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As Kushner reaches out to Congress on shutdown, 'DACA for the wall' deal gains steam

As Kushner reaches out to Congress on shutdown, 'DACA for the wall' deal gains steamWhite House adviser Jared Kushner is reaching out to both sides of the aisle as multiple members of Congress are pushing a "DACA for the wall" deal to end the shutdown.



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Macron govt hopes 'yellow vest' protests running out of steam

Macron govt hopes 'yellow vest' protests running out of steamThe French government was on Sunday hoping the sharp drop in “yellow vest” demonstrators signalled an end to the biggest crisis of Emmanuel Macron’s presidency, but conceded “mistakes” had been made. Around 66,000 people turned out again on Saturday across France for a fifth round of protests which sprung up over fuel tax hikes last month before snowballing into broader opposition to Macron — half the number of the previous weekend. In an interview with Les Echos newspaper published online Sunday evening, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said the government had “made mistakes” and “not listened enough to the French people”.



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Paris 'yellow vest' protests lose steam after Emmanuel Macron concessions

Paris 'yellow vest' protests lose steam after Emmanuel Macron concessionsDefiant “yellow vest” demonstrators took to the streets of Paris and other French cities on Saturday, but the anti-government protests appeared to be losing steam after major concessions by President Emmanuel Macron and another deadly terror attack on French soil. Riot police fired tear gas and fought with protesters on the Champs Elysées and elsewhere in the capital, but these were minor incidents compared with the widespread rioting and looting that took place a week ago. More than 66,000 took part in demos across the country, half the number of a week ago, and in Paris 2,200 people participated, far fewer than the 10,000 who turned out last Saturday, according to interior ministry figures. Face-off: Police stand guard as 'Mariannes' from the feminist group Femen join the Paris protests Credit: ZAKARIA ABDELKAFI/AFP/Getty Images On Place de la République in Paris, a few hundred yellow vests congregated in rain and near-zero temperatures after being pushed out of the Opera district by riot police. They unfurled a banner with the slogan: “We want a president of the poor”, a jibe at Mr Macron who many French accuse of being a “president of the rich” who has neglected the small-town and rural voters who make up the bulk of the yellow vest movement. The former investment banker, who is facing the biggest crisis of his presidency, unveiled a series of concessions on Monday to defuse the yellow vest crisis, which takes its name from the high visibility jackets all drivers in France are legally obliged to keep in their cars. He was hoping that the package of tax and minimum wage measures for low-income workers would help bring calm to the country after more than a month of clashes and disruption. French security forces intervene as protests weakened in the face of terror threats Credit:  Anadolu His move appeased many French, with public support for the yellow vest protests dropping from more than 80 percent to around 50 percent. But many others, who say the new measures will still not enable them to make ends meet, were set on continuing the protests to try and squeeze more concessions out of the 40-year-old president. “His (Macron’s) taxes will cancel out the rise in the minimum wage,” a 49-year-old computer technician, who declined to give his name, told The Telegraph on the Place de la République. Five 'Mariannes' – the national symbol of the French Republic – confront the gendarmerie Credit: VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images He said he had no intention of giving up the fight, and rejected the government’s call for calm in the wake of a terror attack this week in Strasbourg in which a gunman shot dead four people before being caught, two days later, and shot dead by police.  “That’s merely an excuse to try and keep us off the streets. The attack and this protest have nothing to do with each other,” he said. Protesters wearing yellow vests (gilets jaunes) demonstrate against rising oil prices and deteriorating economic conditions along the Champs-Elysee About 8,000 police – four times the number of demonstrators – and 14 armoured vehicles were deployed across Paris for Saturday’s demonstration, and many streets in the city centre were honeycombed with checkpoints where officers in riot gear checked bags and coats for weapons and helmets.  Police said 112 people were taken into custody in Paris.  The number of deaths linked to the protest rose to seven after Belgian police said a man accidentally crashed his car on Friday night into a truck that had stalled at a yellow vest roadblock on the Franco-Belgian border. 



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Mueller's Russia investigation picks up steam, and so do Trump's tweets

Mueller's Russia investigation picks up steam, and so do Trump's tweetsThe president's Twitter messages belie a very tough week in the special counsel's investigation into his campaign's ties with Russia.



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Steam explosion spreads ash fallout at Kilauea summit nearly 40 days after initial eruption

Steam explosion spreads ash fallout at Kilauea summit nearly 40 days after initial eruptionHawaii’s Kilauea volcano has been erupting since May 3, and according to the county of Hawaii's civil defense agency, another small explosion occurred on Sunday morning.



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US helicopter crash: British steam car record holder and Zimbabwean opposition leader among five killed

US helicopter crash: British steam car record holder and Zimbabwean opposition leader among five killedCharles Burnett III, the British-born investor and steam car world record holder, was among five people killed in a helicopter crash in New Mexico. The group of friends, including a Zimbabwean opposition leader, were travelling to a ranch in the US state when their helicopter crashed in a remote area. Mr Burnett, 61, who was born in England but based in Houston, set a world record when he drove a steam-powered car at an average speed of 139.8mph in 2009. He was in a long-term relationship with Andra Cobb, the only survivor of the crash and daughter of Paul Cobb, who was the co-pilot of the helicopter, it was reported. New Mexico State Police said opposition leader Roy Bennett, Mr Bennett's wife, Heather; and pilot Jamie Coleman Dodd were also killed in the crash. Wreckage of the helicopter that crashed in a mountainous rural area of northern New Mexico Credit: KOAT-TV/AP  Police said on they received a call at 6pm local time on January 17 about a downed helicopter. In a statement, they added: "Raton, New Mexico Police Department received a 911 call from a victim in the crash who reported the incident. The victim informed dispatch there were six people aboard the helicopter when it crashed." They said a wreckage was spotted in a rancher's property east of Raton and was engulfed in fire. Charles Burnett III was born in England but based in Houston Credit: Chris Ison/Getty Federal Aviation Administration records show the Huey UH-1 was registered to Sapphire Aviation LLC, which records show was linked to Mr Burnett. The British-built steam supercar broke a 103-year-old world land speed record for steam-powered vehicles in the United States in 2009. The 25ft-long British Steam Car – nicknamed the "fastest kettle in the world" – reached an average speed of 139.843mph on two runs over a measured mile at the Edwards Air Force Base in California. Roy Bennett, the Zimbabwean former opposition lawmaker Credit: STR/AFP/Getty The timing beat the previous record of 127mph set by American Fred Marriott in a Stanley steam car at the Daytona Beach Road Course in 1906. Mr Marriott's timing was the longest-standing officially-recognised land speed record but it was beaten by the British team, based in Lymington, Hampshire, with Mr Burnett at the wheel. An investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board was expected to arrive at the crash site on Thursday. The site of the helicopter crash that left five people dead Credit: KOAT-TV  Police said Ms Cobb sustained serious injuries, but was expected to survive.



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Bali volcano belches steam, sulphur as more evacuees flee

Bali volcano belches steam, sulphur as more evacuees fleeA rumbling volcano on the holiday island of Bali is spewing steam and sulphurous fumes with more intensity, heightening fears of an eruption as officials said the number of evacuees had topped 144,000. Mount Agung, 75 kilometres (47 miles) from the resort hub of Kuta, has been shaking since August and threatening to erupt for the first time since 1963 — a potential blow to the island’s lucrative tourism industry. The Indonesian Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation said Friday that remote satellite sensing had picked up new steam emissions and thermal areas within the crater.



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White House shakes up legal team as probe gathers steam

White House shakes up legal team as probe gathers steamUnder intensifying fire over its handling of the Russia investigations, the White House is shaking up its legal team, bringing on board a veteran Washington criminal defense lawyer just as another high-profile attorney turns over responsibilities for representing a senior official in the cross hairs of the criminal probe. Ty Cobb, who has represented multiple figures in Washington scandals dating back to the Clinton administration, will be joining the White House staff at the end of this month as a special counsel to the president, charged with handling all legal and media-related issues relating to the Russia probe, sources said.



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