Inauguration in sight, Trump continues Twitter assault NEW YORK (AP) - His inauguration days away, President-elect Donald Trump is continuing to lash out at critics in the intelligence community and Democrats in Congress who are vowing to skip his swearing-in ceremony. The tough-talking Republican questioned whether the CIA director himself was "the leaker of fake news" in a Sunday night tweet. The extraordinary criticism from the incoming president came hours after CIA chief John Brennan charged that Trump lacks a full understanding of the threat Moscow poses to the United States, delivering a public lecture to the president-elect that further highlighted the bitter state of Trump's relations with American intelligence agencies.
Revelers, rally-goers to clog DC for Trump's inauguration WASHINGTON (AP) - Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to clog the nation's capital for Donald Trump's inauguration and a major demonstration the day after, but how many will actually arrive to party or protest is an open question. Officials estimate that 800,000 to 900,000 people will be present Friday for the inauguration, a celebration that takes over the city, closing roads, taxing the city's Metro transit system and making getting around difficult. Trump himself has promised "massive crowds" but just what that will mean is unclear. Hundreds of thousands of others are expected Saturday for the Women's March on Washington.
Police: 5 killed in shooting at nightclub at Mexican resort CANCUN, Mexico (AP) - A Mexican police officer said Monday a gunman has killed at least five people and wounded nine others at a nightclub in the Caribbean coast resort of Playa del Carmen. The officer who gave the information spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to give details about an ongoing investigation. He said that investigators were interviewing witnesses, but didn't provide further details. The motive for the shooting was unclear. The Blue Parrot nightclub where the shooting occurred was hosting an event that was part of the BPM music festival. The BPM Festival listed the Blue Parrot as one of its venues.
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South Korea seeks arrest of Samsung scion in graft scandal SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - In a departure from the leniency typically given South Korean big businesses, prosecutors on Monday requested the arrest of the de facto head of Samsung Electronics, the country's most valuable company, in an influence-peddling scandal that has toppled the country's president. Lee Jae-yong, the 48-year-old vice chairman at Samsung Electronics, faces allegations of embezzlement, of lying under oath during a parliamentary hearing and of offering a bribe of 43 billion won ($36 million) to a long-time friend of impeached President Park Geun-hye, according to Lee Kyu-chul, a spokesman for a special prosecutors' team investigating the political scandal.
Oman says it accepts 10 Guantanamo Bay detainees DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Oman said Monday it accepted 10 detainees from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay ahead of President Barack Obama leaving office, part of his efforts to shrink the facility he promised to close. The U.S. Defense Department did not immediately respond to questions about the transfer. Oman's Foreign Ministry said in a statement that it had accepted the prisoners at Obama's request. It did not name the prisoners. "In consideration of their humanitarian situation, 10 persons have been released from detention and arrived in the sultanate today for a temporary residence," the statement said. The Omani Embassy in Washington said it had no other information about the transfer.
Iraqi troops advance in eastern Mosul amid fierce clashes MOSUL, Iraq (AP) - Iraqi special forces troops began battling Islamic State militants in two eastern Mosul neighborhoods Monday as they continued their push toward the Tigris River which divides the city, according to Iraqi media reports and field commanders. Maj. Gen. Sami al-Aridi said that two special forces units began moving into the Shurta and Andalus neighborhoods early Monday morning and were advancing slowly amid IS resistance. "The pace is medium, we're moving slowly because the forces are worried about bombs," he said. IS fighters targeted the advancing Iraqi forces with five car bombs Monday morning, but unlike during the first weeks of the Mosul operation, the cars were not armored and could be disabled with artillery.
A look at how Trump might shake things up in Asia BEIJING (AP) - Donald Trump has offered views on U.S. relations with Asia that could indicate radical shifts in long-standing policy toward the region. From opposing free trade agreements to confronting China and questioning Japan-South Korea alliances, he appears set to be charting a course far different from previous administrations. Yet, in other areas, including North Korea, India and Pakistan, Trump appears ready to carry forward well-established U.S. policy. As Trump prepares to be sworn-in as president on Friday, here is a look at some of the stand-out issues and how developments might play out: --- TRADE - Trump says he plans to scrap the 12-nation trade pact known as the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement, or TPP.
Who are the 8 richest people? All men, mostly Americans DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) - The eight individuals who own as much as half of the rest of the planet are all men, and have largely made their fortunes in technology. Most are American, with one European and one Mexican in the mix. Several have pledged to give it all to charity. The eight tycoons' net worth, as calculated by Forbes magazine, was cited Monday by anti-poverty activists Oxfam in a report highlighting income inequality. As the world's business and political elite gathers in the Swiss town of Davos this week, here's a look at who these billionaires are. --- Bill Gates: $75 billion The man whose name is a byword for billionaire.
Kyrgyzstan ministry says cargo plane crash kills 37 BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan (AP) - A Turkish cargo plane crashed Monday in a residential area just outside the main airport in Kyrgyzstan, killing 37 people on the ground and in the plane, the Emergency Situations Ministry said. The Boeing 747 crashed on approach to the Manas airport, south of the capital, Bishkek. Reports of the death toll ranged from 37 people, according to emergency officials in the Central Asian nation, to 31 reported by the presidential press office which also said rescue teams had recovered parts of nine bodies. Fifteen people including six children have been hospitalized. Footage from the scene showed the plane's nose stuck inside a brick house and large chunks of debris scattered around.
Inspired by Nepalese, UK architect rebuilds ancient temple CHANGU NARAYAN, Nepal (AP) - When a 7.8 magnitude earthquake rocked Nepal last year, villagers in Changu Narayan ran up the steep rocky path that cuts through their town to their renowned temple. Seeing the piles of rubble, they figured their lives were over. Less than two years later, the community is cleaning up their World Heritage Site themselves, and one of the world's leading architects has taken on the recovery as his pet project. "I see now our world coming back alive," said Gyan Bahadur Bhadal, 61, one of many villagers who share responsibility for the temple's upkeep. In a country where locals say there are more gods than people and more temples than houses, Changu Narayan still manages to stand out among the ancient holy places.