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Iraqi forces eye tougher fight in Mosul's west

Susannah George, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 21st - 1:00pm

A crowd of Iraqi officers looked out at the Tigris River Friday from a balcony of Mosul's Nineveh International hotel. Just over three months ago, the men were some 45 kilometers (28 miles) away in a cluster of desert villages on the edge of Nineveh plain.

Kosovo Albanians call for ex-premier's release in France

Visar Kryeziu, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 21st - 12:31pm

Thousands of people protested Saturday in the Kosovo capital of Pristina to urge France to release their former prime minister who was detained there on a Serbian arrest warrant.

New Gambia leader says Jammeh leaving soon for Guinea

Krista Larson and Carley Petesch, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 21st - 12:31pm

Gambia's defeated leader Yahya Jammeh was expected to leave for Guinea on Saturday evening, and the new president said he plans to return home to take power once the situation is "clear."

European nationalists flaunt strength, buoyed by Trump win

Geir Moulson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 21st - 12:10pm

European nationalist leaders came together Saturday in a show of strength at the start of a year of big election tests, celebrating Donald Trump's inauguration as U.S. president and declaring themselves a realistic alternative to the continent's governments.

Nigeria group: 20 die, many missing after pro-Trump rally

Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 21st - 12:01pm

A Nigerian separatist group says the death toll has risen to 20 after a demonstration in support of U.S. President Donald Trump turned into clashes with police.

AP INTERVIEW: New Gambia leader to set up truth commission

Krista Larson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 21st - 11:51am

Gambia's new president Adama Barrow said Saturday that he will launch a truth and reconciliation commission to investigate the alleged human rights abuses of Yahya Jammeh's 22-year regime.

Blast in camp for displaced Syrians near Jordan kills 6

Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 21st - 11:31am

A large explosion rocked a camp for displaced Syrians along the Syrian-Jordanian border Saturday, killing at least six, and wounding many others, opposition activists said.

Rescuers search for avalanche survivors, fear more slides

Colleen Barry and Paolo Santalucia, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 21st - 11:30am

Using saws, shovels and their gloved hands, rescue workers advanced slowly Saturday through the wreckage of an avalanche-destroyed hotel in central Italy, listening hard for any signs of more survivors among the 23 missing guests and hotel workers.

Libya's neighbors demand national dialogue to end crisis

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 21st - 11:02am

Representatives of Libya's neighbors meeting in Cairo on Saturday warned the North African nation's main rival factions against seeking to settle their differences through military force, as Egypt announced that efforts were underway to bring their leaders together to chart a "joint vision" for the country.

UKIP leader to fight February election in threat to Labour

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 21st - 11:01am

The leader of the U.K. Independence Party has been chosen to contest a February election in the Labour Party stronghold of Stoke-on-Trent Central in northern England.

44 need hospital care after nightclub fire in Bucharest

Alison Mutler, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 21st - 10:21am

Fire engulfed a popular nightclub in Bucharest, the Romanian capital, early Saturday, sending 44 people to the hospital, including one who was seriously injured, officials said.

Government says High Peace Council chief dies

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 21st - 10:11am

An Afghan official says that Pir Sayed Ahmed Gailani, chief of Afghanistan's High Peace Council, tasked with negotiating an end to the country's protracted conflict, has died at age 84.

Glance at Socialist Party primary candidates

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 21st - 9:50am

A quick look at three main candidates and method of Sunday's vote for France's Socialist Party presidential candidate:

Budapest mourns as 16 die in fiery bus crash on Italian road

Nicole Winfield, Pablo Gorondi and Charlene Pele, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 21st - 9:50am

A bus carrying Hungarian students home from a school ski trip to France slammed into a highway barrier in northern Italy and burst into flames, killing at least 16 people, police said Saturday. Thirty nine others survived, but some were seriously injured.

Bomb blast kill 22, wounds at least 50 in northwest Pakistan

Riaz Khan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 21st - 9:20am

A bomb exploded Saturday in a market in a northwest tribal region bordering Afghanistan, killing 22 people and wounding at least 50, officials said.

France's ex-PM Valls fights for spot in presidential primary

Sylvie Corbet, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 21st - 9:10am

As France's prime minister when terrorists killed 130 people in Paris in 2015, Manuel Valls was on the front line of the government's response, calling the attack an act of war and successfully lobbying parliament for emergency powers.

Who is departing Gambian ruler Yahya Jammeh?

Cara Anna, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 21st - 8:51am

Who is defeated Gambian ruler Yahya Jammeh, and how did he spark a political crisis?

Kremlin hopes for rapport with US, but differences will stay

Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 21st - 8:22am

Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman voiced hope for a constructive dialogue with President Donald Trump's administration in comments broadcast Saturday, but warned that differences will remain.

Turkey: Erdogan buoyed by vote for powerful presidency

Suzan Fraser and Dominique Soguel, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 21st - 8:11am

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday began campaigning for constitutional reforms that would greatly expand the powers of his office, only hours after a vote in parliament cleared the way for a national referendum on the issue.