South China Morning Post
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Washington Free Beacon
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The Department of Defense announced Thursday that four more prisoners held at the military detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba are being transferred out, leaving the prison's population at 41 as President Obama leaves office. One inmate is being transferred to Saudi Arabia, while the other three are going to the United Arab Emirates, CNN reported . This is likely to be Obama's last transfer of inmates from Guantanamo before President-elect Donald Trump is sworn into office at noon on Friday. Trump has pledged to keep the military prison open and load it up with some bad dudes. When Obama entered the White House in January 2009, 242 inmates were being held at Guantanamo. Closing the facility was one of Obama's key pledges during his presidential campaign in 2008. However, the White House admitted this week that the prison would remain open after Obama leaves office.
Informed Comment
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Trump and his circle associate Blackness with crime and inner cities burning, accounting for Trump's bizarre tweets at Civil Rights legend John Lewis . Trump is bringing Steve Bannon, the CEO of the neo-Nazi trash Breitbart, into the White House. There is a reason for which white supremacists rejoiced at that appointment. He is also trying to make Jeff Sessions attorney general, who is alleged to have branded the NAACP, an advocacy group for African-Americans, un-American. Aren't we beginning to see a pattern here? The Trump cabinet and hangers-on think people of northern European descent are the real Americans (though mind you, in the early twentieth century European groups like the Irish, Poles, and even Greeks were not seen as white.) In his high appointments, Trump has not completely excluded minorities.
Antiwar.com News
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Of course, no reputable NGO would exclude the places where the US is conducting the most drone strikes from a report on US drone strikes. There are numerous reports that point to how much higher the real number is, however. In April, a US drone killed 17 civilians in Afghanistan's Paktika Province, and killed another 13 in Nangarhar Province in September. The most recent incident was in mid-December, when a US drone participating in Iraq's invasion of the city of Mosul destroyed a house full of civilians, killing a family of nine . These of course are all just a fraction of the hundreds of civilians killed in US airstrikes over the course of 2016, but in many cases it remains uncertain if the strike was a drone or a manned aircraft, and similar systematic under-reporting of deaths by Centcom makes such determinations all but impossible.
TIME - Top Stories
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It started in waves, but to many inside the White House , it felt like a flood. For weeks, inboxes have been inundated with goodbyes, thank yous, and new email addresses. Toasts were raised nightly at nearby watering holes, and teary sendoffs were made across the 18-acre complex. The first aides to President Obama began departing shortly after the New Year, with steady numbers departing each day. As the hours waned on the Obama Administration, all but a few handfuls of aides left the White House for the last time Thursday, making space for their successors in the incoming Trump Administration. On Thursday morning, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest treated his remaining staff for breakfast in the White House Mess, where the staff printed out a commemorative menu thanking the outgoing Administration for their service. By the end of the day, Earnest was off the clock .
SABC Digital News
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The stage is set for Donald Trump to ascend to the highest office in the United States. After a Make America Great Again Inauguration Concert at the Lincoln Memorial on Thursday night, Trump's swearing in will be the culmination of almost two years of grueling campaigning that sees him ending a Republican absence from the White House since George W. Bush made way for President Barack Obama in 2008. For more news, visit: http://www.sabc.co.za/news
The Huffington Post
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Where once Thy churches prayed and sang Thy foes profanely rage... - The Sacred Harp In the year 390 the populace of Thessalonica rose up in revolt against the local Roman authorities to protest the arrest of a popular charioteer. The Roman emperor Theodosius, known for his thin skin and quick temper, was swift to respond. He sent a letter ordering troops to punish the inhabitants, which they did by means of a terrible ruse. They invited the whole town to attend a special sporting event. Once the stadium was packed, the soldiers locked the exits and slaughtered the entire crowd. The notoriously erratic Theodosius, meanwhile, had cooled off and changed his mind, sending another letter to contradict his original order, but it was too late. Seven thousand Thessalonicans were already dead. Bishop Ambrose of Milan, where the emperor had his official residence, condemned the massacre, refusing to say mass in the presence of Theodosius until he repented his crime.
Abduzeedo
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BBC News 24
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Our North America correspondent Nick Bryant considers the view from Pennsylvania, on what voters are now expecting. It's the places of American decline that make sense of Donald Trump's rise, and it wasn't just working class rage that helped him reach the White House, but despondency. We can be just as competitive as other countries.
BBC News 24
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If Donald Trump redecorates the White House, here's something for the West Wing, perhaps. A gift from Russia with love. Artist Nikas Safronov says America's new leader reminds him of Napoleon and a pirate, and although Nikas did have all bases covered, he says he always believed it was Trump who'd create a fresh canvas for US-Russian relations. "The American people made the right choice," he says.
BBC News 24
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Washington is a city in transition. It's out with the old and in with the new as the Obamas' possessions are loaded up and taken away. Michelle Obama tweeting one last photo from the balcony of her home these past eight years. And a video, one last walk through the house with their Sunny and Beau. The new tenants pick up the keys tomorrow.
BBC News 24
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We are going to do things that have not been done for our country for many, many decades. It is going to change. Although there are many jobs still to be filled in the new administration, and much controversy over Mr Trump's picks for the top posts, his team have made it plain they intend to begin wiping out Barack Obama's legacy from day one in the White House, with a string of executive orders from the new president.
Forbes
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The latest entrant to this long running tug-of-war is a new publication from Deloitte's called 'Voice of Asia.' Released on Monday this week, and envisaged as a regular publication, the idea behind it is to summarise the in-house expertise of more than 50,000 Deloitte's consultants working in Asia.
ABC News - Australia
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When you think of virtual reality, you think of fancy headsets used for gaming and entertainment, but what if the technology could be applied to make life decisions, such as building a house, easier?
The Huffington Post
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Obama did it for eight years. He basically ignored the Congressional Black Caucus, progressive Black thought leaders and his Black critics by going directly to Black media, by whom he was beloved. The steady stream of photo-ops with Black celebrities at the White House was apparently enough to appease the masses. Now we see Trump running the same play, albeit less successfully, so far. The photo-op is the new WMD - weapon of mass distraction . So, when Trump shows up at The Apollo and sings an Al Green hook.... Anyway, I'm thrilled to see that after an eight-year presidential accountability hiatus, Black folk are back in full affect, ready to keep Trump's feet to the fire. But, so we don't end up getting burned, here's some unsolicited advice for Black folk who agree to a sit down with the new president. 1. Do no harm. My grandmother, Big Mama, used to always say, "You can't start out wrong and end up right.
Breitbart News
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Daily Mail - Australia
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The illusive six-month long role of Maatsuyker Island caretaker has become available. The private island is 10 kilometres off the coast of Tasmania and only accessible by helicopter. Applications are open now.
ABC News - World News Tonight
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The Sun Daily
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WASHINGTON/NEW YORK: Washington turned into a virtual fortress on Thursday ahead of Donald Trump's presidential inauguration, while thousands of people took to the streets of New York to express their displeasure with his coming administration. Some 900,000 people, both Trump backers and opponents, are expected to flood Washington for Friday's inauguration ceremony, according to organisers' estimates. Events include the swearing-in ceremony on the steps of the US Capitol and a parade to the White House along streets thronged with spectators. The number of planned protests and rallies this year is far above what has been typical at recent presidential inaugurations, with some 30 permits granted in Washington for anti-Trump rallies and sympathy protests planned in cities from Boston to Los Angeles, and abroad in cities including London and Sydney.
ABC News - Politics
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Don Jr., Ivanka and Eric Trump, talked candidly in exclusive interviews with ABC News' “20/20” about the transition to the White House and how their lives may change.
BBC News 24
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Steve Rosenberg, BBC News, Moscow. In other news: In his last full day in office, President Obama has commuted the prison sentences of 330 inmates, mostly drug offenders. The White House said Mr Obama's view was that people deserved a second chance. He said it was the largest number of commutations ever carried out on a single day.
BBC News 24
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But not everyone coming to Washington is here to laud Donald Trump. There will be protesters too. The inauguration marks the peaceful transfer of power, but it doesn't signify a unified nation. Jon Sopel, BBC News, Washington. Well, as the Trump administration prepares to take office, If Donald Trump redecorates the White House, here's something for the west wing, perhaps.
France 24
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Billionaire Republican Donald Trump pledged to bring unity to America as he swept into Washington on the eve of his inauguration as 45th president of the United States. On Friday, Trump will cap an extraordinary and improbable run for the White House when he takes the reins from President Barack Obama at mid-day, launching the nation into uncharted waters. The 70-year-old leader-in-waiting traveled from New York aboard a government jet to a military base near the capital with his wife Melania. He then spent the afternoon in Washington attending pre-inaugural festivities that have become traditions for presidents-elect. "We're going to unify our country," Trump told a cheering crowd of thousands in front of the Lincoln Memorial after a concert that ended in a burst of fireworks. "We're going to do things that haven't been done for our country for many, many decades," he added.
BBC News 24
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Michelle Obama tweeting one last photo from the balcony of her home these past eight years. And a video, one last walk through the house with their Sunny and Beau. The new tenants pick up the keys tomorrow.