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City field: Democratic mayors emerge as hot prospects for 2020

WASHINGTON — A gay veteran. A Louisiana political scion. And the chief executives of the nation’s two largest cities. As the U.S. Conference of Mayors opens its annual conference in Washington this week, all eyes will be on the unofficial four-man class of mayors who may run for president in 2020. That’s because these mayors — Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles, Bill De Blasio of New York, Mitch Landrieu of New Orleans and Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana — have emerged as rising stars of the Democratic Party at…

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N. Korean ex-spy who blew up jetliner: Don’t trust Kim Jong Un

DAEGU CITY, South Korea — She’s a killer with a soft voice and a sharp blue suit. And not just any killer. Kim Hyon-hui is a mass murderer, a former spy for North Korea who blew up a passenger jet in 1987 on orders from Kim Jong Un’s father. She says he wanted to sabotage the 1988 Seoul Summer Games. Kim Hyon-hui Mac William Bishop / for NBC News And with the Olympics returning to South Korea in just over two weeks in PyeongChang, she’s warning the world not to…

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DAVOS 2018 LIVE: World leaders on avalanche warning at WEF as Modi puts India at forefront

Davos has been put on high alert after fresh snow smothered the Alps on the eve of the important gathering of business leaders, politicians and representatives from charities and non-government organisations.  A host of world leaders, including Theresa May, US President Donald Trump, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni are set to attend the four-day forum, which gathers some of the richest and most powerful people in the world all in one place.  But there are fears leaders could face difficulty getting…

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Survey: Mayors view climate change as pressing urban issue

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. mayors increasingly view climate change as a pressing urban issue, so much so that many advocate policies that could inconvenience residents or even hurt their cities financially. The annual survey of big-city executives, slated for release on Tuesday by the Boston University Initiative on Cities, also reflected the nation’s sharp political divide. Ninety-five percent of Democratic mayors who responded believed climate change was caused by human activities, a view shared by only half of Republican mayors. A clear majority of mayors were prepared to confront President…

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BREAKING: Donald Trump signs funding bill to end 69-hour shutdown of US Government

The US Senate had been deadlocked since Friday night after Republicans and Democrats failed to agree on funding measures. The lack of agreement led to government services being temporarily shut and thousands of staff employed by the federal state being forced to take unpaid leave. The news was confirmed by the White House in a statement. The Trump administration said “the President signed into law” the Recognise, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage Family Caregivers Act of 2017. They said the bill “convenes a Family Caregiving Advisory Council and established and…

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Congress passes spending bill to end government shutdown

WASHINGTON — Congress voted to end the government shutdown Monday after three days of tense negotiations resulted in a three-week spending bill that sets up another potential showdown next month. Senate Democrats paved the way for the deal ahead of a noon vote on a key procedural measure that needed their support to end the funding impasse. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Democrats would drop their objections to the bill in exchange for GOP assurances that Congress would take up a larger immigration bill in the coming weeks. Once…

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What time is Davos: Key speech schedule

But what time is Davos taking place? And what is the schedule of key speeches? Here’s what you need to know. The World Economic Forum’s annual meeting runs this week from January 23 to 26. The four-day high-profile summit boasts a who’s who list of the world’s rich and powerful with 2,500 attendees confirmed for 2018. The World Economic Forum, established in 1971, is a non-for-profit foundation that brings together key stakeholders with the aim of “improving the state of the world”. World leaders will mingle with business elites and…

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Mike Pence vows US will NEVER let Iran develop nukes in rant against nuclear deal

Addressing the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, Mr Pence declared: “The Iran nuclear deal is a disaster and the United states of America will no longer certify this ill-conceived agreement. “Unless the Iran nuclear deal is fixed, President Trump has said the US will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal immediately.” He said Washington is working to curb Iran’s alleged nuclear and ballistic programmes. The vice president added: “I have a solemn promise… the US will never allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon.” Donald Trump has repeatedly attacked the Iranian…

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Davos World Economic Forum 2018: When is Donald Trump’s speech?

Uncertainty over President Trump’s trip to the elite Swiss Alps gathering – attended by royals, government heads and celebrities – has been rife. The US President is currently scheduled to make a high-profile speech at the World Economic Forum (WEDF) on Friday at 1pm GMT on the fourth and final day of the conference. Listed as ’Special Address by Donald Trump, President of the United States of America’ on the WEF programme, the speech will be the final address made any by world leader at the event.  Earlier, as the…

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Giant rats which ‘jump for the THROAT’ terrorise tourist hotspots in Paris

The enormous rodents have sparked fear and panic in Parisian suburbs for their sheer size and ferocity, according to French media. A video was captured of a large group of the rodents squirming around in a bin by the River Seine near Notre Dame cathedral on December 9. The council worker who shot the footage told French newspaper La Parisian: “For the past year, there’s been a proliferation of rats in all areas bordering the Seine. “A colleague told me that a rat jumped at his throat, and another towards…

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