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Senator Graham predicts Trump impeachment will "die quickly"

NEW YORK CITY, December 15. /TASS/: Republicans in the Congress upper chamber expect to put an end to impeachment process of US President Donald Trump as soon as possible. This was announced on Saturday by Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, who is also Chairman of the Judiciary Committee.

"This thing will come to the Senate, and it will die quickly, and I will do everything I can to make it die quickly," the South Carolina Republican said answering questions from CNN at a business forum in Doha, Qatar.

Trump slams Fox News for interview with ex-FBI Chief, Congressman Schiff

WASHINGTON, December 15. /TASS/: US President Donald Trump has criticized Fox News after it became known that the TV channel plans to interview former FBI Chief James Comey and head of the House intelligence committee Adam Schiff.

Trump dismissed Comey from his post of the FBI Chief in May 2017.

Schiff was behind the report on the impeachment investigation into President Trump.

Cuba-US relations backslide five years after landmark thaw

15 December 2019; AFP: Five years ago this week, Washington and Havana surprised the world when they agreed to reopen diplomatic ties severed in 1961, but relations have since slid downhill as if on a fresh layer of Cold War ice.

United States President Donald Trump has regularly assailed Cuba on Twitter and tightened sanctions over the Communist-run island's human rights record and its support for Venezuela's socialist regime.

UN security council calls for restraint in violence-hit Iraq

UNITED NATIONS, Dec. 14 (Xinhua) -- The UN Security Council has called for maximum restraint and urged all to refrain from violence or the destruction of critical infrastructure in demonstrations in Iraq.

The Security Council members expressed "grave concern" at the loss of life of those demonstrating and at the killing, maiming, and arbitrary arrests of unarmed demonstrators, a press statement said on Friday.

Cyberattack on New Orleans city computers called ‘minimal’

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Officials announced Saturday that no data was held for ransom and that a recovery operation is getting underway after a cyberattack a day earlier triggered a shutdown of city government computers in New Orleans.

Chief Information Officer Kim LaGrue, speaking at a news conference with Mayor LaToya Cantrell and others, said the city hadn’t heard from any hackers or received any demands.

NOLA.com reported that LaGrue described the cyberattack as “minimal” and that officials expect to move quickly to bring computers fully back online.

Shooting at suburban Atlanta mall injures 1 as shoppers flee

ATLANTA (AP) — A shooting that wounded one man in a mall food court sent suburban Atlanta shoppers fleeing in panic Saturday.

The Cobb County Police Department said in a statement that the man was wounded at Cumberland Mall around 1 p.m. following an argument and that the shooting suspect ran away. The victim was taken to a hospital, where Cobb County Police spokeswoman Ofc. Sarah O’Hara said he was in surgery and “expected to survive his injuries.”

Police said they have identified a suspect and are looking for him, but O’Hara provided no further details.

No cold war between US, China so far — US defense secretary

NEW YORK, December 14. /TASS/: The United States has not yet entered the state of cold war with China, US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper told a New York-based think tank, Council on Foreign Relations, on Friday.

"I think it’s premature to call it a cold war," he said when asked whether the United States has entered the Cold War with China.

Commenting on the recent trade agreement with China, Esper said that trade was "an important component of our relationship with China."

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