President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency in Washington, D.C
|The U.S. Capitol stands on Jan. 11, 2021 in Washington, D.C. | Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images|
President Donald Trump on Monday declared a state of emergency in Washington, D.C., citing the “emergency conditions” surrounding President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, Politico reported.
The move came after D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) over the weekend asked Trump to issue an emergency declaration amid concerns about potential threats to the inauguration on Jan. 20 after a mob of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol in a deadly and violent attack last week.
House Democrats earlier Monday formally introduced an article of impeachment charging Trump with inciting the Capitol riots last Wednesday.
Trump's action authorizes the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide assistance for emergency actions under the Stafford Act.
Longtime Diplomat William Burns is Biden’s pick to lead CIA
President-elect Joe Biden plans to nominate veteran diplomat William Burns to be the director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Burns, 64, is a former U.S. ambassador to Russia and Jordan. As a career foreign service office, he worked under Democratic and Republican presidents. He was deputy secretary of state during the Obama years, but he left the State Department in 2014 to run the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace think tank.
William Burns, shown here during a 2019 event, is President-elect Joe Biden's pick to lead the CIA (Photo: Getty Images)
Biden said Burns "shares my profound belief that intelligence must be apolitical and that the dedicated intelligence professionals serving our nation deserve our gratitude and respect."
Burns' notable achievements include using back channels to launch international negotiations with Iran over its nuclear ambitions. He left the government as the U.S. and other countries were working toward an agreement to restrict Iran's nuclear program. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, was finalized less than a year after his retirement.
President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Iran nuclear deal in 2018, while Biden says he favors returning to the agreement if Iran agrees to abide by limitations laid out in the document, NPR reported.
Armed protests being planned at all 50 state capitols, FBI bulletin says
Starting this week and running through at least Inauguration Day, armed protests are being planned at all 50 state capitols and at the U.S. Capitol, according to an internal FBI bulletin obtained by ABC News.
The FBI has also received information in recent days on a group calling for “storming” state, local and federal government courthouses and administrative buildings in the event President Donald Trump is removed from office prior to Inauguration Day. The group is also planning to “storm” government offices in every state the day President-elect Joe Biden will be inaugurated, regardless of whether the states certified electoral votes for Biden or Trump.
"The FBI received information about an identified armed group intending to travel to Washington, DC on 16 January," the bulletin read. "They have warned that if Congress attempts to remove POTUS via the 25th Amendment, a huge uprising will occur."
Federal law enforcement officials have advised police agencies to increase their security posture at statehouses around the country following the riot at the U.S. Capitol, law enforcement sources told ABC News.
According to the FBI, approximately 29 individuals and/or social media accounts of individuals who unlawfully entered the Capitol had been identified as of Sunday.The FBI has received nearly 45,000 digital media tips that are now being reviewed.
At least five people died during the siege on the Capitol, including Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick. The FBI bulletin said Sicknick "died from injuries sustained during the U.S. Capitol breach."
China's Xi congratulates North Korea's Kim on new title
As reported by Reuters, Chinese President Xi Jinping has congratulated North Korea leader Kim Jong Un on being elected as general secretary of the ruling Workers’ Party, Chinese state media said on Monday.
Kim was elected on Sunday, taking over the title from his late father. China is North Korea’s largest trade partner and closest ally.
North Korea, under the leadership of Kim, can achieve economic and social development goals and “attain greater success in socialist development”, Xi said, according to China’s Xinhua state news agency.
|Chinese President Xi Jinping (Photo: Business Recorder)|
North Korean state media said Xi expressed his will to safeguard regional peace and stability, development and prosperity and provide the two countries and the two peoples with greater happiness by strengthening relations.
“The message stressed that it is a steadfast policy of the Chinese Party and government to successfully protect, consolidate and develop the China-DPRK relations,” North Korea’s state news agency KCNA reported on Tuesday, using the initials for the country’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
Two Malaysian ministers quarantined after Cabinet colleague tests positive for Covid-19
At least two Malaysian ministers are now self-isolating after they sat next to Economic Affairs Minister Mustapa Mohamed, who tested positive for Covid-19 last Saturday (Jan 9).
Also ordered to undergo testing are Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) leaders who attended a party meeting with Datuk Seri Mustapa on the same day.
Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Mohd Redzuan Md Yusof and Communications and Multimedia Minister Saifuddin Abdullah confirmed that they had been identified as close contacts and are now in isolation as a precautionary measure.
Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin was said to be seated about seven chairs away - about 7m - from Mr Mustapa during the meeting.
|Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin poses with Cabinet ministers before its first meeting at Perdana Putra in Putrajaya March 11, 2020 (Photo: Bernama pic)|
Datuk Saifuddin said that while he had not experienced any symptoms, he was monitoring himself under home surveillance order.
He said he would also be undergoing a swab test and would remain in isolation until given full clearance by the Health Ministry during a second screening.
Mr Mustapa confirmed in a statement on Sunday that he had tested positive for Covid-19. He was tested as soon as he reached Kota Baru in his home state of Kelantan after travelling from the capital Kuala Lumpur, Strait Times reported.
Gold price forecast – gold markets bounce from 200 EMA
The gold markets fell a bit on Monday but found the 200 day EMA interesting enough for traders to get involved and start buying again.
Gold markets initially fell during the trading session on Monday to reach down towards the 200 day EMA. By doing so, the market looks as if it is trying to get a bit of support into the picture, as we have had a nice bounce from the low of the session. That being said, if we break above the top of the candlestick if it remains like this, then it becomes a hammer that has just triggered another potential long scenario.
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A lot of this is going to come down to real rates in the United States, as interest rates in the United States have been rising. That is a toxic for gold, but longer-term I still believe in the gold story, I just think that you need to look at gold as more of an investment than a trade at this point.
The 200 day EMA of course is an important technical indicator, but it is not the be-all and end-all of whether or not this market is going to survive. The upside features the 50 day EMA at the 1878 level, and that of course the 1900 level, both of which could cause a bit of trouble. Nonetheless, I do not think that they are major resistance barriers at this point either, according to FX Empire.
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