Federal Government Shutdown Graphic for Jan. 2018
Federal Government Shutdown Graphic for Jan. 2018

WASHINGTON — As the clock struck midnight, the U.S. partial government shutdown over disputed congressional funds for President Donald Trump’s border wall entered its 22nd day on Saturday, marking the longest government closure in U.S. history.

There is still no compromise in sight, no deal, and no easy alternative. (US-Gov’t Shutdown-Trump)
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QUITO — Eighteen people were killed and 12 others injured in a fire at a rehabilitation clinic in the Ecuadorian port city of Guayaquil on Friday.

The fire, which was reported at 3:24 p.m. local time (2024 GMT) to the country’s emergency line ECU 911, occurred at the “New Life” clinic which houses alcoholics and drug addicts. At least 60 firefighters were sent to combat the blaze. (Ecuador-Fire-Rehabilitation Clinic)
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OUAGADOUGOU — Twelve people were killed and two others injured Thursday in an attack in Burkina Faso’s northern province of Soum, the country’s security ministry announced late Friday in a statement.

The attack was perpetrated by around 30 armed individuals in broad daylight and targeted people who had gathered for a weekly market in the village of Gasseliki, according to the statement. (Burkina Faso-Attack-Death)
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KIEV — The Ukrainian economy, which lost one-fourth of its industrial output due to the crisis and once faced default risks in recent years, has stepped out of the “risk zone,” Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said.

“Through the joint efforts, we have managed to ensure macro-financial stabilization and pull out Ukraine from the risk zone,” Poroshenko wrote on Facebook on Friday. (Ukraine-Economy-Risk Zone) Enditem


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