Impeachment hearings takeaways: Firsthand witnesses appear

There were attacks on the credibility of a witness in uniform, and hand-wringing by another witness on all that he knows now that he says he didn’t know then. Vice President Mike Pence was name-dropped, and lawmakers heard expressions of concern about the July phone call between President Donald Trump and Ukraine’s leader.

US softening position on Israeli settlements in West Bank

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Monday that the U.S. is softening its position on Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, the latest in a series of Trump administration moves that weaken Palestinian claims to statehood.

US officials knew of Ukraine’s Trump anxiety, AP reports

Despite his denials, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy was feeling pressure from the Trump Administration to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden before his July phone call with President Donald Trump that has led to impeachment hearings.

Two people diagnosed with plague in China

Two people were reportedly diagnosed with the highly infectious, potentially fatal pneumonic plague, which is also known as the Black Death, in a Beijing hospital, Chinese authorities revealed Tuesday.