Trump's impeachment trial starts with graphic Capitol assault footage – video

Donald Trump's second impeachment trial opened in the Senate with graphic video of the attack on the Capitol on 6 January and his comments that spurred a rally crowd to become a mob.

The lead House prosecutor told senators the case would present 'cold, hard facts' against Trump, who is charged with inciting the siege of the Capitol to overturn the election he lost to Joe Biden

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Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 3:12pm
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Senator Raskin breaks down recounting Capitol breach – video

Democrat senator Jamie Raskin fought back tears as he recounted his experience of the Capitol breach which happened the day after the death of his son.

Raskin’s 24-year-old daughter and his son-in-law were hiding in his office during the attack. ‘People died that day,’ the senator continued, ‘this cannot be our future’

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Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 4:27pm
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Analysis: Democrats use Trump impeachment to show sometimes symbolism is the point

Analysis: faith in the US has been shaken and the impeachment trial is a test of accountability before a global audience

The Democratic congressman Jamie Raskin stood at the lectern, faced 100 senators and removed his black face mask to begin the historic second impeachment trial of former president Donald John Trump.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 3:45pm
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UK ministers accused of cynically blocking clear vote on genocide

Amendment would have given UK courts a role in determining if genocide is taking place

Ministers have been accused of making a “mockery of democracy” by blocking a clear vote on giving the UK courts a role in determining whether a genocide is taking place.

The issue, wrapped up in the trade bill, will now return to the Lords where the proposal for a role for the UK courts – driven by allegations that Uighur Muslims are suffering a genocide at the hands of the Chinese government – is likely to be inserted for a third time.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 2:57pm
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EU to seek more time to ratify Brexit trade deal amid tensions with UK

Chief negotiator, David Frost, claims bloc struggling to get used to ‘independent actor in its neighbourhood’

The European Union is expected to ask for more time to ratify the Brexit trade deal, the UK’s chief Brexit negotiator has said as he laid the blame for continuing UK-EU tensions at the door of Brussels.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 2:59pm
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London's new diversity commission 'not about removing statues'

Sadiq Khan’s landmark panel aims to inspire all parts of society and better reflect the capital’s diverse population

London’s commission on diversity in the public realm is not about tearing statues down, but addressing the dearth of monuments to people of colour and “instilling hope”, its youngest member has said.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 3:09pm
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Fears over DNA privacy as 23andMe goes public in deal with Richard Branson

Genetic testing company with 10 million customers’ data has ‘huge cybersecurity implications’

The genetic testing company 23andMe will go public through a partnership with a firm backed by the billionaire Richard Branson, in a deal that has raised fresh privacy questions about the information of millions of customers.

Launched in 2006, 23andMe sells tests to determine consumers’ genetic ancestry and risk of developing certain illnesses, using saliva samples sent in by mail.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 4:52pm
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Inuit hunters blockade iron mine in freezing temperatures over expansion

Standoff exposes tensions between large Inuit organizations with power to approve permits and residents of small communities

A group of Inuit hunters have braved nearly a week of freezing temperatures to blockade a remote iron mine in northern Canada, in protest over an expansion plan they say will harm local wildlife.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 3:10pm
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Texas lawyer trapped by cat filter on Zoom call, informs judge he is not a cat

  • Lawyer Rod Ponton unable to undo filter during court debate
  • ‘I don’t know how to remove it … I’m here live. I’m not a cat’

A Texas lawyer accidentally left a kitten filter on during a video conference call with a judge and was unable to change it, eventually responding to a judge’s query about why he was being addressed by a digital feline by saying: “I’m here live. I am not a cat.”

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Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 4:09pm
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Ex-banker Paul Mora put on Interpol wanted list in German fraud inquiry

Arrest warrant issued over alleged role in cum-ex trades that defrauded the state of million of euros

Interpol has added New Zealand citizen Paul Mora to its list of most wanted criminals, after German authorities issued an international arrest warrant over the former London banker’s alleged involvement in a multimillion euro tax fraud scheme.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 1:00pm
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