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Gambia leader, pressured to go, declares state of emergency

Abdoulie John, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 10:41pm

Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh declared a state of emergency on Tuesday, just two days before he is supposed to cede power after losing elections last month.

In Africa, Obama's presidency couldn't help but be personal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 10:21pm

Africa was electrified by the rise of Barack Obama, the first U.S. president of African descent. It was in Africa that he signaled a historic opening toward Cuba, took aim at the twin scourges of corruption and dictatorship and sent thousands of troops to fight one of the most terrifying disease outbreaks in decades.

In final speech, Hong Kong leader warns on independence push

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 10:14pm

Hong Kong's outgoing leader warned in his farewell policy speech Wednesday that independence for the Chinese-controlled territory is not possible.

The Latest: Relatives unhappy Flight 370 plane search ends

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 10:11pm

The Latest on the official suspension of the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (all times local):

4 dead in new shooting in Mexico's Caribbean resort region

Christopher Sherman and Gabriel Alcocer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 9:21pm

Gunmen attacked the state prosecutors' office in this Caribbean resort city Tuesday, and authorities said four people were killed, ratcheting up tensions just a day after a shooting at a music festival in a nearby town left three foreigners and two Mexicans dead.

Puerto Ricans cheer commutation for nationalist Oscar Lopez

Danica Coto, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 8:51pm

Car horns rang out across Puerto Rico and people celebrated in the streets Tuesday after President Barack Obama announced he had commuted the prison sentence of 74-year-old nationalist Oscar Lopez Rivera.

Czech man in Thailand arrested for alleged sexual offense

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 8:31pm

Thai police say they have arrested a Czech man in Phuket who is believed to be infected with HIV and is wanted by Interpol for alleged sexual offenses against minors back home.

Aborigine promoted in Australian Cabinet reshuffle

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 5:55pm

Australia's prime minister on Wednesday announced a limited reshuffle of his Cabinet in which he appointed the nation's first aboriginal federal minister.

Rolls Royce agrees to pay $808 million on bribery claims

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 5:55pm

Jet engine maker Rolls Royce has agreed to pay 671 million pounds ($808 million) to settle bribery and corruption charges brought by authorities in Britain, the U.S. and Brazil.

Italy convicts 8 South Americans in deaths from 1970s-80s

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 5:50pm

A Rome court on Tuesday convicted eight former South American political and military leaders in the disappearance and deaths of 23 people of Italian origin during the crackdown on leftists and intellectuals by the region's military dictatorships.

WikiLeaks hails Manning clemency, makes no mention of pledge

Danica Kirka and Raphael Satter, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 5:40pm

WikiLeaks said President Barack Obama may have saved Chelsea Manning's life by granting clemency to the former Army intelligence analyst Tuesday. But the secret-spilling site said little about founder Julian Assange's promise that he would agree to extradition to the United States if Manning got clemency.

Australia defends end of MH370 hunt; investigation continues

Kristen Gelineau, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 5:10pm

Australia's Transport Minister Darren Chester said on Wednesday that experts will continue analyzing data and scrutinizing debris washing ashore from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in a bid to narrow down where it crashed in the southern Indian Ocean. But Chester declined to specify what kind of breakthrough would convince officials to resume the search for the missing airliner that was suspended this week after almost three years.

German nationalist calls for end to Nazi guilt

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 3:51pm

A prominent member of the nationalist Alternative for Germany party wants to end the country's decades-long tradition of acknowledging and atoning for its Nazi past.

Brazil struggles to curb prison violence that has killed 125

Peter Prengaman and Mauricio Savarese, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 3:10pm

Brazilian authorities are scrambling to stop a wave of prison violence that has killed at least 125 inmates in two weeks, many with their heads cut off or their hearts and intestines ripped out.

Nigerian air force bombs refugee camp, more than 100 dead

Haruna Umar and Bashir Adigun, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 2:33pm

A Nigerian air force fighter jet on a mission against Boko Haram extremists mistakenly bombed a refugee camp on Tuesday, killing more than 100 refugees and aid workers and wounding 200, a government official and doctors said.

AP PHOTOS: Argentine town digs out after mammoth mudslide

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 2:31pm

People in this small town in northern Jujuy province are scrambling to rescue what's left of their belongings a week after torrential rains unleashed a devastating mudslide that buried most of the homes.

Top NATO general echoes Trump's 'obsolete' criticism

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 1:52pm

A top NATO general is conceding that parts of the military alliance need to be brought up to date following U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's claim that NATO is "obsolete."

Markets cheer, EU wary as UK PM May signals 'clean Brexit'

Jill Lawless and Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 1:45pm

Britain's future outside the European Union became much clearer Tuesday: It's so long to the single market, goodbye to the European Court of Justice and farewell to the freedom of movement for workers.

Tajani elected president of European Parliament

Raf Casert, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 17th - 1:41pm

Antonio Tajani of the EPP Christian Democrat group was elected president of the European Parliament on Tuesday in a daylong polling series during which he defeated his socialist opponent.