January 18th, 2017

World News

Power shortages leave Gaza in the dark

By Khalil Hamra And Fares Akram, The Associated Press on January 18th, 2017

GAZA, Palestinian Territory – At night, large swaths of the Gaza Strip plunge into darkness – the result of chronic and worsening power outages. In crowded city streets, the only source of light comes from the headlights of passing cars. The power shortages are the worst to hit Gaza since Hamas seized control of the ... Read More »

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West African bloc vows Gambia intervention at midnight

By Abdoulie John, The Associated Press on January 18th, 2017

DAKAR, Senegal – A military commander with West Africa’s regional bloc says its forces will “take action” at midnight unless a solution is found to Gambia’s political crisis before then. Speaking on Senegalese radio station RFM, Seydou Maiga Mboro declared that “all the troops are already in place” awaiting the deadline for President Yahya Jammeh ... Read More »

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Senegalese troops move toward Gambia borders amid crisis

By Abdoulie John, The Associated Press on January 18th, 2017

DAKAR, Senegal – Gambia headed toward a showdown between longtime President Yahya Jammeh and the opposition president-elect who insists he will take office, as troops from neighbouring Senegal were seen moving toward the borders Wednesday to step up pressure for the incumbent to leave. As the crisis deepened, hundreds of beach-going tourists were evacuated from ... Read More »

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Trump’s strategy on Mexico could be ‘dagger at Ohio’

By Pan Pylas, The Associated Press on January 18th, 2017

DAVOS, Switzerland – President-elect Donald Trump’s threats to firms using Mexico as a manufacturing base will be counterproductive and could eventually cost thousands of American jobs, Lawrence Summers, the former U.S. Treasury Secretary, warned Wednesday. Summers noted that Trump’s “rhetoric and announced policies” over Mexico have led to a big fall in the value of ... Read More »

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Senegal troops heading for Gambia border, say residents

By Abdoulie John, The Associated Press on January 18th, 2017

DAKAR, Senegal – Witnesses confirm that Senegalese troops are moving toward the Gambian border from two sides as pressure mounts for Gambia’s president to step down. President Yahya Jammeh lost the Dec. 1 election and initially conceded defeat but later said voting irregularities invalidated the ballot. His mandate expires Thursday but Jammeh insists he will ... Read More »

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Gunfire erupts at Mexican private school, 5 wounded

By Porfirio Ibarra, The Associated Press on January 18th, 2017

MONTERREY, Mexico – A 15-year-old student opened fire with a gun at a private school in the northern Mexican city of Monterrey on Wednesday, seriously wounding himself, a teacher and three other students, state officials said. Nuevo Leon state security spokesman Aldo Fasci said four of the injured, including the shooter himself, had bullet wounds ... Read More »

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Pointed questions for Trump’s pick for health secretary

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar And Alan Fram, The Associated Press on January 18th, 2017

WASHINGTON – President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for health secretary said Wednesday that the health care system is losing focus on patients, its first priority, and he offered assurances that the new administration is not planning to launch into a Medicare overhaul. Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., testified before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions at ... Read More »

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4 quakes shake Italy, isolating towns blanketed under snow

By Nicole Winfield, The Associated Press on January 18th, 2017

ROME – Four strong earthquakes on Wednesday shook the same region of central Italy that suffered deadly temblors last year, sending quake-rattled residents into panic and further isolating towns that have been buried under more than a meter (3 feet) of snow for days. Premier Paolo Gentiloni said it appeared no one was killed, but ... Read More »

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Commerce nominee Ross declares he is pro-trade, pro-union

By Stephen OhlemacHer, The Associated Press on January 18th, 2017

WASHINGTON – President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for commerce secretary said Wednesday that he favours “sensible trade,” is pro-union and believes his vast business dealings have given experience fighting other countries’ unfair trade practices. Billionaire investor Wilbur Ross cited his relationship with the United Steelworkers Union, which has endorsed him for the Cabinet post, as proof ... Read More »

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Gunfire erupts at Mexican private school, 3 wounded

By Porfirio Ibarra, The Associated Press on January 18th, 2017

MONTERREY, Mexico – State officials said a student opened fire with a gun at a private school in the northern Mexican city of Monterrey on Wednesday, seriously wounding himself, a teacher and another student. Nuevo Leon state security spokesman Aldo Fasci said a school video showed the 15-year-old male middle-school student shot a teacher, another ... Read More »

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Tower of Power band members recovering after train accident

By The Associated Press on January 18th, 2017

OAKLAND, Calif. – Authorities say two musicians with the band Tower of Power remain hospitalized after being hit last week by an Amtrak train in Oakland. The East Bay Times reports (http://bayareane.ws/2jyYPZX ) that drummer Dave Garibaldi is in fair condition but will remain hospitalized for the next few days, according to a statement from ... Read More »

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