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House Democrats subpoena two Trump allies to testify about the president obstructing justice

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The House Judiciary Committee on Thursday subpoenaed former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and former White House aide Rick Dearborn to have them testify about President Donald Trump’s alleged efforts to interfere with former special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Politico reports that the Judiciary Committee wants to hear Lewandowski talk about the president’s efforts to get him to convince former Attorney General Jeff Sessions to un-recuse himself and limit the scope of Mueller’s probe.

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According to Mueller’s report, Trump instructed Lewandowski to order Sessions to limit the scope of Mueller’s probe to investigating future Russian efforts to interfere in American elections. Lewandowski was reluctant to carry out this instruction and asked Dearborn to do it for him.

Dearborn, however, also declined to give this message to Sessions.

“Corey Lewandowski and Rick Dearborn were prominently featured in the special counsel’s description of President Trump’s efforts to obstruct justice by directing then-White House Counsel Don McGahn to fire the special counsel, and then by ordering him to lie about it,” House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) said in a statement announcing the subpoenas.

Unlike Dearborn and former White House counsel Don McGahn, Lewandowski was never a White House employee, which will mean that the White House will not be able to claim executive privilege over his conversations with the president.

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Swiss holding ‘funeral march’ to mark disappearance of an Alpine glacier

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Dozens of people will undertake a "funeral march" up a steep Swiss mountainside on Sunday to mark the disappearance of an Alpine glacier amid growing global alarm over climate change.

The Pizol "has lost so much substance that from a scientific perspective it is no longer a glacier," Alessandra Degiacomi, of the Swiss Association for Climate Protection, told AFP.

The organisation which helped organise Sunday's march said around 100 people were due to take part in the event, set to take place as the UN gathers youth activists and world leaders in New York to mull the action needed to curb global warming.

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UAW strike ‘threatens to upend the economy in Michigan’ — and could destroy Trump’s re-election: report

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At the end of the first week of a major strike by the United Auto Workers, the employment standoff threatens to upend President Donald Trump's 2020 re-election map, the Chicago Times reported Saturday.

Approximately 46,000 workers have been striking against General Motors.

There are two major threats to Trump's campaign from the strike.

The first is that the strike could cause regional recessions -- threatening Trump's political standing in key Rust Belt states.

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Security forces fired live rounds at protesters calling for the ouster of Egyptian president: report

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Egyptian security forces clashed with hundreds of anti-government protesters in the port city of Suez on Saturday, firing tear gas and live rounds, said several residents who participated in the demonstrations.

A heavy security presence was also maintained in Cairo's Tahrir Square, the epicentre of Egypt's 2011 revolution, after protests in several cities called for the removal of general-turned-president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

Such demonstrations are rare after Egypt effectively banned protests under a law passed following the 2013 military ouster of Islamist ex-president Mohamed Morsi.

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