Trump, back from Davos, attacks impeachment trial Jan 24, 2020 0 373 12345 AFPWashingtonUS President Donald Trump fulminated against his impeachment trial on Thursday as Democrats prepared to resume making their case to the Senate on why he should be removed from office.Trump, who returned to Washington late on Wednesday from the World Economic Forum in Davos, began his day with a volley of angry early morning tweets from the White House.The Republican president accused Democrats from the House of Representatives of making a case for his impeachment to the Senate that was “loaded with lies and misrepresentations.” He attacked Adam Schiff, the chief House prosecutor, in starkly personal terms, calling him “Shifty Schiff,” and retweeting criticism of the California lawmaker made by presidential supporters to the Fox News television network.Schiff and the other House Democratic prosecutors presented their opening arguments in the Republican-controlled Senate on Wednesday, accusing Trump of seeking to cheat in the upcoming presidential election.Trump is accused of withholding military aid from Ukraine to pressure his Ukrainian counterpart to announce an investigation into potential November presidential election rival Joe Biden.“President Trump withheld hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid to a strategic partner at war with Russia to secure foreign help with his re-election,” Schiff said. “In other words, to cheat.” “And when he was caught, he used the powers of (his) office to obstruct the investigation into his own misconduct,” said Schiff, who headed the probe that led to Trump’s December 18 impeachment by the Democratic-controlled House.House Democrats have a total of 24 hours to present their case that Trump is guilty of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. After laying out the detailed evidence against Trump on Wednesday, they are expected to focus on the legal and constitutional aspects of the case.White House lawyers will then have 24 hours, likely starting on Saturday, to present their defence of Trump, just the third president in US history to face an impeachment trial. RELATED ARTICLES Johnson’s Brexit deal officially becomes UK law Jan 24, 2020 0 1109 China locks down cities to contain coronavirus Jan 24, 2020 0 375 Countries with confirmed cases of coronavirus Jan 24, 2020 0 774 How the world is responding to China virus outbreak AFP Paris Here is a rundown of the efforts by countries around the world to contain the outbreak. ▪ China has quarantined Wuhan, suspending public transport, closing roads and cancelling planes and trains to and from the .. Putin calls for summit of key UN Security Council members Jerusalem: Russian President Vladimir Putin called on Thursday for a summit of leaders of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council, to “defend peace in the face of global instability”.His call came as Russia .. Brazil no longer refusing foreign funds to protect Amazon rainforest Berlin: Brazil is willing to accept foreign funding to protect the Amazon rainforest, Vice President Hamilton Mourao said on Thursday, backtracking on the country’s earlier refusal of such aid. In August, far-right .. US to limit visas for pregnant women to curb ‘birth tourism’ AFP Washington The United States said on Thursday it will no longer issue temporary visitor visas to pregnant women seeking to enter the country for so-called “birth tourism.” In announcing the rule, which takes effect ..