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From Tragedy in Italy to the Trump Inauguration – This is World News in Focus

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U.S.: Controversial tycoon Donald Trump was inaugurated as America’s 45th President on Friday.

Delivering his 16-minute speech at the west front of the U.S. Capitol, Trump depicted a grim picture of America festered in “crime and gangs and drugs,” and he vowed that this American carnage stops right here, right now.”  The new president told the crowd that he will govern with “America first.”

Trump took the oath of office with his left hand resting on his own bedside Bible and a second Bible which was used in 1861 at the first inauguration of Abraham Lincoln.

A chilly rain shower did not quench the enthusiasm of nearly 200,000 Trump supporters who flocked to the National Mall to cheer for the new president.

Meanwhile, protesters fanned through the capital’s streets bearing anti-Trump placards and chanting slogans.

For Trump’s speech we go to ABC News:

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Italy: An avalanche buried a small resort hotel in Italy’s Apennine Mountains on Thursday, killing six and causing 23 people to go missing, according to Reuters and other reports.  

The avalanche occurred after four earthquakes struck central Italy with more than 100 aftershocks and dumped more than five metres of snow on the Rigopiano hotel, a four-star establishment with  43 rooms.

Rescue efforts helped save the lives of five people, but Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said operation was difficult as the area was cut off due to record snowfall.

For more we go to BBC News:

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Nigeria: A Nigerian fighter jet bombed a refugee camp in Rann near the Cameroonian and Chadian borders around noon on Tuesday.

Médecins Sans Frontières, the medical charity, said 52 were killed dead and 200 wounded. The casualties included workers from a local Red Cross organization and two soldiers.

By Wednesday, the death toll had increased to 70 with at least nine of them humanitarian workers.

Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari described the bombing a “regrettable operational mistake.”  The fighter jet pilot was meant to strike Boko Haram militants who have recently increased activities in the area.

For more we go to Médecins Sans Frontières. Warning, the following video contains graphic footage…

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Aviation: Officials put an end to the underwater search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 on Tuesday.

The Boeing 777 disappeared almost three years ago, with 239 people on board, while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

Malaysia, China, and Australia have attempted to search for the airplane, which was believed to have crashed and sank into the Indian Ocean.

But the underwater search — carried out in the 120,000-square-kilometer area in the southern Indian Ocean — turned up no traces of the aircraft, although pieces of debris were found as far away as Tanzania, according to the New York Times.

Transport ministers of Malaysia, China, and Australia issued the MH370 Tripartite Joint Communiqué at 2pm Malaysia time on Tuesday declaring suspension of the search.

For more we go to the 60 Minutes Australia:

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