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National News

November 13, 2019

WASHINGTON (AP) – TV cameras are in place in a House office building just south of the U.S. Capitol as impeachment hearings for President Donald Trump make their public debut. Until Wednesday morning’s session of the House intelligence committee, witnesses have appeared behind closed doors. Democrats are calling two witnesses on Wednesday, another Friday, and eight more next week. All are providing evidence about Trump’s efforts to tie U.S. aid to Ukraine to investigations of his political opponents.

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) – Bolivia’s opposition Sen. Jeanine Añez is being accused of trying to seize power after declaring herself interim president just hours after Evo Morales flew off to self-exile in Mexico. Morales resigned as president on Sunday following weeks of violent protests. Now there are questions about who might rally around Añez. Her supporters took to the streets cheering, but Morales supporters tried to force their way to the Congress building in the capital yelling, “She must quit!”

JERUSALEM (AP) – Egyptian officials say U.N. Mideast envoy has arrived in Cairo in efforts to deescalate the worst escalation between Israel and Gaza militants in recent months. The officials say that Nickolay Mladenov landed on Wednesday from Tel Aviv and is scheduled to meet President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump’s meeting with Turkey’s president comes as their countries are at odds over Turkey’s attacks on Syrian Kurds, a U.S. ally, and its warming relations with Russia, a U.S. adversary. Some U.S. lawmakers maintain that the Turkish president should never have been invited to the White House for Wednesday’s meeting given those points of conflict as well as Turkey’s targeting of journalists, political opponents and others.

HONG KONG (AP) – Several Nordic students at Hong Kong Baptist University are being moved because anti-government demonstrators are on the school grounds. A student told Norwegian broadcaster NRK that she and several other exchange students were told to pack and move away from the university. Police on Tuesday raided the Chinese University of Hong Kong, setting off violent clashes. The university remained barricaded by demonstrators on Wednesday as the city’s 5-month-long unrest turns increasingly violent.