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WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump’s ambassador to the European Union, Gordon Sondland, is facing skeptical House Democrats when he’s sworn in as the first witness in Wednesday’s impeachment hearings. The Oregon hotelier and million-dollar Trump donor is expected to describe his role in Trump’s Ukraine policy and whether that policy was to hold up military aid until Ukraine made a public announcement that it was investigating Trump’s political opponents.

JERUSALEM (AP) – A war monitoring group says Israeli airstrikes in Syria early this morning killed 11 people, including seven non-Syrians who are most likely Iranians. The figures come from Rami Abdurrahman, who heads the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition activist group with a network of activists across Syria.

HONG KONG (AP) – Hong Kong schools have reopened after a six-day shutdown but students were facing transit disruptions as the last protesters remained holed up on a university campus. City officials are trying to restore a sense of normalcy as primary and secondary schools reopened. The transit disruptions are on a smaller scale than in the past. A small group of protesters won’t leave Hong Kong Polytechnic University because they would face arrest.

SHANGHAI (AP) – More than 400,000 Americans have died of opioid overdoses. An avalanche of litigation in the United States has driven OxyContin producer Purdue Pharma into bankruptcy. But interviews and documents obtained by the AP show that hasn’t stopped Purdue’s international affiliate, Mundipharma, from pushing OxyContin in China with the same misleading claims that allegedly fed the deadliest drug abuse epidemic in U.S. history.

WASHINGTON (AP) – New uncertainty hangs over the Democratic presidential primary as 10 candidates meet on the debate stage once again. No longer is there a clear front-runner, the fight for African American voters is raging and there are growing concerns that impeachment may become a distraction from the primary. Those issues and more will play out Wednesday night when the Democratic Party’s top 10 face off in Atlanta just 75 days before primary voting begins.