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January 16, 2019

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May’s government has survived a no-confidence vote called after May’s Brexit deal was overwhelmingly rejected by lawmakers. The House of Commons expressed confidence in the government by 325 votes to 306, meaning May can remain in office. Had the government lost, Britain would have faced an election within weeks while preparing to leave the European Union on March 29.

BEIRUT (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says that an explosion that killed American service members in Syria may have been an act aimed to deter the United States from withdrawing troops. Erdogan said, however, that U.S. President Donald Trump appears to be determined to pull troops out and that he doesn’t think the U.S. leader would step back from his decision. The blast that occurred during a routine patrol in the northern Syria town of Manbij.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seven Democratic lawmakers, including newly elected freshmen, have arrived at the White House ready to ask President Donald Trump to reopen the government while talks continue over border security. It’s the first group of rank-and-file Democrats to meet with Trump during the shutdown, which stretched into its 26th day Wednesday. The White House has been trying to peel lawmakers away from Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, but invitations to Democrats earlier this week were declined.

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenyan police say the death toll from the extremist attack on a luxury hotel and shopping complex in Nairobi has climbed to 21, plus the five militants killed. National police chief Joseph Boinnet spoke late Wednesday after six more bodies were found at the scene. He says a police officer later died of injuries. He says 28 people were wounded in the overnight attack.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The elder son of an American-born news anchor for Iran’s state television broadcaster says his mother is being held in the United States, but has not been charged with anything. Marzieh Hashemi’s son, Hussein Hashemi, tells The Associated Press that his mother apparently is being held as a material witness, but she’s in prison and has been assigned an inmate number. He also says that he and his brother and sister have been subpoenaed to testify to a grand jury, but he doesn’t know what about.

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