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Rescuers search for 30 after avalanche hits Italian hotel

Colleen Barry, Nicole Winfield and Valentina Onori, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 12:20pm

Rescue workers on skis reached a four-star spa hotel buried by an avalanche in earthquake-stricken central Italy Thursday, reporting no signs of life as they searched for around 30 people believed trapped inside. Three bodies were recovered as heavy vehicles struggled to get to the scene.

Senegal: Troops enter Gambia in effort to get Jammeh to go

Krista Larson and Babacar Dione, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 12:11pm

Senegal's army spokesman says its troops have entered Gambia to get former leader Yahya Jammeh to cede power to the country's newly inaugurated president.

With little room to maneuver, Syria's rebels head for talks

Sarah El Deeb and Zeina Karam, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 12:10pm

Syrian rebels are sending more than a dozen representatives next week to the capital of Kazakhstan for talks with government representatives, the first such negotiations between the two sides in a year.

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Iran shocked by deadly fire, collapse of Tehran high-rise

Amir Vahdat and Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 12:01pm

A historic high-rise building in the heart of Iran's capital caught fire and later collapsed Thursday, killing at least 30 firefighters and leaving their stunned colleagues and bystanders weeping in the streets.

Senegal army spokesman says troops have entered Gambia in effort to get Jammeh to step down

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 12:00pm

Senegal army spokesman says troops have entered Gambia in effort to get Jammeh to step down.

Kosovo asks EU, US and others to denounce Serbia provocation

Florent Bajrami, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 11:52am

Kosovo's foreign minister has written to his counterparts in the European Union, U.S. and other countries denouncing "numerous acts of provocation and aggression" from Serbia, an official said Thursday.

Mexican president, residents mourn school shooting

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 11:42am

A 15-year-old student who killed himself and shot a teacher and two other students in the head had told some classmates he was going to bring a gun to school the next day.

Suspected WWII bomb found in River Thames in London

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 11:41am

Two of London's busiest bridges were closed Thursday and roads cordoned off after a suspected World War II bomb was found in the River Thames.

UN adopts resolution backing Gambia's new President Barrow

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 11:41am

The U.N. Security Council has unanimously approved a resolution expressing "full support" to Gambia's new President Adama Barrow and calling on ex-leader Yahya Jammeh to step down, condemning his attempts to usurp power.

Images show Nigeria bombed refugee camp multiple times

Bashir Adigun, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 11:30am

Satellite imagery supports witness accounts that Nigeria's military bombed a refugee camp with "multiple air-dropped munitions," even though tents should have been easily visible, Human Rights Watch said Thursday.

Albanian teacher arrested for pro-IS propaganda

Llazar Semini, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 11:30am

Albanian police said Thursday they had arrested a theology teacher for making statements supportive of the Islamic State extremist group.

UN approves resolution backing Gambia's new President Adama Barrow and urges ex-leader Yahya Jammeh to leave peacefully

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 11:20am

UN approves resolution backing Gambia's new President Adama Barrow and urges ex-leader Yahya Jammeh to leave peacefully.

Turkish lawmaker chains self to rostrum, sparks new brawl

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 11:12am

A Turkish legislator handcuffed herself to parliament's rostrum on Thursday to protest a reform package that would give President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's office executive powers. The move sparked fighting between women legislators, who were seen slapping each other.

Experts close Cyprus talks to narrow differences day early

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 11:11am

A United Nations envoy says diplomats meeting at a Swiss resort to figure out if differences are bridgeable in a deal to reunify ethnically split Cyprus have wrapped up their work a day early.

Witnesses say many fire victims had gone back in for belongings

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 11:01am

Witnesses say some of the victims of today's high-rise fire and collapse in Iran's capital had escaped the fire, but went back inside for valuable belongings.

Three bodies found at avalanche site

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 10:41am

Three bodies have been found at the scene of an avalanche that buried a hotel in central Italy following an earthquake.

A tale of 2 inaugurations: Trump vs. Gambia's chaos

Cara Anna, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 10:34am

One inauguration has been planned for months, with a global spotlight and a Washington setting. The other was announced just hours ahead of time and took place outside the country after weeks of chaos.

Who is Gambia's new leader? A look at Adama Barrow

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 10:31am

Adama Barrow is a former businessman and real estate mogul who emerged as the unlikely head of a coalition of several Gambian opposition parties. He was sworn in Thursday in Gambia's embassy in neighboring Senegal after a dramatic political crisis — and just days after a personal tragedy.

Invitations in hand, West Bank settlers head to inauguration

Josef Federman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 10:30am

For nearly 50 years, Israel's settler movement has been criticized, condemned and ostracized by the international community. But on Friday, they say they will be greeted with open arms as invited guests to President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration.