The 10 most important things in the world right now

Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesMichael Cohen.

Hello! Here’s everything you need to know on Friday, January 18.

1.BuzzFeed News has a new report alleging that President Trump instructed longtime lawyer Michael Cohen to lie to Congress. According to this report, Trump wanted Cohen to lie about how long they were working on a proposed deal to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.

2.The partial government shutdown just entered its 28th day. Agencies are using legal loopholes to recall furloughed workers to restart critical functions – but they will working without pay until the shutdown ends.

3.From a distance this chart from Westpac Bank looks pretty.But it actually suggests that a synchronised global economic slowdown is happening now.

4.Senators have introduced a bill to stop Trump from leaving NATO. Its a bipartisan effort to stop the president from ditching the 70 year-old security organisation formed after World War II.

5. Nearly 773 million email accounts have been exposed in a massive data breach. Here’s how to check if you were affected.

6. The White House said its delegation would not travel to the World Economic Forum in Davos. The decision follows Trump denying House Speaker Nancy Pelosi a military plane for a congressional trip to Afghanistan.

7. Netflix reports weaker Q4 revenue, but posts pretty solid subscriber-growth numbers. The results came just days after Netflix unleashed its biggest price hike ever.

8. The former Prime Minister Gordon Brown has added his two pence on how to handle Brexit. Brown says Britain should delay for a year of public discussions and regroup.

9. President Donald Trump may have a new card to play when it comes to Pyongyang. A brand new missile defence plan.

10.This sleepy, postcard-perfect Sicilian villageis selling homes for a little more than a $US1. All buyers have to do is renovate them.

And finally…

Welcome to Sunny Beach on Bulgaria’s Black Sea, it is hip, it is lovely and it is the cheapest place to travel in 2019. These photos will make you want to book your vacation there right now.

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