Tribune News Service
International Budget for Monday, January 28, 2019
Updated at 0100 UTC (8 p.m. U.S. EST Sunday).
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^Russia and China, heavily invested in Venezuela, warily watch the political turmoil<
VENEZUELA-RUSSIA-CHINA:LA — Venezuela and President Nicolas Maduro have been a costly investment for Russia and China as they seek to expand their influence in Latin America. They are determined now not to lose ground.
Moscow and Beijing are warily eyeing the events in Venezuela last week, when opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself acting president and demanded that Maduro resign. The United States and other nations recognized Guaido as the rightful president.
1000 (with trim) by Sabra Ayres and Tracy Wilkinson in Moscow. MOVED
^Venezuelan opposition tries to persuade soldiers to defect with amnesty offer<
VENEZUELA:BLO The prize is Venezuela's military and both sides of the deepening crisis in Caracas worked Sunday to win it.
Around Caracas, small groups passed out copies of an amnesty offer for any military member who defects to the opposition now claiming to lead Venezuela. Some in uniform tolerated it, maybe even more. Others burned their copies.
550 by Patricia Laya and Alex Vasquez in Caracas, Venezuela. MOVED
^Baghdad re-emerges from 15 blood-soaked years, but now barely functions<
^IRAQ-BAGHDAD:LA—<Fifteen blood-soaked years made Baghdad's name a byword for death, culminating last year in the destruction of the militant group Islamic State's self-proclaimed caliphate in Iraq.
Yet for many, the flush of that victory has given way to the realization that Baghdad, once a jewel among Arab capitals and now on the cusp of achieving mega-city status, is barely functional.
1600 (with trim) by Nabih Bulos in Baghdad. MOVED
^Venezuelans abroad begin to think about how they can help rebuild their country<
^VENEZUELANS-ABROAD:MI—< They are doctors, business owners and street peddlers. They live in Miami, Peru, Colombia and the capitals of Europe. They're all part of Latin America's largest migrant crisis, and this week they've been more hopeful than ever that they might return to their beloved and battered Venezuela.
1050 (with trim) by Jim Wyss in Bogota, Colombia. MOVED
^Twin blasts at Philippines cathedral kills 20, injures 111<
PHILIPPINES-BOMBING:DPA Two explosions ripped through a cathedral in the southern Philippines Sunday, killing at least 20 people, including security force members responding to the first blast, according to the military and police.
The bombings also injured 111 others at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Jolo, Sulu province'
250 by Girlie Linao in Manila, Philippines. MOVED
^World trade group is likely to investigate Trump's China tariffs<
WTO-US-TARIFFS:BLO — Tension between the U.S. and China is about to get more complicated, with the World Trade Organization ready to investigate President Donald Trump's tariffs on $250 billion worth of Chinese goods.
On Monday, the Geneva-based arbiter of trade disputes is likely to begin an inquiry into whether the U.S. duties violate a requirement that all WTO members give each other the same tariff treatment, as China asserts.
400 by Bryce Baschuk in Geneva. MOVED
^Inside the 'rat hole' mines where Indians risk their lives to find coal<
INDIA-COALMINES:LA — Abdul Alim spent less than a week working inside the 370-foot-deep coal mine before deciding he'd had enough. The pit was too dangerous, the risk of flooding too great, the safety equipment nonexistent.
Alim and another miner left and went home.
Three days later came news of what Alim had feared: The mine had collapsed and filled with water, trapping 15 workers.
The disaster in Meghalaya has prompted a new reckoning over "rat hole" mines.
1550 (with trim) by Shashank Bengali in Magurmari, India. MOVED
^White House official says another shutdown is possible over Trump's demand for a border wall<
^SHUTDOWN-MULVANEY:LA—<Saying President Donald Trump "wants his $5.7 billion" for a southern border wall, acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said Sunday that another government shutdown is possible next month even as hundreds of thousands of federal workers prepared to return to work Monday after the longest shutdown in U.S. history.
600 by Jim Puzzanghera. MOVED
^Trump's border hiring surge has fallen far short<
BORDERPATROL-HIRING:LA — Two years after President Donald Trump signed orders to hire 15,000 new border agents and immigration officers, the administration has spent tens of millions of dollars in the effort — but has thousands more vacancies than when it began.
1550 by Molly O'Toole in Washington. MOVED
^Wall fight upsets Democrats' plan to focus on campaign themes<
DEMOCRATS:BLO Democrats won their fight with President Donald Trump over the government shutdown for now, but the all-consuming debate derailed their plans to showcase issues that helped them win a House majority and that they plan to use to set the 2020 agenda.
1050 (with trims) by Arit John in Washington. MOVED
^LA teachers' strike creates ripple effects<
^EDU-LA-TEACHERS-STRIKE-EFFECTS:LA—<The six-day UTLA labor action already has had an impact beyond Southern California, one that is only expected to grow. It has intensified a critical public conversation about how education is paid for, highlighted the effect that charter schools have had on struggling districts and likely will put pressure on Sacramento to funnel more funds to the state's schools.
1800 (with trim) by Maria L. La Ganga in Oakland, Calif. MOVED
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