U.S. strikes in Libya kill more than 80 Islamic State fighters

Fighter of Libyan forces allied with the U.N.-backed government walks as smokes rises following an air strike on Islamic State positions in Ghiza Bahriya district in SirteBy Idrees Ali and Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More than 80 Islamic State militants, some of whom were believed to be plotting attacks in Europe, died in U.S. air strikes on camps outside the group's former North African stronghold of Sirte in Libya, the United States said on Thursday. "These strikes were directed against some of ISIL's external plotters," U.S Defense Secretary Ash Carter told a Pentagon briefing, using an acronym for Islamic State, the Syria- and Iraq-based militant group.



New Gambia president inaugurated in Senegal; Jammeh defiant

Adama Barrow is sworn in as President of Gambia at Gambia's embassy in Dakar Senegal in this image taken from TV Thursday, Jan 19, 2017. A new Gambian president has been sworn into office in neighboring Senegal, while Gambia's defeated longtime ruler refuses to step down from power, deepening a political crisis in the tiny West African country. (RTS via AP)DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A new Gambian president was sworn into office in neighboring Senegal on Thursday while Gambia's defeated longtime ruler refused to step down from power, deepening a political crisis in the tiny West African country.



The Latest: Jets owner Johnson seemingly named UK ambassador

President-elect Donald Trump and his wife Melania Trump arrive at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, ahead of Friday's inauguration. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump (all times EST):



Wikileaks' founder Assange says stands by U.S. extradition offer

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange makes a speech from the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy, in central LondonWikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange, who has been holed up at Ecuador's London embassy since 2012, said on Thursday he stood by his offer to be extradited to the United States providing his rights were protected. Assange said last week he would accept extradition if former military intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning were freed and on Wednesday U.S. President Barack Obama commuted Manning's 35-year sentence, meaning she will be released in May. "I stand by everything I said including the offer to go to the United States if Chelsea Manning's sentence was commuted," Assange said in a live online audio news conference.



The Latest: WTO chief frets over trade war talk

Roberto Azevedo director general of the World Trade Organization gestures as he speaks on the third day of the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — The Latest on the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland (all times local):





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