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Investigation underway to find out cause of fire that claimed 41 lives at Moscow airport

President Xi Jinping extended condolences to his Russian counterpart Vladimir

Putin on Monday over the victims of a fire on a passenger plane on Sunday in Moscow.

The landing plane was engulfed in flames, leaving at least 41 dead on Sunday at Sheremetyevo Airport.

Xi said in his message that he was shocked that the plane burst into flames as it ma

de an emergency landing at She­remetyevo Airport in Moscow, which led to major casualties.

On behalf of the Chinese government, the Chinese people and himself, Xi extended deep co

ndolences to the victims and his sincere sympathy to the bereaved families and the injured.

Also on Monday, Premier Li Ke­qiang sent a condolence message to Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev over the accident.

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In a defiant letter released on Thursday, the White

House said Trump has the right to instruct advisers not to testify before congressional oversight probes related to the S

pecial Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia inquiry and called Mueller’s report on the matter defective.

The statements mark a sharp escalation in the conflict between Trump’s administration a

nd Democrats in Congress, who are weighing whether they should try to remove Trump from office usi

ng the impeachment process as they demand information on his taxes, his businesses and other topics.

Democrats accused the Republican president and his ad

ministration of a launching a growing attack on American democracy.

Pelosi, the top Democrat in Congress, accused Barr of lying to lawmakers a

bout his interactions with Mueller after the special counsel concluded his 22-month investig

ation into Russia’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 US election to boost Trump’s candidacy.

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