Those who return to El Salvador, above, will find a country terrorized by gangs, with a level of deadly violence unparalleled outside war zones. Today on “The Daily,” we talk to our reporter Azam Ahmed, who recently traveled to El Salvador to report on the gang war.
4. Lots of other news out of Washington today:
President Trump is heading to Davos for the World Economic Forum, the world’s highest-powered networking event, this month. Above, last year’s conference.
The special counsel in the Russia investigation has told Mr. Trump’s lawyers that he will probably seek to interview the president.
And Senator Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, released a transcript of the committee’s interview with a founder of Fusion GPS, the firm that produced the Trump-Russia dossier.
5. North Korea agreed to send athletes to the Winter Olympics in South Korea next month, a symbolic breakthrough after months of escalating tensions over Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs.
The announcement was welcomed in the South, but few believe that the sudden charm offensive was motivated by Olympic spirit. Above, officials from the two countries held talks in a border town.
This video looks back at how international sporting events have long been a window into geopolitics between the two countries.
6. First fire, now floods.
Drenching rain in Southern California caused major flooding and mudslides, leaving several people dead. Above, a rescue in Montecito.
The rain brought down power lines and caused numerous traffic accidents northwest of Los Angeles, in the same area that saw the worst of the wildfires last month. The charred land was especially vulnerable to quick-forming mudslides.
7. Nick Saban, Alabama’s head coach, holds six national titles after the Crimson Tide’s dramatic defeat of the Georgia Bulldogs on Monday night. And he’s not retiring anytime soon.
“The interesting question about perhaps the greatest college football coach ever is why he keeps subjecting himself to all this,” our sportswriter puzzles.
8. “Black Lightning,” the CW’s newest superhero show, is taking on the issues of race and social justice. Cress Williams, above, plays a former crime-fighting vigilante who reluctantly returns to battle in the show, which makes its debut on Jan. 16.
The executive producer, Salim Akil, said he loved comics as a kid but drifted away from them. “I never saw a true representation — an iconic hero — for myself,” he said. “It just got boring, reading about all these really powerful and heroic white guys.”
9. Our food writer, who was raised in Hawaii, traveled back home to trace poke to its source.
The raw fish dish is more easily available now in New York and Los Angeles. But most shops, she says, are doing it wrong, slathering the fish in sauce and taking it away from its simple roots.
“Poke wouldn’t exist without the islands’ meld of cultures and reverence for the ocean,” she explains. “To learn the history of the dish is to begin to understand a way of life.”
10. Finally, the late-night hosts were intrigued, like so many others, by the prospect of a presidential bid by Oprah Winfrey.
“People were immediately calling that speech presidential,” Stephen Colbert said of her rousing remarks at the Golden Globes.
“And a year ago, I would have agreed.”
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