Today’s international news

White House cancels Davos trip

President Donald Trump has cancelled the upcoming visit of the US delegation to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland amid what is the longest partial government shutdown in US history. Earlier this week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi requested delaying State of the Union address followed by Pelosi being denied a military craft by President Trump.

African Union urges DRC to delay the final results

The African Union has called for the final results of the elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). According to the released figures, the opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi has won the election. Runner up Martin Fayulu claims he lost because of a  deal Tshisekedi made with the exiting President Kabila, who has been in power for 18 years. As a deal of this nature would constitute fraud, DRC’s Constitutional Court is expected to rule on the forthcoming legal challenge.

Japanese pop star apologises for her own assault

This month Maho Yamaguchi went public with allegations of an assault by two obsessive fans. Recently, the NGT48 singer apologised to fans for the caused trouble. Fans responded with a petition signed by more than 53,000 requesting the resignation of her manager. Since then, Yamaguchi’s manager has been removed from his post. The two fans who assaulted Yamaguchi were arrested but released without charge.

Car explosion in Colombia kills over 20 people

The blast happened on Thursday in the capital Bogota leaving over 20 people dead and dozens injured.  The 57-year-old driver of the car was also killed by the explosion. The vehicle, carrying 80kg of powerful explosive, crashed and exploded outside the General Santander police academy. President Ivan Duque described it as a “terrorist attack.”

Winter storm hits Levant region, killing two 

A severe winter storm hit Turkey extending to Lebanon and Egypt, killing one Syrian girl and another adult in a multi-car pile up as people tried to escape the storm. The storm came after temperatures plunged and the heavy rain turned into snow. The conditions across the region are improving but the storm is moving to Iran and Iraq.

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