. 1 Government Arrest
Nancy Pelosi actually increased the pressure in the government shutdown. The President of Parliament sent a letter to President Trump stating that he should either postpone the address of the Union State (scheduled for 29 January) or, for security reasons, write it in connection with the closure, which is now 27 days old to transfer. (Remember that it is the speaker of the house who invites the president to speak at the congress.) Basically, Pelosi told Trump he had to stop shutting down first if he wanted to deliver his speech. The GOP has condemned Pelosi for this unexpected move, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy described it as "unsuitable" for a House spokesman. It is not yet clear what the White House will do.
. 2 Syria
The debate over the Trump government's decision to pull US troops out of Syria was re-instated following the deaths of four Americans in a suicide bombing. In an explosion in the Syrian city of Manbij, two US service members, a defense lawyer and civilian civilian, were killed. ISIS took responsibility for the attack. Both the GOP and democratic legislators reiterated their call for troops to remain in Syria until IS is finally defeated. But the White House said the attack would not reverse Trump's decision. There are about 2,000 US troops in Syria.
. 3 Hotel Attack in Kenya
The terrorist attack in a hotel complex in an upscale neighborhood of Nairobi, Kenya increased the death toll to 21
. At least 30 others were hospitalized in the coordinated attack in which an unknown number of armed men triggered bombs, crashed into a hotel and began firing. Fifty people were still unknown after the siege for hours. The authorities said all the assailants allegedly from al-Shabaab terrorist group were "eliminated." Among the dead was the American businessman Jason Spindler, who had survived the terrorist attacks of September 11 in New York.
. 4 Brexit
Theresa May survived a vote of no confidence one day after the crash of her Brexit deal and her burning in parliament. Now, the British Prime Minister has until Monday to present a new Brexit plan that will please British lawmakers and EU leaders. It will not be easy. It has to bring together political parties with competing goals to come up with the alternative it comes up with. And even if she does, there is no guarantee that the EU is even ready to resume the Brexit negotiations. All these political quarrels must be swift, as the UK's exit from the EU on 29 March is fast approaching.
. 5 Climate Change
Last year was the hottest year in the world, according to a new report. 2018 was the hottest year since scientists recorded water temperatures 60 years ago. The grim message comes from a study in Advances magazine in Atmospheric Sciences. And it points to a disturbing trend: the hottest five years for water temperatures have all occurred since 2014. According to the authors of the report, changing sea temperatures are the best indicators of climate change. Warmer oceans cause a variety of problems, such as sea-level rise, more violent storms with heavy rainfall, coral bleaching and the melting of ice.
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"I never said that there is no collision between the campaign or the people in the campaign."
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