• US President Donald Trump impeached

      US President Donald Trump impeached

      The US House gaveled in for a historic session on 18 December night to impeach President Donald Trump on allegations that he abused his power and obstructed congressional efforts to investigate his actions. In a vote that will leave a lasting mark on his tenure at the White House, Trump has now become the third American chief executive to be formally charged under the Constitution’s ultimate remedy for high crimes and misdemeanors.

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    • US drugmakers, distributors under federal opioid probe

      US drugmakers, distributors under federal opioid probe

      At least a half-dozen companies that make or distribute prescription opioid painkillers are facing a federal criminal investigation of their roles in a nationwide addiction and overdose crisis. Many activists have called for drug companies to not only be sued but also face criminal charges. An investigation is a step in that direction, though it is not clear when or whether any criminal charges might be filed.

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    • Bolivia's Senate approves law for new elections

      Bolivia's Senate approves law for new elections

      Bolivia's Senate approved a bill Saturday that could open the door to new elections in the crisis-hit country, as the caretaker government prepared to meet with protesters to end weeks of unrest. Crucially, it bars candidates who have served in both of the two previous terms from seeking re-election for the same position, which would likely prevent former Bolivian President Evo Morales from contesting the presidency in the new ballot.

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    • The head of Bolivia's Senate declares herself interim president

      The head of Bolivia's Senate declares herself interim president

      Jeanine Anez, the head of Bolivia's Senate, took office as interim president on Tuesday, invoking a constitutional clause that dictates that she would be next in line to rule the country after Evo Morales and his vice president Alvaro Garcia resigned two days ago. Meanwhile, the former president pledged to keep up his political fight from exile in Mexico.

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    • Chile to re-write Pinochet-era constitution in win for protesters

      Chile to re-write Pinochet-era constitution in win for protesters

      The Chilean government has agreed to write a new constitution to replace one dating back to the Pinochet dictatorship, bowing to the demands of protesters who have taken to the streets in often violent demonstrations in recent weeks. Interior Minister Gonzalo Blumel said the president, cabinet members and political allies had agreed Congress should lead the process of re-writing the constitution. The document would be put to a public referendum.

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