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Saudi Arabia recruited Twitter workers to spy on users, feds say
Updated on: November 6, 2019 / 6:55 PM / CBS/AP

San Francisco — Saudi Arabia's government recruited two Twitter employees to get personal account information on some of their critics, prosecutors with the U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday.

A complaint unsealed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco detailed a coordinated effort by Saudi government officials to recruit employees at the social media giant to look up the private data of thousands of Twitter accounts. The accounts included those of a popular journalist with more than 1 million followers and other prominent government critics.

Europeans look to China as global partner, shun Trump’s US

PARIS (AP) — When France’s president wants to carry European concerns to the world stage to find solutions for climate change, trade tensions or Iran’s nuclear ambitions, he no longer calls Washington. He flies to Beijing.

President Emmanuel Macron’s visit to China this week suggests that the United States risks being sidelined on the global stage under President Donald Trump. One moment spoke volumes: Chinese President Xi Jinping sampling French wines, which Trump’s administration recently slapped with heavy new tariffs.

Trump will welcome Turkey's president to White House just weeks after Syria offensive

By Stefan Becket November 6, 2019 / 4:17 PM/ CBS News

Washington — President Trump will welcome Turkey's authoritarian president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to the White House next Wednesday, just weeks after Turkey launched an assault in northern Syria against the Kurds, staunch U.S. allies in the fight against ISIS.

Mr. Trump said he spoke to Erdogan by phone on Wednesday afternoon and confirmed his visit for November 13 — the same day the House Intelligence Committee will hold the first public hearings of the impeachment inquiry. The Turkish government also confirmed the date of the visit.

Market teeters on Sino-USA Trade meeting location, hoping a logistics snag is not sign of bigger issue
CNBC by Patti Domm

Ever since President Donald Trump said he and President Xi Jin(ping) would meet to sign a trade deal, Wall Street has been hanging on every speculative word about where and when that signing might take place.

So it was not surprising when stocks sold off Wednesday morning on a Reuters headline that quoted Trump administration sources as saying the phase one trade deal could be delayed until December and that Europe is a likely venue. CNBC confirmed the report.

Global stocks higher as investors monitor US-China talks

BEIJING (AP) — Global stock markets mostly rose on Wednesday as investors assessed developments in U.S.-Chine(se) trade talks following reports Beijing wants Washington to lift punitive tariffs.

Markets rose in much of Europe, as they did in Japan, while the Shangh(ai) index declined and Hong Kong’s was flat. Wall Street futures were up slightly.

Erdogan: Turkey captures slain IS leader al-Baghdadi's wife

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey has captured a wife of the slain leader of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Erdogan made the announcement while delivering a speech in the capital of Ankara on Wednesday but gave no other details. He did not say when or how the woman was captured or identify her by name.

Erdogan made the announcement while delivering a speech in the capital of Ankara on Wednesday but gave no other details. He did not say when or how the woman was captured or identify her by name.

More than 100 elephants die amid severe drought in Zimbabwe
November 6, 2019 / 5:35 AM / AP

Mana Pools, Zimbabwe — Weak from hunger and thirst, the elephant struggled to reach a pool of water in this African wildlife reserve. But the majestic mammal got stuck in the mud surrounding the sun-baked watering hole, which had dramatically shrunk due to a severe drought.

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AP sources: Jeff Sessions to announce Alabama Senate bid

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions will announce that he is entering the race for his old U.S. Senate seat in Alabama, two Republicans with direct knowledge of his plans said Wednesday.

Sessions, 72, will be making a return to the political stage a year after stepping down as President Donald Trump’s first attorney general when their relationship soured over his recusal from the Russia investigation.

'We’re going to be a force in this battle': Biden super PAC kicks into gear
Politico By NATASHA KORECKI 11/06/2019 05:51 PM EST

A newly formed super PAC supporting Joe Biden’s 2020 campaign is moving quickly to boost the former vice president, amassing “significant commitments” from donors and aiming to have ads up in Iowa before Thanksgiving.

House to hold public impeachment hearings next week
The Hill By Olivia Beavers - 11/06/19 11:29 AM EST

House Democrats announced Wednesday that they will hold their first public impeachment hearings next week, marking an escalation of their investigation into President Trump's dealings with Ukraine.

Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said that lawmakers initially plan to call in three witnesses as Democrats begin making their case to the public that Trump pressured a foreign power to investigate political opponents.

White House Adds Two to Impeachment Team
November 6, 2019 at 4:38 pm EST By Taegan Goddard

“President Trump is expected to add two new aides to the White House dedicated to impeachment-related matters as the House investigation expands into public hearings,” the Wall Street Journal reports.

“Pam Bondi, a former Florida attorney general, and former Treasury Department spokesman Tony Sayegh are likely to join the West Wing on a temporary basis and will be tasked with assisting on communications and strategy and other special projects.”

McConnell, Trump joined for 2020, despite Kentucky setback

WASHINGTON (AP) — Their man in Kentucky may be losing, but President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell aren’t letting Gov. Matt Bevin’s election fortunes alter their own pact to win the state together in 2020.

Trump started the affirmation early, tweeting his confidence in the GOP leader Wednesday morning. McConnell arrived later at the White House to celebrate one of their major accomplishments: stacking the federal courts with the president’s judges, a fundamental priority of conservative evangelical Republican voters.

In Kentucky And Virginia, A Strong Night For Democrats In Off-Year Elections
NPR by Steve Helber/AP

Democrats took full control of the Virginia legislature for the first time in more than two decades while the race for governor in deeply Republican Kentucky was too close to call despite a last-minute boost from President Donald Trump.

In Kentucky, Democratic challenger Andy Beshear held a narrow lead and declared victory in the governor’s race over Republican incumbent Matt Bevin on Tuesday, though Bevin had not conceded. And in Virginia, Democrats flipped control of the state Senate and House, gaining outright control of state government in a state that is often a battleground for the White House.

Ambassador: Giuliani, Acting In Trump's Interest, Tried To Cast Biden In 'Bad Light'
November 6, 20191:59 PM ET

William Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat to Ukraine, told congressional investigators that President Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who was orchestrating an international pressure campaign on Ukraine, was acting in the president's interests and trying to cast former Vice President Joe Biden "in a bad light," according to a transcript of Taylor's testimony released Wednesday.

Democrats give Warren's 'Medicare for All' plan the cold shoulder
The Hill By Peter Sullivan - 11/06/19 06:00 AM EST

Senate Democrats are distancing themselves from Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-Mass.) “Medicare for All” plan, casting doubt on whether it could pass even if she does win the presidency.

Warren rolled out her proposal for Medicare for All last week, instantly fanning the flames of a raging debate among the Democratic presidential contenders over the idea.

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noun UK /ˈpleb.ə.saɪt/ formal
a referendum

Both countries agreed to a plebiscite in principle, to allow Kashmiris to decide their own future, but it has never been held because it was predicated on the withdrawal of all military forces from the region, which has not happened even decades on.

verb [ T often passive ] /ˈhæm.strɪŋ/ hamstrung
to limit the amount of something that can be done or the ability or power of someone to do something

India wants even more new military technology, but it is often hamstrung by tight export controls from key suppliers like the US and Britain.

noun [ C or U ] /ɪnˌsɪn.juˈeɪ.ʃən/
the action of suggesting, without being direct, that something unpleasant is true

Pakistan says it rejects "any insinuation" that it had a role in Thursday's attack, for which India has blamed Jaish-e-Mohammed, a Pakistan-based group listed by the U.S. State Department as a foreign terrorist organization.

verb [ T ] /ˌoʊ.vɚˈpleɪ/
to make something seem more important than it really is

But Beijin(g) doesn't want to overplay its support of Pakista(n) and push India into the arms of US President Donald Trum(p).

noun [ C ] /ˈniː.oʊ.faɪt/ formal
someone who has recently become involved in an activity and is still learning about it

He (Imran Khan, Pakistani cricket star-turned prime minister) certainly is a neophyte, he has no experience as a national leader, he’s been a politician for a number of years but hasn’t been in a position of national power.

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