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  • President Donald Trump's trip to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, next week is now in flux because of the federal government shutdown, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said on Saturday. Trump already canceled a weekend trip to his Florida resort after a funding impasse in Congress shut down the federal government on Saturday.

  • Funding for federal agencies ran out at midnight with no agreement in Congress, meaning the second year of Donald Trump's presidency began without a fully functioning government. "The president will not negotiate on immigration reform until Democrats stop playing games and reopen the government, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.

  • KABUL, Jan 20- A group of as many as four gunmen attacked the Intercontinental Hotel in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday night, seizing hostages and exchanging fire with security forces as the building caught fire and residents and staff fled. According to one witness, who did not want to be quoted by name, the attackers took some hotel staff and guests hostage...

  • KABUL, Jan 20- A group of as many as four gunmen attacked the Intercontinental Hotel in the Afghan capital Kabul and were exchanging fire with security forces on Saturday as residents and staff fled. On Thursday, the U.S. embassy in Kabul issued a warning to U.S. citizens, saying "We are aware of reports that extremist groups may be planning an attack against hotels in...

  • *ANC declines comment on report Zuma to be forced out. *New ANC executive meeting for first time under Ramaphosa. JOHANNESBURG, Jan 20- Leaders of South Africa's ruling African National Congress met on Saturday to outline the party's programme for the coming year amid reports that its executive planned to force Jacob Zuma to quit as the country's president.

  • KABUL, Jan 20- A group of three or four gunmen attacked the Intercontinental Hotel in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday and were exchanging fire with security forces, an interior ministry spokesman said. The hotel, located on a hilltop and heavily protected like most public buildings in the city, was previously attacked by Taliban fighters in 2011..

  • YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif.— The Latest on how the government shutdown is affecting national parks:. Yosemite National Park in California is open to visitors despite the government shutdown but there'll be nobody to greet them, help them navigate the trails or even make sure they're in the right campground. Visitor centers and other facilities run by the...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 20- President Donald Trump will not open negotiations on immigration until Democrats agree to reopen the government, his spokeswoman said on Saturday in a statement.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 20- President Donald Trump will not open negotiations on immigration until Democrats agree to reopen the government, his spokeswoman said on Saturday in a statement.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 20- President Donald Trump will not open negotiations on immigration until Democrats agree to reopen the government, his spokeswoman said on Saturday in a statement.

  • KABUL, Jan 20- A group of three or four gunmen attacked the Intercontinental Hotel in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday and were exchanging fire with security forces, an interior ministry spokesman said.

  • CHICAGO/ CALGARY, Alberta, Jan 20- Top U.S. grain merchant Archer Daniels Midland Co has proposed a takeover of Bunge Ltd, according to a person familiar with the approach, which could set up a bidding war with Swiss-based rival Glencore Plc.. Thin margins have squeezed core commodity trading operations, including those of ADM, Bunge, Cargill Inc and Louis Dreyfus Co,...

  • INTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL IN AFGHAN CAPITAL KABUL UNDER ATTACK- INTERIOR MINISTRY SPOKESMAN.

  • But across the country in New York, the nation's most famous monuments to immigration— the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island— were closed. We had a great day planned, "said Dan O'Meara, a California firefighter who wanted to visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. In Yellowstone, cross-country skier Carol Weaver was unhappy with lawmakers, even though the park...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 20- The second year of Donald Trump's presidency began on Saturday with the U.S. government in shutdown mode while lawmakers gathered in hopes of finding a compromise that would fund federal agencies. Facing a political crisis that could have an impact on November's congressional elections, the Republican-controlled Senate and House of...

  • MOSCOW, Jan 20- Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak met his Saudi counterpart Khalid al-Falih in Oman on Saturday, where they both expressed satisfaction with the way oil market has been rebalancing, the Russian energy ministry said. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and other producers, including Russia, are cutting oil output by 1.8...

  • RUSSIA'S NOVAK TELLS SAUDI'S FALIH OIL MARKET SEES JOINT EFFORTS ARE SUCCESSFUL, PRICE HIT NEARLY $70/ BARREL- RUSSIAN ENERGY MINISTRY.

  • RUSSIAN AND SAUDI ENERGY MINISTERS MET IN OMAN, SATISFIED WITH WAY OIL MARKET HAS BEEN REBALANCING- RUSSIAN ENERGY MINISTRY.

  • PARIS— French activists say they are have started to unblock a road they used to occupy, in a move that eases tensions three days after the government abandoned plans to build a new airport in the west. They warned the French government against potential "expulsions" of people living in the makeshift settlement they built in a vast area around Notre-Dame-...

  • NEW DELHI, Jan 20- India's environment ministry has placed restrictions on the use of imported petroleum coke in the capital Delhi and its surrounding region, in the latest effort to curb rising air pollution. As the world's largest consumer of petcoke, India imports over half its annual petcoke consumption of about 27 million tonnes, mainly from the United...