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Trump claims he doesn’t know Prince Andrew amid Epstein scandal — but photo evidence says otherwise: report

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During a press conference on the sidelines of the NATO summit this Tuesday morning, President Trump was asked about recent news surrounding the Duke of York Prince Andrew’s stepping down from his royal duties in the wake of accusations that he had sex with an underage girl and had ties to billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

“I don’t know Prince Andrew, but it’s a tough story; it’s a very tough story.” Trump replied, adding, “I don’t know him, no.”

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But according to a report from The New York Times this Tuesday, the evidence suggests otherwise.

“During his state visit to Britain in June, Mr. Trump toured Westminster Abbey in London with the prince, and they were photographed laughing together,” the Times reports. “There are also photographs of the two men together closer to the time and the social circles that Ms. Giuffre has spoken about.”

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The report goes on to state that Trump and his then-girlfriend, Melania Knauss – who is now the first lady – “were seen with the prince at least twice in 2000: once at the opening of Hudson Hotel in New York and, more intimately, at Mr. Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.”

Photos also exist that show Trump with Prince Andrew and Jeffrey Epstein in Palm Beach, Florida, back in 2000.

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‘Zero doubt we’re getting witnesses’: Trump’s legal team bracing for GOP defections

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If at least four Senate Republicans vote to subpoena additional witnesses and documents -- that could trigger a domino effect.

Sources close to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will likely try to reach an agreement with Minority Leader Chuck Schumer if it appears likely that 51 senators will vote for new testimony, with demands for GOP witnesses, rather than going to a vote, reported Axios.

The most likely GOP defectors remain Sens. Susan Collins (ME), Mitt Romney (UT), Lisa Murkowski (AK) and Lamar Alexander (TN), but that could put new pressure vulnerable senators up for re-election such as Cory Gardner (CO), Thom Tills (NC), Martha McSally (AZ), Rob Portman (OH), Joni Ernst (IA) and Pat Toomey (PA).

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Fig leaf or first defense? Deploying flimsy masks against virus

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As fears of a deadly virus sweep the globe, panicked members of the public are depending on a flimsy first line of defence -- surgical masks that are coveted, but in short supply and of limited use.

While Asian commuters cover their noses and mouths with the blue-green paper-thin covers -- and social media buzzes with mask emojis, rumours of stockpiles and shortages -- the humble medical mask has become an essential weapon in the battle against an invisible enemy.

Cheap, mass-made and usually readily available at convenience stores, experts dispute the usefulness of masks as a tool to block transmission of the new SARS-like virus.

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Markets suffer more losses as China virus death toll risesd

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Asian markets tumbled again Tuesday, extending a global sell-off as the toll from a rapidly spreading Chinese virus spiked to more than 100 dead and thousands infected, with investors fretting over the impact on an already fragile world economy.

Traders have been running for the hills as the coronavirus is reported in more countries, with oil also tanking on expectations that demand in China, the world's top consumer of the commodity, will be hammered.

The outbreak comes during the Lunar New Year break when hundreds of millions of people criss-cross China and spend huge amounts of money.

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