Kevin McCarthy elected U.S. House speaker, but at a cost
Republican Kevin McCarthy was elected speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives early on Saturday, after making extensive concessions to a group of right-wing hardliners that raised questions about the party’s ability to govern.
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Artillery shells fly on Ukraine’s front lines despite ‘ceasefire’
Russian and Ukrainian artillery have continued to pound targets in war-scarred eastern Ukraine despite Russian leader Vladimir Putin saying he ordered his forces to observe a 36-hour ceasefire for the Orthodox Christmas.
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Turkey says relations with China have soured over Uyghur issue
Turkey has seen a dent in its relationship with China, its top diplomat has said, attributing the deterioration to Ankara’s determination not to extradite Turkic Uyghur dissidents to China.
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30 Killed in Violence Surrounding Arrest of ‘Chapo’ Son
The operation to detain Ovidio Guzman, the son of imprisoned drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, unleashed firefights that turned the northern city of Culiacan into a war zone with 30 dead, authorities said Friday.
Biden to meet Trudeau, Lopez Obrador in Mexico
United States President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken will travel to Mexico for the 10th North American Leaders’ Summit on January 9 and 10. The State Department said they will hold meetings with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.