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  • NPR host says Pompeo had a meltdown when she asked him about Ukraine

    Secretary of state used the F-word and demanded host Mary Louise Kelly find Ukraine on a map, journalist says

    Mike Pompeo is said to have unleashed a foul-mouth tirade at a well known US radio host after she asked him questions about Ukraine in an interview.

    Mary Louise Kelly, a respected broadcaster on National Public Radio (NPR), sat down for a pre-arranged interview with the secretary of state on Friday, whose wrath was apparently triggered by a string of questions about Marie Yovanovitch, the former US ambassador to Ukraine. Kelly asked Pompeo whether he owed Yovanovitch an apology for not defending her in the face of a smear campaign orchestrated by Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani and his associates.

    Related:'Get rid of her': Trump reportedly called for removal of Ukraine ambassador

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  • 'Get rid of her': Trump reportedly called for removal of Ukraine ambassador

    2018 recording appears to catch Trump demanding recall of Marie Yovanovitch to associates later implicated in Ukraine controversy

    Donald Trump told associates to “get rid” of then-US ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, a year before she was recalled from Kyiv over what she called “unfounded and false claims by people with clearly questionable motives”, according to a recording released by ABC News.

    The recording, details of which were reported by ABC News on Friday and a clip of which was later released, appears to have been made at a small 2018 gathering that included Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, two former associates of Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani. Parnas and Fruman have been indicted on campaign-finance charges and implicated in the Ukraine controversy, which lays at the heart of the ongoing impeachment trial against Trump.

    Related:Impeachment: Democrats focus on cover-up of alleged Ukraine aid scheme

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  • Iran admits it fired two missiles at Ukrainian passenger jet

    Tehran issues first acknowledgement of precise number of rounds fired at plane

    Iran says its armed forces mistakenly launched two surface-to-air missiles at a Ukrainian passenger jet that crashed with 176 peopleonboard earlier this month, its first acknowledgement of the precise number of rounds fired at the airliner.

    Assessments by western intelligence agencies and video footage from the launch site had pointed to two missiles being fired at the Boeing 737-800 on the morning of 8 January, but Iranian officials had so far referenced only one until the release of preliminary report on Tuesday by the country’s civil aviation authority.

    This CCTV footage allegedly shows *two* missile launched at #PS752. Prior to the surfacing of this footage there were reports that people in the area heard two explosions/launches.

    Working to geolocate now. I'll post some likely spots in a sec.

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