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Trump starts unveiling his trade agenda

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - 10 min 54 sec ago
President Trump started his first full week in office Jan. 23 by signing an executive order ending U.S. participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Russian MPs say US’ withdrawal from TPP is good news

TASS [Russian State News] - 12 min 14 sec ago
Russian lawmakers hope the US’ abandonment of the TPP deal would be followed by suspension of its participation in the TTIP

Trump aide Kushner scraps plan for Canada visit: Canada official

REUTERS POLITICS - 13 min 5 sec ago
CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - A senior aide to U.S. President Donald Trump has scrapped plans to visit Canada for talks with officials in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's team, a Canadian government source said on Monday.

Senators back Trump foreign affairs pick

BBC - 13 min 18 sec ago
Foreign relations committee backs Rex Tillerson as US secretary of state, paving way for confirmation by full Senate

Trump's press spokesman promises reporters 'never to lie'

REUTERS POLITICS - 17 min 22 sec ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's press secretary promised reporters on Monday that he would never lie after a weekend briefing in which he made statements about the crowd size for Trump's inauguration that were debunked.

Russian, Armenian PMs to discuss integration cooperation within EAEU

TASS [Russian State News] - 19 min 43 sec ago
The talks are expected to yield a number of intergovernmental and inter-ministerial documents

Avis Uses 'Poison Pill' to Block Longtime Investor

Avis Budget Group Inc. took an unusual step Monday to block its biggest shareholder from potentially increasing its sway over the company, a year after giving the investor a board seat.

UN: Boko Haram’s toll includes 515,000 malnourished kids

THE WASHINGTON POST - 34 min 31 sec ago
More than half a million children in the West African area wracked by Boko Haram extremists are so malnourished their lives could be in danger unless they get aid, a U.N. humanitarian official said Monday, describing a region where millions get by on one meal a day and some communities have lost all their toddlers.

Czechs say Polish man released after being held in Syria since 2015

REUTERS - 37 min 9 sec ago
PRAGUE (Reuters) - A Polish man was released and handed to the Polish ambassador in Lebanon on Monday after being held by Syrian authorities since late 2015, the Czech presidential office said.

LG Display says 2016 profit $1.1 billion, down 19 percent on year

TECHNICAL NEWS - 39 min 13 sec ago
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's LG Display Co Ltd said on Tuesday its 2016 operating profit fell 19 percent from a year earlier.

This is how Donald Trump engineers applause

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - 40 min 30 sec ago
The tradition of manufacturing applause for public performances goes back to the Roman emperor Nero.

Yahoo Sees Verizon Deal Taking Longer Than Expected

Yahoo, subject of two huge data breaches that have cast a shadow over its deal with Verizon Communications Inc., pushed back its expected closing date for the transaction, citing “work required to meet closing conditions.”

White House budget pick Mulvaney took hard stance on taxes in past

CNN POLITICS - 53 min 13 sec ago
Rep. Mick Mulvaney throughout his legislative career took a hard line on unpaid taxes for government employees and officials -- a backdrop to his own tax issue as he prepares for his Tuesday confirmation hearing.

Merkel says populism won't solve world's problems

REUTERS - 53 min 39 sec ago
BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday that openness, not populism, polarization or isolation, was the answer to the world's challenges of globalization and digitalization.

Dairy farmers launch powdery protest

BBC - 57 min 27 sec ago
Dairy farmers launch a protest at the EU Council headquarters in Brussels on Monday.

Tillerson heading for confirmation as secretary of state

AP - 1 hour 40 sec ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of state headed for approval in a key Senate committee Monday after Florida Sen. Marco Rubio announced his support, backing off from a challenge to the new president. 2017-01-23T10:19:00-05:00 2017-01-23T15:19:53-05:00

Democrats demand to know if Trump has violated his DC hotel lease

CNN POLITICS - 1 hour 1 min ago
A group of Democratic lawmakers is calling on a government agency to determine whether President Donald Trump has violated a term of the lease for his hotel in Washington, D.C.

Trump taps Commissioner Ajit Pai to head FCC

REUTERS POLITICS - 1 hour 1 min ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Monday tapped Republican Commissioner Ajit Pai to head the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, which is expected to roll back many of the Obama administration's telecommunications and internet policies.

White House opens door to cooperation with Russian in Syria

AP - 1 hour 4 min ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Monday opened the door to cooperating with Russia "or anyone else" to combat the Islamic State group in Syria, suggesting it could reverse a previous refusal to coordinate military action with Moscow as long as it backs the Syrian government. 2017-01-23T11:47:00-05:00 2017-01-23T16:47:05-05:00

Executive orders: How significant are they?

BBC - 1 hour 5 min ago
Mr Trump has signed an executive order to pull out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Chile’s worst wildfires destroy everything in their path

THE WASHINGTON POST - 1 hour 6 min ago
Residents of the community of Pumanque south of the Chilean capital have lost most of their belongings and their livelihood to some of the worst wildfires in their country’s history.

Jailed Panama dictator moved to house arrest for brain surgery

BBC - 1 hour 9 min ago
Manuel Noriega, 82, needs to have a benign tumour removed and has been granted house arrest.

UN: Preventive diplomacy in Gambia avoided bloodshed

THE WASHINGTON POST - 1 hour 23 min ago
The United Nations says preventive diplomacy in Gambia avoided bloodshed, restored democracy and averted what it calls a “humanitarian disaster.”

Admiral Faller to Serve as Defense Secretary’s Senior Military Assistant

(USA) DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - 1 hour 26 min ago
Navy Rear Adm. Craig S. Faller, currently chief of legislative affairs for the Secretary of the Navy, will be assigned as senior military assistant to Defense Secretary James Mattis, a Defense Department release said.

Talks on Syria's civil war off to a rocky start

AP - 1 hour 32 min ago
ASTANA, Kazakhstan (AP) — Talks between the Syrian government and representatives of rebel factions got off to a rocky start Monday after their first face-to-face meeting in Kazakhstan that marked a major shift in the war's dynamics and confirmed Russia's role as regional heavyweight. 2017-01-23T11:13:00-05:00 2017-01-23T16:13:50-05:00

Bernie Ecclestone removed as Liberty Media completes $8bn takeover

BBC - 1 hour 32 min ago
Bernie Ecclestone is removed from his position running F1 as US giant Liberty Media completes its $8bn (£6.4bn) takeover of the sport.

Yahoo revenue rises 15.4 percent amid Verizon deal uncertainty

TECHNICAL NEWS - 1 hour 33 min ago
(Reuters) - Yahoo Inc reported a 15.4 percent rise in quarterly revenue on Monday, ahead of a proposed sale of its core internet business to Verizon Communications Inc.

Spicer: Press coverage 'demoralizing'

CNN POLITICS - 1 hour 33 min ago
Protesting what he described as crushingly negative coverage of President Donald Trump's inauguration, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said crowd size comparisons damaged the new administration's morale.

U.S. military denies coordinating Syria air strikes with Russia

REUTERS - 1 hour 37 min ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon on Monday denied that it had coordinated air strikes with Russia in Syria, after Russia's defense ministry said the United States had provided coordinates for Islamic State militants.

Trump Withdraws U.S. From Pacific Trade Deal

President Trump formally pulled the U.S. out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the 12-nation trade agreement negotiated by Barack Obama and championed by businesses but that fell out of favor in both political parties.

France's Hollande says EU to talk trade with Pacific Alliance

REUTERS - 1 hour 46 min ago
BOGOTA (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande said on Monday that he would seek to bolster trade and investment with the Pacific Alliance trade bloc in joint negotiations with the European Union.

Mexican president says firm negotiations with Trump can protect Mexicans

THE WASHINGTON POST - 1 hour 50 min ago
In a foreign policy speech, President Enrique Peña Nieto vowed to defend Mexico’s “national interests” in the face of Trump’s “new vision.”

ISIL on Run in Eastern Mosul, Pentagon Spokesman Says

(USA) DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - 1 hour 57 min ago
Iraqi security forces are finishing clearing operations in eastern Mosul while Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant fighters have ceased fighting and are on the run, the Pentagon press operations director said.

Egyptian state TV airs video of murdered Italian student Regeni

REUTERS - 1 hour 59 min ago
CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian state television has aired footage of Italian student Giulio Regeni, who was found murdered in Cairo almost a year ago, speaking to the head of a Cairo street vendors' union who reported him to police a few weeks before his death.

White House news conference: CNN's Reality Check Team vets the claims

CNN POLITICS - 2 hours 10 min ago
White House press secretary Sean Spicer delivered his first briefing of Donald Trump's presidency Monday, and CNN's Reality Check Team monitored his statements and checked the claims.

Mexico's Pena Nieto outlines goals for talks with Trump

BBC - 2 hours 16 min ago
President Pena Nieto vows to defend Mexico's interests without "confrontation or submission".

Guard Members Reflect on Inauguration Day Duty

(USA) DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - 2 hours 25 min ago
More than 7,500 National Guard members from 44 states, territories and the District of Columbia supported the 58th presidential inauguration. Soldiers and airmen provided security, crowd control, traffic management, and logistics and communications capabilities while working with the U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Capitol Police and the Metropolitan Police Department, among other agencies.

4 things to watch now that the U.S. has withdrawn from TPP trade deal

THE WASHINGTON POST - 2 hours 26 min ago
Trump's executive order was a mostly symbolic move. But it has far-ranging implications on America's role in the global economy.

Nigeria: Babies used in suicide bombings, officials warn

BBC - 2 hours 28 min ago
Officials issued the warning after two suicide bombers carrying infants evaded detection.

The problem with BuzzFeed's defense of publishing the Trump-Russia dossier

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - 2 hours 32 min ago
Ben Smith says readers should be "trusted to judge dubious documents" — but they actually have no way to do so.

White House says to have Supreme Court nominee in next couple of weeks

REUTERS POLITICS - 2 hours 42 min ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will announce a nominee in the next couple of weeks to fill a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court, the White House said on Monday.

GOP senators pitch plan that would let some states keep Obamacare

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - 2 hours 43 min ago
"It is nearly impossible to keep the benefits of the Affordable Care Act without keeping the whole thing," said Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer.

Lawyer: Panama to allow ex-dictator Noriega house arrest

THE WASHINGTON POST - 2 hours 48 min ago
A lawyer for Panama’s jailed ex-dictator Manuel Noriega says a court has granted him house arrest so he can prepare for brain surgery.

Afghans hope — and worry — that Trump will shake things up

THE WASHINGTON POST - 2 hours 54 min ago
Many say U.S. troops are needed to stop the Taliban, but also want them out.

Trump brings old lawsuits to new address

CNN POLITICS - 2 hours 55 min ago
The new President is not afraid of litigation.

U.S. says will prevent China taking over territory in international waters

REUTERS - 2 hours 55 min ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The new U.S. administration of President Donald Trump vowed on Monday that the United States would prevent China from taking over territory in international waters in the South China Sea.

Talks on Syria's civil war off to a rocky start

AP - 2 hours 56 min ago
ASTANA, Kazakhstan (AP) — Talks between the Syrian government and representatives of rebel factions got off to a rocky start Monday after their first face-to-face meeting in Kazakhstan that marked a major shift in the war's dynamics and confirmed Russia's role as regional heavyweight. 2017-01-23T09:58:00-05:00 2017-01-23T14:58:14-05:00

Trump has resigned from Trump Organization: White House

REUTERS POLITICS - 3 hours 2 min ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has resigned from the Trump Organization and his sons Don Jr. and Eric are in charge of the business, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said on Monday.

Trump Organization documents say he has resigned from more than 400 businesses

CNN POLITICS - 3 hours 5 min ago
President Donald Trump says he has resigned from positions in hundreds of business entities, according to a document provided to CNN by the Trump Organization.

Trump's TPP withdrawal: 5 things to know

CNN POLITICS - 3 hours 6 min ago
President Donald Trump has begun carrying out his campaign pledges to undo America's trade ties -- starting Monday with executive action to pull the United States out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Attorney says former Panama leader Manuel Noriega allowed house arrest pending surgery

THE WASHINGTON POST - 3 hours 10 min ago
Attorney says former Panama leader Manuel Noriega allowed house arrest pending surgery.

The Latest: Trump willing to work with Russia against IS

AP - 3 hours 12 min ago
BEIRUT (AP) — The latest on Syria talks that are being held in Kazakhstan and developments on the ground in the war-torn country (all times local): 2017-01-23T09:26:00-05:00 2017-01-23T14:26:37-05:00

White House defends statement on audience for Trump's inaugural

REUTERS POLITICS - 3 hours 13 min ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House spokesman Sean Spicer on Monday defended his statement that President Donald Trump's inauguration was the most-watched ever, citing viewership on television and other media and insisting that "our intention is never to lie to you."

US lawmakers propose sanctions for Venezuela food corruption

AP - 3 hours 24 min ago
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan officials may face U.S. sanctions for profiting from food shortages that have exacerbated hunger in the South American country. 2017-01-23T09:17:00-05:00 2017-01-23T14:17:02-05:00

Gambia's new president, still in Senegal, names female VP

AP - 3 hours 24 min ago
BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — Gambia's new vice president will be a female leader of the opposition coalition that helped bring new President Adama Barrow to power, a presidential spokesman announced Monday, as regional troops continued security sweeps to prepare for Barrow's return to the country he now rules. 2017-01-23T09:00:00-05:00 2017-01-23T14:00:50-05:00

Syrian peace talks: Who's there?

BBC - 3 hours 29 min ago
Negotiations are underway in Kazakhstan's capital Astana- but who is and isn't taking part?

Two Polish brothers jailed in Britain in modern slavery conviction

REUTERS - 3 hours 32 min ago
LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Two Polish brothers were jailed under Britain's modern slavery laws for six years each on Monday for stealing wages of around 18 other Poles they tricked with promises of work in the UK, prosecutors said.

Beyond Pokemon Go: augmented reality catches Jon Hamm at Sundance

TECHNICAL NEWS - 3 hours 34 min ago
PARK CITY, Utah (Reuters) - Attendees at the Sundance Film Festival can use augmented reality (AR) to hang out with "Mad Men" star Jon Hamm or assemble a human brain, as makers of the new immersive technology seek to engage independent filmmakers.

Anti-Trump rant woman removed from Alaska Airlines plane

BBC - 3 hours 35 min ago
A woman is removed from an Alaska Airlines flight for berating the Trump supporter sitting next to her.

More Californians dreaming of a country without Trump: poll

REUTERS POLITICS - 3 hours 35 min ago
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - The election of Republican businessman Donald Trump as president of the United States has some Californians dreaming - of their own country.

Trump's White House to open briefings to non-Washington media

REUTERS POLITICS - 3 hours 41 min ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Monday it planned later this week to establish four "Skype seats" for its regular media briefings to allow news organizations outside of Washington to participate.

Trump makes early move on restricting abortions around the world

REUTERS POLITICS - 3 hours 44 min ago
NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday reinstated a global gag rule that bans U.S.-funded groups around the world from discussing abortion, a move that was widely expected but nonetheless dismayed women's rights advocates.

Trump makes early move on restricting abortions around the world

REUTERS - 3 hours 44 min ago
NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday reinstated a global gag rule that bans U.S.-funded groups around the world from discussing abortion, a move that was widely expected but nonetheless dismayed women's rights advocates.

Warby Parker to Open 25 Stores This Year

Warby Parker plans to open at least 25 retail locations this year, a rare brick-and-mortar expansion amid store closures at several chains.

Trump to Nominate Heather Wilson as Next Air Force Secretary

(USA) DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - 3 hours 54 min ago
President Donald J. Trump intends to nominate Heather Wilson as Secretary of the Air Force, according to a White House press release.

Why Donald Trump's move to end the Trans-Pacific Partnership is so hugely symbolic

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - 3 hours 54 min ago
Trump's opposition to TPP was unorthodox -- and, in hindsight, hugely important in winning the presidency.

Romanian president calls for referendum on prisoner pardons

THE WASHINGTON POST - 4 hours 38 sec ago
Romania’s president has called for a referendum on a government proposal to pardon thousands of prisoners, which critics say could weaken the anti-corruption fight.

UN, Nordic groups meet at Finland humanitarian aid to Syria

THE WASHINGTON POST - 4 hours 38 sec ago
As talks between the Syrian government and rebel factions continue in Kazakhstan, Nordic and United Nations aid groups are meeting in Finland to discuss the plight of civilians in the war that has killed hundreds of thousands and displaced half the country’s population.

The Latest: US denies Russian claim of Syria coordination

AP - 4 hours 4 min ago
BEIRUT (AP) — The latest on Syria talks that are being held in Kazakhstan and developments on the ground in the war-torn country (all times local): 2017-01-23T08:38:00-05:00 2017-01-23T13:38:21-05:00

Greek island mayors say refugee overcrowding too high

AP - 4 hours 4 min ago
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The mayors of five eastern Greek islands used to limit the movement of refugees and migrants have called on the European Union to ease the restrictions amid continued problems created by winter weather and overcrowding. 2017-01-23T06:57:00-05:00 2017-01-23T11:57:39-05:00

Sean Spicer expected to soon give news briefing

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - 4 hours 23 min ago
The briefing comes just two days after he summoned members of the press to formally provide an angry critique of coverage of the inauguration.

UK workers making clothes for high street brands on paltry wages: TV investigation

REUTERS - 4 hours 29 min ago
LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Workers in Britain making clothes for popular high street retailers like River Island and New Look are being paid less than half the minimum wage, an investigation by Britain's Channel 4 television has found.

As Trump takes controls of nukes, Hiroshima's ex-mayor urges him to meet atomic bomb survivors

THE WASHINGTON POST - 4 hours 30 min ago
"Their struggles are worth listening to,” former Hiroshima mayor Tadatoshi Akiba wrote in a letter to President Trump.

Nigerian musician Femi Kuti urges stars, fans to focus on Boko Haram victims

REUTERS - 4 hours 39 min ago
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Nigerian musician Femi Kuti on Monday urged his fellow celebrities and their fans to take to social media and pressure the government to do more to help millions of people struggling to survive in Boko Haram-hit northeast Nigeria.

Sinn Fein chooses new leader O’Neill for Northern Ireland

THE WASHINGTON POST - 4 hours 42 min ago
Michelle O’Neill has been named as the new leader of the Sinn Fein party in Northern Ireland.

Trump calls Egypt’s el-Sissi, offers support

THE WASHINGTON POST - 4 hours 42 min ago
Egypt’s presidency says that U.S. President Donald Trump spoke with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who expressed hope for a “new push” in bilateral relations under Trump’s administration.

White House website warns 'dangerous anti-police atmosphere' in America is wrong

CNN POLITICS - 4 hours 46 min ago
The White House is spotlighting its support of the law enforcement community in a new statement on the White House website, titled "Standing Up For Our Law Enforcement Community."

'Resident Evil' goes back to survival horror roots for new game

TECHNICAL NEWS - 4 hours 46 min ago
LONDON (Reuters) - Videogame series 'Resident Evil' goes back to its 'survival horror' roots for its new installment with players experiencing the new game from a first person perspective for the first time, according to Japanese videogame maker Capcom.

The Latest: Russia claims first joint raid with coalition

AP - 4 hours 48 min ago
BEIRUT (AP) — The latest on Syria talks that are being held in Kazakhstan and developments on the ground in the war-torn country (all times local): 2017-01-23T08:00:00-05:00 2017-01-23T13:00:12-05:00

Romanian president considers referendum over government's justice plan

REUTERS - 4 hours 53 min ago
BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Romanian President Klaus Iohannis said on Monday he could hold a referendum on the government's plans to decriminalize certain offences and to pardon convicts through decrees, moves critics say could harm efforts to stamp out high-level corruption.

US investigating Flynn calls with Russian diplomat

CNN POLITICS - 4 hours 54 min ago
US investigators are scrutinizing late December calls between Mike Flynn, President Donald Trump's national security adviser, and Russia's ambassador to the US as part of a broader counterintelligence investigation of Russian activities in the US, law enforcement and intelligence officials told CNN.

Spicer to hold first formal press briefing

CNN POLITICS - 4 hours 58 min ago
Sean Spicer's era of presiding over the White House briefing room begins Monday as he faces questions from reporters for the first time as President Donald Trump's press secretary.

Meet Ivanka Trump. She could be the most powerful first daughter the U.S. has ever seen.

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - 5 hours 36 sec ago
Washington Post reporter Krissah Thompson examines the role President Trump's eldest daughter played during the campaign and what she could do in the future.

Some Mosul residents face new fears after Islamic State rule

REUTERS - 5 hours 1 min ago
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Mohamed Mahmoud is relieved he no longer has to watch Islamic State militants hang corpses from electricity poles, now that Iraqi forces have cleared the group from his east Mosul district. But he still fears for his safety.

3 dogs give avalanche rescuers hope but 22 people missing

AP - 5 hours 2 min ago
FARINDOLA, Italy (AP) — Italian emergency crews pulled three wiggling, white sheepdog puppies out Monday from under tons of snow and rubble at an avalanche-struck hotel, lifting spirits even as the search for 22 people still missing dragged on five days after the disaster. 2017-01-23T07:40:00-05:00 2017-01-23T12:40:44-05:00

Executive orders: What Trump can and can't do

CNN POLITICS - 5 hours 3 min ago
President Donald Trump dives into the business of policy Monday, signing executive actions that remove the US from the Trans Pacific Partnership, enacting a federal employee hiring freeze (except for the military), and reinstating the "Mexico City policy" on abortion funding.

Syrian Kurdish YPG says not bound by Astana peace talks outcome

REUTERS - 5 hours 3 min ago
BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said on Monday it would not be bound by any decision that comes out of peace talks under way in Kazakhstan as it was not involved in the meetings.

Marco Rubio will support Rex Tillerson, after all. And Donald Trump wins again.

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - 5 hours 4 min ago
Rubio came out with a very strong statement on Tillerson initially. Now it looks like he backed down.

In Colombia, gourmet meals worth going to jail for

THE WASHINGTON POST - 5 hours 4 min ago
Visitors are flocking to the all-women San Diego prison in this popular Caribbean tourist town — to dine at Cartagena’s trendiest new restaurant.

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