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Cyberconscripts: Baltic draftees can choose IT over infantry

Raphael Satter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 10:23am

The tiny Baltic nation of Estonia is experimenting with the idea of cyberconscription, a move that gives draftees with tech skills the chance to work shoring up their military's electronic infrastructure, an Estonian defense official said Tuesday.

Toll from Italy avalanche climbs to 16 as hopes diminish

Pietro Decristofaro and Paolo Santalucia, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 10:15am

Hopes faded Tuesday that any more survivors of the devastating avalanche that buried an Italy hotel would be found after the death toll more than doubled to 16.

French president meets with leftist rebels in Colombia

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 10:00am

French President Francois Hollande is meeting with leaders of Colombia's largest rebel movement in an area where they will soon begin turning over weapons as part of a historic peace deal.

Key points in the Syria statement issued in Astana

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 10:00am

Russia, Turkey and Iran, who sponsored the first face-to-face meeting between Syria's armed opposition and Syrian government in Kazakhstan this week, issued a joint statement at the conclusion of the talks Tuesday announcing their intention to establish a trilateral mechanism to ensure full compliance with a cease-fire for Syria in place since Dec. 30.

Puerto Rico tries to open no-man's-land to tourism

Danica Coto, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 10:00am

A small island long known as a Navy bombing range is gradually trying to turn a no-man's-land into a booming tourist mecca.

Thousands attend funeral of Israeli Arab killed in clash

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 9:50am

Thousands of people have attended the funeral of an Israeli Arab man who police say rammed his vehicle into a group of officers, killing one before being shot by police.

The Latest: France's Le Pen denied entry to migrant camp

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 9:41am

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

Syria talks in Astana close with pledge to safeguard truce

Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 9:31am

Russia, Iran and Turkey — sponsors of talks in Kazakhstan between Syria and rebel factions — pledged Tuesday to consolidate the country's nearly month-old cease-fire and set up a three-way mechanism to ensure compliance of all sides.

France's presidential hopeful Macron pushes for Syria talks

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 9:20am

French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron says his country needs a more "balanced" policy toward Syria.

The Latest: Italy helicopter crash kills all 6 aboard

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 9:12am

The Latest on rescue efforts at Italian hotel struck by an avalanche (all times local):

All 6 dead in helicopter crash in central Italy

Pietro Decristofaro, Gregorio Borgia and Paolo Santalucia, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 9:10am

A helicopter ferrying an injured skier off the slopes crashed Tuesday into a mountainside in central Italy, killing all six people aboard in the latest tragedy to hit a region slammed by recent earthquakes, heavy snowfall and an avalanche, officials said.

Israel approves 2,500 West Bank settlement homes

Tia Goldenberg, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 9:10am

Israel said Tuesday it approved plans to build 2,500 new settler homes in the West Bank, signaling a major ramp-up of construction just days after the swearing-in of U.S. President Donald Trump, whose election has emboldened the settlement movement.

The Latest: Settler leader welcomes new West Bank homes

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 9:02am

The Latest on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, after Israel announced the construction of 2,500 new settler homes in the West Bank (all times local):

In Zimbabwe, losing husband can mean 'losing everything'

Farai Mutsaka, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 8:51am

For many Zimbabwean women, the death of a husband means much more than losing a spouse.

Police in Sweden probe rape reportedly aired on Facebook

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 8:22am

Three men have been arrested in Sweden on suspicion of participating in a group rape that was streamed live on a closed Facebook group, Swedish authorities said Tuesday.

The Latest: Russian bombers hit IS targets in eastern Syria

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 8:03am

The latest developments on Syria following two-day talks in Kazakhstan between the Damascus government and rebel factions (all times local):

Poland's FM blasted for publishing internal document

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 7:41am

Poland's foreign minister is under fire for publishing a March 2008 internal document that outlined the previous government's thinking about Russia and Ukraine.

Philippines apologizes to South Korea over Korean's killing

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 7:20am

The Philippine government apologized to South Korea on Tuesday for the reported killing of a South Korean man at the country's main police camp, a crime that has tainted law enforcers carrying out the president's controversial anti-drug crackdown.

Hong Kong to release 9 seized Singapore troop carriers

Annabelle Liang, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 7:11am

Nine armored personnel carriers belonging to Singapore that were seized in the Chinese territory of Hong Kong will be returned, officials said Tuesday.