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Another World Leader Tests Positive for COVID

'It's gonna be fine,' says Ukrainian president

(Newser) - Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky is the latest world leader to test positive for COVID-19. The 42-year-old confirmed the diagnosis Monday and said he plans to self-isolate, Fox reports. "Despite all the quarantine measures, I received a positive test. I feel good & take a lot of vitamins,"... More »

New Ukraine-Russia Battle Is Over Borscht

Ukraine wants UNESCO to recognize dish as 'intangible cultural heritage'

(Newser) - While it may not rival the intractable hummus conflicts of the Middle East or the battles over baklava from Greece to Iran, a borscht dispute is simmering between Ukraine and Russia. Kyiv chef Yevhen Klopotenko has spearheaded an effort to have the beloved beet soup recognized as Ukraine's "... More »

Reports: Trump Knew Russian Assets Were Using Giuliani

US intelligence found Giuliani was the target of a Russian intelligence operation in Ukraine

(Newser) - US intelligence agencies warned the White House that Rudy Giuliani was the target of a Russian intelligence operation, and had contact with Russian assets, while in Ukraine last year, according to reports from the Washington Post and New York Times . Giuliani visited the country in December seeking information he thought... More »

Controversy Widens Over NY Post Story on Bidens

Senate panel plans to subpoena Twitter CEO over restrictions on story

(Newser) - The controversy over a New York Post story about Joe and Hunter Biden is apparently not going to fade quickly. The Senate Judiciary Committee plans to vote next week to subpoena Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey over the site's decision to restrict tweets and retweets about the story, reports the... More »

Biden Campaign Feuds With New York Post

Over candidate's involvement, or lack thereof, in son's business dealings with Ukraine

(Newser) - The New York Post on Wednesday alleged that Joe Biden was directly involved with son Hunter Biden's business dealings with Ukrainian energy company Burisma Holdings, and the presidential candidate was quick to hit back at the tabloid. The Post, citing emails it obtained (apparently from a computer repair store... More »

American Woman Who Worked at Embassy Killed in Ukraine

Jogging death suspected to be the result of an attack

(Newser) - An American woman who worked for the US embassy in Ukraine was killed while jogging in the capital city of Kyiv Wednesday. Sources tell the Guardian the woman had a non-diplomatic job and was married to a US foreign service officer. She was found unconscious with a head injury near... More »

26 Dead, One Survivor in Fiery Crash of Military Plane

Just one survivor after accident Friday night in Chuhuiv, Ukraine

(Newser) - Searchers combing the area where a Ukrainian military aircraft crashed found two more bodies Saturday, bringing the death toll to 26. The plane, a twin-turboprop Antonov AN-26 belonging to the Ukrainian air force, was carrying a crew of seven and 20 cadets from a military aviation school when it crashed... More »

Accusations Fly Over Biden Materials 'Sent to the GOP'

And that's not the only alleged threat to the 2020 election

(Newser) - As the Nov. 3 presidential vote nears, there are fresh signs that the nation’s electoral system is again under attack from foreign adversaries, the AP reports. Intelligence officials confirmed in recent days that foreign actors are actively seeking to compromise the private communications of "US political campaigns, candidates... More »

Hostage Crisis Ends After PM Asks People to Watch Film

Ukraine gunman seized bus

(Newser) - An "unstable" armed man who seized more than a dozen hostages on a long-distance bus in the western Ukraine city of Lutsk was detained late Tuesday after a standoff that lasted for over 12 hours and all hostages were freed unharmed, officials said. At one point during the standoff,... More »

Here's What Ousted Intelligence Official Has to Say About Trump

Michael Atkinson says he was fired for doing his job in reporting whistleblower complaint

(Newser) - The ousted inspector general of the intelligence community says he is “disappointed and saddened” that President Trump fired him, but he also encouraged other inspectors general to continue to speak out when they are aware of wrongdoing, the AP reports. Trump notified Congress late Friday that he intended to... More »

'Bad News' on Radiation as Fire Burns Near Chernobyl

Radiation spikes near the forest fire

(Newser) - Two forest fires were still burning near the Chernobyl nuclear power station as of Sunday night, and radiation levels in the area were said to be substantially higher than normal, the AP reports. "There is bad news—radiation is above normal in the fire’s center," said the... More »

He Defied Trump on Ukraine Complaint. Now, a Dismissal

President Trump has fired Intelligence Community IG Michael Atkinson

(Newser) - He alerted Congress to an intel official's complaint about Trump's July 25 phone call to the Ukrainian president, which jump-started the probe that led to the president's impeachment. Now, Michael Atkinson, the inspector general of the Intelligence Community, is out of a job. Politico , the AP , and... More »

Romney Changes His Mind on Hunter Biden

He will vote for subpoena, paving way for investigation

(Newser) - Despite his misgivings, Sen. Mitt Romney has decided to vote next week to subpoena records about Hunter Biden's employment for a Ukrainian energy company. As recently as Thursday, Romney had said the Senate Homeland Security Committee shouldn't be investigating Joe Biden's son, Politico reports. A Romney spokeswoman... More »

Marie Yovanovitch Says State Department Is in Trouble

Ousted ambassador says leaders lack 'moral clarity'

(Newser) - In some of her first public remarks since she played a major role in impeachment proceedings, former ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch warned that the State Department is in trouble. Yovanovitch, who was ousted after pressure from President Trump's allies last year, spoke about the "hollowing out" of... More »

Report: Ukraine Wants Money Back From US on 6 More Deals

Kyiv reportedly put down payments on $30M arms, ammo deals held up by US for at least a year

(Newser) - The impeachment of President Trump revolved around a midsummer phone call to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and the holdup of almost $400 million in US military aide to the country in its war with Russia. But according to three Ukrainian officials and an ex-US senior official who talked to BuzzFeed... More »

GOP Senator Warns of 'President Biden' Impeachment

Sen. Joni Ernst suggests it could happen on Day 1 of a Biden presidency

(Newser) - "I think this door of impeachable whatever has been opened," said Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst—and it wasn't just a statement, but a warning. In Sunday comments to Bloomberg News , the Republican suggested that should Joe Biden end up winning the presidency, a GOP effort to impeach... More »

DOJ: Withheld Emails Show Trump's Reasoning on Ukraine

Administration filing argues against restoring redactions

(Newser) - Two dozen emails kept from Congress show President Trump's reasoning for withholding military aid from Ukraine, the Justice Department has conceded. The revelation came in a court filing midnight Friday that argued against releasing the content of the emails, the Washington Post reports. An OMB lawyer wrote that "... More »

'Explosive' Claims From New Bolton Book Leaked

He says Trump told him Ukraine military aid was linked to investigation of Bidens

(Newser) - Excerpts from a new book by former national security adviser John Bolton have been leaked—and they may undercut President Trump's defense in his impeachment trial. In The Room Where It Happened, Bolton says Trump told him in August that he wanted to freeze military aid to Ukraine until... More »

WH Counsel: 'That's Fake, That's Not the Real Call'

President Trump's legal team launches its defense in the Senate impeachment trial

(Newser) - Enter the defense. President Trump's legal team, led by personal lawyer Jay Sekulow and White House counsel Pat Cipollone, gave a two-hour presentation Saturday morning against impeaching the president, the Washington Post reports. This after House managers, led by Rep. Adam Schiff, argued that Trump had abused his power... More »

Pompeo: NPR Host 'Lied to Me'

The Secretary of State reacts to story about his expletive-filled rant

(Newser) - Mike Pompeo lashed out at an NPR host and "the media" Saturday after making a testy appearance on All Things Considered, USA Today reports. The Secretary of State accused the host, Mary Louise Kelly, of lying to him, though he didn't deny unloading on her afterward in an... More »

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