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(17 Jan 2019) Here’s the latest for Thursday January 17th: President Trump calls for new missile defense program; Michael Cohen acknowledges paying a company rig Trump’s standing in online polls; UN representative in Yemen comes under gunfire; animals are blessed in Spain. (Jan. 17)

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Rescue mission for missing Spanish toddler continues

The rescue mission to save a two-year-old boy who fell down a well in southern Spain continues. Authorities say they have found several strands of his hair raising hopes of finding the toddler whose fate has gripped the nation for days.

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Spanish ‘ghost towns’ slowly come to life

Concrete skeletons still haunt Spain, ten years after the 2008 global economic crisis caused a decade-long housing boom to go bust, bankrupting developers and leaving unfinished housing projects dotted across the country. But buoyed by Spain’s economic recovery some of these “ciudades fantasma”, or “ghost towns”, are slowly coming to life, such as Valdeluz near Guadalajara, some 60 kilometres (40 miles) northeast of Madrid.

Boat carrying over 300 migrants rescued off Libya reaches Spain

Humanitarian aid ship Open Arms arrives in Spain with more than 300 migrants rescued off Libya. Madrid authorised the vessel to sail to its waters after Italy and Malta refused to take in the migrants.

Boat carrying over 300 migrants rescued off Libya reaches Spain

Humanitarian aid ship Open Arms arrives in Spain with more than 300 migrants rescued off Libya. Madrid authorised it to sail to its waters after Italy and Malta refused to receive them. IMAGES

Peruvian scallops keep local economies afloat

The bay off of Sechura, in northern Peru, is a paradise for scallops, which are seen as “nuggets of gold” in the ocean, and exported to France, Spain and the United States, and the industry surrounding the shellfish lies at the heart of the local economy.