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Helicopter ferrying injured skier crashes in central Italy

Pietro Decristofaro, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 7:34am

A helicopter ferrying an injured skier off the slopes slammed Tuesday into a mountainside in central Italy with at least six people aboard, another tragedy to hit a region slammed by recent earthquakes, heavy snowfall and an avalanche.

The Latest: Putin envoy says Russia happy with Syria talks

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 7:30am

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

The Latest: Dutch catch more migrants heading for Britain

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 7:20am

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

Philippines apologizes to South Korea over Korean's killing

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 7:20am

The Philippine government apologized to South Korea on Tuesday for the reported killing of a South Korean man at the country's main police camp, a crime that has tainted law enforcers carrying out the president's controversial anti-drug crackdown.

Hong Kong to release 9 seized Singapore troop carriers

Annabelle Liang, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 7:11am

Nine armored personnel carriers belonging to Singapore that were seized in the Chinese territory of Hong Kong will be returned, officials said Tuesday.

Toll from Italy avalanche climbs to 15 as hopes diminish

Pietro Decristofaro and Paolo Santalucia, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 6:54am

Hopes were fading on Tuesday that any more survivors would be found from a devastating avalanche, as the death toll climbed to 15 and rescue crews were hit with another tragedy nearby: an unrelated helicopter crash.

Briton fatally shot in Porsche in Thai resort town

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 6:40am

A 39-year-old British man was killed in his Porsche sedan in the Thai resort town of Pattaya on Tuesday by a gunman who pulled open the door and shot him at point-blank range, police said.

Israel approves 2,500 West Bank settlement homes, signaling new approach under Trump

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 6:40am

Israel approves 2,500 West Bank settlement homes, signaling new approach under Trump.

Japan's military launches first communications satellite

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 6:30am

Japan successfully launched its first military communications satellite Tuesday that is designed to upgrade its network in the face of China's increasingly assertive maritime activity and North Korea's missile threat.

The Latest: Chopper with 6 onboard crashes in central Italy

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 6:30am

The Latest on rescue efforts at Italian hotel struck by an avalanche (all times local):

Hopes fade for justice for dead, lost Sri Lankan journalists

Krishan Francis, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 6:30am

Hope is fading fast that Sri Lanka's government will take action against those responsible for the deaths and disappearances of dozens of journalists during and after the country's long civil war, activists and relatives said Tuesday.

NATO boosts its Baltic presence, new troops start to arrive

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 6:30am

The first of a 1,200-strong NATO force have arrived in Lithuania close to a key Russian Baltic Sea exclave amid growing fears on security in the region.

Syria talks in Astana close with pledge to safeguard truce

Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 6:20am

Russia, Iran and Turkey — sponsors of talks in Kazakhstan between Syria and rebel factions — pledged Tuesday to consolidate the country's nearly month-old cease-fire and set up a three-way mechanism to ensure compliance of all sides.

Germany arrests 2 brothers suspected of extremism

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 6:00am

German authorities have arrested two German-Moroccan brothers suspected of being members of the Islamic State and al-Nusra Front extremist groups.

Syria's government envoy says Astana talks succeeded in consolidating cease-fire, paved way for further peace talks

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 5:50am

Syria's government envoy says Astana talks succeeded in consolidating cease-fire, paved way for further peace talks.

Hamas warns US against moving Israel embassy

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 5:50am

Gaza's Hamas rulers are warning the U.S. not to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, saying such a step could unleash new violence.

Iraqi forces battle Islamic State in pocket of eastern Mosul

Mstyslav Chernov and Sinan Salaheddin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 5:41am

Fierce fighting erupted in Mosul on Tuesday as Iraqi forces tried to drive Islamic State militants from one of their last bastions in the eastern half of the city, while aid groups expressed concern for the estimated 750,000 people still in the militant-held west.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 5:10am

Russia, Turkey and Iran call on Syrian rebels at the talks in Kazakhstan to break away from al-Qaida's affiliate.

Kyrgyzstan hikes fines for public drinking, swearing

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 5:10am

Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev has signed a decree increasing fines for swearing and drinking in public.