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#1 Trump slams ‘one-sided’ media, says BuzzFeed, HuffPost layoffs result from ‘bad journalism’

President Donald Trump announces a deal to temporarily reopen the government, in the Rose Garden of the White House, Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, in Washington. (Associated Press)

President Trump took aim at "one-sided Fake Media coverage" and "bad journalism" Saturday in tweets referring to coverage of former adviser Roger Stone's indictment and arrest and to reports that layoffs had struck news outlets such as BuzzFeed and Huffington Post.

The tweets came a day after the Trump tore into "Fake News CNN," which had a camera crew outside Stone's home as he was being arrested by the FBI on obstruction and other charges in connection with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe.

Trump on Saturday also mocked CBS News, asserting that its reporting on Stone neglected to include details on the "Fake and Unverified 'Dossier,'" which Trump described as "a total phony conjob, that was paid for by Crooked Hillary."

CNN, MSNBC MENTIONED TRUMP IMPEACHMENT NEARLY 200 TIMES BEFORE BUZZFEED REPORT WAS DISCREDITED

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#2 20 dead as bombs target Sunday Mass in Philippine cathedral

JOLO, Philippines (AP) — Two bombs minutes apart tore through a Roman Catholic cathedral on a southern Philippine island where Muslim militants are active, killing at least 20 people and wounding 111 others during a Sunday Mass, officials said.

Witnesses said the first blast inside the Jolo cathedral in the provincial capital sent churchgoers, some of them wounded, to stampede out of the main door. Army troops and police posted outside were rushing in when the second bomb went off about one minute later near the main entrance, causing more deaths and injuries. The military was checking a report that the second explosive device may have been attached to a parked motorcycle.

The initial explosion scattered the wooden pews inside the main hall and blasted window glass panels, and the second bomb hurled human remains and debris across a town square fronting the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, witnesses said. Cellphone signal was cut off in the first hours after the attack. The witnesses who spoke to The Associated Press refused to give their names or were busy at the scene of the blasts.

Police said at least 20 people died and 111 were wounded, correcting an earlier toll due to double counting. The fatalities included 15 civilians and five troops. Among the wounded were 17 troops, two police, two coast guard and 90 civilians.

Troops in armored carriers sealed off the main road leading to the church while vehicles transported the dead and wounded to the town hospital. Some casualties were evacuated by air to nearby Zamboanga city.

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#3 WorldVenezuela’s Maduro denounces election call but says ready to talkVenezuela’s Maduro and Guaido Duel in Simultaneous BroadcastsExclusive: Kremlin-linked contractors help guard Venezuela’s Maduro – sources

By Ali Kucukgocmen

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Venezuela's embattled President Nicolas Maduro rejected an international ultimatum to call elections within eight days and said opposition leader Juan Guaido had violated the country's constitution by declaring himself leader.

Maduro, in an interview with CNN Turk aired on Sunday, also said he was open to dialogue and that meeting U.S. President Donald Trump was improbable but not impossible. The broadcaster dubbed the interview from Spanish into Turkish.

Washington, which has recognized Guaido as leader, had on Saturday urged the world to "pick a side" on Venezuela and financially disconnect from Maduro's government.

Venezuela has sunk into turmoil under Maduro with food shortages and protests amid an economic and political crisis that has sparked mass emigration and inflation that is seen rising to 10 million percent this year.

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#4 U.S.Louisiana shootings: Gunman on the run after five killedVenezuela’s Maduro and Guaido Duel in Simultaneous BroadcastsExclusive: Kremlin-linked contractors help guard Venezuela’s Maduro – sources

Five people have been killed in shootings in two areas of Louisiana.

Police said they have identified a suspect who is still at large and said to be “armed and dangerous”.

Dakota Theriot, 21, is accused of killing his parents and three other people on Saturday in Ascension and Livingston parishes, about 70 miles west of New Orleans.

Keith and Elizabeth Theriot, both 51, were killed in their trailer in the city of Gonzalez on Saturday morning, the Ascension Parish sheriff’s office said on Facebook.

Police arriving at the scene said they were able to interview one of the victims before they died and they named their son as the suspect.

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#5 WorldSanctions, peace deal on cards for new US-NKorea summitLouisiana shooting leaves 5 dead; manhunt underway for murder suspectLouisiana police launch manhunt for gunman who killed five people

Washington (AFP) - As Donald Trump seeks progress with North Korea at a second summit, the United States has a series of cards it can play including easing sanctions, signing a peace declaration or even pulling troops from South Korea.

After the historic handshake between the US president and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore in June, Washington policymakers are adamant on the need for tangible concessions by Pyongyang on its nuclear program at the sequel meeting, which Trump says will take place around late February, with Vietnam the most likely venue.

But much depends on the mercurial Trump, who has declared his outreach to the longtime US adversary to be a diplomatic coup and angrily denounced criticism that his first summit was mere symbolism.

North Korea watchers believe that Kim's primary goal is relief from international sanctions and doubt he will suddenly give up his nuclear arsenal, which his dynastic regime has built for decades even through famine.

The sanctions "are not strong enough to create serious economic problems in the country, but they are strong enough to make economic growth difficult or unachievable," said Andrei Lankov, a professor at Kookmin University in Seoul who studied in Pyongyang.

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#6 Justin Trudeau axes Canadian ambassador to China over Huawei exec remarks

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asked for McCallum’s resignation Friday night after the former ambassador to China told The Toronto Star earlier that day that it would be “great” if the U.S. dropped its extradition request for Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou.
(AP)

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Saturday that he both requested and accepted John McCallum’s resignation after the envoy made multiple remarks about the extradition of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou.

Trudeau said he asked for McCallum’s resignation Friday night after the ambassador to China told The Toronto Star earlier that day that it would be “great” if the U.S. dropped its extradition request for Wanzhou.

Wanzhou was detained at the request of the U.S. last month in Canada on the suspicion that she violated sanctions against Iran. She is also suspected of misleading bank investors with regard to a second company that was illicitly selling to Iran.

VENEZUELA BACKTRACKS ON EXPULSION OF US DIPLOMATS

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#7 U.S.LaGuardia airport closed to incoming flights due to lack of air traffic controllers in shutdownThe Latest: Fight at California funeral ends in killingFight at California funeral ends in deadly shooting

One of New York City's main airports has been partially shut by federal authorities, owing to a lack of air traffic controllers during the government shutdown.

LaGuardia airport, which serves 30 million passengers a year, was ordered to reduce its service due to a lack of staff.

Authorities have implemented a "ground delay" programme, meaning that planes leaving the airport face serious delays of 60-90 minutes.

Flights which are yet to take off to the airport have been halted.

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#8 PoliticsTrump Says Stone Didn’t Work for Him `Anywhere Near Election’Government shutdown cost U.S. more than Trump’s wall demandGovernment Shutdown Accomplished Nothing, Other Than Hurting People

(Bloomberg) -- President Donald Trump lashed out at media again on Twitter after a longtime ally’s indictment, saying that “Roger Stone didn’t even work for me anywhere near the Election!”

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has charged longtime Trump adviser Stone with attempting to undermine government investigations by lying about his links between Trump’s campaign and WikiLeaks.

Stone’s arrest could carry serious implications for Trump, with the prosecutor describing how his campaign pursued information about hacked emails concerning Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.

Stone told Fox News he’ll plead not guilty and added that several aspects of the indictment are “simply not true.” In a separate interview with CNN, Stone said he’s never been in touch with Trump about a possible pardon.

To contact the reporter on this story: Jim Jia in Sydney at jjia1@bloomberg.net

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#9 U.S. and Taliban Edge Toward Deal to End America’s Longest War

KABUL, Afghanistan — The United States and the Taliban are closing in on a deal to end America’s longest war after six days of some of the most serious Afghan peace negotiations to date wrapped up on Saturday.

The talks in Doha, Qatar, lasted much longer than planned and longer than any previous attempt to end the 17-year conflict, and both sides publicly reported progress — a rarity. The chief American negotiator, Zalmay Khalilzad, said on Twitter that the talks were “more productive than they have been in the past” and he hoped they would resume shortly.

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#10 Indonesia death toll from floods, landslides climbs to 68

JAKARTA, Jan 27 (Reuters) - At least 68 people have been killed and nearly 7,000 forced to take refuge in emergency shelters after floods, landslides and a tornado battered the Indonesian island of Sulawesi in the past week, authorities said on Sunday.

Rescue teams were still looking for seven missing people, while 47 had been injured during the devastation that saw heavy rains cause a dam to overflow, said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for Indonesia's disaster mitigation agency.

More than 5,000 homes had been submerged with scores of bridges, schools and places of worship damaged, as well as thousands of acres of rice paddies destroyed, he said in a statement. Some displaced people had started to return to their homes as flood waters receded, but heavy equipment was needed to clear a thick layer of mud that had enveloped roads and houses, he said.

Others had chosen to remain in camps after being traumatised, Nugroho said, adding that there was still an urgent need for food, blankets and medical services.

The devastation that has struck Southern Sulawesi in the past week had also extended to Makassar, the capital of the province. (Reporting by Agustinus Beo Da Costa Writing by Ed Davies Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)

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#11 Nigerian Leader’s Suspension of Chief Justice Sparks Uproar

(Bloomberg) -- Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s suspension of the nation’s top judge just weeks before a tight election drew condemnation from the legal community and prompted the main opposition party to temporarily halt its campaign in protest at what it called an “act of dictatorship.”

Buhari’s announcement on Friday that he had appointed the Supreme Court’s second-ranking judge, Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, in an acting capacity to replace Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen was roundly criticized by the Senate president and the Nigerian Bar Association. Both the European Union and the U.S. expressed concern about the suspension.

The decision came after Onnoghen was put on trial last week by the Abuja-based Code of Conduct Tribunal for an allegedly false declaration of his assets. In addition to that charge, Buhari said the security agencies linked “suspicious transactions running into millions of dollars” to Onnoghen’s personal accounts. The president said the CCT ordered him to suspend him until the trial is over.

The move is particularly significant because the results of the Feb. 16 presidential and parliamentary elections may be contested in the Supreme Court, said Adedayo Ademuwagun, a Lagos-based analyst at the risk advisory group Songhai Advisory LLP. Nigeria, Africa’s top oil producer, has a history of election rigging and vote results being disputed in the courts.

“This is another one of a string of events that indicates that this election will not be credible and will be challenged no matter who emerges as the winner,” Ademuwagun said.

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#12 Police: 1 injured in explosion near cinema in Kenya capital

KAMPALA, Uganda — An explosive device went off outside a cinema in a busy part of the capital, injuring one person late Saturday, a police officer said.

The person wounded in the explosion in Nairobi was a handcart pusher and had been given a small piece of luggage by an unknown person who fled, the official said.

Detectives believe inside the luggage was an improvised explosive device that went off, he said.

The officer spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to reporters.

The Kenya Red Cross said it sent emergency teams to the scene, which was sealed off by law enforcement officers.

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#13 5 lingering effects of the longest government shutdown in US history

The government shutdown is over, as President Donald Trump on
Friday announced
his support for a plan to reopen the government
temporarily.

But the 35-day shutdown, the longest on record, will have
lingering effects. Here are five ways the shutdown will continue
to impact Americans and the US government:

Many beneficiaries of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance
Program, formerly known as food stamps,
will run out of their food assistance money earlier in
February thanks to the shutdown.

Because the US Department of Agriculture did not receive
funding during the shutdown, the department was forced to
disburse February SNAP benefits weeks in advance, meaning an
estimated 15 million households could run out of assistance money
before the end of the month.

National parks across the country
suffered vandalism and increased contamination during the
shutdown.

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#14 How to get rid of your old phones and laptops — and make some money in the process

Your old phones, tablets and computers don't have to sit around collecting dust in a drawer or a closet. You have a lot of options for getting rid of them and reclaiming that lost space. For gadgets that aren't too old — maybe you bought them within the last couple of years — there's probably trade-in value.

Here are some tips for removing your digital clutter:

Before you trade, sell, recycle or donate a phone or tablet, you should first wipe it of your personal information. I'll show you how to do this on an Android phone or iPhone (and iPad), but you'll want to check the user guide for gadgets like cameras (usually just pop out the storage card) and laptops. The website iMore has a good guide for resetting a Mac, and Laptop Mag has recommendations for resetting a Windows 10 computer.

Here's how to reset an iPhone:

Here's how to reset an Android phone:

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#15 New sub-$200 Nokia phones are Verizon and Cricket exclusives

The Nokia 3.1 Plus, a Cricket-exclusive LTE phone.

Get ready for a wave of new Nokia-branded budget phones. Finnish startup HMD Global has rebooted the Nokia brand over the last few years, releasing a number of Android Nokia smartphones available unlocked. HMD is now trying to push into North America even more with its first carrier-exclusive US and Canadian phones, arriving over the next week.

Cricket's exclusive new Nokia phone, the Nokia 3.1 Plus, looks like the more interesting of the two. At $160, it's a basic 5.99-inch display Android LTE phone with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 processor, 2GB of RAM, a 3500 mAh battery, and, ambitiously, a rear dual camera that can take bokeh-effect portrait photos (13MP/5MP, but no extra optical zoom). It also has a rear fingerprint sensor, NFC and Google Pay, a feature set that Cricket doesn't usually offer on phones in this price range. 32GB of onboard storage can be expanded via a MicroSD card slot. The phone's matte blue polycarbonate finish is basic but clean, and feels comfy to hold. It's available now via Cricket. Is it as good as the Nokia 6, which doesn't cost much more? We'll have to test to find out.

The Verizon-exclusive Nokia 2 V is aiming even lower, at a "sub-$100" price when it arrives January 31. The phone's specs are all a notch lower, too: it has a 5.5-inch screen, a Snapdragon 425 processor, a 5MP front camera and 8MP rear camera, 8GB of storage, and a MicroSD card slot, but no fingerprint sensor or NFC. But it does boast a pretty big 4,000mAh battery.

Canadian carrier Rogers is also getting its own exclusive Nokia phone in Q1 via its sub-brand, Chatr, but the specific phone model hasn't been revealed yet.

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#16 Google isn’t the only way to search online. Here are 7 services you should try instead

Google isn’t everything. Yes, it’s the most powerful search engine ever created. Yes, it processes 40,000 searches per second. And yes, Google is the go-to search engine for the majority of us.

Still, Google doesn’t know everything, and there are some resources that are actually better than Google at finding certain information. Some sites index streaming movies, others archive GIFs. Other search engines may not have the omniscience of Google, but they are far more committed to your privacy.

For those special searches, here are seven search sites you can use other than Google. These services cover a range of themes and needs, but you’re almost guaranteed to find one useful – and you might find yourself consulting it over and over. The best part: They’re basically all free.

The internet is overflowing with streaming services, and yet the question always comes up: What should we watch tonight? Sometimes we browse through the options, seeking a few favorite classics, or this year’s Oscar nominees, but we have to bounce from platform to platform just to find the title we’re looking for.

There's a search engine that will do the work for you. It's called JustWatch. This free website combs through streaming sites, including Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, HBO, YouTube, iTunes, Roku and Vudu, and it will show where a particular movie is available to stream (free or otherwise).

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#17 Illinois Supreme Court rules against Six Flags in lawsuit over fingerprint scans. Here’s why Facebook and Google care.

The Illinois Supreme Court on Friday upheld consumers’ right to sue companies for collecting data like fingerprint or iris scans without telling them how it will be used — a ruling that could have widespread implications for tech giants like Facebook and Google.

The unanimous ruling came in a lawsuit filed against Six Flags Entertainment Corp. by the family of a teenager whose fingerprint data was collected in 2014 when he bought a season pass to Great America, the company’s Gurnee amusement park. The lawsuit alleged violation of the 2008 Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, which has gained attention as biometric data are increasingly used for tasks such as tagging photos on social media and clocking in at work.

The law requires companies collecting information such as facial, fingerprint and iris scans to obtain prior consent from consumers or employees, detailing how they’ll use the data and how long the records will be kept. It also allows private citizens to sue, while other states let only the attorney general bring a lawsuit.

The opinion, which overturns an appeals court ruling in favor of Six Flags, has the potential to effect biometrics lawsuits playing out in courtrooms across the country. Defendants in those cases, including Facebook, have argued that individuals shouldn’t have the right to sue if no real damage occurred after they handed over their biometric information. But the state Supreme Court ruled that violation of the law is damage enough.

“This is no mere ‘technicality,’ ” as the appellate court suggested, Chief Justice Lloyd Karmeier wrote in the opinion. “The injury is real and significant.”

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#18 Best image yet of ‘space snowman’

The New Horizons probe has sent back its best picture yet of the small, icy object Ultima Thule, which it flew past on New Year's Day.

The image was acquired when the Nasa spacecraft was just 6,700km from its target, which scientists think is two bodies lightly fused together - giving the look of a snowman.

Surface details are now much clearer.

New Horizons' data comes back very slowly because of its distance from Earth.

The separation is over 6 billion km which makes for glacial bit rates.

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#19 This may be Earth’s oldest rock—and it was collected on the moon

Scientists may have just found the oldest intact Earth rock—on the moon. A study published Thursday in Earth and Planetary Science Lettersmakes the case that one of the rocks collected by Apollo 14 astronauts in 1971 contains a fragment of Earth's ancient crust, dating back more than 4.011 billion years.

It's possible that the fragment formed in a weirdly water-rich pocket of magma deep within the ancient moon. But the study authors think it's likelier that the rock formed within our planet's crust and got jettisoned to the moon by one of the many meteor impacts that bombarded early Earth.

Apollo 14 astronaut Alan Shepard took this photograph of the rock known as 14321 minutes before he collected it from the lunar surface.

If so, the fragment is one of the oldest Earth rocks ever found. The oldest minerals found on Earth come from Australia's Jack Hills and are up to 4.4 billion years old. But those dates have been disputed, and even if the minerals really are that old, they're debris left over from rocks that disintegrated long ago. By contrast, the Apollo 14 fragment is much more fully preserved.

An arrow marks the light-colored portion, or felsite clast, of 14321 that researchers think formed on Earth.

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