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Indigenous man walks through the metal fence along the border between the Altar desert in Mexico and the Arizona desert in the United States, on March 25, 2017. Sonora, northern Mexico. Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 11, 2019, 08.56 AM (IST)

Trump cancels trip to Davos World Economic Forum as US government shutdown continues

The United States President Donald Trump said on Thursday said that he will skip the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland if a government shutdown over his US-Mexico wall continues.

Pak Army test-fires long range air defence weapon system

Pakistan Army on Thursday test-fired the recently inducted long-range air defence weapon system, LY-80. The firing by the air defence weapon system was displayed during the concluding day of the two-week event of Exercise Al Bayza-2019, an army spokesman said.

Transferred on basis of false, unsubstantiated and frivolous allegations: Alok Verma

Alok Verma, who has been removed from the post of CBI director unceremoniously by a high-powered selection committee, has claimed that he was transferred on the basis of "false, unsubstantiated and frivolous allegations" made by only one person who was inimical to him.

Investors ask how the Bezos divorce will affect Amazon

Amazon.com shares seesawed on Thursday as investors questioned how the impending divorce of company founder Jeff Bezos would affect his control of the most valuable company on Wall Street and its ambitious expansion plans.

US police asks Cristiano Ronaldo to submit DNA sample in rape case

Las Vegas police have asked soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo to submit a DNA sample as part of their investigation into accusations of rape made against the Juventus forward.