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UN Security Council looks forward to upcoming Syria talks

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 2:11pm

The U.N. Security Council says it looks forward to upcoming talks on Syria in Kazakhstan as "an important step" ahead of the resumption of U.N.-led talks between the Syrian government and opposition in Geneva next month.

The Latest: Girl pulled from avalanche hotel, wants cookie

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 1:53pm

The Latest on the avalanche that buried a hotel in central Italy (all times local):

Gambia's defeated leader agrees to cede power: Official

Carley Petesch and Babacar Dione, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 1:44pm

Gambia's new president declared late Friday that "the rule of fear" had ended, while word emerged that longtime leader Yahya Jammeh was finally stepping aside under the threat of a regional military offensive.

Officials: Mexican activist had fled, shot when he returned

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 1:41pm

Human rights officials say an Indian environmentalist shot to death in Mexico had fled his community almost 10 years ago and was killed when he returned to visit a sick relative.

Brazil investigates crash that killed Car Wash probe judge

Sarah Dilorenzo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 1:33pm

Brazilian authorities on Friday were investigating a plane crash that killed the Supreme Court justice in charge of a major corruption case just weeks before he was scheduled to issue a ruling that could have revealed accusations against politicians in several Latin American countries.

Rockets hit Istanbul police station and ruling party office

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 1:02pm

Suspected left-wing militants fired light anti-armor weapons Friday at an Istanbul police station and at the ruling party's local headquarters, officials said. No one was injured in the attacks.

Jammeh agrees to cede power to new leader, Senegalese government official says

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 12:50pm

Jammeh agrees to cede power to new leader, Senegalese government official says.

Many still missing at site of deadly Iran building collapse

Nasser Karimi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 12:46pm

Rescue teams in the Iranian capital worked through the night and into the day Friday to try and reach firefighters and other victims believed to be under the rubble of a commercial building that collapsed in Tehran the previous day.

Champagne corks pop in Moscow at Trump's inauguration

Vladimir Isachenkov and Nataliya Vasilyeva, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 12:31pm

Champagne corks popped Friday in Moscow as Russians celebrated the start of Donald Trump's presidency, confident of better relations ahead between the two countries.

Italian rescuers: 5 people, 4 of them children, extracted alive from avalanche-hit hotel; 5 more being pulled out now

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 12:21pm

Italian rescuers: 5 people, 4 of them children, extracted alive from avalanche-hit hotel; 5 more being pulled out now.

Standoff at Brazil prison where 26 killed over weekend

Renata Brito, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 11:55am

Inmates wielding knives, machetes and cell phones held their ground Friday at a prison in northeast Brazil where 26 were recently killed.

IS in Syria destroys part of Roman theater in Palmyra

Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 11:31am

Islamic State militants have destroyed parts of the second-century Roman amphitheater and an iconic monument known as the Tetrapylon in Syria's historic town of Palmyra, the government and experts said Friday.

Mexican police find dismembered body of toddler

Jose Antonio Rivera, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 11:22am

Police in southern Mexico said Friday have found the dismembered bodies of a 2-year-old toddler and a woman in plastic bags.

Mexico returns 91 Cubans who had hoped to reach US

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 11:21am

Mexico has returned to Cuba the first contingent of Cuban migrants since former U.S. president Barack Obama decided Thursday to end a U.S. policy of granting residency to Cubans who arrive on U.S. soil.

Timing of Mexico drug lord's extradition seen as political

Peter Orsi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 10:11am

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's abrupt exit to face charges in the U.S. marks the probable end of the career of Mexico's most notorious drug cartel boss, and a delicately timed gesture by Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, who faces a new and hostile U.S. administration.

Car bomb in Afghanistan kills 2, including police commander

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 10:03am

An Afghan government official says two people, including a police commander, have been killed in an explosion in the country's north after a sticky bomb was attached to the commander's car.

Turkish army: IS attack kills 5 Turkish soldiers in Syria

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 9:41am

The Islamic State group on Friday killed five Turkish soldiers and wounded nine others in a car bomb attack in a northern Syrian town, Turkey's military said.

Gambia's chief of defense forces pledges support, allegiance to new president

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 9:21am

Gambia's chief of defense forces pledges support, allegiance to new president.

Boko Haram attacks camp bombed by Nigeria's air force

Haruna Umar and Ismail Alfa Abdulrahim, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 9:21am

Boko Haram extremists attacked a refugee camp in northeast Nigeria just days after Nigeria's air force bombed it, witnesses said Friday, as reports emerged that the death toll from the bombing could be as high as 170.