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House lawmakers conclude their opening argument against Trump
Lawmakers finish making their case in the US Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. We take a look back at the first week of the impeachment trial. And, health officials across China are stepping up their response to the outbreak of the coronavirus. Air and train travel have been suspended in several cities, and the government has closed the Forbidden City and parts of the Great Wall as the country heads into a holiday weekend. Also, what does a Gullah expression of West African culture sound like? We hear from Clay Ross and Kevin Hamilton of the Grammy-nominated Ranky Tanky, a quintet from South Carolina whose soulful Gullah music draws from jazz and from the sounds of the descendants of enslaved Africans in the American South.
Impeachment managers continue argument against Trump
Impeachment managers continue pressing their case Thursday in the US Senate, making arguments on the constitutional basis for removing President Donald Trump from office. Plus, it was a year ago when Juan Guaidó declared himself the rightful president of Venezuela amid the country's constitutional and financial crisis. Yet, the regime of Nicolás Maduro has persisted, despite mass protests and a near collapse of Venezuela's economy. And, the deaths of three American crew members in the crash of a firefighting plane in Australia are a reminder of the danger they face, and of the effort to allocate global firefighting resources based on seasons.
With rules set, the Senate hears opening arguments
The rules are set and the opening arguments began today in the impeachment trial of US President Donal Trump in the Senate. Also, did the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed Bin Salman, hack into Amazon chief Jeff Bezos's smartphone? Two UN officials say that's exactly what happened. Saudi Arabia calls the allegation against its crown prince, "absurd." And, as world leaders prepare for a commemoration in Israel on Thursday to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp, the president of Poland is refusing to participate.
Day one of the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump
It's day one of US President Donald Trump's impeachment trial in the Senate. Trump faces charges of abusing power and obstructing Congress. And, an Iranian student attending Northeastern University has been deported against a federal judge's orders from Boston's Logan Airport. Also, a man from New Zealand and another man in Spain have created an Earth sandwich. Literally — two pieces of bread, placed precisely on opposite sides of the globe.
Mystery money bags left on sidewalks of small, English village
From The World and PRX, The Number in the News — Today’s number is 2,500. Residents of Blackhall Colliery, England, have been stumbling on bundles of cash since 2014. In total, more than $40,000 has been found. Now, police say the “culprits” have come forward.Our new show, The Number in the News, is a daily flash briefing for your smart speaker that we’re featuring as a special here in The World’s podcast feed. Every day, listen to The Number in the News and hear a shareable story in just two minutes from The World’s Bianca Hillier. It’s one number you won’t forget, and why it’s in the news today.Click here to add The Number in the News to your smart speaker News Briefing on an Amazon or Google smart speaker.
Stage set for Trump's Senate impeachment trial
The impeachment trial of US President Donald Trump begins Tuesday, and its implications ripple far beyond the United States. Former Ambassador Nicholas Burns talks with host Marco Werman about how the work of the State Department continues while foreign policy itself is at the center of the allegations against the president. And, an outbreak of a coronavirus is spreading with more than 200 confirmed cases in China. Health authorities are concerned about more cases as the Chinese Lunar New Year kicks off this week and people travel throughout Asia. Also, there's network of Kenyans who are doing homework for students in the US, Canada and Great Britain for extra cash.
Iran's supreme leader and his rare sermon
Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, led prayers on Friday and said in a sermon that the country has every right to flex its military muscle beyond its borders. Also, China released new data showing the country’s economy is slowing and birth rate figures are at their lowest rate in more than half a century. And, a bookseller in England is feeling the love after his tweet about not selling a single book on Tuesday went viral — now he is overwhelmed with orders.
Ukraine opens probe into alleged ambassador surveillance
Ukraine's Ministry of Internal Affairs announced Thursday that it would open a criminal probe into possible surveillance of former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch. Also, the death of a US citizen in an Egyptian prison raises serious questions. And, we have a profile of one of the biggest hip-hop stars in Europe — Alyona Alyona who raps from her home in Ukraine.