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An expert booted off the Diamond Princess says Japan’s coronavirus control is “completely chaotic” - quartz

An expert booted off the Diamond Princess says Japan’s coronavirus control is “completely chaotic”

Kentaro Iwata said he had never feared being infected in 20 years of working at epicenters of disease outbreaks—until he set foot on the quarantined cruise ship.
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At least 4 killed after two planes COLLIDE MID-AIR near Melbourne, Australia (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

A horrific plane crash has left four people dead after a mid-air collision over the town of Mangalore north of Melbourne, destroying both aircraft. Rescue workers are on the scene of both crashes.
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What a RICO charge means for Huawei

Huawei has been hit by the US federal anti-racketeering law.
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Stephen Fry: Greek myths can teach politicians ‘the punishment of hubris’

For the first time, the multi-award winning writer, actor and comedian Stephen Fry has put his writing to music.
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Inside the mass protests sweeping through Lebanon – where young revolutionaries believe their time has come

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“The problem is a systemic problem” – Columnist Rachel Sylvester questions government’s vetting of Andrew Sabisky.

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Minister urges No 10 to review vetting after aide resigns

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UK/EU ‘very far away’ as they prepare for talks – European Parliament Brexit trade negotiator

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Jury begins deliberations in Weinstein trial

The jury in the Harvey Weinstein trial have begun their deliberations over whether to find him guilty or not guilty on charges of sexual assault and rape.
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150 million people are under Coronavirus lockdown in China

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British couple on cruise ship ‘may have coronavirus’

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Residents evacuated as river levels rise

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Thanks to “Parasite,” we know what it takes for Americans to see an international film in theaters

Its success underscores just how many obstacles a foreign-language film must overcome to make its mark.
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‘Girl, 3, ended pedophile’s reign of terror by coming forward to tell police about his rapes’

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Ready to buy a trip to orbit from Elon Musk?

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Extraordinary Neanderthal skeleton found at famous burial site could finally answer ancient DEATH-RITES question

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Some Democrats Are So Desperate for Bolton to Testify, They

Some Democrats Are So Desperate for Bolton to Testify, They're Reportedly Willing to Trade for a Biden

vice - 3 weeks ago

Senate Democrats have a problem: They want key witnesses like former national security advisor John Bolton to testify in the impeachment trial, but they’re four votes short of a Senate majority. So they’re looking for other ways to get what they need—including, reportedly, giving the Republicans a key concession: Testimony from a Biden.

The Washington Post reported late Tuesday that a “small group of Democratic senators” are privately mulling a potential deal to subpoena either Vice President and current Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden or his son, Hunter—the ex-Burisma board member whom President Donald Trump and his allies pushed the Ukrainian government to investigate—to testify.

The idea’s origins lie in the Republican caucus, where Sen. Ted Cruz reportedly suggested the trade in a private GOP meeting last week. The Democrats’ tentative approach to a trade, however, indicates that it’s not as far-fetched as it might seem.

The rules for the impeachment trial passed by the Senate on early Wednesday morning allow for the possibility of calling witnesses later in the trial, although the witnesses would initially be deposed before the Senate decides whether or not to allow them to testify.

As the Republicans have a 53-47 majority in the Senate, any push by the Democrats will require some Republican support. All 11 proposed Democratic amendments to the rules, including one that would have subpoenaed Bolton, were defeated during Tuesday’s 13-hour session.

READ: Here we go: Trump's impeachment trial just kicked off in the Senate

At least one Biden ally, Delaware Sen. Chris Coons, has been publicly receptive of the idea of having the longtime former senator testify. “I can’t imagine a person more comfortable in the well of the Senate than a man who spent 36 years here as a United States senator,” Coons told the Post.

Other Democrats maintained that Hunter Biden was irrelevant to the impeachment trial, although none exactly shot the idea down. “If there are four Republicans who open the conversation about witnesses, then I assume there will be a negotiation that follows — but I can’t tell you where it goes,” Senate Democratic whip Dick Durbin told the Post.

The first day of the trial ran well into the night, and tempers over the question of whether to call Bolton ran high. After a heated exchange between House “manager” Rep. Jerry Nadler and White House counsel Pat Cipollone, Chief Justice John Roberts, who’s presiding over the trial, admonished the managers and Trump’s defense team. “Those addressing the Senate should remember where they are,” Roberts said.

Oral arguments are set to begin on Wednesday afternoon.

Cover: Former National security adviser John Bolton gestures while speakings at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, Monday, Sept. 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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