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said late Wednesday when asked by reporters at
the White House. As for timing, he said, “I guess
they’re talking about two or three weeks, but I’d
love to do it.”
He said, as he has repeatedly, that “there’s no
collusion whatsoever” with the Russians, and he
added, “there’s no obstruction whatsoever.”
The full scope of Mueller’s investigation,
which involves hundreds of thousands of doc-
uments and dozens of witness interviews, is
unknown. And there have been no signs that
agents aren’t continuing to work on ties between
Trump’s campaign and a Russian effort to tip the
2016 election.
Associated Press
With Trump meeting,
May looks to keep
UK on global map
DAVOS, Switzerland — British Prime Min-
ister Theresa May sought to reaffirm her coun-
try’s central role in world affairs today, when
she delivered a speech to the World Economic
Forum and met with President Donald Trump to
dispel any perceptions of tensions between them.
May came to the gathering of the global elites
in Davos, Switzerland, amid questions about
whether Britain could lose influence on the
world stage after it leaves the European Union
and doubts about the strength of the relationship
with the U.S.
Her meeting with Trump appeared to be an
effort by both sides to solidify a relationship that
has come under strain. Trump and May last year
traded criticism over Trump’s tweets of a U.K.
far-right group’s anti-Muslim videos and Trump
canceled a trip to London for the opening of a
new U.S. embassy.
After the meeting, May said the “special rela-
tionship” between the U.S. and U.K. contin-
ues. As though to put to bed any tensions about
Trump’s canceled visit, the two sides agreed to
plan a Trump visit to London later this year.
Britain is hoping on good relations with the
U.S. to offset somewhat the weaker commer-
cial relations it will have with the EU, a bloc that
guarantees no barriers to trade, money or people
between its members.
With an eye to the future, May used her
speech earlier to focus on Britain’s desire to lead
in technologies that are already causing pro-
found change.
Britain’s economy, once one of the fastest in
the developed world, is now among the slowest.
Some companies are worried of losing access
to the EU’s single market after Brexit in March
Earlier, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven
Mnuchin said that the U.S. is ready to negotiate
an “attractive” trade deal with Britain once the
country has left the EU.
Michigan State president
resigns in wake of Nassar
sex abuse scandal
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State
President Lou Anna Simon submitted her res-
ignation Wednesday amid an outcry over the
school’s handling of allegations against Larry
The announcement that Simon was stepping
down came hours after the sentencing of Nassar,
who worked at Michigan State as a doctor and
received 40 to 175 years in prison for molest-
ing young girls and women under the guise of
medical treatment. Several of the 150-plus vic-
tims who spoke at the hearing were former ath-
letes at the school, and many victims accused the
university of mishandling past complaints about
Simon was promoted to school president in
2005 after moving up the ranks while flourish-
ing in various administrative roles.
Simon’s resignation was welcomed in Mich-
igan’s Legislature, where pressure had been
building for her to step down or be ousted.
Sen. Curtis Hertel Jr., a Democrat from East
Lansing, where the campus is located, called
it “an important step in moving the university
Hertel, who graduated from Michigan State,
said further investigation is needed. State Attor-
ney General Bill Schuette will review how
Michigan State handled the allegations against
Nassar. And the NCAA has asked the school
for information regarding potential violations
related to Nassar.
Former Michigan State gymnastics coach
Kathie Klages resigned last year after she was
UN official says not
safe yet for Rohingya
return to Myanmar
AP Photo/Eric Talmadge
A North Korean military guide leads a tour Wednesday of the USS Pueblo in Pyongyang.
Captured USS Pueblo
displayed as North Korean prize
PYONGYANG, North Korea — Fifty years after it was seized by North Korea, the USS
Pueblo is the only U.S. Navy ship held captive by a foreign government. And though mostly
forgotten in the United States, the “Pueblo Incident” for North Korea remains a potent sym-
bol of military success.
The spy ship, attacked and captured 50 years ago this week, sits in the frozen Potong
River on the edge of the sprawling “Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum” complex
in central Pyongyang, where thousands of North Koreans are brought each day to hear the
North’s version of how their country, against all odds, defeated the Americans in the 1950-53
Korean War and has been fighting off the hostile Goliath ever since.
Amid an escalating flow of rhetorical attacks on Washington for allegedly trying to sour
North-South relations ahead of next month’s Winter Olympics in South Korea, North Korea’s
state-run media have played up the anniversary as a milestone in the country’s continuing
struggle against the United States, now over leader Kim Jong Un’s development of nuclear
weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles.
The Pueblo was ill-equipped for the fight it got on Jan. 23, 1968. One U.S. sailor was
killed when the ship was strafed by machine gun fire and boarded. The 82 survivors were
taken prisoner.
But, coming at the height of the Cold War, its capture escalated quickly and threatened to
become a serious military conflict. The U.S. sent carriers to the Sea of Japan and demanded
the captives be released. North Korea, for its part, forced members of the crew, who say they
were beaten frequently, to make public confessions.
The incident came to an end on Dec. 21, 1968, when Maj. Gen. Gilbert H. Woodward,
the chief U.S. negotiator, signed a statement acknowledging that the Pueblo had “illegally
intruded into the territorial waters of North Korea.” He disavowed that before and afterward.
suspended for defending Nassar over the years.
Klages is accused of downplaying complaints
made by two teens in 1997.
Trump: Palestinians
must return to talks
to receive aid
DAVOS, Switzerland — President Donald
Trump threatened today to withhold aid money
from the Palestinians until they return to peace
talks with Israel as he sat down with Israeli
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the
sidelines of an economic summit in Switzerland.
Trump’s decision last year to recognize Jeru-
salem as Israel’s capital roiled Arab nations and
led the Palestinians to refuse to meet with Vice
President Mike Pence during his visit to the Mid-
east this week. They also declared a new U.S.-
led peace push dead, saying Washington can no
longer be trusted as an honest broker.
Trump said that decision has consequences.
The U.S., he said, gives “hundreds of millions of
dollars” to the Palestinians, and “that money is
on the table and that money’s not going to them
unless they sit down and negotiate peace.”
A Palestinian official called Trump’s “lan-
guage of dictation unacceptable.” Nabil Abu
Rdeneh, a spokesman for Palestinian Presi-
dent Mahmoud Abbas, said the Palestinians are
“ready to engage in negotiations” and committed
to a peace process “based on a Palestinian state
with east Jerusalem as capital.”
It wasn’t immediately clear what money
Trump was referring to in his threat. Washing-
ton has contributed over $5 billion in economic
and security aid to the Palestinians since the
mid-1990s. Annual economic aid since 2008
has averaged around $400 million, much of it
devoted to development projects.
Last week, the Trump administration moved
to withhold some — but not all — of a scheduled
aid payment to the United Nations agency that
assists Palestinian refugees. The Trump admin-
istration said it would provide $60 million, while
keeping $65 million until the U.N. body under-
takes a “fundamental re-examination.”
Trump ‘looking forward’
to being questioned
under oath by Mueller
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump
declared he’s “looking forward” to being ques-
tioned — under oath — in the special coun-
sel’s probe of Russian election interference and
Trump’s possible obstruction in the firing of the
FBI director.
Trump said he would be willing to answer
questions under oath in the interview, which spe-
cial counsel Robert Mueller has been seeking
but which White House officials had not previ-
ously confirmed the president would grant.
“I’m looking forward to it, actually,” Trump
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DHAKA, Bangladesh — It is not yet safe for
the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims
living in refugee camps in Bangladesh to begin
returning to Myanmar, a senior United Nations
official said today.
While many Rohingya want to eventually
return to their villages, UNICEF deputy execu-
tive director Justin Forsyth said that no one he
met during visits to Bangladesh’s refugee camps
said they would go back now.
“This moment is not safe to go back,” he
said. “We have to improve the security situation
inside Myanmar to send them back.”
More than 680,000 Rohingya fled Myan-
mar’s Rakhine state beginning in August, after
Myanmar security forces began “clearance oper-
ations” in their villages in the wake of attacks
by Rohingya insurgents on police posts. While
most of the refugees left Myanmar in the first
weeks of the crisis, Rohingya are continuing to
trickle across the border into Bangladesh, com-
plaining of mistreatment at home.
Forsyth spoke one day after former New
Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson resigned suddenly
from an advisory panel on the crisis, calling it
a “whitewash and a cheerleading operation” for
Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
“She blames all the problems that Myan-
mar is having on the international media, on the
U.N., on human rights groups, on other govern-
ments, and I think this is caused by the bubble
that is around her, by individuals that are not giv-
ing her frank advice,” Richardson, once a close
friend of Suu Kyi, said in an interview in Yan-
gon, Myanmar’s largest city.
Trump says he’s open to
pathway to citizenship
for Dreamers
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump
says he’s open to an immigration plan that would
provide a pathway to citizenship for hundreds of
thousands of young people who were brought
to the country as children and are now here
“We’re going to morph into it,” Trump told
reporters Wednesday. “It’s going to happen, at
some point in the future, over a period of 10 to
12 years.”
Trump’s pronouncements came as the White
House announced it would be unveiling a legis-
lative framework on immigration next week that
it hopes can pass both the House and the Senate.
The president’s remarks amounted to a preview
of that framework. He said he’ll propose $25 bil-
lion for building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico bor-
der and $5 billion for other security measures.
But immediately after Trump spoke, a senior
White House official stressed the idea of a path-
way to citizenship so-called Dreamers was just
a “discussion point” in the plan that the White
House intended to preview to the House and
The official spoke on condition of anonym-
ity to preview the administration’s thinking on a
contentious issue that has roiled lawmakers for
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