January 21st, 2017

World News

Women descend on DC to push back against new president

By Nancy Benac And Ben Nuckols, The Associated Press on January 21st, 2017

WASHINGTON – Wearing pink, pointy-eared “pussyhats” to mock the new president, throngs of women descended on the nation’s capital and other cities around the globe Saturday for marches and demonstrations aimed at showing Donald Trump they won’t be silent over the next four years. They carried signs with messages such as “Women won’t back down” ... Read More »

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The Latest: New estimate pegs Women’s March at half million

By The Associated Press on January 21st, 2017

WASHINGTON – The Latest on the Women’s March on Washington and associated protests around the world (all times EST): 9:40 a.m. A city official in Washington says the turnout estimate for the Women’s March on the National Mall now stands at 500,000 people. That’s more than double the initial predictions. Kevin Donahue is Washington’s deputy ... Read More »

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Chinese express doubts about US relations under Trump

By Christopher Bodeen, The Associated Press on January 21st, 2017

BEIJING – 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. While Trump didn’t mention China in his inaugural address Friday, he referred often to the country during the campaign and upended diplomatic protocol after the ... Read More »

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Europe’s nationalist leaders kick off year of election hopes

By Geir Moulson, The Associated Press on January 21st, 2017

KOBLENZ, Germany – Declaring that 2017 will be the “year of the awakening of the people of continental Europe,” French far-right presidential hopeful Marine Le Pen joined fellow nationalists Saturday at a conference in Germany to a show of populist confidence as Europe faces a series of high-stakes national elections. Populist parties have been surging ... Read More »

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Brazil remembers Supreme Court judge killed in plane crash

By The Associated Press on January 21st, 2017

SAO PAULO – Family, friends and dignitaries are remembering the Brazilian Supreme Court justice who died in a plane crash weeks before an important ruling in a massive corruption case. Justice Teori Zavascki’s body was lying Saturday in the federal court in the southern city of Porto Alegre, where he had previously served as a ... Read More »

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World jittery about Trump’s ‘America first’ inaugural speech

By The Associated Press on January 21st, 2017

President Donald Trump’s inaugural speech promised “America first” policy led by a forceful executive, in contrast to the coalition building and international conferences which have featured strongly in past administrations. The billionaire businessman and reality television star – the first president who had never held political office or high military rank – promised to stir ... Read More »

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A closer look at Turkey’s proposed presidential system

By Dominque Soguel, The Associated Press on January 21st, 2017

ISTANBUL – Turkey’s parliament has signed off on a contentious constitutional reform package that would concentrate even more powers in the office of the president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and potentially extend his mandate till 2029. The reforms will come into effect if approved in a national referendum HOW IT CAME ABOUT constitutional reforms were first ... Read More »

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AP Interview: New Gambia leader says Jammeh leaving in hours

By Krista Larson And Carley Petesch, The Associated Press on January 21st, 2017

DAKAR, Senegal – Gambia’s new president says defeated leader Yahya Jammeh is expected to leave for Guinea within hours, and he plans to return home to take power once the situation is “clear.” A visibly tired Adama Barrow told The Associated Press in an interview Saturday that he will enter Gambia once a security sweep ... Read More »

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Police enter Brazil prison in attempt to quell gang fighting

By The Associated Press on January 21st, 2017

NATAL, Brazil – Riot police are entering a prison in northeastern Brazil where 26 inmates were killed recently, in an attempt to separate rival gangs inside the complex. A helicopter flew overhead Saturday as an armoured vehicle and about 40 police forces including riot police entered the Alcacuz prison complex, which has been in control ... Read More »

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The Latest: Women’s March protests taking place worldwide

By The Associated Press on January 21st, 2017

WASHINGTON – The Latest on the Women’s March on Washington and associated protests around the world (all times EST): 8:55 a.m. Thousands are massing on the National Mall for the Women’s March, and they’re gathering, too, in spots around the world. A couple hundred people rallied in the Czech capital of Prague on Saturday in ... Read More »

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