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France's ex-PM Valls fights for spot in presidential primary

Sylvie Corbet, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 21st - 9:10am

As France's prime minister when terrorists killed 130 people in Paris in 2015, Manuel Valls was on the front line of the government's response, calling the attack an act of war and successfully lobbying parliament for emergency powers.

AP INTERVIEW: New Gambia leader to set up truth commission

Krista Larson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 21st - 9:01am

Gambia's new president Adama Barrow said Saturday that he will launch a truth and reconciliation commission to investigate the alleged human rights abuses of Yahya Jammeh's 22-year regime.

Who is departing Gambian ruler Yahya Jammeh?

Cara Anna, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 21st - 8:51am

Who is defeated Gambian ruler Yahya Jammeh, and how did he spark a political crisis?

Kremlin hopes for rapport with US, but differences will stay

Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 21st - 8:22am

Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman voiced hope for a constructive dialogue with President Donald Trump's administration in comments broadcast Saturday, but warned that differences will remain.

Turkey: Erdogan buoyed by vote for powerful presidency

Suzan Fraser and Dominique Soguel, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 21st - 8:11am

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday began campaigning for constitutional reforms that would greatly expand the powers of his office, only hours after a vote in parliament cleared the way for a national referendum on the issue.

16 killed in fiery bus crash on Italian highway

Nicole Winfield and Pablo Gorondi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 21st - 7:50am

A bus carrying Hungarian school students home from a skiing trip to France slammed into a highway barrier in northern Italy and caught fire, killing at least 16 people, police said Saturday. Thirty-nine people survived, though some were seriously injured.

Europe's nationalist leaders kick off year of election hopes

Geir Moulson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 21st - 7:40am

Declaring that 2017 will be the "year of the awakening of the people of continental Europe," French far-right presidential hopeful Marine Le Pen joined fellow nationalists Saturday at a conference in Germany to a show of populist confidence as Europe faces a series of high-stakes national elections.

A closer look at Turkey's proposed presidential system

Dominque Soguel, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 21st - 7:30am

Turkey's parliament has signed off on a contentious constitutional reform package that would concentrate even more powers in the office of the president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and potentially extend his mandate till 2029. The reforms will come into effect if approved in a national referendum

AP Interview: New Gambia leader says Jammeh leaving in hours

Krista Larson and Carley Petesch, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 21st - 7:30am

Gambia's new president says defeated leader Yahya Jammeh is expected to leave for Guinea within hours, and he plans to return home to take power once the situation is "clear."

Rescue teams pull 2 bodies from Iran building rubble

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 21st - 7:11am

Rescuers found the bodies of two firefighters in the rubble of a commercial building that collapsed in Tehran after a blaze, leaving up to 30 people dead, Iran's state TV reported Saturday.

Blast in camp for displaced Syrians near Jordan kills 4

Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 21st - 7:11am

A large explosion rocked a camp for displaced Syrians along the Syrian-Jordanian border Saturday, killing at least four, and wounding many others, opposition activists and a resident said.

Spain sees 500 southern border crossing attempts in a month

Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 21st - 6:40am

Spanish police say migrants have attempted close to 500 illegal border crossings in just one month by trying to hide on passenger and cargo boats landing on its southern coast.

New Gambian president: Defeated leader Yahya Jammeh expected to leave for Guinea within hours

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 21st - 6:30am

New Gambian president: Defeated leader Yahya Jammeh expected to leave for Guinea within hours.

Dutch military police detain 7 suspects in diamond heist

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 21st - 5:30am

Dutch military police have detained seven people in Amsterdam and Valencia suspected of involvement in a multimillion-euro (dollar) diamond heist nearly 12 years ago.

41 get hospital care after nightclub fire in Bucharest

Alison Mutler, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 21st - 5:10am

Fire engulfed a popular nightclub in the Romanian capital early Saturday, sending 41 people to hospitals for treatment including one who was seriously injured. No deaths were reported.

Bomb blast kill 22, wounds at least 50 in northwest Pakistan

Riaz Khan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 21st - 4:50am

A bomb exploded Saturday in a market in a northwest tribal region that borders Afghanistan, killing 22 people and wounding at least 50, officials said.

Russian police kills 2 suspected militants in North Caucasus

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 21st - 4:40am

Security forces in a volatile province in Russia's North Caucasus have tracked down and killed two suspected militants.

Scuba diver mauled by shark, takes boat to Australian island

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 21st - 3:50am

A scuba diver mauled by a shark in the Torres Strait on Saturday was transported four hours by boat to an island off the Australian coast for medical treatment, an official said.

Humanitarian groups appeal for $550 million to aid poorest

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 21st - 1:11am

Humanitarian groups say they need $550 million in 2017 to aid the most vulnerable in Afghanistan warning anything less could mean death to many.