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- Gambia's defense chief supports new president
BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — The chief of Gambia's defense forces pledged his allegiance Friday to the new president, while the leaders of Guinea and Mauritania tried to persuade the defeated one to cede power in the West African nation.
- Trump takes charge: Sworn in as nation's 45th president
WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States Friday, taking the helm of a deeply divided nation and putting Republicans in control of the White House for the first time in eight years.
- The Latest: Trump says 'we will determine' America's course
- Smashed windows, chaotic confrontation near inauguration
- Timing of Mexico drug lord's extradition seen as political
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's abrupt exit to face charges in the U.S. marks the probable end of the career of Mexico's most notorious drug cartel boss, and a delicately timed gesture by Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, who faces a new and hostile U.S. administration.
- Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th U.S. president
By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on Friday, succeeding Barack Obama and taking control of a divided country in a transition of power that he has declared will lead to “America First” policies at home and abroad. As scattered protests erupted elsewhere in Washington, Trump raised his right hand and put his left on a Bible used by Abraham Lincoln and repeated a 35-word oath of office from the U.S. Constitution, with U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts presiding. At Trump's side was his wife, Melania Trump.
- Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' faces charges in US court
Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, one of the world's most notorious criminals, appears before a US court on Friday to answer drug trafficking, firearms and conspiracy charges that could see him jailed for life. Extradited by Mexico on Thursday, he was flown to Long Island where he arrived after nightfall to be transported under a heavily armed escort to New York, where his arraignment will take place in a federal court in Brooklyn. Prosecutors hailed his extradition as a milestone in US efforts to bring the 59-year-old drug baron to justice, rushing out the announcement in the final hours before Donald Trump takes the oath of office as president.
- IS in Syria destroys part of Roman theater in Palmyra
BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State militants have destroyed parts of the second-century Roman amphitheater and an iconic monument known as the Tetrapylon in Syria's historic town of Palmyra, the government and experts said Friday.
- Briton falls to death at 2022 Qatar World Cup stadium site
A British man fell to his death this week at a World Cup stadium building site in Qatar, where construction conditions have come under sharp scrutiny since the country was awarded the 2022 soccer tournament. ...
- Many still missing at site of deadly Iran building collapse
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Rescue teams in the Iranian capital worked through the night and into the day Friday to try and reach firefighters and other victims believed to be under the rubble of a commercial building that collapsed in Tehran the previous day.
- Animal treatment questions cancel 'A Dog's Purpose' premiere
LOS ANGELES (AP) — This weekend's premiere of "A Dog's Purpose" has been canceled following the release of a video that appears to show a frightened dog being forced into churning water during production of the film.
- Cleveland submits new police crisis intervention policy CLEVELAND (AP) — A new crisis policy for Cleveland police will allow officers with specialized training to refer some people having a mental health or substance abuse crisis to hospitals and treatment facilities rather than arrest them for minor crimes.
- New Mexico targets Takata, auto makers over faulty air bags
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas has announced a lawsuit against Japanese manufacturer Takata and a long list of automakers in connection with the sale of cars with dangerous air bag inflators.
- Adele to perform at the Grammy Awards next month
- Ford expects $2B net income drop due to pension change
- Florida man's message in bottle turns up 34 years later PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — It took about 34 years, but a sailor finally got a response to a message he stuffed into a plastic bottle and tossed into the Atlantic Ocean.
- Russian political elites revel in Trump's inauguration
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian officials and lawmakers lauded Donald Trump's inauguration Friday, hoping it will herald a period of better ties with the United States, while revelers in Moscow and elsewhere gathered for celebrations as bar and club owners sought to cash in on public excitement.
- Joy erupts as Italian rescuers pull out avalanche survivors
FARINDOLA, Italy (AP) — With cheers of joy, rescue crews pulled survivors Friday from the debris of an avalanche-crushed hotel in central Italy, an incredible discovery that boosted spirits two days after the massive snow slide buried around 30 people at the resort. Two children were among the 10 found alive.
- Melania Trump wears sky-blue cashmere Ralph Lauren ensemble
- Prosecutor: Extradition of El Chapo is milestone for justice
- Anti-Trump protests turn violent ahead of inauguration
By David Lawder and Scott Malone WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Black-clad activists protesting U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration smashed store and car windows in Washington on Friday and fought with police in riot gear who responded with pepper spray and stun grenades. About 900,000 people were expected to pack the grassy National Mall facing the Capitol, where Trump will be sworn in at midday (1700 GMT), as well as the parade route along Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House and nearby areas. "The message I want to send is that Trump does not represent this country.
- US airstrike said to kill 100-plus al-Qaida in Syria WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. warplanes bombed an al-Qaida training camp in Syria, killing more than 100 militants, marking the second major U.S. counterterrorism strike in the final hours of Barack Obama's presidency, a defense official said Friday.
- 'I've seen rain:' James Taylor bemoans end of Obama era
- Turkish army: IS attack kills 5 Turkish soldiers in Syria ISTANBUL (AP) — The Islamic State group on Friday killed five Turkish soldiers and wounded nine others in a car bomb attack in a northern Syrian town, Turkey's military said.
- Ten survivors found or rescued from Italy hotel: firefighters
Penne (Italy) (AFP) - A total of 10 survivors were found Friday in the ruins of an avalanche-hit hotel in central Italy, the national spokesman for the fire service said, clarifying earlier confused tallies.
- DeVos finalizes ethics disclosure ahead of confirmation vote
- The Latest: Man reunites with wife, son after avalanche
- Breast implant victims win 60 mn-euro payout from German safety body
A French court on Friday ordered German safety certifier TUV to pay 60 million euros ($64 million) in compensation to 20,000 women who received defective breast implants that the group had approved. TUV Rhineland was ordered to make a provisional payment of 3,000 euros to each plaintiff for certifying that implants made by French firm Poly Implant Prothese (PIP) met safety standards. "The final amount will be determined after an assessment, but (TUV) is required to make a provisional payment of 3,000 euros" per person, said lawyer Laurent Gaudon, representing 7,000 women.
- Vandalism erupts at anti-Trump protest
Police fired gas to disperse protesters after stones were thrown and windows broken in Washington on Friday ahead of Donald Trump's presidential inauguration. As Trump, his supporters, former presidents and other dignitaries gathered on the National Mall for the swearing-in ceremony, opponents marched in nearby streets and were confronted by a heavy police presence. Most of the noisy protests -- including those by an array of anti-racist, feminist, pro-immigration, anti-war and marijuana legalization groups -- were peaceful.
- The Latest: US found out about El Chapo extradition Thursday
- Donald Trump set to be sworn in as US president
Donald Trump was on the cusp of taking power as the 45th president of the United States Friday -- ushering in a new political era that has been cheered and feared in equal measure. "Mr President-elect, how are you?" Obama asked his successor, after having deposited a letter in the Resolute desk and left the Oval Office for the last time. After morning tea, Trump, Obama and their wives Melania and Michelle traveled the 2.5 miles (four kilometers) down Pennsylvania Avenue to the swearing-in ceremony at the Capitol.
- Happy or miserable, Americans flock to watch Trump inauguration
Delighted or appalled by Donald Trump, throngs of people crowded the National Mall Friday to witness the singular moment of his swearing-in as US president and the world's most powerful man. The happy ones, many wearing colorful garb with the slogans or face of their man, welcomed Trump as an overdue agent of change in a nation in need of a political and economic makeover. "It is a very momentous time in my life," Steve McDonald, a 52-year-old carpet dealer from Pennsylvania, said as he walked toward the white, domed Capitol building on a cold, drizzly morning to watch Trump take the oath of office amid very tight security for the tickets-only ceremony at noon Friday.
- Mexico drug lord 'El Chapo' faces life in US prison after extradition
By Nate Raymond and Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman will spend the rest of his life in a U.S. prison if convicted on charges he ran the world's largest drug-trafficking organization during a decades-long criminal career, U.S. prosecutors said on Friday. El Chapo, once one of the world's most wanted drug lords, was set to appear at 2 p.m. EST (1900 GMT) in federal court in Brooklyn to be arraigned on 17 criminal counts, a day after his surprise extradition from Mexico. The charges carry a mandatory minimum sentence of life in prison, Robert Capers, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, said at a news conference.
- Dow industrials turn higher after 5 straight losses
U.S. stocks moved broadly higher in morning trading Friday ahead of the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump. Phone company stocks led the gainers. Energy stocks also rose as oil prices headed higher. Investors also had their eye on the latest batch of company earnings and outlooks.
- Trumbo, Orioles reach $37.5 million, 3-year deal
- Brazil investigates crash that killed Car Wash probe judge
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian authorities on Friday were investigating a plane crash that killed the Supreme Court justice in charge of a major corruption case just weeks before he was scheduled to issue a ruling that could have revealed accusations against politicians in several Latin American countries.
- Melania Trump's hometown in Slovenia marks inauguration
- Italian firefighting spokesman: Total of 10 people found alive in avalanche hotel rubble so far FARINDOLA, Italy (AP) — Italian firefighting spokesman: Total of 10 people found alive in avalanche hotel rubble so far.
- Samsung probe 'finds faulty batteries triggered fires'
A Samsung probe into the exploding batteries that forced the electronics giant to scrap its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones has found irregularly sized batteries caused overheating, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday. The South Korean conglomerate was forced to discontinue its flagship Note 7 after a chaotic recall that saw replacement phones also catching fire, with the debacle costing the company billions in lost profit and reputational damage. Samsung is set to unveil the results of its investigation Monday, but sources told the WSJ that the findings indicated some of the problematic batteries were irregularly sized, causing overheating, while others had manufacturing problems.
- Gambia's Jammeh faces last chance deadline to quietly quit
Gambia's veteran leader Yahya Jammeh faced a "last chance" to hand over power peacefully Friday as troops from five African nations stood by to intervene and key regional leaders flew in to make a final push for a deal. Mauritania's President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz and Guinea's Alpha Conde told reporters hope remained for a political resolution to the country's handover crisis as they left for Banjul from Nouakchott, the Mauritanian capital. Jammeh, who refuses to recognise his defeat in presidential elections last month, would be offered asylum in the country of his choice, Conde advisor Kiridi Bangoura said in the Guinean capital Conakry.