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Trump says he will 'seriously consider' testifying in impeachment inquiry


U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday said for the first time that he might be willing to testify in the impeachment inquiry over his dealings with Ukraine, even as Democrats questioned the truthfulness of his testimony in the Russia 2016 election interference probe. Lawmakers in the Democratic-led impeachment process in… Read


Trump asked Tokyo for $8 bil to keep U.S. troops in Japan: Foreign Policy


U.S. President Donald Trump has asked Japan to quadruple annual payments for U.S. forces stationed there to around $8 billion, Foreign Policy reported, part of Washington's efforts to press its allies to increase their defense spending. The current agreement that covers the 54,000 U.S. troops stationed in Japan expires in… Read


Gov't says it is safe to release contaminated Fukushima water into ocean


Japan's industry ministry said Monday it would be safe to release water contaminated by the Fukushima nuclear disaster into the ocean, stressing that the health risk to humans would be "significantly small." Discharging the water into the Pacific Ocean over the course of a year would lead to between just… Read


Democrats invite Trump to testify in impeachment inquiry


Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi invited President Donald Trump to testify in front of investigators in the House impeachment inquiry ahead of a week that will see several key witnesses appear publicly. Pushing back against accusations from the president that the process has been stacked against him, Pelosi said Trump… Read


Pelosi says Trump’s Ukraine actions amount to ‘bribery’


House Democrats are refining part of their impeachment case against the president to a simple allegation: Bribery. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday brushed aside the Latin phrase “quid pro quo” that Democrats have been using to describe President Donald Trump’s actions toward Ukraine. As the impeachment hearings go public,… Read


Actress Sawajiri admits to using MDMA, other illegal drugs


Actress Erika Sawajiri, arrested Saturday following the alleged discovery of the synthetic drug MDMA at her Tokyo home, has admitted to using the drug "for some time" and to taking other types of illegal narcotics as well, according to investigative sources. The sources said the Metropolitan Police Department received a… Read


Actress Sawajiri admits taking illegal drugs for over 10 years


Japanese actress Erika Sawajiri, who was arrested late last week for allegedly possessing the synthetic drug MDMA, has admitted to using illegal drugs for more than 10 years, police sources said Monday. Sawajiri, 33, told investigators that she got the MDMA at a nightclub event a few weeks ago, and… Read


Hong Kong police storm university held by protesters


Police breached a Hong Kong university campus held by protesters early Monday after an all-night siege that included firing repeated barrages of tear gas and water cannons. Anti-government protesters have barricaded themselves inside Hong Kong Polytechnic University for days. Police surrounded the area Sunday night and began moving in after… Read


Ousted ambassador felt threatened; Trump assails her anew


In chilling detail, ousted U.S. Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch described to Trump impeachment investigators Friday how she felt threatened upon learning that President Donald Trump had promised Ukraine’s leader she was “going to go through some things.” Unwilling to stay silent during Yovanovitch’s testimony, Trump focused even greater national attention… Read


4 dead, 6 wounded in shooting at California backyard party


Ten people were shot and four of them were killed Sunday at a party in Fresno when suspects sneaked into the backyard and fired into the crowd, police said. The shooting took place about 6 p.m. on the city’s southeast side while people were gathered to watch a football game,… Read

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