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The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 21st - 10:40pm

President Donald Trump says he wants to deliver the State of the Union as scheduled even if his impeachment trial is ongoing.  Trump told reporters in Davos, Switzerland on Wednesday that delivering the annual address on Feb. 4 is “very important to what I am doing” in setting his administration’s agenda.  There has been speculation that the White House would push for a postponement so the speech was not overshadowed by the Senate trial. The trial, which began Tuesday, may not conclude by the speech date.  

Cases of new viral respiratory illness rise sharply in China

Ken Moritsugu, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 21st - 7:33pm

Chinese health authorities urged people in the city of Wuhan to avoid crowds and public gatherings, after warning that a new viral illness that has infected more than 400 people and killed at least nine could spread further.

China reports number of cases from new virus has risen to 440 with 9 deaths

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 21st - 7:20pm

China reports number of cases from new virus has risen to 440 with 9 deaths.

Brazilian prosecutors accuse Glenn Greenwald in hacking case

Mauricio Savarese, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 21st - 5:23pm

Prosecutors accused U.S. journalist Glenn Greenwald on Tuesday of involvement in hacking the phones of Brazilian officials involved in a corruption investigation, though Brazil's high court had blocked investigations of the journalist or his Brazil-based news outlet in relation to the case.

UN welcomes commitments toward Libya peace, urges cease-fire

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 21st - 5:08pm

The U.N. Security Council on Tuesday welcomed the commitment by world powers and other key countries to support a plan to restore peace in Libya and urged the warring parties to quickly conclude a cease-fire agreement.

Militants kill 36 people in northern Burkina Faso

Arsene Kabore, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 21st - 3:00pm

Militants attacked a market in Burkina Faso’s Sanmatenga province, killing at least 36 people and wounding several others, the government said Tuesday.

Netanyahu tries to rally global opposition to ICC case

Josef Federman, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 21st - 2:16pm

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is calling on the world to take “concrete actions” against the International Criminal Court ahead of a possible war-crimes case against Israel.

Netanyahu renews West Bank annexation vow ahead of elections

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 21st - 1:54pm

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu renewed a vow to annex Israeli settlements in the West Bank as the embattled leader kicked off a third election campaign in under a year Tuesday.

New government in crisis-hit Lebanon, but protests continue

Zeina Karam and Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 21st - 1:06pm

A new Cabinet was announced in crisis-hit Lebanon late Tuesday, breaking a months-long impasse amid mass protests against the country's ruling elite and a crippling financial crisis, but demonstrations and violence continued.

New Cabinet announced in crisis-hit Lebanon ends three-month political vacuum

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 21st - 1:01pm

New Cabinet announced in crisis-hit Lebanon ends three-month political vacuum.

Venezuela lawmakers again blocked from congress session

Scott Smith, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 21st - 12:55pm

Venezuelan lawmakers opposed to President Nicolás Maduro called off an attempt to hold a session in the national congress building on Tuesday, saying they wanted to avoid clashes with security forces and armed government supporters blocking entry.

Prince Harry reunites with Meghan and Archie in Canada

Rob Gillies, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 21st - 11:57am

Prince Harry has reunited with his wife Meghan in Canada as he steps back from royal duties.

Vaccine for new Chinese coronavirus in the works

Elizabeth Cohen, CNN  |  Posted Jan 21st - 11:48am

The National Institutes of Health is working on a vaccine against the new virus that has infected hundreds and killed four in Asia.

NATO chief seeks beefed-up training role in Iraq

Lorne Cook, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 21st - 10:34am

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg says the alliance must beef up its military training operation in Iraq to ensure that its members are not drawn back into combat there against Islamic State extremists.

Abused circus animals arrive at South African sanctuary

Mogomotsi Magome, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 21st - 8:59am

Twelve tigers and five lions have been relocated to a sanctuary in South Africa after being rescued from circuses in Guatemala following years of abuse and confinement.

Death toll up to 10 in Ethiopia platform collapse; 250 hurt

Elias Meseret, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 21st - 6:03am

Regional officials in Ethiopia on Tuesday confirmed 10 deaths and 250 people injured after a wooden platform collapsed during a religious event the day before.

Winter storm lashes Spanish coast, leaves 4 dead, power cuts

Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 21st - 3:51am

A winter storm lashed much of Spain for a third day Tuesday, leaving 200,000 people without electricity, schools closed and roads blocked by snow as it killed four people.

Swedish capital hit again by predawn blasts, 1 injured

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 21st - 3:21am

Two predawn explosions minutes apart rocked suburban Stockholm on Tuesday, damaging buildings and slightly injuring one person. Explosives were used, but authorities have ruled out terrorism.

Venetian islands revamp traditions to counter depopulation

Colleen Barry, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 21st - 1:54am

The Venetian island of Burano’s charms are rooted in its fishing legacy: the colorful fishermen's cottages, the traditional butter cookies that kept fishermen going at sea and the delicate lace hand-stitched by their women.