Here are some of the most important headlines today.

Impeachment inquiry enters most crucial stage with top witnesses on deck

Democrats who want to oust President Donald Trump and Republicans battling to save him are braced for the most momentous phase yet in the battle of impeachment that is rocking Washington.

Trump’s aides eye moving impeachment witnesses out of White House jobs

President Donald Trump’s aides have explored moving some impeachment witnesses on loan to the White House from other agencies, such as Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, back to their home departments ahead of schedule, according to people familiar with the conversations.

Beijing denounces mass leak of sensitive Xinjiang documents

The Chinese government has reacted furiously to the publication of more than 400 pages of sensitive Communist Party documents by the New York Times, which linked President Xi Jinping to the country’s mass detention centers in the far western region of Xinjiang.

Pompeo announces reversal of longstanding US policy on Israeli settlements

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday announced a major reversal of the US’ longstanding policy on Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, rejecting a 1978 State Department legal opinion that deemed the settlements “inconsistent with international law.”

Amazon deforestation rate hits highest level in over a decade

The rate of deforestation in the Amazon rainforest has risen to its highest level in 11 years, according to Brazilian government data released Monday.

A woman walking her dog in Australia was mauled by a kangaroo

A woman in Australia was walking her dog when she was mauled and nearly “disemboweled” by a kangaroo.

Airbus lands $30 billion in new orders for planes

Airbus has secured two major orders from airlines based in the United Arab Emirates, jumping out to an early lead over rival Boeing in the race for new business at the Dubai Airshow.

Qantas vows to back legal action unless retracts racism claim

Qantas has vowed to help a member of its cabin staff take legal action against musician (CNN) – if the Black Eyed Peas front man does not retract his claim that he was a victim of racial discrimination.

France returns historical sword plundered in the 19th century back to Senegal

France has returned a sword that belonged to a 19th century Islamic scholar and resistance fighter in Senegal, west Africa.

Jewish settlements no longer illegal – US

The US has shifted its position on Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, no longer viewing them as inconsistent with international law. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the status of the West Bank was for Israelis and Palestinians to negotiate.

Eliud Kipchoge: The man, the methods & controversies behind ‘moon-landing moment’

A week before the big day, in the middle of the night, Eliud Kipchoge was fast asleep at his training base in the hills of Kenya. The greatest male distance runner of all time would soon be launching his second attempt at making history – at becoming the first person to run a marathon in under two hours.

How the chip changed everything – BBC Reel

All our complex and connected modern electronics would be nothing withoutpure, white sand. Made On Earth – a new series by BBC Future and BBC World News – looks into the everyday items that have shaped global trade routes and left a lasting imprint in cultures around the world.

Africa Live: Uganda recalls faulty condoms – BBC News

The authorities in Uganda have ordered the recall of two batches of condoms distributed by Marie Stopes Uganda, a non-government organisation that offers reproductive health services. “While the Life Guard brand follows strict quality controls, unfortunately two recent batches have fallen short from the quality we demand,” Dr Carole Sekimpi, Country Director at Marie Stopes, said in a statement.

From Nollywood to Netflix: Genevieve Nnaji’s rise

Nigerian star and film director Genevieve Nnaji has already shown that she is a force to be reckoned with, so the disqualification of her Netflix film from the Oscars is unlikely to frustrate her ambitions. In fact the rejection of Lionheart earlier this month from the Academy’s best international feature film category may well act as a springboard for her future success.

Google Stadia is just for early adopters now, but it has so much promise

Hey Google, here’s some free marketing advice: Stadia is an early access product. The fact that I’m dispensing this advice in a review is proof that mistakes have already been made. The streaming service that Google’s been pitching since March – think Netflix, but for games – is meant to go toe-to-toe with the PlayStations and Xboxes of the world, but on the eve of its Nov.

Watch LeBron James high five himself after he’s left hanging

LeBron James, NBA superstar and GOAT contender, was left hanging on the bench Sunday night when the Lakers faced off against the Atlanta Hawks. James didn’t seem bothered, but there’s surprisingly a lot happening in this little three-second clip. First, the obvious: LeBron reaches out to teammate Dwight Howard for a standard high five.

The real history behind ‘The Crown’ Season 3’s biggest moments

The Crown is back and god save the queen. Season 3 of Netflix’s dramatization of decades of royal drama is out, and – as is the custom with many period dramas – there’s a lot in there that’s true and a lot that is somewhat less than true.