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Russian opposition wants big protest over Putin's plan to 'rule for ever'

Russia's anti-Kremlin opposition said on Monday it planned to stage a big protest next month against President Vladimir Putin's proposed constitutional changes, which it cast as a ploy for Putin to rule for life. Putin, in a surprise move, last... See full article

Populist party could leave Norwegian govt over IS woman

Norway's populist Progress Party could leave the center-right government coalition over a decision to bring back home an Islamic State group-linked woman and her two children from a detention camp in Syria. The anti-immigration party, Norway’s third-largest, is one of... See full article

Iraqi officials: At least 13 wounded in violence in Baghdad

Iraqi security forces fired tear gas and live rounds during clashes with anti-government protesters overnight and on Monday morning in Baghdad, wounding at least 13 demonstrators and prompting authorities to close key streets and thoroughfares leading to the city center,... See full article

Johnson Stays Away From Davos to Push Populist U.K. Agenda

(Bloomberg) -- As the global rich gather in Davos, Switzerland, Boris Johnson is reminding voters in Britain why he called his new administration the “people’s government.”The prime minister, who is staying away from the annual jamboree of the World Economic... See full article

Iran says Zarif skips Davos over programme change

Iran said Monday its Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will skip this week's World Economic Forum after organisers changed the event he had been planning to take part in. The annual summit, which kicks off in the Swiss resort of... See full article

US envoy say it's his mustache; South Koreans say otherwise

The U.S. ambassador to South Korea has some unusual explanations for the harsh criticism he's faced in his host country. Or a Japanese ancestry that raises unpleasant reminders of Japan's former colonial domination of Korea? Many South Koreans, however, have... See full article

Iran Plans Final Nuclear Compliance Cut in Sign Deal Exit Nears

(Bloomberg) -- Iran is planning “one last step” in its gradual draw-down from complying with the nuclear deal, raising the possibility that it’s close to announcing a complete withdrawal from the embattled international accord.In addition to the five-stage reduction of... See full article

N.Korea's Kim taps tough-talking military veteran as foreign minister

* New minister has led talks with S.Korea, but never U.S. SEOUL, Jan 20 (Reuters) - North Korea's new foreign minister is a former defence commander with little diplomatic experience, spotlighting leader Kim Jong Un's reliance on party and military... See full article

China repeats call on Canada to release Huawei CFO Meng

China repeated its call on Monday for Canada to release detained Huawei Technologies Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou as soon as possible, ahead of the executive's first extradition hearing later in the day. "The resolve of the Chinese government to... See full article

Monday morning news briefing: Prince Harry breaks silence on royal exit

If you want to receive twice-daily briefings like this by email, sign up to the Front Page newsletter here. For two-minute audio updates, try The Briefing - on podcasts, smart speakers and WhatsApp. Prince Harry: I had no choice but to leave The... See full article

South Korea Mulls North Korea Visits Despite U.S. Pushback

(Bloomberg) -- South Korea is considering different ways to allow its people to travel to North Korea despite a U.S. warning to proceed with caution in visiting a country under extensive international sanctions.The Unification Ministry said Monday the government is... See full article

Shooting kills 2 officers before Hawaii homes catch fire

A Hawaii man with a history of run-ins with police and neighbors was facing eviction when he stabbed his landlord and killed two officers before the house he and two women were believed to be in burned, authorities and neighbors... See full article

Japan’s Abe Resumes Constitution Quest to Burnish Legacy

(Bloomberg) -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe faces almost insurmountable obstacles to completing his career-long quest to amend Japan’s pacifist constitution. That won’t stop him from trying.The premier opened a new session of parliament on Monday with a fresh call to... See full article

Martin Luther King holiday: Faith, politics mix this holiday

The nation is marking the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. with tributes Monday recalling his past struggles for racial equality, observing the federal holiday named for him against the backdrop of a presidential election year. In an... See full article

Virginia's capital braces for gun-rights rally

Virginia’s capital city is bracing for the expected arrival of thousands of gun-rights activists and other groups that have vowed to descend on Richmond to protest Democrats’ plans to pass gun-control legislation. Gov. Ralph Northam declared a temporary state of... See full article

Making Babies to Grow Economies Won't Work

(Bloomberg Opinion) -- In his recent state of the nation address, Russian President Vladimir Putin spent about 20 minutes on a sweeping constitutional reform proposal designed to keep him in power indefinitely — and about twice as much time on ideas... See full article

Fires set stage for irreversible forest losses in Australia

Australia’s forests are burning at a rate unmatched in modern times and scientists say the landscape is being permanently altered as a warming climate brings profound changes to the island continent. Heat waves and drought have fueled bigger and more... See full article

Crimes? Impeachment prosecutors, defense lay out arguments

President Donald Trump’s defense team and the prosecutors of his impeachment are laying out their arguments over whether his conduct toward Ukraine warrants his removal from office. What they're likely to hear in this extraordinary setting is the House Democrats'... See full article

Election 2020: The unexpected durability of Biden, Sanders

When Sen. Kamala Harris’ advisers assessed the Democratic primary field early in her campaign, they viewed Joe Biden as headed for an inevitable collapse and Bernie Sanders as unlikely to recapture the magic of his 2016 campaign. A year later,... See full article

Migrants marooned in Guatemala plan surge into Mexico

Denis Contreras, a Honduran making a second try at reaching the U.S., laid out the plan Sunday night to his fellow migrants marooned in this Guatemalan border town: First the men will go, then the families and the women traveling... See full article

10 years after Vatican takeover, Legion in new abuse crisis

The administrator of the elite Catholic school in Cancun, Mexico, used to take the girls out of class and send them to the chapel, where the priest from the Legion of Christ religious order would sexually abuse them. “As some... See full article

UN's decarbonisation target for shipping to cost over $1 trillion - study

At least $1 trillion of investment in new fuel technology is needed to enable the shipping industry to meet U.N. targets for cuts in carbon emissions by 2050, a study published on Monday showed. The global shipping fleet, which accounts... See full article

Free Markets Made Davos. Now Governments Are Crashing the Party

(Bloomberg) -- Sign up here to receive the Davos Diary, a special daily newsletter that will run from Jan. 20-24.In a memorable exchange at Davos last year, tech billionaire Michael Dell was explaining how higher taxes on the rich had never... See full article

JPMorgan Chase buys new Paris building for post-Brexit move

US bank JPMorgan Chase on Sunday said it had purchased a new building in the heart of Paris capable of holding 450 people, the latest step in its plans to move out of London following Brexit. The newcomers will join... See full article

Israel to welcome the world for Auschwitz anniversary

World leaders are to travel to Israel this week to mark 75 years since the Red Army liberated Auschwitz, the extermination camp where the Nazis killed over a million Jews. It is set to be one of the most important... See full article