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Samsung probe 'finds faulty batteries triggered fires'
A Samsung probe into the exploding batteries that forced the electronics giant to scrap its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones has found irregularly sized batteries caused overheating, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday. The South Korean conglomerate was forced to discontinue its flagship Note 7 after a chaotic recall that saw replacement phones also catching fire, with the debacle costing the company billions in lost profit and reputational damage. Samsung is set to unveil the results of its investigation Monday, but sources told the WSJ that the findings indicated some of the problematic batteries were irregularly sized, causing overheating, while others had manufacturing problems.
Briton falls to death at 2022 Qatar World Cup stadium site
A British man fell to his death this week at a World Cup stadium building site in Qatar, where construction conditions have come under sharp scrutiny since the country was awarded the 2022 soccer tournament.
Joy erupts as Italian rescuers pull out avalanche survivors
FARINDOLA, Italy (AP) ? With cheers of joy, rescue crews pulled survivors from the debris of an avalanche-crushed hotel in central Italy on Friday, an incredible discovery that boosted spirits two days after the massive snow slide buried around 30 people at the resort. Two children were among those rescued.
IS in Syria destroys part of Roman theater in Palmyra
BEIRUT (AP) ? Islamic State militants have destroyed parts of the second-century Roman amphitheater and an iconic monument known as the Tetrapylon in Syria's historic town of Palmyra, the government and experts said Friday.
Mexico's 'El Chapo' to be arraigned in US court Friday
Mexican drug baron Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, one of the world's most notorious criminals, will be arraigned on drugs, firearm and conspiracy charges in New York on Friday, one day after being extradited to the United States. Guzman was extradited from Mexico on Thursday, flown to Long Island and transferred by convoy to a jail in New York under heavy armed guard.
Gambia's Jammeh faces last chance deadline to quietly quit
Gambia's veteran leader Yahya Jammeh faced a "last chance" to hand over power peacefully Friday as troops from five African nations stood by to intervene and key regional leaders flew in to make a final push for a deal. Mauritania's President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz and Guinea's Alpha Conde told reporters hope remained for a political resolution to the country's handover crisis as they left for Banjul from Nouakchott, the Mauritanian capital. Jammeh, who refuses to recognise his defeat in presidential elections last month, would be offered asylum in the country of his choice, Conde advisor Kiridi Bangoura said in the Guinean capital Conakry.
Protesters make their mark on Trump's inauguration
Calling out Donald Trump on climate change, race, his treatment of women and more, protesters pitching diverse causes but united against the incoming president demonstrated in the early hours of Inauguration ...
Ford expects $2B net income drop due to pension change
Survivors pulled from Italy avalanche hotel
Italian rescuers on Friday began pulling survivors from the ruins of a mountain hotel, two days after it was buried under a devastating avalanche. A group of six people were found in an air pocket on Friday morning but only two of them, a mother and her young son, had been extracted by mid-afternoon, contrary to earlier briefings from rescuers. Roberto Carminucci, one of the coordinators of the rescue operation, said contact had been made with another group, reported by Italian media to count five survivors.