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Iraqi forces battle Islamic State in pocket of eastern Mosul

Mstyslav Chernov and Sinan Salaheddin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 4:42am

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, as aid groups expressed concern for the estimated 750,000 people still in the militant-held west.

Toll from Italy avalanche climbs to 14 as hopes diminish

Pietro Decristofaro and Paolo Santalucia, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 4:10am

The death toll from an avalanche in central Italy climbed to 14 on Tuesday as hopes began to fade that any of the 15 people still missing might be found alive under a mountain resort buried by tons of snow and rubble.

The Latest: UN seeks over $8 billion in 2017 for Syria aid

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 4:00am

The latest on Syria talks underway for a second day in Kazakhstan and developments on the ground in the war-torn country (all times local):

Hopes fade for justice for dead, lost Sri Lankan journalists

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 3:40am

Activists and relatives say hope is fading fast for the new Sri Lankan government to act against the perpetrators in the killings and disappearances of journalists during the long civil war or the country's previous administration.

Czechs help secure release of Polish national in Syria

Karel Janicek, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 3:31am

Czech and Polish authorities said on Tuesday that a Polish national who went missing in Syria has been released.

Police in Sweden probe rape reportedly aired on Facebook

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 3:21am

Police in Sweden say three men have been arrested on suspicion of being part a group rape that was streamed live on a closed Facebook group.

Israel mulls more administrative detentions, as numbers rise

Karin Laub and Mohammed Daraghmeh, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 3:00am

High school student Hamza Hamad spent 10 months in an Israeli jail for alleged links to the Islamic militant Hamas group, but was never charged with a crime.

British Supreme Court unanimously rules there's no need to consult Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland on Brexit

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 2:50am

British Supreme Court unanimously rules there's no need to consult Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland on Brexit.

Japan's military launches first communications satellite

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 2:50am

Japan's Defense Ministry has launched its first communications satellite.

NATO, Pentagon chiefs discuss military budgets, terrorism

Lorne Cook, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 2:32am

NATO's chief and new U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis have discussed military spending and combating terrorism, the source of criticism of the alliance by President Donald Trump.

Indian army: 3 suspected rebels killed in Kashmir fighting

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 2:21am

Three militants were killed Tuesday in two gunbattles with government forces in the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir, the Indian army said.

Rights group faults Egypt for listing 1,500 on terror list

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 2:20am

An international rights group says an Egyptian court's decision to place more than 1,500 citizens on a terrorism watch list without trial or even prior notification is a "mockery of due process."

After rocky start, second day of Syria talks in Kazakhstan

Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 2:00am

The U.N. envoy for Syria pressed on with efforts Tuesday to shore up a shaky cease-fire between the Damascus government and its allies and rebel factions, as he shuttled between delegates from the two sides on the second day of peace talks in Kazakhstan.

Germany deports 26 rejected Afghan asylum-seekers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 1:50am

Germany has deported 26 Afghan migrants as part of the government's efforts to increase the number of rejected asylum-seekers leaving the country after an influx of more than 1 million migrants in the last two years.

Indonesia probes alleged gun smuggling by peacekeeping unit

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 1:40am

Authorities in Indonesia are investigating allegations of weapons smuggling by dozens of its peacekeepers who were arrested in Sudan, the Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.

Kyrgyz court confirms life sentence for journalist

Leila Saralayeva, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 1:00am

A court in Kyrgyzstan on Tuesday upheld a life sentence for an ethnic Uzbek journalist in a case that has drawn international criticism.

China, Philippines to roll out $3.7B in cooperation projects

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 10:31pm

China and the Philippines have agreed on $3.7 billion worth of projects to boost cooperation, state media cited a senior Chinese official as saying, highlighting the improvement in their formerly frosty relations.

Trump overshadows young migrants' emotional trip to Mexico

Manuel Valdes and Peter Orsi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 10:10pm

Tamara Alcala Dominguez sobbed, barely able to speak, as she buried her face in the sweater of the woman who cared for her when she was a toddler.

Gambia's new president, still in Senegal, names female VP

Abdoulie John and Carley Petesch, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 9:30pm

Gambia's new vice president will be a female leader of the opposition coalition that helped bring new President Adama Barrow to power, a presidential spokesman announced Monday, as regional troops continued security sweeps to prepare for Barrow's return to the country he now rules.