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Cohen to testify to Congress in February
AFP, Washingon
President Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen will testify in Congress next month, lawmakers said Thursday, posing a potential new threat to the president as the Russia collusion investigation increasingly menaces the White House.
The newly Democrat-controlled House Oversight Committee said Thursday that Cohen will testify in a public session on February 7.

Bomb-laden rebel drone kills 6 at Yemen
AP, Sanaa
A bomb-laden drone launched by Yemen's Shiite rebels exploded over a military parade Thursday for the Saudi-led coalition, killing at least six people in a brazen attack threatening an uneasy U.N.-brokered peace in the Arab world's poorest nation.
The attack at the Al-Anad Air Base showed the unwillingness of Yemen's Houthi rebels to halt fighting in the civil war, even if it doesn't violate a peace deal reached last month in Sweden between them and Yemen's internationally recognized government.

Pak army kills 2 militants in raids on hideouts
AP, Quetta
Pakistan's military says security forces have raided militant hideouts in the country's southwest, triggering shootouts that left two of the insurgents dead.
In a statement, the military says troops also seized a cache of guns, grenades, rockets, land-mines, explosives and communications equipment in Friday's operations. It provided no further details, but militants and ethnic separatists who have been waging a low-level insurgency in the Baluchistan province often target security forces there.

Woman, two teenagers found dead in Texas
Reuters, San Antonio
A woman and two teenage girls were found shot to death on Thursday at a multi-million dollar home in a gated community outside San Antonio, Texas, the local sheriff said, asking for the public's help in solving the crime.
The woman's boyfriend discovered the bodies when he arrived at the house shortly after 9 a.m. central time (10 a.m. eastern) on Thursday morning, Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar told reporters at a news conference near the scene.

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US 'jihadist' sought to attack White House: FBI

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'Stupid' to suggest Trump a Russian agent: Putin's top aide

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Sudan protests rumble on as Bashir remains defiant

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