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Trump cancels UK embassy visit; Germany coalition hopes  Trump cancels UK embassy visit; hope for German coalition government
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<h2 class="p3">Curated top stories</h2> <h2 class="p3">Curated top stories</h2>
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<li>Following global outrage, President Donald J. Trump has <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/951793123985973248">denied</a> describing Haiti and nations in Africa as "shithole countries," though admitted using "tough" language in an immigration meeting. (See <em>WikiTribune</em>'s <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/01/12/politics/trump-asks-why-u-s-should-take-immigrants-from-shithole-countries/35279/#read">coverage of the apparent slur</a> that has been gathering criticism ever since it was reported on Thursday.)   <li>Following global outrage, President Donald J. Trump has <a href="https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/951793123985973248">denied</a> describing Haiti and nations in Africa as "shithole countries," though he admitted using "tough" language in an immigration meeting. (See <em>WikiTribune</em>'s <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/01/12/politics/trump-asks-why-u-s-should-take-immigrants-from-shithole-countries/35279/#read">coverage of the apparent slur</a> that has been gathering criticism since it was reported on Thursday.)
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<li>Democratic Senator Dick Durbin, who was present for the meeting in question, claims that the president used the word 'shithole' <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-durbin/democratic-u-s-senator-trump-called-african-countries-shitholes-in-meeting-idUSKBN1F11VJ?il=0">multiple times</a> during the bipartisan discussion.</li>   <li>Democratic Senator Dick Durbin, who was present for the meeting in question, claims that the president used the word "shithole" <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-durbin/democratic-u-s-senator-trump-called-african-countries-shitholes-in-meeting-idUSKBN1F11VJ?il=0">multiple times</a> during the bipartisan discussion.</li>
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<li>President Trump <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-42657954">canceled his February visit</a> to London's new U.S. embassy, criticizing the new location of the building while condemning the Obama Administration for selling the old embassy for "peanuts." The embassy move was <a href="https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-usa-trump-britain/trump-cancels-britain-trip-blames-obama-for-peanuts-london-embassy-deal-idUKKBN1F10GQ">initiated by President George W. Bush in 2008. </a>However, some in Britain suggested that Trump canceled due to his unpopularity and the <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-42657954">possibility of protests</a>. A <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-42657954">petition</a> calling for the withdrawal of his state visit invitation was signed by more than 1.8 million people.<span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: 1.6rem;"> </span>London Mayor Sadiq Khan tweeted: Many Londoners have made it clear that Donald Trump is not welcome here while he is pursuing such a divisive agenda. It seems he’s finally got that message."</li>   <li>President Trump <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-42657954">canceled his February visit</a> to London's new U.S. embassy, criticizing the new location of the building while condemning the Obama Administration for selling the old embassy for "peanuts." The embassy move was <a href="https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-usa-trump-britain/trump-cancels-britain-trip-blames-obama-for-peanuts-london-embassy-deal-idUKKBN1F10GQ">initiated by President George W. Bush in 2008. </a>However, some in Britain suggested that Trump canceled due to his unpopularity and the <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-42657954">possibility of protests</a>. More than 1.8 million people signed a <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-42657954">petition</a> calling for the withdrawal of his state visit invitation.<span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: 1.6rem;"> </span>London Mayor Sadiq Khan tweeted: "Many Londoners have made it clear that Donald Trump is not welcome here while he is pursuing such a divisive agenda. It seems he’s finally got that message."</li>
<li>German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU/CSU union and the Social Democrats (SPD) party <a href="https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-germany-politics/merkels-conservatives-spd-agree-german-coalition-blueprint-sources-idUKKBN1F10EN">have had a breakthrough in government coalition negotiations</a> after all-night talks. A 28-page blueprint, which party members will vote on to approve a "grand coalition," was created after 24 hours of discussion.  <li>German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU/CSU union and the Social Democrats (SPD) party <a href="https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-germany-politics/merkels-conservatives-spd-agree-german-coalition-blueprint-sources-idUKKBN1F10EN">have had a breakthrough in government coalition negotiations</a> after all-night talks. A 28-page blueprint, which party members will vote on to approve a "grand coalition," was created after 24 hours of discussion.
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<li>With no party winning a majority in Germany's 2017 September election, Merkel is trying to form a coalition with the SPD, which was initially reluctant after experiencing its <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_federal_election,_2017">worst election result since the Second World War. </a>Some attributed this to their previous partnership with Merkel's conservatives.</li>  <li>With no party winning a majority in Germany's 2017 September election, Merkel is trying to form a coalition with the SPD, which was initially reluctant after experiencing its <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_federal_election,_2017">worst election result since the Second World War. </a>Some attributed this to their previous partnership with Merkel's conservatives.</li>
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<li>Japan is going to give Myanmar <a href="https://www.apnews.com/099ababec7d946a6b90b1cfe5b3c373b/Japan-to-provide-$3-million-to-Myanmar-for-Rohingya-return">$3 million to help with the repatriation of roughly 650,000 Rohingya citizens</a> from Bangladesh, after they fled there in what has widely been seen due to violence by Myanmar's military. Japan is also planning to give a further $20 million aid to improve humanitarian conditions in Rakhine state. Myanmar and Bangladesh signed an agreement to return Rohingya refugees on November 23 which Myanmar said would start by January 23. (<a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/?s=Myanmar">Read <em>WikiTribune</em>'s coverage of Myanmar and the Rohingya here</a>.)</li>  <li>Japan is going to give Myanmar <a href="https://www.apnews.com/099ababec7d946a6b90b1cfe5b3c373b/Japan-to-provide-$3-million-to-Myanmar-for-Rohingya-return">$3 million to help with the repatriation of roughly 650,000 Rohingya citizens</a> from Bangladesh, after they fled there in what has widely been seen due to violence by Myanmar's military. Japan is also planning to give a further $20 million aid to improve humanitarian conditions in Rakhine state. Myanmar and Bangladesh signed an agreement to return Rohingya refugees on November 23 which Myanmar said would start by January 23. (<a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/?s=Myanmar">Read <em>WikiTribune</em>'s coverage of Myanmar and the Rohingya here</a>.)</li>
<li><a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-diplomacy-panama/u-s-ambassador-to-panama-resigns-says-cannot-serve-trump-idUSKBN1F1227?il=0">U.S. Ambassador to Panama John Feeley resigned</a> from the State Department saying he could no longer serve the Trump Administration" in an apolitical fashion." The decision was made before Trump's remarks about Haiti and African countries being "shitholes." Specifics were not given as to why Feeley felt unable to serve the current president.</li>   <li><a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-diplomacy-panama/u-s-ambassador-to-panama-resigns-says-cannot-serve-trump-idUSKBN1F1227?il=0">U.S. Ambassador to Panama John Feeley resigned</a> from the State Department saying he could no longer serve the Trump Administration "in an apolitical fashion." The decision was made before Trump's remarks about Haiti and African countries being "shitholes." Specifics were not given as to why Feeley felt unable to serve the current president.</li>
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<h2 class="p3"><b>What the WikiTribune community’s up to</b></h2> <h2 class="p3"><b>What the WikiTribune community’s up to</b></h2>
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