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  • Trump admin targets violent Islamist groups as foreign policy priority

    U.S. President-elect Donald Trump arrives on the platform to be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on the West front of the U.S. Capitol in WashingtonBy 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.




  • Mexico seeks stronger U.S. ties despite Trump campaign barbs

    Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto speaks to the audience during a meeting with members of the Diplomatic Corps in Mexico City, MexicoBy Adriana Barrera MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's president said on Friday he wanted to strengthen relations with his new U.S. counterpart Donald Trump, whose threats and barbs against the country raised fears of a major economic crisis, and battered its currency. President Enrique Pena Nieto, pilloried at home for meeting Trump in August after the New York businessman called Mexican migrants rapists and murderers, said on Twitter he would defend the interests of Mexico and its people in a "respectful" dialogue. "We will work to strengthen our relationship with shared responsibility," said Pena Nieto, who likened Trump's rise to the ascent of Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini after the American's broadsides early in the election campaign.




  • Russia's Putin ready to meet U.S. Trump, preparations may take months: TASS

    Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a government meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017. (Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)Russian President Vladimir Putin is ready to meet U.S. President Donald Trump but preparations for the possible meeting may take months, not weeks, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted as saying by TASS news agency. Donald Trump took power as the 45th president of the United States on Friday after winning the presidential contest against Hillary Clinton. Russia-U.S. relations were at their lowest since the Cold War under Barack Obama administration, with tensions around conflict in Ukraine and Syria crisis.




  • French far-right leader Le Pen calls on Europeans to 'wake up'

    European far-right leaders meet in Koblenz to discuss about the European UnionBy Paul Carrel KOBLENZ, Germany (Reuters) - French far-right leader Marine Le Pen urged European voters to follow the example of Americans and the British and "wake up" in 2017 at a meeting of far-right leaders. Le Pen told several hundred supporters in the German city of Koblenz that Britons' vote last year to leave the European Union would set in train a "domino effect". Le Pen, head of the anti-EU, anti-immigrant National Front (FN) and seen by pollsters as highly likely to make a two-person runoff vote for the French presidency in May, has marked out Europe as a major plank in her programme.




  • Afghanistan's Abdullah welcomes Trump commitment to troops

    Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah waves at the Brookings InstitutionBy Josh Smith KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan chief executive Abdullah Abdullah on Saturday expressed hope that the United States would continue its support for the Afghan government after American President Donald Trump publicly spoke with U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan after his inauguration on Friday. "I want to congratulate the U.S president on behalf of myself, the Afghan government and the people of Afghanistan," Abdullah said at an event to launch a bid for $550 million in international humanitarian aid for Afghanistan, which remains locked in a bloody war between the Western-backed government and insurgent groups like the Taliban. Trump, attending a post-inauguration ball in Washington, spoke by video link with American troops stationed at a base north of Kabul.




  • El Chapo, if convicted, would likely do time in 'Supermax’ prison

    Mexico's top drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is escorted as he arrives at Long Island MacArthur airport in New YorkBy Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - If Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, known as much for jail breaks as narcotics trafficking, ends up convicted in U.S. court, there is little doubt where he will spend the rest of his life - a super-secure Colorado prison housing America's most dangerous inmates. Guzman, 59, pleaded not guilty in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn on Friday to charges he ran perhaps the world's largest drug smuggling operation during a decades-long criminal career that included the murder of rivals, money laundering and weapons offenses. As a condition of his extradition, U.S. prosecutors assured Mexican officials that they would not seek the death penalty.




  • Nadal holds off Zverev to reach 4th round at Australian Open

    Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates a point win against Germany's Alexander Zverev during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Rafael Nadal had a good, hard look at the future before pulling a few tricks from his past to hold it back — for now.




  • Peru makes 1st arrest tied to Brazil kickbacks scandal
    LIMA, Peru (AP) — Police in Peru have arrested a former transport official as part of a massive graft scandal implicating Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht and several regional governments.

  • Scott joint leader as storm disrupts Singapore Open golf

    Australian Adam Scott, playing in the final group at the Singapore Open, was on the 14th hole when play was abandoned for the day in drizzling rainAustralia’s Adam Scott was among four players tied for the lead at the Singapore Open on Saturday when a tropical storm and fading light forced the suspension of the third round. Already behind schedule after Southeast Asia's fickle weather disrupted the opening day, the storm left Asian Tour officials scrambling to finish the US$1million tournament on time. Organisers face the possibility of a Monday finish after heavy rain resulted in more long delays at the Sentosa Golf Club.




  • Top Asian News 1:12 p.m. GMT
    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan has handed over to Indian authorities an Indian soldier who crossed into Pakistan in the disputed Kashmir region in September. A foreign ministry statement Saturday said Chandu Babulal Chohan deserted his post and crossed the Line of Control to the Pakistani side because of severe grievances with superiors. The statement said Pakistan convinced him to return to India and Chohan was handed over at the Wahga border point. Pakistan and India fought two of their three wars over Kashmir, with each claiming the region in its entirety.

  • The Latest: Gasquet, Dimitrov start match before midnight

    Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic makes a backhand return to Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The latest from the Australian Open on Saturday (all times local):




  • Chinese express doubts about US relations under Trump

    FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2016 file photo, a Chinese man holds up a Chinese newspaper with the front page photo of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and the headline "Outsider counter attack" at a newsstand in Beijing, China. China views a Trump presidency with less trepidation. Citizens of China's capital Beijing on Saturday are expressing doubts about U.S. President Donald Trump's ability to steer the U.S. economy and manage China-American relations. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)BEIJING (AP) — People in Beijing expressed doubts Saturday about President Donald Trump's ability to steer the U.S. economy and manage China-American relations, underscoring concerns over trade, Taiwan and other issues.




  • Australian Open Glance

    United States' Serena Williams follows through on a shot to compatriot Nicole Gibbs during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A look at the Australian Open on Saturday:




  • 'Europe will wake up in 2017', Le Pen tells Germany right-wing congress

    French National Front (FN) leader Marine Le Pen gives a speech to open a meeting in Koblenz, western Germany on January 21, 2017French presidential hopeful Marine Le Pen on Saturday told a European gathering of rightwing populists in Germany that a string of high-stakes elections in 2017 would blow a wind of change across the region. Emboldened by the Brexit vote and Donald Trump's US presidential victory, the far-right National Front leader said voters in France, Germany and the Netherlands would be next to reject the status quo. 2017, I am sure, the people of continental Europe will wake up," she told a cheering crowd at a conference hall in the western city of Koblenz, on the river Rhine.




  • Arsenal face defining period, says midfielder Xhaka

    Arsenal's Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka (L) tackles West Bromwich Albion's Argentinian midfielder Claudio Yacob during the English Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium in London on December 26, 2016Granit Xhaka admits Arsenal's Premier League clash with Burnley on Sunday marks the start of a defining period as the Gunners battle to get back in the title race. Arsene Wenger's side have fallen eight points behind leaders Chelsea and can't afford many more stumbles if they are to catch their London rivals. After Burnley's visit to the Emirates Stadium, Arsenal face an FA Cup fourth round trip to Southampton and a home league game against Watford before a must-win showdown with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.




  • Balotelli livid at Bastia fans he says racially abused him

    FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016 file photo, Nice's Mario Balotelli controls the ball during the Europa League group I soccer match between OGC Nice and FC Salzburg, at the Nice stadium, southeastern France. Despite Mario Balotelli’s return to the side Nice dropped more points in the French title race, drawing 1-1 away to Corsican side Bastia on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Claude Paris, File)PARIS (AP) — Nice striker Mario Balotelli has spoken out against Bastia fans he said made monkey noises during Friday night's French league match and is disappointed at what he sees as a lack of swift response from the French league.




  • Kremlin hopes for rapport with US, but differences will stay

    Traditional Russian wooden dolls called Matryoshka depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump, hours before Donald Trump is to be sworn in as president of the United States, are displayed for sale at a street souvenir shop in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman voiced hope for a constructive dialogue with President Donald Trump's administration in comments broadcast Saturday, but warned that differences will remain.




  • Italian skier Paris masters tricky Streif course for 2nd win

    Italy's Dominik Paris celebrates after completing an alpine ski, men's World Cup downhill, in Kitzbuehel, Austria, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Giovanni Auletta)KITZBUEHEL, Austria (AP) — Dominik Paris mastered a tricky World Cup downhill on the Streif on Saturday, becoming the third Italian winner of the classic race in five years.




  • Turkey: Erdogan advocates powerful presidency after key vote

    Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim speaks after Turkey's parliament approved a contentious constitutional reform package, paving the way for a referendum on a presidential system that would greatly expand the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's office, in Ankara, Turkey, early Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017. In an all-night session that ended early Saturday, lawmakers voted in favor of a set of amendments presented by the ruling party, founded by Erdogan.(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has started campaigning for constitutional reforms that would greatly expand the powers of his office, hours after a vote in parliament cleared the way for a national referendum on the issue.




  • Turkey orders more than 400 arrests in post-coup probes: report

    U.S. based cleric Fethullah Gulen at his home in Saylorsburg, PennsylvaniaTurkish prosecutors have issued arrest warrants for more than 400 people, including soldiers and security officers, in 48 provinces across the country following July's failed coup, broadcaster Haberturk said on Saturday. In a post-coup crackdown, Turkey has jailed some 40,000 people pending trial and has suspended or dismissed more than 100,000 from the military, judiciary and public services. Among the suspects were 123 soldiers from the navy and 187 security officers, Haberturk said.




  • Blast in camp for displaced Syrians near Jordan kills 4
    BEIRUT (AP) — A resident and an opposition monitoring group say an explosion has rocked a camp for displaced Syrians on the border with Jordan, killing at least four.

  • Russia says airstrikes hit IS targets in Syria's Deir ez-Zor province: RIA
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Six Russian warplanes carried out airstrikes on Islamic State targets in Syrian province of Deir ez-Zor on Saturday, RIA news agency quoted the Russian defense ministry as saying. The ministry added that the planes flew from Russian territory and returned after the strikes, RIA said. (Reporting by Katya Golubkova; Editing by Toby Chopra)

  • 'Blood, sweat and tears': Vonn back on top with downhill win

    United States' Lindsey Vonn celebrates after completing an alpine ski, women's World Cup downhill, in Garmisch-Panterkirchen, Germany, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Marco Tacca)Lindsey Vonn is back on top in just the second race of her comeback from a knee injury and a broken arm.




  • Europe's nationalist leaders launch year of election hopes

    AfD (Alternative for Germany) chairwoman Frauke Petry, Far-right leader and candidate for next spring presidential elections Marine le Pen from France, Italian Lega Nord chief Matteo Salvini and Dutch populist anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders , from left, stand together in the beginning of a meeting of European Nationalists in Koblenz, Germany, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)KOBLENZ, Germany (AP) — French presidential hopeful Marine Le Pen declared Saturday that 2017 will be the "year of the awakening of the people of continental Europe" as she joined fellow nationalist leaders in Germany at the beginning of a year of high-stakes national elections.




  • Dutch military police detain 7 suspects in diamond heist
    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch military police have detained seven people in Amsterdam and Valencia suspected of involvement in a multimillion-euro (dollar) diamond heist nearly 12 years ago.

  • 16 killed in fiery bus crash on Italian highway

    Firefighters inspect the burned hulk of a bus that crashed and burst into flames near Verona, northern Italy, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017. Police say 16 people have died when the bus carrying Hungarian school students returning home from France crashed into the side of a highway near Verona. Thirty-nine people survived. The bus was returning to Budapest with students ages 15 to 17. (Italian Police/ANSA via AP)ROME (AP) — A bus carrying Hungarian school students home from a skiing trip to France slammed into a highway barrier in northern Italy and caught fire, killing at least 16 people, police said Saturday. Thirty-nine people survived, though some were seriously injured.




  • Argentina's Tevez settling into role with Shanghai Shenhua

    Argentine striker Carlos Tevez attends his first presser after joining Shanghai Shenhua in Shanghai, China Saturday Jan. 21, 2017. Shanghai Shenhua has recruited Carlos Tevez reportedly with a deal that made the Argentine the highest-paid soccer player in the world. (Chinatopix Via AP)SHANGHAI (AP) — Argentine striker Carlos Tevez said Saturday he's settling in with Chinese Super League squad Shanghai Shenhua as training gets underway ahead of the season opening in March.




  • S. Korean minister arrested over artist blacklist allegation

    In this Friday, Jan. 20, 2017 photo, former presidential chief of staff Kim Ki-choon, center, leaves the Seoul Central District Court in Seoul, South Korea, after attending a hearing. South Korean prosecutors on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, arrested President Park Geun-hye's former top adviser Kim and culture minister over allegations that they blacklisted artists critical of the government. (Choi Jae-koo/Yonhap via AP)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean prosecutors on Saturday arrested President Park Geun-hye's culture minister and her former top presidential adviser over allegations that they blacklisted artists critical of the government.




  • 41 get hospital care after nightclub fire in Bucharest

    In this image provided by the Romania's General Inspectorate for Emergency Situations (ISU), a firefighter approaches the burning compound after a fire erupted in the early hours at the upmarket Bamboo nightclub, in Bucharest, Romania, Saturday, Jan 21, 2017. Fire engulfed a popular nightclub in the Romanian capital Saturday, sending more than 40 people to hospitals for treatment including one who was seriously injured. No deaths were reported.(ISU via AP)BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Fire engulfed a popular nightclub in the Romanian capital early Saturday, sending 41 people to hospitals for treatment including one who was seriously injured. No deaths were reported.




  • Chelsea won't dwell on Costa trouble, Spurs plan City misery

    Chelsea striker Diego Costa has reportedly been offered $37 million a year by Chinese club Tianjin QuanjianChelsea will bid to put the Diego Costa crisis behind them when the Premier League leaders host Hull, while title chasing Tottenham aim to maintain their hot streak at troubled Manchester City on Saturday. Blues striker Costa reportedly clashed with Chelsea boss Antonio Conte last week over the club's treatment of his back injury. Amid reports that Costa was also the subject of a lucrative offer from Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian, Conte kept his players focused as they crushed Leicester 3-0 last weekend despite the absence of the Spain striker.




  • Raids in Austria as 'terror' suspect grilled

    A police spokeswoman had told AFP that signs had multiplied in "recent days" that there might be an attack in Vienna, a city popular with foreign touristsAustrian police raided several addresses early Saturday as they grilled a suspected Islamic extremist thought to have been planning an attack, authorities said. "There were several raids on homes in Vienna and Lower Austria (state)," interior ministry spokesman Karl-Heinz Grundboeck told AFP. The 18-year-old man arrested on Friday evening in Vienna was meanwhile being questioned, Konrad Kogler, national security chief, said on public radio.




  • Blast causes deaths in Syrian camp near Jordan border: monitor
    BEIRUT (Reuters) - A bomb blast struck the Rakban refugee camp in Syria near the border with Jordan on Saturday, causing injuries and deaths, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor. The camp is home to refugees and to rebel groups that fight both President Bashar al-Assad and the jihadist Islamic State movement, and was targeted by bombings last year. (Reporting By Angus McDowall; Editing by Toby Chopra)

  • Bomb blast kill 22, wounds at least 50 in northwest Pakistan
    PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A bomb exploded Saturday in a market in a northwest tribal region that borders Afghanistan, killing 22 people and wounding at least 50, officials said.

  • Russian police kills 2 suspected militants in North Caucasus
    MAKHACHKALA, Russia (AP) — Security forces in a volatile province in Russia's North Caucasus have tracked down and killed two suspected militants.

  • Tevez out to prove his worth in 'new home' Shanghai

    Argentine striker Carlos Tevez (L) poses with his No. 32 shirt of his new club Shanghai Shenhua during a press conference in Shanghai on January 21, 2017Tevez, who arrived to a rapturous fan welcome Thursday, is arguably the highest-profile foreign player to ever play in China, one of a slew of overseas stars lured by increasingly lavish sums that have triggered a backlash from Chinese authorities. Tevez declined to comment on his contract, but acknowledged the circumstances brought dauntingly high expectations. A goal-scoring dynamo throughout his career for such heavyweights as Manchester United, Manchester City, Juventus, and most recently Argentina's Boca Juniors, Tevez arrived amid fierce debate in China over foreign player imports.




  • On Trump's second day, thousands of women to march in D.C. in protest

    President Donald Trump salutes with his wife MelaniaHundreds of thousands of people from all over the United States are expected to pack into downtown Washington on Saturday for a women's march in opposition to the agenda and rhetoric of President Donald Trump. The Women's March on Washington, featuring speakers, celebrity appearances and a protest walk along the National Mall, was planned as a counter-argument to Trump's populist presidential campaign, in which he angered many on the left with comments seen as demeaning to women, Mexicans and Muslims. It comes the day after the nation's capital was rocked by violent protest against Trump, with black-clad anti-establishment activists smashing windows, setting vehicles on fire and fighting with riot-gear-clad police who responded with stun grenades.




  • Bjoergen wins cross-country ski World Cup 10k

    Marit Bjergen Norway celebrates after winning the women's 10km free style competition at the FIS Cross Country skiing World Cup event in Ulricehamn, Sweden, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017. (Adam Ihse/TT News Agency via AP)ULRICEHAMN, Sweden (AP) — Norwegian veteran Marit Bjoergen won a women's 10-kilometer freestyle race in the cross-country skiing World Cup on Saturday.




  • Humanitarian support 'Band-Aid' for unresolved Afghanistan conflict, officials say
    By Josh Smith KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan's continued descent into crisis is forcing the country to increasingly rely on humanitarian aid that can only provide short-term relief while leaving the underlying problems unsolved, international officials acknowledged on Saturday, even as they launched a request for $550 million in new funding. Amid rising violence, economic stagnation, and social upheaval, the United Nations estimates at least 9.3 million Afghans, or nearly a third of the population, will need humanitarian assistance in 2017, a 13 percent increase from last year. While praising the humanitarian workers who provide vital care around the country, Swedish ambassador to Afghanistan Anders Sjoberg said the continued reliance on their services is a sign of broader failures.


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