Today's Intel

Jan. 12, 2018

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President Donald Trump plans to bring a big delegation with him to the small Swiss ski town of Davos in two weeks, including eight Cabinet members and some of the White House's senior staff.

President Donald Trump has ditched plans to visit London next month to open a new U.S. embassy, in a decision that's put fresh strain on the so-called "special relationship" with the U.K.

South African Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba told the ruling party's top leadership the government will need $970 million to fund President Jacob Zuma's plan to scrap tuition fees for students from poor homes, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.

China is stepping up its policing of international companies such as Inditex SA-owned Zara and Delta Air Lines Inc. and demanding they respect the government's position on long-standing territorial disputes from Taiwan to Tibet.

China's trade with North Korea shrank by more than half last month, as Beijing implements United Nations sanctions against Kim Jong Un's nuclear weapons program.

Turkey's Foreign Ministry warned citizens to avoid travel to the U.S., citing the growing risk of terrorist attacks and other violence -- a day after the State Department said the same about Turkey.

Arizona Republican Congresswoman Martha McSally called on the national GOP to "grow a pair of ovaries" as she launched her bid for the U.S. Senate on Friday, joining the race to replace retiring GOP Sen. Jeff Flake by embracing President Donald Trump and his outsider playbook in one of the nation's premier Senate contests.

The U.S. budget deficit is widening on increased spending, just as tax cuts look set to knock the other side of the government's ledger: revenue. The U.S. budget gap rose 7 percent to $225 billion in the first quarter of the government's fiscal year from a year earlier.

Retirements and departures from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have shrunk its workforce to levels not seen since the Reagan administration.

The two-year Treasury yield jumped above 2 percent, marking a rebound to a key psychological level last seen just as the U.S. sank into the depths of the financial crisis in September 2008.

Next year, General Motors Co. will no longer need an engineer in the front seat babysitting the robot brain that controls its self-driving Chevrolet Bolt. The steering wheel and pedals will be gone, giving total control to the machine.

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Protests broke out across Pakistan on Thursday after the rape and murder of a 7-year-old girl in a district south of Lahore, due to public anger at what is seen as the authorities' failure to investigate such cases.

A particularly deadly flu virus has reportedly become widespread in 46 states across the country. The CDC reported the severe flu season has already resulted in the deaths of at least 13 children since it began in October.

The United States unveiled a way to warn its citizens about the dangers of foreign travel Wednesday, with a four-point safety ranking system for countries and an interactive world map.

In India this week the country's only openly gay prince, Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil, announced that he would be opening an LGBTQ center on the grounds of his ancestral palace.

Prosecutors in Vietnam were seeking long jail terms on Thursday for a former member of the country's ruling politburo and a high-profile former official over losses of hundreds of millions of dollars at a state oil firm, domestic media said.

A professor's first week teaching a new class titled "White Racism" was dominated by backlash from critics outside his classroom at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU), so much so that two campus police officers were stationed near the building as a precaution when his class met for the first time on Tuesday.

Vermont has become the ninth state to legalize recreational use of pot, defying attempts by the US attorney-general Jeff Sessions to crack down on cannabis.

When Joe Arpaio, the former Maricopa County sheriff, announced his Senate candidacy on Tuesday, he became the fourth viable Republican 2018 congressional candidate who's been convicted of a crime. And like two of the other GOP cons running for office, he has cited his criminal record as a partial justification for his candidacy.

Authorities in northern China's coal country have demolished a well-known Christian mega-church, underscoring long-standing tensions between religious groups and the officially atheistic Communist Party.

BBC

The Ecuadorean government has confirmed that Julian Assange was granted Ecuadorean citizenship on 12 December.

US President Donald Trump will continue to suspend key sanctions on Iran, and so avoiding jeopardizing the 2015 nuclear agreement, US officials say.

A court in Ethiopia sentenced more than 30 people to long prison terms for belonging to Ginbot 7, a group committed to overthrowing the government.

WND

North Korean children are being trained to fire automatic weapons and launch grenades in Kim Jong-un's tyrannical regime as the rogue state bids to weaponize the population in preparation for war, a leading South Korean general has claimed.

A homework assignment asked fourth-graders at a private school in Wauwatosa to argue why slavery was a good thing. It prompted an apology from the principal of Our Redeemer Lutheran School, who said the question wasn't supposed to have an answer because there are no good reasons for slavery.

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