28 January 2019 News

United States, Britain, Afghanistan, Football, Diplomacy were the most important topics in the news of the Monday 28 January 2019, but also: Venezuela, Conflict, Brexit, India, The European Union.

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News from 28/01/2019

US goes after Venezuela’s oil to hit Maduro

The United States announced sanctions against Venezuela's state oil company Monday in a coordinated effort with the main opposition leader to...

Taliban deal would satisfy Trump but poses risks

The United States and the Taliban appear closer than ever to a peace deal, but fears are mounting that President Donald Trump could accept a...

US urges Venezuela army to accept ‘peaceful’ power transfer

The United States urged Venezuela's military Monday to accept a "peaceful" transfer of power as it ramped up the pressure on embattled leader...

Pakistan’s top court to rule on call for appeal against Asia Bibi

The fate of a Christian woman enmeshed in a years-long blasphemy row could finally be decided Tuesday, when Pakistan's Supreme Court will decide...

Canada to host regional leaders for Venezuela crisis talks

Canada will host an "urgent meeting" of the Lima Group on the Venezuela crisis on February 4 in Ottawa, Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland announced...

Britain faces accidental ‘no deal’ Brexit : EU

Britain risks crashing out of the European Union without a Brexit deal "by accident" because London cannot decide what it wants, a senior EU...

Taliban talks ‘encouraging’ : acting US defense chief

Acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said on Monday peace talks between the US and the Taliban were "encouraging."His remarks came after...

Underwater search for footballer Sala to start on Sunday

A shipwreck hunter hired by the family of missing footballer Emiliano Sala to look for his missing plane said he was planning to begin an underwater...

Police condemn ‘shocking’ violence at Millwall-Everton FA Cup tie

Police on Monday condemned violent clashes between Millwall and Everton fans at their weekend FA Cup clash as "some of the most shocking football...

Britain’s biggest retailer Tesco set to axe up to 9,000 jobs

Britain's biggest retailer, supermarket group Tesco, said Monday that it planned to axe up to 9,000 jobs under the next stage of a vast restructuring...

UK food store chiefs warn no-deal Brexit will cut availability

Bosses at top supermarkets and food chains on Monday urged British lawmakers to avoid a no-deal Brexit or risk reducing the availability of many...

UK retailer Tesco restructuring threatens 9,000 jobs

Up to 9,000 jobs are at risk as part of a restructuring programme announced by British supermarket giant Tesco on Monday."Overall, we estimate...

Cardiff’s Warnock wondered whether ‘to carry on’ during ‘traumatic week’

Cardiff manager Neil Warnock says he has gone through the worst week of his career following the disappearance of a plane carrying the club's...

‘Food is a weapon’ : Fight over Yemen granary tests truce

Gunshots reverberate through a battle-scarred granary in the port city of Hodeida, where a mountain of grain meant for starving Yemenis remains...

Pilot’s ’emotional breakdown’ blamed for deadly Nepal plane crash

An "emotional breakdown" by the pilot caused a deadly plane crash in Nepal last March, a government investigation concluded, in the worst aviation...

Suspect nabbed in brazen art theft from Moscow museum

A man who snatched a 19th-century painting off the wall in a busy Moscow museum and calmly walked out has been arrested, authorities said Monday.The...

India’s Gandhi pledges ‘minimum income’ for poor

India's opposition leader Rahul Gandhi said Monday that his party will introduce a "minimum income guarantee" for the poor if it returns to power...

Brazil miner Vale loses $18bn in market cap after dam disaster

Brazilian mining giant Vale lost more than $18 billion of its value Monday in a dramatic share plunge on the Sao Paulo stock exchange as investors...

Pope says priest celibacy not ‘optional’

Pope Francis said Monday celibacy for priests was a "gift to the Church" and not "optional", nixing the prospect of married men being ordained."Personally...

George Groves announces retirement from boxing

Former WBA world super-middleweight champion George Groves has announced his retirement from boxing four months after losing his WBA belt to...

Pope fears ‘bloodbath’ in Venezuela

Pope Francis said Monday he was terrified the political crisis enveloping Venezuela would descend into a "bloodbath"."What am I afraid of? A...

Sala remembered as Liverpool, Man City resume title showdown

Liverpool and Manchester City will resume their fight for Premier League supremacy in a midweek round of fixtures clouded by the suspected death...

Greece issues first 5-yr-bond since bailout exit : ministry source

Greece on Monday issued a five-year bond, a finance ministry source said, its first such debt issue since exiting its last bailout.The ministry...

Brazil mining giant Vale suspends dividend payments after dam burst

Brazilian mining giant Vale said Monday it was suspending dividend payments to shareholders and performance-related executive bonuses after a...

Egypt ‘pardons Briton’ jailed for smuggling painkillers

A British woman convicted in Egypt of smuggling painkillers has been granted early release after spending more than a year in prison, an Egyptian...

US envoy confirms ‘draft framework’ with Taliban : NYT

The US and the Taliban have drafted the framework of a deal which could pave the way for peace talks with Kabul, Washington's main negotiator...

Afghan president calls on Taliban to ‘enter serious talks’ with Kabul

Afghan president Ashraf Ghani called on the Taliban to "enter serious talks" with the government in Kabul Monday, following unprecedented marathon...

King Kohli bows out with India undefeated in New Zealand

Virat Kohli bowed out of the New Zealand tour with India in an unbeatable position after a dominant seven-wicket win in the third one-day international...

Kabul govt key to peace talks, US says, after Taliban progress

Afghanistan said on Monday it has been reassured by Washington that progress in talks with the Taliban remains geared towards facilitating peace...

‘World’s loneliest duck’ Trevor dies on tiny Niue

A lone duck named Trevor that lived on the tiny Pacific island nation of Niue has died, officials say, sparking an outpouring of grief from as...

Climate change pushing killer whales to migrate north

Paying no attention to nearby divers, a killer whale and her calf hunting for food frolic in a snowy Norwegian fjord.Their favourite meal, herring,...

Taylor keeps New Zealand’s hopes alive against India

Ross Taylor rescued New Zealand from another disastrous start in the battle to keep the one-day series against India alive in Mount Maunganui...

Nissan faces SEC probe over executive pay

The US Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating Nissan over executive pay, the firm said Monday, the latest blow for the auto giant...

Islamist militants prime suspects in Philippine cathedral bombing

Investigators probing the Catholic cathedral bombing that killed 21 people in the Philippines' restive south said Monday a group tied to notorious...

Kim Jong Nam murder trial adjourned again until March

The trial of two women accused of murdering the North Korean leader's half-brother was adjourned Monday until March, and the case will now drag...

‘Black Panther’ scores big win at Screen Actors Guild Awards

Groundbreaking superhero blockbuster "Black Panther" on Sunday won the top prize at the Screen Actors Guild Awards -- a major boost to its campaign...

Chinese rights lawyer jailed for ‘subversion’

Prominent Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang was sentenced on Monday to four and a half years in prison for state subversion, sealing...

Man versus condor : the king of the Andes under threat

By all accounts, Dasan and Illika should have died of poisoning.But they are back on their feet, poking their beaks through the bars of their...

Chinese rights lawyer jailed for ‘subversion’

Prominent Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang was sentenced on Monday to four and a half years in prison for state subversion, a northern...

Misinformation woes could multiply with ‘deepfake’ videos

If you see a video of a politician speaking words he never would utter, or a Hollywood star improbably appearing in a cheap adult movie, don't...

Top ranked Rose holds off Scott to win Farmers Insurance Open

World No. 1 Justin Rose added to his impressive hardware collection on Sunday, shooting a three-under par 69 to win the Farmers Insurance Open...

‘Food is a weapon’ : Fight over Yemen granary tests truce

Gunshots reverberate through a battle-scarred granary in the port city of Hodeida, where a mountain of grain meant for starving Yemenis remains...

What next for Brexit?

With Prime Minister Theresa May saying she will try to renegotiate the Brexit deal she herself struck with the EU, it remains unclear how or...

History the spur and curse for improving West Indies

No cricket team have their own celebrated past used against them quite like the West Indies.They dominated Test cricket for some 15 years from...

Solskjaer puts his United winning streak to Burnley test

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer aims to continue his impressive start as Manchester United manager at home to Burnley on Tuesday, with the case for him...

Triumphant Djokovic motivated by matching Federer’s top 20

Novak Djokovic has designs on Roger Federer's 20 Grand Slam crowns after completing a record-breaking Australian Open victory.Djokovic won a...

The Fed’s balance sheet puzzle

"Stop with the 50 B's"!President Donald Trump's cryptic exhortation on Twitter recently has shone a spotlight on a complex part of the US Federal...

US lifts sanctions on blacklisted Russian tycoon’s companies

The US Treasury Department lifted sanctions Sunday on Russian aluminum giant Rusal and two related companies after blacklisted billionaire Oleg...