Jan. 10, 2018

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Vice President Mike Pence will lead the U.S. delegation to the Winter Olympics in South Korea next month in an attempt to send a signal to the North Korean regime, according to a senior administration official.

The White House announced Tuesday that President Donald Trump plans to attend the World Economic Forum later this month.

China added to bond investors' jitters on Wednesday as traders braced for what they feared could be the end of a three-decade bull market. Senior government officials in Beijing reviewing the nation's foreign-exchange holdings have recommended slowing or halting purchases of U.S. Treasuries, according to people familiar with the matter.

The Trump administration is ruling out plans to sell new drilling rights off the coast of Florida, including eastern Gulf of Mexico waters coveted by oil companies, amid pressure from Republican Governor Rick Scott.

The U.S. House passed a pair of bills seeking greater diplomatic support for Taiwan, a move that could test China ties already strained over trade disputes and North Korea.

President Donald Trump ordered the Director of National Intelligence to develop new procedures to handle requests from government officials who ask for the identities of U.S. citizens swept up in foreign intelligence surveillance.

The new U.S. ambassador to the Netherlands clashed Wednesday with Dutch reporters on his first official day in the job over controversial comments he made in 2015 in which he said that the "Islamic movement" was creating chaos in Europe and suggested that extremists were burning politicians and cars in the Netherlands.

One of the strongest earthquakes, a preliminary magnitude of 7.6, to hit the Caribbean in modern times struck off the coast of Honduras on Tuesday night, shaking the mainland and setting off tsunami warnings that were canceled about an hour later.

This year may be anything but staid for the oil market as Citigroup Inc. predicts wildcards including war, Middle East tensions, Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un driving crude toward $80 a barrel.

The 10-year U.S. Treasury yield climbed to the highest level in about 10 months, leading Bill Gross at Janus Henderson Group to declare a bond bear market just as a deluge of debt sales began.

The hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 will resume after the government agreed to pay a U.S. exploration company as much as $70 million if it solves modern aviation's biggest mystery.

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The founder of the Miss Trans America pageant is believed to be 2018′s first known victim of deadly violence against the transgender community.

Tunisia's prime minister promised Tuesday to crack down on rioters after violent protests over price hikes left one person dead and raised fears of broader unrest in the country that was the birthplace of the Arab Spring.

The Israeli army carried out air strikes and fired rockets at targets in Syria overnight, causing damage near a military position, the Syrian army said Tuesday.

Drones that attacked Russian bases in Syria last week were sent from Idlib, a "de-escalation" zone controlled by anti-Damascus fighters, the Russian defense ministry's official newspaper said.

Authorities in Santa Barbara County were still trying to reach new areas and dig into the destruction to find dead, injured or trapped people after a powerful mud flow swept away dozens of homes.

Myanmar's military acknowledged Wednesday that its security forces and Buddhist villagers killed 10 Rohingya Muslims whose bodies were found in a mass grave in a village in troubled Rakhine state.

BBC

Ethiopia has banned the adoption of children by foreigners amid concerns children face abuse and neglect abroad.

Thousands of Iranians who have been sentenced to death for drug crimes could be spared following a softening in the country's law. Capital punishment has been abolished for some drug offences, and the head of the judiciary has said all cases on death row can be reviewed.

The German edition of Playboy magazine will feature a transgender model on its cover for the first time.

A US judge has blocked attempts by the White House to end a program barring the deportation of children brought illegally to the US by parents.

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights has ruled that same-sex marriages should be recognized. The court's rulings apply to countries which have signed the American Convention on Human Rights. But others, such as Bolivia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Paraguay and Peru do not recognize either and will be expected to change their laws.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has ordered a new inquiry into health problems suffered by diplomats serving at the US embassy in the Cuban capital Havana.

Two protesters have died in rioting over the latest in a series of child murders in the Pakistani city of Kasur. The body of seven-year-old Zainab was found in a rubbish dump on Tuesday, several days after she went missing. She had been raped and strangled.

Sri Lanka is to allow women over the age of 18 to buy alcohol legally for the first time in more than 60 years.

WND

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