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US embassy to Jerusalem by 2019; Turkey 'captures Kurdish villages' US embassy to Jerusalem by 2019; Turkey 'captures Kurdish villages'
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The top stories WikiTribune's working on and what we recommend: Mike Pence says Israeli embassy move will be completed by 2019 The top stories WikiTribune's working on and what we recommend: Mike Pence says Israeli embassy move will be completed by 2019
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  Turkish forces in third day of clashes with Syrian Kurds , Pence gives speech to Israeli parliament , Rohingya repatriation delayed over safety fears , Hope for the Barrier Reef
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<h2 class="p3">Curated top stories</h2> <h2 class="p3">Curated top stories</h2>
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<li><strong>U.S. vice president gives deadline for Israeli embassy move –</strong> The U.S. embassy in Israel will move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem by the end of 2019, <a href="https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-usa-israel-pence/u-s-embassy-in-israel-to-move-to-jerusalem-by-end-of-2019-pence-idUKKBN1FB0TU">according to Vice President Mike Pence</a>, who was speaking in the Israeli parliament. President Donald J. Trump broke with decades of U.S. policy by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in December 2017, and promised to move the U.S. embassy there. The policy shift was<a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2017/12/06/middle_east/u-s-recognizing-jerusalem-as-the-eternal-capital-of-israel/26380/"> met with concern</a> by the international community, whose consensus is that Jerusalem's status should be negotiated as part of any two-state solution between Israel and a future Palestinian state.</li>  <li><strong>U.S. vice president gives deadline for Israeli embassy move –</strong> The U.S. embassy in Israel will move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem by the end of 2019, <a href="https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-usa-israel-pence/u-s-embassy-in-israel-to-move-to-jerusalem-by-end-of-2019-pence-idUKKBN1FB0TU">according to Vice President Mike Pence</a>, who was speaking in the Israeli parliament. President Donald J. Trump broke with decades of U.S. policy by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in December 2017, and promised to move the U.S. embassy there. The policy shift was<a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2017/12/06/middle_east/u-s-recognizing-jerusalem-as-the-eternal-capital-of-israel/26380/"> met with concern</a> by the international community, whose consensus is that Jerusalem's status should be negotiated as part of any two-state solution between Israel and a future Palestinian state.</li>
<li><strong>Turkey reportedly takes territory in Afrin  –</strong> Turkish ground forces have captured a number of villages in northern Syria, according to <a href="http://aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/turkish-armed-forces-fsa-capture-mt-barsaya-in-afrin/1038881">Turkey's state-run news agency Anadolu</a>. Troops <a href="https://www.apnews.com/019bba5b3dc24881804d7cadd8984c34/Turkish-troops-face-fierce-battles-in-Syrian-Kurdish-enclave">clashed with Kurdish militia groups</a> in an attempt to <a href="https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/turkey-says-campaign-against-u-s-backed-kurdish-force-in-syria-will-be-swift-idUKKBN1FB0WI">drive them out of Afrin</a>, an area under the control of the U.S.-backed Syrian Defense Forces (SDF). Turkey considers the Kurdish elements of the SDF to be terrorists, but they have been receiving training and assistance from the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State in Syria. (Read our <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/01/17/syria/turkish-forces-poised-to-attack-syrias-kurds-in-afrin/39729/">explainer on the situation</a> in northern Syria).</li>  <li><strong>Turkey reportedly takes territory in Afrin  –</strong> Turkish ground forces have captured a number of villages in northern Syria, according to <a href="http://aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/turkish-armed-forces-fsa-capture-mt-barsaya-in-afrin/1038881">Turkey's state-run news agency Anadolu</a>. Troops <a href="https://www.apnews.com/019bba5b3dc24881804d7cadd8984c34/Turkish-troops-face-fierce-battles-in-Syrian-Kurdish-enclave">clashed with Kurdish militia groups</a> in an attempt to <a href="https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-mideast-crisis-syria-turkey/turkey-says-campaign-against-u-s-backed-kurdish-force-in-syria-will-be-swift-idUKKBN1FB0WI">drive them out of Afrin</a>, an area under the control of the U.S.-backed Syrian Defense Forces (SDF). Turkey considers the Kurdish elements of the SDF to be terrorists, but they have been receiving training and assistance from the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State in Syria. (Read our <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/01/17/syria/turkish-forces-poised-to-attack-syrias-kurds-in-afrin/39729/">explainer on the situation</a> in northern Syria).</li>
<li><strong>No deal on U.S. budget – </strong>The U.S. government shutdown <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-shutdown-trump/government-still-shut-down-on-monday-as-senate-fails-to-clinch-deal-idUSKBN1FA0OO">continued for a third day</a> after weekend negotiations <a href="https://www.apnews.com/ecd3ad82d5054d30a1dfc27dc910b492/Shutdown-extends-into-workweek,-as-Senate-talks-continue">failed to reach a compromise</a> that would put hundreds of thousands of federal employees back to work across the country. The Senate was expected to vote on Monday on a temporary funding bill that would give Republican lawmakers time to craft a deal on immigration that Democrats could support. Democrats want safeguards for young immigrants known as <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deferred_Action_for_Childhood_Arrivals">“Dreamers.”</a> As the shutdown affected all but critical government functions, economists said a prolonged gap in services could <a href="https://www.apnews.com/9ca42318ea7c491cb5dfc5fb26b59bff/Long-shutdown-could-hurt-economy,-a-short-one-just-'a-blip'">“rattle consumer and investor confidence”</a> in the U.S. economy.<em> </em>(Read <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/01/21/united_states/us-government-shutdown-what-it-is-and-why-it-is-happening/42396/">our backgrounder</a> as to why the shutdown is happening.)</li>  <li><strong>No deal on U.S. budget – </strong>The U.S. government shutdown <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-shutdown-trump/government-still-shut-down-on-monday-as-senate-fails-to-clinch-deal-idUSKBN1FA0OO">continued for a third day</a> after weekend negotiations <a href="https://www.apnews.com/ecd3ad82d5054d30a1dfc27dc910b492/Shutdown-extends-into-workweek,-as-Senate-talks-continue">failed to reach a compromise</a> that would put hundreds of thousands of federal employees back to work across the country. The Senate was expected to vote on Monday on a temporary funding bill that would give Republican lawmakers time to craft a deal on immigration that Democrats could support. Democrats want safeguards for young immigrants known as <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deferred_Action_for_Childhood_Arrivals">“Dreamers.”</a> As the shutdown affected all but critical government functions, economists said a prolonged gap in services could <a href="https://www.apnews.com/9ca42318ea7c491cb5dfc5fb26b59bff/Long-shutdown-could-hurt-economy,-a-short-one-just-'a-blip'">“rattle consumer and investor confidence”</a> in the U.S. economy.<em> </em>(Read <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/01/21/united_states/us-government-shutdown-what-it-is-and-why-it-is-happening/42396/">our backgrounder</a> as to why the shutdown is happening.)</li>
   <li><strong>IMF optimistic on global growth</strong> - The IMF released its <a href="https://www.imf.org/en/Publications/WEO/Issues/2018/01/11/world-economic-outlook-update-january-2018">World Economic Outlook</a> for 2018, raising forecasts after growth outstripped predictions for 2017. “Global growth has been accelerating since 2016 and all signs point to a continuous strengthen of that growth this year and next year in 2019,” Christine Lagarde, managing director of the IMF, <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/01/15/current_affairs/wtf-wef-help-us-cover-the-global-elite-in-davos/39223/">told a news conference in Davos</a>.</li>
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<h2>Earlier</h2> <h2>Earlier</h2>
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<li><strong>Rohingya Muslims repatriation delayed</strong> – An initial two-year plan between Bangladesh and Myanmar to repatriate more than 680,000 Rohingya refugees <a href="https://apnews.com/43ec6809ca564a80b59152e4246edcf8/Rohingya-Muslim-refugee-return-to-Myanmar-delayed">has been delayed</a> due to concerns that some may be forced to return. Rohingya Muslims from Buddhist-dominated Myanmar began flooding neighboring Bangladesh in August 2017 after violence broke out in Rakhine state, which included burned villages, killings, and rapes. (Read <em>WikiTribune</em>'s extensive <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/?s=Rohingya">coverage on the Rohingya crisis here</a>.)</li>  <li><strong>Rohingya Muslims repatriation delayed</strong> – An initial two-year plan between Bangladesh and Myanmar to repatriate more than 680,000 Rohingya refugees <a href="https://apnews.com/43ec6809ca564a80b59152e4246edcf8/Rohingya-Muslim-refugee-return-to-Myanmar-delayed">has been delayed</a> due to concerns that some may be forced to return. Rohingya Muslims from Buddhist-dominated Myanmar began flooding neighboring Bangladesh in August 2017 after violence broke out in Rakhine state, which included burned villages, killings, and rapes. (Read <em>WikiTribune</em>'s extensive <a href="https://www.wikitribune.com/?s=Rohingya">coverage on the Rohingya crisis here</a>.)</li>
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<p class="story-body__introduction"><strong>Vietnamese Communist Party crackdown –</strong> A former high-ranking Communist Party official was <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42770847">sentenced to 13 years in jail</a> in Vietnam after being found guilty of economic mismanagement over losses in state oil firm <a href="http://english.pvn.vn/">PetroVietnam</a>. The trial of former Politburo member Dinh La Thang is part of a corruption crackdown involving high-profile executives. Another executive from PetroVietnam, Trinh Xuan Thanh, was sentenced to life. His case came to international attention last year, when <a class="story-body__link" href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-40806193">the German foreign ministry accused Vietnam of illegally kidnapping him</a> from Berlin, where he was seeking asylum. The trial is seen by some as a showcase of the Communist Party's fight against corruption. However, <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42770847">BBC correspondents</a> say it is also seen as a purge of opponents of leading party officials.</p> <p class="story-body__introduction"><strong>Vietnamese Communist Party crackdown –</strong> A former high-ranking Communist Party official was <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42770847">sentenced to 13 years in jail</a> in Vietnam after being found guilty of economic mismanagement over losses in state oil firm <a href="http://english.pvn.vn/">PetroVietnam</a>. The trial of former Politburo member Dinh La Thang is part of a corruption crackdown involving high-profile executives. Another executive from PetroVietnam, Trinh Xuan Thanh, was sentenced to life. His case came to international attention last year, when <a class="story-body__link" href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-40806193">the German foreign ministry accused Vietnam of illegally kidnapping him</a> from Berlin, where he was seeking asylum. The trial is seen by some as a showcase of the Communist Party's fight against corruption. However, <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-42770847">BBC correspondents</a> say it is also seen as a purge of opponents of leading party officials.</p>
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<p class="story-body__introduction"><strong>Lifeline for Great Barrier Reef –</strong> The Australian government announced a US$50m plan to help save the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Barrier_Reef">Great Barrier Reef – </a>the largest living structure in the world. The reef suffered mass coral bleaching events in 2016 and 2017, which <a class="story-body__link" href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-39524196">scientists said were a result of warmer ocean temperatures</a>. The reef, located in the Coral Sea off the coast of Queensland, spans an area of 344,400 square km. Minister for Jobs and Innovation, Senator Michaelia Cash, said the Great Barrier Reef was "a critical national asset – we want to ensure its future for the benefits of all Australians, particularly those whose livelihoods depend on the reef."</p> <p class="story-body__introduction"><strong>Lifeline for Great Barrier Reef –</strong> The Australian government announced a US$50m plan to help save the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Barrier_Reef">Great Barrier Reef – </a>the largest living structure in the world. The reef suffered mass coral bleaching events in 2016 and 2017, which <a class="story-body__link" href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-39524196">scientists said were a result of warmer ocean temperatures</a>. The reef, located in the Coral Sea off the coast of Queensland, spans an area of 344,400 square km. Minister for Jobs and Innovation, Senator Michaelia Cash, said the Great Barrier Reef was "a critical national asset – we want to ensure its future for the benefits of all Australians, particularly those whose livelihoods depend on the reef."</p>
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<h2 class="p3">What we’re reading</h2> <h2 class="p3">What we’re reading</h2>
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<li>The shutdown of the U.S. government isn’t complicated. It’s about one thing, <a href="https://www.newyorker.com/sections/news/the-shutdown-is-about-who-gets-to-be-an-american" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?hl=en&amp;q=https://www.newyorker.com/sections/news/the-shutdown-is-about-who-gets-to-be-an-american&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1516691812557000&amp;usg=AFQjCNEwfDAmO0Xc_BDA98vHJDfOf55gRw">“Who Gets to be an American,”</a> contends Benjamin Wallace-Wells of <i>The New Yorker</i>. Wallace-Wells looks at the impasse through a historical lens and how the future of young immigrants known as Dreamers is, at its heart, a question of identity: who counts as an American and under what terms. The recent debate may have given Republican and Democratic lawmakers a better sense of the dividing lines, but it hasn’t resolved the central dispute or suggested a compromise. – <i>Jodie DeJonge</i></li>  <li>The shutdown of the U.S. government isn’t complicated. It’s about one thing, <a href="https://www.newyorker.com/sections/news/the-shutdown-is-about-who-gets-to-be-an-american" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?hl=en&amp;q=https://www.newyorker.com/sections/news/the-shutdown-is-about-who-gets-to-be-an-american&amp;source=gmail&amp;ust=1516691812557000&amp;usg=AFQjCNEwfDAmO0Xc_BDA98vHJDfOf55gRw">“Who Gets to be an American,”</a> contends Benjamin Wallace-Wells of <i>The New Yorker</i>. Wallace-Wells looks at the impasse through a historical lens and how the future of young immigrants known as Dreamers is, at its heart, a question of identity: who counts as an American and under what terms. The recent debate may have given Republican and Democratic lawmakers a better sense of the dividing lines, but it hasn’t resolved the central dispute or suggested a compromise. – <i>Jodie DeJonge</i></li>
<li>Shakil Afridi was the Pakistani doctor who used a vaccination scam in an attempt to identify Osama bin Laden’s home. The ruse aided U.S. Navy Seals who tracked and killed the al-Qaida leader. However, Afridi has languished in jail since 2011. <a href="https://www.apnews.com/bfafcd6f68ea4c5f91c89bda94552499/Doctor-who-aided-hunt-for-bin-Laden-languishes,-forgotten">This piece in the Associated Press</a> outlines the saga as a "metaphor for U.S-Pakistan relations” – a growing tangle of mistrust and miscommunication that threatens to jeopardize key efforts against terrorism. – <em>Charles Anderson</em></li>  <li>Shakil Afridi was the Pakistani doctor who used a vaccination scam in an attempt to identify Osama bin Laden’s home. The ruse aided U.S. Navy Seals who tracked and killed the al-Qaida leader. However, Afridi has languished in jail since 2011. <a href="https://www.apnews.com/bfafcd6f68ea4c5f91c89bda94552499/Doctor-who-aided-hunt-for-bin-Laden-languishes,-forgotten">This piece in the Associated Press</a> outlines the saga as a "metaphor for U.S-Pakistan relations” – a growing tangle of mistrust and miscommunication that threatens to jeopardize key efforts against terrorism. – <em>Charles Anderson</em></li>
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<h2 class="p3"><b>What the WikiTribune community is up to</b></h2> <h2 class="p3"><b>What the WikiTribune community is up to</b></h2>
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