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- In Trump We Trust: Inauguration prompts celebration in Russia
By Andrew Osborn MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin may have spent years reviling America, but Russians hoping Donald Trump will usher in a new era of detente marked his inauguration on Friday with parties and trinkets from commemorative coins to "matryoshka" nesting dolls in his image. Craftsmen in the city of Zlatoust, east of Moscow, have released a limited series of silver and gold commemorative coins, engraved with "In Trump We Trust" - an allusion to the phrase on U.S. banknotes "In God We Trust".
- Six survivors found two days after Italian avalanche
By Antonio Denti PENNE, Italy (Reuters) - Six people including a young boy were found alive on Friday two days after being buried under an avalanche that flattened a mountain hotel in central Italy, a national fire brigade official said. "Two survivors have been pulled out, and we are speaking to the other four," said Luca Cari told Reuters by phone from the scene of the disaster in the Abruzzo region.
- Gambia army chief recognizes President Barrow as commander-in-chief
BANJUL (Reuters) - Gambia's army chief General Ousman Badjie told Reuters on Friday that he recognized new President Adama Barrow as the new commander-and-chief and would not fight a regional force poised to depose Yahya Jammeh, who has refused to step down. "We are going to welcome them with flowers and make them a cup of tea," Badjie said. "This is a political problem. It's a misunderstanding. We are not going to fight Nigerian, Togolese or any military that comes." (Reporting by Tim Cocks; Writing by Joe Bavier; Editing by Catherine Evans)
- 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.
- Losing in Iraq, Islamic State seeks to shore up Syria presence
By Tom Perry and Laila Bassam BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State is fighting hard to reinforce its presence in Syria as it loses ground in Iraq, deploying fighters to seize full control of a government-held city in the east while at the same time battling enemies on three other fronts. It underlines the residual strength of Islamic State even after its loss of a cluster of cities in Iraq and half of Mosul, and points up the challenges facing U.S. President Donald Trump in the war he has vowed to wage against the group. The jihadists have opened their most ferocious assault yet to capture the last Syrian government-controlled area in the eastern province of Deir al-Zor, a pocket of Deir al-Zor city that is surrounded by Islamic State territory.
- 10 survivors located after Italy avalanche, 2 pulled to safety: Fire service
PENNE, Italy (Reuters) - Rescuers have pulled two people to safety and found at least eight others alive two days after an avalanche flattened a mountain hotel in central Italy, a national fire brigade official said on Friday. Luca Cari said three of the survivors were children. "The rescue operation is very long and difficult," he told Reuters by telephone from the scene of the disaster in the Abruzzo region. More than 30 people were in the luxury Hotel Rigopiano when the wall of snow slammed into it on Wednesday afternoon, spreading debris across the valley floor. ...
- Lyon sign Memphis Depay from Manchester United
Lyon signed Netherlands international Memphis Depay from Manchester United for an initial fee of 16 million euros ($17 million) on Friday, the French club confirmed. Depay, 22, has signed a four-and-a-half year contract with the seven-time French champions and could make his debut in Sunday's Ligue 1 clash at home to Marseille. The deal could rise to as much as 25 million euros, with the adds-ons including Lyon qualifying for Europe and Depay extending his contract at Parc OL.
- Ukraine president to end his sweets deal in Russia
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's confectionery company on Friday announced plans to shut down his key asset in Russia, a candy factory, after a barrage of criticism at home for his maintaining business activities on rival ground. The Western-backed leader's business empire ranges from car to media holdings, but his most valuable asset is the Roshen confectionery empire, which includes five plants in Ukraine as well as in Lithuania and Hungary. Ranked by the Forbes Ukraine website as the country's sixth-richest man, worth $858 million (806 million euros), Poroshenko, 51, has garnered the nickname "the chocolate king".
- Stocks rise as Donald Trump takes over
London (AFP) - Wall Street climbed Friday before Donald Trump's inauguration, while European indices drifted with markets hoping that the US president's speech will expand on his planned economic policy.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Gambia's defense chief won't fight, supports Barrow
BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — Gambia's chief of defense forces pledged his allegiance to the country's new president Friday, a major shift as mediation continued to persuade the defeated Yahya Jammeh to cede power.
- Death toll now 90 in Nigeria air strike, could reach 170
The death toll from a botched Nigerian air strike against Boko Haram that hit a camp for displaced people has risen to 90, and could climb as high as 170, Doctors Without Borders said on Friday. Meanwhile, security sources said Boko Haram fighters launched an attack on the town in the far north of Borno state on Thursday evening that left at least 14 Islamist fighters dead. Nigeria's air force said it has set up a board of inquiry which will report its findings before February 2, but military commanders have already called the bombing a mistake.
- Brazil begins probe of plane crash that killed top court justice
By Eduardo Simões and Brad Brooks SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazilian authorities on Friday started their investigation into a small plane crash that killed a Supreme Court justice who was overseeing the investigation of a political kickback scheme, the largest ever uncovered in the country. The plane was carrying Supreme Court Justice Teori Zavascki, 68, along with his longtime friend who owned the aircraft, Alberto Filgueiras, 69, a boutique hotelier. Maira Panas, a 23-year-old personal massage therapist for Filgueiras, and her mother Maria Panas, 55, were also aboard, along with the pilot Osmar Rodrigues, 56.
- 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.
- Turkey says not 'realistic' to exclude Assad from Syria deal
A senior Turkish official said Friday it was no longer "realistic" to insist on a solution to the Syria conflict excluding President Bashar al-Assad, just three days before new peace talks. Turkey acknowledged last year that Assad remains an important actor in Syria but the remarks were the first in which Ankara has openly envisaged a deal which does not include his ouster. The facts on the ground have changed dramatically," Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek told a panel on Syria at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
- 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.
- The Latest: Man reunites with wife, son after avalanche
- British village gets solar battery boost in green energy trial By Magdalena Mis LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Villagers in northern England may soon see their electricity bills slashed by as much as 50 percent in a pilot project allowing them to use solar power around the clock. In a 250,000 pound ($307,000) trial, 40 houses in the village of Oxspring, 12 miles (19 km) north of Sheffield, will be linked in a "virtual power plant" using home batteries to store electricity generated from solar panels. Without batteries, solar power can only be used during the day.
- Iran says 25 people still missing after building collapse
By Parisa Hafezi ANKARA (Reuters) - Iranian officials said on Friday that 25 people were still unaccounted for more than 24 hours after the collapse of a 17-storey commercial building in Tehran, in addition to 20 firefighters who died in the blaze, state TV reported. One official denied that all 25 might be trapped under the rubble, saying "maybe five of those who worked in the building are trapped", the semi-official Fars news agency reported. Thick smoke and fire has hampered the search for the bodies of the firefighters who were killed as they evacuated people from Iran's oldest high-rise building, which housed hundreds of clothing warehouses as well as a mall and other businesses.
- 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.
- Hopes fade for trapped Iran firefighters after high-rise collapse
Iranian officials said Friday they were losing hope of pulling any survivors from the rubble of a collapsed Tehran high-rise where around 20 firefighters were feared to have lost their lives. Rescue workers, soldiers and sniffer dogs were still searching through the wreckage of the 15-storey Plasco building in downtown Tehran, which collapsed on Thursday after a four-hour blaze. "It is very unlikely that we will pull anyone out alive from the rubble," the head of Tehran's crisis management centre, Esmail Najjar, told the ISNA news agency.
- 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.
- Memphis Depay hoping to bounce back with Lyon
- 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.
- British worker falls to death at Qatar 2022 World Cup site
A British worker fell to his death from a suspended platform at a Qatar 2022 World Cup stadium site, a building contractor said Friday. The 40-year-old Briton, as yet unnamed, suffered fatal injuries Thursday while working on the Khalifa International Stadium, which will also be the venue for the 2019 World Athletics Championships. The Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, overseeing the organisation of Qatar 2022, announced his death hours after the incident took place but without giving a cause.
- Melania Trump's hometown in Slovenia marks inauguration
- Willett struggling to rediscover game before Masters defense ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Danny Willett has 2½ months to rediscover his game before making a pressure-filled return to Augusta National as the defending Masters champion.
- Merkel's spokesman condemns populist's Holocaust remarks BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman has criticized a prominent member of the nationalist Alternative for Germany party for suggesting that the country's decades-long tradition of acknowledging and atoning for its Nazi past should end.
- Siebenhofer leads training; Vonn 5th with missed gate GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (AP) — Ramona Siebenhofer posted the fastest time in World Cup downhill training for the second consecutive day on the Kandahar course.
- Top Asian News 3:55 p.m. GMT YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A U.N. human rights envoy has ended a 12-day visit to Myanmar with a bleak evaluation of the government's ability to deal with the problems facing the country's ethnic minorities. U.N. rapporteur Yanghee Lee said in a statement Friday that the government's response to problems including fighting with the Kachin minority in the country's north and a crackdown on Rohingya Muslims in the west was "to defend, dismiss and deny," which she described as counterproductive. Myanmar's military has been accused of human rights abuses in both areas. Lee, who was barred from travelling to parts of Kachin state, said it was clear that the situation there was deteriorating.
- UN rights envoy slams Myanmar on military's actions YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A U.N. human rights envoy has ended a 12-day visit to Myanmar with a bleak evaluation of the government's ability to deal with the problems facing the country's ethnic minorities.
- 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.