The Latest: Jammeh agrees to cede power: Senegalese official
Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:51:23 -0500
BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — The Latest on Gambia's political crisis, sparked by defeated leader Yahya Jammeh's refusal to leave office (all times local):
Trump admin makes defeating Islamic terrorism top foreign policy goal
Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:51:20 -0500
By Yeganeh Torbati WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration will make defeating "radical Islamic terror groups" its top foreign policy goal, according to a statement posted on the White House website moments after Donald Trump's inauguration as U.S. president. Trump, a Republican, used his inaugural address on Friday to promise to "unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the earth." In the statement, titled "America First Foreign Policy," the Trump administration said, "Defeating ISIS and other radical Islamic terror groups will be our highest priority." ISIS is an acronym for Islamic State. In order to "defeat and destroy" Islamic State and similar groups, the new administration said it "will pursue aggressive joint and coalition military operations when necessary," work to cut off funding for terrorist groups, expand intelligence sharing, and use "cyberwarfare" to disrupt propaganda and recruitment efforts.
Bergdahl lawyers: Trump's criticism prevents fair trial
Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:49:52 -0500
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — President Donald Trump's scathing criticism of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will prevent the soldier from getting a fair trial on charges he endangered comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan, Bergdahl's attorneys said Friday.
Trump, takes over as U.S. president, vows to end 'American carnage' in defiant speech
Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:47:33 -0500
By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Donald Trump took power as the 45th president of the United States on Friday and pledged to end the "American carnage" of social and economic woes in an inaugural address that was a populist and nationalist rallying cry. Sketching a bleak vision of a country he said was ravaged by rusted-out factories, crime, gangs and drugs, Trump indirectly blamed his predecessors in the White House for policies that helped Washington at the expense of struggling families. "From this moment on, it's going to be America First," the Republican told thousands of people gathered on the grounds of the National Mall as he took over the presidency from Democrat Barack Obama.
Bogus doctor performed physicals at Philadelphia high school
Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:47:28 -0500
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Authorities are investigating how a woman with phony medical credentials ended up giving physicals last year at a Philadelphia public high school.
Mexico drug lord 'El Chapo' pleads not guilty in U.S. court
Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:46:54 -0500
By Nate Raymond and Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - Drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman appeared in a U.S. court on Friday after his surprise extradition from Mexico and pleaded not guilty to charges that he ran the world's largest drug-trafficking organization during a decades-long criminal career. El Chapo (Spanish for "Shorty"), who twice made dramatic escapes from Mexican prisons and was one of the world's most wanted drug lords, was accompanied by two lawyers during the appearance in federal court in Brooklyn. The extradition came on the eve of Donald Trump's inauguration, a coincidence some officials said was an olive branch to the incoming U.S. president who declared he would kick Guzman's "ass" on taking office.
Jammeh agrees to cede power to new leader, Senegalese government official says
Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:46:42 -0500
BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — Jammeh agrees to cede power to new leader, Senegalese government official says.
Watson among 103 to give up eligibility to enter NFL draft
Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:45:32 -0500
NEW YORK (AP) — For the second straight year, more than 100 players are giving up college eligibility to enter the NFL draft.
Trump trade strategy starts with quitting Asia pact: White House
Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:45:19 -0500
By David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The new U.S. administration of President Donald Trump said on Friday its trade strategy to protect American jobs would start with withdrawal from the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact. A White House statement issued soon after Trump's inauguration said the United States would also "crack down on those nations that violate trade agreements and harm American workers in the process." The statement said Trump was committed to renegotiating another trade deal, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which was signed in 1994 by the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' pleads not guilty in US
Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:44:15 -0500
Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, one of the world's most notorious criminals, pleaded not guilty Friday to multiple drug trafficking, firearms and conspiracy charges in a US court. The 59-year-old drug baron, who has twice escaped from jail in Mexico, appeared in the packed federal court room in Brooklyn dressed in blue prison scrubs and looking tired, just hours after his extradition to New York. Guzman spoke softly, addressing Magistrate Judge James Orenstein in Spanish as "yes, sir" and speaking through an interpreter, said an AFP reporter.