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Monday US briefing: Trump threatens inhabitant puncture over wall

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Top story: Wall deadlock continues as shutdown enters third week

Donald Trump has pronounced he is prepared to announce a inhabitant puncture over immigration in a “next few days” to bypass Congress and build his desired wall on a US limit with Mexico. As a prejudiced supervision shutdown enters a third week, triggered by a president’s final for $5.6bn to account a wall, there has reportedly been small swell in negotiations between a White House and House Democrats, who have staunchly refused to pass a spending check that includes wall funding.

  • Unilateral action. The boss can take uneven movement in times of crisis. But underneath a 1976 National Emergencies Act, Congress retains a energy to competition such attempts.

  • Against a wall. Trump pronounced a 800,000 sovereign staff furloughed or forced to work though compensate during a shutdown “want to see a limit taken caring of”, notwithstanding open polling display a infancy of Americans conflict a wall.

Donald Trump Jr faces authorised danger as Democrats take assign of House

Donald Trump Jr could face perjury charges. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Donald Trump Jr and his father’s longtime domestic adviser, Roger Stone, are both during heightened risk of perjury charges, with newly empowered congressional Democrats scheming to palm over justification to Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, that could uncover a dual group lied to Congress during closed-door interviews with a House’s comprehension committee. The cabinet has interviewed dozens of witnesses for a possess investigation, including Trump Jr, Stone, Jared Kushner and Michael Cohen.

  • Cohen. Trump’s former personal counsel has already pleaded guilty to perjury for fibbing to Congress over attempts to strech a understanding to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.

  • Adam Schiff. The incoming Democratic authority of a House comprehension cabinet could eventually poise a larger hazard to a boss than Mueller, reports Tom McCarthy.

Bolton says US infantry to stay in Syria until Isis defeated

US infantry vehicles in Syria’s northern city of Manbij. Photograph: Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images

Trump’s startle proclamation a US would lift a 2,000 remaining infantry out of Syria led to a abdication of his invulnerability secretary, James Mattis, final month. Now a US inhabitant confidence adviser, John Bolton, has rowed behind on a withdrawal plan, insisting a US will usually leave Syria once Isis has been conclusively degraded and America’s Kurdish allies quick – conditions that could take years to achieve.

  • Now or never? Trump claimed in Dec that Isis was beaten and US infantry were “all entrance back, and they’re entrance behind now”. On Sunday, he said: “We’re going to be stealing a troops. we never pronounced we’re doing it that quickly.”

Bohemian Rhapsody wins large during ‘questionable’ Golden Globes

Rami Malek, centre, a leader of best play actor for his description of Freddie Mercury, poses with Queen rope members Brian May and Roger Taylor. Photograph: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images

The Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody and a racially charged highway outing comedy Green Book unexpectedly scooped a tip film awards during a Golden Globes in LA on Sunday, winning play and comedy respectively. The results – that some critics have called “questionable” in a TV and film categories comparison – have upended an awards deteriorate in that some-more critically precious films, such as A Star is Born, were approaching to triumph. Some categories did follow a form book, with Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma winning best unfamiliar film and Cuarón himself named best director.

  • Oscar race. The conflict for best singer now seems expected to be between Olivia Colman (The Favourite) and Glenn Close (The Wife), who won Globes in a comedy and play categories respectively.

  • Breaking ground. Sandra Oh became not usually a initial chairman of Asian birthright to horde a Globes, though also a initial lady of Asian birthright to win mixed Globes, holding a esteem for her purpose in Killing Eve.

Crib sheet

  • Asian shares rose early on Monday as US and Chinese officials resumed talks in China amid hopes of solution a ongoing trade fight between a world’s dual largest economies.

  • Soldiers in Gabon attempted a coup to overpower a west African nation’s president, Ali Bongo, who is recuperating from a stroke. Soldiers seemed on state radio observant they had seized control of a supervision “to revive democracy” though have given been detained.

  • A 20-year-old Houston man, Eric Black Jr, has been charged with a murder of Jazmine Barnes, a seven-year-old lady who was killed when a male dismissed into her family’s automobile final weekend.

  • The Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa has broken a record for a many retweeted message in Twitter story after charity “one million yen ($9,200) in money to 100 people” who common a twitter about his conform retailer’s new sales figures.

Listen to Today in Focus: a anti-vaccine movement

The ashamed alloy Andrew Wakefield has returned to prominence, buoyed by vaccine questioning among rightwing populists. After a spate of measles outbreaks opposite a EU, a Guardian’s health editor, Sarah Boseley, explains how Wakefield dented faith in a MMR vaccine.


Sandra Bullock in a fear thriller Bird Box, a strike with viewers if not critics. Photograph: Saeed Adyani/Netflix

How Bird Box became Netflix’s biggest hit

Critics saw a Netflix fear thriller Bird Box, starring Sandra Bullock, as a withdraw of a “more apt and terrifying” A Quiet Place, expelled progressing in 2018. However, viewers have done it Netflix’s many successful strange underline to date, not to mention, a meme magnet, writes Benjamin Lee.

Baghdad dreams of fortitude as it nears megacity status

The Iraqi collateral stays a profoundly shop-worn city, though as a race nears 10 million and it prepares to join the ranks of a world’s megacities, Baghdad is commencement to feel some-more stable, and even vibrant, reports Peter Beaumont.

The problem with a keto diet

High on fat, low on carbs, a ketogenic diet flies in a face of required nutritive advice, nonetheless it is quick apropos the many renouned diet breakthrough on a planet. Nutritionist Laura Thomas asks how prolonged it can last.

Syrian who lived in airfield on his new life in Canada

The interloper Hassan al-Kontar was stranded during Kuala Lumpur arrivals for 8 months in 2018 before Canada postulated him asylum. He tells Kate Hodal how he is adjusting to a new life amid a “nature, uninformed air, smashing people and pleasing snow” of Whistler, British Columbia.


Google has wormed a approach into each dilemma of a lives, from heating to a health system, nonetheless it stays comparatively comfortable by a new tech backlash. The answer to a monopolistic power, John Harris argues, is a indiscriminate reconceptualisation of what a internet is, and should be.

Pay courtesy to a people who are articulate about a new, decentralised internet – AKA Web 3.0 – and a probability of information being returned to a control of a people who beget it.


The Chargers hold off a resurgent Baltimore, while a Bears missed a essential late margin idea that let a Eagles scratch a win in a NFL’s wildcard round this weekend.

The former Barcelona midfielder Andrés Iniesta has been cricitised for posting a print on amicable media in that he posed with people in blackface as partial of Spain’s Three Kings Day celebration.

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