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Romanian government wants to pardon thousands of prisoners

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 9:42am

Romania's government is proposing to pardon thousands of prisoners, saying the move is needed to reduce overcrowding in prisons. The surprise move, which would not require the approval of parliament or the president, provoked sharp criticism from the opposition.

Death toll in Mali suicide blast rises to more than 50

Yacouba Cisse, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 9:41am

A suicide bomber in an explosives-laden vehicle attacked a camp in northern Mali on Wednesday, killing more than 50 people and wounding more than 100 soldiers and former fighters now trying to stabilize the region.

Turkish parliament resumes voting on Erdogan's powers

Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 9:31am

Turkey's parliament on Wednesday embarked on a second round of voting on a contentious package of constitutional amendments that would give President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's office new executive powers.

Gunfire erupts at Mexican private school, 5 wounded

Porfirio Ibarra, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 9:31am

A 15-year-old student opened fire with a gun at a private school in the northern Mexican city of Monterrey on Wednesday, seriously wounding himself, a teacher and three other students, state officials said.

46 'severely injured' people remain at Nigeria bombing scene

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 9:04am

At least 46 severely injured people remain in a refugee camp that Nigeria's military says it mistakenly bombed, the International Committee for the Red Cross said Wednesday, raising the possibility that the death toll could significantly rise.

Gun used by Berlin attacker imported to Switzerland in 1990s

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 9:00am

The gun used by Berlin attacker Anis Amri was imported to Switzerland in the early 1990s, but it remains unclear what then happened to the weapon, Swiss authorities said Wednesday.

Kennedy leaves post as ambassador to Japan

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 8:11am

Caroline Kennedy is stepping down after three years as U.S. ambassador to Japan.

In Africa, Obama's presidency couldn't help but be personal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 8:10am

Africa was electrified by the rise of Barack Obama, the first U.S. president of African descent. It was in Africa that he signaled a historic opening toward Cuba, took aim at the twin scourges of corruption and dictatorship and sent thousands of troops to fight one of the most terrifying disease outbreaks in decades.

Ivory Coast seeks end to unrest as gunfire cuts off port

Alexis Adele, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 8:01am

Gunfire cut off access to Ivory Coast's largest commercial port on Wednesday as officials pleaded with security forces to end the unrest that has shaken Africa's fastest-growing economy and threatened a return to instability.

German vice chancellor condemns populist's Holocaust remarks

Kirsten Grieshaber, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 8:01am

Germany's vice chancellor on Wednesday harshly condemned remarks by a prominent member of the nationalist Alternative for Germany party, who suggested ending the country's decades-long tradition of acknowledging and atoning for its Nazi past.

AP Explains: The African leader who refuses to leave

Cara Anna, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 7:51am

The tiny nation of Gambia has West Africa on the brink of a military intervention, and thousands, including cabinet ministers, are fleeing the country. Longtime President Yahya Jammeh is refusing to step down after losing elections and has declared a state of emergency. On Thursday, President-elect Adama Barrow intends to go through with his inauguration, with the support of the international community. Here's a look at the crisis.

Russia, Turkish in joint airstrikes on IS in northern Syria

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 7:51am

The Russian military says it has teamed up with Turkey to conduct joint airstrikes against an Islamic State group's stronghold in northern Syria.

Iraq military: Troops have 'full control' of eastern Mosul

Sinan Salaheddin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 7:43am

U.S.-backed Iraqi government troops announced on Wednesday they were in "full control" of eastern Mosul after routing Islamic State militants from that part of the northern city, three months since the major operation started.

China judge sees notion of independent courts as 'erroneous'

Gerry Shih, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 7:42am

China's top judge dismissed the concept of judicial independence as an "erroneous Western ideal" in remarks that seemed to emphasize the Communist Party's ultimate control over all areas of public life.

The Latest: 3 young Afghans stopped in Poland

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 7:30am

The Latest on the flow of migrants into Europe (all times local):

Gambia leader's term extended as tourists are evacuated

Abdoulie John, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 7:21am

Gambian legislators voted to extend President Yahya Jammeh's term by three months, just hours before his mandate was set to expire, state television reported Wednesday. As tourists were evacuated, regional countries prepared for a possible military intervention.

Bosnian Serb nationalist leader rejects US sanctions on him

Amer Cohadzic, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 7:11am

Bosnian Serb nationalist leader Milorad Dodik has dismissed U.S. sanctions imposed on him for obstructing the peace accords that ended Bosnia's war two decades ago, calling it a reversible act of revenge by the departing Obama administration.

Taliban bomb expert accidently kills himself and 4 sons

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 6:51am

The government says an expert bomb maker for the insurgent Taliban inadvertently killed himself and his four sons in northern Afghanistan, while building a cache of roadside bombs.

Turkey rounds up 27 with links to suspected nightclub gunman

Suzan Fraser and Dominique Soguel, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 6:30am

Turkish police rounded up 27 people linked to the suspected gunman in Istanbul's New Year's Eve nightclub attack and the justice minister said Wednesday that the capture of the suspect will lead to a better understanding of the Islamic State group's operations in Turkey.