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Video shows Italian who was tortured to death in Egypt

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 8:50am

Egyptian state television has aired footage of an Italian student taken weeks before he was abducted and tortured to death.

Yemeni government forces take strategic port of Mokha

Ahmed Al-Haj, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 8:40am

Forces allied with the internationally-recognized government of Yemen seized control of a strategic Red Sea port on Monday after waging an assault against Shiite rebels, a top military commander said.

UK's Theresa May was briefed on nuclear missile system test

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 8:11am

Officials say British Prime Minister Theresa May was told about the June test of Britain's nuclear deterrent system when she took office last year.

European police arrest 245 for arms trafficking

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 8:10am

Spanish police say a pan-European crackdown on illegal arms trafficking has resulted in 664 guns being seized and 245 people arrested in 11 countries.

Harsh exchanges make for a rocky start to latest Syria talks

Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 8:02am

Negotiators for the Syrian government and representatives of rebel factions traded accusations of terrorism after their first face-to-face meeting on Monday, as talks in Kazakhstan arranged by Russia and Turkey got off to a rocky start.

Icy, brief face-to-face meeting of Syria government, rebels

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 8:00am

Their seats remained empty for a few tense minutes after the Russia-Turkey-sponsored talks were officially inaugurated. Then, the Syrian rebel delegation finally walked into the room, marking what was supposed to be an ice-breaking first encounter.

3 puppies found alive in Italy avalanche; survivors go home

Paolo Santalucia and Colleen Barry, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 8:00am

Emergency crews digging into an avalanche-slammed hotel were cheered Monday by the discovery of three puppies who had survived for days under tons of snow — giving them new hope for the 23 people still missing in the disaster.

Austrian official: suspect potentially dangerous radical

George Jahn, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 7:50am

Austrian police urged Vienna residents Monday to be on heightened alert for suspicious objects and activities as they hunted for possible associates of a suspected Islamic radical who they say might have been planning a bomb attack.

Top Hamas leader in Gaza visits Egypt, 1st trip since 2013

Brian Rohan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 7:31am

The top Hamas official from the Gaza Strip has arrived in Egypt for meetings with security officials, the highest level visit by a member of the Palestinian militant group since Egypt's army overthrew an Islamist president in 2013.

Liberia: Charles Taylor's ex-wife named as VP candidate

Jonathan Paye-Layleh, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 7:30am

Liberia's international soccer star turned presidential candidate has named the ex-wife of former President Charles Taylor as his running mate.

2nd victim linked to suspect in German freezer killing

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 7:30am

Berlin police say a man suspected of killing an elderly man and collecting his pension for a decade, before police found his body in a freezer, may have had a second victim.

German populists to discipline member for Holocaust remarks

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 6:50am

The nationalist Alternative for Germany party says it will take "internal measures" against a prominent member for his comments suggesting ending the country's tradition of acknowledging and atoning for its Nazi past, but stopped short of expelling him from the party.

Iraq premier orders probe into violations by troops in Mosul

Sinan Salaheddin, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 6:42am

Iraq's prime minister on Monday ordered an investigation into violations of human rights and other abuses purportedly committed by government troops and paramilitary forces battling the Islamic State group to retake the city of Mosul.

Fight for the right: Dutch PM says integrate or leave

Mike Corder, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 6:33am

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte sought to lure voters away from anti-immigration lawmaker Geert Wilders, as campaigning for the March 15 national elections heated up on Monday.

The Latest: Syria rebel slams "terrorism" of Bashar Assad

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 6:30am

The latest on Syria talks that are being held in Kazakhstan and developments on the ground in the war-torn country (all times local):

10 suspected Indonesian migrants drown off Malaysia

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 6:20am

The bodies of 10 people believed to be Indonesian migrants were found washed ashore in Malaysia on Monday not far from a capsized boat, officials said. Two Indonesians were rescued.

Panel's report support letting Japan's emperor abdicate

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 6:10am

A government panel studying a possible abdication of Japanese Emperor Akihito released an interim report Monday in favor of enacting special legislation that would apply to him but not to future monarchs.

Glance at Kazakh capital Astana, host of Syria talks

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 6:10am

Astana, the capital city of Kazakhstan, which is hosting Syria peace talks, is a relatively new name on the map.

Eq. Guinea opposition denounces arrival of Gambia's Jammeh

Robbie Corey-Boulet, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 23rd - 6:00am

Equatorial Guinea's opposition denounced the government's decision to welcome exiled Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, who flew to the Central African nation over the weekend after 22 years in power.