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Life-Threatening temperatures blanket the midwest

Record-breaking temperatures are settling across parts of the Midwest after a powerful snowstorm pounded the region overnight Monday, and forecasters are describing the subzero weather on the way as potentially life-threatening.

Minneapolis Public Schools announced there would be no classes through Wednesday when the region will experience frigidly low temperatures not seen in a quarter century.
Subzero temperatures will begin Tuesday but Wednesday is expected to be the worst. Wind chills in northern Illinois could fall to negative 55 degrees which the National Weather Service called "possibly life-threatening." Minnesota air temperatures could hit minus 30 degrees with a wind chill of negative 60.
The unusually frigid weather is attributed to a sudden warming way above the North Pole. A sudden blast of warm air from misplaced Moroccan heat last month made the normally super chilly air temperatures 20 miles above the North Pole rapidly rise about 125 degrees. That split the polar vortex into pieces according to Atmospheric Environmental Research, a commercial firm outside Boston

The Justice Department unsealed criminal charges against Huawei

The Justice Department unsealed criminal charges Monday against Chinese tech giant Huawei, two of its subsidiaries and a top executive, who are accused of misleading banks about the company's business and violating U.S. sanctions.

The company is also charged in a separate case with stealing trade secrets from T-Mobile, according to federal prosecutors.

Prosecutors are seeking to extradite the company's chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, and allege she committed fraud by misleading banks about Huawei's business dealings in Iran.

Huawei had done business in Iran through a Hong Kong company called Skycom and alleged that Meng misled U.S. banks into believing the two companies were separate, according to the Justice Department.
Huawei is the world's biggest supplier of network gear used by phone and internet companies and has long been seen as a front for spying by the Chinese military or security services.
Prosecutors are seeking to extradite the company's chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, and allege she committed fraud by misleading banks about Huawei's business dealings in Iran.
She was arrested on Dec. 1 in Canada.

U.S. intelligence agencies warn China’s counterintelligence is a big threat

U.S. intelligence agencies are warning that China's capabilities including counterintelligence is a big threat to the U.S.

Director of National Security Dan Coats made comments along with other intelligence agency leaders at a hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee on global security threats.

This comes as a bitter dispute between China and the U.S. over Huawei intensified Tuesday as Beijing demanded Washington back off its sweeping "crackdown" on the telecom giant on charges of technology theft and Iran sanctions violations, complicating trade talks between the world's two biggest economies.
Sen. Marco Rubio said China today poses the most significant counterintelligence threat this nation has faced perhaps in its history. FBI director Christopher Wray echoed Rubio’s assessment.

The allegations mark a new phase in the dispute between the two countries over global technological dominance; The U.S. intelligence chiefs who briefed Congress on worldwide threats sounded the alarm about China's efforts to gain an edge over competitors including the United States.

-Opposition leader Juan Guaidó obtains control of Venezuela's accounts

-People from Tecún Umán clashed with migrants

-López Obrador denounces illegal trafficking of gasoline by sea

-Federal Police investigate National Mining Agency

White House gives Venezuela's U.S. accounts to opposition leader Juan Guaidó

The United States has transferred control of Venezuela's bank accounts to interim President Juan Guaidó, increasing pressure on Nicolas Maduro.
The announcement came after Washington officially recognized the president of Venezuela's parliament as the country's legitimate leader.
The White House announced that it is also considering transferring money from the purchase of oil, which represents the heart of Venezuela's economy and almost the only good it exports, to Guaidó.
The United States, with an average of 500,000 barrels a day, buys 75 percent of Venezuela's oil production.
Juan Guaidó called two new demonstrations, Wednesday and Saturday, asking the Venezuelan army to position itself in favor of the people, and against Nicolás Maduro.

People from Tecún Umán clashed with migrants

In Guatemala, residents of Tecún Umán expel migrants from the caravan

On Sunday, clashes were reported in Tecún Umán, Guatemala, between the residents of the city and a group of migrants from the caravan headed to the United States.
The hostilities began after the numerous claims of the villagers about the disorder that the mobilization has caused in the streets of the locality.
People denounced that the migrants were consuming drugs and decided to expel them from the park to the Mexican side of the Rodolfo Robles border bridge.
The authorities reported that after an hour of fighting there were no wounded.

López Obrador denounces illegal trafficking of gasoline by sea

In Mexico, López Obrador denounces illegal fuel trafficking in the Gulf of Mexico

The president of Mexico, López Obrador, denounced that the fuel of the state-owned Pemex is illegally trafficked by sea.
The Mexican Secretariat of the Navy has opened an investigation in order to stop this activity in the Gulf of Mexico.
After fifty days of campaigning against fuel theft, López Obrador declared that sabotage has been reduced by 65 percent, and the country has saved more than 260 million dollars.

Federal Police investigate National Mining Agency

In Brazil, police operations begin against the National Mining Agency

The Brazilian federal police are investigating a possible corruption scheme of the National Mining Agency, created by former president Michel Temer.
During the first investigation, called "No Man's Land", 22 search warrants were carried out in the metropolitan area of Lauro de Freitas and Salvador.
The authorities point out that the leaders of the public body favored the businessmen linked to the political group of the former president Temer.
The suspects, seven of whom have been dismissed, will be held responsible for the crimes of the criminal organization, passive corruption, perversion of justice and administrative promotion.

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