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Lampert wins Sears bankruptcy auction with $5.2 billion bid

Sears Holdings Corp Chairman Eddie Lampert won a bankruptcy auction to buy the once iconic U.S. retailer after presenting an improved offer of $5.2 billion, Sears said on Thursday, allowing it to keep its more than 400 stores running.

Trump lawyer Giuliani says does not know if campaign colluded with Russia

Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who along with the president has repeatedly denied that any collusion occurred between Russia and other people in Trump's 2016 campaign, retreated from those earlier broad statements, saying he had no idea whether any aides colluded with Moscow during that time.

Ex-Trump lawyer: rigging polls 'was at the direction of' Trump

Michael Cohen, U.S. President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer, said on Thursday he paid a firm to manipulate online polling data "at the direction of and for the sole benefit of" Trump.

Mom's lips left oozing pus after low-cost fillers

By Alexandria Hein

A mother-of-three is hoping a video of pss oozing out of her infected lips is enough to put others off cheap lip fillers.

US detention of Iran State TV broadcaster shines spotlight on Americans being held by Islamic regime

By Greg Norman

The Iranian regime that has repeatedly been criticized for detaining Americans and then ignoring calls for their release is now crying foul Thursday following the FBI’s apparent arrest of an anchorwoman for Iran's state-run English-language TV channel.

[Ticker] Another referendum 'would take a year', Downing St says

Organising a second referendum on Brexit would take a year, the prime minister's office told reporters on Thursday. The analysis of the time for legislation, plus a campaign, for the vote came in a one-page document given to MPs participating in prime minister Theresa May's cross-party talks, in the wake of the defeat of her Brexit bill, but surviving a no-confidence vote on the government.

  • January 17th 2019 at 17:49

The Brief – Look who’s back…

By Zoran Radosavljevic with Alexandra Brzozowski

The old king of political vulgarity, the proto-Trump, is back. The news of the day is that Silvio Berlusconi will be running for a seat in the European Parliament, reviving his political career after a ban imposed over a tax fraud conviction expired.

EU participation in β€˜anti-Iran summit’ shrouded in uncertainty

By Alexandra Brzozowski

The US-initiated Middle East summit to be held in Warsaw in mid-February has been touted as the most important event held in the city since the 2016 NATO summit. But Tehran has dismissed the meeting as a “desperate anti-Iranian circus" and the EU is struggling for a common position.

Giuliani: 'We never said there was no Russia collusion'

Donald Trump's lawyer claims he "never said there was no collusion" between Russia and members of the president's 2016 campaign.

  • January 17th 2019 at 15:58

Giuliani Backpedals on Statement About Trump Aides and Collusion


The president’s personal attorney had left open the possibility in a television interview that campaign aides took part in Russia’s election interference.

Deadly Car Bomb in Colombia Hits Police Academy


The attack in the capital, Bogotá, left at least five dead, the mayor said.

Michael Cohen Acknowledges Payments to Boost Trump in Online Polls


President Trump’s former lawyer and fixer is reported to have paid $12,000 to $13,000 in cash in a shopping bag to help doctor poll results before the 2016 election.

Trump Heads to Pentagon to Announce Expansion of Missile Defenses


The costly plans come in the midst of the longest government shutdown in history and while the Pentagon’s leadership is in flux.

Editors’ Choice: 8 New Books We Recommend This Week

Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.

5 Takeaways From the Ancient DNA Research Story


Paleogenomics is upending of our assumptions about prehistoric times and shaking up how people envision their ancestry.

Muslims in the military: Converting to Islam in the Air Force

Many Muslims in the Air Force hide their faith to avoid harassment. Because of this, the majority of openly-practicing Muslims are converts—they entered the military as one faith and switched to Islam.

  • January 17th 2019 at 17:57

Oracle exec: Open-source vendors locking down licences proves 'they were never really open'

'They used to be seen as the good guys, and Oracle was the bad guy'. So that means... everyone is the bad guy now?

Open-source vendors that haven't already switched to less permissive licences will do so this year as the move to the cloud threatens their business models, a senior Oracle exec has said.…

  • January 17th 2019 at 17:42