Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:
1. TRUMP, LAWMAKERS STILL AT LOGGERHEADS
No one budges at the president’s closed-door meeting with congressional leaders, so the partial government shutdown persists over his demand for billions of dollars to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico.
2. WHAT’S UNIQUE ABOUT NEW CONGRESS
The 116th U.S. Congress is making history for seating a record number of women and becoming the most racially and ethnically diverse.
Venturing into a largely unexplored terrain, a Chinese spacecraft Chang’e 4 has made the first-ever landing on the far side of the moon and sent back a photo showing a small crater and a barren surface.
4. PUBLIC RECKONING UNDERWAY IN CATHOLIC CHURCH
Since the release of a shocking grand jury report in Pennsylvania four months ago, nearly 50 dioceses and religious orders across the U.S. have publicly named more than 1,000 predator priests.
5. PYONGYANG’S TOP DIPLOMAT IN ITALY SAID TO BE IN HIDING
A high-profile defection by one of North Korea’s elite would be a huge embarrassment for leader Kim Jong Un as he pursues diplomacy with Seoul and Washington and seeks to portray himself as a player in international geopolitics.