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The Northern Territory news Sat 2 Nov 2019



The Northern Territory news Sat 2 Nov 2019

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SATURDAY NOVEMBER 2 2019 WORLD 21 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Trump held up US aid Ex-officials sinking feeling over demand for Biden probe WASHINGTON: A former top White House official confirmed yesterday that military aid to Ukraine was held up by President Donald Trumps demand for the ally to investigate Democrats and Joe Biden, but testified theres nothing illegal, in his view, about the quid pro quo at the centre of the Democrat-led impeachment inquiry. Tim Morrison, who stepped down from the National Security Council the day before testi fying, was the first White House political appointee to appear and spent more than eight hours behind closed doors with House investigators. I want to be clear, I was not concerned that anything illegal was discussed, Mr Morrison said about a pivotal phone call between Mr Trump and the Ukraine president. But he confirmed what diplomat William Taylor told investigators in earlier testimony that Mr Morrison had a sinking feeling when he learned that Mr Trump was asking the Ukrainians to publicly announce an investigation of Mr Biden and the Democrats, even as the president denied it was a quid pro quo. I can confirm, Mr Morrison wrote, that the substance of the diplomats testimony is accurate. Mr Morrison told investigators that he and Mr Taylor did not realise the money was being withheld for the investigation of Burisma, the gas company connected to Mr Biden, until a conversation with European Union Ambassador Gordon Sondland in September. Taylor and I had no reason to believe that the release of the security sector assistance might be conditioned on a public statement reopening the Burisma investigation until my September 1, 2019, conversation with Ambassador Sondland, Mr Morrison testified. A defence hawk, Mr Morrison was the National Security Councils top adviser for Russian and European affairs until he stepped down. He was brought into the White House by John Bolton, the former national security adviser who was critical of Mr Trumps Ukraine policy and the back-channel diplomacy being run by the presidents lawyer, Rudy Giuliani. Mr Morrison testified that he was told by his predecessor, Fiona Hill, who also testified in the impeachment inquiry, that Mr Giuliani and Mr Sondland were trying to get Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky to reopen investigations into Burisma, he wrote. Mr Bolton resigned in September, and Mr Morrison had similarly been expected to leave for some time. Protesters target palace SANTIAGO: Thousands of young Chileans marched yesterday to demand improved social services as government and opposition leaders debated the response to nearly two weeks of protests that have paralysed much of the capital and forced the cancellation of two important international summits. Despite some vandalism and confrontations with police, the march on the presidential palace was mostly peaceful by yesterday evening, the first day of a four-day holiday weekend in Chile. While there were several thousand people on the street, some said the massive waves of protests of the past two weeks appeared to be at least temporarily flagging. Syrian troops captured ISTANBUL: Turkish military forces captured 18 Syrian Government soldiers in northeastern Syria, Turkeys defence minister said yesterday, in one of the most dramatic examples of an increasingly muddled battleground following the withdrawal of US forces from the area. Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar said the soldiers were captured during Turkish reconnaissance operations southeast of Ras al-Ayn but didnt say when. Ankara was already in talks with Russia to hand over the Syrian soldiers, he added. A Syrian Kurdish official said the soldiers were captured during an intense battle between Syrian forces and Turkey-backed fighters. Chopper crashes into sea SEOUL: A South Korean fire department helicopter carrying seven people crashed into the sea off the disputed islets of Dokdo, a fire department official says. The South Korean coastguard and private boats are searching the area for survivors while the defence ministry has also sent vessels, planes and divers to help with the res cue, Yonhap news agency said. The helicopter, which was carrying a patient to a hospital on the South Korean mainland, crashed shortly after taking off from Dokdo, an official at Gyeongbuk Fire Service Headquarters said. The islets, which both South Korea and Japan claim as their territory, are called Takeshima in Japanese. Firefighters drop water on a blaze that threatened the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California. Picture: AFP County sets up network of shelters SIMI VALLEY: Officials say about 1800 Sonoma County staff, or more than half the countys whole staff, worked to help evacuate residents and deal with emergency services, communications and other needs after the northern California county declared a state of emergency because of wildfire. The county set up 20 evacuation shelters that housed as many as 3100 people at a time at shelters offering services including child support, counselling, homeless outreach and early voting. The county also set up an emergency operations centre. The Sonoma County Board reviewed its operations at an emergency board meeting on Thursday. The northern California wine country county has been aggressive about its disaster response preparation in the wake of a series of devastating wildfires that killed 44 people and destroyed thousands of homes two years ago. Firefighters are working on hot spots in the cities of San Bernardino and Jurupa Valley.

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