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Egypt court strikes down islands deal in blow to president

Maggie Michael, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 16th - 8:21am

An Egyptian court on Monday ruled against the government's attempt to transfer two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, an embarrassment for President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi that could deepen tensions with his onetime Gulf patron.

Germany releases timeline on Christmas market truck attacker

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 16th - 8:21am

Germany has published a timeline of authorities' handling of the Tunisian man who drove a truck into a Christmas market in Berlin, killing 12 people and wounding scores.

Blast targeting Turkish police kills at least 1 in southeast

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 16th - 8:21am

Turkish media says police have been targeted in an explosion in a pre-dominantly Kurdish city in southeast Turkey in an attack that has killed least one policeman and wounded others.

Top UN official: 10,000 civilians killed in Yemen conflict

Ahmed Al-Haj, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 16th - 8:14am

The United Nations' humanitarian aid official in Yemen says the civilian death toll in the nearly two-year conflict has reached 10,000, with 40,000 others wounded.

Gunfire rattles Tehran as drone buzzes over Iranian capital

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 16th - 8:11am

Sustained gunfire rang out over central Tehran on Monday afternoon as anti-aircraft guns targeted what officials said was a drone flying over the Iranian capital.

26 sentenced to death in Bangladesh for killing 7 people

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 16th - 8:11am

A court in Bangladesh has sentenced 26 people, including a politician and three officials of an elite security battalion, to death in the politically motivated killings of seven people in 2014.

Trump again rattles Europe

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 16th - 8:00am

European leaders are reacting with surprise and defiance to the latest comments by Donald Trump about NATO.

Biden: Trump should retain sanctions on Russia

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 16th - 8:00am

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, on a last foreign trip before leaving office, has met with Ukraine's president and called on the impending Donald Trump administration to retain Ukraine-related sanctions against Russia.

Berlin lawmaker with Stasi secret police past resigns job

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 16th - 7:20am

A lawmaker in Berlin's new state government has resigned his position over his past with communist East Germany's Stasi secret police, saying he no longer had the support of the left-wing governing coalition.

Oman says it accepts 10 Guantanamo Bay detainees

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 16th - 7:20am

Oman said Monday it accepted 10 detainees from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay ahead of President Barack Obama leaving office, part of his efforts to shrink the facility he promised to close.

Kyrgyzstan: Cargo plane crash kills 37, destroys village

Leila Saralayeva, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 16th - 7:20am

A Turkish cargo plane crashed Monday in a residential area just outside the main airport in Kyrgyzstan, destroying half of a village and killing at least 37 people in the plane and on the ground, the Emergency Situations Ministry said.

Obama made Kenyan artist's name, but Trump portraits fizzle

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 16th - 7:10am

Kenyan artist Evans Yegon is sad to see President Barack Obama leave office. The artist has made a name for himself painting $1,000 portraits of Obama and he's finding the new focus of his work — Donald Trump — a hard sell.

Shallow earthquake rattles Indonesia's third-largest city

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 16th - 7:01am

A shallow earthquake rattled Indonesia's third-largest city Medan on Monday evening, damaging houses and sending thousands of frightened people into the streets. There were no immediate reports of casualties.

Police: 5 killed in shooting at nightclub at Mexican resort

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 16th - 7:00am

A Mexican police officer says a gunman has killed at least five people and wounded nine others at a nightclub in the Caribbean coast resort of Playa del Carmen.

Qatari fuel arrives in Gaza, helping to ease power crisis

Fares Akram, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 16th - 7:00am

Fuel from Qatar arrived in the Gaza Strip on Monday, helping ease a crippling power shortage that has sparked rare demonstrations against the territory's Hamas rulers who responded with a crackdown on protesters.

Iraqi troops advance in eastern Mosul amid fierce clashes

Susannah George, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 16th - 6:50am

Iraqi special forces battled Islamic State militants on Monday in two key neighborhoods in the eastern half of Mosul, a senior commander said, advancing deeper after fully routing IS from the sprawling complex of the Mosul University, a major step in the massive operation to retake the city.

UN: Iran removes sensitive nuclear equipment from site

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 16th - 6:30am

The chief of the U.N. atomic agency says Iran has complied with a key commitment of its nuclear deal with six world powers by removing sensitive equipment from a strategic underground site.

Bombers at Nigeria's Maiduguri University kill professor

Haruna Umar, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 16th - 6:10am

Three suicide bombers, including a child, exploded at dawn Monday at Nigeria's northeastern University of Maiduguri, killing a university professor and another child, witnesses and police said. The bombers also died.

Cambodia cancels military exercise with US

Sopheng Cheang, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 16th - 5:42am

Cambodia has informed the United States that it is canceling an annual joint military exercise this year, even though planning for the event had already begun, officials from both countries said Monday.