Trump formally announces Perdue as nominee for agriculture
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 U.S. agricultural exports. Perdue, who was on Trump's agricultural advisory committee during his presidential campaign, has to be confirmed in the post by the Republican-led Senate. Perdue served two terms as Georgia governor from 2003 to 2011.
US bombers strike Islamic State camps in LibyaWASHINGTON (AP) ? U.S. Air Force B-2 bombers and drones attacked a pair of Islamic State military camps in Libya, seeking to eliminate extremists who had escaped the former IS stronghold of Sirte, the Pentagon announced on Thursday.
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. ...
In Davos, PM May unveils vision for global Britain post-Brexit
By Elizabeth Piper and Noah Barkin DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May unveiled her vision for Britain after Brexit on Thursday, describing its future role as a defender of free trade and globalisation in a speech intended to ease concerns among the global business elite. In her first appearance at the World Economic Forum in Davos, where the world's business elite congregates in the Swiss Alps, May pressed her mantra that Britain would become more global after voting to leave the European Union.
Italy avalanche leaves 25 feared dead in mountain hotel
Several children were among the missing Thursday after a devastating avalanche buried an Italian mountain hotel with more than 25 people believed to be trapped inside. The three-storey building was hit by a two-metre (six-feet) high wall of snow late on Wednesday afternoon.
Former President George H.W. Bush and wife hospitalized
Former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara, remain hospitalized in Houston, where he was in intensive care for pneumonia and she was being watched after complaining of fatigue and coughing. ...
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.
Aviation deal: Safran to buy Zodiac in $9 billion dealPARIS (AP) ? Aircraft-engine company Safran has agreed to buy seat and cabin manufacturer Zodiac Aerospace in a deal worth 8.5 billion euros ($9.1 billion).
Polish police release protesters' photos, seeking identitiesWARSAW, Poland (AP) ? Poland's interior minister says the decision to post photos of some anti-government protesters shows there is "zero tolerance for breaches of the law," but opposition lawmakers see it as "political revenge" intended to intimidate government critics.
'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.