The Brief

US-TRUMP-POLITICS

Trump's Approval Ratings Hit Historic Low

Donald Trump doesn't take office as President of the United States until Friday, but his approval ratings have already hit a historic low for incoming American presidents, according to new polls. He's the least popular incoming president in at least four decades

Russia US

Vladimir Putin Defends Donald Trump After Russia Dossier

Russian President Putin accused the outgoing U.S. administration of trying to undermine President-elect Trump by spreading fake allegations. Putin described a dossier on Trump as part of efforts to "undermine the legitimacy of the president-elect"

Airport Shooting Florida Mental Illness

Flordia Airport Shooting Suspect 'Inspired By ISIS'

Esteban Santiago, the man suspected of fatally shooting five people and wounding six others at a Florida airport, has told investigators he was inspired by ISIS websites and chatrooms, authorities said at a hearing

FRANCE-EU-PARLIAMENT

Italian Conservative Elected Head of E.U. Parliament

Antonio Tajani of the EPP Christian Democrat group was elected president of the European Parliament in a daylong polling series during which he defeated his socialist opponent Gianni Pittella. He is an ally of former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi

The British Prime Minister Delivers Her Brexit Speech

Theresa May Sets Britain on Course for a Hard Brexit

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May has outlined her vision for a United Kingdom outside the European Union, confirming that Britain will leave the bloc's single market in order to regain full control of immigration

NIGERIA-UNREST

Nigerian Fighter Jet Kills at Least 100 in Accidental Strike

A Nigerian Air Force fighter jet on a mission against Boko Haram extremists mistakenly bombed a refugee camp, killing more than 100 refugees and wounding aid workers, a Borno state official said. A Red Cross worker said 20 of its volunteers had been killed

Path To Closure Of US Detention Center At Guantanamo Bay Still Uncertain

The White House Won't Close Guantanamo

The White House said Tuesday that the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba will still be open when President Barack Obama leaves office, conceding that a core campaign promise will go unfulfilled. Forty-five detainees remain at the facility

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Australia: MH370 Hunt Is Over But Investigation Continues

Australia's Transport Minister Darren Chester said on Wednesday that experts will continue analyzing data and scrutinizing debris washing ashore from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, even if the search for the missing airliner has been called off

US-PUERTO RICO-PROTEST

Pureto Rican Independence Activist to Be Released

President Obama commuted the sentence for Oscar López Rivera, who fought for Pureto Rican independence and has been imprisoned since 1981. Though he was due to serve 70 years, he will be released on May 17

Gloria Allred Holds Press Conference With Donald Trump Accuser

Apprentice Contestant Sues Donald Trump for Defamation

A former Apprentice contestant who accused President-elect Donald Trump of sexual assault and harassment in October filed a lawsuit Tuesday, suing for defamation after the President-elect said her allegations were a "hoax"