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Review: Jackie Evancho butchers national anthem at Trump inauguration

Washington - On Jan. 20, music star Jackie Evancho sung the national anthem at the Trump inauguration, and butchered the "Star Spangled Banner."

Trump raises mortgage costs for many first-time homebuyers

Washington - Donald Trump promised to fight for working-class Americans, but one of his first acts as president was to make mortgages more expensive for many first-time homebuyers for the benefit of mortgage insurers.

Popcorn, salami — and bemusement — in Melania Trump's hometown

Sevnica - Sevnica is a small town in a small country but on Friday that didn't stop local dignitaries making the most of its most famous daughter -- US First Lady Melania Trump.

Microsoft's 'early goodbye' to Windows 7 irks security experts

This week, Microsoft publicly claimed its own Windows 7 operating system is "long-outdated" and based on insecure security models. The statement has been criticised by security experts as the OS is still three years away from the end of support.

Who's who in the Syria conflict

Birut - Talks aimed at ending Syria's nearly six-year war are set to open on Monday in the Kazakh capital, brokered by regime allies Russia and Iran and rebel backer Turkey.

Gambia's Jammeh declares he will stand down

Banjul - Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh said Saturday he would step down to keep peace in his country after 22 years in power, following last-chance talks with west African leaders before a military intervention.

Syria regime, rebels set for first face-to-face at Astana

Astana - The Syrian regime and rebel fighters will on Monday sit down at the negotiating table for the first time in nearly six years of war, the latest diplomatic push to end hostilities.

Trump's inauguration day of ritual upends tradition

Washington - Donald Trump awoke as your everyday American billionaire. By noon he was sworn in as the nation's 45th president, on a whirlwind day that saw him thrust into the spotlight like never before.

Microsoft postpones launch of Windows 10 'My People' feature

Microsoft has announced it is postponing the launch of Windows 10's upcoming "My People" feature. My People aims to make it easier to connect with your friends and colleagues by placing shortcuts to their profiles on the Windows taskbar.

Op-Ed: Some critics wrong about Trump's speech at inauguration

Washington - Several critics describe Trump's inaugural speech as having "dark tones". However these dark tones describe the past and present. Most of the speech is glowing about the future claiming that the people now have power and will make America great again.

Op-Ed: Inauguration insights — Digital Journal's new pundits chime in

Digital Journal is happy to present the first in our hard-biting series of lighthearted commentary on the politics we find ourselves gnawing on today.

'Hideous' Trump a 'disgrace' for European protesters

Paris - Terrifying, hideous, racist, atrocious and a "disgrace to humanity": Protesters around Europe pulled no punches in reacting to Donald Trump's inauguration as US president on Friday.

Le Pen headlines 'European counter-summit' in Germany

Koblenz - French presidential hopeful Marine Le Pen will headline a European gathering of eurosceptic and far-right leaders in Germany on Saturday as they seek to put on a united front in a year of high-stakes elections.

Years of failed efforts to end Syrian conflict

Birut - Since the start of Syria's war in 2011, several diplomatic initiatives have stumbled over the future of President Bashar al-Assad.

Nokia 6 sells out in under one minute

The Nokia 6, the first Nokia smartphone to be sold by HMD Global, reportedly sold out one minute after going on sale in China this week. It's been interpreted as a sign that the brand is still respected by consumers, suggesting HMD has a bright future.

Syria's ancient Palmyra: five things to know

Birut - Syria's ancient city of Palmyra, where archaeological treasures are under renewed attack by Islamic State group jihadists, was designated a UNESCO world heritage site in 1980.

Austria 'foils potential terror attack'

Vienna - Austria's interior minister said authorities had averted a potential "terror attack" in Vienna with the arrest by armed police of an 18-year-old suspected Islamist extremist.

Turkey moves closer to expanding Erdogan powers

Ankara - The Turkish parliament early Saturday approved a draft bill that would dramatically expand the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, meaning the country will vote on changing the constitution later this year.

Taiwan envoy hails US ties after Trump inauguration

Washington - The leader of a Taiwanese delegation that defied Chinese anger to attend US President Donald Trump's inauguration said Friday that US-Taiwan ties were at a "historic high.

Over half of world's primates could disappear in next 50 years

Over half of all the world's non-human primates are now threatened with extinction as continuing agricultural and industrial activities destroy forest habitats and hunting and trading reduce their populations.
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