Jan. 16, 2019

REUTERS

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked President Donald Trump on Wednesday to reschedule his annual State of the Union speech before Congress because of partial federal government shutdown, citing security issues.

U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, part of a new crop of Democrats swept into office this year on a stronger liberal platform, said she is poised to serve on a key congressional panel overseeing Wall Street, a potential setback for the financial services industry.

President Donald Trump has been briefed on the situation in Syria, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement on Wednesday after a blast struck near a U.S.-led coalition patrol that a war monitor said killed 16 people.

President Trump on Wednesday is expected to sign legislation providing 800,000 federal employees with back pay when the partial government shutdown ends, even though a conclusion to the impasse remains nowhere in sight.

The U.S. economy is taking a larger-than-expected hit from the partial government shutdown, White House estimates showed on Tuesday, as contractors and even the Coast Guard go without pay and talks to end the impasse seemed stalled.

Democratic lawmakers will grill U.S. President Donald Trump's new pick to run the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday over his past coal lobbying, but have little hope of blocking his confirmation in the Republican-controlled Senate.

Several hundred Honduran migrants in a new U.S.-bound caravan crossed into Guatemala on Tuesday, as U.S. President Donald Trump seized on news of the advancing group to try to build support for a wall along his country's border with Mexico.

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand told CBS' "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" that she would file paperwork on Tuesday night to explore a run for the Democratic presidential nomination in the 2020 election.

A bomb attack claimed by Islamic State killed four U.S. troops in northern Syria on Wednesday, weeks after President Donald Trump said group was defeated there and he would pull out all American forces.

The United Nations Security Council on Wednesday unanimously approved a resolution calling for the deployment of up to 75 observers to Yemen's port city of Hodeidah for six months to monitor a ceasefire and redeployment of forces by the warring parties.

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Big Pacific storms are set to dump up to seven feet (2.1 meters) of snow in California's Sierra Nevada Mountains and several inches of rain elsewhere in the state, forcing evacuations in areas at risk to mudslides.

A vote in Britain's parliament on Tuesday crushing Prime Minister May's deal to leave the European Union has made a softer, later Brexit, or even no Brexit at all, slightly more likely, Goldman Sachs said on Wednesday.

The announcement by the nation's largest utility that it is filing for bankruptcy puts Pacific Gas & Electric Co.'s problems squarely in the hands of Gov. Gavin Newsom and state lawmakers, who now must try to keep ratepayer costs down, ensure wildfire victims get the money they're owed and rethink California's energy picture in the face of climate change.

Israel's new military chief took office Tuesday, pledging to lead a "lethal, efficient and innovative army" into the future as it faces grave challenges along its borders.

Thailand is set to deploy rainmaking planes to seed clouds in an effort to tackle the pall of pollution that has shrouded the capital in recent weeks.

Netflix increased the prices of all three of its US plans on Tuesday, some by as much as 18%, which makes this the most substantial price jump since the streaming service debuted in 2007.

BBC

A deadly siege by suspected militants in Nairobi killing at least 14 people, has ended after all the attackers were "eliminated", Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has said.

Police in Israel have arrested a top lawyer as part of an investigation into claims that judicial appointments were traded for sexual favors.

A woman, Dhanya Sanal, has climbed Agasthyakoodam, a mountain in India, where only men were allowed until now for religious reasons.

One in three UN workers has been sexually harassed in the past two years, a UN report has revealed.

YouTube clips that depict dangerous or emotionally distressing "pranks" have been banned from the platform. The move comes in response to so-called "challenges" that have sometimes resulted in death or injury.

Former Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto accepted a $100m bribe from drug cartel kingpin Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, a witness has testified.

Ethnic violence in four villages in western Democratic Republic of Congo left at least 890 dead over just three days last month, the UN said.

WND

Gillette is facing serious backlash one day after debuting its "We Believe" ad campaign combating "toxic masculinity."

New York Mayor Bill De Blasio, the leftist politician "is rolling out a new plan that would potentially allow the city government to seize buildings of landlords who force tenants out."

"On Religious Freedom Day … we commemorate the … anniversary of the passing of a State law that has shaped and secured our cherished legacy of religious liberty." - proclaimed President Donald J. Trump, Jan. 16, 2018.

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