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UN: Boko Haram's toll includes 515,000 malnourished kids

Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 3:12pm

More than half a million children in the West African area wracked by Boko Haram extremists are so malnourished their lives could be in danger unless they get aid, a U.N. humanitarian official said Monday, describing a region where millions get by on one meal a day and some communities have lost all their toddlers.

Austrian official: suspect potentially dangerous radical

George Jahn, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 3:00pm

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.

Chile's worst wildfires destroy everything in their path

Eva Vergara, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 2:41pm

Lambs suffered broken legs trying to escape the blaze that tore across Tarcila Becerra's land. Today there's nothing on the blackened soil left for the few chickens that survived to graze on, and horses whinny in a makeshift stable a few blocks from her ravaged home.

UN: Preventive diplomacy in Gambia avoided bloodshed

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 2:21pm

The United Nations says preventive diplomacy in Gambia avoided bloodshed, restored democracy and averted what it calls a "humanitarian disaster."

Gambia's new president, still in Senegal, names female VP

Abdoulie John and Carley Petesch, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 2:21pm

Gambia's new vice president will be a female leader of the opposition coalition that helped bring new President Adama Barrow to power, a presidential spokesman announced Monday, as regional troops continued security sweeps to prepare for Barrow's return to the country he now rules.

Talks on Syria's civil war off to a rocky start

Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 2:15pm

Talks between the Syrian government and representatives of rebel factions got off to a rocky start Monday after their first face-to-face meeting in Kazakhstan that marked a major shift in the war's dynamics and confirmed Russia's role as regional heavyweight.

Lawyer: Panama to allow ex-dictator Noriega house arrest

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 1:11pm

A lawyer for Panama's jailed ex-dictator Manuel Noriega says a court has granted him house arrest so he can prepare for brain surgery.

Amnesty urges Egypt to investigate Sinai killings by police

Hamza Hendawi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 12:50pm

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

Iraq premier orders probe into violations by troops in Mosul

Sinan Salaheddin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 12:50pm

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.

Yemeni government forces take strategic port of Mokha

Ahmed Al-Haj, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 12:45pm

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.

Attorney says former Panama leader Manuel Noriega allowed house arrest pending surgery

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 12:30pm

Attorney says former Panama leader Manuel Noriega allowed house arrest pending surgery.

The Latest: Trump willing to work with Russia against IS

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 12:30pm

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

US lawmakers propose sanctions for Venezuela food corruption

Hannah Dreier and Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 12:20pm

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

Video shows Italian who was tortured to death in Egypt

Brian Rohan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 11:53am

Egyptian state television aired footage on Monday of an Italian student taken weeks before he was abducted and tortured to death, the first images of him involving the case to be made public.

Sinn Fein chooses new leader O'Neill for Northern Ireland

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 11:10am

Michelle O'Neill has been named as the new leader of the Sinn Fein party in Northern Ireland.

3 dogs give avalanche rescuers hope but 22 people missing

Paolo Santalucia and Colleen Barry, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 10:42am

Italian emergency crews pulled three wiggling, white sheepdog puppies out Monday from under tons of snow and rubble at an avalanche-struck hotel, lifting spirits even as the search for 22 people still missing dragged on five days after the disaster.

Mexico ex-governor denies fake medicine claims

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 10:31am

Mexico has become accustomed to accusations of wrongdoing by former state governors, but the most recent scandal has been especially shocking.

France's President in Colombia to show support for peace

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 10:20am

French President Francois Hollande is in Colombia's capital as part of a two-day tour and he's expressing his support for a peace deal to end the country's half-century conflict.

Russian Defense Ministry says its warplanes have flown first combat mission in Syria with U.S.-led coalition aircraft

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 10:20am

Russian Defense Ministry says its warplanes have flown first combat mission in Syria with U.S.-led coalition aircraft.