate passes a sweeping criminal justice bill, it heads to the House for approval, then to President Donald Trump for his signature. It addresses concerns that the U.S. war on drugs has led to the imprisonment of too many Americans for non-violent crimes without adequately […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. MAY FACING NO-CONFIDENCE VOTE IN UK British politics is thrown into chaos and Brexit into doubt as Conservative lawmakers trigger the ultimatum against the prime minister which could see her step down if she loses. 2. STRASBOURG SUSPECT HEARD SHOUTING ‘GOD IS GREAT’ A French prosecutor says witnesses heard Cherif Chekatt make the exclamation […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. PROSECUTORS RECOMMEND NO JAIL TIME FOR FLYNN Citing “substantial” cooperation by Michael Flynn in its Russia investigation, the special counsel recommends no jail time for Trump’s former national security adviser. 2. A NATION BIDS FARWELL TO BUSH A funeral service in Washington for the 41st president draws together world envoys, Americans of high office […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. SCIENTIST REPORTS 2ND GENE-EDITED PREGNANCY Chinese researcher He Jiankui, who claims to have helped make the world’s first genetically edited babies, says a second pregnancy may be underway. 2. MISSISSIPPI MAKES HISTORY WITH SENATE CHOICE Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith wins a divisive race marked by racial acrimony, becoming the first woman elected to Congress from […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. TRUMP DEFIANT OVER SAUDI NON-ACTION In not punishing Riyadh over a journalist’s killing, the president makes clear that good relations with the kingdom outweigh the possibility its crown prince ordered the killing and sparks heavy bipartisan criticism in Congress. 2. TRUMP DIRECTLY COOPERATES FOR 1ST TIME IN MUELLER PROBE The president provides the special […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. ‘IF SEEN, PLEASE HAVE HIM CALL’ A message board at a shelter for those who fled California’s deadliest wildfire is filled with photos of the missing, as well as pleas for any information about relatives and friends. 2. PENCE CRITICAL OF MYANMAR’S HANDLING OF ROHINGYA CRISIS But Aung San Suu Kyi rebuffs the face-to-face […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. MOURNING, PROTESTS AS PITTSBURGH BURIES VICTIMS Trump arrived to shouting, chanting protesters with signs such as “It’s your fault” and “Words matter,” a reference to allegations his bellicose language has emboldened bigots. 2. WHAT MASS MURDERERS LEAVE BEHIND The perpetrators often provide a treasure trove of insight into their violent tendencies on social media, […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. WHAT TURKISH LEADER IS SAYING Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his country is determined not to allow all those responsible for the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi escape justice. 2. WHO JOINS PANTHEON OF INCENDIARY ARAB RULERS’ SONS The killing of Khashoggi by agents believed to be close to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin […]

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