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Source: The Guradian

Seth Meyers: Trump's 'hitting a wall, and his brain is going around like a wheel'

Friday 16:20 GMT

On the 26th day of America’s government shutdown, Seth Meyers addressed the continuing fallout and the president’s lack of accountability with his usual straightforward candor.

In his ongoing public relations effort, Meyers continued, Trump has adopted a new underlying logic for the wall: walls work because cars have wheels. So far, the strategy appears to be saying “walls” and “wheels” in various orders, with the word “medieval” tossed in.

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Source: Fox News

State Department recalls most furloughed employees amid shutdown; makes additional funding available for salaries

Friday 20:00 GMT

The State Department announced Thursday that it has found funding to recall most of its furloughed employees who have gone without pay since the start of the government shutdown last month.

In a statement posted on the State Department’s website, Deputy Under Secretary for Management Bill Todd said the government is making additional funding available to pay the salaries of employees and expects most employees to be back at work starting Jan. 22, with overseas workers starting back January 20.

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Source: Common Domain

British pound on the rise amid Brexit saga; euro softens slightly against bucks

Friday 20:00 GMT

The British pound eked out a gain against the U.S. dollar Thursday, as London politicking around an alternative Brexit plan continues.

The Brexit-sensitive British pound GBPUSD, +0.7843%  fetched $1.2988, up 0.8% at a two-month high, benefiting from no outright bad news on the Brexit front in the day so far, but the market sentiment that a no-deal Brexit is becoming less likely. U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May was holding cross-party Brexit talks but hadn’t raised extending the exit date beyond March 29 with Brussels so far, a spokesperson of the prime minister said, according to reports.

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Source: Fox News

Tomi Lahren: Government shutdown has Dems whining and complaining but in private they're living it up

Friday 04:14 GMT

When the cameras are on, Chuck, Nancy and the rest of the Democrats whine and complain about the government shutdown BUT behind closed doors and in tropical paradise their fellow Democrats seem to be living it up quite nicely.

While they are gallivanting around Puerto Rico, President Trump sits in the White House waiting for the Democrats to come to the table to end the longest partial government shutdown in history.

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Source: DW

Norway forms first conservative majority government in 30 years

Saturday 02:25 GMT

Norway is getting its first non-socialist majority government since 1985," said Solberg, who has led Norway's Conservative Party since 2004. "We had tough negotiations," Solberg said, celebrating the deal alongside leaders of the Christian Democrats and her existing governing partners of the Progress Party and the Liberal Party.

The Conservative Party leader reached a deal with the Christian Democrats, agreeing to their demand for changes to Norway's abortion law.

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Source: The Guradian

Hitachi scraps £16bn nuclear power station in Wales

Friday 08:59 GMT

Hitachi has scrapped plans to build a nuclear power station in Wales, becoming the second firm in two months to abandon a major nuclear project and triggering “a full-blown crisis” for the UK energy’s strategy.

The £16bn Wylfa plant on Anglesey was meant to be the next in a line of new nuclear plants behind Hinkley Point C but the Japanese conglomerate failed to reach a deal with the UK government.

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Source: Common Domain

Brexit Brief: Prime Minister in search of Plan B after surviving no confidence vote

Friday 08:59 GMT

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May is locked in a standoff with Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the opposition Labour Party, as the latter refuses to hold private discussions on Brexit until May gives assurances the country won’t leave the European Union without a deal.

Monday, Jan 21: But May won’t have long to secure further concessions from EU leaders as she must present her plan B for Brexit to parliament by this date.

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Source: Global News

Milk vodka Federal government opens consultations on definition of vodka

Saturday 22:44 GMT

“The current definition of vodka in the food and drug regulations limits the ability of distillers to create innovative vodkas using other ingredients,” said Kathy Twardek, who’s overseeing the vodka rethink for the agency.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has uncorked consultations on whether to redefine the clear, neutral spirit and open interprovincial trade for craft distillers who want to try something new.

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Source: Global News

Theresa May fights to keep Brexit on track after surviving no-confidence vote

Friday 12:41 GMT

British Prime Minister Theresa May was consulting opposition parties and other lawmakers Thursday in a battle to put Brexit back on track after surviving a no-confidence vote, though there was little immediate sign of a breakthrough from talks branded a “stunt” by the main opposition leader.

WATCH: Theresa May ‘disappointed’ Jeremy Corbyn hasn’t been involved in Brexit meetings. There was little sign of a breakthrough in uniting Parliament’s feuding Brexit factions, whose conflicting demands range from a postponement of Britain’s departure date to a new referendum on whether to leave the EU or remain.

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Source: Reuters

Factbox: UK PM May's Brexit next steps: Nothing has changed, or new...

Friday 06:04 GMT

Prime Minister Theresa May has outlined a collaborative approach to finding a new Brexit deal after her agreement was crushed by parliament on Tuesday in the biggest defeat for a British government in modern times.

Parliament’s Brexit committee has called on May to hold a series of votes on different Brexit options to see which, if any has the support of a majority in parliament. Vince Cable, leader of the Liberal Democrats who have 11 seats in parliament, said: “She shouldn’t even bother lifting the telephone to opposition parties unless she is willing to rule out categorically a no-deal Brexit and unless she is willing to enter into a constructive conversation about a people’s vote.”

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Source: DW

Germany: Arms exports approvals down a quarter

Friday 06:04 GMT

Send Facebook Twitter google+ Whatsapp Tumblr linkedin stumble Digg reddit Newsvine. However, some have expressed skepticism about previous arms exports figures provided by the government.

A downward trend has been recorded every year since 2015, when Germany exported a record-breaking €7.86 billion in arms. The report cited the government's decision in November to stop all arms exports to Saudi Arabia in response to the assassination of Saudi critic and journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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Source: Fox News

'You Liar!': Chaffetz Slams Nancy Pelosi's Call for State of the Union Delay

Friday 22:45 GMT

Former Utah congressman and Fox News contributor Jason Chaffetz slammed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for urging President Trump to delay his planned State of the Union address amid the partial government shutdown.

On a special live audience edition of "Fox & Friends" Thursday, Chaffetz said when he heard Pelosi speak about delaying the State of the Union, his first thought was, "You liar!". Rep. Jordan: Pelosi Urging SOTU Postponement Underscores That Democrats Are Focused on 'Stopping' Trump. He took issue with Pelosi citing "security concerns," pointing out that the Capitol Police and Secret Service are fully funded despite the shutdown. "It was just two weeks ago Nancy Pelosi went to the floor and said, 'We're going to be transparent, we're gonna be a town hall, we're gonna allow debate.'

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Source: The Guradian

African Union calls on DRC to delay election announcement

Friday 22:45 GMT

The African Union has issued a surprise last-minute demand for the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s government to suspend the announcement of final results of the deeply disputed presidential election.

Pressure from African nations is seen as having more of an impact on DRC’s government, which was annoyed by western pressure during more than two years of turbulent election delays. The AU statement reflects serious concern by states about the threat of more unrest in DRC that could spill across borders and destabilise its many neighbours.

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Source: ABC News

Under Trump, more kids separated at border than originally estimated: Report

Friday 19:05 GMT

Under President Donald Trump's administration, thousands more kids may have been separated from their parents at the border than was previously thought, according to an internal government report released Thursday, with a "steep increase" of such cases a year before "zero tolerance" began.

While the government has identified some 2,700 children were separated in 2018 under zero tolerance, "thousands of children may have been separated during an influx that began in 2017" before a federal judge ordered the government to reunite the families, the report found. "Zero-tolerance" was a policy announced in spring 2018 by then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions that mandated adults were prosecuted for trying to enter the country illegally.

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Source: DW

Vietnam artists seek 'liberation' from cybersecurity law

Saturday 11:44 GMT

On January 1, Vietnam enacted a new cybersecurity law that requires internet companies to remove content the government deems subversive, and bans users from posting "anti-government" content that could "cause harm to national security, social order and safety."

According to the law, Vietnam's government can force technology giants such as Google and Facebook to hand over personal information of account holders, store user data and to censor anti-government posts.


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