Jan. 11, 2019

REUTERS

President Trump, facing the prospect of the longest U.S. government shutdown in history, is considering declaring a national emergency that would escalate a policy dispute with Democrats over his proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall into a court test of presidential power.

President Donald Trump on Friday said he is planning changes to H-1B visas, which are issued temporarily to highly educated immigrants so they can work in specialty occupations, that would create simplicity, certainty and a possibility that the workers could become U.S. citizens.

Republicans in and around Forth Worth, Texas, rejected a controversial call to oust a vice chairman of the county party because he is a Muslim.

California's Death Valley National Park, famed for its record-breaking heat, is keeping its visitor center and some restrooms open during the partial U.S. government shutdown with donations from a non-profit group and two hotels, a spokeswoman said on Thursday.

A Myanmar court on Friday rejected the appeal of two Reuters reporters sentenced to seven years in jail on charges of breaking the Official Secrets Act, saying the defense had not provided sufficient evidence to show they were innocent.

Greek police on Friday fired teargas to disperse hundreds of teachers protesting against government plans to change hiring procedures in the public sector.

Portugal's parliament unanimously changed the law on Friday to expand the definition of rape to cover all sex without consent, joining just seven EU countries with such a wide definition.

U.S. consumer prices fell for the first time in nine months in December amid a plunge in gasoline prices, but inflation pressures remained firm as rental housing and healthcare costs rose steadily.

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Friday is payday for many Americans, but not for hundreds of thousands of federal workers affected by the government shutdown. They're missing their first paychecks as Congress and President Donald Trump continue feuding over whether to build a border wall. Today is day 21 of the partial government shutdown, which this weekend could become the longest in U.S. history.

After days of conflicting statements about a timeline for U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to pull out American troops from Syria, a U.S. military official said Friday that the withdrawal process has begun, declining to comment on specific timetables or movements.

Ford said early Thursday it will cut hourly and salaried jobs in Europe as part of a "comprehensive transformation strategy to strengthen its brand and create a sustainably profitable business in Europe." Ford employs 50,000 people across Europe. Cuts will be a "significant number of positions."

Donald Trump has said "100 per cent" he will declare a national emergency to build his Mexico border wall if he fails to reach a deal with the Democrats to end the government shutdown.

The United States plans to jointly host a global summit focused on the Middle East, particularly Iran, next month in Poland, the U.S. State Department said on Friday. The gathering will take place in Warsaw from Feb. 13 to Feb. 14.

The United Nations expressed "grave concern" about an upsurge of violence in Nigeria's northeastern state of Borno, which has been ravaged by Islamist group Boko Haram's insurgency.

Fewer than a third of U.S. Catholics rate the honesty and ethical standards of clergy as "very high" or "high," the latest evidence of the hierarchy's diminished credibility as a result of the clergy sex abuse scandal, according to a Gallup poll released Friday.

Aid groups voiced optimism Thursday that the United States would ease restrictions on operations inside North Korea amid warming relations between Washington and the impoverished country.

France on Friday called on Iran to immediately stop all activities linked to ballistic missiles that could carry nuclear weapons after Tehran said it could put two satellites into orbit in the coming weeks.

A total of 800,000 workers are either furloughed or working without pay as President Trump and Democrats continue a heated conflict over funding for a border wall. In all, these federal workers owe an estimated $438 million in rent and mortgage payments.

Apple plans to launch three new iPhone models this year, including one with an LCD screen, to succeed its struggling XR mode.

BBC

A Chinese rover and lander have taken images of each other on the Moon's surface. The Chinese space agency says the spacecraft are in good working order after touching down on the lunar far side on 3 January. Also released are new panoramic images of the landing site, along with video of the vehicles touching down.

Jakiw Palij, a former Nazi collaborator, who served as a labor-camp guard in World War Two has died in Germany aged 95, local media report. He was thought to be the last Nazi collaborator living in the US, was deported to Germany last year after a lengthy legal battle.

WND

Once Steven Andrew saw Facebook block millions of people from getting his posts, he deciding to use his Silicon Valley leadership skills to start a new social network that allows people to speak freely about life, liberty and happiness. This new site is called USA.Life and is pro-American. USA.Life is the answer to Facebook and Twitter censorship of Christians, conservatives and liberty.

On Thursday, the Daily Mail reported that a man who has been a suspect in the murder of six-year-old beauty queen JonBenét Ramsey in 1996 reportedly admitted he killed her. The crime has been unsolved for 22 years.

The former chief executive of Insys Therapeutics pleaded guilty on Wednesday to participating in a nationwide scheme to bribe doctors to prescribe an addictive opioid medication and has agreed to become a government witness.

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