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Iraqi troops advance in eastern Mosul amid fierce clashes

Susannah George, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 16th - 6:50am

Iraqi special forces battled Islamic State militants on Monday in two key neighborhoods in the eastern half of Mosul, a senior commander said, advancing deeper after fully routing IS from the sprawling complex of the Mosul University, a major step in the massive operation to retake the city.

Obama made Kenyan artist's name, but Trump portraits fizzle

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 16th - 6:50am

Kenyan artist Evans Yegon is sad to see President Barack Obama leave office. The artist has made a name for himself painting $1,000 portraits of Obama and he's finding the new focus of his work — Donald Trump — a hard sell.

Shallow earthquake rattles Indonesia's third-largest city

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 16th - 6:40am

A shallow earthquake has rattled residents of Indonesia's third-largest city Medan. There were no immediate reports of major damage or casualties.

UN: Iran removes sensitive nuclear equipment from site

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 16th - 6:30am

The chief of the U.N. atomic agency says Iran has complied with a key commitment of its nuclear deal with six world powers by removing sensitive equipment from a strategic underground site.

Qatari fuel arrives in Gaza, helping to ease power crisis

Fares Akram, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 16th - 6:22am

Fuel from Qatar arrived to the Gaza Strip on Monday, helping to ease a crippling power shortage that has sparked rare demonstrations against the territory's Hamas rulers, who have responded with a crackdown on protesters.

Bombers at Nigeria's Maiduguri University kill professor

Haruna Umar, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 16th - 6:10am

Three suicide bombers, including a child, exploded at dawn Monday at Nigeria's northeastern University of Maiduguri, killing a university professor and another child, witnesses and police said. The bombers also died.

Oman says it accepts 10 Guantanamo Bay detainees

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 16th - 6:00am

Oman said Monday it accepted 10 detainees from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay ahead of President Barack Obama leaving office, part of his efforts to shrink the facility he promised to close.

Cambodia cancels military exercise with US

Sopheng Cheang, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 16th - 5:42am

Cambodia has informed the United States that it is canceling an annual joint military exercise this year, even though planning for the event had already begun, officials from both countries said Monday.

6 tourists injured in hot-air balloon crash in UAE desert

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 16th - 5:20am

Investigators in the United Arab Emirates are looking into what caused a hot-air balloon to abruptly drop from the sky, injuring six tourists onboard.

Stark inequality: Oxfam says 8 men as rich as half the world

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 16th - 5:20am

A new Oxfam report says just eight men own as much wealth as 3.6 billion people — about half the world.

Egypt court rules against handing islands to Saudi Arabia

Maggie Michael, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 16th - 5:00am

An Egyptian court ruled on Monday against the government's decision to hand over two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia — a landmark verdict likely to deepen tensions with the kingdom and embarrass President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.

Kyrgyzstan ministry says cargo plane crash kills 37

Leila Saralayeva, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 16th - 4:51am

A Turkish cargo plane crashed Monday in a residential area just outside the main airport in Kyrgyzstan, killing 37 people on the ground and in the plane, the Emergency Situations Ministry said.

German woman admits luring slain Chinese student to building

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 16th - 4:20am

A German woman on trial with her boyfriend on charges that they abducted, raped and killed a Chinese student last year has admitted in court she lured the victim into an abandoned building where she was assaulted.

AP PHOTOS: Migrants in Belgrade endure week in nasty weather

Darko Vojinovic, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 16th - 4:00am

It was a week in frigid hell for hundreds of migrants squatting in an abandoned warehouse in the Serbian capital of Belgrade while trying to move on toward Western Europe.

Muted reaction in Russia to Trump's talk of nuclear arms cut

Nataliya Vasilyeva, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 16th - 3:20am

Suggestions by President-elect Donald Trump that sanctions against Russia could be lifted in exchange for a nuclear arms cut attracted a frosty reception in Moscow on Monday.

Wilders lashes out at Dutch premier Rutte ahead of elections

Mike Corder, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 16th - 3:11am

Dutch firebrand populist Geert Wilders on Monday accused Prime Minister Mark Rutte of behaving like a "dictator" by ruling out a coalition with Wilders' Party for Freedom after national elections on March 15.

Philippines protests China's weapons installation on islands

Teresa Cerojano, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 16th - 2:20am

The Philippines has filed a low-key diplomatic protest with China after a U.S. think tank reported that Beijing appears to have installed anti-aircraft and anti-missile weapons on its man-made islands in the strategically vital South China Sea, the country's top diplomat said Monday.

In landmark move, Egyptian court rules against government agreement to hand over 2 Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 16th - 2:20am

In landmark move, Egyptian court rules against government agreement to hand over 2 Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia.

Afghan government says IS militants kidnap 14 clerics

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 16th - 2:20am

An Afghan official says that Islamic state militants stormed a religious school in eastern Nangarhar province, kidnapping 14 clerics who were teaching at the school and two administrators.