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AP Explains: The African leader who refuses to leave

Cara Anna, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 3:20am

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. 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.

Russia extends residence permit for Snowden

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 3:10am

Russian authorities have extended a residence permit for U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, who leaked thousands of secret documents from the National Security Agency.

Israeli Arab, policeman killed in clashes over demolitions

Aron Heller, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 3:10am

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 over a court-ordered operation to demolish illegally built homes, police said, while local residents accused the police of using excessive force against demonstrators.

Group: Mali civilians threatened by extremism, banditry

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 3:00am

Human Rights Watch says Mali's government is failing to protect civilians in its northern and central regions from Islamic extremists who killed dozens of people last year while pressuring families to give up their children to jihad.

China's top judge attracts criticism with remarks

Gerry Shih, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 2:40am

China's top judge has drawn criticism from legal professionals after he dismissed the concept of judicial independence as an "erroneous Western ideal," a statement seemingly aimed at emphasizing the ruling Communist Party's ultimate control over all areas of public life.

Turkish parliament resumes voting on Erdogan's powers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 2:40am

Turkey's parliament is scheduled to embark on a second round of voting on a contentious package of constitutional amendments that would give President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's office executive powers.

Tourists being evacuated from Gambia as crisis deepens

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 2:40am

Special flights are being organized to evacuate British tourists from Gambia where the threat of a military intervention looms.

Turkey: suspected gunman's capture aids security against IS

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 1:40am

Turkey's justice minister says the capture of the suspected perpetrator of the New Year's nightclub attack in Istanbul will lead to a better understanding of the Islamic State group's operations in Turkey.

Czech man accused of AIDS offense held in Thailand

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 1:30am

Thai police said Wednesday they have arrested a Czech man wanted in his country for allegedly having unprotected sex with several people, including a minor, while being aware that he had AIDS.

Caroline Kennedy boosted US-Japan ties as US ambassador

Ken Moritsugu, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 12:30am

Caroline Kennedy stepped down Wednesday after three years as U.S. ambassador to Japan, where she was welcomed like a celebrity and worked to deepen the U.S.-Japan relationship despite regular flare-ups over American military bases on the southern island of Okinawa.

In final speech, Hong Kong leader warns on independence push

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 11:21pm

Hong Kong's outgoing leader warned in his farewell policy speech Wednesday that independence for the Chinese-controlled territory is not possible.

Gambia leader, pressured to go, declares state of emergency

Abdoulie John, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 10:41pm

Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh declared a state of emergency on Tuesday, just two days before he is supposed to cede power after losing elections last month.

Back-to-back shootings shake Mexico's tourism jewels

Christopher Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 10:30pm

Two consecutive days of shooting attacks that left a total of nine dead have put two of the jewels of Mexico's Caribbean coast on edge and spurred a warning to tourists by the U.S. government.

In Africa, Obama's presidency couldn't help but be personal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 10:21pm

Africa was electrified by the rise of Barack Obama, the first U.S. president of African descent. It was in Africa that he signaled a historic opening toward Cuba, took aim at the twin scourges of corruption and dictatorship and sent thousands of troops to fight one of the most terrifying disease outbreaks in decades.

The Latest: Relatives unhappy Flight 370 plane search ends

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 10:11pm

The Latest on the official suspension of the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (all times local):

4 dead in new shooting in Mexico's Caribbean resort region

Christopher Sherman and Gabriel Alcocer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 9:21pm

Gunmen attacked the state prosecutors' office in this Caribbean resort city Tuesday, and authorities said four people were killed, ratcheting up tensions just a day after a shooting at a music festival in a nearby town left three foreigners and two Mexicans dead.

Puerto Ricans cheer commutation for nationalist Oscar Lopez

Danica Coto, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 8:51pm

Car horns rang out across Puerto Rico and people celebrated in the streets Tuesday after President Barack Obama announced he had commuted the prison sentence of 74-year-old nationalist Oscar Lopez Rivera.

Czech man in Thailand arrested for alleged sexual offense

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 8:31pm

Thai police say they have arrested a Czech man in Phuket who is believed to be infected with HIV and is wanted by Interpol for alleged sexual offenses against minors back home.

Aborigine promoted in Australian Cabinet reshuffle

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 5:55pm

Australia's prime minister on Wednesday announced a limited reshuffle of his Cabinet in which he appointed the nation's first aboriginal federal minister.