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Venezuela president Maduro increases minimum wage by 300 per cent as inflation approaches 2 million per cent

Venezuela president Maduro increases minimum wage by 300 per cent as inflation approaches 2 million per centVenezuela‘s president has raised the country’s minimum wage by 300 per cent as part of routine wage increases as his government battles hyperinflation. Nicolas Maduro increased the minimum wage to 18,000 bolivars, around £5.20, per month amid an economy suffering from annual inflation nearing two million per cent. Mr Maduro announced his economic plans at the start of his second, disputed, term on Monday, as calls increased for him to surrender power.




POSTED JANUARY 15, 2019 8:16 AM

PHOTOS: Kenya's security forces kill gunmen in deadly Nairobi hotel attack

PHOTOS: Kenya's security forces kill gunmen in deadly Nairobi hotel attackMilitants stormed an upscale Nairobi hotel compound, killing at least 14 people and forcing hundreds of others to make terrifying escapes, the government said Wednesday.




POSTED JANUARY 16, 2019 10:07 AM

California storms bring mudslide fears, blizzard warning

California storms bring mudslide fears, blizzard warningLOS ANGELES (AP) — A Pacific storm that brought fears of dangerous mudslides and a rare blizzard warning in the Sierra Nevada was less fierce than expected but hundreds of homes in fire-scarred California areas remained under evacuation orders as more rain was expected.




POSTED JANUARY 15, 2019 10:55 PM

Iowa's King Blocked From House Committees After Remarks About Race

Iowa's King Blocked From House Committees After Remarks About Race(WASHINGTON) — Veteran Republican Rep. Steve King will be blocked from committee assignments for the next two years after lamenting that white supremacy and white…




POSTED JANUARY 15, 2019 8:44 AM

White House hosts Democrats to discuss shutdown as Pelosi targets State of the Union

White House hosts Democrats to discuss shutdown as Pelosi targets State of the UnionPresident Trump and Democrats at impasse as shutdown continues; reaction and analysis from the 'Special Report' All-Stars.




POSTED JANUARY 16, 2019 7:28 PM

Infiniti debuts EV concept in Detroit as precursor to first fully electric vehicle

Infiniti debuts EV concept in Detroit as precursor to first fully electric vehicleWhile Infiniti was set to debut a snazzy new EV concept on Monday -- which it eventually did -- the QX Inspiration concept never actually made it to the press conference due to technical complications. Considering that this particular model's functionality turned out to be a bit unpredictable (technical complications prevented it from making an appearance at its own press conference), hopefully this launch doesn't too accurately represent the future of Infiniti's upcoming EVs.




POSTED JANUARY 15, 2019 8:45 AM

10 Things to Know for Today

10 Things to Know for TodayYour daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:




POSTED JANUARY 15, 2019 5:46 AM

Huawei boss Ren Zhengfei denies espionage allegations in rare public announcement

Huawei boss Ren Zhengfei denies espionage allegations in rare public announcementHuawei founder Ren Zhengfei has broken a lengthy silence to hit back at criticism levelled at the Chinese telecoms giant by western countries in recent months, claiming that the firm is not aiding Beijing in espionage. Mr Ren, who has not spoken to the foreign press since 2015, said that his company has “never received any request from any government to provide improper information”. The chief executive made the public appearance following the arrest of his daughter and Huawei’s chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver two months ago, who is alleged to have violated US sanctions on Iran. Huawei is the world’s biggest provider of telecoms equipment and will be a key partner for companies working to build next-generation 5G mobile networks. The company has come under fresh pressure after a Huawei executive arrested in Poland was accused of spying. Huawei has since sacked the employee. The arrest comes after months of heightened scrutiny from the likes of the US, Australia, Japan and the UK, which have raised questions about the cyber security risks posed by the telecoms firm. Technology intelligence - newsletter promo - EOA “I love my country, I support the Communist Party. But I will not do anything to harm the world,” Mr Ren told journalists in Shenzhen on Tuesday. “I don’t see a close connection between my personal political beliefs and the businesses of Huawei.” The Huawei boss doubled-down on his defense, saying that his company does not have regular contact with the political regime and would refuse any requests from the Chinese government for sensitive information.  Huawei has also found support from the Chinese government amid a backlash from western countries. During a briefing in Beijing on Monday, Hua Chunying, a spokeswoman for China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said the allegations of security threats posed by Chinese companies were being used to suppress their growth in international markets. “We urge relevant parties to cease the groundless fabrications and unreasonable restrictions toward Huawei and other Chinese companies, and create a fair, good and just environment for mutual investment and normal cooperation by both sides’ companies,” she said. Ms Hua added that those using "security reasons to hype, obstruct or restrict" Chinese company ties with other countries would be hurting their own interests.




POSTED JANUARY 15, 2019 8:55 AM

Ireland readies 'mega' no-deal Brexit legislation package

Ireland readies 'mega' no-deal Brexit legislation packageIreland's cabinet on Tuesday began to build upon the no-deal contingency plans it issued last month by seeking to reassure business of the availability of additional transport capacity and patients of the security of medicine supplies. Its preparations will be underpinned by one single emergency Brexit bill incorporating 17 new laws that Deputy Prime Minister Simon Coveney will, if required, begin moving through parliament in the final week of February. "We don't want to have to do this of course, nobody wants a no-deal Brexit and everybody will work toward avoiding that but we also have to ensure that Ireland has done everything it can to protect itself and its citizens," Coveney told a news conference.




POSTED JANUARY 15, 2019 4:43 PM

Trump-Putin meeting secrecy presents 'very damning picture'

Trump-Putin meeting secrecy presents 'very damning picture'President Donald Trump took his interpreter’s notes afterwards and ordered him not to disclose what he heard to anyone. Later that night, at a dinner, Mr Trump pulled up a seat next to Russian President Vladimir Putin to talk without any American witnesses at all. Most recently, they chatted in Buenos Aires, Argentina, after Mr Trump said they would not meet because of Russian aggression.




POSTED JANUARY 16, 2019 8:18 AM

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