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Palestinian leader Abbas in hospital for third time in a week: officials

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has been hospitalized in a West Bank hospital, a Palestinian official said on Sunday, providing no further details on his condition.

It was the third time Abbas, 82, had been hospitalized in a week. He underwent minor ear surgery on Tuesday and was released a few hours later and hospitalized briefly again on Saturday, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA said.

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‘Come on, Barry’: GOP counsel whines after Dem attorney refuses to hear his excuses on Trump’s Ukraine bribery

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Opposing counsel for Democrats and Republicans faced off at a House impeachment hearing on Monday.

Republican counsel Stephen Castor, who appeared as a witness, complained that he was not being asked enough questions by Democratic counsel Barry Berke.

During questioning of a Democratic counsel, Berke noted that President Donald Trump was more concerned about personal gain than corruption in telephone calls with Ukraine's president.

"May I add something there?" Castor asked.

"No, you can't," Berke replied.

"Are you not going to let him answer?" one Republican member cried out.

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Australian PM says 24 nationals were on New Zealand volcano

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At least 24 Australians were on New Zealand's White Island when its volcano erupted unexpectedly, and an unknown number of them were missing and feared dead, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said.

Up to 50 people were visiting the popular tourist attraction when it exploded on Monday, with five confirmed dead, another 18 injured and the rest missing.

Some of the injured suffered serious burns.

Police have said they expect no more survivors will be found on the island off New Zealand's east coast after aerial reconnaissance flights found no signs of life.

The country's prime minister Jacinda Ardern was due to address reporters early Tuesday.

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Right-wing conspiracy theorist is now a senior adviser at Trump’s State Department

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Frank Wuco, a former right-wing radio host and naval intelligence officer who once advocated for dropping nuclear bombs on Afghanistan, was brought into the Trump administration two years ago. Wuco's penchant for conspiracy theories was first brought to light by CNN, who reported that he disseminated unfounded claims that Barack Obama's memoir was ghostwritten by Vietnam-era radical Bill Ayers and that former CIA director John Brennan was a secret Muslim.

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