Jan. 10, 2019

REUTERS

President Trump on Thursday said his expected trip to Davos, Switzerland, is still on the schedule, but if the partial shutdown of the federal government continues he will not go.

President Trump said on Thursday he was likely to declare a national emergency to secure funds for his long-sought wall along the U.S. southern border if he cannot reach an agreement with Congress to provide the money.

U.S. airport security workers and air traffic controllers working without pay warned that security and safety could be compromised if a government shutdown continues beyond Friday, when some workers will miss their first paychecks.

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and Representative Elijah Cummings plan to introduce legislation on Thursday aimed at lowering the cost of prescription drugs for U.S. consumers.

About 1,000 furloughed federal workers have turned to online fundraising to help cover their expenses as a partial shutdown of the U.S. government drags on for nearly three weeks, a spokeswoman for GoFundMe.com said on Wednesday.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to end a partial shutdown of the Treasury Department and some other agencies, but without any money for President Trump's border wall.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sought to reassure allies that the United States remains committed to the Middle East despite President Trump's plans to withdraw forces from Syria.

French companies have this week revealed some 60 million euros ($69 million) of lost business from anti-government protests rocking the country, which could augur badly for the likes of supermarket chains Casino and Carrefour.

Two women who made history by becoming the first in centuries to enter a hill temple in southern India are in hiding after threats by hardline Hindu groups.

Wall Street's volatility has optimists betting that buybacks could provide the market with an even better buffer in 2019. But many strategists see the lift from buybacks - a major factor behind the bull market - losing some force as earnings growth slows while tax policy bonanzas fizzle out.

Ford said it will cut thousands of jobs, look at plant closures and discontinue loss-making vehicle lines as part of a turnaround effort aimed at achieving a 6 percent operating margin in Europe.

The number of Americans filing applications for jobless benefits fell more than expected last week, pointing to sustained labor market strength that could further ease concerns about the economy's health. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits fell 17,000 to a seasonally adjusted 216,000 for the week ended Jan. 5.

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President Donald Trump is taking the shutdown battle to the U.S.-Mexico border, seeking to bolster his case for the border wall after negotiations with Democrats blew up over his funding demands.

A jihadist group dominated by Syria's former Al-Qaeda affiliate Thursday sealed its grip on northern Idlib, the last major rebel bastion, in a deal ending days of fighting with rival factions.

Iran will continue with its aerospace program despite U.S. warnings, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Wednesday, adding there was no international law prohibiting such a program.

France's most important church sex abuse trial to date is likely to end in acquittal for a cardinal and other senior Catholic officials accused of protecting a pedophile priest, despite years of efforts by his victims to seek justice.

Syria's Kurds on Wednesday said they had captured eight alleged foreign jihadists including an American teenager in fighting against the Islamic State group.

Racing an approaching storm, Maltese military vessels took to shore 49 migrants who were kept in limbo on private rescue ships until the island nation reached a deal Wednesday for the asylum-seekers to be distributed among eight other European Union members.

Colorado democrat Jared Polis` inauguration Tuesday marked history as he became the first openly gay U.S. governor.

BBC

A teacher in South Africa has been suspended "with immediate effect" after a photo emerged of her pupils sitting in racially separate groups.

A drone attack on a Yemeni government base by the rebel Houthi movement has reportedly killed six soldiers. The drone exploded above a podium at al-Anad base, in the southern province of Lahj, where high-ranking officers and officials were watching a parade.

Four men have gone on trial in Berlin, accused of the notorious theft of a huge solid-gold coin from the German capital's Bode Museum in 2017. The 220lb Canadian "Big Maple Leaf" was made of pure 24-carat gold and was worth $4.3m.

Campaigners in Australia have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to help free Aboriginal women jailed for being unable to pay fines. Western Australia is the nations only state that regularly jails people for unpaid fines, often on minor crimes.

Iran has confirmed it is holding a US citizen, the first American detained in the Islamic Republic during the Trump presidency.

WND

A study shows that President Trump's southern border security wall would save American taxpayers far more than it would cost.

More than 100 children in eastern China have been given expired polio vaccines by a local health center, according to mainland media, just months after a public health scare over faulty products.

A restroom policy at Wright State University apparently allows for university members to use restrooms of the opposite sex with no questions asked. The university declined to comment on the specific nature of the rule.

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