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President Trump ready to negotiate with Democrats

President Trump reached a temporary agreement with Democrats in order to get thousands of federal workers back to work and reopen the government.

Despite Democrats unwillingness to negotiate, President Trump, showing true leadership, made the first move to relieve the pressure of thousands of families affected by the shutdown.

White House Director of Strategic Communications, Mercedes Schlapp spoke with reporters outside the White House on Monday.

Schlapp said, "the president has perfectly set the table for these negotiations to happen, or he will other ways to fund the border."

The BL news-Chinese human rights lawyer sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison

Prominent Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison on the charge of subversion of state power Monday, more than three years after he was detained in a wide-ranging crackdown on the legal profession.

The No. 2 Intermediate Court in the northeastern city of Tianjin announced the sentence in an online statement, adding that Wang's political rights were also being withheld for five years.
Wang's wife said she "refuses to recognize or accept" the verdict, saying her husband was deprived of his legal rights during his detention and trial.
Wang was tried in a closed hearing last month after being held without access to his lawyers or family since 2015 when he became one of more than 200 legal activists detained during a crackdown.
Rights groups immediately condemned the verdict, with Amnesty International China Researcher Doriane Lau calling it a "gross injustice."

Soundbite Doriane Lau, Amnesty International China Researcher:
Trials for rights activists in China often draw out over years while the accused are held under harsh conditions that can endanger their health.
They are routinely denied the right to hire their own legal representation and receive visits from family members.
Wang pursued land rights cases on behalf of poor villagers and represented members of the Falun Gong Cultivation practice banned by the Chinese Communist regime.

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The BL news-across Latin America-01-28-2019

-Nicolás Maduro under pressure from the international community

-A second dam at the Corrego do Feijao mining complex could collapse

-FARC and EPL clash over drug trafficking control

-More than 2,000 migrants will reach Puebla

In Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro seeks the army’s support in the face of international denunciation.

Nicolás Maduro has asked the army to back him, while millions of Venezuelans and a large part of the international community denounce his illegitimacy and demand his resignation.
The announcement came after opposition leader and President of Parliament Juan Guaidó described Maduro as a usurper and proclaimed himself president of Venezuela.
Guaidó is already recognized by most of the countries in the region and the United States. The latter convened an emergency meeting at the UN to demand that member states give their opinion on what is happening in Venezuela. The European Union issued an ultimatum urging Maduro to call elections in eight days, or Guaidó will be recognized.
Opposition sympathizers go down the barracks distributing copies of the amnesty that will be proposed for the military and police who collaborate with the change of government.

A second dam at the Corrego do Feijao mining complex could collapse

In Brazil, the area affected by the collapse of the mining dam is being evacuated after a new collapse alert was issued

Brazilian authorities evacuated communities near the area affected by the recent collapse of a dam containing toxic waste, due to a new alert that another deposit was broken.
The evacuation took place after discovering that a second water dam in the Corrego do Feijao mining complex had exceeded its capacity and could explode.
The search for the hundreds of disappeared, mostly company employees, was suspended on Sunday.
After the collapse, several buildings were buried under mud and waste, leaving so far more than 30 dead.
The Brazilian Justice announced that it has blocked more than 1.6 billion dollars from the company in order to provide funds to the victims of the disaster.

FARC and EPL clash over drug trafficking control

In Colombia FARC dissidents and EPL guerrillas clash over drug trafficking control

Members of the People's Liberation Guerrilla Army and dissidents of the former FARC led an armed confrontation in Colombia.
The Colombian army reported that the hostilities are due to the fight for control of drug trafficking in the Cauca corridor, in the north of the country.
Military personnel and indigenous authorities have moved to the municipality of Corinto and surrounding areas to protect the civilian population.

More than 2,000 migrants will reach Puebla

In Mexico, Puebla prepares for the arrival of the first two thousand migrants

The Mexican city of Puebla is preparing for the arrival of more than 2,000 migrants who recently left Veracruz.
The priest Gustavo Rodriguez said that this is only a small group that is part of multiple caravans heading to the United States, and the whole group is composed of a total of 12,000 migrants.
He said the group planned to stay until Wednesday in 7 shelters in Puebla, before going to Mexico City. He also pointed out that sixty percent of the migrants in the first caravans (around 4,000) have already set out on their way back to their respective countries.NATO Secretary General visits the Pentagon

Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan welcomed NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to the Pentagon Monday

At the top of the agenda is international security and troops in Afghanistan.

the U.S. envoy to Afghanistan told the New York Times that American and Taliban officials have agreed in principle to the framework of a peace deal with the insurgents.

The deal, the envoy said, could lead to a full pullout of American troops in return for a cease-fire and Taliban talks with the Afghan government.

Shanahan and Stoltenberg would not respond to any specifics on a deal, but said 'we are in Afghanistan to create conditions for a peaceful negotiated solution."

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