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West African bloc vows Gambia intervention at midnight

Babacar Dione and Krista Larson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 3:21pm

After more than two decades in power, Gambian President Yahya Jammeh faced the prospect of a midnight military intervention by regional forces, as the man who once pledged to rule the West African nation for a billion years clung to power late Wednesday.

Mexico arrests ex-governor sent home after US prison term

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 2:51pm

Mexican prosecutors say a former state governor has been taken into custody by Mexican agents after serving a prison sentence for money laundering in the United States.

South Africans call for abducted photographer's release

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 2:41pm

South Africans have gathered at a community center to call for the release of a South African freelance photographer who was abducted in Syria.

46 'severely injured' people remain at Nigeria bombing scene

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 2:20pm

At least 46 severely injured people remain in a refugee camp that Nigeria's military says it mistakenly bombed, the International Committee for the Red Cross said Wednesday, raising the possibility that the death toll could significantly rise.

6 civilians killed in rebel strike in Yemen's Taiz

Ahmed Al-Haj, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 2:01pm

Yemeni security officials say a rocket fired by Shiite rebels has killed six civilians in the war-torn city of Taiz.

Death toll in Mali suicide blast rises to at least 60

Yacouba Cisse, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 2:01pm

A suicide bomber in an explosives-laden vehicle penetrated a camp in northern Mali on Wednesday, killing at least 60 people and wounding 115 soldiers and former fighters who are trying to stabilize the region. The attack marked a significant setback for peace efforts.

German vice chancellor condemns populist's Holocaust remarks

Kirsten Grieshaber, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 1:31pm

Germany's vice chancellor on Wednesday harshly condemned remarks by a prominent member of the nationalist Alternative for Germany party, who suggested ending the country's decades-long tradition of acknowledging and atoning for its Nazi past.

AP Explains: The African leader who refuses to leave

Cara Anna, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 12:42pm

The tiny nation of Gambia has West Africa on the brink of a military intervention, and thousands, including cabinet ministers, are fleeing the country. Longtime President Yahya Jammeh is refusing to step down after losing elections and has declared a state of emergency, and parliament has voted to extend his term by three months. On Thursday, President-elect Adama Barrow intends to go through with his inauguration, with the support of the international community. Here's a look at the crisis.

Mexico youth shoots teacher, classmates, then kills himself

Porfirio Ibarra, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 12:15pm

A 15-year-old student opened fire with a gun at a private school in the northern Mexican city of Monterrey on Wednesday, hitting a teacher and two other students in the head before killing himself. Another student suffered lesser injuries in the shootings, which were captured on a chilling video posted to social media.

Officials say school shooter in northern Mexico has died of wounds

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 11:50am

Officials say school shooter in northern Mexico has died of wounds.

Russia, Turkey conduct joint airstrikes on IS in Syria

Vladimir Isachenkov and Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 11:50am

The Russian military said Wednesday it has teamed up with Turkey to conduct joint airstrikes, coordinated with Damascus, against an Islamic State group's stronghold in northern Syria. It is the first acknowledgement of Russian cooperation in support of Turkey's offensive in the area.

Supporters insist Gambia president-elect will be sworn in Thursday on Gambian soil

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 11:41am

Supporters insist Gambia president-elect will be sworn in Thursday on Gambian soil.

Senegal asks UN to support regional bloc action in Gambia

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 11:22am

Senegal is circulating a draft U.N. resolution calling on the Security Council to support the West African regional group's military action if Gambian President Yahya Jammeh doesn't step down when his term ends at midnight.

Donald Trump wax figure unveiled in London museum

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 10:51am

London's Madame Tussauds museum has unveiled a wax figure of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump days ahead of his inauguration.

Candidates registration over for Turkmenistan's vote

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 10:51am

Election officials in Turkmenistan have registered the Central Asian nation's president to run in next month's vote against eight other candidates, all of whom have voiced support for his policies.

Video posted of sexual assault sparks outrage in Somalia

Abdi Guled, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 10:41am

A video showing four men sexually assaulting a young woman has sparked outrage across Somalia.

Israeli Arab, policeman killed amid clashes over demolitions

Aron Heller, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 9:42am

An Israeli Arab rammed his vehicle into a group of police officers on Wednesday, killing one of them before he was shot dead during clashes in southern Israel, police said. Local residents, however, accused the police of using excessive force and said the man lost control of his vehicle after he was shot.

Turkish parliament resumes voting on Erdogan's powers

Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 9:31am

Turkey's parliament on Wednesday embarked on a second round of voting on a contentious package of constitutional amendments that would give President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's office new executive powers.

Gun used by Berlin attacker imported to Switzerland in 1990s

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 9:00am

The gun used by Berlin attacker Anis Amri was imported to Switzerland in the early 1990s, but it remains unclear what then happened to the weapon, Swiss authorities said Wednesday.