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Senator

U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch announces that he will retire in January 2019.

Washington • After 40 years in the Senate, Utah’s Orrin Hatch said Tuesday he plans to retire at the end of the year and not seek re-election, ending breathless speculation on whether the powerful senator would try for an eighth term.

Berlin

Nine prisoners have escaped from a Berlin, Germany prison over the last five days, with two escaping today.

Plötzensee jail "lost" the prisoners in four incidents over five days.

Kidnapping of Joshua Boyle and Caitlan Coleman

Joshua Boyle, a Canadian man recently rescued from a Taliban linked group, is arrested on 15 charges, including assault, sexual assault, and unlawful confinement.

Former hostage Joshua Boyle is currently being held in custody in Ottawa in connection with 15 criminal charges filed earlier this week.

Illegal immigration from Africa to Israel

Israel announces plans to deport African migrants residing in the country illegally. Migrants will be given 90 days to leave the country or face imprisonment.

The UN refugee agency says the plan to deport thousands violates international and Israeli laws.

North Korea-United States relations

U.S. President Donald Trump responds to Kim Jong-un's claim of having North Korea's nuclear missile launch button on his desk, boasting that the size of the nuclear missile launch button on his own desk is larger and more powerful than Kim's.

The president's tweet is the latest in the war of words between the two nuclear-armed leaders.

North Korea-South Korea relations

South Korean President Moon Jae-in, responding to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's offer during his New Year's Day address, proposes a meeting to discuss the Winter Olympics and North Korea's nuclear program next Tuesday at the border city of Panmunjom.

South Korea’s president, Moon Jae-in, moved quickly to embrace Kim Jong-un’s proposal to start inter-Korean dialogue and send a team to the Olympics.

Palestine-United States relations

President Donald Trump tweets that the U.S. may withhold future payments to the Palestinian authority, over 350 million dollars per year, because they are "no longer willing to talk peace" with Israel, and that Israel "would have had to pay more" in return for his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Trump says "with the Palestinians no longer willing to talk peace, why should we make any of these massive future payments to them?”

Woburn Safari Park fire

A fire at Woburn Safari Park kills 13 patas monkeys.

Park will remain open except for affected enclosure while cause of blaze is investigated

2018 Pasamayo bus crash

A coach bus plunges off a cliff on a coastal road in Peru, killing at least 48 people.

At least 48 people are confirmed killed on a notorious coastal road north of the capital, Lima.

United States antitrust law

Citing national security concerns, the U.S. government blocks Ant Financial's acquisition of MoneyGram.

Weinstein effect

Vice Media suspends two of its top executives as it investigates allegations made against them.

Vice has suspended two top executives after a New York Times report on sexual misconduct at the digital media company. Vice Media put its president, Andrew Creighton, and chief digital officer Mike Germano on leave as it investigates allegations against them, according to a company memo...