House Democrats announced two articles of impeachment Tuesday against President Donald Trump — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress -- pushing toward historic votes over charges he corrupted the U.S. election process and endangered national security.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi, flanked by the chairmen of the impeachment inquiry committees, stood at the Capitol in what she called a "solemn act.'' Voting is expected in a matter of days in the Judiciary Committee and by Christmas in the full House.
"He endangers our democracy, he endangers our national security," said Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., the Judiciary chairman announcing the charges before a portrait of George Washington. "Our next election is at risk... That is why we must act now."
The charges unveiled Tuesday stem from Trump's pressure on Ukraine to announce investigations of his political rivals as he withheld aid to the country.
Trump tweeted ahead of the announcement that impeaching a president with a record like his would be "sheer Political Madness!"
The outcome, though, appears increasingly set as the House prepares for voting, as it has only three times in history against a U.S. president.
In drafting the articles of impeachment, Pelosi is facing a legal and political challenge of balancing the views of her majority while hitting the Constitution's bar of "treason, bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors."
Some liberal lawmakers wanted more expansive charges encompassing the findings from former special counsel Robert Mueller's probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election. Centrist Democrats preferred to keep the impeachment articles more focused on Trump's actions toward Ukraine. House Democrats have announced two articles of impeachment charging President Donald Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
Angolan government and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) signed on Tuesday a public finance management agreement for the implementation of a technical assistance program in the country.
According to Angola's Finance Ministry the three-year duration agreement is financed by the European Commission and managed by the IMF's Tax Affairs Department.
It foresees the programming of the macro fiscal framework and improvement of the public investment management.
It also encompasses the improvement of public financial management laws, effectiveness of institutions and preparation of a comprehensive and credible policy-based budget.
Identifying, monitoring and managing fiscal risks, improving the coverage and quality of fiscal reporting to help monitor public finances are two other pillars embodied in the project.
The IMF approved earlier on Thursday the third tranche of 247 million U.S. dollars to Angola from the total of 1.48 billion U.S. dollars loan agreement it has made available for the southern African country.
The 5th Gulf Defense and Aerospace (GDA) exhibition kicked off on Tuesday at the Kuwait International Fairground in Hawalli Governorate with the participation of more than 200 armament companies from 31 countries and regions.
At the opening ceremony of the exhibition, Mohammad Al-Khudhur, Kuwait's army chief of general staff, said the Ministry of Defense is keen to implement Kuwait Vision 2035 in the military field.
As one of the most defense exhibitions in the region, GDA brought the most important manufacturers and specialized companies in the defense industries while showcasing the latest technology and developments in defense and security industries, Al-Khudhur noted.
The exhibition will give the opportunity to exchange experiences between military and security leaders, he added.
The three-day exhibition witnessed an increase in the number of participating companies from the previous one in 2017 with the participation of 106 companies.
The higher number of companies participating in the exhibition indicates the importance of this exhibition in the region, said Saudi Chief of the General Staff Fayyad Al-Ruwaili.
The UN senior envoy in Somalia on Tuesday called on the country's youth to build on progress made to date in enshrining human rights as a vital foundation of their society.
James Swan, the special representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, said the promotion and protection of human rights is a key element in a country's path to peace and stability.
"Somalia has made progress in this area. With youth making up the majority of the country's population, the onus will lie with them to ensure that Somali society continues in this direction," Swan said in a statement issued to mark Human Rights Day.
He said the UN is encouraged by the steps made by the Somali government this year to increase the protection of human rights and to uphold its international obligations.
This progress, the UN envoy said, includes the government's re-engagement with international human rights mechanisms, and the passing of the Women's Charter for Somalia.
"I encourage the youth to advocate for their rights and the rights of others. Our hope is that they -- together with Somalis of all ages and backgrounds -- can build a better future," said Swan.
According to UN estimates, people under 30 years of age represent more than two-thirds of Somalia's population - one of the largest demographic youth bulges in the world.
The Asian Art Museum (AAM) of San Francisco is home to collections of many Chinese and other Asian art masterpieces, which will offer visitors an improved viewing experience with their redesigned features enhanced by distinctive casework, vibrant colors and special lighting, the museum's chief said Monday.
AAM Director Jay Xu said the collections of Chinese art exhibits including a multi-color lidded big porcelain jar of the 16th-century Ming Dynasty in China represent the best of Chinese artistic achievement and the most advanced porcelain-making technology of that time.
All the exhibits will be put on display in the newly-refurbished extension space on the second and third floors of the museum after more than one year of construction.
"I hope more Chinese-speaking visitors from around the world will come to see these masterpieces for deeper understanding of Asian culture," Xu told Xinhua.
He said the museum is also hosting an exhibition of the legendary paintings of famous Chinese art master Chang Dai-Chien, or Zhang Daqian, who was hailed as one of the most intriguing, prolific and versatile Chinese artists in the 20th century.
The exhibition is of special significance as the year of 2019 marks the 120th anniversary of Chang's birth, and his life in California, particularly in the Bay Area, during the 1960s and 1970s had a key impact on his artistic creation, which led to a major peak for his ink painting, Xu said.
Chang's art pieces constitute an important part of the AAM, which is known for collections of ancient Asian arts, in expanding contemporary art, he added.
Mark Johnson, professor of art in San Francisco State University, said the exhibition connects visitors more deeply with Chang's art work.
Chang is remembered as "someone who built the bridge to the United States," he said.
"I wish there were opportunities to see his work more frequently, because then more people would fall in love of his painting," Johnson noted.
The AAM is undergoing a transformation project funded by the multi-year "For All" capital campaign launched in 2017, which has raised nearly 100 million U.S. dollars in private donations. It will fully open to the public in spring 2020.