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On the first Monday in twenty twenty I'm doing all right I noticed traffic was a little more you know yeah that's back to normal I know it's like that holiday light I wish we could keep it all year I know will very very lovely to see you in twenty twenty always good to see today's program we've got to give away for civil Sir as silver some pick up excuse me new music from ray on me right after NPR had length live from NPR news in Washington I'm Lakshmi saying Congress returns this week from holiday break to continue negotiations on a looming Senate impeachment trial and we're Susan Davis reports Senate leaders are at odds over what the terms of that trial should be Senate leaders are at odds over whether to call witnesses and who to call Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell once a deal just to start the trial and see if they can find a witness agreement later even though he's made clear he has no interest in hearing from additional witnesses Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer wants a deal on the front end to hear from at least four witnesses including acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney who did not comply with the house impeachment inquiry the impasse is thrown into question when the trial will start and how long it will last speaker Pelosi has not yet transmitted the articles of impeachment to the Senate the procedural move that is required to trigger a trial Susan Davis NPR news Washington a central figure in the process former national security adviser jumbled now says he is prepared to testify in the trial if subpoenaed the European Union and NATO are dealing with fallout from the U. S. order drone strike that killed a run in military leader Qassem Soleimani here's Terry Schultz German foreign minister Heiko Maas as the E. you should meet immediately at the level of foreign ministers to forge a unified response to the crisis in the Middle East the E. U. which brokered the Iranian nuclear deal is trying to keep Tehran within the range of reversible actions after the regime said it would no longer abide by the twenty fifteen restrictions on its uranium enrichment program teri Schultz in Brussels hi everyone sees in court in New York where he's about to stand trial on five counts of sex crimes including rape the process for jury selection is under way he has pleaded not guilty to the charges into any non consensual sex you know the former movie industry moguls charged with offenses against three women more than eighty have accused him of assaulting them widely devastating fires are now blamed in the deaths of at least twenty five people across Australia and the destruction of thousands of homes and peers Jason Beaubien reports the government is creating a new agency to help rebuild prime minister Scott Morrison says the national bushfire recovery agency will provide funds to help fire ravaged communities rebuild infrastructure restore wildlife habitats and jump start businesses the government is allocating two billion Australian dollars or roughly one point four billion US dollars to the new agency it is an initial commitment and a third of the funds are required food the refunds we will be provided the new funding is not just for the areas affected by these current fires noting that there are still months to go in Australia's traditional fire season Morrison says the money will also be available to communities hit by additional blazes that are predicted to calm Jason Beaubien NPR news Sydney the Dow Jones industrial average is down seventy one point since the open at twenty eight thousand five hundred sixty three.

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