Jan. 7, 2019

REUTERS

President Donald Trump pledged on Sunday not to bend in his demand for a wall along the southern border with Mexico but said the barrier could be made of steel instead of concrete as a potential compromise with Democrats who refuse to fund it.

President Trump said he was in no hurry to find permanent replacements for one-quarter of his Cabinet currently serving in an acting capacity because it gives him "more flexibility."

Democrat Gavin Newsom will be sworn in as California's 40th governor, cementing the dominance of his party's progressive wing and ushering in a leftward shift that could give the U.S. state an even greater role as a counterweight to the policies of President Trump.

Senator Elizabeth Warren informally kicked off the 2020 Democratic presidential nominating fight on a weekend visit to Iowa, condemning the corrupting influence of money on politics and lamenting lost economic opportunities for working families.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) delayed several major domestic and world crop reports because of the two-week-old partial government shutdown, the agency said on Friday.

Ukraine's Orthodox Christian Church celebrated its first Christmas on Monday outside Russian control and President Petro Poroshenko said the document enshrining its newly gained independence had broken "the last fetters tying us to Moscow".

China has the "good faith" to work with the US to resolve trade frictions, the Foreign Ministry said, as the world's two largest economies resumed talks in a bid to end their trade dispute.

Gabon foiled an attempted military coup on Monday, arresting several plotters just hours after they took over state radio in a bid to end 50 years of rule by President Ali Bongo's family.

Morgan Stanley, Fidelity Investments, Citadel Securities and other financial companies agreed to jointly launch a new low-cost bourse that will compete with the NYSE and NASDAQ.

New Trump administration policies aimed at curbing China's access to American innovation have all but halted Chinese investment in U.S. technology startups.

A U.S. guided-missile destroyer sailed near disputed islands in the South China Sea in what China called a "provocation" as U.S. officials joined talks in Beijing during a truce in a bitter trade war.

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Tuesday will mark an extraordinary milestone for Florida as the right to vote is restored to more than 1 million former felons in the state.

Taliban insurgents have stormed security posts in west Afghanistan, killing 21 police and pro-government militia members, officials said on Monday, the latest in a surge of attacks that has cast doubt on tentative steps toward talks.

Saudi courts will notify women by text message when they get divorced, in a regulation that took effect Sunday. The measure approved by the justice ministry appears aimed at curbing seemingly rampant cases of men secretly ending marriages without informing their wives.

Nonprofits, businesses and state governments nationwide are putting up money and volunteer hours to keep national parks safe and clean for visitors as the U.S. government shutdown lingers.

Pope Francis vowed justice for victims of clerical sex abuse Monday, describing pedophilia as one of the "vilest" crimes ahead of a historic global meet on the crisis roiling the church.

The European Union has recorded the lowest number of migrant arrivals in five years, following moves to curb crossings to Italy and Greece, new figures have shown.

The Israeli army said Monday it had carried out further air raids against Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip in response to a rocket being fired over its border.

At least 30 Afghan villagers searching for gold in a riverbed perished on Sunday in a flash flood in northeastern Badakhshan province, provincial officials said.

An earthquake with a revised magnitude of 6.6 struck Indonesia's Molucca islands on Sunday, followed by a series of aftershocks, but with no tsunami risk.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki reopened a border crossing between their countries as part of an ongoing reconciliation between the former foes.

BBC

Vast numbers of bluebottle sea creatures have been pushed ashore in Queensland, Australia, stinging thousands of people and forcing the closure of swim spots.

Two American men fighting for the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria have been captured, according to a US-backed Syrian militia alliance.

The northern Indian city of Allahabad witnessed a historic procession on Sunday led by a Hindu congregation of transgender people.

President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has inaugurated Egypt's largest cathedral in the new administrative capital east of Cairo, a day after a deadly bomb blast near a Coptic church.

The withdrawal of US troops from Syria depends on certain conditions, US National Security Adviser John Bolton says, in a further indication that the process is being slowed down.

WND

As many as 10 Anglican bishops are urging the Church of England to rethink a plan to promote transgender-affirmation events in its churches.

One of the most senior German figures in the Catholic Church has controversially denied that sexual abuse was a problem in the Catholic Church, saying that the problem was caused by gay men rather than catholic priests.

A new academic study finds men, on average, are more disadvantaged than women in 91 countries compared with a relative disadvantage for women in 43 countries.

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