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Trump admin. announces criminal charges against Huawei, one of China's largest telecommunications companies, and its chief financial officer; move comes days before Chinese delegation's planned visit to the White House.

US officials announce that the US has hit Venezuela’s state-owned oil company with sanctions, diverting "any purchases of Venezuelan oil by US entities" into blocked accounts effective immediately.

Tornado in eastern Havana has killed at least 3 people and injured 174 others, Cuba's president says.

Longest government shutdown in US history ends as President Trump signs short-term funding bill that reopens government until Feb. 15.

US House joins Senate in approving a short-term funding bill that would reopen the government until Feb. 15; sends measure to President Trump for his signature.

About 200 people have been reported missing after a mining dam collapse in southeastern Brazil flooded a nearby community and raised fears of widespread contamination; scores of people were still trapped in affected areas Friday afternoon.

President Trump: "We have reached a deal to end the shutdown and reopen the federal government."

RT @NBCNews: LIVE: @NBCNews Special Report: President Trump makes statement on government shutdown.

Brazilian tailings dam bursts, releasing mudflow into valley in the area of Brumadihno, near Belo Horizonte, the capital of the southeastern state of Minas Gerais.

RT @NBCNews: LIVE: @NBCNews Special Report: Roger Stone appears in court following indictment and arrest. https://t…

@CNBC @business FAA says air travel delays Friday morning being caused by staffing issues at two air traffic control facilities affecting New York and Florida; says it is "augmenting staffing, rerouting traffic, and increasing spacing between aircraft as needed." - @NBCNews

FAA says it is halting flights into New York City's LaGuardia airport due to air traffic control staffing issues; comes amid ongoing US government shutdown - @CNBC / @business

RT @BreakingNews: Roger Stone, a former adviser to President Trump, was indicted by special counsel and arrested on charges of obstruction,…

Roger Stone, a former adviser to President Trump, was indicted by special counsel and arrested on charges of obstruction, giving false statements and witness tampering.

US State Dept. has ordered non-emergency US government employees to depart Venezuela, and advises that “U.S. citizens residing or traveling in Venezuela should strongly consider departing Venezuela … while commercial flights are available.” - @NBCPolitics

Democratic and Republican funding bills, aimed at reopening the US government, have failed to pass the US Senate. - @NBCPolitics

Iranian TV anchorwoman, detained for more than a week, has been released from a US jail, an attorney with the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Cmte. says.

US State Dept. says it does not consider Maduro's order to break relations, or for US diplomats to leave Venezuela, as legal, and the US “will take appropriate actions to hold accountable anyone who endangers the safety and security of our mission and its personnel.”

At least 5 people killed in shooting at bank in Sebring, Florida, police say; suspect in custody.

After Pres. Trump and several other leaders recognize Venezuelan opposition leader as legitimate president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro says he is breaking off relations with US and gives US diplomatic personnel 72 hours to leave country - @NBCNewsWorld

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The following newsbots are running on this instance:

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  • WHYY / WHYY Philadelphia (an NPR radio station)
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