Avalanche hits Italian hotel, many feared dead under snow
By Roberto Mignucci PENNE, Italy (Reuters) - A huge avalanche ploughed into a luxury mountain hotel in central Italy after a series of strong earthquakes rattled the area, and up to 30 people might be buried under the snow, officials said on Thursday. Rescue workers using flashlights on their helmets battled blizzard conditions during the night to reach the isolated hotel on skis. "Around 30 people are unaccounted for, between guests and workers at the Hotel Rigopiano in Farindola," Fabrizio Curcio, head of Italy's civil protection department, told reporters.
Nigerian President Buhari tells Senate that he will take ten days leave -source
ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari plans to take ten days leave, a government source said on Thursday. Buhari had informed the Senate by letter about his absence, the source said. No more details were immediately available. (Reporting by Felix Onuah; Writing by Ulf Laessing; Editing by Louise Ireland)
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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.
Collapse of Tehran high-rise on fire kills 30 firefightersA high-rise building in Tehran engulfed by a fire collapsed on Thursday, killing at least 30 firefighters and injuring some 75 people, state media reported. The disaster struck the Plasco building, an ...
Facebook to build its 3rd data center outside US in DenmarkCOPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) ? Facebook will build a 56,500 square meter (608,161 square foot) data center in central Denmark, its third such center outside the United States.
Tense Gambia awaits inauguration of new president Barrow
Gambian president-elect Adama Barrow was to take power Thursday, capping weeks of tension over Yahya Jammeh's refusal to quit which has seen Senegalese and Nigerian troops massing at the border and tourists racing to leave. With Senegalese troops backed by Nigerian forces and fighter jets gathering, the country appeared on the brink of a military crisis although the army chief insisted his soldiers would not get involved in a "political dispute" nor prevent foreign forces from entering The Gambia. Despite a midnight (0000 GMT) deadline for the expiry of Jammeh's term, the situation remained calm in the city overnight, witnesses said following a last-minute mediation attempt by the Mauritanian president.
Syrian activists say IS has killed 12 captives in PalmyraBEIRUT (AP) ? Syrian activists say the Islamic State group has killed 12 people it held captive in the ancient city of Palmyra by shooting and beheading them.
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Davos CEOs 'go local' on supply chain in Trump era
Business leaders in Davos, traditionally the high priests of globalization, are talking up the benefits of local production this week to shield themselves from criticism from incoming U.S. President Donald Trump. Elected on a jobs-focused "America First" platform, Trump has taken to Twitter to rebuke major companies like General Motors, Lockheed Martin and United Technologies, either for making goods in Mexico or for the price of their products. At this week's World Economic Forum (WEF), a gathering of business and political elites in the Swiss Alps synonymous with free markets, company bosses said they were now preparing to adjust to the Trump era.