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Gambian leader told to cede power or be forced out

Carley Petesch and Babacar Dione, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 7:21am

The leaders of Guinea and Mauritania arrived in Gambia's capital Friday in a last-ditch diplomatic effort to get defeated President Yahya Jammeh to cede power, while a regional military force was awaiting orders to act.

Italian firefighter: Rescue crews have indications of other survivors under rubble of avalanche-struck hotel

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 7:10am

Italian firefighter: Rescue crews have indications of other survivors under rubble of avalanche-struck hotel.

IS in Syria destroys part of Roman theater in Palmyra

Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 7:04am

Islamic State militants destroyed parts of the second-century Roman theater in Syria's historic town of Palmyra and the site's landmark ancient Tetrapylon, the government and opposition activists said Friday.

Turkish army: IS attack kills 5 Turkish soldiers in Syria

Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 7:00am

Turkey's military said the Islamic State group has killed five Turkish soldiers and wounded nine others in a bomb attack in a northern Syrian town.

Royal Navy removes WWII bomb from River Thames in London

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 6:32am

Britain's Royal Navy on Friday removed and detonated a still-dangerous World War II bomb whose discovery in the River Thames shut down a chunk of central London.

Rescue crews find some 8 people alive after Italy avalanche

Paolo Santalucia and Gregorio Borgia, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 6:30am

Rescue crews located up to eight people alive in the kitchen of an avalanche-crushed hotel on Friday, an incredible discovery that boosted spirits two days after the massive snow slide buried around 30 people in the resort.

Nice prosecutor: no security lapse in Nice attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 6:10am

Nice public prosecutor has dismissed allegations that French authorities and the city of Nice failed to implement proper security measures in July when a man drove a truck into the crowds, killing 86 people.

With little room to maneuver, Syria's rebels head for talks

Sarah El Deeb and Zeina Karam, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 6:10am

Syrian rebels are sending more than a dozen representatives next week to the capital of Kazakhstan for talks with government representatives, the first such negotiations between the two sides in a year.

8 people found alive in rubble of avalanche-struck hotel, including 2 children, ANSA reports, citing carabinieri

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 5:31am

8 people found alive in rubble of avalanche-struck hotel, including 2 children, ANSA reports, citing carabinieri.

Russian political elites revel in Trump's inauguration

Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 5:20am

Russian officials and lawmakers lauded Donald Trump's inauguration Friday, hoping it will herald a period of better ties with the United States, while revelers in Moscow and elsewhere gathered for celebrations as bar and club owners sought to cash in on public excitement.

Danes can also fight militants with Iraqi troops

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 5:20am

Denmark has extended the mandate of an undisclosed number of special Danish troops training Iraqi troops fighting Islamic State group, to also fight militants.

4 killed, 15 hurt after car strikes pedestrians in Melbourne

Kristen Gelineau, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 5:10am

A man with a history of mental health and drug abuse issues drove into a street crowded with pedestrians in Australia's second-largest city on Friday, killing at least four people, including a child, and injuring around 15 others, police said.

Man with knife attacks in Paris rail system, flees

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 4:50am

Police say a man armed with a knife attacked passengers in the Paris rail system seemingly at random, before fleeing into the night.

UNESCO: 30 percent of Aleppo's ancient city destroyed

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 4:50am

UNESCO says about a third of the ancient city of Aleppo has been destroyed during the war in Syria.

Police radio that 5 people believed alive in avalanche hotel, request rescue helicopters

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 3:51am

Police radio that 5 people believed alive in avalanche hotel, request rescue helicopters.

Call for Nigeria military chief to stop intimidating press

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 3:40am

Nigeria's army chief must stop intimidating a news website and drop defamation charges, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Friday.

Boko Haram attacks camp bombed by Nigeria's air force

Haruna Umar and Ismail Alfa Abdulrahim, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 3:40am

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.

Spain: 2,000 trapped overnight as snow cuts off highways

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 2:30am

Authorities say some 2,000 people were trapped overnight in vehicles as heavy snowfall cut off several roads in eastern Spain.

Afghan official says 2 foreign insurgents arrested in raid

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 2:20am

An Afghan official says four Taliban have been killed and two insurgents, with suspected ties to the jihadist group the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, arrested in a raid in northern Afghanistan.