ROME—McDonald's received a lukewarm reception when it opened a new branch just steps from St. Peter's Square last month, but on Monday, Jan. 16, the fast food giant accepted a challenge to adopt one of Pope Francis's cherished principles - feeding the hungry. The new restaurant, whose opening in a Vatican-owned building on Dec. 30 upset some purists, donated dozens of meals on Monday to a charity which distributed them at a walk-in clinic in Rome.
WASHINGTON - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump aims to replace Obamacare with a plan that would envisage "insurance for everybody," he said in an interview with the Washington Post published on Sunday night. Trump did not give the newspaper specifics about his proposals to replace Democratic President Barack Obama's signature health insurance law, but said the plan was nearly finished and he was ready to unveil it alongside the leaders of the Republican-controlled Congress. The Republican president-elect takes office on Friday.
PHILADELPHIA—When Carson Wentz met with reporters the day after the Philadelphia Eagles' season finale, he did so in the new media house at the NovaCare Complex, near the exit and far from the main building of the practice facility. Eight months earlier, the rookie quarterback sat in the same room after he was formally introduced to Philadelphia following the draft.
ABU DHABI—Global oil prices will witness "much more volatility" in 2017 even though markets may rebalance in the first half of the year if output cuts pledged by producers are implemented, the head of the International Energy Agency said on Sunday, Jan. 15. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries agreed on Nov. 30 to cut output by 1.2 million bpd to 32.5 million bpd for the first six months of 2017, in addition to 558,000 bpd of cuts agreed by independent producers such as Russia, Oman and Mexico.
WASHINGTON—Vice President-elect Mike Pence said on Sunday, Jan. 15, that he was disappointed by a black civil rights activist and politician's questioning of Donald Trump's legitimacy as president of the United States and his decision to boycott Friday's inauguration. U.S. Representative John Lewis, a Georgia Democrat, said on Friday he thought hacking by Russians had helped Trump, a Republican, get elected in November. Lewis said he does not plan to attend Trump's Jan. 20 inauguration, the first time he would miss such an event since being elected to the House in 1986.
CHICAGO -- A winter storm brought more ice and freezing rain to a large swath of the central United States on Sunday, creating dangerous driving conditions and power outages from northeast New Mexico to central Illinois during the long holiday weekend.
FRANKFURT -- Facebook said on Sunday, Jan. 15, it would update its social media platforms in Germany within weeks to reduce the dissemination of fake news. "Last month we announced measures to tackle the challenge of fake news on Facebook," the U.S. technology company's German-language newsroom said. "We will put these updates in place in Germany in the coming weeks."
LOS ANGELES—The studio behind the "Star Wars" movie franchise said it has no plans to digitally recreate film performances of the late actress Carrie Fisher, best known for her role as Princess Leia, in upcoming installments of the blockbuster series. Speculation had mounted since Fisher died unexpectedly last month, at age 60, that filmmakers might use new advances in computer graphics technology to resurrect digital images of the actress in forthcoming chapters of the "Star Wars" film epic.
WASHINGTON -- U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said on Sunday, Jan. 15, that American automakers should starting assembling motor vehicles in the United States if they wanted to do business in country. "Car companies and others, if they want to do business in our country, have to start making things here again. WIN!" Trump tweeted.
WASHINGTON -- Outgoing CIA Director John Brennan on Sunday, Jan. 15, issued a stern parting rebuke to President-elect Donald Trump on the week he assumes the U.S. presidency, warning him against absolving Russia for recent actions and to watch what he says.