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Italian prosecutors open criminal investigation into deadly ferry fire

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Prosecutors in the Italian port of Bari on Monday opened a criminal investigation into how the car ferry Norman Atlantic caught fire at sea during a crossing from Greece to Italy.

As the Italian navy battled to complete the evacuation of the stricken ship, Bari prosecutor Giuseppe Volpe announced a probe to examine whether negligence contributed to the disaster in which at least one passenger died.

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The investigation will seek to establish how the fire started and why it was able to gain such force that passengers feared they would be burned alive or suffocated by thick smoke.

The Italian owner of the boat has insisted that the vessel was in full working order and had passed a technical inspection which included its firedoors on December 19.

One of the first survivors to arrive in Italy on Monday has alleged that the staff were clearly unprepared for dealing with an emergency and appeared to be unaware of how to organise an evacuation.

The Greek passenger who died on Sunday was recovered from the water after apparently falling in while trying to reach a lifeboat.

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Trump ‘specifically pressured the president of Ukraine’: WSJ reporter explains bombshell report

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MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace on Friday interviewed one of the reporters behind a bombshell story on President Donald Trump and his interactions with Ukraine that are at the center of the whistleblower scandal.

"President Trump in a July phone call repeatedly pressured the president of Ukraine to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden ’s son, urging Volodymyr Zelensky about eight times to work with Rudy Giuliani, his personal lawyer, on a probe, according to people familiar with the matter," The Wall Street Journal reported.

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Images from global climate strikes show city streets packed with millions of people

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This Friday, millions of people around the world are skipping school and work to demand action on climate change. According to reports, "global climate strikes" are currently taking place in over 150 countries, all designed to take place ahead of the opening of the United Nations General Assembly and the Climate Action Summit this coming Monday.

Images coming out of New York City alone show the massive scale of the protests. Tweeting from the NYC march, climate activist Greta Thunberg said that "lower Manhattan is absolutely packed with people."

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WATCH: Barbara McQuade explains how she jailed mayor of Detroit — for same thing Trump did

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On Thursday, it was revealed that a whistleblower in the intelligence community has submitted a complaint about President Donald Trump's conduct with a foreign leader.

There was widespread speculation Friday on the nature of the complaint, but experts suspect it has to do with the president trying to extract opposition research on Joe Biden from the president of Ukraine. Recently, Trump's lawyer and friend Rudy Giulani traveled to the country to unearth dirt on Biden's son.

And experts are concerned that Trump promised the foreign leader a better relationship with the U.S. in exchange.

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