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  • Lucic-Baroni, Brady take different paths to success at slams

    Croatia's Mirjana Lucic-Baroni celebrates after defeating Maria Sakkari of Greece in their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — For both the veteran, Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, and the newcomer, Jennifer Brady, it's a completely unexpected position to be in: Playing for a spot in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open.




  • FACT CHECK: Trump's address echoed familiar, dubious themes

    President Donald Trump pumps his first at the end of his speech after bring sworn in as the 45th president of the United States during the 58th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's inaugural address held familiar echoes of the campaign speeches that led to his presidential win: downbeat about the state of the nation, to the point of hyperbole. A look at some of his assertions:




  • Pakistan market bomb kills 20, wounds 40: officials

    A bomb explodes in a vegetable market in the mostly Shiite city of ParachinarA bomb exploded at a market on Saturday in a mainly Shiite area of Pakistan's northwestern tribal 20belt, killing at least 20 people and wounding 40 others, officials said. "20 people have been martyred [killed]," the Pakistan military said in a short statement, adding that the injured had been taken to military and civil hospitals in the region's main city of Peshawar. "Troops from army and (paramilitary) Frontier Corps are under taking relief and rescue operations," it said.




  • Hungarian bus crashes in Italy, killing 16

    A bus carrying Hungarian teenagers crashed and caught fire near Verona, Italy, killing 16, with some 36 injured taken to hospitalRome (AFP) - A bus carrying Hungarian teenagers crashed and caught fire on a motorway in northern Italy, killing 16 people, firefighters said Saturday.




  • World jittery about Trump's 'America first' inaugural speech

    World jittery about Trump's 'America first' inaugural speechPresident Donald Trump's inaugural speech promised "America first" policy, but offered no specifics about America's place in the world. The billionaire businessman and reality television star ...




  • Trump takes office, vows to stop 'American carnage'

    Trump takes office, vows to stop 'American carnage'Pledging emphatically to empower America's "forgotten men and women," Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on Friday, taking command of a riven nation facing an ...




  • 16 killed in fiery bus crash on Italian highway
    ROME (AP) — A bus carrying Hungarian school students home from a 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.

  • Serena juggernaut hits top gear at Australian Open

    Serena Williams beat Nicole Gibb to make it the 14th time in her 17 Australian Opens she has reached at least the fourth roundA "super-focused" Serena Williams joined sister Venus in the fourth round of the Australian Open Saturday, ruthlessly snuffing out Nicole Gibbs's challenge as she accelerates towards a record 23rd Grand Slam title. The second seed clinically dispatched her fellow American 6-1, 6-3 on Rod Laver Arena, further dispelling any lingering doubts about her early-season form. It is the 14th time in her 17 Australian Opens she has made at least the fourth round, and sets her up with a clash against 16th-seeded Czech Barbora Strycova, who beat French 21st seed Caroline Garcia.




  • Women descend on DC a day after anarchists create chaos

    Demonstrators march on the street near a security checkpoint inaugural entrance, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017 in Washington, ahead of President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration. Protesters pitching diverse causes but united against the incoming president are making their mark on Inauguration Day. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)WASHINGTON (AP) — A day after self-described anarchists created chaos, thousands of women are descending upon Washington for what is expected to be a more orderly show of force on the first full day of Donald Trump's presidency.




  • Trump wraps up ceremony, turns to governing

    Trump wraps up ceremony, turns to governingAs President Donald Trump wrapped up the ceremony of his inauguration and shifted to governing, he signaled he intends to move quickly to make a clean break from the Obama administration. Trump spent his ...




  • S. Korea minister resigns after arrest over arts blacklist

    South Korea's Culture Minister Cho Yoon-Sun (C) arrives to be questioned at the office of the independent counsel on a corruption scandal case that led to the impeachment of President Park Geun-Hye in Seoul on January 17, 2017South Korea's culture minister resigned after being arrested Saturday for allegedly creating a "blacklist" of nearly 10,000 artists who voiced criticism of impeached President Park Geun-Hye. Cho Yoon-Sun, who is the first minister in active service to be arrested in South Korea, is accused of creating the vast catalogue to starve the artists of government subsidies and private investments and place them under state surveillance. The list's existence has sparked widespread anger, raising the spectre of Seoul's 1960-80s army-backed rule -- including under dictator Park Chung-Hee, the impeached leader's late father -- when the news, arts and entertainment were heavily censored.




  • "I saw intestines on the ground" - aid worker recalls Nigerian refugee camp bombing

    Injured people are comforted at the site after a bombing attack of an internally displaced persons camp in RannBy Kieran Guilbert MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Aid worker Alfred Davies and his colleagues were providing vaccinations and giving out food in a refugee camp in northeast Nigeria when he noticed the buzzing of a plane passing overhead. "Glass shattered, roofs collapsed and people were screaming and crying," Davies, a project co-ordinator for Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by phone. "I saw people with their bellies open, and intestines on the ground," the Liberian aid worker said.




  • Crystal Gayle to be inducted into Grand Ole Opry
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country music legend Crystal Gayle is being inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, nearly a half-century after she first walked onto its stage to perform as a teenager.

  • Gambia's leader Jammeh says he will step down, ending political impasse

    FILE PHOTO - Gambia's President Jammeh smiles during a rally in BanjulBy Tim Cocks BANJUL (Reuters) - Gambia's leader Yahya Jammeh said on Saturday he would step down from power in a statement made in the face of pressure from West African armies that entered his country to remove him after he refused to concede an election defeat to President Adama Barrow. It also brings to a close a reign that began in 1994 when he seized power in a coup. Jammeh's authoritarian government established a reputation for torturing and killing perceived opponents to stifle dissent.




  • Gambia's Jammeh agrees to go into exile as regional troops mass

    FILE PHOTO - Gambia's President Al Hadji Yahya Jammeh attends the plenary session of the Africa-South America Summit on Margarita IslandBy Tim Cocks BANJUL (Reuters) - Gambia's longtime ruler Yahya Jammeh, who refused to accept his election defeat last month, has agreed to go into exile, a senior advisor to new President Adama Barrow said on Friday, but talks to finalise the deal were holding up his exit. Regional armies, who entered Gambia late on Thursday, were meanwhile poised to remove him by force if required, as even his army chief, who had stood beside the former coup leader, recognised his rival Barrow as commander-in-chief. West African leaders Alpha Conde of Guinea and Mauritania's President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz travelled to the capital Banjul on Friday to allow Jammeh one last chance to cede power peacefully.




  • Chinese express doubts about US relations under Trump
    Citizens of China's capital Beijing are expressing doubts about President Donald Trump's ability to steer the U.S. economy and manage China-American relations. Aaron Wang, who works for a logistics company, ...

  • Warriors crush Rockets for sixth straight NBA win

    Stephen Curry chipped in 24 points and seven assists as Golden State Warriors beat the Houston Rockets 125-108The Golden State Warriors took their revenge against the Houston Rockets, overwhelming on both ends of the court with a 125-108 victory at the Toyota Center arena. Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant joined forces to power the offence while the rest of the crew made the defensive stops as the Warriors stretched their NBA winning streak to six games. "Three good teams in a row, we definitely wanted to come out and make a nice statement," said Durant, who also had two steals and two blocks.




  • Italian police say 16 dead in bus crash of Hungarian students returning from school trip to France
    ROME (AP) — Italian police say 16 dead in bus crash of Hungarian students returning from school trip to France.

  • Kickers for final 4 NFL playoff teams each have leg up

    Kickers for final 4 NFL playoff teams each have leg upGREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Touchdowns are always nice, but clutch kickers are welcome security blankets for NFL offenses, especially in the playoffs.




  • Bomb blast kill 18, wounds 51 in northwest Pakistan
    A bomb exploded Saturday in a market in a northwestern tribal region that borders Afghanistan, killing at least 18 people and wounding at least 51. Dr. Sabir Hussain at the Parachinar main hospital said ...

  • Serena Williams reaches 4th round without dropping a set

    United States' Serena Williams hits a backhand return to compatriot Nicole Gibbs 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) — Serena Williams made the net seem much higher and the court much smaller for Nicole Gibbs, a first-timer on Rod Laver Arena.




  • President Trump acts swiftly at dawn of new era

    US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump dance at the Liberty Ball at the Washington DC Convention CenterPresident Donald Trump assumed power with a fiercely nationalistic vow to put "America first," taking a stinging swipe at the legacy of his predecessor hours after reciting the oath of office. "From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land," Trump said, promising an end to business-as-usual in Washington. Adhering to his vow to immediately start dismantling the healthcare reforms passed by outgoing president Barack Obama, Trump signed his first executive order in the Oval Office, targeting Obamacare.




  • Fires, bricks mark daylong assault on inaugural festivities

    A parked limousine burns during a demonstration after the inauguration of President Donald Trump, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, in Washington. Protesters registered their rage against the new president Friday in a chaotic confrontation with police who used pepper spray and stun grenades in a melee just blocks from Donald Trump's inaugural parade route. Scores were arrested for trashing property and attacking officers. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)WASHINGTON (AP) — Protesters set fires and hurled bricks in a daylong assault on the city hosting Donald Trump's inauguration, registering their rage against the new president in a series of clashes that led to more than 200 arrests. Police used pepper spray and stun grenades to prevent the chaos from spilling into Trump's formal procession and evening balls.




  • Melania Trump stuns in first lady fashion stakes

    First Lady Melania Trump's dress for the inaugural balls won praise for being fresh, modern, elegant and yet understatedFirst Lady Melania Trump stunned fashion watchers by donning a sleek, off-the-shoulder cream dress with a daring thigh-high slit to dance with President Donald Trump at the inaugural balls. The new first lady's sartorial picks for the inauguration went some way to silencing critics who have complained in the past that she favored high-end European clothes rather than American creations.




  • Violence flares in Washington during Trump inauguration

    A protester argues with a bloodied supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump after the Trump supporter confronted protesters as they reacted to the Trump's swearing in in WashingtonThe burst of civil disorder followed a fierce presidential campaign that ended in a stunning victory for Republican Trump over Democrat Hillary Clinton on Nov. 8 and left the country divided. Many of Trump's supporters traveled to Washington to cheer their new president on Inauguration Day.




  • Elijah Wood: the blockbuster star with an indie heart

    Elijah Wood is that rare breed of film star -- an actor who chose to chase the scripts rather than the big paydays after his early successEarly in the new millennium Elijah Wood was the darling of Hollywood as the star of "The Lord of the Rings," one of the biggest movie series of all time. "Making 'Rings' was like making the world's largest independent film in a way, the spirit of it, and that's kind of what I connect to," he told AFP at the annual Sundance Film Festival in the mountains of Utah. Wood, a Sundance regular, has returned to the ski resort of Park City for his latest movie, "I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore," said to be the only festival entrant with a grammatical sentence as its title.




  • 1 wounded in school shooting, 'could have been much worse'
    WEST LIBERTY, Ohio (AP) — A school shooting that left one student hospitalized and others scrambling out classroom windows could have been far worse if not for the heroics of staff members who stopped the shooter and had him pinned down when police arrived, authorities said.

  • IS wreaks new destruction in Syria's ancient Palmyra

    The Roman amphitheatre in the ancient city of Palmyra in Syria, pictured on March 31, 2016The Islamic State group has demolished more treasured monuments in Syria's ancient Palmyra, a month after recapturing it from government forces, the country's antiquities chief said Friday. The news is a fresh blow for the UNESCO World Heritage site, which had already been ravaged by the jihadist group during the nine months of control before being expelled in March last year. "Local sources told us that 10 days ago Daesh destroyed the tetrapylon," a 16-columned structure that marked one end of the ancient city's colonnade, Maamoun Abdulkarim told AFP using an Arabic acronym for IS.




  • Turkey moves closer to expanding Erdogan powers

    Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim (C) accompanied by lawmakers votes following a parliament debate on proposed amendments to the country's constitutionThe Turkish parliament early Saturday approved a draft bill that would dramatically expand the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, meaning the country will vote on changing the constitution later this year. The government insists the proposals to create an executive presidency will ensure simpler and more effective administration but critics say it will give Erdogan more power that is unchecked. Each article was put to a vote in the 550-seat parliament, where the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) enjoys a comfortable majority.




  • The Latest: Trump returns to White House after celebrations

    President Donald Trump dances with first lady Melania Trump at the Liberty Ball, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Donald Trump's inauguration as the 45th president of the United States (all times EST):




  • Trump executive order first strike at ending 'Obamacare'

    Vice President Mike Pence watches at left as President Donald Trump prepares to sign his first executive order, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — In an opening salvo against "Obamacare," President Donald Trump signed an executive order Friday night that appears aimed squarely at undoing the unpopular requirement that individuals carry insurance or face fines.




  • Chen dominates men's short program at US nationals

    Nathan Chen waves to the crowd after his score was announced in the men's short program at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Hyped as the future of men's skating, Nathan Chen put the sport on notice that his time is now.




  • El Chapo's new home: a jail that held mobsters, terrorists

    FILE- This March 12, 2009 photo shows the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City. The high security section of the facility where high-risk inmates that included Mafia boss John Gotti and several close associates of Osama bin Laden spent their time awaiting trial, will now house accused Mexican drug lord and escape artist Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)NEW YORK (AP) — In the heart of bustling lower Manhattan sits one of the country's most secure federal lockups — and the new home of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.




  • Warriors get 6th straight win, 125-108 over Rockets

    Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant reacts after drawing a foul during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, in Houston. Golden State won 125-108. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)HOUSTON (AP) — The Golden State Warriors wanted to make sure the Houston Rockets wouldn't beat them from the 3-point line.




  • Rick Hendrick rises from tobacco farmer to Hall of Famer

    NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Rick Hendrick talks about his career as a team owner, during the NASCAR Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Rick Hendrick, owner of the most successful organization in NASCAR, grew up on a Virginia tobacco farm knowing that wasn't the life he wanted.




  • World reacts to Trump's 'America first' inaugural speech

    A private security tries to prevent the media from taking pictures as protesters picket the Trump Tower hours after Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, in the financial district of Makati city east Manila, Philippines. Pledging emphatically to empower America's "forgotten men and women," Donald Trump was sworn in as President of the United States on Friday, taking command of a riven nation facing an unpredictable era under his assertive but untested leadership. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)President Donald Trump's inaugural speech promised "America first" policy, but offered no specifics about America's place in the world.




  • Trump takes charge, assertive but untested 45th US president

    President Donald Trump dances with first lady Melania Trump, at The Salute To Our Armed Services Inaugural Ball in Washington, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — Pledging emphatically to empower America's "forgotten men and women," Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States Friday, taking command of a riven nation facing an unpredictable era under his assertive but untested leadership.




  • Melania Trump wears sky-blue cashmere Ralph Lauren ensemble

    President Donald Trump arrives with first lady Melania Trump, at The Salute To Our Armed Services Inaugural Ball in Washington, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Incoming first lady Melania Trump wore a sky-blue cashmere jacket and mock turtleneck dress by Ralph Lauren, the brand that designed so many Hillary Clinton pantsuits, on Inauguration Day.




  • James Mattis sworn in as Trump's defense secretary

    US Vice President Mike Pence (R) swears in James Mattis as Secretary of DefenseRetired Marine general James Mattis was sworn in as US defense secretary, praising intelligence agencies and calling for stronger ties with allies in a break from positions taken by President Donald Trump. Mattis was confirmed by a 98-1 vote earlier Friday in the first action taken by US senators after Trump took the oath of office, and was sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence. "Together with the intelligence community we are the sentinels and guardians of our nation," Mattis said in a statement to the Department of Defense -- tipping his cap to the agencies that Trump has sharply criticized as they investigate claims of Russian interference in the US election.




  • The skin cure fad threatening Myanmar's elephants

    At Myanmar's "Golden Rock" slices of skin from the country's fast disappearing wild elephants are sold as a cure for skin diseases"Elephant's skin can cure skin diseases like eczema," one shop owner, who requested anonymity, told AFP next to a counter brimming with porcupine quills and snake skins. Another young man touting his wares nearby promised a paste made from ground up elephant teeth would "cure pimples and remove black spots".




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