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  • US dropped record number of bombs on Afghanistan last year

    Warplanes dropped 7,423 bombs and other munitions, the most since Pentagon began keeping track in 2006

    The US dropped more bombs on Afghanistan in 2019 than any other year since the Pentagon began keeping a tally in 2006, reflecting an apparent effort to force concessions from the Taliban at the negotiating table.

    According to new figures released by US central command, US warplanes dropped 7,423 bombs and other munitions on Afghanistan, a nearly eightfold increase from 2015.

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  • Controversial Nike Vaporflys to escape ban but running shoe rules will tighten
    • Dominant footwear will be allowed by World Athletics
    • No fresh technologies to be permitted until after Tokyo 2020

    World Athletics will not be imposing a blanket ban on the controversial hi-tech Nike Vaporflys that have transformed athletics when it announces its long-awaited decision on shoe technology on Friday, the Guardian understands.

    Instead the sport’s governing body is expected to announce a temporary suspension of any new shoe technology until after the Tokyo Olympics this summer, alongside the launch of a comprehensive research project to examine just how advantageous the shoes, and others like it from rival brands, are at elite level.

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  • Impeachment: GOP leaders reportedly say they lack votes to block witnesses – live
    • Republican Collins: ‘There’s some gaps that need to be cleared up’
    • White House counsel to senators: reject articles of impeachment
    • Schiff says Trump’s lawyers ‘cannot defend president on facts’
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    Lev Parnas’ lawyer is expected to attend the Senate trial tomorrow.

    Joseph Bondy asked Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer for gallery tickets, according to The Daily Beast, which first reported the news. Bondy’s co-counsel Stephanie Schuman is also expected to appear. Parnas himself may not be able to, as he wears an ankle monitor and electronics are banned in the trial chamber.

    Lev Parnas attorney on attending Senate trial: “We are attending the trial w/ or w/o Mr. Parnas bc we believe our presence is important in reminding senators that indeed there should be witnesses heard and evidence taken and that anything short of that would not be a fair trial”

    Republicans may not have enough votes to block witnesses, and they know it according to a Wall Street Journal report.

    NEWS from @WSJ: GOP Leaders Say They Don't Currently Have Enough Votes to Block Witnesses

    McConnell told Republicans the vote total wasn’t where it needed to be...He had a card with "yes," "no," and "maybes" marked on it, apparently a whip count via @WSJ

    Related: Key Republicans signal openness to Bolton testimony in impeachment trial

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  • Wales to ban parents smacking their children from 2022

    Bill passes despite concerns it is ‘stepping into the private lives of families’

    A move to ban parents from smacking children has been approved by the Welsh assembly and is expected to come into force in 2022 following a £2m awareness campaign.

    Supporters said it was a historic day for Wales and would stop mothers and fathers using physical violence as punishment, but opponents argued it could criminalise loving parents.

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  • Dozens believed dead after attack by Islamic militants in Burkina Faso

    Officials say that between 10 and 30 people were killed in the northern Soum province

    Dozens of people are feared dead following an attack by Islamic militants on a village in Burkina Faso, the latest bloody incident in an unprecedented surge of violence across the restive Sahel region.

    Details of the attack, which occurred on Saturday and targeted the village of Silgadji in the northern Soum province, were still unclear on Tuesday but a security official said casualties in the assault totalled between “10 and 30 dead”.

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