Jan. 15, 2019

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President Donald Trump's nominee for U.S. attorney general, William Barr, will likely have to explain his past criticism of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe of Russian election meddling at his Senate confirmation hearing starting on Tuesday.

President Donald Trump will meet members of Congress at the White House later on Tuesday as the partial U.S. government shutdown enters a 25th day without resolution amid a standoff over border wall funding.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will lead the American delegation to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, next week, filling in for President Donald Trump, two senior administration officials said.

The United States and North Korea plan to hold high-level talks in Washington this week to discuss a second meeting between their leaders, South Korean media said on Tuesday, as the old enemies seek an "interim" deal to revitalizes nuclear talks.

The U.S. military will extend a mission to support security along the U.S. border with Mexico through Sept. 30, the Pentagon said on Monday.

Prime Minister Theresa May faced the prospect of a historic defeat in a vote on her Brexit deal in parliament on Tuesday potentially leaving Britain in limbo about the biggest political and economic change for the country in decades.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday signed a decree that will temporarily make it easier for Brazilians to buy guns, a first step in a campaign promise to overturn the country's strict regulations that have essentially prohibited civilians from bearing arms.

Three people, including a police officer, were killed in Zimbabwe on Monday during protests against a sharp hike in fuel prices, police spokeswoman Charity Charamba said.

A federal judge on Tuesday set aside U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross's decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census questionnaire.

U.S. producer prices fell by the most in more than two years in December amid declines in the costs of energy products and trade services, adding to signs of tame inflation that could allow the Federal Reserve to be patient about raising interest rates this year.

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Hundreds of Honduran migrants began the long trek north on Monday, part of new US-bound caravan that hopes to succeed even as a previous wave of Central Americans were unable to quickly enter the United States.

The Taliban on Tuesday claimed responsibility for a powerful truck bomb in Kabul that ripped through surrounding neighborhoods, killing at least four people including an Indian national, and wounding more than 100 in the latest assault on the Afghan capital.

Iran launched a satellite criticized by the United States as a breach of a UN resolution on Tuesday but it failed to reach orbit, the telecommunications minister said.

More than 30,000 public school teachers in Los Angeles walked off the job on Monday to press their demands for better pay, smaller class sizes and more educators.

Freezing temperatures and the lack of medical care have killed at least 15 displaced Syrian children in recent weeks, the United Nations reported on Tuesday.

The bodies of three children - aged 1, 4 and 6 -have been discovered in a chest freezer left outside a home in Suwanee County, Florida.

Pacific Gas and Electric, the utility company that has been tied to deadly wildfires in California, said Monday it plans to file for bankruptcy protection at the end of the month.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday urged Iran to quickly remove its forces from neighboring Syria or face continued attacks on them by Israel.

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro ordered a 300 percent increase in the monthly minimum wage and pledged to boost oil production to 5 million barrels a day by 2025.

A slowdown in fighting in Yemen's Hodeida province has allowed the UN to deliver more than 3,000 tons of food to two areas for the first time in six months, the World Food Program said.

The Russian Navy is on track to deploy up to 32 of its "Poseidon" thermonuclear drones across four submarines, according to Russian state media.

BBC

Seeds taken up to the Moon by China's Chang'e-4 mission have sprouted, says China National Space Administration. It marks the first time any biological matter has grown on the Moon, and is being seen as a significant step towards long-term space exploration.

A severe fuel shortage has hit Addis Ababa and neighboring towns. Many petrol stations have run out of fuel and motorists have been forced to queue for long hours at any that have supplies today.

One of the two Indian women who defied a historic ban to enter a Hindu temple is recovering in hospital after her mother-in-law allegedly attacked her.

Activists in Russia say there has been a new crackdown against LGBT people in Chechnya. The Russian LGBT Network believes about 40 people have been imprisoned since December - two of whom they say have died under torture.

WND

George Soros, founder of the Open Society Foundations, donates billions of dollars to far-left causes, including advocates for global open borders. One of the world's most influential advocates for open borders lives behind a large wall.

Stacey Abrams said she would not oppose the extension of voting rights to non-citizens in local elections. Abrams ran for Georgia's governorship as the Democrats' nominee in 2018 and is the Democrats' former leader in Georgia's House of Representatives.

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