Switzerland

Trump at economic summit

President Donald Trump barreled into a global summit in the Swiss Alps on Thursday, threatening to stop U.S. aid to the Palestinians and dismissing as a “false rumor” the idea that there are tensions in the U.S. relationship with Britain. Trump’s debut appearance at the glitzy World Economic Forum was hotly anticipated, with longtime attendees of the free trade-focused event wondering how the “America First” president would fit in. Crowds clustered around Trump as he entered the modern conference hall, the president telling passers-by that he was bringing a message of “peace and prosperity.” Trump framed his visit as a sign of positive things happening for the U.S. economy.

vietnam

Navy port visit 1st since war

A U.S. Navy aircraft carrier is expected to make a port visit to Vietnam in March, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday. It would be the first such visit in the postwar era. The planned visit to Danang is likely to irritate China, which is critical of U.S. moves to add to its military muscle in the region. Mattis and his counterpart, Ngo Xuan Lich, discussed the planned carrier visit during a closed-door meeting.

South Korea

Hospital fire kills dozens

A fire swept through a hospital for the elderly in southeastern South Korea on Friday, killing at least 39 people and injuring 77 in one of the country’s deadliest fires in recent years. The fire started from the first floor emergency room of the hospital at 7:35 a.m. and was extinguished at 10:26 a.m., officials said. The cause is under investigation.

Israel

Fossil points to early humans

A fossil found in Israel indicates modern humans may have left Africa as much as 100,000 years earlier than previously thought. Scientists say that an ancient upper jawbone and associated stone tools could also mean that Homo sapiens — modern humans — arose in Africa far earlier than fossils now show. And it may cause rethinking about how we evolved and interacted with now-extinct cousin species, such as Neanderthals. The jawbone, complete with several well-preserved teeth, was found to be somewhere between 177,000 and 194,000 years old. Previously, the oldest fossils of modern humans found outside of Africa were somewhere from 90,000 to 120,000 years old, also in Israel.

Beacon Journal/Ohio.com wires