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US Democrats, Republicans Divided on Path to Reopening Government

The partial U.S. government shutdown reached day 31 Monday with the Senate's Republican leader preparing a vote on a proposal that President Donald Trump is calling a compromise and Democratic leaders say is a non-starter. Trump's plan would provide three years of protection against deportation for hundreds of thousands of immigrants who came to the country illegally when they were children, as well extensions of protected status for people who fled their countries due to violence or natural… Read Full Article

Turkish Employee of US Consulate Indicted for Espionage

Turkish prosecutors are seeking a life sentence for a local employee of the United States consulate in Istanbul accused of attempting to overthrow the government and espionage. A 78-page indictment seen by The Associated Press on Sunday against Turkish national Metin Topuz, jailed since October 2017, said he was in "very intense contact" with police officers who led a 2013 anti-corruption investigation that implicated top government officials.   The Turkish government accused U.S.-based… Read Full Article

Sudanese-British Billionaire Mo Ibrahim Calls on Sudan’s Al-Bashir to Stop Deadly Protest Crackdowns

A month of deadly protests across Sudan represents a “total rejection” of President Omar al-Bashir’s 30-year rule, said Mohammed “Mo” Ibrahim, a Sudanese-British billionaire and founder of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation. Since mid-December, Sudanese youth have taken to the streets to protest failed policies, repression, government-sanctioned torture, ongoing conflict and a deteriorating economy that has left many unsure of their next meal. “People are hungry, and they see the looting of the… Read Full Article

Congo Calm After Court Upholds Election Win of Tshisekedi

Congo's capital was calm Sunday with residents attending church after the Constitutional Court confirmed the presidential election victory of Felix Tshisekedi. It was not clear if the population would heed runner-up Martin Fayulu's call for non-violent protests against the court ruling. Tshisekedi said early Sunday that the court's decision to reject claims of electoral fraud and declare him president was a victory for the entire country.   "It is Congo that won," said Tshisekedi, speaking… Read Full Article

Ngozi Ebere: Nigerian ready for 'new challenge' in Norway

Nigeria Women’s defender Ngozi Ebere joins Norwegian club Arna Bjomar on a one-year deal from Cypriot team Barcelona FA.

Israeli Leader Visits Africa to Restore Relations with Chad

Israel and Chad restored diplomatic relations after nearly 50 years as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the central African nation on Sunday. The visit and official announcement marked a milestone in Netanyahu's recent policy of seeking out new allies among developing countries that have historically sided with the Palestinians at the United Nations and other international forums.   The visit comes after Chad's President Idriss Deby visited Jerusalem in November during which the… Read Full Article

With Trump Out, Davos Chief Eyes Fixing World Architecture

The founder of the World Economic Forum says U.S. President Donald Trump would have been an "interesting discussion partner" at its annual Davos event starting this week, but acknowledges that the partial U.S. government shutdown scuttled those plans. Klaus Schwab says he saw Trump shortly before Christmas and heard he had been "very much looking forward to coming back." Last year, Trump was a highlight attendee at the elite gathering in the Swiss Alps, where he dined with business executives… Read Full Article

North Korean Art Troupe to Visit China

A North Korean art troupe will visit China starting on Wednesday, Chinese state media said on Sunday. The troupe will be led by Ri Su Yong, a vice chairman of the ruling Workers' Party's Central Committee and director of its International Department, the official Xinhua news agency said, without providing other details. China has sought to remain front and center in diplomatic efforts over Pyongyang. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met with Chinese President Xi Jinping for the fourth time… Read Full Article

UN Peacekeepers Ambushed in Mali; 10 Dead

Unknown gunmen attacked a U.N. peacekeeping camp in northern Mali Sunday, killing 10 blue helmets from Chad and wounding 25 others. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned the attack and called it a possible war crime. His spokesman said Guterres sends his "heartfelt condolences" to the government of Chad and the victims' families. He paid tribute to the "dedication and courage of the men and women serving ... at great personal risk and sacrifice." Guterres described Sunday's… Read Full Article

Sudan Police Clash with Demonstrators in Fresh Protests

Sudanese police clashed with demonstrators in and around the capital Khartoum on Sunday, after they deployed in large numbers in anticipation of fresh protests calling on longtime ruler Omar al-Bashir to step down, activists said. Video clips circulating online showed hundreds of security forces in all-terrain vehicles in Khartoum and its twin city Omdurman, a traditional hotbed of dissent that saw hours of pitched battles between police and protesters last week. Live video feeds on social… Read Full Article