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Bank of England's Carney says UK economy reliant on buoyant consumers

FILE PHOTO: Bank of England Governor Mark Carney delivers the Liverpool John Moores University's Roscoe Lecture, at the BT Convention Centre in LiverpoolBy David Milliken and Andy Bruce LONDON, Jan 16 (Reuters) - - Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said on Monday that he would keep a close eye on British consumers this year to see if their buoyant mood since June's Brexit vote persists in the face of higher inflation. Britain had one of the world's fastest-growing advanced economies last year, but the central bank has forecast growth will slow in 2017 as inflation rises above target in response to sterling's slump since the European Union referendum. In his first speech of 2017, to be delivered at the London School of Economics, Carney said there were increasing signs that British growth was relying on consumer spending - rather than investment or exports - which boded poorly for the future.



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Wife of Orlando nightclub shooter arrested by FBI

Omar Mateen gunned down 49 people at the Pulse gay nightclub on June 12, 2015, in the deadliest mass shooting in US historyThe wife of Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen was arrested by the FBI on Monday at her home in California, a law enforcement official said, following questions over whether she was aware of his plans to carry out the attack. Mateen gunned down 49 people at the Pulse gay nightclub on June 12, 2015, in the deadliest mass shooting in US history. Mateen, whose parents had immigrated from Afghanistan, had apparently become radicalized after watching online jihadist propaganda.



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American Apparel starts layoffs: sources

An American Apparel store logo is pictured on a building along the Lincoln Road Mall in Miami BeachGildan won the rights to American Apparel's brand with an $88 million bid in a bankruptcy auction last week. "The company issued a WARN Act notice several months ago, letting employees know that depending on the buyer of the business, a sale could result in eventual shrinkage of some business areas," American Apparel said in a statement. Last week, American Apparel reached a preliminary deal to sell its Garden Grove manufacturing site to textile manufacturer Broncs Inc, re-launching it as a knitting and dying facility.



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Chiefs' Andy Reid believes holding should have been no-call

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, left, talks with Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, right, after an NFL divisional playoff football game Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, in Kansas City, Mo. The Steelers won 18-16. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) ? Chiefs coach Andy Reid doesn't believe the holding penalty on left tackle Eric Fisher that cost Kansas City a tying 2-point conversion against Pittsburgh on Sunday night should have been called.



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Germany says NATO concerned about Trump 'obsolete' remark

German Foreign Minister Steinmeier and his Austrian counterpart Sebastian Kurz at 23rd OSCE Ministerial Council in HamburgBy Tom Körkemeier and Andreas Rinke BRUSSELS/BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Foreign Minister said on Monday that U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's comments that NATO was obsolete had aroused concern across the 28-member alliance. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, speaking after a meeting with alliance Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels, said Trump's remarks contradicted views expressed by designated Defense Secretary James Mattis. "I've spoken today not only with EU foreign ministers but NATO foreign ministers as well and can report that the signals are that there's been no easing of tensions," Steinmeier told reporters when asked about Trump's interview with Bild newspaper and the Times of London.



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Carroll: Sherman played 2nd half of season with knee injury

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (25) tackles Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) during the second half of an NFL football divisional football game, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)RENTON, Wash. (AP) ? Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said on his radio show Monday morning that cornerback Richard Sherman played the second half of the season with an MCL injury in his knee.



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The Latest: Davos backdrop is 'disruptive transformation'

President and Founder of the World Economic Forum, Klaus Schwab, gestures as he speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Davos, Switzerland, Sunday Jan. 15, 2017. Business and world leaders are gathering for the annual meeting in Davos. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) ? The Latest on the World Economic Forum's annual meeting in the Swiss ski resort of Davos (all times local):



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Obama celebrates World Series champion Chicago Cubs

WASHINGTON (AP) ? President Barack Obama is celebrating the World Series champion Chicago Cubs before he leaves office.
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Israeli forces kill Palestinian in West Bank clashes

French President Francois Hollande delivers his speech at the opening of the Mideast peace conference in Paris, Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017. Fearing a new eruption of violence in the Middle East, more than 70 world diplomats gathered in Paris on Sunday to push for renewed peace talks that would lead to a Palestinian state. (Bertrand Guay/Pool Photo via AP)JERUSALEM (AP) ? The Israeli military says border police shot and killed the "main instigator" of clashes on Monday in which hundreds of Palestinians threw rocks at security forces in the West Bank.



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Defiant EU nations ready themselves for Trump presidency

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, left, talks with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson during an EU foreign ministers meeting at the EU Council in Brussels on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)BRUSSELS (AP) ? European Union nations bracing for the looming Donald Trump presidency showed defiance Monday in the face of the president-elect's stinging comments on everything from NATO and German cars to the crumbling of the EU itself.



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Bahrain bans paper from publishing online after protests

File - In this Tuesday, April 5, 2011, file photo, a man picks up a copy of Al Wasat newspaper at a newsstand in Hamad Town, Bahrain. Bahraini authorities have ordered the independent newspaper to stop publishing online Monday and say a city hall was set ablaze during clashes between opposition protesters and police. The suspension of Al-Wasat?s online operations followed a spike in anti-government protests led by the country?s Shiite majority that began Saturday. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali, File)DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) ? Bahraini authorities ordered an independent newspaper to stop publishing online Monday and said a city hall was set ablaze during clashes between opposition protesters and police.



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Northern Ireland sets March 2 election after government collapse

Northern Ireland First Minister and leader of the Democratic Unionist Party Arlene Foster speaks at Parliament Buildings in Stormont in BelfastBy Amanda Ferguson BELFAST (Reuters) - Britain's Northern Ireland minister called an early election on Monday for March 2 following the collapse of the region's power-sharing government that risks a lengthy period of political paralysis just as Britain prepares for talks to leave the EU. Northern Ireland is widely seen as the part of the UK most exposed to Brexit as it could upend trade and the free movement of people across its land border with the Irish Republic. Efforts to form a new devolved government will likely begin just before Britain starts the talks on exiting the European Union.



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Blast targeting police in southeast Turkey kills 4 officers

A bus is damaged by a roadside bomb in the predominantly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir, in southeastern Turkey, Monday Jan. 16, 2017. The bomb killed more than three policemen and wounded two others, according to the state-run news agency. Turkey's southeast has witnessed renewed conflict between state security forces and Kurdish militants that has left thousands dead in the last year. (Canan Altintas/DHA-Depo Photos via AP)ISTANBUL (AP) ? A roadside bomb in a pre-dominantly Kurdish city in southeast Turkey on Monday killed four policemen and wounded two others, according to the state-run news agency.



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Ivory Coast stumbles, another big team held at African Cup

Ivory Coast's Franck Yannick Kessie, left, is challenged by Togo's Atakora Lalawewe, right, during the African Cup of Nations Group C soccer match between Ivory Coast and Togo at the Stade de Oyem in Gabon Monday Jan. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)OYEM, Gabon (AP) ? Ivory Coast stumbled in its African Cup of Nations opener, with the defending champion held by Togo to 0-0 on Monday in another twist to start the tournament.



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US official says Orlando shooter's widow has been arrested

FILE - In this June 12, 2016 file photo, law enforcement officials work at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., following the a mass shooting. Audio recordings of 911 calls released Tuesday, Aug. 30, by the Orange County Sheriff's Office show mounting frustration by friends and family members who were texting, calling and video-chatting with trapped patrons of the Pulse nightclub where Omar Mateen opened fire in June. A U.S. law enforcement official says the FBI has arrested the wife of the Orlando nightclub shooter. The official says Noor Salman was taken into custody Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, in the San Francisco area and is due in court Tuesday in California. She's facing charges in Florida including obstruction of justice. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)WASHINGTON (AP) ? The wife of the Orlando nightclub shooter, who was extensively questioned by federal agents in the days after the massacre, was arrested by the FBI on Monday in connection with the attack, a U.S. law enforcement official told The Associated Press.



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King Day highlights transition from Obama to Trump

King Day highlights transition from Obama to TrumpAs Americans celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., civil rights leaders and activists are trying to reconcile the transition from the nation's first black president to a president-elect still ...



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Martin Luther King's daughter says 'God can triumph over Trump'

A visitor holds a commemorative booklet during the Martin Luther King, Jr. 46th Annual Commemorative Service in AtlantaThe daughter of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King marked the holiday that honors her father on Monday by siding with African-American congressman and activist John Lewis over President-elect Donald Trump in an imbroglio that erupted over the weekend. Lewis, 76, a contemporary of King's who endured beatings and jail time in the fight for racial equality in the 1960s, said in a televised interview that he saw Trump's election as illegitimate because of Russian tampering in the campaign, drawing a scornful response from Trump. Bernice King, the youngest daughter of Martin Luther King, who would have been 88 years old on Sunday, was interrupted frequently by thunderous applause during an address at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, the house of worship in Lewis' district where King once preached.



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At least five dead, 15 hurt in shooting at Mexico's BPM music festival

Police officers stand outside the Blue Parrot nightclub after a gunman opened fire early on Monday outside the venue in Playa del CarmenBy Gabriel Stargardter MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - At least five people, including four foreigners, were killed and 15 were wounded early on Monday when a shooter opened fire at a nightclub in Mexico's Playa del Carmen resort during the BPM electronic music festival, state officials said. Quintana Roo State Attorney General Miguel Angel Pech told a press conference that two Canadians, an Italian and a Colombian were killed. The shooting represents a major blow to Mexico's tourism industry, which has been one of the few bright spots in the economy thanks to a weak peso exchange rate.



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Italy dismisses Germany's allegations over Fiat Chrysler models

Tests conducted on Fiat Chrysler's 500X model showed the vehicle is compliant with regulations and there are no emissions irregularities as alleged by Germany, Italy's transport ministry said in a statement on Monday. Germany last year raised concerns over certain Fiat Chrysler models, including the Fiat 500X, alleging the existence of hidden software that allowed excess diesel emissions.
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U.S. arrests wife of gunman who killed 49 at Orlando nightclub

Undated photo from a social media account of Omar MateenU.S. authorities have arrested the wife of the gunman who killed 49 people at an Orlando gay nightclub last year, a massacre that intensified fears about attacks against Americans inspired by the Islamic State, the U.S. attorney general said on Monday. The arrest of Noor Salman came seven months after her husband Omar Mateen went on the rampage and was killed by police while holed up in the Florida club. "Certainly I can confirm that an arrest did occur in this case," Attorney General Loretta Lynch told MSNBC after reports in the New York Times and other media outlets.



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Enter Serena - and intense heat

Serena Williams of the US hits a return during a practice session ahead of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 14, 2017Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic both face a tough start to their attempts for record-breaking titles at the Australian Open on Tuesday, where temperatures are forecast to soar on day two. Williams, chasing an Open-era record 23rd Grand Slam trophy, won't have it easy against Switzerland's Belinda Bencic as she feels her way back after injury. Third seed Milos Raonic, threatening for his first Grand Slam title, and 14-time major-winner Nadal, at the other end of his career, also get their campaigns underway.



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UConn still tops in AP women's basketball poll

Connecticut guard Saniya Chong (12) and her teammates wave to fans after an NCAA college basketball game against SMU, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, in Dallas. Connecticut won 88-48, their 91st straight win. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)Fresh off its record-breaking 91st consecutive victory, UConn remains the No. 1 team in The Associated Press women's basketball poll.



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Police: 5 killed in shooting at nightclub at Mexican resort

In this photo released by Por Esto de Quintana Roo, a first responder aids a woman wounded after a shooting at an electronic music festival in the Caribbean coast resort of Playa del Carmen, Mexico, early Monday, Jan. 16, 2017. The deadly shooting occurred in the early morning hours outside the Blue Parrot nightclub while it was hosting part of the BPM electronic music festival, according to police. (Por Esto de Quintana Roo, via AP)CANCUN, Mexico (AP) ? A shooting attack at an electronic music festival in Mexico's Caribbean coast resort of Playa del Carmen on Monday left five people dead, including two Canadians, an Italian and a Colombian, authorities said.



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AP source: Bautista and Blue Jays working hard on return

FILE - In this Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016, file photo, Toronto Blue Jays' Jose Bautista connects for a three-run home run off Texas Rangers' Jake Diekman during the ninth inning in Game 1 of baseball's American League Division Series, in Arlington, Texas. A person with knowledge of the negotiations tells The Associated Press that outfielder Jose Bautista and the Toronto Blue Jays are ?working really hard? to bring him back to the club. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, because negotiations are ongoing. The sides are discussing one-, two- and three-year agreements. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)TORONTO (AP) ? Outfielder Jose Bautista and the Toronto Blue Jays are "working really hard" to bring him back to the club, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told the Associated Press on Monday.



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Multinationals act on ocean-clogging plastics

The planet's dangerously polluted oceans will contain more plastic waste than fish by 2050 if urgent action isn't taken, the companies warnedForty of the world's biggest companies assembled in Davos agreed on Monday to come up with cleaner ways to make and consume plastic as waste threatens the global eco-system, especially in oceans. The plan was announced at the World Economic Forum in the Swiss ski resort, where powerful executives are gathering just days ahead of the inauguration of Donald Trump as US president, who views concern about such environmental issues with suspicion. The planet's dangerously polluted oceans will contain more plastic waste than fish by 2050 if urgent action isn't taken, the companies warned.



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Top UN official: 10,000 civilians killed in Yemen conflict

SANAA, Yemen (AP) ? The United Nations' humanitarian aid official in Yemen said Monday that the civilian death toll in the nearly two-year conflict has reached 10,000, with 40,000 others wounded.
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Trump threatens German carmakers with 35 percent U.S. import tariff

A frost covered logo of German luxury carmaker BMW is seen in MunichFRANKFURT/BERLIN (Reuters) - U.S President-elect Donald Trump warned German car companies he would impose a border tax of 35 percent on vehicles imported to the U.S. market, a plan that drew sharp rebukes from Berlin and hit the automakers' shares. In an interview with German newspaper Bild, published on Monday, Trump criticized German carmakers such as BMW , Daimler and Volkswagen for failing to produce more cars on U.S. soil. You can build cars for the United States, but for every car that comes to the USA, you will pay 35 percent tax," Trump said in remarks translated into German.



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The Latest: Media commentator Crowley not joining Trump team

FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2017 file photo, President-elect Donald Trump speaks with reporters in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York. 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. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)NEW YORK (AP) ? The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump (all times EST):



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Woody Harrelson goes live from London, talks 'Star Wars'

FILE - This is a Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011, file photo of Woody Harrelson as he smiles as he announces nominations for the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Woody Harrelson is trying to do something that's never been done before, although he's starting to realize why that is. In London in the early hours of Friday Jan. 20, 2017 he's shooting a full length film, called "Lost In London LIVE," which will be broadcast as it happens in over 550 US cinemas. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello/ File)LONDON (AP) ? Woody Harrelson is trying to do something that's never been done before, although he's starting to realize why his feat would be a first.



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Villanova jumps Kansas, moves back to No. 1 in AP poll

Villanova guard Donte DiVincenzo (10) and St. John's guard Shamorie Ponds, left, reach for a loose ball during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, at Madison Square Garden in New York. Villanova won 70-57. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)Villanova returned to No. 1 in The Associated Press college basketball poll Monday, leapfrogging Kansas after a week out of the top spot.



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Islamic State stage fierce attack on Syrian army enclave

Iraqi refugees and internally displaced Syrian in Deir al-ZorIslamic State has launched its fiercest assault in a year against a besieged Syrian government enclave in the city of Deir al-Zor, trying to cut it off from a nearby military air base in a battle that has killed dozens. "This attack is one of the most fierce attempts by Daesh on the airport and the area," the source told Reuters, using an Arabic term for the group. "It seems Daesh has mobilized a big force." Describing the fighting as the fiercest in the eastern city for a year, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Monday that at least 82 people had been killed.



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Syrian rebels to attend peace talks in Kazakhstan

Rebel fighters walk carrying their weapons on the outskirts of the northern Syrian town of al-BabBy Tom Perry and Suleiman Al-Khalidi BEIRUT/AMMAN (Reuters) - Syrian rebel groups have decided to attend peace talks backed by Russia and Turkey in Kazakhstan to press for full implementation of a ceasefire they say has been widely violated by the government and its Iranian-backed allies. Russia, President Bashar al-Assad's most powerful ally, set the new diplomatic effort in motion after Syrian rebels suffered a major defeat last month by losing control of districts of eastern Aleppo they had held for nearly four years. The United States, which led failed efforts to launch peace talks last year, has not been involved in the latest diplomacy.



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Europeans look past Trump remarks to keep trans-Atlantic alliance alive

By Robin Emmott and Gabriela Baczynska BRUSSELS (Reuters) - If Washington's European allies had any hope that Donald Trump would sound less like Donald Trump now that he is days from the U.S. presidency, his first European newspaper interview quickly buried it. Trump declared the NATO alliance "obsolete", praised Britain's exit from the European Union and gave his clearest hint yet that he would consider lifting financial sanctions on Moscow, which the United States and EU both imposed after Russia seized Ukraine's Crimea peninsula. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said they had led to "astonishment and agitation" in Brussels, where Steinmeier was meeting EU counterparts.
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Correction: Egg Exports-South Korea story

FILE - In this Dec. 28, 2016, file photo, customers look at eggs at a discount store in Seoul, South Korea, a day after government officials announced that millions of chickens would be culled because of an outbreak of bird flu. Because of the spreading bird flu outbreak, South Korea has asked the United States for the first time to ship it shell eggs. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) ? In a story Jan. 11 about the U.S. exporting eggs to South Korea, The Associated Press incorrectly spelled the name of food market analyst firm Urner Barry and its protein market analyst Brian Moscogiuri.



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Europe, NATO hit back at Trump

With fears growing in Europe over Donald Trump's commitment to the transatlantic alliance and over signs he will pivot towards Russia, German Chancellor Angela Merkel warns that Europe now has to take responsibility for itselfGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel led a sharp European response to US President-elect Donald Trump Monday after he branded NATO "obsolete" and said more countries would leave the EU after Britain. In a hard-hitting interview with two European newspapers, Trump unleashed a volley of verbal attacks on Europe and criticised Merkel's "catastrophic" decision to open Germany's borders to Syrian refugees. With fears growing in Europe over Trump's commitment to the transatlantic alliance and over signs he will pivot towards Russia, Merkel warned that the continent now had to take responsibility for itself.



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Northern Ireland govt falls, territory faces March 2 vote

Former deputy Northern Ireland First Minister Martin McGuinness arrives at Stormont, Belfast, Northern Ireland, Monday, Jan. 16, 2017. The Northern Ireland Assembly faces likely dissolution for an election that could make revival of a Catholic-Protestant government more difficult following the recent resignation by Martin McGuinness. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)DUBLIN (AP) ? Britain's Cabinet minister for Northern Ireland says the territory's unraveling unity government must be dissolved and an early election will be held on March 2.



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IMF boosts growth forecast for US, cites Trump impact

FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016, file photo, International Monetary Fund Economic Counsellor Maurice Obstfeld speaks at a news conference during the World Bank/IMF Annual Meetings, at IMF headquarters in Washington. The IMF announced Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, it is raising its forecast for the U.S. economy in 2017 and in 2018, reflecting an expected boost from the economic policies of President-elect Donald Trump. "The global economic landscape started to shift in the second half of 2016," Obstfeld said, helped by a rebound in manufacturing activity in many countries and the financial market rally that started with Trump's November election victory. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)WASHINGTON (AP) ? The International Monetary Fund on Monday raised its forecast for the U.S. economy over the next two years, saying President-elect Donald Trump's policies should boost economic growth, particularly in 2018. But officials warned that if Trump's protectionist trade proposals set off a trade war, that could be "quite destructive" for the global economy.



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Trump pick for NSC post Crowley to step down: transition official

Monica Crowley, talk radio personality, stands in the lobby of Trump Tower in Manhattan, New YorkBy Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Monica Crowley, the foreign policy adviser tapped for a White House job under President-elect Donald Trump, will relinquish the post, a transition official told Reuters on Monday. Crowley had been chosen to serve as senior director of strategic communications at the National Security Council. ?I greatly appreciate being asked to be part of President-elect Trump?s team and I will continue to enthusiastically support him and his agenda for American renewal.? A CNN review found this month that Crowley plagiarized thousands of words of her 2000 dissertation for her Columbia University Ph.D. In addition, Politico reported that it found more than a dozen examples of plagiarism in Crowley's Ph.D. dissertation.



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Bieito's manager: Met decision 'cruel and disappointing'

FILE - In this Jan. 25 2013 file photo, Peter Gelb, the general manager of the Metropolitan Opera speaks to the audience at the start of the final dress rehearsal of Giuseppe Verdi's Rigoletto at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The Metropolitan Opera canceled next year's production of Verdi's "La Forza del Destino," Gelb said the decision was made several months ago and will save about $1 million. He wanted to make the announcement ahead of the release of next season's schedule next month, (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)NEW YORK (AP) ? The manager for Spanish director Calixto Bieito says the Metropolitan Opera's decision to cancel his production of Verdi's "La Forza del Destino" is "cruel and disappointing."



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Turkish cargo jet crashes into Kyrgyz village, 37 killed

Rescue teams are seen at the crash site of Turkish cargo jet near Kyrgyzstan's Manas airport outside BishkekBy Olga Dzyubenko BISHKEK (Reuters) - A Turkish cargo jet smashed into a village in Kyrgyzstan on Monday as it tried to land at a nearby airport in dense fog, killing at least 37 people, Kyrgyz officials and the airline said. According to airport officials, the Boeing 747 was supposed to make a stopover at Manas airport, near the capital Bishkek, on its way from Hong Kong to Istanbul, airport officials said, but it crashed in poor visibility at 7:31 a.m. The plane ploughed on for a few hundred metres (yards) through the Dachi Suu village, home to hundreds of families, sheering into mangled pieces and damaging dozens of buildings.



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