BERLIN/WASHINGTON - German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Donald Trump underscored the importance of the NATO alliance and vowed to work more closely together to combat terrorism and militancy, the two leaders said in a joint statement on Saturday. Merkel and Trump spoke by telephone on Saturday about NATO, the situation in the Middle East and North Africa, their ties to Russia and the conflict in eastern Ukraine, according to a statement approved by both countries.
WASHINGTON - New restrictions on immigrants and refugees will mean legal permanent residents, also known as green cards holders, from Syria and six other Muslim-majority countries will have to be cleared into the United States on a case-by-case basis, a senior U.S. administration official said on Saturday. In a briefing with reporters, officials defended the scope and execution of the new executive order signed by President Donald Trump on Friday, a move that has caused chaos and alarm at airports.
NEW YORK—U.S. stocks edged lower for a second consecutive session on Friday, Jan. 27, as some underwhelming corporate earnings and gross domestic product data offset recent enthusiasm over policy actions by President Donald Trump. U.S. economic growth slowed more than expected in the fourth quarter, with GDP rising at a 1.9 percent annual rate, below the 2.2 percent rise expected by economists and the 3.5 percent growth pace logged in the third quarter.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Friday, Jan. 27, it has found high amounts of a toxic substance in homeopathic teething tablets, warning of its potential risk to infants and children. According to laboratory analysis by the health regulator, the amounts of belladonna, a toxic substance, sometimes far exceeded the amount claimed on the label of these teething tablets. Homeopathic teething tablets are used to provide temporary relief of teething symptoms in children.
WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator John McCain, commenting on Friday, Jan. 27, on speculation that President Donald Trump may lift sanctions on Russia, said he hoped the administration would reject that "reckless course." "If he does not, I will work with my colleagues to codify sanctions against Russia into law," McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and one of the Republican party's senior foreign policy voices, said in a statement.
WASHINGTON - Anti-abortion activists gathered in Washington on Friday for the 44th March for Life, buoyed by President Donald Trump's pledge to restrict the procedure and Vice President Mike Pence's plan to address the marchers. Organizers expect tens of thousands of supporters to converge on the National Mall for the march, which is held each year close to the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion in 1973.
Republican lawmakers in several central U.S. states are pushing bills that would crack down on demonstrations, drawing criticism from free speech campaigners and underlining the polarization over protests in the era of President Donald Trump. Bills have been introduced over the past month in states including North Dakota, Indiana and Iowa that would impose measures such as harsher penalties for demonstrators who disrupt traffic, and scrapping punishment for drivers who unintentionally strike protesters blocking their vehicles.
NEW YORK -- A Massachusetts man who yelled that President Donald Trump "will get rid of all of you" faces nine hate crime charges for assaulting a female Muslim airline employee at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, authorities said.
AUCKLAND, New Zealand -- American basketball player Akil Mitchell said he was "seeing fine" after his eyeball popped out after a freak incident while playing for the New Zealand Breakers this week. Mitchell, from North Carolina, was accidentally poked in the left eye by an opposing player in a game in Auckland on Thursday and video footage showed the eyeball out of its socket. "With the palm of my hand I felt my eyeball on the side of my face," he was quoted by New Zealand's Radio Sport. "I could still see out of the eye." The 24-year-old was taken to hospital for treatment and is
FORT BERTHOLD, North Dakota - When the U.S. oil boom hit North Dakota a decade ago, wells sprang up quickly on the edges of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, an expanse of prairie and rolling hills three times larger than Los Angeles. Tribe members here, facing a 40 percent unemployment rate and sending their children to 1950s-era school buildings, were eager to tap some of state's most promising reserves. But layers of federal regulation - applying only to tribal lands - slowed them down for years, frightened away investors and cost them millions of dollars.