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10 Things to Know for Today

Jan 28, 2019—Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: PRESIDENT SKEPTICAL ABOUT CHANCES FOR BUDGET AGREEMENT Donald Trump says the odds that a bipartisan House and Senate lawmakers will craft a deal to end his border wall standoff with Congress are “less than 50-50.” OPIOID … Continue reading 10 Things to Know for Today

BRUMADINHO, Brazil | The Latest: Company that inspected Brazil dam works on probe

BRUMADINHO, Brazil—Jan 28, 2019—The Latest on the mining waste dam collapse in Brazil (all times local): 7:15 p.m. A German company that last year inspected the dam in Brazil that collapsed Friday says it’s working with authorities investigating the deadly disaster in which at least 58 people died. TUEV Sued, based in Munich, confirmed Monday … Continue reading BRUMADINHO, Brazil | The Latest: Company that inspected Brazil dam works on probe

SKOPJE, Macedonia | Macedonia’s name change – what does the country have to do?

SKOPJE, Macedonia—Jan 28, 2019—Macedonia is changing its name to North Macedonia in return for Greece dropping its objections to its northern neighbor joining NATO to settle a nearly three-decade dispute. But what does a country have to do, practically, when it changes its name? Greece’s parliament ratified the deal on Friday, in one of the … Continue reading SKOPJE, Macedonia | Macedonia’s name change – what does the country have to do?

ISTANBUL | UN rights envoy comes to Turkey to study Khashoggi killing

ISTANBUL —Jan 28, 2019—A U.N. human rights expert has arrived in Turkey for a weeklong visit over the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard and her team of experts on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary killings met with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in Ankara on Monday. Turkey’s official Anadolu news agency … Continue reading ISTANBUL | UN rights envoy comes to Turkey to study Khashoggi killing

BEIJING | Prominent Chinese human rights lawyer sentenced to 4½ years

BEIJING —Jan 28, 2019—Prominent Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang was sentenced to 4½ years in prison on the charge of subversion of state power Monday, more than three years after he was detained in a sweeping crackdown on the legal profession. The No. 2 Intermediate Court in the northeastern city of Tianjin announced the … Continue reading BEIJING | Prominent Chinese human rights lawyer sentenced to 4½ years

BANGKOK | World shares fall on doubts US shutdown deal will succeed

BANGKOK—Jan 28, 2019—Shares fell in Europe early Monday after Asian markets retreated from early gains on caution over China-U.S. trade talks and over the ability of congressional negotiators to forge a government funding bill acceptable to President Donald Trump. KEEPING SCORE: Germany‘s DAX lost 0.3 percent to 11,249.21 and the CAC 40 in France gave … Continue reading BANGKOK | World shares fall on doubts US shutdown deal will succeed

MADRID | Weeklong taxi strike against Uber snarls traffic in Madrid

MADRID—Jan 28, 2019—Spanish police on Monday cleared away taxis that blocked a main avenue in the capital of Madrid, the latest action in a weeklong standoff with authorities over the growth of app-based ride-hailing services that cab drivers say threaten their livelihood. The local and national police forces said there were no significant clashes and … Continue reading MADRID | Weeklong taxi strike against Uber snarls traffic in Madrid

COPENHAGEN, Denmark | Danes erect fence on German border to stop swine fever

COPENHAGEN, Denmark—Jan 28, 2019— Workers in Denmark have begun erecting a 70-kilometer (43.4-mile) fence along the German border to keep out wild boars in the hope of preventing the spread of African swine fever, which could jeopardize Denmark’s valuable pork industry. The steel fence, which will be up to 1.5 meters (5 feet) tall, was … Continue reading COPENHAGEN, Denmark | Danes erect fence on German border to stop swine fever

PARIS | French police investigate theft of Banksy art at Bataclan

PARIS —Jan 28, 2019— A French judicial official says police are investigating the theft of an artwork by the British artist Banksy that was painted as a tribute to the victims of the 2015 terror attacks at the Bataclan music hall in Paris. The artwork, a black image appearing to depict a person mourning , … Continue reading PARIS | French police investigate theft of Banksy art at Bataclan

LOS ANGELES | Michael Jackson family condemns new documentary on accusers

LOS ANGELES—Jan 28, 2019— Michael Jackson‘s family members said Monday that they are “furious” that two men who accuse him of sexually abusing them as boys have received renewed attention because of a new documentary about them. The family released a statement denouncing “Leaving Neverland,” a documentary film featuring Jackson accusers Wade Robson and James … Continue reading LOS ANGELES | Michael Jackson family condemns new documentary on accusers

PARIS | European rights envoy talks with France about yellow vests

PARIS —Jan 28, 2019—The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights is traveling to Paris to meet with French authorities to discuss human rights issues related to the yellow vests protests. A day after yellow vests demonstrated for an 11th straight weekend in Paris and across France, Dunja Mijatovic said Monday on Twitter that she … Continue reading PARIS | European rights envoy talks with France about yellow vests

LONDON | UK leader under new pressure to secure EU Brexit concessions

LONDON—Jan 28, 2019—A leading Brexit supporter says he will back Prime Minister Theresa May‘s Brexit divorce deal with the European Union if she wins concessions on controversial language designed to prevent border checks in Northern Ireland. Boris Johnson, the former U.K. foreign secretary, writes Monday in the Daily Telegraph that it would be “unadulterated good … Continue reading LONDON | UK leader under new pressure to secure EU Brexit concessions

MADRID | Weeklong taxi strike against Uber hinders traffic in Madrid

MADRID—Jan 28, 2019— Spanish police are clearing away taxis that are blocking a main avenue in the capital of Madrid, the latest action in a weeklong standoff with authorities over the growth of app-based ride-hailing services that taxi drivers say threaten their livelihood. The striking Spanish taxi drivers want the regional government in Madrid to … Continue reading MADRID | Weeklong taxi strike against Uber hinders traffic in Madrid

TOKYO | Nissan says it’s ‘cooperating fully’ with inquiry by US SEC

TOKYO —Jan 28, 2019— Nissan Motor Co. says it has received an inquiry from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The Japanese automaker said in a statement Monday that it “can confirm that we have received an inquiry from the SEC, and are cooperating fully. We cannot provide further details.” The statement followed reports by … Continue reading TOKYO | Nissan says it’s ‘cooperating fully’ with inquiry by US SEC

ORLANDO, Fla. | AP analysis: NFL centers seeing shorter career longevity

ORLANDO, Fla.—Jan 28, 2019— Pro Bowl center Alex Mack rattled off all he does before the snap: Checks for blitzes, keeps an eye on the play clock, makes blocking adjustments and communicates all the changes to everyone else. All that happens in seconds — and with 300-pound defenders a few inches away and ready to … Continue reading ORLANDO, Fla. | AP analysis: NFL centers seeing shorter career longevity

Guaranteed money could be key to avoiding NFL lockout

Jan 28, 2019—Though the next labor fight between the NFL and its players is more than two years off, one issue is already clear. Avoiding a work stoppage in 2021 could depend on whether players can secure more guaranteed money in the next collective bargaining negotiations with the league. “You can’t look at it in … Continue reading Guaranteed money could be key to avoiding NFL lockout

MOSCOW | Russian police recover painting stolen in broad daylight

MOSCOW —Jan 28, 2019—Police have found the painting that was stolen a day ago from Moscow’s famed museum of Russian art in broad daylight. The painting of mountain ridges by Arkhip Kuindzhi, titled “Ai-Petri. Crimea,” was stolen in front of confused visitors Sunday at the Tretyakov Gallery. Witnesses described a young man who removed the … Continue reading MOSCOW | Russian police recover painting stolen in broad daylight

MELBOURNE, Australia | Australian Open champ Osaka is Asia’s 1st No. 1 in tennis

MELBOURNE, Australia —Jan 28, 2019— Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka is the youngest woman to make her debut at No. 1 in nine years and the first man or woman from Asia to lead the tennis rankings. Simona Halep’s 48-week stay atop the WTA ended Monday. She slid to No. 3 after a fourth-round loss … Continue reading MELBOURNE, Australia | Australian Open champ Osaka is Asia’s 1st No. 1 in tennis

BERLIN | Alstom, Siemens seek to calm EU concerns over rail merger

BERLIN—Jan 28, 2019—France’s Alstom says that it and Germany‘s Siemens have offered new concessions in an effort to overcome European authorities’ concerns about the planned merger of their train-building operations. A European Union decision on whether to allow the deal to go ahead is expected soon. The two countries’ governments favor what they view as … Continue reading BERLIN | Alstom, Siemens seek to calm EU concerns over rail merger

WASHINGTON | AP-NORC poll: Most Americans oppose Trump’s foreign policy

WASHINGTON—Jan 28, 2019—A majority of Americans disapprove of the way President Donald Trump is handling U.S. foreign policy and about half think the country’s global standing will deteriorate during the next year, according to new poll that highlighted the nation’s partisan divide on foreign issues. The poll, conducted by Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs … Continue reading WASHINGTON | AP-NORC poll: Most Americans oppose Trump’s foreign policy

BANGKOK | Asian markets fall back on caution over China-US trade talks

BANGKOK —January 28, 2019— Asian shares fell back Monday from early gains as caution over looming trade talks between Washington and Beijing displaced relief over the end of the partial U.S. government shutdown. KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s Nikkei 225 stock index sank 0.6 percent to 20,649.00. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index was flat at 27,562.20 and … Continue reading BANGKOK | Asian markets fall back on caution over China-US trade talks

CANBERRA, Australia | Thousands of fish die in 3rd mass death in Australian river

CANBERRA, Australia—January 28, 2019— Hundreds of thousands of fish died on Monday in the third mass death in recent weeks on a stretch of a major Australian river that local officials blamed on drought but critics said at least partly stemmed from water mismanagement. The latest deaths began overnight in the Darling River near the … Continue reading CANBERRA, Australia | Thousands of fish die in 3rd mass death in Australian river

MOSUL, Iraq | Iraqis amid Mosul’s silent ruins fear the loss of a dialect

MOSUL, Iraq— January 28, 2019—For centuries, residents of Mosul have spoken a unique form of Arabic enriched by the Iraqi city’s long history as a crossroads of civilization, a singsong dialect that many now fear will die out after years of war and displacement. Much of Mosul’s Old City, where speakers of the dialect are … Continue reading MOSUL, Iraq | Iraqis amid Mosul’s silent ruins fear the loss of a dialect

KABUL, Afghanistan | US envoy briefs Afghan officials on talks with the Taliban

KABUL, Afghanistan —January 28, 2019—The Afghan president’s office says U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad shared details of his recent talks with the Taliban in Qatar with President Ashraf Ghani and other government officials. Monday’s statement quotes Khalilzad as saying he held talks about a cease-fire with the Taliban but that there was no progress yet … Continue reading KABUL, Afghanistan | US envoy briefs Afghan officials on talks with the Taliban

WASHINGTON | Trump warns Europeans not to try to evade Iran sanctions

WASHINGTON —January 28, 2019— The Trump administration is closely eyeing efforts in Europe to set up an alternative money payment channel to ease doing business with Iran and avoid running afoul of sanctions the U.S. has levied on the Islamic republic. The White House is putting the Europeans on notice, saying that if they try … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump warns Europeans not to try to evade Iran sanctions

WASHINGTON | Big donors on the sidelines in early days of 2020 primary

WASHINGTON—January 28, 2019—The presidential primary is jolting to life without a traditional mainstay: the big money donor class. More specifically, their contribution checks. With as many as two dozen Democrats potentially running for the White House and no immediate front-runner, the money race in the early days of the primary is largely frozen, according to … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Big donors on the sidelines in early days of 2020 primary

CHICAGO | Companies navigate dementia conversations with older workers

CHICAGO —January 27, 2019—Faced with an aging American workforce, companies are increasingly navigating delicate conversations with employees grappling with cognitive declines, experts say. Workers experiencing early stages of dementia may struggle with tasks they had completed without difficulty. Historically punctual employees may forget about scheduled meetings. And those who have traveled to the same office … Continue reading CHICAGO | Companies navigate dementia conversations with older workers

NEW YORK | Wade’s visit brings Carmelo back to Madison Square Garden

NEW YORK —January 27, 2019—Dwyane Wade considered ending his NBA career after last season. Carmelo Anthony was one of the people who told him he needed a proper goodbye. On Sunday, Wade’s final lap around the league even brought Anthony back to Madison Square Garden. Anthony sat courtside at his former home to watch Wade … Continue reading NEW YORK | Wade’s visit brings Carmelo back to Madison Square Garden

WASHINGTON | Trump casts doubt on seeing a budget deal that he’d accept

WASHINGTON  —January 27, 2019— President Donald Trump said the odds congressional negotiators will craft a deal to end his border wall standoff with Congress are “less than 50-50.” As hundreds of thousands of furloughed federal workers prepared to return to work, Trump told The Wall Street Journal that he doesn’t think the negotiators will strike … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump casts doubt on seeing a budget deal that he’d accept