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President Donald Trump said he's directed the lifting of economic sanctions on Turkey after the country informed the U.S. it will make "permanent" a five-day cease-fire in Syria.
Claiming success at the U.S.-brokered effort, Trump said Wednesday, "this was an outcome created by us." The cease-fire required Kurdish forces formerly allied with the U.S. against the Islamic State group to move out of a roughly 20-mile (32-kilometer) zone on the Turkish border.
Trump said if Turkey breaches the cease-fire the sanctions could be reimposed.
Maybe it was a quid pro quo after all.
A top U.S. diplomat told House impeachment investigators on Tuesday that President Donald Trump was withholding military aid to Ukraine unless the country's president went public with a promise to investigate Democrats.
William Taylor's 15-page opening statement — delivered as part of a closed-door deposition — is now central to the impeachment inquiry. It contradicts Trump's repeated denials, and details what Taylor says was a pressure campaign against Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate Democrats and a company linked to the family of Trump's potential 2020 Democratic rival Joe Biden.
President Trump famously said during his campaign that he could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and get away with it.
In court Wednesday, his lawyers argued that legally, he really could -- and no one could do a thing about it.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced bipartisan, hostile questions in a congressional hearing Wednesday focused on the social media company's plans to launch its own cryptocurrency known as Libra.
Zuckerberg acknowledged concerns about the Libra project, saying he would not allow Facebook to move forward unless he got explicit approval from all U.S. financial regulators. But members of the House Financial Services committee were not convinced.
Rep. Maxine Waters, the California Democrat who chairs the House Financial Services Committee, said that Facebook's cryptocurrency project Libra "create many concerns" and argued that maybe Facebook should be broken up.
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Two associates of Rudy Giuliani pleaded not guilty on charges they used straw donors to make illegal campaign contributions to politicians and committees to advance their business interests.
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A senior Defense Department official who oversees Ukraine policy is answering questions behind closed doors as part of the House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.
Laura Cooper arrived Wednesday morning on Capitol Hill to appear before the House panels conducting the investigation.
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Police in southeastern England said 39 people were found dead Wednesday inside a large cargo truck believed to have come from Bulgaria.
The truck, which is said to have entered Britain via the Welsh port of Holyhead on Saturday, was found by ambulance workers at Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays, a town just by the River Thames around 25 miles (40 kms) east of central London.
"This is a tragic incident where a large number of people have lost their lives. Our enquiries are ongoing to establish what has happened," Essex Police Chief Superintendent Andrew Mariner said.
"We are in the process of identifying the victims, however I anticipate that this could be a lengthy process."
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A group of police officers in Florida are being called heroes after saving the life of a toddler who was choking on a snack cracker.
Officials from the Kissimmee Police Department released body cam footage showing the moments last Saturday when Amanda Zimmerman handed her 18-month-old son MJ to officers after he started choking on a goldfish cracker and was not breathing.
"I was just beside myself," Zimmerman told NBC affiliate WESH-TV.
To the Stars Academy of Arts and Sciences — founded in 2015 by former Blink-182 co-frontman Tom DeLonge — has officially announced a partnership with the U.S. Army.
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Constituents, friends and other mourners are set to gather at a historically black college in Baltimore to honor the life of U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings in the first of a series of planned services.
The Maryland congressman and civil rights champion died Thursday of complications from long-standing health issues.
Cummings will lie in repose Wednesday at Morgan State University. A tribute service will follow the public viewing. It will include remarks from his wife, Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes and Baltimore Mayor Bernard "Jack" Young.
Israel's former military chief Benny Gantz is set to receive an official mandate to form the country's next government but has few options after last month's elections left him in a near tie with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Netanyahu was given the first opportunity to form a government after assembling a large right-wing bloc but announced this week that he failed to build a 61-seat majority. Gantz faces similarly steep odds, raising the possibility that Israel will hold a third election in less than a year.
U.S troops withdrawing from northeastern Syria to Iraq are "transiting" and will leave the country within four weeks, Iraq's defense minister said Wednesday.
Najah al-Shammari made the remarks to The Associated Press following a meeting in Baghdad with visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper, who arrived as Iraqi leaders chafed over reports the U.S. may want to increase the number of troops based in Iraq, at least temporarily.
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Google said it has achieved a breakthrough in quantum computing research, saying an experimental quantum processor has completed a calculation in just a few minutes that would take a traditional supercomputer thousands of years.
The findings, published Wednesday in the scientific journal Nature, show that "quantum speedup is achievable in a real-world system and is not precluded by any hidden physical laws," the researchers wrote.
An appeals court did not appear to buy arguments by President Donald Trump's lawyers that his tax returns can't be given to a state grand jury.
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals did not immediately rule Wednesday, but all three judges greeted a Trump lawyer's claims dismissively.