Blog posts of '2019' 'January'

Merkel signals readiness to push ahead with coal exit
German Chancellor Angela Merkel signaled her readiness on Thursday to implement costly proposals tabled by a government-appointed commission to facilitate the phasing out of coal-fired power, but key questions about money and priorities remain.
U.N. Khashoggi investigator seeks more information in Turkey
The U.N. investigator leading the inquiry into the killing of Jamal Khashoggi said in Turkey on Thursday she had not yet received all the information she is seeking, but still hopes to conduct a successful probe.
Romania to replace Canada in Mali peacekeeping mission: Ottawa
Romania will supply transport helicopters to a United Nations peacekeeping mission in the troubled African nation of Mali once Canada has pulled out as scheduled this year, the Canadian government said on Thursday.
Colombia's ELN rebel leaders say they will not leave Cuba
Leaders from Colombia's ELN rebel group said on Thursday they would not leave Cuba, once the site of peace talks with the Colombian government, unless Colombia's president complies with conditions agreed to by his predecessor for their return home.
U.S. to announce suspension of compliance with nuclear pact: officials
The United States will announce plans to suspend compliance with a landmark nuclear pact with Russia, a move triggering a six-month clock that could lead to its withdrawal from the arms control accord, U.S. officials said.
Report: Pelicans, Lakers talk Davis after initial silence
The New Orleans Pelicans and Los Angeles Lakers discussed All-Star forward Anthony Davis on the phone Thursday, after the Pelicans had previously not returned the Lakers' calls, ESPN reported.
In packed churches and secret masses, papal visit brings Gulf Catholics hope
In Dubai's overflowing churches and Riyadh's secretive masses, Catholics across the Gulf are eagerly awaiting Pope Francis' historic visit to the United Arab Emirates next week.
Lebanon agrees new government, PM vows bold reforms
Lebanon formed a new national unity government on Thursday, ending nine months of wrangling, and Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri said bold moves were needed without delay to address chronic problems facing the heavily indebted state.
Pennsylvania governor seeks natural gas tax to raise $4.5 billion
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf on Thursday proposed a tax on extracting natural gas to pay for his plan to spend $4.5 billion over the next four years to improve the state's infrastructure.
Fed pause sets stocks for best January on record, yields fall
Global equity markets mostly rose on Thursday, propelled by Facebook's upbeat earnings and the Federal Reserve's pledge to be patient in raising borrowing costs further, while U.S. bond yields fell on indications of weaker-than-expected inflation.