'Dozens' of IS fighters killed in US B-2 strikes in Libya
Several dozen Islamic State fighters were killed when US B-2 stealth bombers and drones struck two of the jihadists' camps southwest of their former Libya bastion of Sirte, a US defense official said Thursday. The camps were about 45 kilometers (30 miles) southwest of Sirte. The strike comes one month after the United States officially wrapped up military operations in and around Sirte, where it had conducted nearly 500 strikes to help the GNA expel jihadists from the coastal city.
GOP governors who turned down Medicaid money have hands out
Republican governors who turned down billions in federal dollars from an expansion of Medicaid under President Barack Obama's health care law now have their hands out in hopes the GOP Congress comes up ...
Trump expects 'big results' from his choice to lead USDA
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Donald Trump said Thursday that he expects that former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, his choice to lead the Agriculture Department, will "deliver big results for all Americans who earn their living off the land."
Army mutiny exposes cracks in Ivory Coast success story
By Joe Bavier ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara has seduced foreign investors with his single-minded focus on economic reform and growth but entrenched problems within the security forces threaten to undermine a much-lauded recovery. Split from 2002 to 2011 between rebels in the north and government forces in the south, Ivory Coast has since become one of the world's fastest growing economies and is regularly cited as a model of post-conflict renewal. The government capitulated rapidly and met demands for bonus payments the soldiers said they were promised when fighting to oust former President Laurent Gbagbo, who lost a disputed election to Ouattara in 2010 but refused to quit.
VW ex-boss denies prior knowledge of pollution cheating
Former Volkswagen boss Martin Winterkorn said Thursday that he did not know the beleaguered German auto giant was engaging in systematic emissions cheating until shortly before the scam broke. Winterkorn told a parliamentary committee into the "dieselgate" scandal that "total clarity was and is the order of the day", and that he was still trying to understand how the scandal could have happened. The 69-year-old resigned in September 2015, days after the VW group admitted it had installed software in 11 million diesel vehicles worldwide to dupe emissions tests and make the cars seem less polluting than they were.
PM May urges firms to end short-term thinking, show global leadership
DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - Multinational businesses must avoid short-term thinking and show leadership to help restore faith in globalisation among citizens who feel left behind by the pace of economic change, British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Thursday. May said businesses must put aside short-term considerations and invest in people and communities for the long term. ...
Alibaba's Ma: Olympics deal will help fight counterfeiting
Monet, modern classics headline 1st show at German museum
POTSDAM, Germany (AP) ? Some of Claude Monet's water lily paintings are among the impressionist and modern art works going on show at a faithfully reconstructed 18th century town house in Potsdam, just outside Berlin.
U.S housing starts surge in December; jobless claims near 43-year low
U.S. homebuilding rebounded more than expected in December as a strengthening economy boosts demand for rental housing. Other data on Thursday showed the number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits unexpectedly falling last week to a near 43-year low, pointing to a further tightening in the labor market that should underpin economic growth this year. Housing starts jumped 11.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.23 million units last month, the Commerce Department said.
Trump team formally announces Perdue as agriculture pick
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday officially announced Sonny Perdue as his choice for secretary of agriculture, selecting a former Georgia governor over candidates from the Midwest, which dominates agriculture exports. The nomination of Perdue, who served on Trump's agricultural advisory committee during his presidential campaign, must be confirmed by the Republican-led Senate. (Reporting by Susan Heavey, David Alexander and Doina Chiacu; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)