«Браво!» – Коломойський про номер «Кварталу» про підпал будинку Гонтаревої

«Браво!» – Коломойський про номер «Кварталу» про підпал будинку Гонтаревої

На запитання, чи сподобається йому, якщо «Квартал» жартуватиме про спалені на Донбасі будинки, олігарх відповів: «Коли вони будуть жартувати – будемо розмовляти…»

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Former Baltimore Mayor Thomas D’Alesandro, Nancy Pelosi’s Brother, Dies at 90

 The still popular former mayor of Baltimore and brother of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Thomas D’Alesandro III, died Sunday at 90.The family said he had been suffering from complications from a stroke.Pelosi, who is leading a congressional delegation in Jordan, issued a statement calling her brother “the finest public servant I have ever known…a leader of dignity, compassion, and extraordinary courage.”D’Alesandro was known around Baltimore as “Young Tommy,” because his father, “Big Tommy,” was also mayor and a U.S. congressman.”Young Tommy” was president of the Baltimore City Council and was elected mayor in 1967, leading Baltimore through four of the most tumultuous years in the city’s history. His challenges included a number of labor strikes that paralyzed city services, the push for urban renewal, and the riots that followed the assassination of Martin Luther King in 1968 from which Baltimore has never fully recovered.D’Alesandro was also the first Baltimore mayor to appoint African-Americans to important city positions.After deciding not to run for a second term in 1971, D’Alesandro went into private law practice and could still be seen dining in Italian restaurants and attending Baltimore Oriole baseball games until just before his death. 

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В Одесі сталася пожежа у чоловічому монастирі

В Одесі ввечері 20 жовтня сталася пожежа на території Свято-Іверського чоловічого монастиря. Про це повідомляє Державна служба з надзвичайних ситуацій.

«По прибуттю перших пожежно-рятувальних підрозділів о 19:00 було встановлено, що сталось загорання відкритим полум’ям одноповерхової дерев’яної будівлі барачного типу на площі орієнтовно 500 кв. м. До ліквідації пожежі підрозділи оперативно-рятувальної служби залучені за підвищеним номером виклику. На місці пожежі був створений штаб  пожежогасіння, створено дві оперативні дільниці та залучено 11 одиниць пожежно-рятувальної техніки та 41 чоловік особового складу», – мовиться у повідомленні.

Пожежу вдалося локалізувати на площі 500 метрів квадратних о 19:44, ліквідувати – о 20:07.

Загиблих та постраждалих немає.

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На початку тижня в Україні збережеться тепла погода

Тепла погода без опадів збережеться в Україні найближчими днями. Про це повідомляє «Укргідрометцентр».

У понеділок, 21 жовтня, вдень у більшості областей очікуються 20-24 градуси тепла. Трохи прохолодніше буде на півдні та сході – +17-21.

У ніч на 22 жовтня прогнозують +6-9 градусів, вдень – +18-21, на заході до +24.

У Києві сьогодні вночі 7-9 градусів тепла, вдень 20-22.

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Mixed Message: Boris Johnson Seeks Brexit Delay, Sort Of

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson pressed ahead Sunday with plans to try to win parliamentary backing for his new Brexit deal even as the European Union began considering his grudging request to extend the looming Brexit deadline.
As the dust settled on a day of high drama in Parliament, the next steps in Britain’s divisive, tortuous Brexit saga became clear. Monday will feature more legal action, more arm-twisting, cajoling and veiled threats by Johnson and his ministers and more amendments designed by lawmakers to stymie Johnson’s plan to have Britain leave the 28-nation bloc on Oct. 31.
In the midst of all this, EU leaders and officials across the Channel were pondering whether to grant the British leader a Brexit extension that he does not even want.
 FILE – Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivers a statement to lawmakers inside a crowded House of Commons in London, Oct. 19, 2019.As required by law, Johnson sent a letter to the EU Saturday seeking a delay to Britain’s impending Oct. 31 departure. He waited until the last possible moment, withheld his signature and immediately followed it with a signed letter indicating that he doesn’t favor another Brexit extension.
 “My view, and the government’s position, [is] that a further extension would damage the interests of the U.K. and our EU partners, and the relationship between us,” Johnson wrote to European Council President Donald Tusk.
His decision to send a second letter saying he doesn’t really want an extension is likely to face court challenges from opponents who believe he intentionally set out to block Parliament’s intent even if he technically complied with legal requirements.
Johnson has long declared that he plans to take the U.K. out of the EU on Oct. 31 with or without a divorce deal, and his minister in charge of Brexit again emphasized that stance.
 “We are going to leave by Oct. 31st,” Michael Gove told Sky News on Sunday. “We have the means and the ability to do so.”
The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, said Tusk would consult with other leaders “in the next days” about Johnson’s request, but most signs indicate the EU would prefer an extension to an abrupt no-deal Brexit.
Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne, whose country holds the European Union’s rotating presidency, said Sunday “it makes sense to allow extra time.”
 Brexit opponents take part in a “People’s Vote” protest march calling for another referendum on Britain’s EU membership, in London, Oct. 19, 2019.At home, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said he believes Johnson has enough support to get his deal through Parliament, but added the government would keep talking with its Northern Ireland ally, the Democratic Unionist Party, to persuade it to back the deal. So far, the party, which holds 10 seats in Parliament, has refused to support Johnson’s deal because it treats Northern Ireland differently than other parts of the U.K.
“We’ll keep talking to the DUP and see if there’s any further reassurances that can be provided,” Raab told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show.
Johnson’s Conservative party has only 288 seats in the 650-seat House of Commons, so he needs the support of some opposition lawmakers.
While the Conservatives are focused on getting more votes, the opposition Labour Party was in favor of a second referendum on the whole question of leaving the EU.
Labour’s Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer told the BBC it is “inevitable” that lawmakers opposed to Brexit will put forward an amendment seeking a second referendum  — something strongly opposed by Johnson and his government.
 “Whether it’s this deal or any future deal, it’s got to go back so the public can say, ‘Do you want to leave on these terms?'” Starmer said. “If so, then we do. If not, we remain.”
Johnson’s letters came after another tumultuous day in the House of Commons, which worked in a Saturday session for only the first time since the Falklands War in 1982. For hours, British lawmakers issued both ringing endorsements and scathing condemnations of Johnson’s Brexit deal, only to kick any decision on it down the road by passing an amendment withholding approval for the deal until laws enabling it are passed. That could take days, or even weeks.
While Johnson insists on sticking to the Oct. 31 Brexit deadline, lawmakers are trying to avoid a no-deal Brexit, which economists say would wreak damage on the U.K. economy.
Heaping more pressure on lawmakers to back Johnson’s deal, Gove also said British government is triggering contingency plans to mitigate the disruption s expected if the country leaves the EU without a deal. He did not explain what that would entail.
And in court, Johnson could face legal challenges from opponents who feel that sending his second letter to the EU was done specifically to frustrate the will of Parliament.
The Court of Session in Scotland is already considering the matter and it may end up being decided in the British Supreme Court, which in September ruled that Johnson had acted unlawfully when he suspended Parliament for five weeks as the Brexit deadline crept closer.
Scottish National Party legislator Joanna Cherry, part of a group that brought the earlier successful case against Johnson, said the legal battle over Brexit continues.
 “We’re back in court on Monday morning and it will be possible then to secure the court’s assistance if the prime minister has flouted the law and the promises he gave to the court,” she said.

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3 US Soldiers Killed in Training Accident

Three U.S. soldiers were killed and three others injured in the state of Georgia Sunday in an accident involving the armored combat vehicle they were in, the military said in a statement.The army provided no details on the nature of the accident, which is under investigation, except to say it occurred during an exercise at Fort Stewart, Georgia.”Six soldiers were involved, with three pronounced deceased on site, and three more evacuated to Winn Army Community Hospital where they are being treated and evaluated for their injuries,” an army statement said.Major General Tony Aguto, commander of the 3rd Infantry Division, called it a “heartbreaking day.”The soldiers, who were in a Bradley Fighting Vehicle, were from the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team. 

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White House Aide Mulvaney Reiterates, No Ukraine Money Link to Political Investigations

Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney on Sunday defended his claim that President Donald Trump did not withhold nearly $400 million in military aid to Ukraine in order to get Kyiv to undertake investigations of Democratic rivals and the 2016 election.Mulvaney told reporters last week there was such a” quid pro quo” by Trump, but hours later walked back the statement and continued to advance his revised version of White House policy discussions in an interview on the “Fox News Sunday” talk show.”There were two reasons we held up the aid,” Mulvaney said. “The first one was the rampant corruption in Ukraine. It’s so bad in Ukraine that in 2014 Congress passed a law … requiring us to make sure that [the fight against] corruption was moving in the right direction. So corruption’s a big deal. Everybody knows it.”He added, “The president was also concerned about whether other nations, specifically European nations, were helping with foreign aid to Ukraine.”FILE – White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney talks to the press at the White House, Oct. 17, 2019.Mulvaney also mentioned during his White House news conference last Thursday that Trump wanted to know whether Ukraine had possession of a computer server used at the Democratic National Committee in 2016 as it supported former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in her unsuccessful campaign against Trump for the White House. The whereabouts of the computer is part of a debunked theory that Ukraine had meddled in the 2016 election, and not Russia, as the U.S. intelligence community concluded.But Mulvaney said Sunday his mention of Trump’s concerns about the computer “wasn’t connected to the aid,” although last week had said, “That’s why we held up the money.””We do that all the time with foreign policy,” Mulvaney had said at the White House.On Sunday, he said, “I never said there’s a quid pro quo because there isn’t.”Trump, while initially blocking the aid to Ukraine, eventually released the money to Kyiv.”The aid flowed,” Mulvaney said Sunday. “Once we were able to satisfy ourselves that corruption, that they were doing better with it…” and other countries’ aid to Ukraine had increased, “the money flowed.” During the news conference last week, Mulvaney added a third condition, whether Ukraine was assisting a U.S. Justice Department probe of the origins of 2016 election investigations that eventually implicated Russia’s interference to help Trump win.FILE – Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and U.S. President Donald Trump face reporters during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Sept. 25, 2019.Trump’s interactions with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy are at the center of the impeachment inquiry Democrats in the House of Representatives have opened against Trump.The inquiry was touched off when an intelligence community whistleblower expressed concern about Trump’s July 25 telephone call with Zelenskiy, with a White House-released transcript of the call showing Trump urging the Ukrainian leader to open a corruption investigation into one of his key 2020 election rivals, former Vice President Joe Biden, as well as a probe of his son Hunter Biden’s lucrative position on the board of a Ukrainian energy company.Both Bidens have denied any wrongdoing, although the younger Biden, 49, said last week he used “poor judgment” in agreeing to work for the Ukrainian company because of the political fallout for his father.Trump has alleged that when Joe Biden was U.S. vice president, he threatened to withhold loan guarantees to Ukraine unless an earlier corruption probe into the gas company was stopped.No evidence of wrongdoing by the Bidens has surfaced. But reaching out to a foreign government to dig up dirt on a rival is considered to be interference in a presidential election.Trump has described his call with Zelenskiy as “perfect” and accuses the Democratic-led House of a witch hunt. A House vote for Trump’s impeachment in the coming weeks is a possibility, although his conviction after a trial in the Republican-majority Senate and removal from office remains unlikely.U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, center, arrives for a joint interview with the House Committees on Capitol Hill, Oct. 17, 2019.Trump donor Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, told impeachment investigators last week that Trump ordered him and other diplomats to work with the president’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, to pressure Ukraine into investigations that could help Trump politically.Those investigations would include the 2016 election and the Ukrainian gas company where Hunter Biden worked.Sondland told the investigators he was disappointed that Trump directed diplomats to work with Giuliani on Ukraine matters.”Our view was that the men and women of the State Department, not the president’s personal lawyer, should take responsibility for all aspects of U.S. foreign policy towards Ukraine,” Sondland said.He said the diplomats who worked with Giuliani did not know “until much later” that Giuliani would push for a probe of Biden “or to involve Ukrainians, directly or indirectly, in the president’s 2020 re-election campaign.””Let me state clearly: Inviting a foreign government to undertake investigations for the purpose of influencing an upcoming U.S. election would be wrong,” Sondland said in his statement. “Withholding foreign aid in order to pressure a foreign government to take such steps would be wrong. I did not and would not ever participate in such undertakings.”          

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Протягом доби бойовики два рази порушили режим припинення вогню – штаб

Упродовж поточної доби, 20 жовтня, бойовики на Донбасі два рази порушили режим припинення вогню. Про це повідомили у штабі операції об’єднаних сил.

«Противник обстріляв позиції підрозділів Об’єднаних сил з автоматичних гранатометів, а також великокаліберних кулеметів та іншої стрілецької зброї», – мовиться у повідомленні.

Внаслідок обстрілів втрат серед особового складу Об’єднаних сил не було.


У збройному угрупованні «ДНР» заявили про нібито обстріли ЗСУ окупованої Горлівки.

Обстріли в зоні конфлікту на Донбасі тривають, попри оголошене там від 21 липня перемир’я. Сторони звинувачують одна одну в порушеннях режиму тиші.

Збройний конфлікт на Донбасі триває від 2014 року після російської окупації Криму. Україна і Захід звинувачують Росію у збройній підтримці бойовиків. Кремль відкидає ці звинувачення і заявляє, що на Донбасі можуть перебувати хіба що російські «добровольці».

За оцінками ООН, станом на 31 грудня 2018 року, унаслідок збройного конфлікту на Донбасі загинули від 12 тисяч 800 до 13 тисяч людей.

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Уряд призначив тимчасового голову НАЗК

Уряд України на засіданні 20 жовтня призначив Наталію Новак тимчасово виконувати обов’язки голови Національного агентства з питань запобігання корупції. Про це повідомляє пресслужба Кабміну, зазначивши, що Новак є досвідченим істориком, юристом та «заслуженим економістом України».

«Коментуючи рішення Уряду Прем’єр-міністр Олексій Гончарук зазначив, що це стало можливо завдяки Закону України, який набув чинності 18 жовтня цього року, основною метою якого є вдосконалення діяльності НАЗК. Цей Закон дозволяє протягом п’яти днів з дня набрання ним чинності Урядові призначити особу, яка тимчасово виконуватиме обов’язки голови НАЗК та протягом 2 місяців провести конкурс на зайняття посади голови за новим порядком», – мовиться у повідомленні.

Гончарук зазначив, що уряд зробить «все можливе», що конкурс пройшов відкрито та прозоро.

НАЗК було створене у березні 2015 року. НАЗК було створене у березні 2015 року. Однією з функцій агентства є перевірка декларацій державних службовців і будь-якої інформації з приводу фактів корупції чи зловживання посадою.

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Pelosi in Jordan for ‘Vital Discussions’ Amid Syria Crisis

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi led a group of American lawmakers on a surprise visit to Jordan to discuss “the deepening crisis” in Syria amid a shaky U.S.-brokered cease-fire.
The visit came after bipartisan criticism in Washington has slammed President Donald Trump for his decision to withdraw the bulk of U.S. troops from northern Syria — clearing the way for Turkey’s wide-ranging offensive against the Kurdish groups, who had been key U.S. allies in the fight against the Islamic State group.
Turkey agreed on Thursday to suspend its offensive for five days, demanding the Kurdish forces withdraw from a designated strip of the border about 30 kilometers deep (19 miles).  
Pelosi, along with the nine-member Congressional delegation, met with Jordan’s King Abdullah II in the capital of Amman late Saturday for talks focusing on security and “regional stability,” according to a statement from her office.
Jordan is a key U.S. ally in the region and has been greatly affected by the eight-year-long civil war in neighboring Syria. Jordanian officials say the kingdom hosts some 1 million Syrians who have fled the fighting.
 “With the deepening crisis in Syria after Turkey’s incursion, our delegation has engaged in vital discussions about the impact to regional stability, increased flow of refugees, and the dangerous opening that has been provided to ISIS, Iran and Russia,” said the statement, using the Islamic State group’s acronym.
Jordan’s state news agency Petra said Abdullah stressed the importance of safeguarding Syria’s territorial integrity and guarantees for the “safe and voluntary” return of refugees.
 “The meeting also covered regional and international efforts to counter terrorism within a comprehensive approach,” the agency said.
The Congressional delegation included Democrats Rep. Adam Schiff, chairman of the Intelligence Committee, who is leading the impeachment probe into President Trump; Eliot Engel, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee and Bennie Thompson, chairman of the Homeland Security Committee. There was one GOP member of the group, Rep. Mac Thornberry, the top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee.
The U.S. Embassy in Amman said the delegation left Jordan early Sunday but gave no further details on where it was heading.
Many Democrat and Republican lawmakers say that the U.S. pullout could make way for rivals like Iran and Russia, who back Syrian President Bashar Assad.    

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Esper Makes Unannounced Visit to Afghanistan

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper has made an unannounced trip to Afghanistan amid efforts to restart peace talks with the Taliban.”The aim is to still get a peace agreement at some point, a political agreement, that is the best way forward,” Esper told reporters traveling with him Sunday.Last month, President Donald Trump abruptly called off yearlong U.S.-Taliban talks just when the two adversaries had come close to signing a peace agreement that could have ended the 18-year-old Afghan war, America’s longest overseas military intervention.  Trump declared the peace process process “dead,” citing continued insurgent deadly attacks on Afghan civilians and American troops in Afghanistan.   

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