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U.S. Treasury Sec. warns Congress on need to raise debt limit
On January 19, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen sent a letter to all members of the Congressional leadership regarding the debt limit. The letter warned that the U.S. government cannot choose to pay some bills over others if Congress fails to raise the borrowing limit.
 
Trump fined nearly $1 million for suing Hillary Clinton
On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Donald Middlebrooks sanctioned former President Donald Trump and his attorneys to pay more than $937,000 in fines for suing former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The lawsuit was initiated on March, 24, 2022, alleging that Clinton and other Democrats "orchestrated a malicious conspiracy" to accuse the Trump campaign of links to Russia, and thereby rig the 2016 election.
 
U.S launches Welcome Corps – a private sponsorship refugee programme
The State Department launched a new refugee admission program called Welcome Corps on Thursday. It will allow everyday Americans to directly help refugees adjust to life in the U.S. through private sponsorship. The program aims to lower government costs while boosting admission rates.
 
Thousands partake in anti-government protests in Peru
Anti-government protests in Peru continued on Thursday, with thousands gathering in the streets of Lima to demand the resignation of President Dina Boluarte and call for a general election. Additional protests took place at the airports in Cusco and Arequipa. The demonstrations turned to violence as police clashed with protesters, with tear gas deployed to disperse the crowds.
 
U.S. Treasury Secretary Yellen meets China’s Vice Premier Liu
U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen met with her Chinese counterpart Liu He on Wednesday. This was the highest-ranking contact between the two countries since their presidents agreed to seek ways to improve relations in November. The two leaders held a "candid, substantive, and constructive conversation" - according to the US Department of the Treasury - in which they discussed macroeconomic and financial developments.
 
Blinken and Cavusoglu discuss F-16 sale, NATO, Syria
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu met with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Washington on Wednesday. The two met to discuss cooperation and emphasize their NATO partnership. The meeting was the first official US visit by Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusoglu since the Biden administration took office.
 
New Zealand’s Prime Minister Ardern to leave office, General Election set for October
On January 19th, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced her resignation as Prime Minister and Leader of the Labour Party. Ardern, in her speech, stated, “Being Prime Minister has been the greatest honor of my life, and I want to thank New Zealanders for the enormous privilege of leading the country for the last five and a half years.”
 
French unions protest against new pension reform bill
French trade unions are going on a national strike day today (Thursday) to show their rejection of the newest pension system reform. While referring to elected officials and billionaires on France 2 television, Philippe Martinez, leader of the CGT, suggested "cutting off their electricity" as a targeted part of the strike. He added that the aim was to "put them in the shoes of the millions of French households currently suffering from energy poverty."
 
Ukraine calls for weapons supply from the West
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy highlighted the need for the West "to speed up decision-making" in supplying weapons in his video address on January 16th. “A new defense aid package has been announced – exactly what is needed: main battle tanks, other armored vehicles and artillery,” he said.
 
U.S. imposes visa restrictions on 25 Belarussian parliament members
US SoS Anthony Blinken announced visa restrictions on 25 members of parliament in Belarus on Tuesday for their allegedly attempting to repress pro-democracy activists. Blinken stated that "the Lukashenka regime continues to repress the Belarusian people and their democratic aspirations," noting the trial in absentia of democratic opposition leader Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya and other democratic activists.