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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has changed his position on whether special counsel Robert Mueller should testify before Congress. Trump's moving away from his previous declaration that he would leave that decision to his attorney general. Congressional Democrats immediately pounced on his opposition to Mueller testifying. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer tweeted, in part: "For a man who constantly proclaims his innocence, @realDonaldTrump is acting awfully guilty."
JERUSALEM (AP) — The leader of Hamas says his group is "not interested in a new war" with Israel, after two days of heavy rocket fire from Gaza and Israeli airstrikes on the blockaded territory. Ismail Haniyeh said in a statement late Sunday that the militant group is ready to "return to the state of calm" if Israel stops its attacks "and immediately starts implementing understandings about a dignified life."
NEW YORK (AP) — A man accused of forming a secret society and forcing women to have sex with him will face some of those who were once loyal followers when his federal trial gets underway. Keith Raniere, the one-time leader of the upstate New York group called NXIVM, has pleaded not guilty to sex trafficking and other charges. Opening statements in the trial are scheduled for Tuesday. Among those set to testify are some women in the group who are breaking their silence for the first time.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump tweeted Sunday that tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese imports will jump from 10% to 25% this week, giving Chinese negotiators a fresh deadline and added pressure as talks between the two countries resume this week. Trump has threatened to increase those tariffs before, but has pushed back plans to raise them twice. In his tweets Sunday, Trump said the tariff increase will happen Friday. Chinese officials are expected to come to Washington for trade talks on Wednesday.
MOSCOW (AP) —A fiery airliner accident at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport killed 41 people, a spokeswoman for Russia's Investigative Committee says. The death toll from Sunday evening's accident was announced at a briefing early Monday by committee spokeswoman Elena Markovskaya, who said 37 people survived. The fire aboard the Sukhoi SSJ100 regional jet flown by Russia's flagship carrier Aeroflot broke out after the plane made a hard emergency landing.
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