Top News Stories For Today – Feb 6, 2018

Top News Stories For Today – Feb 6, 2018

Pyeongchang Winter Olympic

Amid flu fears, the Olympic facilities in Pyeongchang, South Korea, now battle a norovirus outbreak, just days before the Games start. At least 41 security guards have been hospitalized with vomiting and diarrhea. To stop the disease’s spread, the other guards have been pulled and replaced with 900 military personnel.

The city is about 80 miles (125 kilometers) east of Seoul and about 60 miles south of the Demilitarized Zone separating North and South Korea. A train between Seoul and Pyeongchang takes about 90 minutes. This will be the second Olympic Games held in South Korea. (Seoul hosted the Summer Olympics in 1988.) Competition for the 2018 Games starts on Thursday, February 8. Opening ceremonies will take place the next day, Friday, February 9. Closing ceremonies will be Sunday, February 25. After South Korea, the Winter Games move to Beijing in 2022. CNN

 

 

Massive Dow plunge triggers global selloff

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down more than 1,170 points on Monday, or 4.6 percent, following a drop of almost 1,600 points earlier in the afternoon. The plummet marks the Dow’s worst one-day point plunge in history, and the stock-market volatility index (VIX) jumped 85 percent in its biggest one-day leap ever. The Dow’s decline follows a rocky week that culminated in a 666-point drop last Friday.

The turbulence, fueled in part by inflation and interest rate fears sparked by a strong January jobs report, spread overseas Tuesday, with Asian markets closing sharply lower — Japan’s Nikkei 225 closed down 4.7 percent and Hon Kong’s Hang Seng ended down 5 percent — and European benchmark indexes down 1-2 percent. BBC News, The Washington Post

 

 

Trump’s lawyers advise against Mueller interview

Attorneys for President Trump have advised him against sitting down for an interview with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, four people briefed on the matter told The New York Times. Trump has publicly declared that he is open to speaking with Mueller, who is investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and whether Trump obstructed justice, but his lawyers fear he will make false statements, which could lead to Trump being charged with lying to investigators.

Attorneys John Dowd and Jay Sekulow reportedly want Trump to avoid an interview and think Mueller won’t subpoena him, but Ty Cobb wants Trump to cooperate and has been dealing with Mueller in trying to set up an interview. The New York Times

 

 

South Africa politic and Day Zero

South African President Jacob Zuma is in a fight. His party, the African National Congress, may try to oust him tomorrow. Senior members of the party tried to get him to resign over the weekend, but he refused. His supporters clashed with party activists outside the ANC headquarters in Johannesburg. Corruption allegations against him is the main thing that caused the problem.

Meantime, officials in Cape Town pushed back their projections for “Day Zero” — the day the South African city’s taps are expected to run dry — to May 11, citing a decline in agricultural water use. CNN

 

 

Democratic rebuttal memo to released

The House Intelligence Committee voted unanimously on Monday to release a classified memo written by Democrats as a rebuttal to the document compiled for Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) and released last week. The Nunes memo purports to show that the FBI mishandled the warrant application to monitor one of President Trump’s campaign advisers.

Trump now has five days to decide if he will block the release of the Democratic rebuttal. The committee’s top Democrat, Rep. Adam Schiff (Calif.), said Nunes refused to say if he coordinated with the White House while crafting the memo, and he accused Republicans of putting the FBI and Justice Department on trial, which “very ill serves the public, and we hope they will stop.” The Week

 

 

Ex-Maldives President calls foreign Intervention

The Maldives’ exiled former president is calling on India and the United States to intervene in his country’s political crisis. Mohammed Nasheed issued a statement Tuesday urging India to send an envoy — backed by its military forces — to the tiny Indian Ocean archipelago to free imprisoned Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed and court Judge Ali Hameed. Saeed and Hameed were arrested earlier Tuesday when security forces stormed the Supreme Court building in the capital, Male, just hours after President Abdulla Yameen declared a 15-day state of emergency.

Nasheed was elected president in the Maldives’ first mulitparty election in 2008, but he resigned in 2012 amid a military takeover. He lost the 2013 presidential race to Yameen, and was then tried and convicted of terrorism charges in a trial criticized by human rights activists. He was sentenced to 13 years in prison, but later granted medical leave last year to travel to Britain, where he was granted asylum. VOA

 

 

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Pyeongchang Winter Olympic, Massive Dow plunge, Trump's lawyers advise against Mueller interview, South Africa politic and Day Zero, Democratic rebuttal memo to released, Ex-Maldives President calls on India, US to Intervene
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