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By The Associated Press | Updated - Jan 15th, 2020 @ 9:40pm | Posted - Jan 14th, 2020 @ 10:40pm



WASHINGTON (AP) — Elizabeth Warren accused Bernie Sanders of calling her a liar before a national television audience during a tense, post-debate exchange in which she refused to shake his outstretched hand. That's according to audio released Wednesday by CNN, which aired the debate. The two have been feuding since Monday, when Warren said that, during a private meeting in 2018, he disagreed with her that a woman could win the presidency. They clashed during Tuesday's debate in Iowa, and Warren refused to shake Sanders' hand afterward. Audio reveals Warren said, “I think you called me a liar on national TV," and Sanders responded, “Let's not do it right now."

WASHINGTON (AP) — A close associate of President Donald Trump's personal lawyer says he delivered an ultimatum in May to the incoming president of Ukraine that no senior U.S. officials would attend his inauguration and all American aid to the war-torn country would be withheld if an investigation into Joe Biden wasn't announced. Lev Parnas, an associate of Rudy Giuliani, made several potentially explosive claims in a televised interview Wednesday. Parnas says, “President Trump knew exactly what was going on." He also says Attorney General William Barr knew about his efforts in Ukraine.

EL CINCHADO, Guatemala (AP) — Hundreds of migrants are arriving at the Guatemala border after walking and hitching rides from San Pedro Sula, Honduras. It is a bid to form the kind of migrant caravan that reached the U.S. border in 2018. But the mostly Honduran migrants quickly divided into smaller groups heading to at least two different border crossings Wednesday. Several said they were unaware of any plan to reqroup later and would just try to make their own way while traveling with others. Attempts at forming caravans in 2019 were largely broken up by authorities in Mexico, which is under U.S. pressure to prevent them arriving at the U.S. border.

LEMERY, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine volcano is belching smaller plumes of ash but shuddering continuously with earthquakes and cracking roads nearby. The Taal volcano's crater lake and a nearby river have dried up, which are signs of its continuing restiveness. Police blockaded about four towns near Taal volcano due to fears of a bigger eruption. More than 121,000 people fled their homes just in hardest-hit Batangas province, which has declared a state of calamity to allow faster releases of emergency funds. Officials say the crammed evacuation sites need more ash masks, portable toilets, bottled water and sleeping mats.

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam says the ''one country, two systems'' framework under which the city enjoys freedoms unknown in China could continue after 2047 deadline if loyalty to Beijing is upheld. Lam’s comments Thursday at the Legislative Council appeared to be an appeal to those in the city who see Beijing as tightening its control over the semi-autonomous territory's civic, economic and political life. Hong Kong was handed over from British to Chinese rule in 1997 with a promise that it would maintain its own capitalist economy and Western-style institutions for 50 years. The city has been wracked by often violent anti-government protests since June, although they have recently diminished in scale.

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