Election 2019 LIVE: Farage orders Boris to ‘stand down candidates’ after ‘gift’ to Tories

The Brexit Party leader announced his plans to avoid a potential hung parliament and second referendum in Hartlepool yesterday. Mr Farage’s announcement on Tuesday was welcomed by the Prime Minister, who said it was recognition that only the Conservatives could “get Brexit done”. But opposition parties said the move showed the Tories and the Brexit Party were now “one and […]

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Warning over plan to end Troubles soldiers' prosecutions

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s pledge to make legal changes which could end prosecutions of British army veterans has been described as “very concerning” by the Tánaiste. Simon Coveney was responding to the Conservative Party’s general election pledge to protect UK armed forces veterans from legal action – part of a raft of measures Mr Johnson and his party announced […]

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World Bank Scales Back Project in China’s Xinjiang Region

WASHINGTON — The World Bank said on Monday that it would scale back development work in China’s Xinjiang region after speculation that a $50 million loan it granted in 2015 for an education project was being used to fund Muslim detention camps. The bank has been conducting a review of the project since Senator Marco Rubio, Republican of Florida, and […]

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Close Election in Kentucky Was Ripe for Twitter, and an Omen for 2020

A few hours after polls closed in Kentucky last Tuesday, a Twitter user writing under the handle @Overlordkraken1 posted a message to his 19 followers saying he had “just shredded a box of Republican mail-in ballots.” It was clear that the Kentucky governor’s race was going to be excruciatingly close, and that the Republican incumbent, Matt Bevin, could be headed […]

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How the State Dept.’s Dissenters Incited a Revolt, Then a Rallying Cry

WASHINGTON — State Department Foreign Service officers usually express their views in formal diplomatic cables, but these days they are using closed Facebook groups and encrypted apps to convey their pride in Marie L. Yovanovitch, the ousted ambassador to Ukraine, whose House testimony opened the floodgates on the impeachment inquiry into President Trump. #GoMasha is their rallying cry. In private […]

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White House official says he heard U.S. envoy push for investigation of Bidens

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – An official on the White House’s National Security Council said he heard the U.S. ambassador to the European Union press Ukrainian officials to investigate Joe Biden and his son, according to a transcript released on Friday by Democrats leading the impeachment probe of President Donald Trump. Alexander Vindman, a U.S. Army lieutenant colonel and Ukraine expert on […]

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Bolton Said to Know of ‘Many Relevant Meetings’ on Ukraine, but Will Not Testify

WASHINGTON — John R. Bolton, President Trump’s former national security adviser, knows about “many relevant meetings and conversations” connected to a pressure campaign on Ukraine that House impeachment investigators have not yet been informed of, his lawyer told lawmakers on Friday. The lawyer, Charles J. Cooper, tucked the tantalizing assertion into a letter to the chief House lawyer in response […]

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Impeachment Briefing: Anatomy of a Scene From the Hill Testimony

This is a special edition of the Impeachment Briefing, The Times’s newsletter about the impeachment investigation. Sign up here to get it in your inbox every weeknight. Impeachment investigators released interview transcripts on Friday for two major witnesses: Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman, the top Ukraine expert on the National Security Council, and Fiona Hill, President Trump’s former adviser on […]

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