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The Latest: First day of Syria talks concludes

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 10:10am

The latest on Syria talks that are being held in Kazakhstan and developments on the ground in the war-torn country (all times local):

Austrian official: suspect potentially dangerous radical

George Jahn, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 10:00am

Austrian police urged Vienna residents Monday to be on heightened alert for suspicious objects and activities as they hunted for possible associates of a suspected Islamic radical who they say might have been planning a bomb attack.

Greek island mayors say refugee overcrowding too high

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 10:00am

The mayors of five eastern Greek islands used to limit the movement of refugees and migrants have called on the European Union to ease the restrictions amid continued problems created by winter weather and overcrowding.

Official: 236 dead at camp bombed by Nigeria's air force

Haruna Umar, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 9:40am

The death toll from the bombing of a refugee camp by Nigeria's air force has climbed to 236, a local official said Monday — a sharp increase from earlier counts.

Amnesty urges Egypt to investigate Sinai killings by police

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 9:40am

Amnesty International says Egypt must launch an independent and thorough investigation into the recent killing of 10 men by security forces in the Sinai Peninsula.

Eq. Guinea opposition denounces arrival of Gambia's Jammeh

Robbie Corey-Boulet, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 9:32am

Equatorial Guinea's opposition denounced the government's decision to welcome exiled Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, who flew to the Central African nation over the weekend after 22 years in power.

3 puppies found alive in Italy avalanche give rescuers hope

Paolo Santalucia and Colleen Barry, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 9:31am

Italian emergency crews pulled three wiggling, white sheepdog puppies out from under tons of snow and rubble at an avalanche-struck hotel on Monday, giving rescuers new hope of finding alive the 23 people still missing five days after the disaster.

German populists to discipline member for Holocaust remarks

David Rising, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 9:21am

The nationalist Alternative for Germany party said Monday it will take "internal measures" against a prominent member for his comments suggesting ending the country's tradition of acknowledging and atoning for its Nazi past, but stopped short of expelling him from the party.

Congo expels Human Rights Watch researcher a second time

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 9:21am

Human Rights Watch says Congo expelled one of its researchers for the second time in less than six months.

US lawmakers call for action on Venezuela food corruption

Hannah Dreier and Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 8:44am

Venezuelan officials may face U.S. sanctions for profiting from food shortages that have exacerbated hunger in the South American country.

Yemeni government forces take strategic port of Mokha

Ahmed Al-Haj, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 8:40am

Forces allied with the internationally-recognized government of Yemen seized control of a strategic Red Sea port on Monday after waging an assault against Shiite rebels, a top military commander said.

UK's Theresa May was briefed on nuclear missile system test

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 8:11am

Officials say British Prime Minister Theresa May was told about the June test of Britain's nuclear deterrent system when she took office last year.

European police arrest 245 for arms trafficking

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 8:10am

Spanish police say a pan-European crackdown on illegal arms trafficking has resulted in 664 guns being seized and 245 people arrested in 11 countries.

Harsh exchanges make for a rocky start to latest Syria talks

Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 8:02am

Negotiators for the Syrian government and representatives of rebel factions traded accusations of terrorism after their first face-to-face meeting on Monday, as talks in Kazakhstan arranged by Russia and Turkey got off to a rocky start.

Icy, brief face-to-face meeting of Syria government, rebels

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 8:00am

Their seats remained empty for a few tense minutes after the Russia-Turkey-sponsored talks were officially inaugurated. Then, the Syrian rebel delegation finally walked into the room, marking what was supposed to be an ice-breaking first encounter.

Top Hamas leader in Gaza visits Egypt, 1st trip since 2013

Brian Rohan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 7:31am

The top Hamas official from the Gaza Strip has arrived in Egypt for meetings with security officials, the highest level visit by a member of the Palestinian militant group since Egypt's army overthrew an Islamist president in 2013.

Liberia: Charles Taylor's ex-wife named as VP candidate

Jonathan Paye-Layleh, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 7:30am

Liberia's international soccer star turned presidential candidate has named the ex-wife of former President Charles Taylor as his running mate.

2nd victim linked to suspect in German freezer killing

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 7:30am

Berlin police say a man suspected of killing an elderly man and collecting his pension for a decade, before police found his body in a freezer, may have had a second victim.

Iraq premier orders probe into violations by troops in Mosul

Sinan Salaheddin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 6:42am

Iraq's prime minister on Monday ordered an investigation into violations of human rights and other abuses purportedly committed by government troops and paramilitary forces battling the Islamic State group to retake the city of Mosul.