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Seoul court considers arrest of Samsung de facto head

Lee Jae-yong, center, a vice chairman of Samsung Electronics Co. is questioned by reporters upon his arrival at the Seoul Central District Court in Seoul, South Korea, for a hearing Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. The Seoul Central District Court will decide whether to arrest Lee after prosecutors requested the arrest earlier this week. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean court is considering whether to approve the arrest of Samsung Electronics vice chairman Lee Jae-yong, one of the country's wealthiest business leaders, on charges of bribery and other offenses.



Gambian President Jammeh declares state of emergency

FILE PHOTO - Gambia's President Al Hadji Yahya Jammeh attends the plenary session of the Africa-South America Summit on Margarita IslandGambian President Yahya Jammeh declared a state of emergency on Tuesday after refusing to hand power to opposition leader Adama Barrow, who won an election last month. State televison said the emergency would prevent a power vacuum while the supreme court rules on Jammeh's petition challenging the election result. Regional leaders have threatened to intervene militarily if Jammeh does not step down and on Tuesday a senior Nigerian army source said Nigeria and other West African states were preparing a military force.



British tour operator evacuating 1,000 Gambia holidaymakers

Tourists walk past a cafe on the street in BanjulBritish tour operator Thomas Cook started evacuating nearly 1,000 holidaymakers from Gambia on Wednesday after President Yahya Jammeh declared a state of emergency on his final day in office, increasing the chances of civil unrest. In a statement on its website, Thomas Cook said it had activated its contingency plans and was laying on extra flights in the next 48 hours to remove 985 package tour customers from the tiny West African nation. It was also trying to contact a further 2,500 'flight only' tourists in Gambia to arrange for their departure on the earliest available flight, it said.



Nigerian air force kills 52 in strike on refugee camp: MSF

Injured people are comforted at the site after a bombing attack of an internally displaced persons camp in RannBy Lanre Ola MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Nigeria's air force killed at least 52 people and injured 120 in an air strike on a refugee camp in the country's northeast on Tuesday, a spokesman from Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said after the military earlier disclosed the strike was meant to target Boko Haram militants. MSF said the strike occurred in Rann in Borno state, the epicentre of the jihadist group's seven-year-long bid to create an Islamic caliphate. Nigerian General Lucky Irabor, a regional military commander, located the incident at Kala Balge, a district that includes Rann.



Obama commutes sentence of WikiLeaker Manning

Chelsea Manning, seen in an undated photo, was convicted in August 2013 of espionage and other offenses after admitting to handing classified documents over to WikiLeaksUS President Barack Obama slashed the sentence of transgender army private Chelsea Manning, who had been sentenced to 35 years behind bars for handing classified US documents to WikiLeaks. Obama pardoned 64 people and commuted the sentences of 209 others -- including 29-year-old Manning, who will now be released in May -- in one of his final acts as president. Manning was convicted in August 2013 of espionage and other offenses, after admitting to the leak of 700,000 sensitive military and diplomatic documents.



Finance industry's "worst case" on Brexit spurs contingency plans
(This January 17 story has been refiled to add dropped word in first paragraph) By Anjuli Davies and Andrew MacAskill LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's financial services sector will accelerate plans to move some business overseas after Prime Minister Theresa May said on Tuesday the country will quit the European Union's single market. Businesses have been calling for clarity on what Britain's relationship with Europe will be before deciding how to reshape their operations, but most major firms are now set to relocate some business to ensure they can still trade with Europe. London's future as Europe's financial centre is one of the biggest issues in Brexit talks because it is Britain's largest export sector and biggest source of corporate tax revenue.

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Sports

Steelers' Brown apologizes for live locker room video

NFL: AFC Divisional-Pittsburgh Steelers at Kansas City Chiefs(Reuters) - Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown apologized on Tuesday night for going live on Facebook from the locker room following Sunday's 18-16 playoff victory against Kansas City Chiefs. After the Steelers' AFC divisional-playoff win over the Chiefs, Brown streamed live on his Facebook account a video that captured Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin referring to the New England Patriots using an expletive.



Mavericks edge Bulls, Spurs and Raptors win

Basketball - Mavs edge Bulls, Spurs and Raptors winDallas forward Wesley Matthews drained the go-ahead three-pointer with 11.8 seconds remaining on Tuesday as the Mavericks spoiled Chicago guard Dwyane Wade's 35th birthday with a 99-98 NBA victory over the Bulls. Wade missed at the buzzer and the Bulls fell to the Mavericks for the second time this season -- after absorbing a 25-point defeat last month in Dallas. Harrison Barnes scored 20 points, Seth Curry had 18 and JJ Barea added 12 for the Mavericks, who notched their third straight win.



Entertainment

List of nominees for the Golden Globe Awards

FILE - This undated publicity photo released by DreamWorks and Twentieth Century Fox shows, Daniel Day-Lewis, center rear, as Abraham Lincoln, in a scene from the film, "Lincoln." The film was nominated for a Golden Globe for best drama on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012. Daniel Day Lewis was also nominated for best actor. The 70th annual Golden Globe Awards will be held on Jan. 13. (AP Photo/DreamWorks, Twentieth Century Fox, David James, File)Nominees for the 70th annual Golden Globe Awards, announced Thursday in Beverly Hills, Calif.:



Jimmy Kimmel rolls out red carpet as Emmy host

 Don Mischer, executive producer of the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards, left, host Jimmy Kimmel, center, and Television Academy chairman and chief executive Bruce Rosenblum attend the Emmy Awards Red Carpet Rollout at the Nokia Theatre on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, in Los Angeles. The Emmy Awards will be held Sunday, Sept 23. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)After rolling out the red carpet Wednesday morning in anticipation of Sunday's Emmy ceremony, host Jimmy Kimmel warned he's planning a prank on folks not watching the show.



Business

Dollar bounces back but Asia markets wary over Trump

Chinese President Xi Jinping warned at the World Economic Forum in Davos against protectionism, alluding to Donald Trump's plans to tear up global trade dealsThe dollar recovered against its major peers Wednesday after taking a battering the previous day but equity traders were on edge owing to uncertainty about the prospects of a Donald Trump presidency. The sell-off marked a sharp turnaround for the US unit, which has been surging since Trump's November election on expectations his big-spending, tax-cutting plans will fan inflation and force a Federal Reserve rate hike. Trump's comments came days before he takes the oath of office on Friday, with market-watchers hoping his speech will provide some detail on his plans for the US economy as well as his intentions on the global trade front.



Nigeria's efforts to secure international loans hit deadlock: sources

A bureau de change operator counts U.S. currency notes in AbujaBy Paul Carsten, Ulf Laessing and Sujata Rao ABUJA/DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - Nigeria's efforts to secure funds from international lenders to help haul it out of recession have stalled because it has not submitted the required economic reform plans, according to one of the banks and sources close to the matter. The government has been in loan talks with the World Bank for a year. Nigerian finance minister Kemi Adeosun and the World Bank declined to comment.



Obituaries

DeVos hints at sweeping changes in education

Betsy DeVos during her confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill on Jan. 17. (Yuri Gripas/AP)Cabinet nominee Betsy DeVos indicates she is open to radically re-framing the government's role in education.



What Manning's clemency means for Assange

What Chelsea Manning's clemency means for Julian Assange. (AP)Last week WikiLeaks tweeted that its founder would "agree to U.S. extradition" if Chelsea Manning were given clemency.