The members of Trump’s impeachment defense team

Reuters | Jan 17, 2020 at 7:38 PM

Prominent attorney Alan Dershowitz and two former independent counsels, Ken Starr and Robert Ray, will be among those defending President Donald Trump when his impeachment trial begins in the Senate in earnest on Tuesday.

Ukraine President Gives Prime Minister Second Chance After Tape Leak – The Moscow Times

The Moscow Times | Jan 17, 2020 at 7:14 PM

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Friday allowed Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk to keep his job after the leak of an embarrassing audio recording prompted Honcharuk to submit his resignation.

Bank of Korea keeps base rate at 1.25%

Japan News | Jan 17, 2020 at 7:13 PM

SEOUL (Reuters) — South Korea’s central bank kept its benchmark rate steady on Friday, as largely expected, as it assesses the impact of earlier easings amid concerns that rock-bottom interest rates meant to power a recovery could be stoking a property bubble.

U.K. housing gets boost from election

Japan News | Jan 17, 2020 at 6:51 PM

LONDON (Reuters) — Britain’s housing market got a boost from Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s big election win in December, a survey showed on Thursday, a pick-up that will be noted by the Bank of England as it considers whether to cut interest rates this month.

European shares touch all-time peak

Irish Times | Jan 17, 2020 at 6:36 PM

European shares clocked a record closing high on Friday after EU Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan struck a positive tone on talks with Washington and on optimism over signs of resilience in China’s economy.