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The Latest: 5 out of avalanche hotel; 5 others being saved

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 12:40pm

The Latest on the avalanche that buried a hotel in central Italy (all times local):

Champagne corks pop in Moscow at Trump's inauguration

Vladimir Isachenkov and Nataliya Vasilyeva, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 12:31pm

Champagne corks popped Friday in Moscow as Russians celebrated the start of Donald Trump's presidency, confident of better relations ahead between the two countries.

Italian rescuers: 5 people, 4 of them children, extracted alive from avalanche-hit hotel; 5 more being pulled out now

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 12:21pm

Italian rescuers: 5 people, 4 of them children, extracted alive from avalanche-hit hotel; 5 more being pulled out now.


'Miracle underway': Rescuers pull out avalanche survivors

Paolo Santalucia, Gregorio Borgia and Colleen Barry, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 12:21pm

With cheers of joy, rescue crews pulled survivors from the debris of an avalanche-crushed hotel in central Italy on Friday, boosting spirits two days after the massive snow slide buried some 30 people at the resort. At least two children were among the 10 people found alive.

Rocket hits Istanbul police station; no one is hurt

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 12:01pm

A light anti-armor weapon was fired Friday in Istanbul and hit the outer garden wall of the city's main police station, the city's governor said.

Standoff at Brazil prison where 26 killed over weekend

Renata Brito, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 11:55am

Inmates wielding knives, machetes and cell phones held their ground Friday at a prison in northeast Brazil where 26 were recently killed.

Brazil investigates crash that killed Car Wash probe judge

Sarah Dilorenzo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 11:41am

Brazilian authorities on Friday were investigating a plane crash that killed the Supreme Court justice in charge of a major corruption case just weeks before he was scheduled to issue a ruling that could have revealed accusations against politicians in several Latin American countries.

IS in Syria destroys part of Roman theater in Palmyra

Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 11:31am

Islamic State militants have destroyed parts of the second-century Roman amphitheater and an iconic monument known as the Tetrapylon in Syria's historic town of Palmyra, the government and experts said Friday.

Mexican police find dismembered body of toddler

Jose Antonio Rivera, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 11:22am

Police in southern Mexico said Friday have found the dismembered bodies of a 2-year-old toddler and a woman in plastic bags.

Mexico returns 91 Cubans who had hoped to reach US

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 11:21am

Mexico has returned to Cuba the first contingent of Cuban migrants since former U.S. president Barack Obama decided Thursday to end a U.S. policy of granting residency to Cubans who arrive on U.S. soil.

Gambia's defense chief supports new president

Carley Petesch and Babacar Dione, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 10:13am

The chief of Gambia's defense forces pledged his allegiance Friday to the new president, while the leaders of Guinea and Mauritania tried to persuade the defeated one to cede power in the West African nation.

Timing of Mexico drug lord's extradition seen as political

Peter Orsi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 10:11am

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's abrupt exit to face charges in the U.S. marks the probable end of the career of Mexico's most notorious drug cartel boss, and a delicately timed gesture by Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, who faces a new and hostile U.S. administration.

Car bomb in Afghanistan kills 2, including police commander

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 10:03am

An Afghan government official says two people, including a police commander, have been killed in an explosion in the country's north after a sticky bomb was attached to the commander's car.

Turkish army: IS attack kills 5 Turkish soldiers in Syria

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 9:41am

The Islamic State group on Friday killed five Turkish soldiers and wounded nine others in a car bomb attack in a northern Syrian town, Turkey's military said.

Gambia's chief of defense forces pledges support, allegiance to new president

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 9:21am

Gambia's chief of defense forces pledges support, allegiance to new president.

Boko Haram attacks camp bombed by Nigeria's air force

Haruna Umar and Ismail Alfa Abdulrahim, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 9:21am

Boko Haram extremists attacked a refugee camp in northeast Nigeria just days after Nigeria's air force bombed it, witnesses said Friday, as reports emerged that the death toll from the bombing could be as high as 170.

Group: 11 killed at Nigeria pro-Trump rally; police deny it

Hilary Uguru, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 9:00am

Eleven people were killed when Nigerian security forces cracked down on a demonstration supporting the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, a separatist group said Friday, though police denied there were any deaths.

Merkel's spokesman condemns populist's Holocaust remarks

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 9:00am

Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman has criticized a prominent member of the nationalist Alternative for Germany party for suggesting that the country's decades-long tradition of acknowledging and atoning for its Nazi past should end.

Syria lets Russia expand its Mediterranean naval facility

Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 8:32am

Syria has allowed Russia to significantly expand its naval facility in the Mediterranean port of Tartus and keep using it for decades to come, according to an agreement released on Friday.