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Diplomat says there was a ‘quid pro quo’: A Trump meeting if Ukraine opened probes

Senior administration officials were among those whom Ambassador Gordon Sondland said were aware of the pressure on Ukraine for investigations that could damage President Trump’s political foes, and a Defense Department official gave new details about the aid timeline.

‘Easy come, easy go’: Sondland embraces his role in history with nonchalance

The ambassador emerged as a provocative but bewildering witness for the Democrats — he affirmed their assertion of a quid pro quo but expressed none of their outrage.
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Sondland’s dramatic testimony shakes the impeachment debate and undercuts the president

In clear and unequivocal language, the E.U. ambassador implicated President Trump and other senior officials in the effort to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
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Britain’s Prince Andrew quits public duties after Epstein controversy

The senior royal’s ties to the convicted sex offender have dominated news in Britain.
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Many Europeans are worried that the United States is no longer willing to exercise its leadership in NATO and that the alliance is growing obsolete.
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