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Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump was officially sworn in as the 45th president of the United States at the Capitol Friday, and leaders from around the world offered well wishes and congratulations to America's new commander in chief.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted his congratulations to his "friend."

Congrats to my friend President Trump. Look fwd to working closely with you to make the alliance between Israel&USA stronger than ever 🇮🇱🇺🇸

— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) January 20, 2017

The head of the U.K. Independence Party and leader of the Brexit movement, Nigel Farage, had kind words for Trump's inaugural address, tweeting, "A very strong speech by @POTUS. He means it."

A very strong speech by @POTUS. He means it.

— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) January 20, 2017

However, not everyone was in a congratulatory mood.

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox took to Twitter to criticize America's new president.

"Speaking of allegiance, Trump? Speaking of greatness? Speaking of success? America was already great and succesful [sic], then you happened!" Fox tweeted.

Speaking of allegiance, Trump? Speaking of greatness? Speaking of success? America was already great and succesful, then you happened!

— Vicente Fox Quesada (@VicenteFoxQue) January 20, 2017

Fox, who has sparred with Trump on Twitter before, also tweeted, "Let America build bridges and railways in their land. The World will continue to go on building bridges and much more all over the globe."

Pope Francis sent the 45th president of the United States a message of "cordial good wishes" on the day of his inauguration.

"I pray that your decisions will be guided by the rich spiritual and ethical values that have shaped the history of the American people and your nation’s commitment to the advancement of human dignity and freedom worldwide," the pope wrote.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe issued a statement extending his "heartfelt congratulations" to President Trump on being sworn in to office.

“Please accept my best wishes for your great success, as well as for health and happiness of you and your family," the statement said.

He also noted that he's looking forward to meeting with Trump "at the earliest possible occasion."

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also offered his congratulations to President Trump in a statement.

“We look forward to working with President Trump, the U.S. Administration, the 115th Congress, and officials at the state and local levels to restore prosperity to the middle class on both sides of the border, and to create a safer and more peaceful world," Trudeau said.

Narendra Modi, the prime minister of India, sent his best wishes to President Trump on Twitter.


Congratulations @realDonaldTrump on assuming office as US President. Best wishes in leading USA to greater achievements in the coming years.

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 20, 2017


"Best wishes in leading USA to greater achievements in the coming years," he wrote.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The world's eyes are on Washington Friday as Donald Trump is sworn into office as the 45th president of the United States.

From Buenos Aires to Berlin, Trump's likeness can be seen on the front page of newspapers from every corner of the globe.

Some express fear, others express hope. But all will be looking to see how the incoming administration will wield U.S. influence across the world.


In the Argentine capital, the Buenos Aires Herald goes big with a large profile shot of Trump and the headline: "Good luck America."

"What was once laughed off and thought of as unthinkable by the overwhelming majority of politicians, pundits, journalists and citizens will become a reality," the Herald's front page reads.

"Take a deep breath, this is really happening."


Austria's Neue Vorarlberger Tageszeitung newspaper led with a simple headline: "Change of Power."


Our northern neighbor's Toronto Star engaged in a bit of wordplay, headlining its Friday edition with "Pomp and Acrimony" beneath a photo of a proud Donald and Melania Trump at the Lincoln Memorial on Thursday.

In taking the oath, journalist Daniel Dale wrote, Trump would be "completing this astonishing triumph over the 'haters and losers' who doubted him," and "his devotees ... described as racists and fools by pundits they distrust ... had prevailed, and the country felt Thursday like it was theirs again."


Colombian newspaper El Espectador took a more fatalistic tone, using the headline "God Save America" over an image of a grinning Trump pointing at the camera.

An overlaid paragraph reads, in part, "Donald Trump becomes president of the United States today with 37% popularity, the lowest in national history."


France's Libération newspaper ran a rather comical photo of Trump disheveled by windy conditions -- his hair and tie billowing behind him.

"Let's go!" the simple headline reads, with a small paragraph stating: "The 45th president of the United States takes the oath Friday in Washington."


The Jerusalem Post played it straight with a headline that reads: "Donald Trump to become 45th US president today."


Vanguardia, a newspaper published in Saltillo, Mexico, features a caricature of a bomb with President Trump's hair, and a headline that reads: "despite everything, an era of fear arrives."

A sub-headline reads, "Trump assumes the presidency of the U.S.: Mexico and the world in uncertainty for new geopolitics."

South Africa

South Africa's Cape Times in Cape Town features a photo of Trump with the headline: "Duck, it's Donald."


The front page of Madrid's El País newspaper reads, "Trump today assumes the power before a world on alert," and, "worry and uncertainty dominate the oath of office of the 45th president of the United States, a man made on the stages."

A sub-headline reads: "The number one enemy of Mexico."

United Kingdom

Across the pond, The Guardian newspaper features a quote-based headline -- "We have no idea what this guy's gonna do" -- and calls President Trump, "the most disruptive political candidate in modern times."

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Joaquin Guzman Loera, the Mexican drug lord also known as "El Chapo" who was recaptured last year after escaping from prison, made his first appearance in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, this afternoon.

Guzman, a leader of the Sinaloa drug cartel based in Mexico, was extradited from Mexico to the United States late Thursday.

Acting U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates in a statement this morning called Guzman "the alleged leader of a multibillion dollar, multinational criminal enterprise that funneled drugs onto our streets and violence and misery into our communities."

Guzman, who appeared in court on a 17-count indictment filed in the Eastern District of New York, pleaded not guilty to all of the charges and waived his right for all of them to be read aloud in court.

The drug kingpin, who does not speak English, had a translator and two federal public defenders with him.

He responded, "Si, senor," to questions from U.S. Magistrate Judge James Orenstein, such as on whether he understood the charges against him. He was without visible shackles or cuffs on his hands or feet, wore navy blue scrubs and sneakers and appeared clean-shaven.

Guzman's next hearing was set for Feb. 3 before U.S. Judge Brian Cogan.

The indictment, whose allegations cover the period from January 1989 to December 2014, accuses Guzman of running a "criminal enterprise responsible for importing into the United States and distributing massive amounts of illegal narcotics and for conspiring to murder people who posed a threat to the narcotics enterprise," according to a Department of Justice statement.

The indictment claims that since the late 1980s, Guzman was one of the leaders of the Mexican Federation, an organized crime syndicate, and that during the late 1980s and 1990s members of the federation were hired by Colombian sources of supply to transport drugs through Mexico into the U.S. Guzman is accused of forming a partnership in the early 2000s that led to the federation's transforming into the Sinaloa Cartel, which the indictment says became the largest drug-trafficking organization in the world, with thousands of members.

Also among the allegations are that Guzman used firearms in relation to his drug trafficking and that his enterprise engaged in money laundering connected to the bulk smuggling out of the U.S. to Mexico more than $14 billion in cash proceeds from narcotics sales throughout the U.S. and Canada.

As part of the investigation, nearly 200,000 kilograms of cocaine linked to the Sinaloa Cartel have been seized, and the indictment seeks forfeiture of more than $14 billion in drug proceeds and illicit profits, the U.S. Justice Department announced.

The Justice Department in its statement alleged Guzman employed "hit men" to carry out violence, including murder, to collect drug debts.

Yates' statement this morning said the U.S. was grateful to Mexico's government for helping secure Guzman's extradition. "The Mexican people have suffered greatly" at his hands, she said. "Mexican law enforcement officials have died in the pursuit of him. We will honor their sacrifice and will honor Mexico’s commitment to combat narco-trafficking by pursuing justice in this case.”

Yates was joined in Friday's announcement by officials from U.S. Attorney offices in New York and Florida, the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, the Drug Enforcement Administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations, the FBI, the U.S. Marshals Service and the New York Police Department.

Robert Capers, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, called Guzman's extradition a "milestone," saying that federal prosecutors from around the U.S. spent well over a decade investigating the suspect's alleged criminal activities.

Guzman led a "life of crime, violence, death and destruction" and continued to grow his empire during the times he has been in prison, Capers said at a press conference this morning.

Capers likened Guzman's decades of alleged criminal activity to a small cancerous tumor that metastasizes, adding that the alleged drug lord helped to perpetrate an epidemic of illegal drug use in the U.S. in which cities like New York and Miami were "ground zero."

After Guzman was extradited to the U.S. on charges filed in Texas and California, the Mexican government approved the U.S.'s request to proceed with prosecution on charges filed in the Eastern District of New York. The charges in the indictment will be prosecuted jointly by the U.S. Attorney’s Offices in Brooklyn and Miami and the Justice Department's Criminal Division.

All together, Guzman will face charges in six indictments from around the U.S., the Justice Department said. Officials said Friday that New York and Florida prosecutors brought the most "forceful punch" to prosecute Guzman and that several narcotics seizures occurred in the Brooklyn district.

Guzman was captured in Guatemala in 1993 and was extradited and sentenced to 20 years in prison in Mexico for murder and drug trafficking. Eight years later, in 2001, after bribing Mexican prison guards, he escaped from a federal maximum-security prison. He was recaptured in Mexico in February 2014 and escaped again in July 2015. When guards realized he was missing from his cell, they found a ventilated tunnel, which Guzman was able to access through an exit near the bathtub in his cell. Guzman was captured in Guatemala in 1993 and was extradited and sentenced to 20 years in prison in Mexico for murder and drug trafficking. Eight years later, in 2001, after bribing Mexican prison guards, he escaped from a federal maximum-security prison.

He was recaptured in Mexico in February 2014 and escaped again in July 2015. When guards realized he was missing from his cell, they found a ventilated tunnel, which Guzman was able to access through an exit near the bathtub in his cell. The tunnel extended for about a mile underground and featured an adapted motorcycle on rails. Officials believe the motorcycle was used to transport the tools used to construct the tunnel.

Guzman was caught again in Jan. 2016.

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Al-Furqan Media/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Even though President Obama leaves office Friday with the leaders of ISIS and al-Qaeda still alive and operational, efforts underway by the U.S. military's Joint Special Operations Command and the CIA may give Trump an early opportunity to take out at least one of the terrorist leaders, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of ISIS, in Iraq.

A senior national security official in the Obama administration told ABC News that President Obama often hesitated to authorize air strikes when there was a chance of significant "collateral damage" -- or civilians being killed.

The official said Trump may operate under a different standard.

As ABC News has reported, al-Baghdadi has been assessed by senior military intelligence analysts for the past few months of being hunkered down in Iraq's second-largest city, Mosul, occupied by ISIS since June 2014 and the scene of his only appearance ever on video, delivering a sermon that summer from a mosque's pulpit against the West and proclaiming himself "Caliph," the leader of all Muslims.

Even with Iraqi government special forces units retaking eastern Mosul since the fall in a slow campaign backed by the United States, al-Baghdadi is believed not to have fled to the de facto ISIS capital of Raqqa in Syria, counterterrorism officials told ABC News this week.

Killing the No. 1 "high-value target" on the U.S. kill list has been a top priority for Obama but accomplishing that in a densely-populated city of an estimated one million or more civilians was a challenge that seems to have eluded the outgoing president.

Trump may be less hesitant than Obama to launch a strike in Mosul if intelligence operatives pinpoint al-Baghdadi's lair, in the view of many hopeful counterterrorism officials, who say they are eager to exterminate a terrorist who oversaw the butchering of tens of thousands including American and western hostages beheaded on video.

Still, a currently-serving career intelligence official suggested Trump may be constrained by long-held legal restrictions on armed conflict, which limit foreseeable civilian deaths.

"Lawyers are lawyers," the official said.

Seamus Hughes, a former National Counter-Terrorism Center official and adviser to former Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.), agreed but said the Obama National Security Council inside the White House had a complex process for approving strikes against terrorist commanders despite its record of eliminating many top leaders.

"Trump is probably more likely to make decisions quicker when it comes to military actions, whereas the Obama NSC has been much more deliberative," said Hughes, now the deputy director of the Program on Extremism.

In a number of major special operations aimed at killing top leaders of terrorist groups or raids to free American hostages of terrorists, some career officials have said Obama's team waited too long and missed opportunities.

The White House has consistently denied such charges.

Al-Qaeda remains a threat to the U.S. as well, and its leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, who succeeded Osama Bin Laden after Obama sent Navy SEALs and Army Nightstalker special operations aviators to kill him inside Pakistan in 2011, has long been suspected by the CIA of living not in a remote mountain hideout but in a populated urban area. His move to an urban area may have occurred after a 2006 drone strike in Bajaur, Pakistan narrowly missed killing al-Zawahiri, as ABC News reported exclusively at the time.

Top intelligence officials have said privately that al-Zawahiri is believed to have received help from current or retired Pakistani military intelligence officers.

Al-Zawahiri has issued dozens of video and audio speeches since then, including as recently as this week.

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iStock/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) — At a newly opened nightclub in the heart of Moscow, revelers celebrated on the eve of Donald Trump's inauguration.

On Friday, Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, and many Russians hope his presidency will usher in a new era of improved relations between the two countries.

“We just like to celebrate anything, our holidays, foreign holidays, the beginning of improvement of Russia-U.S. relations, any reason is good to celebrate,” Irina Baikalova told ABC News as she sipped on a cocktail at Arbat 13 nightclub in Moscow.

A crowd of Russian and foreign clubbers watched as Willi Tokarev, a famed Russian-American singer-songwriter, performed his new song, “Trumplissimo America!”

"Trump, Trump — it is unbelievable. Trump, Trump, he's a superman, Trump, Trump — symbol of America. Trump, Trump, he's really president," Tokarev sang.

Tokarev told ABC News he composed the song and wrote the lyrics after he says he was asked to by mutual friends whom he shares with Trump. “You cannot imagine how much people love Trump, both in the States and here,” Tokarev said.

The cult of Trump is growing across Russia.

The tiny town of Tula, about 120 miles outside of Moscow, appears especially taken with Trumpmania. There, a guesthouse has been named for the incoming American president and features a restaurant with a Trump-centered menu. There's even a Trump band, which performed last night at Arbat 13 in Moscow.

Also in Tula, you can find Trump-branded sugar cubes. There’s talk of presenting them to the new U.S. president to “sweeten our relations with the United States," according to Sergei Selaev, the general manager of Tula Produkt, the plant that manufactures them.

“We will probably send it to Trump after today’s inauguration, when he is the commander-in-chief,” Selaev said. There is a growing demand for their limited-edition Trump sugar cubes from all over Russia but also from abroad, he added.

Across from the U.S. embassy in downtown Moscow, the official Russian Army supply store put up a poster with Trump's picture, offering Inauguration Day discounts of 10 percent to all American citizens and U.S. embassy employees.

Then there the Trump commemorative coin, valued at a whopping $10,000 and emblazoned with his likeness and the words "In Trump we trust." Only 45 coins exist — 25 silver coins, five gold and 15 that are silver and gold..

The coins were made by Art-Grani, a Russian metal-working company based 650 miles outside of Moscow. Sales manager Kristina Glinina told ABC News over the phone that it is not the first time they have produced such expensive coins. “The first one was of our President Vladimir Putin in 2014, and it sold well,” she said.

She added: "We see our mission as immortalizing in metal the bright events of history and modernity, not only in our country but of the whole world, today’s event is it!"
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Hemera/Thinkstock(FARINDOLA, Italy) -- Ten people were found alive Friday in the rubble of an Italian hotel that collapsed after being buried by an avalanche, according to local media reports.

A spokesman for the local fire department told reporters that 10 people were rescued from the Hotel Rigopiano on the Gran Sasso mountain, including two children.

Two of those rescued are the wife and son of a man who had called for help when the avalanche hit. The family was reunited Friday at the hospital and are said to be in good condition.

The avalanche at Hotel Rigopiano, about 30 miles from the coastal city of Pescara, occurred after a series of earthquakes shook central Italy on Wednesday.

Authorities believed about 30 people were inside when the avalanche struck.

The snow pushed through the windows of the four-star hotel, shattering glass, blocking rooms and stopping rescuers from getting inside.

Rescue teams were initially blocked by fallen trees and heavy snow, but finally reached the hotel by helicopter and by foot.

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Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(NEW YORK) — On the final full day of the Obama administration, four detainees at the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have been transferred to the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, leaving 41 detainees still at the facility that the Obama administration unsuccessfully sought to close.

In a statement issued late Thursday, the Department of Defense announced that Ravil Mingazov, Haji Wali Muhammed, and Yassim Qasim Mohammed Ismail Qasim were transferred to the United Arab Emirates and that abran al Qahtani was transferred to Saudi Arabia.

Earlier, President Obama released a report to Congress that outlined his administration's efforts to close the detention facility.

In an accompanying letter, Obama criticized Republicans for blocking that effort from becoming a reality.

"There is simply no justification beyond politics for the Congress' insistence on keeping the facility open," Obama wrote. "Members of Congress who obstruct efforts to close the facility, given the stakes involved for our security, have abdicated their responsibility to the American people."

The president continued, "They have placed politics above the ongoing costs to taxpayers, our relationships with our allies, and the threat posed to U.S. national security by leaving open a facility that governments around the world condemn and which hinders rather than helps our fight against terrorism."

Congress has passed legislation that prevented the spending of funds to transfer Guantanamo detainees to detention facilities on the U.S. mainland.

Nearly 800 detainees have been held at the camp that opened in early 2002 to house enemy combatants in the war on terror. More than 500 were transferred under the Bush administration and another 196 have been transferred under the Obama administration.

Five of the 41 remaining detainees at Guantanamo have been approved for transfers but it remains uncertain if a Trump administration would make that happen. During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump said he would not only keep the detention facility open but "load it up with some bad dudes."

Ten of the remaining detainees are currently in different stages of prosecution including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

Another 26 detainees are eligible for Periodic Review Boards that determine if they continue to pose a terror threat to the U.S. However, it is often assumed that these detainees will neither be eligible for prosecution nor transfers.

The Obama administration report sent to Congress said the annual cost of maintaining the camp is approximately $445 million. It estimated that maintaining the facility open would require an additional $225 million in construction and furnishing costs.

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iStock/Thinkstock(MELBOURNE, Australia) — Police have apprehended a man they say deliberately drove into a crowd of pedestrians in one of Australia’s largest cities, killing three people and injuring at least 20.

“There is no further danger to the public,” Victoria Police Acting Commander Stuart Bateson said in a statement on Friday. “We do not believe this is ‘counter-terror’ related.”

The man drove a vehicle through "a number of pedestrians" on Bourke Street Mall in downtown Melbourne at just before 2 p.m. Friday local time, the Victoria Police Department said on Twitter. The exact circumstances surrounding the incident have yet to be determined, but police believe that it may be connected to an earlier stabbing.

The Australian Open tennis championship, which is currently being held in the city, was not affected, police said.

The area has been closed off amid the ongoing investigation.


Update: Pedestrian access has been closed on Bourke Street between William and Swanston Streets.

— Victoria Police (@VictoriaPolice) January 20, 2017



Our prayers and deepest sympathy are with the victims & their families, of this vicious criminal attack in Bourke St Melbourne today.

— Malcolm Turnbull (@TurnbullMalcolm) January 20, 2017

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iStock/Thinkstock(JERUSALEM) — With just hours left until Donald Trump assumes the presidency of the United States, Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat took to YouTube Thursday to post a video in which he praises Trump's support of moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, while slamming outgoing President Barack Obama, who he says has "abandoned" the Jewish state.

"During the last eight years the Obama administration has pushed for a settlement freeze, has surrendered to the Iranians and radical Islam and has abandoned Israel to a hostile UN resolution," Barkat, Jerusalem's mayor since 2008, says in the video.

He continues, "This week, President Donald Trump enters the White House. Let's all welcome him together — as our friend — and thank him for his intentions to move the US embassy to Jerusalem thereby conveying a clear message to the world that Jerusalem is Israel's undivided capital. Join me, in signing a letter supporting President Trump's decision to move the embassy to Jerusalem and his decisions supporting the state of Israel. Let's make Israel - USA relations great again."

Trump has said that his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who will serve as a senior adviser in the Trump administration, will lead efforts to broker a peace deal between the Israelis and Palestinians.

At an inauguration eve dinner Thursday in Washington, Trump said, of daughter Ivanka's husband, "I sort of stole her husband. If you can't produce peace in the Middle East, nobody can, OK? All my life I've been hearing that the toughest deal to make in the world. But I have a feeling Jared is going to do a great job."

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U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Bennie J. Davis III(WASHINGTON) — U.S. officials confirm that two U.S. Air Force stealth B-2 bombers struck multiple ISIS camps in Libya 28 miles south of the city of Sirte Wednesday night. One official called the airstrikes "a huge success," with more than 80 ISIS fighters killed.

One official told ABC News the airstrikes targeted between 80 and 100 ISIS fighters in multiple camps south of the coastal city of Sirte that had once been an ISIS stronghold in Libya.

Many of the ISIS fighters in the camps had fled Sirte during the successful siege of the city last fall, according to another official.

The airstrikes were authorized by President Obama and were carried out in coordination with Libya's Government of National Accord, the official added. They are considered to be an extension of Operation Odyssey Lightning, the American airstrike campaign that carried out almost 500 airstrikes against ISIS in Libya last fall.

An assessment of the airstrikes is ongoing, but one counterterrorism official told ABC News the strikes were "a huge success" with "zero survivors" among the more than 80 ISIS fighters at the camps.

The ISIS operation in Libya has been a major concern for U.S. officials who have worried it could become another ISIS safe haven as the group faces growing military pressure in Iraq and Syria. U.S. officials have said the number of ISIS fighters inside Libya likely totals 1,000.

The airstrikes mark the first time B-2 stealth bombers have been used in combat since March 2011, when they were used in the first wave of strikes in Libya during the Gadhafi crisis.

In early December, ISIS was defeated in Sirte by local Libyan militia fighters who had surrounded the city over the summer.

From last August through last December, American manned and unmanned military aircraft conducted 495 airstrikes against the 1,000 ISIS fighters believed to be in the city. The Libyan militias, supporting Libya's Government of National Accord, were accompanied by American military advisers who coordinated the targeting of those airstrikes.

During the siege, U.S. officials estimated that hundreds of ISIS fighters had fled the Sirte to establish themselves elsewhere in Libya.

In order to carry out the mission, the B-2 bombers flew a long-round trip mission from Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Kevin O'Leary, the former reality TV star who rose to fame on ABC's Shark Tank, explained on Good Morning America Thursday why he has decided to run for leader of the Conservative Party of Canada.

"You know, I'm not a politician," O'Leary said. "I don't owe anybody any favors. I've never been involved in politics and if you're watching what's happening all around the world, it's not politics as usual anymore. People want different kind of leadership. They want someone whose actually got a track record in managing something, not just the same old politicians."

He continued: "I'm facing off against good men and women, but they're all politicians. And all of a sudden, we've got millions of Canadians who got to know me, obviously through television and that's what's interesting is you're starting to see a lot of politicians emerge using the platform of television because really after eight years, people know me quite well on Shark Tank, all around the world frankly, and in Canada as well, but they want something different. I'm that change agent."

O'Leary announced in a Facebook Live video Wednesday that he would run and now many are comparing the businessman-turned-politician to U.S. President-elect Donald Trump. Both candidates have a background in business and both have also dabbled in reality TV. In addition, O'Leary is an active Twitter user. The social media platform remains one of Trump's preferred communication methods.

"Why am I doing this? Well, I look at this country and its bounty and its incredible promise, and all it gave to me as a young Canadian. Remember, I was born from Lebanese and Irish parents, this was the land of opportunity for them, they left their homeland, and they came here to start anew," he said in the footage. "And that's the promise of Canada, and it always has been, and somehow we've lost that, it's been squandered."

O'Leary also tweeted that the "Conservative Party of Canada needs a candidate who can beat Justin Trudeau and bring back jobs to this country."

Thursday morning, O'Leary said that Canada's relationship with the U.S. is "about to change" due to Trump's talked-about policies, which has many Canadians "concerned."

"It's going to be an interesting journey, there's not question about it, but I think Canada is a really great partner of the United States and we've got to get back in sync with it," he explained. "But Donald has made it very clear it's not going to be business as usual and here it comes. And so, we're going to see some very interesting times as we will in America. There's no question about it."

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The Guardian via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama's commutation of Chelsea Manning’s prison sentence Tuesday indirectly called attention to the legal status of former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, who leaked a collection of classified information in 2013. Since then, Snowden has been living in Russia where he was granted political asylum while wanted by the U.S. Department of Justice on charges of violating the Espionage Act.

Manning, who is currently imprisoned at the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas, has been incarcerated since her arrest in 2010 for turning over military and diplomatic information to Wikileaks. At the time, Manning, who was assigned male at birth, was known as Bradley. Obama's decision Tuesday will end her sentence on May 17.

While the crimes committed by Manning and alleged violations of law by Snowden appear to be similar, government officials, including Obama, have previously signaled that the cases are being considered separately and on their own merits, and that clemency for Manning would not necessarily signal leniency for Snowden.

At a press briefing on last Friday, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest addressed a comparison between Manning and Snowden in response to a question from a reporter, saying there is a “stark difference” between the two.

“Chelsea Manning is somebody who went through the military criminal justice process, was exposed to due process, was found guilty, was sentenced for her crimes, and she acknowledged wrongdoing,” said Earnest.

The sentiment was echoed by Obama Wednesday at his final press conference as president.

“It has been my view that given she went to trial, that due process was carried out, that she took responsibility for her crime, that the sentence that she received was very disproportionate relative to what other leakers had received and that she had served a significant amount of time, that it made sense to commute, and not pardon, her sentence,” said Obama. “I feel very comfortable that justice has been served.”

On Snowden, Earnest noted that “Mr. Snowden fled into the arms of an adversary, and has sought refuge in a country that most recently made a concerted effort to undermine confidence in our democracy.”

Snowden’s movements in the aftermath of his leaks in 2013 appear to be the primary sticking point in a possible appeal for clemency. After taking what officials believe to be between 200,000 and 1.7 million NSA documents and releasing a portion to journalists, Snowden flew to Hong Kong. From there he travelled to Russia, reportedly intending to continue on to Central or South America, having been offered asylum by Ecuador, Nicaragua, Bolivia and Venezuela, but remained in Russia after receiving temporary asylum there.

At that point, then-White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said, “We very clearly believe that Mr. Snowden ought to be returned to the United States to face the charges that have been set against him, through an open and clear legal process that we have in this country.”

Conversely, after former hacker Adrian Lamo turned over transcripts of internet conversations with Manning to defense officials, she was arrested, pleaded guilty to 10 of the 22 charges levied against her and was convicted by trial on additional charges.

With military prison sentences longer than 30 years eligible for parole after 10 and Manning having been credited for an additional 1,294 days, she would have been eligible for a review after seven years even had Obama not taken action.

In a November interview with German newspaper Der Spiegel, Obama indicated that the justice process played a role in his consideration of pardons and commutations, saying, in regard to Snowden, that he “can't pardon somebody who hasn't gone before a court and presented themselves.”

“At the point at which Mr. Snowden wants to present himself before the legal authorities and make his arguments or have his lawyers make his arguments, then I think those issues come into play,” said Obama.

At Tuesday’s White House briefing, Earnest rendered the point moot, explaining, “Mr. Snowden has not filed paperwork to seek clemency from the administration.” Manning's attorneys submitted a petition to the secretary of the army and the president's pardon attorney in November.

Snowden took to Twitter Tuesday afternoon after the White House announced Manning’s commutation, writing to Manning, “In five more months, you will be free. Thank you for what you did for everyone, Chelsea. Stay strong a while longer!” He added in an additional tweet, “Let it be said here in earnest, with good heart: Thanks, Obama.”

Snowden did not comment on his own status.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --One policeman and one villager was killed Wednesday in clashes in the Arab Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran in Israel before a planned demolition operation.

The clashes broke out between Israeli police and the Arab villagers as Israeli authorities prepared to demolish several structures that the government says are illegal constructions.

The villagers of Umm al-Hiran are Israeli citizens and members of a Bedouin tribe who have lived on the same plot of land since the late 50s. In 1957, the Israeli military forcefully removed the tribe from their original land in Khirbet Zubale.

But 60 years later, after more than a decade of court cases, the state wants that land back to build a Jewish town. Last year, Israel's high court ruled in favor of the government's plans.

Aerial footage released by the Israeli authorities shows police approaching a white SUV. At the four-second mark, a police officer approaches the car and shoots. He pops off at least three shots as the car remains still. It's unclear exactly what his shots hit. Then the car accelerates down a steep hill and veers into a crowd of policemen before careening into another vehicle and coming to a stop.

Israeli police called the incident a deliberate "car-ramming" attack by a Bedouin with Israeli citizenship, identified as 50-year-old school teacher Yaakub Abu al-Qiyan. The police officer killed was identified as 37-year-old Erez Levy. Al-Qiyan died of gunshot wounds.

Locals who were at the scene said that the driver lost control of his vehicle only after he was shot by police. He had his whole life packed into the SUV and he was trying to leave the village, locals said.

The Israeli police have already called al-Qiyan a "terrorist," and said they are investigating his possible affiliation with ISIS, but no supporting evidence was immediately made public.

 "This is the second ramming attack within the space of a few days. We are fighting this murderous phenomenon which has hit both in Israel and in other parts of the world," Prime Minister Netanyahu said, referring to recent vehicular attacks in Israel and Europe.

Several other people were injured in the clashes that followed, including Knesset Member Ayman Odeh. Odeh and other Arab leaders had been at the village all night awaiting the forced Israeli evacuation.

"The policemen attacked me, brutally beating me," said Odeh. "We did not try to stir things up - it is plain and simple. We wanted to negotiate. What happened is a disgrace."

Amnesty International has called for an investigation into possible police brutality in the day's violence.

"The Israeli judiciary and the government are responsible for the killing in the village today," the Arab advocacy group Adalah said in a statement. "The Israeli Supreme Court's decision to allow the state to proceed with its plan to demolish the village, which has existed for 60 years, in order to establish a Jewish town called 'Hiran' over its ruins, is one of the most racist judgments that the Court has ever issued."

The Negev desert accounts for over half of Israel's land mass, but only about 10 percent of Israeli citizens live there, including more than 100,000 Bedouins. Umm al-Hiran is one of dozens of so-called "unrecognized" villages, and according to Amnesty International, they live without electricity, water, and other basic services the state refuses to provide.

"The Bedouin public is a part of us," Netanyahu said on Wednesday, "We want to integrate it into Israeli society and not to polarize it and cause it to distance itself from the focus of our existence here."

Some five of the village's 70 structures were demolished Wednesday, according to journalists on the ground.

By the time the dust cleared and the sun set Wednesday, several of the village's former inhabitants were left picking through the remains of their homes.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --  The death toll continues to rise from Tuesday's airstrike on a refugee camp in northeast Nigeria, which the country has called a "regrettable operational mistake."

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement said at least six of its volunteers were among those killed and 13 others were wounded, though the global humanitarian network said both figures may rise in the coming hours and days. In addition to its aid staff, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement said an estimated 70 others were killed and over 100 were injured.

The Red Cross volunteers were in the remote town of Rann in Nigeria's Borno state, near the border with Cameroon, as part of a humanitarian operation bringing food to more than 25,000 displaced people when the airstrike hit.

"We are deeply saddened by the loss of our six colleagues and shocked that an incident of this magnitude has occurred in a civilian area," Bolaji Akpan Anani, president of the Nigerian Red Cross Society, said in a statement today.

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement said its team in Rann has triaged around 100 patients, while nine in critical condition were evacuated by helicopter to Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, Tuesday. About 90 patients remain in Rann, out of whom 46 are severely wounded and also need to be evacuated, the humanitarian network said.

"The conditions for post-operative care are not adequate, so all the patients must be evacuated to Maiduguri as soon as possible," Dr. Laurent Singa, a surgeon with the International Committee of the Red Cross in Rann, said in a statement.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Temperatures on Earth were the warmest in 2016 since modern record-keeping began in 1880, according to independent analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, boosting the argument shared by many climate scientists that our planet is changing in significant ways.

The year 2016 was the third consecutive year to set a new record for global average surface temperatures, and far exceeded the temperature mark set in 2015, scientists said Wednesday.

Gavin Schmidt, director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), said in a statement that the consistent pattern of record-breaking temperatures is indicative of a "warming trend" taking place on Earth.

“2016 is remarkably the third record year in a row in this series,” Schmidt said. “We don't expect record years every year, but the ongoing long-term warming trend is clear.”

News of the record came as little surprise to those who followed news about last year's record-breaking global temperatures.

NOAA announced at several points in 2016 that individual months broke global temperature records.

News of record temperatures cropped up even at the very end of the year, when a major storm near Iceland produced 45-foot waves and pushed mild air into the Arctic region, causing temperatures to reach 32 degrees, according to ABC News meteorologists.

The heat wave experienced in the Arctic, which reached the region just before Christmas, was 50 degrees above normal.

Climate Central, a nonprofit news organization that analyzes and reports on climate science, said at the time that the warming was part of an "unsettling trend" for the Arctic region, one they suggested was "being rapidly reshaped by climate change."

In December, ABC News also wrote about the Arctic Resilience Report, a study that suggested that the northernmost polar region characterized by cold winters and vast sheets of white ice is "undergoing rapid, sometimes turbulent change beyond anything previously experienced."

President-elect Donald Trump has cast doubt on the notion of climate change in the past, and his team has indicated that he could consider eliminating research on the subject by NASA in an effort to crack down on “politicized science.”

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed confidence that Trump would change his approach to climate change after entering office.

"Mr. Trump will really hear and understand the seriousness and urgency of addressing climate change," he said.

In a meeting with The New York Times last year, Trump appeared to soften his tone on the subject by acknowledging "connectivity" between human activity and climate change.

"I think there is some connectivity," he said in the meeting.

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, President-elect Trump's choice to head the Environmental Protection Agency, testified before the Senate Wednesday, and told lawmakers that climate change is not a hoax. He also acknowledged that human activity is a contributing factor to the phenomenon.

"Science tells us that the climate is changing and that human activity in some manner impacts that change," Pruitt told the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. "The ability to measure with precision the degree and extent of that impact and what to do about it are subject to continuing debate and dialogue, and well it should be."

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