The Brief

Trump Attends D.C. Dinner Aimed At Meeting With Foreign Diplomats

Inaugural Is Trump's Chance to Rise to the Moment

When Donald Trump stands on the west front of the Capitol on Friday and delivers his inaugural address, all sides will be waiting to see whether he comes bearing a unifying message for a divided nation or decides to play up his persona as a disrupter of the established order

Edward Snowden Speaks To The Guardian

Russia Just Gave Edward Snowden a Longer Asylum

Edward Snowden will be allowed to remain in Russia, where he has been living under asylum ever since disclosing classified information about the National Security Agency, for a “couple more years,” a Russian government official said

TimesTalks Presents Jerry Seinfeld & Colin Quinn

Jerry Seinfeld Is Heading to Netflix

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Jerry Seinfeld's comedy web series, is set to move to Netflix from Sony's streaming service Crackle in late 2017. The unconventional talk show features Seinfeld and a guest comedian discussing minutia of everyday life in a vintage car

The British Prime Minister Delivers Her Brexit Speech

British Worry About Trump's Offer of a Trade Deal

Most politicians from the governing Conservative Party accept the need to do business with the next leader of the free world. But lawmakers across Parliament told TIME they feared the U.K. might be incapable of striking a fair trade deal with the Trump administration

Cops gone wild with the siren.

Man Allegedly Smuggled Young Girl From El Salvador for Sex

A 22-year-old Massachusetts man is accused of smuggling a young girl into the U.S. from El Salvador "to be his woman and have sex with her,” prosecutors and police said. Luis Santos was arrested late last week and charged with multiple crimes

Detroit Lions v Houston Texans

Former President George H.W. Bush Hospitalized

Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush has been hospitalized in Houston, CBS Houston affiliate KHOU television reported on Wednesday, citing his office chief of staff. He is reportedly in a stable condition

Scientists Just Named a Tiny Moth After Donald Trump

A new species of tiny moth has been named after Donald Trump, partly because the President-elect's hairstyle resembles the moth's distinctive yellow and white scales. The minuscule creature is the first species to bear the name of the soon-to-be president

UN Panel Rules That Wikileaks Founder Is Arbitrarily Detained

It's Julian Assange's Move

Five days before President Obama commuted Chelsea Manning's prison sentence, WikiLeaks tweeted that the group's editor in chief Julian Assange would agree to be extradited to the U.S. if Manning was given clemency

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


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


Global Warming Could Mean Less Perfect-Weather Days

Global warming could lead to there being less days of mild and mostly dry weather, according to a new study. The biggest losers are likely to be the tropics and nearly all of Africa, eastern South America, South Asia and northern Australia, while a few northern places may gain