'He just rambled': Republicans unimpressed by Trump's impeachment lawyers

Senators and reportedly Trump himself voice displeasure with performances from Bruce Castor and David Schoen

The performance of Donald Trump’s legal team on the first day of his second impeachment trial has drawn sharp criticism from Republican senators and other onlookers, many of whom appeared unimpressed by the at times rambling and incoherent opening statements.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 9:13pm
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Australian Open 2021 day three: Novak Djokovic in action, Serena Williams eases into third round – live!

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Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 11:27pm
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Hong Kong bars its dual nationals from foreign consular help

Adoption of mainland China policy sparks concern other countries will be unable to offer protection to passport holders

Hongkongers with dual nationality are not entitled to foreign consular assistance, the city’s leader has said, confirming warnings by western diplomats that authorities have begun strictly enforcing Chinese nationality regulations.

On Tuesday the Hong Kong chief executive, Carrie Lam, confirmed that while residents could have multiple passports, dual nationality was not recognised in Hong Kong under China’s nationality law.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 10:53pm
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Pablo Escobar's hippos must be culled to halt biodiversity disaster – scientists

Huge animals abandoned on Colombian drug lord’s hacienda zoo are loved by locals but their sheer numbers threaten environment

Hippos imported illegally into Colombia for Pablo Escobar’s private zoo have gone feral in the lush tropical countryside and must be culled before their invasive presence starts to wipe out indigenous flora and fauna, scientists have warned.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 9:21pm
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Democrats play montage of footage from Capitol siege during Trump impeachment hearing – video

This is the full edited video montage from the Capitol insurrection that Democrats presented during Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial on 9 February 2021, as part of their evidence alleging the former president incited the mob

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Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 6:43pm
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Swedish embassy in Minsk harbours two Belarusians for five months

Father and son sought refuge after protests but are becoming a diplomatic issue for Sweden

Two Belarusians who sought refuge in the Swedish embassy in Minsk in September are still there five months later, Sweden’s foreign ministry has announced, in a case turning into a diplomatic headache.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 6:16pm
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Sim-swapping: UK police arrest eight over attacks on celebrities

US sports stars and musicians hit by scammers taking over phones or accounts to steal money and information

British police have said they arrested eight people as part of an investigation into the Sim-swapping hijacking of US celebrities’ phones.

The National Crime Agency (NCA) said sports stars, musicians and their families had been targeted by the scam in which criminals gained access to victims’ phones or accounts.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 7:45pm
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Coronavirus live news: annual vaccine may be needed, says J&J chief; Spain tops 3m cases

Johnson & Johnson boss says repeat Covid doses could go on for several years; Venezuela to receive 100,000 doses of Sputnik V vaccine; Athens to enter stricter lockdown

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Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 8:12pm
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Trump impeachment: Senate votes to proceed with trial

Divided chamber finds process constitutional during emotional day as Democrats recount Capitol attack

A divided US Senate voted to proceed with the historic second impeachment trial of Donald Trump after an emotional opening day in which the prosecution argued that the former president was singularly responsible for inciting the deadly assault on the US Capitol while the defense warned that the proceedings would further cleave a divided nation.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 7:28pm
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