Trump to be sworn in on day that few expected and many feared

Trump attended a lunch at his hotel’s presidential ballroom attended by leading Republicans, including some of his cabinet selections. Photograph: James Lawler Duggan/ReutersIn an operatic tableau, standing nearby will be Hillary Clinton, the candidate Trump threatened to jail during the campaign. Trump will become the first US president in the 240-year-old republic who has never served in the military or held public office. Despite the rituals, Trump may also set about reversing some of Obama’s executive actions within his first hours or days in office. Trump was best known in the US as the host of The Apprentice when, in June 2015, he launched his longshot campaign at Trump Tower in New York, theatrically descending on an escalator.

January 19, 2017 19:33 UTC

Nigel Farage plans inauguration party as Europe's far-right leaders visit US

Nigel Farage, the Brexit leader, will be hosting an inauguration party on Thursday night in Washington, just a few hundred yards from the White House. It will be an extravagant event reportedly taking up the entire top floor of one of the city’s most prestigious and expensive hotels. She described her stay in New York as a private visit and Front National party officials refused to say whether she was meeting Trump or anyone on his team. Asked if anyone from the Front National was going to Washington for the inauguration, an official in Le Pen’s office said “not that we’re aware of”. Dodik claimed to have received an official invitation but Bosnian media reported he had in fact bought a ticket for the accompanying balls.

January 19, 2017 18:40 UTC

Oakland Raiders file paperwork to move to Las Vegas

The Oakland Raiders have filed paperwork to move to Las Vegas. Clark County commission chairman Steve Sisolak confirmed on Thursday that he had spoken with the Raiders. Any relocation to Las Vegas must be approved by 75% of NFL team owners. “I am happy to see the process moving forward, and greatly appreciate the commitment of the Raiders and work of the Adelson family to the hope of making Las Vegas the home of the Raiders,” Sisolak said. “Today, the Oakland Raiders submitted an application to relocate their franchise to Las Vegas, as is provided for under the NFL policy and procedures for proposed franchise relocations,” the league said.

January 19, 2017 18:34 UTC

Davos 2017: Oxfam attacks failing global tax avoidance battle

The trend of lowering corporation tax rates, in an attempt to lure companies to switch their headquarters, is making the situation worse. Davos 2017: Hammond sees Brexit fog lifting; Oxfam warns on corporation tax - day 3 live Read more“It’s worrying now. We’ve seen the promise from president-elect Trump to cut corporate tax. We’ve heard Theresa May threatening to make Britain a little island with low tax rates on the shores of Europe. Oxfam International (@Oxfam) Corporate tax dodging costs poor countries $100bn/year, while many kids still don’t go to school.

January 19, 2017 18:10 UTC

Trump's treasury secretary pick failed to disclose nearly $100m in assets

He also omitted other assets, including $95m in real estate and $906,556 worth of artwork held by his children. Mnuchin was questioned by the Democratic senator Bob Menendez who asked how he had failed to disclose the assets when he signed a statement listing his holdings on 19 December. “I have a ton of other questions on policy but first and foremost is truth and veracity, what Americans need in their treasury secretary” said Menedez. “Under Mnuchin, OneWest churned out foreclosures like Chinese factories churned out Trump suits and ties,” Senator Ron Wyden told the hearing. “Since I was first nominated to serve as treasury secretary, I have been maligned as taking advantage of others’ hardships in order to earn a buck.

January 19, 2017 18:05 UTC

Chelsea Manning thanks Barack Obama for 'giving me a chance'

Chelsea Manning thanked Barack Obama on Thursday morning, two days after the outgoing president commuted her 35-year military prison sentence. Barack Obama: 'justice served' by Chelsea Manning commutation Read more“Thank you @BarackObama for giving me a chance,” she wrote. Chelsea Manning (@xychelsea) Thank you @BarackObama for giving me a chance. On Wednesday, during his last press conference as president, Obama said Manning’s sentence was “very disproportionate relative to what other leakers have received”. Manning, a transgender woman, was serving her sentence at a male military prison in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

January 19, 2017 17:36 UTC

Troops enter the Gambia after Adama Barrow is inaugurated in Senegal

West African troops have crossed the border into the Gambia as part of regional efforts to support the democratically elected president in a his lingering showdown with his predecessor, Yahya Jammeh. The Nigerian military told the Guardian it was also deploying troops to Thethe Gambia as part of a “standby” Wforce assembled by the west African union Ecowas to enforce the result of the December election, which Barrow won. Facebook Twitter Pinterest Adama Barrow, left, is sworn in as president of the Gambia. “Once the international community recognises Barrow, Jammeh will realise that he does not have legitimacy, and governability is also an impossibility, so he may decide to leave,” he said. He said that events in the tiny west African nation had a much wider resonance for the continent.

January 19, 2017 17:15 UTC

Seumas Milne quits Guardian for permanent Labour party position

Seumas Milne, Jeremy Corbyn’s director of communications, is leaving the Guardian to work permanently for the Labour leader, it has been announced. Milne, who was previously associate editor, and a columnist at the paper, was initially granted unpaid leave to work for Labour, after Corbyn swept to the Labour leadership in 2015. But he is to become a permanent feature of the leader’s team, which has recently been beefed up with a series of new faces, including the former Momentum spokesman James Schneider. In an email to staff, Katharine Viner, the Guardian’s editor, said: “I’m writing to let you know that, following a period of unpaid leave from Guardian News & Media, Seumas Milne has decided to continue in his role as the Labour party’s strategy and communications director, and is leaving the staff of the Guardian. “I would like to thank Seumas for his brilliant Guardian journalism, and we hope he’ll write for us again in the future.”

January 19, 2017 17:15 UTC

The up-and-coming leaders of the Trump resistance in Washington

Kamala Harris, US senator from CaliforniaFacebook Twitter Pinterest Kamala Harris speaking at the Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park. Photograph: Robert Galbraith/ReutersKamala Harris is poised to be among the most influential Democrats to arrive on the scene in Washington. Catherine Cortez Masto, US senator from NevadaFacebook Twitter Pinterest Catherine Cortez Masto speaks in Washington on 12 January 2017. Pramila Jayapal, US representative from WashingtonFacebook Twitter Pinterest Pramila Jayapal marking the official opening of her Seattle district office on Tuesday. Climate change, equal pay and especially immigration reform were central to her campaign.

January 19, 2017 16:55 UTC

LGBT Americans' inauguration gift to Trump: a wave of same-sex marriages

Ever since the 2015 US supreme court decision legalized same-sex marriages nationwide, partners Alicia Verdier and Erin Hansen had planned to get hitched. Hundreds of people called the helpline of Lambda Legal, a legal group for the civil rights of the LGBT community, worried about same-sex marriage laws. Taylor says she is aware of many same-sex couples who pushed wedding dates forward in order to get married before the Trump inauguration. Overturning the same-sex marriage decision would be very unlikely – and would face a strong legal and public challenge. “It’s an empty gesture of sorts, to try and align your wedding date with a particular date, but it feels important,” explained Verdier.

January 19, 2017 16:24 UTC

Brazil police fire rubber bullets in fresh uprising at massacre prison

Police fired rubber bullets and teargas canisters into the yard of the Alcacuz prison in north-eastern Brazil as helicopters buzzed overhead. But about six months ago, the PCC began trying to muscle the Red Command out of drug routes. In response, the Red Command has allied itself with local gangs, enlisting them to take on the PCC. At least 30 inmates killed and mutilated in Brazil prison Read moreThe killings began on 1 January, when the powerful North Family gang, which is allied with the Red Command, killed 56 inmates at a prison in Amazonas state, mostly PCC members. In another prison in north-eastern Brazil on Thursday, at least one inmate was killed when members of different gangs clashed, authorities said.

January 19, 2017 16:19 UTC

Baseball's answer for PED suspects up for Hall of Fame? Make them wait

Only one player up for Hall of Fame consideration is known to have used PEDs, and Barry Bonds is a case entirely unto himself. But, the next year Bonds’ career exploded: he hit a career high 49 HRs. And Bonds’ career ascendancy began at the same time he got involved with Balco. Over the last seven seasons of Clemens’ career, he won 98 games; over the last seven years of Spahn’s career he won 117 games. In the long run, I’m sure, Bonds and Clemens will make it into the Hall of Fame.

January 19, 2017 15:59 UTC

'Lord of the Dance' Michael Flatley to perform at Trump inauguration ball

Retired “Lord of the Dance” Michael Flatley is set to perform at Donald Trump’s inauguration festivities in Washington DC, according to reports. Gossip website TMZ reported on Thursday that Flatley has agreed to perform at the Liberty Ball on Friday night, hours after Trump is sworn in as president. At the inauguration ball he will “set the scene for his dance troupe”, who will do most of the performance, according to the Irish Times. He joins country artist Toby Keith, southern rock band 3 Doors Down and singer Jackie Evancho as the top-billed artists scheduled to perform at official inauguration events. Flatley fell victim to the media circus shortly after his performance was announced, when someone redirected the website to Flatley’s official website.

January 19, 2017 15:56 UTC

Microsoft pilots ebook sales in Windows 10

Two years after Microsoft walked away from digital bookselling, a leak of its latest software has hinted that it may ready to try again. News that the company may enter digital bookselling was welcomed by publishers, although senior figures said they not been approached to supply titles to the store. Gordon Wise said that any enthusiasm felt by publishers would quickly die if Microsoft proposed giveaways or a Spotify-style service. “As long as it keeps the value of a book then it would be welcome.”It is not the first time Microsoft has been linked to digital bookselling. At the time, Microsoft was reported to be withdrawing completely from the e-reader app market and rumoured developments never materialised.

January 19, 2017 15:25 UTC

US planes strike Isis fighters in Libya 'planning attacks in Europe'

US warplanes have conducted massive airstrikes near the Libyan city of Sirte against Islamic State members believed to be planning attacks in Europe, in an attack which killed 80 people. Initial US estimates were that approximately 80 people were killed, who the Pentagon described as Isis fighters. He did not say how many Isis fighters remain in Libya following the attack. The Pentagon portrayed Wednesday night’s airstrikes as a mop-up effort emanating from the Sirte campaign, suggesting that the US bombardment went unfinished. It is unclear if they focus primarily on the remaining Isis strongholds in Iraq and Syria or aim to reignite the Libya campaign as well.

January 19, 2017 15:18 UTC

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