January 18th, 2017

World News

Caroline Kennedy boosted US-Japan ties as US ambassador

By Ken Moritsugu, The Associated Press on January 18th, 2017

TOKYO – Caroline Kennedy stepped down Wednesday after three years as U.S. ambassador to Japan, where she was welcomed like a celebrity and worked to deepen the U.S.-Japan relationship despite regular flare-ups over American military bases on the southern island of Okinawa. Appointed by President Barack Obama in 2013, she had been expected to leave ... Read More »

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Turkey rounds up 27 with links to suspected nightclub gunman

By Suzan Fraser And Dominique Soguel, The Associated Press on January 18th, 2017

ANKARA, Turkey – Turkish police rounded up 27 people linked to the suspected gunman in Istanbul’s New Year’s Eve nightclub attack and the justice minister said Wednesday that the capture of the suspect will lead to a better understanding of the Islamic State group’s operations in Turkey. The suspect, identified as 34-year-old Abdulkadir Masharipov, was ... Read More »

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Turkish parliament resumes voting on Erdogan’s powers

By The Associated Press on January 18th, 2017

ANKARA, Turkey – Turkey’s parliament is scheduled on Wednesday to start a second round of deliberations on a contentious package of constitutional amendments that would give President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s office executive powers. Legislators are set to vote separately on 18 proposed amendments before holding a final vote on the whole package by the end ... Read More »

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Israeli Arab, policeman killed amid clashes over demolitions

By Aron Heller, The Associated Press on January 18th, 2017

JERUSALEM – An Israeli Arab rammed his vehicle into a group of police officers on Wednesday, killing one of them before he was shot dead during clashes in southern Israel, police said, while local residents accused the police of using excessive force, saying the man lost control of his vehicle after he was shot. The ... Read More »

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Moldova: PM insists ex-Soviet republic wants to join EU

By Alison Mutler, The Associated Press on January 18th, 2017

BUCHAREST, Romania – Moldova’s prime minister on Wednesday reacted angrily to a suggestion by the nation’s president that the ex-Soviet republic may shelve a trade pact with the European Union. President Igor Dodon, speaking in Moscow on Tuesday, denounced a pact Moldova signed with the EU in 2014. He says a new government could annul ... Read More »

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Teen abducted as newborn still loves only mom she’s known

By The Associated Press on January 18th, 2017

COLUMBIA, S.C. – An 18-year-old woman abducted as a newborn from a hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, says she still loves the only mother she has known. Alexis Manigo told ABC’s “Good Morning America” in an interview broadcast Wednesday that the woman charged in her abduction, 51-year-old Gloria Williams, “will always be mom.” But Manigo also ... Read More »

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Were opportunities for clues from MH370 debris missed?

By Kristen Gelineau, The Associated Press on January 18th, 2017

SYDNEY, Australia – Three nations shelled out around $160 million and years’ worth of work on the underwater search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. The result: No plane. The only tangible – and arguably most important – clues into what happened to the aircraft have come courtesy of ordinary citizens, who bore the costs ... Read More »

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Italy PM: Apparently no deaths from triple quakes

By The Associated Press on January 18th, 2017

ROME – Italian Premier Paolo Gentiloni says it seems there were no fatalities from the three strong earthquakes that rocked the same area of central Italy that was devastated by quakes last year. Gentiloni said Wednesday was a “difficult day” for Italy. Central Italy has been buried under over a meter (3 feet) of snow ... Read More »

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Target lowers 4Q profit and sales outlook

By Anne D'Innocenzio, The Associated Press on January 18th, 2017

NEW YORK – Target is lowering its fourth-quarter profit and sales outlook after the discounter says it had sluggish holiday sales and traffic in its stores that offset a surging online business. Target says revenue at stores opened at least a year for the November and December period were down 1.3 per cent. The company ... Read More »

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Gambia leader’s term extended as tourists are evacuated

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

DAKAR, Senegal – Gambia said Wednesday its legislators have voted to extend President Yahya Jammeh’s term by three months, just hours before his mandate was set to expire. The president-elect has vowed to take office regardless of whether Jammeh leaves. Amid the uncertainty, tourist evacuations began. In a sign of mounting international pressure, Nigeria confirmed ... Read More »

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Video of giant alligator draws crowds to Florida preserve

By The Associated Press on January 18th, 2017

LAKELAND, Fla. – Video of a massive alligator caught walking through a Florida nature reserve in front of stunned onlookers has prompted crowds of people hoping to catch their own glimpse. The video taken by a visitor to the Circle B Bar Reserve on Sunday shows the gator estimated to be about 12-feet long lumbering ... Read More »

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