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AP Explains: The African leader who refuses to leave

Cara Anna, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 7:33am

The tiny nation of Gambia has West Africa on the brink of a military intervention, and thousands, including cabinet ministers, are fleeing the country. Longtime President Yahya Jammeh is refusing to step down after losing elections and has declared a state of emergency, and parliament has voted to extend his term by three months. On Thursday, President-elect Adama Barrow intends to go through with his inauguration, with the support of the international community. Here's a look at the crisis.

Israeli Arab, policeman killed amid clashes over demolitions

Aron Heller, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 7:21am

An Israeli Arab rammed his vehicle into a group of police officers on Wednesday, killing one of them before he was shot dead during clashes in southern Israel, police said. Local residents, however, accused the police of using excessive force and said the man lost control of his vehicle after he was shot.

Gambia leader's term extended as tourists are evacuated

Abdoulie John, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 7:21am

Gambian legislators voted to extend President Yahya Jammeh's term by three months, just hours before his mandate was set to expire, state television reported Wednesday. As tourists were evacuated, regional countries prepared for a possible military intervention.

46 'severely injured' people remain at Nigeria bombing scene

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 7:11am

At least 46 "severely injured" people remain in a refugee camp that Nigeria's military says it mistakenly bombed and they need urgent evacuation, the International Committee for the Red Cross said Wednesday.

Bosnian Serb nationalist leader rejects US sanctions on him

Amer Cohadzic, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 7:11am

Bosnian Serb nationalist leader Milorad Dodik has dismissed U.S. sanctions imposed on him for obstructing the peace accords that ended Bosnia's war two decades ago, calling it a reversible act of revenge by the departing Obama administration.

Death toll in Mali suicide blast rises to more than 50

Yacouba Cisse, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 6:53am

A suicide bomber in an explosives-laden vehicle attacked a camp in northern Mali on Wednesday, killing more than 50 people and wounding more than 100 soldiers and former fighters now trying to stabilize the region.

Taliban bomb expert accidently kills himself and 4 sons

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 6:51am

The government says an expert bomb maker for the insurgent Taliban inadvertently killed himself and his four sons in northern Afghanistan, while building a cache of roadside bombs.

Iraq military: Troops have 'full control' of eastern Mosul

Sinan Salaheddin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 6:51am

U.S.-backed Iraqi government troops announced on Wednesday they were in "full control" of eastern Mosul, after routing Islamic State militants from that part of the northern city almost exactly three months since the major operation started.

Turkey rounds up 27 with links to suspected nightclub gunman

Suzan Fraser and Dominique Soguel, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 6:30am

Turkish police rounded up 27 people linked to the suspected gunman in Istanbul's New Year's Eve nightclub attack and the justice minister said Wednesday that the capture of the suspect will lead to a better understanding of the Islamic State group's operations in Turkey.

Serbian activists beaten after protesting war criminal event

Jovana Gec, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 6:30am

A Serbian rights group said Wednesday its activists were beaten after interrupting an event organized by the ruling populists that included an appearance by a convicted war criminal.

Death toll in northern Mali attack rises above 50, with more than 100 wounded, military says

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 6:30am

Death toll in northern Mali attack rises above 50, with more than 100 wounded, military says.

Turkish parliament resumes voting on Erdogan's powers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 6:23am

Turkey's parliament is scheduled on Wednesday to start a second round of deliberations on a contentious package of constitutional amendments that would give President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's office executive powers.

Malaysia says OIC will push Myanmar to halt Rohingya crisis

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 6:22am

Malaysia's foreign minister said Wednesday that the Organization of Islamic Cooperation is expected to call for a halt to violence against Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim minority and for the safe return of refugees.

German vice chancellor condemns populist's Holocaust remarks

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 6:20am

Germany's vice chancellor has harshly condemned remarks by a prominent member of the nationalist Alternative for Germany party calling for an end to the country's decades-long tradition of acknowledging and atoning for its Nazi past.

Iraqi PM wants full disclosure about 2003 US-led invasion

Sinan Salaheddin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 6:12am

Iraq's prime minister is demanding full disclosure about events surrounding the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.

Poland's top politician wants tighter parliament order rules

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 6:10am

Rules must be changed in Poland's parliament to ensure order and discipline in case opposition lawmakers stage further protests and obstruction. The country's most influential politician said.

Official: Russia could end ban on US adoptions

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 6:02am

The speaker of Russia's upper house of parliament said Wednesday Moscow is willing to open discussions about rescinding the ban on Americans adopting Russian children.

Kosovo premier calls on Serbia to drop threatening language

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 6:00am

Kosovo's prime minister has called on Serbia to refrain from threatening language and turn to dialogue and cooperation.

Cyprus peace deal nudges closer as hurdles still to overcome

Menelaos Hadjicostis, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 6:00am

Diplomats are meeting Wednesday in the Swiss resort of Mont Pelerin, charged with figuring out if the differences are bridgeable in a deal to reunify ethnically split Cyprus.