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Beto O’Rourke Calls for Trump’s Resignation

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Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke said Saturday that the “single best thing” to unify the country would be for President Donald Trump to resign for his actions related to Ukraine, CNN reported.

“The best possible path, especially if you’re concerned about a country that’s never been more divided, perhaps more highly polarized every day, is for this President to resign, allow this country to heal and ensure that we come back together with the greatest, most ambitious agenda we’ve ever faced, none of it possible while he remains in power,” O’Rourke said at the Texas Tribune Festival in Austin.

House Democrats launched a formal impeachment inquiry this week into Trump related to a whistleblower’s allegations that he pressured Ukraine’s President to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, another 2020 contender.

O’Rourke said Saturday that “beyond the shadow of a doubt, we now know that the President must be impeached.”

He applauded House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for moving ahead with an impeachment inquiry and said he’s “cautiously optimistic about the path that we’re on now.”

After his appearance on stage, O’Rourke was asked by a reporter if impeachment would further divide the US.

“This country is as divided as is ever been, is being driven further apart every day by this President,” the former Texas congressman replied. “The single best thing to bring the country together would be Donald Trump’s resignation.”

O’Rourke acknowledged Saturday that “impeachment is not easy,” but he argued that “it’s the right thing to do” and that “ultimately, it will unify us.”

“If we were, because of a fear of division, or the politics or polling of this issue, to desist in the necessary effort to hold this President accountable, we will, by extension, have destroyed any chance of this country being able to continue as a democracy,” O’Rourke told reporters in Texas.

O’Rourke said that Trump should step down in the same way President Richard Nixon left office in 1974 over the Watergate scandal before an impeachment vote in the House.

He argued that Republican senators should “make clear to (Trump) that there is no way out of this” and lead Trump to “make that same decision” as Nixon.

A White House transcript released this week showed Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Joe Biden and Biden’s son. There is no evidence of wrongdoing by either Joe or Hunter Biden.

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Erdogan says he will not declare ceasefire in northern Syria

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has made it clear to U.S. President Donald Trump that Turkey will never declare a ceasefire in northern Syria and will not negotiate with Kurdish forces it is fighting in its offensive into the region.

Turkey forged ahead with its offensive against the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia in northern Syria on Tuesday despite U.S. sanctions and calls for it to stop, while Syria’s Russia-backed army moved on the key city of Manbij that was abandoned by U.S. forces.

The YPG, the key component of the forces who fought Islamic State, is seen by Ankara as a terrorist group linked to Kurdish separatist insurgents in Turkey.

On Monday, Trump announced sanctions on Turkey to punish it for the offensive. On Tuesday, a senior U.S. official said Washington would threaten more sanctions to persuade Turkey to reach a ceasefire and halt its offensive.

However, speaking to reporters on a flight back from Baku, Erdogan said the offensive would continue until it reaches its aims, and added that he was not worried about sanctions.

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Woman killed in Russian apartment building blast

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A woman died and other young woman sustained injuries when a five-story building partially collapsed following an explosion in Russian village of Novonezhino.

Around 17 apartments were damaged when the ceiling slab, wall and the stair case of the building collapsed, Emergency Department said.

“The people were evacuated, 17 apartments were damaged. Seven elders have been transferred to temporary accommodation center,” the authorities said.

Rescue crews were searching for people who are believed to be trapped under the rubble. Rescuers were assisting the residents save their pets and belongings from the damaged apartments.

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Greek Church recognizes autonomy of Orthodox Church of Ukraine

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The leading figures of the Church of Greece decided at a meeting this weekend to recognize the autocephalous Orthodox Church of Ukraine (OCU), making it the first of the Eastern Orthodox churches to take such a step.

The Holy Synod of the Church of Greece recognized the autonomy of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine in line with a request by the Istanbul-based Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomaios

The Orthodox Times says the Greeks’ formal recognition will take place October 19 in Thessaloniki, with Archbishop Ieronymos and the OCU’s Metropolitan Epifaniy of Kyiv and All Ukraine present.

The Patriarchate of Constantinople, generally considered the spiritual headquarters for Orthodoxy, granted the Orthodox Church of Ukraine independence in January in a move that was adamantly resisted by Moscow and the Russian Orthodox Church. The new Orthodox Church of Ukraine installed its first metropolitan, Epifaniy, at a ceremony in Kyiv on February 3 in a process that further established the new church body’s independence

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