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UK's Labour calls on May to try a Brexit compromise to get deal passed

16 January[ —]

UK's Labour calls on May to try a Brexit compromise to get deal passedMay's Brexit deal suffered a crushing defeat in parliament on Tuesday, triggering political chaos that could lead to a disorderly exit from the EU, a reversal of the 2016 decision to leave or a compromise deal of some sort. The Labour Party's finance policy chief, John McDonnell, said Labour would support May if she agreed to stay in a permanent customs union with the EU, a close relationship with its single market and greater protections for workers and consumers. "We will support a deal that brings the country back together, protects jobs and supports the economy," McDonnell said.



Snowstorms to be followed by Arctic outbreak in eastern half of nation

16 January[ —]

Snowstorms to be followed by Arctic outbreak in eastern half of nationFollowing a pair of snowstorms set to deliver a one-two punch to the midwestern and northeastern United States into this weekend, the coldest air so far this winter season has its sights set on the eastern half of the nation.



Hundreds in new U.S.-bound migrant caravan cross into Guatemala

16 January[ —]

Hundreds in new U.S.-bound migrant caravan cross into GuatemalaSeveral hundred Honduran migrants in a new U.S.-bound caravan crossed into Guatemala on Tuesday, as U.S. President Donald Trump seized on news of the advancing group to try to build support for a wall along his country's border with Mexico. About 360 Hondurans presented documents to pass legally through the Agua Caliente border crossing separating the two Central American nations. An additional 350 Hondurans crossed into Guatemalan territory, but were being detained by migration officials checking their documents, according to pro-migrant activists traveling with them.



LAUSD teachers strike: Thousands of educators rally in downtown Los Angeles on 2nd day of walkout

16 January[ —]

LAUSD teachers strike: Thousands of educators rally in downtown Los Angeles on 2nd day of walkoutThousands of LAUSD teachers took to the streets of downtown Los Angeles for a massive demonstration on the second day of their union's strike.



Timeline of key events leading up to Brexit vote

15 January[ —]

Timeline of key events leading up to Brexit voteLONDON (AP) — A timeline of key events related to Britain's decision to leave the European Union:



What you need to know about Trump's attorney general nominee, William Barr

15 January[ —]

What you need to know about Trump's attorney general nominee, William BarrBecause the new attorney general will oversee special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, Trump's nomination has been closely scrutinized.



40 mile-per-hour mudslides, floods: California storms could cause serious damage

15 January[ —]

40 mile-per-hour mudslides, floods: California storms could cause serious damageMudslides and flooding were closing roads in California as heavy rains and snow were forecast deep into the week.



Trump's attorney general pick: Robert Mueller is not overseeing a 'witch hunt'

15 January[ —]

Trump's attorney general pick: Robert Mueller is not overseeing a 'witch hunt'Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general has contradicted the US president by saying Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating Russian election meddling, is not involved in a “witch hunt”.  William Barr, who will oversee the Mueller probe if confirmed to the role, vowed to allow the investigation to be completed during a grilling by US senators on Tuesday.  Mr Barr called Mr Mueller a “friend” and said they had known each other for 30 years after being colleagues at the Justice Department, playing down the likelihood of a clash over the investigation.  The 68-year-old said that it would be “unimaginable” that Mr Mueller would do something that demanded his sacking and promised to give the special counsel the resources he needs.  Mr Barr also vowed not be biased in his handling of the Russia investigation, saying he would “not let personal, political or other improper interests” influence his thinking.  “I will not be bullied into doing anything I think is wrong by anybody, whether it be editorial boards or Congress or the president. I am going to do what I think is right,” Mr Barr told senators.  William Barr, US attorney general nominee, is sworn in prior to Barr testifying at his confirmation hearing in Washington, DC Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images North America     The appearance amounted to a determined attempt by Mr Barr to convince US senators and the American public that he would act fairly over the Russia probe despite being appointed by Mr Trump.  The Russian election meddling investigation, which was handed to Mr Mueller after the firing of FBI director James Comey in May 2017, continues to blight the Trump presidency.  As well as probing Kremlin hacking and social media interference it is looking into whether Trump campaign figures conspired with Russians to tilt the 2016 US election in their candidate’s favour.  Mr Trump became so infuriated by his initial attorney general Jeff Sessions’s decision to recuse himself from overseeing the probe that he frequently berated him in public. Mr Sessions eventually resigned the day after the November 2018 midterm elections.  Mr Barr, who has already once been attorney general under George H W Bush, was nominated as his permanent replacement. If confirmed he will have the power to sack Mr Mueller, rob his investigation of resources and keep his final report hidden from public view.     During his appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Mr Barr repeatedly sought to calm any concerns that he could handle the investigation in a partisan manner.  “I believe it is in the best interest of everyone - the president, Congress, and, most importantly, the American people - that this matter be resolved by allowing the special counsel to complete his work," Mr Barr said in prepared remarks.  He said he had the “utmost respect” for Mr Mueller, adding: “On my watch, Bob will be allowed to finish his work.”  Mr Barr played down concerns that he could keep the special counsel’s final report hidden, saying that he would provide “as much transparency in consistence with the law” – though fell short of a promise to publish it in full.  Asked if he thought Mr Mueller could oversee a “witch hunt” – Mr Trump’s favoured description of the Russia probe – Mr Barr broke with the US president. “I don’t believe Mr Mueller would be involved in a witch hunt,” he responded.  Mr Barr did reveal that he had been approached to be part of Mr Trump’s legal defence team in June 2017, but declined the offer due to professional and personal reasons.  He said shortly after the rejection he met Mr Trump in the White House where the president asked about Mr Mueller’s “integrity”, which he defended.   US Attorney General nominee William Barr attends a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington Credit: JIM YOUNG/REUTERS Mr Trump took his telephone number but did not call until the attorney general role came up, Mr Barr said.  Some other responses stood out. Mr Barr said it would be a “crime” if any president offered a pardon in exchange for a witness’s promise not to incriminate him.  The answer drew attention because Mr Trump has not ruled out pardoning Paul Manafort, his former campaign chairman who was found guilty in a fraud trial and is currently in prison.  Mr Barr also criticised Mr Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email scandal - a favoured topic of Mr Trump - and promised to look into controversial text messages between two FBI officials that critics including the president have claimed showed bias against him.  Mr Barr’s previous stint as attorney general – he was confirmed unanimously by the US Senate then – and the Republicans’ increased majority in that body, holding 53 seats to 47, mean he is expected to be confirmed.



Saudi urges 'fair' energy transition, defends oil

15 January[ —]

Saudi urges 'fair' energy transition, defends oilTop oil exporter Saudi Arabia called Tuesday for a "fair" and gradual global energy transition as it unveiled an ambitious domestic renewable energy programme. Experts say energy output from renewables, especially solar and wind, is growing faster than anticipated, threatening to displace oil, gas and coal as the world's main sources of power. "Balancing greenhouse gas emissions will take decades," he said at Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.



Kosovars remember 45 killed by Serb forces 20 years ago

15 January[ —]

Kosovars remember 45 killed by Serb forces 20 years agoRECAK, Kosovo (AP) — Thousands gathered Tuesday in the southern Kosovo village of Recak to mark 20 years since 45 ethnic Albanians were slain by Serb forces in a mass killing that sparked international anger.



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