Biden and Ukraine: What we know about corruption claims – BBC News



The US President Donald Trump is facing an impeachment inquiry following a conversation with Ukraine’s president in which he asked for an investigation into former Vice-President Joe Biden.

But what are the allegations against Biden? The BBC’s Jonah Fisher explains what we know so far.

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Corbyn: Johnson over-estimates himself – BBC News



Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says “no one underestimates this country”, but it is “deeply worried that the new prime minister over-estimates himself”.

He says the country has been “held back” by nine years of austerity, and opportunity and freedom have been “taken away”.

Cuts to government spending, he says, were a “political choice”, not an “economic necessity”.

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Turkish forces clash with Kurdish fighters in Syria – BBC News



Around sixty thousand people have fled their homes in North Eastern Syria on the second day of a major air and ground assault by Turkish forces. There’s been heavy fighting in the central border region. Some civilians have been killed and dozens more have been injured on both sides of the border. Turkey’s President Erdogan regards the Kurdish fighters in Syria as terrorists – he claims more than a hundred have been killed.

Turkey is trying to seize land just inside the border to create what it claims is a “safe zone” in Syria to settle some of the millions of Syrian refugees who have fled the eight-year war.

Sophie Raworth presents a roundup of the day’s news with the BBC’s International Correspondent Orla Guerin, Middle East Correspondent Quentin Sommerville and North America Editor Jon Sopel.

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How to reduce your carbon footprint when you fly – BBC News



Travelling by plane has never been more popular, with four billion passengers flying every year.

But aviation emissions contribute to climate change, and scientists say we need to do more to tackle the problem.

BBC research has found that only a tiny fraction of passengers travelling with the world’s biggest airlines are choosing to offset their carbon footprints.

Carbon offset schemes involve paying extra in order to contribute to environmental projects that reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere, though some say it’s just an excuse to continue polluting.

But it’s not the only way to reduce the impact of your flight on the planet.

BBC environment reporter Laura Foster explains some of the things you can do to reduce the carbon footprint of your flight.

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Germany shooting: Suspect posted videos online days before the attacks – BBC News



A suspected far-right extremist carried out the attacks on two shisha bars in western Germany, killing at least nine people, officials say.

Chancellor Angela Merkel said there were many signs the attacker in the city of Hanau had acted out of racism.

Federal prosecutors are treating the case as terrorism. Some of those killed were believed to be of Turkish origin.

The 43-year-old suspect killed himself, police say. He was found dead at his home along with the body of his mother.

Local media have identified the suspect as Tobias R, a German citizen. The Bild tabloid reports he had a firearms licence, and that ammunition and gun magazines were found in his car.

Authorities are examining a video that appears to be from the suspect, posted online days before the attacks, in which he expresses right-wing conspiracy theories. Bild said he had also left a letter of confession.

The attack comes amid growing concerns about far-right violence in Germany. Speaking in Berlin, Mrs Merkel said: “Racism is a poison. Hate is a poison and this poison exists in our society and is already to blame for many crimes.”

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Trump impeachment trial begins with witness battle – BBC News



US Democrats have ruled out a “witness swap” with Republicans in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial.

Lawmakers who are seeking to remove the president from office hope to hear testimony from his former National Security Adviser John Bolton.

But Democrats refused any deal to allow the son of former US Vice-President Joe Biden to be called as a witness.

Mr Trump is accused of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. He strongly denies any wrongdoing.

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12 Ways Your Career Can Benefit From Solitude in This COVID Crisis

For most, it is important to spend time around and engaged with other people. In social groups and at work, by surrounding ourselves with colleagues, family members and associates who challenge us to think and move outside our comfort zone, we find we can improve our habits and learn new things. Of course, much of life’s biggest joys and most lasting memories stem from our relationships, and in times like these, those can become absent, strained or even strange.

And some say too much “people time” might also be a bad thing. Our digital devices often make us feel like we need to be connected 24/7. All of the noise, activity, constant contact and hustle can wear us out and, ironically, can leave some feeling lonelier than ever. If our electronics are all we have right now to get our work done and stay in touch, truly disconnecting during this isolation may become even more important.

While we may not all be enjoying the global forced cloistering we find ourselves in today, let us

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Paris suspect Salah Abdeslam 'arrested' in Brussels – BBC News



Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam has been wounded in the leg and arrested in a raid in Brussels, a police source and local media say. Shots were earlier heard in the Molenbeek area of Belgium’s capital.

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Pakistan 'shoots down two Indian jets' over Kashmir – BBC News



Pakistan says it has shot down two Indian Air Force jets in a major escalation of the Kashmir conflict.

A spokesman said one plane had fallen in Pakistani territory and two pilots had been captured. Pakistan also denied reports one of its jets was shot down.

India has confirmed the loss of an MiG21 fighter and said a pilot was missing. It said it was investigating reports of his capture.
Both India and Pakistan claim all of Kashmir, but control only parts of it.

The nuclear powers have fought three wars since independence from Britain in 1947. All but one were over Kashmir.

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6 Characteristics of a Champion’s Mindset You Can Develop and Use Today

1. Unconquerable – you will not allow yourself to be beaten, vanquished or overcome. You will pursue every goal with the belief and unquenchable conviction they will be achieved, no matter the obstacles. You will have victory.

2. Invulnerable – remain immune to mental attack. Train your mind to be mentally impregnable. Self doubt and negativity are non-existent in someone who has an indomitable spirit.

3. Self-confident – you have a healthy belief in your abilities. You respect yourself and others. You have a rock-solid personal constitution. You project a calm, focused, no-nonsense attitude when it comes to setting goals and getting results.

4. Initiative – you are always proactive. You have the motivation and energy to endure. You make sacrifices. You know what must be done, and you take the appropriate action to ensure success without compromise.

5. Focus – you must center yourself and design where you spend your efforts. Master negativ

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