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Harry and Meghan to drop royal titles
The couple also intend to repay £2.4m of taxpayer money for the refurbishment of their UK home.
Libya civil war: UN envoy Salamé says foreign intervention must end
Ghassan Salamé's remarks come on the eve of renewed peace talks between Libya's warring factions.
New Chinese virus 'will have infected hundreds'
The virus emerged in December, two people have died and it has been detected in three countries.
Lebanon protests: Anti-government protesters clash with police
More than 160 people have had to be treated for injuries in the latest violence.
Orthodox Christians brave an icy dip to mark Epiphany
Many worshippers are commemorating the baptism of Jesus by submerging themselves in icy water holes.
US Space Force mocked for unveiling camouflage uniforms
The new uniform, unveiled on the force's Twitter, has prompted one question: "Camo in space?"
Disney culls 'Fox' from 20th Century Fox in rebrand
The company wants to distance its film studio from Rupert Murdoch's news company, US media report.
UK businesses fear post-Brexit break from EU rules
Food prices could rise after Sajid Javid said there will be no alignment with EU rules after Brexit, businesses say.
Delta Air Lines sued by California teachers over fuel dump
The Delta Air Lines plane jettisoned fuel over Los Angeles schools as it made an emergency landing.
Mexico violence: Indigenous musicians killed in ambush in Guerrero
The men were returning from a party when they were shot dead and burned, allegedly by a drug cartel.
Nepal avalanche: Four South Korean trekkers among missing
Helicopters are sent to Annapurna region amid poor weather conditions and plunging temperatures.
Rain brings bushfire relief to parts of Australia
Storms hit parts of Australia's east coast, dousing some fires and giving inhabitants some respite.
UFC 246: Conor McGregor v Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone - all you need to know
Everything you need to know about Conor McGregor's return to the octagon against Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone at UFC 246 in Las Vegas this weekend.
Saracens relegated from Premiership at end of 2019-20 season for salary cap breaches
Premiership Rugby confirm Saracens will be relegated to the Championship this season after salary cap breaches.
Jack Reacher author Lee Child passes writing baton to brother
Lee Child had considered killing off title character before getting his younger sibling to take over.
Harry and Meghan: Queen and Buckingham Palace statements in full
The couple will no longer use their HRH titles or formally represent the Queen.
Harry and Meghan: The big question Canadians have about move
Canadians want to know if they will be picking up the tab for Harry and Meghan's security if they move there.
Duke of Sussex: The party prince who carved his own path
From grieving his mother to becoming a father, the Duke of Sussex is used to attention from the media.
Harry and Meghan: Your questions answered on tax, titles and trademarks
From taxes to visas, how may the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's new life work out?
In pictures: Harry and Meghan's life together
The couple, who plan to step back from being "senior" royals, have been together for almost four years.

Yahoo World News

Countdown to death: Trump details Soleimani's end

Countdown to death: Trump details Soleimani's endCameras "miles in the sky", a countdown and then "boom": US President Donald Trump has recounted the final moments of Iran's powerful General Qasem Soleimani in an American drone strike. Trump delivered the account Friday night to Republican Party donors gathered at his Florida residence Mar-a-Lago for a fundraising dinner, US media said. It killed the Revolutionary Guards Quds Force commander and members of Iraq's Hashed al-Shaabi, a paramilitary force with close ties to Iran.

U.S. sanctions Iranian commander over Mahshahr killings

U.S. sanctions Iranian commander over Mahshahr killingsThe U.S. State Department said on Saturday it had imposed sanctions on a general of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps who commanded units blamed for a massacre of protesters in November. The U.S. State Department has said previously it had received videos of the Revolutionary Guards opening fire without warning on protesters in Mahshahr county in southwest Iran.

Yemeni officials: 25 troops killed in Houthi missile strike

Yemeni officials: 25 troops killed in Houthi missile strikeA missile attack launched by Shiite rebels in Yemen hit an army camp Saturday, killing at least 25 troops, Yemeni officials said. The strike in the central province of Marib wounded around 10 others. The Houthi attack on the military training camp followed an ongoing barrage of assaults by Saudi-backed government forces on rebel targets east of Sanaa.

Libya oil exports blocked, raising stakes for Berlin peace summit

Libya oil exports blocked, raising stakes for Berlin peace summitForces loyal to Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar blocked oil exports from the war-ravaged country's main ports Saturday, raising the stakes on the eve of an international summit aimed at bringing peace to the North African nation. The move to cripple the country's main income source was a protest against Turkey's decision to send troops to shore up Haftar's rival, the head of Tripoli's UN-recognised government Fayez al-Sarraj. It comes ahead of Sunday's conference in Berlin that will see the United Nations try to extract a pledge from world leaders to stop meddling in the Libyan conflict -- be it through supplying troops, weapons or financing.

Thousands gather for Women's March rallies across the US

Thousands gather for Women's March rallies across the USHundreds showed up in New York City and thousands in Washington, D.C. for the rallies, which aim to harness the political power of women, although crowds were noticeably smaller than in previous years. The first marches in 2017 drew hundreds of thousands of people to rallies in cities across the country on the day after President Donald Trump was inaugurated.

House Democrats, White House lay out arguments before trial

House Democrats, White House lay out arguments before trialThe brief Saturday came shortly after the White House sent the Senate a fiery response to its impeachment summons, outlining the defenses it expects to use in the upcoming trial. President Donald Trump's legal team is sending the Senate a fiery response to its impeachment summons, outlining the defenses it expects to use in the upcoming trial.

Facing Senate trial crunch, Dems blitzing Iowa, early states

Facing Senate trial crunch, Dems blitzing Iowa, early statesAs a winter storm barreled down on Iowa, Elizabeth Warren’s campaign team struggled with whether to scrap a town hall scheduled at the old Maytag headquarters. For the Democratic presidential candidate, the event was probably one of her last chances to make a face-to-face appeal to voters in Iowa before the Feb. 3 caucus. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, is soon to be marooned in the Senate as a juror in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial.

RPT-Facebook apologises after vulgar translation of Chinese leader's name

RPT-Facebook apologises after vulgar translation of Chinese leader's nameFacebook Inc said on Saturday it was working to find out how Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s name appeared as “Mr Shithole” in posts on its platform when translated into English from Burmese, apologising for any offence caused and saying the problem had been fixed. The error came to light on the second day of a visit by the president to the Southeast Asian country, where Xi and state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi signed dozens of agreements covering massive Beijing-backed infrastructure plans. A statement about the visit published on Suu Kyi’s official Facebook page was littered with references to “Mr Shithole” when translated to English, while a headline in local news journal the Irrawaddy appeared as “Dinner honors president shithole”.

Officials: Palestinian wounds Israeli man in stabbing

Officials: Palestinian wounds Israeli man in stabbingA Palestinian attacker stabbed and moderately wounded an Israeli man Saturday near the West Bank flashpoint city of Hebron, police said. The 22-year-old Israeli was evacuated to a hospital for treatment, according to the rescue agency Magen David Adom. The Israeli military said it arrested the assailant.

The Trump Administration Moved To Roll Back Michelle Obama’s School Lunch Program On Her Birthday

The Trump Administration Moved To Roll Back Michelle Obama’s School Lunch Program On Her BirthdayIn a continuation of their dedication to deregulation, the Trump administration recently moved to ease restrictions placed on school nutrition programs put in place as part of Michelle Obama’s push to reduce childhood obesity. The administration claims it was not intentional, but the move came on the same day as Obama’s birthday, the New York Times reports.Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue released a statement explaining the decision. “Schools and school districts continue to tell us that there is still too much food waste and that more common-sense flexibility is needed to provide students nutritious and appetizing meals,” said Perdue. “We listened and now we’re getting to work.”The new proposed rule from the Department of Agriculture would ease restrictions on how much fruit schools were required to offer during breakfast, what types of vegetables needed to be included in meals, and would also broaden what foods could be counted as a snack. Nutritionists are concerned that the deregulation of what constitutes a snack will lead to schools offering cheap but unhealthy options at every meal. In addition, the loosening of restrictions on what vegetables need to be offered could lead to a return of starchy potatoes overtaking healthier options such as leafy greens in school meals. Colin Schwartz, the Center for Science in the Public Interest’s deputy director of legislative affairs, released a statement saying that the proposal would create a loophole that encourages unhealthy eating habits. “[It] would create a huge loophole in school nutrition guidelines, paving the way for children to choose pizza, burgers, french fries, and other foods high in calories, saturated fat, or sodium in place of balanced school meals every day,” Schwartz said.The School Nutrition Association, a trade union of school food-service manufacturers and school food professionals, were in support of the easing of restrictions. SNA’s president, Gay Anderson, said that the organization would study the new proposals further, but noted that a few of the requirements of Obama’s nutritional guidelines under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 contributed to reduced lunch participation, high costs, and food waste, The Washington Post reports. Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign for improving school nutrition and encouraging a healthier lifestyle for children came as a reaction to childhood obesity statistics. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that 13.7 million children and adolescents aged two to 19 are currently considered obese. Many Democrats reacted negatively to the proposals from the USDA. Rep. Ayanna Presley of Massachusetts spoke out about the proposed rule and called it more evidence that Trump’s administration is intentionally being cruel with their policies. “Egregious. The Occupant is trying to play petty with the food our babies eat. Add it to the list affirming that the cruelty is the point with this White House,” tweeted Presley. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Jared Kushner Takes A Tacky Dig At Monica LewinskyWill The Iran Attack Affect Trump's Impeachment?Warren & Sanders Fight May Break Their Peace Pact

Russia's Putin says he opposes unlimited presidential term

Russia's Putin says he opposes unlimited presidential termRussian President Vladimir Putin said Saturday that he opposes the idea of an unlimited term in office for the country's leader like the system that existed in the Soviet Union. Putin's comment at a meeting with World War II veterans in St. Petersburg came days after he called for constitutional changes that could help him remain in power once his presidential term ends in 2024. There has been uncertainty about Russia's future political course since Putin suggested in his Wednesday state-of-the-nation address amending the constitution to allow lawmakers to name prime ministers and Cabinet members.

Riots in Lebanon's capital leave more than 150 injured

Riots in Lebanon's capital leave more than 150 injuredPolice fired volleys of tear gas and rubber bullets in Lebanon's capital Saturday to disperse thousands of protesters amid some of the worst rioting since demonstrations against the country's ruling elite erupted three months ago. Thick white smoke covered the downtown Beirut area near Parliament as police and protesters engaged in confrontations that saw groups of young men hurl stones and firecrackers at police who responded with water cannons and tear gas. Some protesters were seen vomiting on the street from inhaling the gas.

Putin Says He Doesn’t Want Return to Soviet-Era Lifetime Leaders

Putin Says He Doesn’t Want Return to Soviet-Era Lifetime Leaders(Bloomberg) -- Sign up here to receive the Davos Diary, a special daily newsletter that will run from Jan. 20-24.Russian President Vladimir Putin said he favors keeping term limits in place, arguing against a return to the Soviet-era practice of lifetime leaders.Asked by a World War II veteran if he backed ending a ban on more than two presidential terms -- which would allow Putin to continue ruling after 2024, when he will be 71 -- the president said this would make it impossible to ensure an orderly transition of power.“It would be very worrying to return to the situation in the mid-1980s, when heads of state stayed in power until the end of their days, one after another,” Putin said on a visit to St. Petersburg to mark the 77th anniversary of the lifting of the siege of Leningrad, according to the government newspaper Rossiiskaya Gazeta.Putin proposed sweeping changes to the Russian constitution on Wednesday that would limit the powers of his successor as president by giving more authority to Parliament and the State Council, an advisory body, potentially allowing him to keep control of the country in another role. He also put forward a plan to tighten term limits by barring more than two mandates in total rather than two consecutive terms as now. Putin used that loophole to return to the Kremlin in 2012 after serving four years as prime minister.Under the Russian leader’s shake-up, he replaced his long-serving prime minister, Dmitry Medvedev, who stood in for him as president from 2008-2012, with the little-known head of the tax service, Mikhail Mishustin.To contact the reporter on this story: Henry Meyer in Moscow at hmeyer4@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Gregory L. White at, Brian Wingfield, James AmottFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

LGBT activists say new bills target transgender youth

LGBT activists say new bills target transgender youthAt the urging of conservative advocacy groups, Republican legislators in more than a dozen states are promoting bills that focus on transgender young people. One batch of bills would bar doctors from providing them certain gender-related medical treatment; another batch would bar trans students from participating on school sports teams of the gender they identify with. The proposed laws, if enacted, “would bring devastating harms to the transgender community,” said Chase Strangio, a transgender-rights lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union.

Iran to send flight recorders from downed jet to Ukraine

Iran to send flight recorders from downed jet to UkraineIran will send the black box flight recorders from the Ukrainian jetliner that it accidentally shot down last week to Ukraine for further analysis, an Iranian official said Saturday. Hassan Rezaeifer, the head of accident investigations for the civil aviation department, said it was not possible to read the black boxes in Iran, without elaborating.

Trump Says Soleimani Strike Followed General Saying ‘Bad Things’

Trump Says Soleimani Strike Followed General Saying ‘Bad Things’(Bloomberg) -- President Donald Trump gave a new justification for killing Qassem Soleimani, telling a gathering of Republican donors that the top Iranian general was “saying bad things about our country.”“How much are we going to listen to?” Trump said Friday, according to remarks from a fundraiser obtained by CNN. He also used a vulgar expression to describe the nature of Soleimani’s comments.Trump spoke amid a brewing controversy in Washington, where some lawmakers, especially Democrats, have said the White House has repeatedly shifted its justification for the Jan. 3 strike, which pushed Washington and Tehran to the brink of war.The drone strike in Baghdad that killed Soleimani came days after a violent protest by Iranian-backed protesters at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and a rocket attack that killed an American contractor at a facility in Iraq.‘Imminent Attack’Secretary of State Michael Pompeo has said Soleimani was planning an imminent attack on Americans and working “to build out a network of campaign activities that were going to lead, potentially, to the death of many more Americans.” But he’s also acknowledged that the administration didn’t necessarily know when and where future attacks were being planned.Trump told Fox News on Jan. 10 that he believed Soleimani was planning attacks on the U.S. embassy in Baghdad and three other U.S. embassies in the region. Two days later, U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper told CBS News that he “didn’t see” intelligence suggesting the specific threat Trump described.“What the President said was, he believed it probably could have been,” Esper said in a separate interview with CNN. “He didn’t cite intelligence.”How U.S.-Iran Enmity Grew for Decades, Burst in Days: QuickTakeTrump on Monday said his administration has been “totally consistent” in its explanation of the intelligence that justified the strike.“Here’s what’s been consistent: We killed Soleimani, the number-one terrorist in the world by every account,” Trump said. “Bad person.”At Friday’s fundraiser, held at the president’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, Trump described the attack on Soleimani in vivid detail, according to the recording obtained by CNN. He said military officials counted down the last minutes of the Iranian general’s life as they watched the strike from “cameras that are miles in the sky.”The president also erroneously claimed -- as he has before -- that Soleimani was meeting “the head of Hezbollah” while in Baghdad.Soleimani was met at the airport by Iraqi paramilitary leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the leader of Kata’ib Hezbollah. That’s a paramilitary group separate from the more prominent Lebanese militant organization, which also receives backing from Iran.About 100 people attended Friday’s fund-raiser, according to the president’s re-election campaign. The event was expected to raise $10 million.In addition to his fundraising remarks, Trump tweeted publicly about Iran on Friday evening, saying that Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei “should be very careful with his words!” and that the people of Iran “deserve a government that’s more interested in helping them achieve their dreams than killing them for demanding respect.”Earlier in the day, Khamenei said Iran had delivered a “slap to the U.S.’s image as a superpower” in a rare appearance leading Friday prayer in Tehran, the capital.To contact the reporter on this story: Justin Sink in Palm Beach, Florida at jsink1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: James Ludden at, Steve GeimannFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

Impeachment lands Sen. Collins in familiar spot: crosshairs

Impeachment lands Sen. Collins in familiar spot: crosshairsFacing perhaps her toughest reelection fight, veteran Sen. Susan Collins has parachuted into familiar terrain — the heart of a hot-button issue, this time President Donald Trump's impeachment. With Senate trial proceedings starting Tuesday, the moderate Maine Republican says she'll probably support a motion to call witnesses, aligning herself with Democrats. Collins, 67, has embraced that approach for nearly 24 years in the Senate, even as compromise has grown increasingly scarce and politically perilous in the age of the retaliation-prone Trump.

10 things you need to know today: January 17, 2020

10 things you need to know today: January 17, 20201.Lev Parnas, the indicted associate of Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani who worked as his envoy in Ukraine, communicated with a top aide to Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) about an effort to find damaging information on former Vice President Joe Biden, documents released Friday night by House Democrats revealed. The evidence shows Derek Harvey, a former White House official and top aide to Nunes, communicated extensively with Parnas and sought to speak with Ukrainian prosecutors who were giving Giuliani information about Biden. Parnas has said President Trump and his associates were working to push Ukraine into announcing an investigation into Biden. The allegations are central to Trump's impeachment. Nunes, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, did not comment on the documents. [The Washington Post, NBC News] 2.President Trump has reportedly tapped former Special Counsel Ken Starr, his successor Robert Ray, and famous defense lawyer Alan Dershowitz to join his impeachment defense team. Starr and Ray worked on former President Bill Clinton's impeachment, while Dershowitz was on the defense team for O.J. Simpson. They will reportedly join White House Counsel Pat Cipollone and Trump's lawyer Jay Sekulow, who will lead the defense as House impeachment managers present the case against Trump. Dershowitz will present oral arguments at the Senate trial, but said he is not a "full-fledged" member of the defense. Former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and Trump's personal counsel Jane Raskin will reportedly also be on the team. [The Wall Street Journal, CNN] 3.Former GOP Rep. Chris Collins was sentenced on Friday to two years in federal prison on charges of insider trading and lying to the FBI. Collins, who was a New York representative since 2013 and was the first member of Congress to endorse President Trump's candidacy, pleaded guilty in October to tipping off his son to confidential information regarding an Australian biotechnology company, which allowed them to make illegal stock trades avoiding more than $700,000 in losses. At his sentencing, Collins tearfully apologized. "I stand here today a disgraced former congressman," he said. "I cannot face my constituents. What I have done has marked me for life." The 26-month sentence will begin on March 17, and will likely be served at a federal prison camp in Pensacola, Florida. [NBC News, The Washington Post] 4.Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, led Friday prayers at the Mosella mosque in Tehran on Friday for the first time since 2012, trying to rally support among intertwined crises facing his government. He called President Trump a "clown" who is only pretending to support Iran's people, said the U.S. killing of top Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani was "cowardly" and demonstrative of America's "terrorist nature," and called Iran's retaliatory missile strikes a "slap on the face" to the U.S. that "shows the hand of God" and Iran's "power." Trump responded via tweet, writing the supreme leader had "not been so Supreme lately," and criticizing his "nasty" comments about the U.S. Trump said Khamenei "should be very careful with his words!" [Reuters, Donald Trump] 5.Eleven Americans were injured in Iran's recent missile strike on the Al Asad Air base in Iraq, which President Trump and the Pentagon previously said resulted in no injuries. The military confirmed Thursday that 11 Americans were treated for concussions after Iran last week struck two Iraqi bases housing U.S. troops; the concussion symptoms emerged several days later. "While no U.S. servicemembers were killed ... several were treated for concussion symptoms from the blast and are still being assessed," said a United States Central Command spokesperson. The attack on the bases came in response to a U.S. drone strike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani. CNN's Jim Sciutto said the update indicated "the Iranian missile strike was a nearer miss than advertised." [The New York Times, CNN] 6.Jury selection in the trial of disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein ended Friday with seven men and five women set to serve. Lead prosecutor Joan Illuzzi accused the defense of trying to "systematically exclude" young white women. The defense, in turn, accused the prosecution of trying to exclude men from the jury, but Judge James Burke didn't accept either argument. The defense reportedly said it didn't seek to exclude young women but they "didn't want jurors who were too young to understand the way men and women interacted in the early 1990s." Weinstein is facing rape and sexual assault charges, to which he has pleaded not guilty. Opening arguments in the trial are set to begin on Jan. 22. [Variety, The Hollywood Reporter] 7.The Democratic National Committee announced requirements for making February's primary debate Friday, leaving the donor threshold steady at a minimum 225,000 unique donors. Candidates will also, as before, need to hit at least five percent in four qualifying national polls or seven percent in two polls of New Hampshire, Nevada, or South Carolina voters. But there's now a third path that candidates can take to replace the poll requirement: If they win just one delegate in Iowa, they're in. This could open a path for candidates such as entrepreneur Andrew Yang, who hit the donor requirement but didn't have enough qualifying polls to make January's debate. The Iowa caucuses are Feb. 3, and the next debate is Feb. 7 in New Hampshire. [The New York Times] 8.Activists expected thousands of demonstrators to turn out across the country for the fourth annual Women's March is on Saturday. The first Women's March took place the day after President Trump's inauguration, and drew hundreds of thousands of participants. This year, the march was expected to be smaller and without the celebrity appearances of years past, in part due to criticism the march's organizers have faced regarding inclusion and diversity. The demonstration in Washington, D.C., was expected to attract up to 10,000 demonstrators. 9.A winter storm is expected to spread across much of the Midwest, Northeast and Plains regions of the U.S. through Saturday, bringing snow, ice, and frigid rain. Some areas, like parts of Minnesota and the eastern Dakotas, will likely face blizzard conditions, and high winds will contribute to low visibility as snow piles up. Other areas will see freezing rain and sleet — the slick conditions caused one plane at Kansas City International Airport to slide off the taxiway on Friday, leading to a closure of the airport. Most snow and most extreme conditions are expected to taper off by Sunday. [The Weather Channel] 10.Microsoft announced plans to become "carbon negative" by 2030, seeking to erase its entire carbon footprint since the company's founding in 1975 and begin removing more carbon from the environment than it emits. The company first wants to reduce emissions to zero across its entire supply chain by 2030, and then focus on eliminating all of the carbon dioxide it has ever released by 2050. Microsoft has been carbon neutral since 2012, achieving this through purchasing renewable energy and carbon offsets. Going negative will require more technology and investment than going neutral. "Technology does exist that does this, but getting the price and the scalability to where we need it to be is a significant challenge," said Lucas Joppa, the company's chief sustainability officer. [The Verge, CBS News]More stories from Trump is getting the band back together The Patriots only have one option French officials warn of violence from subgroups in protest movement

Libya's eastern-based forces move to halt oil exports

Libya's eastern-based forces move to halt oil exportsA move by Libya's east-based forces to choke off oil exports from its territory threatens to throttle much of the country’s oil production, the national oil corporation said Saturday, escalating tensions ahead of an international peace summit to end the civil war. Powerful tribal groups loyal to Gen. Khalifa Hifter, whose forces control eastern Libya and much of the south, seized several large export terminals Friday along the eastern coast as well as southern oil fields. It marked a major challenge to the rival U.N.-backed government based in Tripoli, which collects revenues from oil production.

Venezuelan theater becomes Plan B in lawmakers' turf battle

Venezuelan theater becomes Plan B in lawmakers' turf battleVenezuelan opposition lawmakers are expected in the coming days to make their third attempt to get inside the legislative chamber in downtown Caracas, after twice this month being blocked by forces loyal to President Nicolás Maduro. The losing turf battle recently drove the lawmakers to a covered amphitheater in El Hatillo, a normally quiet community in the hilly outskirts of the capital that's popular for its souvenir shops, restaurants and visitors strolling around the colonial square. It’s unclear whether the National Assembly led by U.S.-backed Juan Guaidó will be forced on Tuesday to retreat again to El Hatillo, or perhaps the office of The Nation newspaper — where they also met in early January — or scramble for yet another safe meeting place.

BBC Sports News

Saracens relegated from Premiership at end of 2019-20 season for salary cap breaches
Premiership Rugby confirm Saracens will be relegated to the Championship this season after salary cap breaches.
Manchester City 2-2 Crystal Palace: Fernandinho scores late own goal
Manchester City's faint title hopes suffer another damaging blow as Fernandinho's late own goal earns Crystal Palace a point at Etihad Stadium.
England in South Africa: Dom Bess takes five wickets in third Test
Dom Bess takes his maiden Test five-wicket haul to tighten England's grip on the third Test against South Africa on a weather-hit third day in Port Elizabeth.
Masters 2020: Ali Carter will face Stuart Bingham in final
Ali Carter makes the most of his fortunate entrance into the Masters by reaching Sunday's final where he will face fellow Englishman Stuart Bingham.
What happened in the Premier League on Saturday?
Manchester City are held by Palace, Norwich reduce the gap to Bournemouth and Wolves come from 2-0 down to win at Southampton
Saracens Q&A: What is going on and what does relegation mean?
English champions Saracens will be relegated from the Premiership at the end of the season. BBC rugby union correspondent Chris Jones explains why.
Conor McGregor v Donald Cerrone: 'Conor is a legend' - Fans take over Las Vegas
BBC Sport speaks to fans at the UFC 246 weigh-ins to find out who they would like to see win, Conor McGregor or Donald Cerrone.
Masters 2020: Ali Carter beats Shaun Murphy to reach Masters final - best shots
Ali Carter makes the most of his fortunate entrance into the Masters and beats Shaun Murphy 6-3 to reach Sunday's final at Alexandra Palace.
San Francisco 49ers George Kittle's top five plays
A run through San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle's top five plays before Sunday's NFC Championship game against the Green Bay Packers.
UFC 246: Conor McGregor v Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone - all you need to know
Everything you need to know about Conor McGregor's return to the octagon against Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone at UFC 246 in Las Vegas this weekend.
Newcastle 1-0 Chelsea: Isaac Hayden's injury-time winner stuns Blues
Newcastle show they have the appetite for a scrap in the bottom half of the table as Isaac Hayden's dramatic injury-time header earned a vital win against a dominant Chelsea.
Netball Nations Cup: Ameliaranne Ekenasio 'proud to fly flag' for mums in sport
New Zealand captain Ameliaranne Ekenasio says she is "proud to fly the flag" for mothers in sport.
Goals: Rangers 2-0 Stranraer
Scott Arfield and Jermain Defoe are on target as Rangers ease past League One Stranraer in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup.
Watford 0-0 Tottenham: Jose Mourinho says Michael Oliver should have sent off Etienne Capoue
Tottenham Jose Mourinho says referee Michael Oliver made "very bad decisions" in choosing not to send off Etienne Capoue in their 0-0 draw at Watford.
Watch Conor McGregor & 'Cowboy' Donald Cerrone weigh-in ahead of UFC 246
Watch Conor McGregor and opponent Donald Cerrone weigh-in ahead of their highly-anticipated bout in UFC 246 in Las Vegas.
Football Focus: When Man City's Phil Foden met Blossoms for a Stockport love-in
Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden meets two fellow sons of Stockport, Tom and Joe from the band Blossoms, to talk John Stones, dogs and praise from Pep Guardiola.
Formula E recap: British drivers dominate opening races
Watch short highlights from the first two races of the Formula E season as British drivers Sam Bird and Alexander Sims both take the chequered flag in Saudi Arabia.
Kansas City Chiefs: Why Patrick Mahomes is NFL's best quarterback - Osi Umenyiora
The NFL Show's Osi Umenyiora believes Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs has the best attacking options and is the best quarterback in the league.
Derrick Henry the Tennessee Titans running back's top five plays
Watch the NFL's rushing leader Derrick Henry's top five plays before the AFC Championship game between the Tennessee Titans and the Kansas City Chiefs.
Conor McGregor: Meet David August, the UFC fighter's tailor
Meet David August, Conor McGregor's personal tailor and the man behind the Irishman's infamous pinstripe suit.

BBC Americas News

Clinton prosecutor Ken Starr to defend Trump in impeachment
Former special prosecutors from Bill Clinton's impeachment trial are on the president's team.
Delta Air Lines sued by California teachers over fuel dump
The Delta Air Lines plane jettisoned fuel over Los Angeles schools as it made an emergency landing.
US Space Force mocked for unveiling camouflage uniforms
The new uniform, unveiled on the force's Twitter, has prompted one question: "Camo in space?"
Canada offers funds to families of Canadian victims of Flight 752
Canada will offer C$25,000 to families of its citizens and permanent residents who died in the disaster.
Squash seeks recognition in famed NYC rail station
The location is meant to show new audiences this non-Olympic sport.
Simpsons actor Hank Azaria says he will no longer voice Apu
The announcement by white actor Hank Azaria follows accusations of racial stereotyping.
FBI arrests three more members of right wing extremist group 'The Base'
Six suspected white supremacists have been arrested in what appeared to be a co-ordinated operation.
Disney culls 'Fox' from 20th Century Fox in rebrand
The company wants to distance its film studio from Rupert Murdoch's news company, US media report.
'Chinese Restaurant Syndrome' - what is it and is it racist?
Makers of a flavouring agent launch a campaign against "racist" dictionary entry.
Harry and Meghan: The big question Canadians have about move
Canadians want to know if they will be picking up the tab for Harry and Meghan's security if they move there.
Global Hawk drones: A look at Nato's new spy tool
The Global Hawk, which is unmanned, can travel halfway around the world on one tank of fuel.
Minnesota voters cast first ballots of 2020 election
While the nation has its eyes turned to Iowa, voters in Minnesota have already cast the first ballots.
Harry Harris: South Koreans bristle at US envoy's moustache
Harry Harris rebukes critics of his facial hair, which reminds some South Koreans of colonial rule.
'Giddy-up', said TSA agent pulling Native woman's braids
The agency apologises after the flyer tweeted she was "humiliated" by the incident in Minnesota.
Harvey Weinstein case: Jury picked for New York rape trial
After two weeks, lawyers finally choose the 12 jurors for the trial from about 700 candidates.
Impeachment trial: Why did Pelosi use so many pens?
A long signature, a dramatic procession, and cries of "hear ye" were all part of the impeachment trial.
What it means to be mixed race in the US
The number of multi-racial people in the US is on the rise. But the experience comes with struggles.
US officials ground drones over espionage fears
US officials are reviewing a civilian drone programme because of concerns about Chinese infiltration.
Prohibition: US activists fight for temperance 100 years on
US Prohibition was launched on 17 January 1920. A hundred years later, some activists won't give up.
Trump impeachment: Who is Democrat Adam Schiff?
The House Intelligence Committee chairman is now the lead prosecutor in the impeachment trial.
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