Obama makes farewell call to Afghan leadersKABUL, Afghanistan (AP) ? The Afghan government says President Barak Obama made a farewell phone call to President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah congratulating them on progress fighting corruption and offering his condolences for recent attacks.
Nigerian leader leaves for Britain until Feb. 6 for checkupsABUJA, Nigeria (AP) ? Nigeria says President Muhammadu Buhari is taking leave for more than two weeks in Britain for medical checkups.
ECB keeps stimulus on high even as economy picks up
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) ? President Mario Draghi has some explaining to do ? about why the European Central Bank is leaving its stimulus programs running nearly full blast while inflation and growth are picking up.
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Trump Treasury nominee Mnuchin to defend banking record to senators
By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President-elect Donald Trump's choice for Treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin, will defend his banking record in the aftermath of the financial crisis on Thursday and sell senators on why he should be given stewardship of the U.S. financial system. Mnuchin, a former Goldman Sachs executive, hedge fund manager and Hollywood film financier, would be the first Wall Street veteran to head the Treasury Department in eight years. In prepared testimony for his confirmation hearing before the Senate Finance Committee, Mnuchin said accusations that his OneWest Bank was a "foreclosure machine" after the housing bubble burst were untrue and politically motivated.
Policeman rescues injured owl in road; 2nd time in 3 monthsWHATELY, Mass. (AP) ? A Massachusetts police sergeant is being credited with rescuing an injured owl for the second time in three months.
Gambia president-elect plans inauguration in Senegal
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) ? Gambia's president-elect said Thursday he will be sworn into office at the Gambian embassy in neighboring Senegal, while there was no word from longtime leader Yahya Jammeh on the day that his mandate expired.
World stocks slip as investors eye European Central Bank
TOKYO (AP) ? World stocks were mostly lower Thursday ahead of comments from the European Central Bank's president and after Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen signaled more interest rate increases in the months to come.
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Syrian activists say IS has killed 12 captives in PalmyraBEIRUT (AP) ? The Islamic State group has killed 12 people it held captive in Syria's ancient Palmyra by shooting and beheading them, with some of the slayings carried out in the city's second-century Roman amphitheater, activists said on Thursday.