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Former U.S. Senator: Cardi B is right about Trump shutdown

Donald Trump is taking away Nancy Pelosi’s airplane, after Pelosi asked Trump to postpone his State of the Union address until after the Government shutdown has ended. Trump’s overall approval rating is sinking as the shutdown continues, with Gallup noting that he is the first President in history t


Australia is pumping oxygen into lakes and rivers as a 'Band-Aid solution' to stop thousands of fish from dying

Droughts, heatwaves, and algal blooms are contributing to low levels of oxygen in some Australian lakes and rivers. Roughly one million dead fish were found in a river in New South Wales last week.


U.S. Navy chief does not rule out sending aircraft carrier through Taiwan Strait

TOKYO (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy has not ruled out sending an aircraft carrier through the Taiwan Strait, despite military technology advances by China that pose a greater threat to U.S. warships than ever before, the chief of U.S. naval operations said on Friday.


Acting attorney general's wife emails reporter that Mueller investigation is 'wrapping up'

Washington (CNN)Marci Whitaker, the wife of acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, sent an email to a reporter pushing back on an article and said the special counsel investigation was by all accounts "wrapping up."


New Zealand has kicked out a family of ‘unruly’ British tourists who have wreaked havoc in the country

New Zealand has reportedly asked a group of British tourists accused of littering and stealing to leave the country. The tourists, apparently a large family, have been causing trouble since December.


Mysterious naked holy men a huge draw at India's Kumbh Mela

PRAYAGRAJ, India (Reuters) - Ash-smeared and dreadlocked Naga sadhus or Hindu ascetics, naked except for rosary beads and garlands and smoking wooden pipes, are a huge draw at the world’s largest religious festival that began this week in India.


U.N. members owe $2 billion in debt to peacekeeping, U.S. owes a third

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. member states owe nearly $2 billion in peacekeeping funds, United Nations chief Antonio Guterres has warned, with the United States responsible for more than a third of that.


Canada’s arrest of Huawei executive was an act of ‘backstabbing’, Chinese ambassador says

Chinese ambassador Lu Shaye says Canada’s arrest of a Huawei Technologies executive was an act of “backstabbing” by a friend. And Lu warns of “repercussions” if Canada bars the firm from its new 5G network for security reasons, as have three of its intelligence-sharing allies.


Sunny Beach, a resort that skirts Bulgaria's Black Sea, is the cheapest place to travel in 2019. These photos will make you want to book your vacation there.

Each year, the UK-based site Post Office releases its Worldwide Holiday Costs Barometer report. The report analyzes the prices of essential items, such as food, drinks, and sunscreen, in 42 resorts and cities worldwide.


Philips to close last UK manufacturing plant, putting 430 jobs at risk

Dutch technology company Philips plans to close its last manufacturing plant in the UK, after its chief executive previously warned that a hard Brexit could harm its ability to export products.


Minority ethnic Britons face 'shocking' job discrimination

Black Britons and those of south Asian origin face “shocking” discrimination in the labour market at levels unchanged since the late 1960s, research has found. A study by experts based at the Centre for Social Investigation at Nuffield College, University of Oxford, found applicants from minority et


China's moon plants are dead just days after sprouting on lunar surface

The moon is a lifeless world once again. The cotton plants that sprouted on the moon's far side aboard China's Chang'e 4 lander are dead, done in by the bitter cold of the lengthy lunar night, GBTimes reported today (Jan. 16).


Mom wins largest individual Powerball in Australian lottery history

(CNN)A mom from Sydney won Australia's biggest individual prize in history on Thursday, cashing out with more than $107 million (US $77 million). The Lott, Australia's official lotteries site, said in a statement that the winner, who wishes to remain anonymous, wasn't sure what was going on when off


Stories We’re Watching Across the Indo-Pacific

The Australia Letter is a weekly newsletter from our Australia bureau chief. Sign up to get it by email. I’m in Hong Kong this week for our annual meeting with New York Times editors and correspondents from all across Asia, and on the plane over I was reading Evan Osnos’s book, “Age of Ambition: Cha


Deadly Nairobi attack comes as U.S. military ramps up airstrikes against al-Shabab in Somalia

NAIROBI — When the Somali extremist group al-Shabab claimed responsibility for this week’s 19-hour siege of a Nairobi complex that left at least 21 dead, it said the attack was “a response to the witless remarks of U.S. president, Donald Trump, and his declaration of al-Quds [Jerusalem] as the capit


Beto's excellent adventure drips with white male privilege

(CNN)Imagine this: A 46-year-old former congresswoman and mother of three, who just lost a Senate bid to one of the most despised incumbents, sets off on a road trip adventure to clear her head.


When It Comes to Soy, China Is Getting More Out of the Trade Truce

(Bloomberg) -- When the U.S. forged a trade truce with China last month, President Donald Trump boasted that the largest soybean importer was back to buying “tremendous amounts” of American supplies.


Gates urges donors to invest in health for global security and growth

LONDON (Reuters) - Donating billions of dollars to global funds that fight poverty and disease is one of the best investments governments can make to boost security and economic growth, philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates said on Thursday.


Rallying: Qatari Al-Attiyah wins his third Dakar, Toyota's first

LIMA (Reuters) - Qatar’s Nasser Al-Attiyah became a three times Dakar Rally winner on Thursday, taking no risks on the last stage to Lima and finishing with a 46-minute lead, while Australian Toby Price took the motorcycle crown.


How 1850s America Offers a Model for Escaping Poverty

Next week, top-tier business executives and global leaders will gather at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos to discuss globalization and the world’s most pressing problems. One of the issues bound to be discussed is global poverty, and how to finally eradicate it.