Roof Repairs Tunbridge Wells. Impeachment inquiry: White House attacks witness who heard 'improper' call. Media playback is unsupported on your device The White House attacked its own top Ukraine official as he testified to an impeachment hearing that a phone call made by the president was "improper" and had left him in "shock". Lt Col Alexander Vindman told Congress that President Donald Trump made "inappropriate" political demands of the Ukrainian president. "I couldn't believe what I was hearing," Col Vindman said. The hearings are investigating whether Mr Trump abused his presidential power. A decorated Iraq war veteran who serves in a senior role on the US National Security Council (NSC), Col Vindman testified before the House on Tuesday in his Army dress uniform.
As he described his reaction to hearing a call between President Trump and his Ukranian counterpart, President Volodymyr Zelensky, Col Vindman came under attack by the official White House Twitter account, which posted a critical quote from his former boss on the NSC questioning his judgement. White House goes on the attack. Plasterers Hertfordshire. Supernova 1987A: 'Blob' hides long-sought remnant from star blast. Image copyright NASA/ESA/R.Kirshner et al Scientists believe they've finally tracked down the dead remnant from Supernova 1987A - one of their favourite star explosions. Astronomers knew the object must exist but had always struggled to identify its location because of a shroud of obscuring dust. Now, a UK-led team thinks the remnant's hiding place can be pinpointed from the way it's been heating up that dust.
The researchers refer to the area of interest as "the blob". "It's so much hotter than its surroundings, the blob needs some explanation. "We think it's being heated by the hot neutron star created in the supernova. " When telescopes first spotted the explosion in 1987, it caused huge excitement.
Sited in the Large Magellanic Cloud, some 168,000 light-years from Earth - the blast was the nearest, brightest supernova seen in the night sky in 400 years. As such, it's become the test case for what we think we know about stars when their fuel runs out and they suffer a cataclysmic collapse. Skip Hire Harrow. Israel carries out ‘wide-scale strikes’ on Iranian forces in Syria. Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Israel says it has hit dozens of targets in Syria belonging to the government and allied Iranian forces. The Israeli military says the "wide-scale strikes" responded to rockets fired by an Iranian unit into Israel.
Syria says two civilians died and that Syrian air defences shot down most of the missiles over Damascus. Other reports say the death toll was higher. Local reports said loud explosions were heard in the capital. On Tuesday morning, the Israeli military said it had intercepted four rockets fired from Syria towards northern Israel. Israel has carried out hundreds of strikes in Syria since the civil war broke out there in 2011 in an attempt to thwart what it calls Iran's "military entrenchment" there and shipments of Iranian weapons to Lebanon's Hezbollah movement. What did Israel say? Early on Wednesday, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) tweeted that the strikes targeted positions of Iran's Quds Force and Syria's armed forces.
Image Copyright @IDF @IDF. Van Hire Hertfordshire. Thousands flock to Wikipedia founder's 'Facebook rival' Image copyright WT: Social The founder of Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales, says his new social network, WT:Social, now has more than 160,000 members. The platform says it will never sell user data and relies on "the generosity of individual donors" rather than ads.
Those who do sign up are added to a waiting list and asked to invite others, or choose a subscription payment. It is positioning itself as a "news focused" place, and says members will be able to edit "misleading" headlines. They will see the articles shared by their network in a timeline format, appearing with the newest first rather than algorithmically to try to appeal to their interests. The subscription is £10 per month or £80 per year in the UK (€12 / €90 in Europe, $13 / $100 in the US). "We will empower you to make your own choices about what content you are served, and to directly edit misleading headlines, or flag problem posts," reads the introduction to WT:Social. "It turns out the huge winner is low-quality content," he said.
Driveway Bedford. General election 2019: Tories back 'whole life orders' for child murder. Image copyright PA Media Adults who murder children will face life in prison without parole if the Conservatives are elected in December. The party said it would bring in a new law to make "whole life orders" the starting point when sentencing over 21-year-olds for the premeditated murder of a child under 16. However, the final sentencing decision would remain with judges. Justice Secretary Robert Buckland said the policy would tackle the "sickening injustice" felt by victims' families. Similar plans were reported by the Sunday Telegraph in September and were expected to form part of the Queen's Speech after Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered an urgent review into sentencing policy in August - but the policy was not announced.
The Conservatives' plan would see changes to Schedule 21 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003, which provides the starting point for judges considering whole life orders for murderers in exceptionally grave cases. More police, new prisons, tougher sentences. Skip Hire. Attenborough: World 'changing habits' on plastic. Media playback is unsupported on your device The world is beginning to tackle the threat of plastic waste, according to the renowned broadcaster Sir David Attenborough. "I think we're all shifting our behaviour, I really do," Sir David said in an interview with the BBC. Describing plastic pollution as "vile" and "horrid", he said there was growing awareness of the damage it can do. "I think we are changing our habits, and the world is waking up to what we've done to the planet," he said.
Sir David was speaking as he and the BBC's Natural History Unit (NHU) were announced as the winners of the prestigious Chatham House Prize for their Blue Planet II series of documentaries. Chatham House, a foreign affairs think-tank based in London, awards the prize to people or organisations making a significant contribution to improving international relations.
Its director, Dr Robin Niblett, described plastic pollution as "one of the gravest challenges facing the world's oceans". Follow David on Twitter. Sliding Folding Partitions. Hong Kong Polytechnic University: 100 protesters still inside as standoff continues. Media playback is unsupported on your device Up to 200 anti-government protesters remain barricaded inside a Hong Kong university, surrounded by police, as the standoff continues for a third day. Those inside Polytechnic University are said to be running low on supplies. Protesters have been inside the campus since last week, initially stopping police from entering by lighting fires and throwing petrol bombs. Police say adults who leave will be arrested, leaving some too scared to leave. Hundreds of protesters tried to run from the campus on Monday, but many were hit with tear gas and rubber bullets and arrested.
On Tuesday, police revealed on Monday alone at the campus they used: 1,458 tear gas canisters1,391 rubber bullets325 bean bag rounds265 sponge bullets A small group managed to leave using rope ladders before being picked up and driven away by motorcyclists. Those arrested could be charged with rioting, which carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison. Image copyright AFP. MOT Test Harrow. Argentina 2-2 Uruguay: Lionel Messi equalises late on with penalty - BBC Sport. Tree Surgeons Upminster. Gareth Southgate says England 'further ahead' than after last qualification campaign - BBC Sport.
Skip Hire. Hong Kong protests: Police surround campus after night of violence. Media playback is unsupported on your device Several protesters have been arrested while trying to run from a Hong Kong university campus surrounded by police. A group of around 100 people tried to leave Polytechnic University, but were met with tear gas and rubber bullets. It is the third time protesters have tried to leave, following a violent and fiery overnight stand-off with police. In the past week, the campus has turned into a battleground as long-running anti-government protests become more violent. Meanwhile, Hong Kong's High Court ruled that a ban on protesters wearing face masks was unconstitutional. The colonial-era emergency law was invoked in October, but protesters largely defied the ban.
The violence is some of the worst seen during months of unrest in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. The protests started over a controversial extradition bill, and have now evolved into broader anti-government demonstrations. Follow our live updates What is happening? Image copyright Reuters. Sign Makers in London. Brazilian GP: Sebastian Vettel top as Kubica crashes in Brazil practice - BBC Sport. Dental Surgeries Ashford.
Prince Andrew interview: I let the side down by staying with Jeffrey Epstein. Media playback is unsupported on your device The Duke of York has said he "let the side down" by staying at the home of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, adding it was the "wrong thing to do". Answering questions about his links to Epstein for the first time, Prince Andrew said his stay was not "becoming of a member of the Royal Family". The prince spoke to BBC Newsnight's Emily Maitlis in an interview recorded at Buckingham Palace on Thursday. It will be broadcast on BBC Two at 21:00 GMT on Saturday. Prince Andrew, who is the Queen's third child, has been facing questions for several months over his ties to Epstein, a 66-year-old American financier who took his own life while awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges. In 2010, the prince was photographed walking with Epstein in New York's Central Park - two years after Epstein's conviction for soliciting a minor for prostitution.
"I mean I've gone through this in my mind so many times. Image copyright News Syndication. Tyre Stockists Middlesex. Trump impeachment inquiry: New claims amid public hearing. Media playback is unsupported on your device President Donald Trump directly asked about a Ukrainian investigation into his Democratic rival Joe Biden, a top US diplomat has unveiled.
Bill Taylor, the acting ambassador to Ukraine, told an impeachment inquiry that a member of his staff was told Mr Trump was keen to push for the probe. Mr Trump says he does not recall making the remark. He denies any wrongdoing. Mr Biden hopes to run against Mr Trump next year. He is accused of withholding US military aid to Ukraine in order to pressure the country's new president to publicly announce a corruption inquiry into Mr Biden. Mr Trump has called the inquiry a "witch-hunt". What did Trump allegedly ask about? During a detailed opening statement, Mr Taylor said a member of his staff had overheard a telephone call in which the president inquired about "the investigations" into Mr Biden.
Mr Taylor said: "Ambassador Sondland responded that President Trump cares more about the investigations of Biden. " Pest Controllers In Watford. Venice floods: Climate change behind highest tide in 50 years, says mayor. Media playback is unsupported on your device Severe flooding in Venice that has left much of the Italian city under water is a direct result of climate change, the mayor says. The highest water levels in the region in more than 50 years would leave "a permanent mark", Venice Mayor Luigi Brugnaro tweeted. "Now the government must listen," he added. "These are the effects of climate change... the costs will be high. " Image copyright Getty Images The waters in Venice peaked at 1.87m (6ft), according to the tide monitoring centre. The tourist sites hit by Venice's floods Images showed popular sites left completely flooded and people wading through the streets as Venice was hit by a storm.
Image copyright Reuters St Mark's Square - one of the lowest parts of the city - was one of the worst hit areas. St Mark's Basilica was flooded for the sixth time in 1,200 years, according to church records. The mayor said the famous landmark had suffered "grave damage". Image copyright EPA Image copyright AFP. Mot Test Harrow.
BPI Finance. Researchers find wreckage of two Japanese ships sunk during World War Two. Image copyright Getty Images Deep sea explorers have found two Japanese aircraft carriers that were sunk in battle in World War Two. The carriers were among seven ships that went down in the Battle of Midway, a major air and sea battle fought between the US and Japan in 1942. One ship, the Kaga, was discovered last week, while wreckage from another carrier, Akagi, was found on Sunday.
Until now only one other ship sunk in this battle had ever been found - the American vessel USS Yorktown, in 1998. This month's discoveries came after weeks of searching by crew members based on the research vessel Petrel. The crew deployed an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) fitted with sonar, which helped to pinpoint the locations of the Kaga and Akagi.
Both ships were found lying about 18,000 feet (5,490 metres) under water within the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument - the largest marine conservation area in the world. Midway - decisive battle of the Pacific war. Double Glazing Repairs Basingstoke. Chile protests: Five dead after looters torch garment factory. Media playback is unsupported on your device Five people died after looters torched a garment factory near Chile's capital Santiago, bringing the death toll in violent protests to at least seven. The military and police used tear gas and water cannon against protesters and a curfew was imposed in major cities. A state of emergency already in place in Santiago is to be extended to cities in the country's north and south. The unrest, sparked by a now suspended metro fare hike, has widened to reflect anger over living costs and inequality.
There is set to be major disruption on Monday with many banks, schools and shops expected to remain closed. What is happening on the ground? Firefighters say they found five bodies inside the garment factory burned by rioters in a suburb of Santiago. Interior Minister Andrés Chadwick said at least seven people had died in incidents related to the protests, without giving details. Image copyright Reuters Image copyright EPA What does the president say?
Flat Roofing Surrey. Lebanon scraps WhatsApp tax as protests rage. Media playback is unsupported on your device Protests raged for a second day in Lebanon despite the government backtracking on plans to tax WhatsApp calls. The government had announced a $0.20 (£0.16) daily charge on voice calls made through WhatsApp and other apps. But it scrapped the plans hours later amid clashes between security forces and protesters. Thousands have protested, calling on the government to step down over its handling of an economic crisis. Dozens were reported injured on Thursday as protesters burned tyres and security forces fired tear gas. Image copyright Reuters On Friday, Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri said the country was going through an "unprecedented, difficult time" but stopped short of resigning.
He issued a 72-hour deadline to his "partners in government" to stop blocking reforms. Why are people protesting in Lebanon? Thousands of Lebanese people have taken to the streets amid an economic crisis that many blame on the government. Image copyright EPA. Windscreens Enfield. Banning out-of-hours email 'could harm employee wellbeing' Image copyright Getty Images Banning staff from accessing their work emails outside office hours could do more harm than good to employee wellbeing, a study suggests. University of Sussex researchers found while a ban could help some staff switch off, it could also stop people achieving work goals, causing stress. Companies are increasingly curbing email use to tackle burnout.
France has even legislated on the issue. But human resources body CIPD said it agreed with the university's findings. According to the research, strict policies on email use could be harmful to employees with "high levels of anxiety and neuroticism". That was because such employees needed to feel free to respond to a "growing accumulation of emails", or they could end up feeling even more stressed and overloaded, the researchers said. "People need to deal with email in the way that suits their personality and their goal priorities in order to feel like they are adequately managing their workload. " Driveways North London. Brexit: Commons set for knife-edge votes on deal. Driveways South Woodford.
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