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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.

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

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

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.

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.

Italy crews find 3 puppies alive under avalanche-hit hotel

Paolo Santalucia and Colleen Barry, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 6:53am

Rescue crews say they have found three puppies alive in the rubble of an Italian mountain hotel slammed by an avalanche.

German populists to discipline member for Holocaust remarks

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 6:50am

The nationalist Alternative for Germany party says 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.

Yemeni government forces take strategic port of Mokha

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 6:40am

A top military official says forces allied with the internationally-recognized government of Yemen have seized control of a strategic Red Sea port, after waging an assault against Shiite rebels.

Fight for the right: Dutch PM says integrate or leave

Mike Corder, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 6:33am

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte sought to lure voters away from anti-immigration lawmaker Geert Wilders, as campaigning for the March 15 national elections heated up on Monday.

The Latest: Syria rebel slams "terrorism" of Bashar Assad

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 6:30am

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

10 suspected Indonesian migrants drown off Malaysia

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 6:20am

The bodies of 10 people believed to be Indonesian migrants were found washed ashore in Malaysia on Monday not far from a capsized boat, officials said. Two Indonesians were rescued.

Panel's report support letting Japan's emperor abdicate

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 6:10am

A government panel studying a possible abdication of Japanese Emperor Akihito released an interim report Monday in favor of enacting special legislation that would apply to him but not to future monarchs.

Glance at Kazakh capital Astana, host of Syria talks

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 6:10am

Astana, the capital city of Kazakhstan, which is hosting Syria peace talks, is a relatively new name on the map.

Eq. Guinea opposition denounces arrival of Gambia's Jammeh

Robbie Corey-Boulet, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 6:00am

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.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 5:50am

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.

Hungary's Orban praises Trump's 'end of multilateralism'

Pablo Gorondi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 5:41am

President Donald Trump's position that all countries have the right to put their own interests first was the key phrase of his inaugural address, the prime minister of Hungary said Monday.

Syria talks may signal shift in conflict dynamics

Sarah El Deeb and Zeina Karam, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 5:30am

Syria talks in the Kazakh capital Astana come at a time of significant changes to the conflict in its sixth year. Although promising to focus on reinforcing a cease-fire, the conference has raised expectations of a path toward a political settlement of the civil war.

Harsh exchanges on first day of Syria talks in Kazakhstan

Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 5:21am

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

62 soldiers on trial in Istanbul for alleged part in coup

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 5:10am

Dozens of officers and soldiers went on trial Monday in Istanbul for their alleged role in the failed military coup in July.

Trump properties face global terror risk with presidency

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 4:30am

Businesses around the world bearing U.S. President Donald Trump's name face an increased risk now that he is in the White House, security experts warn, especially as several are in areas previously targeted by violence.