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WASHINGTON: Billionaire Republican Donald Trump on Thursday pledged to bring unity to America as he swept into Washington on the eve of the most consequential moment of his life — his inauguration as 45th president of the United States. On Friday, Trump will cap an extraordinary and improbable run for…

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NEW YORK; Mexican drug baron Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, one of the world’s most notorious criminals, was extradited to the United States on Thursday to face charges on the eve of Donald Trump’s inauguration. Guzman heads the Sinaloa cartel, which is accused of generating much of the deadly violence in…

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DAKAR: Long-ruling Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh, who lost elections last month, has until midday Friday to hand over power and agree to leave the country or face military action, regional bloc ECOWAS has said. West African troops entered The Gambia on Thursday to bolster its new President Adama Barrow but…

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PENNE:  At least 25 people, including several children, were feared dead Thursday after a devastating avalanche buried an Italian mountain hotel under snow and mud. Rescue work continued into the night but the prospects of anyone being rescued alive from the ill-fated Hotel Rigopiano looked bleak, with rescue efforts hampered…

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MELBOURNE: Andy Murray will hope to avoid following title-holder Novak Djokovic out of the Australian Open on Friday when he plays Sam Querrey, who has giant-killing form at Grand Slam level. Murray will have been an interested observer as Djokovic, who has beaten him in four finals at Melbourne Park,…

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WASHINGTON: The US central bank is close to achieving its inflation and employment goals, but any policy moves will depend on how the economy evolves, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Wednesday. Speaking just two days before President-elect Donald Trump takes office, perhaps the most remarkable thing about the speech…

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DAVOS, Switzerland: China’s richest man, Hollywood investor Wang Jianlin, warned Donald Trump Wednesday against dragging the entertainment industry into a trade war—saying his country’s millions of movie-lovers are key to the future of cinema. The Chinese billionaire joined a chorus of concern from international business chiefs gathered at the World…

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LOS ANGELES: Kevin Durant again came up big against his former team, pouring in a season-high 40 points to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 121-100 NBA victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder. Durant, who departed Oklahoma City as a free agent in the off-season, had scored 39 against…

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NEW YORK: Undefeated Americans Keith Thurman and Danny Garcia, rival champions in a welterweight division where Manny Pacquiao and Kell Brook also claim supremacy, announced a unification fight Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) for their crowns. Thurman, 27-0 with 22 knockouts, will defend his World Boxing Association crown for the third…

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MELBOURNE: Defending champion Novak Djokovic was sensationally knocked out in the second round of the Australian Open by unheralded Uzbek Denis Istomin in a major shock on Thursday. The 117th-ranked Istomin ousted the six-time winner 7-6 (10/8), 5-7, 2-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 in 4hr 48min on Rod Laver Arena. It…

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