Syrian activists say IS has killed 12 captives in PalmyraBEIRUT (AP) ? Syrian activists say the Islamic State group has killed 12 people it held captive in the ancient city of Palmyra by shooting and beheading them.
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Davos CEOs 'go local' on supply chain in Trump era
Business leaders in Davos, traditionally the high priests of globalization, are talking up the benefits of local production this week to shield themselves from criticism from incoming U.S. President Donald Trump. Elected on a jobs-focused "America First" platform, Trump has taken to Twitter to rebuke major companies like General Motors, Lockheed Martin and United Technologies, either for making goods in Mexico or for the price of their products. At this week's World Economic Forum (WEF), a gathering of business and political elites in the Swiss Alps synonymous with free markets, company bosses said they were now preparing to adjust to the Trump era.
Kremlin hits out at Obama, says was always ready for nuclear arms cuts
The Kremlin on Thursday disputed a statement by outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama on nuclear arms cuts, saying Russia had always been ready to consider making proportional cuts to its arsenal. Obama said overnight he had told President Vladimir Putin he was ready to proceed with nuclear disarmament, but that Russia didn't want to negotiate. "The Russian side always favored a proportional and fair process of nuclear disarmament," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call.
Gambia's vice president quits after two decades in role -sources
BANJUL (Reuters) - Gambia's Vice President Isatou Njie Saidy, who has been in the role since 1997, has quit, a government source and a family member told Reuters on Thursday. Saidy is the highest level official to abandon President Yahya Jammeh's camp in his stand-off with opposition leader Adama Barrow, who won an election in December. Abubakar Senghore, Gambia's minister for higher education, has also quit, the sources said. (Reporting by Tim Cocks; Writing by David Lewis; Editing by Louise Ireland)
Andy's ankle, Federer's biggest test highlight Friday action
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) ? One big question ahead of the start of the third round Friday at the Australian Open is the state of Andy Murray's injured right ankle. And nearly as important, how Roger Federer will perform in his first major test ? against Tomas Berdych ? since returning from a six-month injury layoff.
Ex-VW CEO Winterkorn testifies to German parliament inquiry
BERLIN (AP) ? Former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn is testifying before a German parliamentary inquiry in his first public appearance since he resigned in the wake of the company's diesel emissions scandal.
Youth wing of Burundi's ruling party accused of killingsKAMPALA, Uganda (AP) ? Members of the youth league of Burundi's ruling party have beaten, tortured and killed scores of people across the country in recent months, according to Human Rights Watch.
Struggling hedge funds still expense bonuses, bar tabs
Investors are starting to sour on the idea of reimbursing hedge funds for multi-million dollar trader bonuses, lavish marketing dinners and trophy office space. Powerful firms such as Citadel LLC and Millennium Management LLC charge clients for such costs through so-called "pass-through" fees, which can include everything from a new hire's deferred compensation to travel to high-end technology. Clients of shops that made money, including Paloma Partners and Hutchin Hill Capital LP, were left with returns of less than 5 percent partly because of a draining combination of pass-through and performance fees.
Gambia president-elect plans inauguration in SenegalDAKAR, Senegal (AP) ? Gambia's president-elect says he will be sworn in to office Thursday at the Gambian embassy in neighboring Senegal, as his country's political crisis continues.