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Kerala Congress (M): Jose K Mani elected as Chairman        Cyclone Vayu to recurve towards Gujarat and weaken gradually        Joseph terms Jose K Mani''s election unconstitutional, says ''crowd'' can''t elect chairman        Heatwave claims 61 lives in Bihar        With eyes on 2022, Priyanka to step up UP tours, meet Cong workers twice a week        Hong Kong leader apologises as massive rally chokes city        Gunmen on motorcycles kill 34 villagers in Nigeria: Police        Trump to raise Hong Kong protests with Xi at G20: Pompeo        Protesting doctors turn down Mamata''s invite for talks, say CM has to apologise first        China supports suspension of Hong Kong''s controversial extradition bill after massive protests        Seven sustain burn injuries as bus catches fire in road accident        CM to raise Kerala''s objection in Niti Aayog meet over handing over Intl Airport to Adani group        Finch''s 153 sets up Australia''s 87-run win over Sri Lanka        Coutinho brace fires Brazil to 3-0 win over Bolivia in Copa America opener        India, SCO members unite to condemn terrorism in Bishkek Declaration        Agitating doctors decline Mamata''s invite for talks        Cyclone Vayu to recurve again; likely to hit Kutch next week        UK court sets Feb 2020 timetable for Assange US extradition trial        Trump blames Iran in tanker blasts, says sea lane not at risk        ENG Pacers, Root set up England''s overwhelming eight-wicket win over West Indies        
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International News
Prez Trump cancels Davos trip due to US govt shutdown over border wall issue
 
Washington, Jan 11 (PTI)President Trump has canceled his planned trip to the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) at Davos, Switzerland, citing the "intransigence" of the Democrats on his funding request to build a controversial wall along the US-Mexico border.

Trump was scheduled to attend the five-day Davos Summit which will begin from January 21.

"I am respectfully cancelling my very important trip to Davos, Switzerland for the World Economic Forum," the president tweeted.

Trump has demanded USD 5.7 billion from the Congress to construct a wall along the US-Mexico border, which he said is crucial to stop the flow of illegal immigrants and smuggling of drugs into the country.

The Democrats who support border security measures, argue that constructing a wall is not the best use of taxpayers' money.

Earlier, Trump told reporters at the White House before leaving for a visit to the southern border in Texas that he will skip the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) at Davos in Switzerland if the ongoing partial shutdown of the government continues.

"I intended to go and speak in front of the international community in Davos. That's still on, but if the shutdown continues, I won't go," he had said.

Later, he tweeted to cancel his Davos trip.

"Because of the Democrats intransigence on Border Security and the great importance of Safety for our Nation, I am respectfully cancelling my very important trip to Davos, Switzerland for the World Economic Forum. My warmest regards and apologies to the @WEF!" Trump said.

The WEF, an annual gathering of the world's political and financial elite, is typically an event American presidents avoid. Trump was the first president to attend the forum, in 2018, since Bill Clinton attended in 2000, the New York Times reported.

The partial shutdown has brought the functioning of several wings of the federal government, including the State Department, to a stand still, leaving more than 800,000 employees without pay.

The shutdown will enter its 22nd day on Saturday, breaking the previous record of 21 days of US government shutdown under the Bill Clinton administration in December 16, 1995 to January 5, 1996.

Trump said the partial government shutdown could be resolved in 15 minutes, but for the Democrats, who he alleged are not interested in national security.

"The buck stops with everybody. They can solve this problem in literally 15 minutes. We could be back, we could have border security. They could stop this problem in 15 minutes if they wanted to," he said.

"I really believe now that they (Democrats) don't want to...they don't care about crime," he added.


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KERALA NEWS
Joseph terms Jose K Mani''s election unconstitutional, says ''crowd'' can''t elect chairman
 Kottayam: Terming the election of Jose K Mani as party Chairman is unconstitutional, Kerala Congress
Seven sustain burn injuries as bus catches fire in road accident
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NATIONAL NEWS
Cyclone Vayu to recurve towards Gujarat and weaken gradually
 Gandhinagar: The Severe Cyclonic Storm VAYU which was going away from Gujarat coast would take a rec
Heatwave claims 61 lives in Bihar
With eyes on 2022, Priyanka to step up UP tours, meet Cong workers twice a week
Protesting doctors turn down Mamata''s invite for talks, say CM has to apologise first
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