Nigerian president urged to halt press harassment after journalists detained
A group of Nigerian writers, intellectuals and media figures called on President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday to stop the persecution of journalists, after an online publication's news staff was briefly detained. Nigerian police late on Thursday arrested the editor and a reporter for the Premium Times, the rights group Amnesty International said, in a dispute raising concern about press freedom in Africa's biggest democracy. "What we see is a disturbing trend that suggests not just an attempt to criminalise the important work that journalists in Nigeria do, but also a drive to frighten and cower and stop this critical constitutionally mandated work through the aggressive use of the state security apparatus," said a joint letter to Buhari signed by 10 Nigerian public figures.
Gore stays mum on Trump meeting, says 'it's not the last'
Six found alive in Italy avalanche hotel
Rescuers have pulled out six people alive from under the ruins of an Italian mountain hotel engulfed in a devastating avalanche two days ago, officials said on Friday. Federica Chiavaroli, a junior minister at the Justice ministry, confirmed the dramatic development to reporters in the nearby town of Penne, where the rescue effort was being coordinated and some relatives were anxiously awaiting news of missing loved ones.
Inauguration Day: Trump to become America's 45th president
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Donald Trump, a real estate mogul and reality television star who upended American politics and energized voters angry with Washington, will be sworn in Friday as the 45th president of the United States, putting Republicans in control of the White House for the first time in eight years.
5 reported alive in rubble of Italian hotel hit by avalanche
FARINDOLA, Italy (AP) ? Five people were found alive in the rubble of an Italian hotel Friday, two days after an avalanche tore through the mountain resort and trapped an estimated 30 people inside, rescue crews reported.
Malaria champions unnerved by Trump uncertainty at crucial time
DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan 20 (Reuters)- When it comes to fighting malaria, Bill Gates and Ray Chambers are both inspired and concerned: With victory in sight, will the world's new leaders commit to finally beating this persistent parasite? In exclusive interviews with Reuters in Davos, Gates and Chambers both voiced concern about leadership changes in the U.S. and in United Nations bodies and what these might mean for funding and commitment to global health. "The imponderable is what happens with President Trump," said Chambers, the United Nations special envoy for malaria.
Correction: Davos-The Latest story
DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) ? In a story Jan. 19 about the World Economic Forum, The Associated Press reported erroneously that WTO director-general Roberto Azevedo said Britain would leave the trade body once it exits the European Union. In fact, he said it would have to renegotiate its obligations with WTO members, not the trade body itself.
British man dies at 2022 World Cup stadium site in Qatar
Gambia's Jammeh offered last chance for peaceful exit before troops advance
By Tim Cocks BANJUL (Reuters) - West African leaders said it was no longer possible for Gambia's veteran leader Yahya Jammeh to stay in power as regional military forces stood ready to advance on the capital Banjul on Friday. Three presidents were due to visit Banjul to give Jammeh a last chance to quit peacefully and cede office to newly-elected President Adama Barrow. "It's out of the question that he stays in place," said Marcel de Souza, head of a commission from the regional grouping ECOWAS.
Protesters planning to disrupt Donald Trump's big day
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to fill the nation's capital for the inauguration of Donald Trump, and while the majority of those expected in Washington on Friday will be there to celebrate, some protesters say their plan is to do their best to disrupt the day.