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Gambia's defeated leader Yahya Jammeh announces he has decided to relinquish power

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 6:41pm

Gambia's defeated leader Yahya Jammeh announces he has decided to relinquish power.

Gambia's defeated leader agrees to cede power, leave

Carley Petesch and Babacar Dione, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 6:23pm

Gambia's defeated leader Yahya Jammeh will step down and leave the country, Mauritania's president said early Saturday, while Gambia's new president declared that "the rule of fear" in the tiny West African nation had ended.

'Miracle underway': Rescuers pull out avalanche survivors

Paolo Santalucia, Gregorio Borgia and Colleen Barry, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 4:53pm

After two days huddled in freezing cold, tons of snow surrounding them in the wreckage of the avalanche-demolished hotel, survivors greeted their rescuers Friday as "angels." Among the 10 people pulled out alive was a plucky 6-year-old who just wanted her favorite cookies.

IS in Syria destroys part of Roman theater in Palmyra

Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 4:11pm

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.

UN Security Council looks forward to upcoming Syria talks

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 3:53pm

The U.N. Security Council said Friday it looks forward to upcoming talks on Syria in Kazakhstan as "an important step" ahead of the resumption of U.N.-led talks between the Syrian government and opposition in Geneva next month.

Officials: Mexican activist had fled, shot when he returned

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 3:11pm

Human rights officials said Friday an indigenous environmentalist leader shot to death over the weekend had fled his community almost 10 years ago and was killed when he returned to visit a sick relative.

Standoff at Brazil prison where 26 killed over weekend

Renata Brito, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 2:51pm

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

The Latest: Girl pulled from avalanche hotel, wants cookie

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 1:53pm

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

Brazil investigates crash that killed Car Wash probe judge

Sarah Dilorenzo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 1:33pm

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.

Rockets hit Istanbul police station and ruling party office

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 1:02pm

Suspected left-wing militants fired light anti-armor weapons Friday at an Istanbul police station and at the ruling party's local headquarters, officials said. No one was injured in the attacks.

Jammeh agrees to cede power to new leader, Senegalese government official says

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 12:50pm

Jammeh agrees to cede power to new leader, Senegalese government official says.

Many still missing at site of deadly Iran building collapse

Nasser Karimi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 12:46pm

Rescue teams in the Iranian capital worked through the night and into the day Friday to try and reach firefighters and other victims believed to be under the rubble of a commercial building that collapsed in Tehran the previous day.

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.

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.

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.