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LONDON (AP) – Business figures have expressed alarm about the political uncertainty in the U.K. ahead of a Conservative Party confidence vote on Prime Minister Theresa May later. Adam Marshall, director general of the British Chambers of Commerce, said politicians should understand the impact of their “high stakes gambles” with Britain’s economy.

STRASBOURG, France (AP) – Two police officials have identified the suspected Strasbourg gunman as 29-year-old Cherif Chekatt. One police source said Chekatt’s criminal record mentions 25 judicial cases, including several serious cases of robbery. The official said his apartment was searched by police on Tuesday morning – hours before the shooting – in an investigation for attempted murder. He was not at home at the time.

NEW YORK (AP) – Former Donald Trump lawyer Michael Cohen was expected to find out Wednesday whether cooperation with federal investigators paid off in terms of his prison sentence for dodging taxes, lying to Congress and violating campaign finance laws. The lawyer who made his career protecting President Donald Trump could get around four years in prison at his sentencing in Manhattan. His lawyers have asked for leniency, saying some of Cohen’s crimes were motivated by overenthusiasm for Trump.

WASHINGTON (AP) – An Associated Press investigation finds President Donald Trump’s daughter and son-in law could benefit from a program they pushed that offers massive tax breaks to developers who invest in downtrodden American areas. Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner own a major stake in a real estate investment firm that is launching a series of funds to take advantage of the Opportunity Zone program. And separately, Kushner’s family firm owns at least 13 properties that could qualify for the tax breaks.

BEIJING (AP) – Chinese are rejoicing over a Canadian court’s decision to release a top Huawei Technologies executive on bail, while the Foreign Ministry denied knowledge of the detention of a former Canadian diplomat. The release of Huawei’s chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, prompted an outpouring of support on social media for her and her company.


Trump to Meet Pelosi, Schumer...May Seeks EU Guarantees...CBS Board to Discuss Moonves

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump and Democratic congressional leaders are trying to avoid a partial government shutdown amid a dispute over Trump’s promised U.S.-Mexico border wall. Trump is set to meet with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer at the White House on Tuesday as a deadline for a partial government shutdown looms. Trump previously insisted Mexico would pay for the wall but now wants a funding package for the next fiscal year to include at least $5 billion for it, an idea Democrats have rejected.

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) – A British Brexit minister says that Prime Minister Theresa May is seeking European Union guarantees that the U.K. will not become a prisoner of parts of the agreement. British lawmakers fear that Britain will be bound by the so-called backstop, a safeguard meant to ensure that goods flow freely between the U.K.’s Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland after Brexit.

BEIJING (AP) – China’s foreign minister has vowed to defend its citizens abroad as a Chinese technology executive arrested in Canada waits to see if she will be released on bail. Foreign Minister Wang Yi didn’t mention the detained Huawei Technologies Ltd. executive, Meng Wanzhou, but a spokesman said he was referring to cases that included Meng’s. Meng was arrested Dec. 1 in Vancouver on U.S. charges related to possible violations of trade sanctions on Iran.

NEW YORK (AP) – A newly revamped CBS board of directors is up for a vote Tuesday at the annual shareholders meeting as the investigation into sexual-misconduct claims against former CBS CEO Les Moonves looms. No major decisions are expected on that subject right away. The board has until the end of January to decide whether Moonves receives a $120 million severance package. CBS officials aren’t expected to offer more than reassurances to the shareholders Tuesday.

MANILA, Philippines (AP) – Three church bells seized by U.S. troops as war trophies more than a century ago have been returned to the Philippines in a move long demanded by Filipino leaders. U.S. officials handed back the Bells of Balangiga to the Philippine defense chief in a solemn ceremony, closing a dark episode in the treaty allies’ love-hate relationship. U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis has said the return of the bells, revered by Filipinos as a symbol of national pride, is an important gesture of friendship.