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French president meets with leftist rebels in Colombia

Ricardo Mazalan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 1:23pm

French President Francois Hollande met with leaders of Colombia's largest rebel movement Tuesday in an area where guerrillas will soon begin turning over weapons as part of a historic peace deal.

Dutch government wants to counter Trump with abortion funds

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 1:21pm

The Dutch government says it wants an international fund to finance access to birth control, abortion and education for women in developing countries.

With Trump's swearing-in, Israel pushes ahead on settlements

Josef Federman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 1:10pm

Israel announced plans Tuesday to build 2,500 more settler homes on the West Bank, moving to step up construction just days after the swearing-in of Donald Trump brought to power a U.S. administration seen as friendly to the settlement movement.

Gambian lawmakers end country's week-old state of emergency

Abdoulie John, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 1:05pm

Gambia's lawmakers on Tuesday lifted the country's state of emergency and revoked a three-month extension of ousted leader Yahya Jammeh's term, as the new government began dismantling his final attempts to cling to power.

The Latest: France gives refugee status to 60 people

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 1:01pm

The Latest on the influx of migrants into Europe (all times local):

Liberia leader acknowledges failure in anti-corruption fight

Jonathan Paye-Layleh, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 12:34pm

Liberia's president said Tuesday her administration had fallen short in its fight against corruption, which she called "public enemy number one" when she took office more than a decade ago.

All 6 dead in helicopter crash in central Italy

Pietro Decristofaro, Gregorio Borgia and Paolo Santalucia, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 12:34pm

A helicopter ferrying an injured skier off the slopes slammed into a mountainside in central Italy Tuesday, killing all six people aboard in a new tragedy to hit a region already hobbled by a series of earthquakes, paralyzing snowfall and a deadly avalanche.

Prosecutors seek to question Rome mayor of problem hires

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 12:31pm

Prosecutors are seeking to question Rome's embattled mayor over one of several problematic appointments that have tarnished her young administration and Italy's populist 5-Star Movement.

Cyberconscripts: Baltic draftees can choose IT over infantry

Raphael Satter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 12:11pm

The tiny Baltic nation of Estonia is experimenting with the idea of cyberconscription, a move that gives draftees with tech skills the chance to work shoring up their military's electronic infrastructure, an Estonian defense official said Tuesday.

Syria powerbrokers endorse cease-fire deal at talks

Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 12:11pm

Russia, Iran and Turkey presented a united front at the conclusion of two days of talks in Kazakhstan between the Syrian government and the armed opposition, pledging support for the country's shaky cease-fire and a joint mechanism to ensure compliance.

Toll from Italy avalanche climbs to 17 as hopes diminish

Pietro Decristofaro and Paolo Santalucia, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 12:10pm

Hopes faded Tuesday that any more survivors of the devastating avalanche that buried an Italian resort hotel would be found after the death toll more than doubled to 17, with 12 people still unaccounted for.

Iraqi PM: Eastern Mosul 'fully liberated' from Islamic State

Mstyslav Chernov and Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 12:02pm

Iraq's prime minister on Tuesday declared eastern Mosul "fully liberated" from Islamic State group militants after a day of fierce fighting and more than three months after a massive U.S.-backed operation to retake the city began.

Israeli held in undisclosed Arab country accused in shooting

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 11:21am

An Israeli government minister says a Jewish Israeli citizen is being held in an undisclosed Arab country after allegedly shooting to death a local man.

The Latest: US welcomes attempt to reduce violence in Syria

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 11:11am

The latest developments on Syria following two-day talks in Kazakhstan between the Damascus government and rebel factions (all times local):

Italy's constitutional court mulls electoral law

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 10:51am

Italy's constitutional court began hearing challenges Tuesday to the country's electoral law, the outcome of which could help determine when new elections are held.

Key points in the Syria statement issued in Astana

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 10:00am

Russia, Turkey and Iran, who sponsored the first face-to-face meeting between Syria's armed opposition and Syrian government in Kazakhstan this week, issued a joint statement at the conclusion of the talks Tuesday announcing their intention to establish a trilateral mechanism to ensure full compliance with a cease-fire for Syria in place since Dec. 30.

Puerto Rico tries to open no-man's-land to tourism

Danica Coto, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 10:00am

A small island long known as a Navy bombing range is gradually trying to turn a no-man's-land into a booming tourist mecca.

Thousands attend funeral of Israeli Arab killed in clash

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 9:50am

Thousands of people have attended the funeral of an Israeli Arab man who police say rammed his vehicle into a group of officers, killing one before being shot by police.

France's presidential hopeful Macron pushes for Syria talks

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 9:20am

French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron says his country needs a more "balanced" policy toward Syria.