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    • Trump announces second NK-US meeting

      Trump announces second NK-US meeting

      A brand new Donald Trump spoke to the country on Tuesday night on the floor of the House of Representatives in Washington. During his annual State of the Union speech, the world saw a man who didn't use his usually aggressive rhetoric and did not bring the Republican conference to its feet chanting “Build that wall”. On the contrary, the US president delivered an insecure, low-energy address, with a punchline that any American politician could have used: “Let's work together and compromise, so we could make America truly safe.”

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    • Maduro rejects European ultimatum on elections

      Maduro rejects European ultimatum on elections

      Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro rejected Sunday the ultimatum by EU Member States to call snap elections after opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself the Latin American country's legitimate leader. France, Germany and Spain had given Maduro until midnight on Sunday to call a presidential election, or they would recognise Guaido as the interim president. But a defiant Maduro said in an interview with Spanish television station Sexta that he would not "cave in to pressure" from those calling for his departure.

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    • Trump to deliver his State of the Union speech next week

      Trump to deliver his State of the Union speech next week

      US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Monday invited President Trump to deliver the State of the Union address on 5 February. The invitation for the annual speech, given by the president to outline the administration's priorities for the coming year, comes after the previously scheduled 29 January date was postponed due to the partial government shutdown.

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    • Death toll in Mexican pipeline fire rises to 109

      Death toll in Mexican pipeline fire rises to 109

      The death toll in a massive fire at an illegally tapped pipeline in Mexico has risen to 109 after 10 more injured people died at hospitals this week. According to Mexico's Health Secretary Jorge Alcocer the latest victims were severely burned and died between Wednesday and early Friday, despite all the medical efforts. Other 40 injured victims are still treated in hospitals with a very little chance to survive, too.

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    • Trump concedes to temporarily end shutdown

      Trump concedes to temporarily end shutdown

      US President Trump suffered an astonishing retreat on Friday as he publicly announced he had signed a three-week stop-gap spending bill, approved by both the House and Senate that would end the 35-day-old partial government shutdown. The temporary funding measure, however, does not secure him any of the the $5.7bn he had demanded from Congress for a border wall.

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    • Maduro rival claims Venezuela presidency

      Maduro rival claims Venezuela presidency

      Venezuela’s crisis escalated shockingly on Wednesday as Opposition Leader Juan Guaido declared himself country's interim president amid nationwide protests, trying to oust sitting leader Nicolas Maduro. Guaido, the 35-year-old recently elected head of Venezuela's National Assembly, took the oath of office on an outdoor podium in Caracas, flanked by yellow, blue and red Venezuelan flags. He raised his right hand as a crowd erupted in cheers. He promised to serve as interim leader and call for general elections.

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    • Top US diplomat quits amid Europe tensions

      Top US diplomat quits amid Europe tensions

      The top US diplomat for Europe, Wess Mitchell, has resigned after only 16 months on the job and is now expected to leave his post in mid-February. In the letter to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo dated January 4, the assistant secretary of state for Europe and Eurasian affairs said he felt he had completed his goals for the post and wanted to spend more time with his young family.

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    • Kim, Trump meeting to be held in Vietnam

      Kim, Trump meeting to be held in Vietnam

      President Donald Trump will reportedly hold his second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un next month in Vietnam, American media said, suggesting negotiations for the meeting were gathering pace. The  summit is highly likely to take place in the capital Hanoi, but Danang - the site of the 2017 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting - and Ho Chi Minh City in the country’s south have also been considered.

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    • US, North Korea to hold talks this week

      US, North Korea to hold talks this week

      North Korean senior official Kim Yong Chol arrives in Washington on Thursday or Friday to hold high-level talks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. During his visit, Kim is also expected to meet President Donald Trump. As South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo reports, the meetings are aimed at paving the way for a second summit between the leaders of both countries, following a prolonged stalemate in nuclear talks.

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