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Indonesia probes alleged gun smuggling by peacekeeping unit

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 1:40am

Authorities in Indonesia are investigating allegations of weapons smuggling by dozens of its peacekeepers who were arrested in Sudan, the Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.

Kyrgyz court confirms life sentence for journalist

Leila Saralayeva, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 1:00am

A court in Kyrgyzstan on Tuesday upheld a life sentence for an ethnic Uzbek journalist in a case that has drawn international criticism.

Israel mulls more administrative detentions, as numbers rise

Karin Laub and Mohammed Daraghmeh, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 11:22pm

High school student Hamza Hamad spent 10 months in an Israeli jail for alleged links to the Islamic militant Hamas group, but was never charged with a crime.

China, Philippines to roll out $3.7B in cooperation projects

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

China and the Philippines have agreed on $3.7 billion worth of projects to boost cooperation, state media cited a senior Chinese official as saying, highlighting the improvement in their formerly frosty relations.

Trump overshadows young migrants' emotional trip to Mexico

Manuel Valdes and Peter Orsi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 10:10pm

Tamara Alcala Dominguez sobbed, barely able to speak, as she buried her face in the sweater of the woman who cared for her when she was a toddler.

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

Abdoulie John and Carley Petesch, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 9:30pm

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.

3 dogs give avalanche rescuers hope but 20 people missing

Paolo Santalucia and Colleen Barry, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 9:20pm

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 20 people still missing dragged on five days after the disaster.

Mexico leader lays out points for talks with Trump

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 8:51pm

Mexico's president says his government is prepared to negotiate with the new U.S. president if Mexico's national sovereignty is respected.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 8:01pm

Talks between the Syrian government and representatives of rebel factions are off to a contentious start.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 6:11pm

A U.N. humanitarian official says more than half a million children in the area of West African wracked by Boko Haram extremists are so malnourished their lives could be endangered if they don't get aid.

Mexico captures son of Sinaloa drug cartel boss 'El Azul'

Maria Verza, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 6:01pm

Mexican authorities say they have captured a top Sinaloa cartel leader's son who is suspected of running a drug distribution network and managing cartel finances.

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

Jennifer Peltz, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 5:51pm

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.

Wildfires in Chile destroy homes, livestock, livelihoods

Eva Vergara, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 5:30pm

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.

Q&A: Protests over gas costs disrupt Mexico border crossings

Elliot Spagat, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 5:10pm

Demonstrators have taken control of Mexican border crossings with the U.S. several times in the past month to oppose Mexican gasoline price hikes in an unusual, if not unprecedented, show of protest.

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.

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."

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.