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Egypt court rules against handing islands to Saudi Arabia

Maggie Michael, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 16th - 3:50am

An Egyptian court ruled on Monday against the government's decision to hand over two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia — a landmark verdict likely to deepen tensions with the kingdom and embarrass the government of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.

Muted reaction in Russia to Trump's talk of nuclear arms cut

Nataliya Vasilyeva, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 16th - 3:20am

Suggestions by President-elect Donald Trump that sanctions against Russia could be lifted in exchange for a nuclear arms cut attracted a frosty reception in Moscow on Monday.

Wilders lashes out at Dutch premier Rutte ahead of elections

Mike Corder, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 16th - 3:11am

Dutch firebrand populist Geert Wilders on Monday accused Prime Minister Mark Rutte of behaving like a "dictator" by ruling out a coalition with Wilders' Party for Freedom after national elections on March 15.

Philippines protests China's weapons installation on islands

Teresa Cerojano, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 16th - 2:20am

The Philippines has filed a low-key diplomatic protest with China after a U.S. think tank reported that Beijing appears to have installed anti-aircraft and anti-missile weapons on its man-made islands in the strategically vital South China Sea, the country's top diplomat said Monday.

In landmark move, Egyptian court rules against government agreement to hand over 2 Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 16th - 2:20am

In landmark move, Egyptian court rules against government agreement to hand over 2 Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia.

Afghan government says IS militants kidnap 14 clerics

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 16th - 2:20am

An Afghan official says that Islamic state militants stormed a religious school in eastern Nangarhar province, kidnapping 14 clerics who were teaching at the school and two administrators.

Kyrgyzstan ministry says cargo plane crash kills 37

Leila Saralayeva, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 16th - 1:41am

A cargo plane crashed Monday in a residential area just outside the main airport in Kyrgyzstan, killing at least 37 people, the Emergency Situations Ministry said on Monday.

Bomb blasts at Nigeria's Maiduguri University kill 5

Haruna Umar, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 16th - 1:40am

Two bombs exploded at dawn Monday at Nigeria's northeastern University of Maiduguri, killing at least five people, witnesses and police said.

Civilian casualties mount as Iraqi forces advance in Mosul

Susannah George and Balint Szlanko, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 16th - 1:00am

The mortar attack that left Um Yousef blind in one eye and killed two of her children came on the same day that Iraqi forces retook her neighborhood in eastern Mosul from the Islamic State group.

Oman says it accepts 10 Guantanamo Bay inmates at US request

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 16th - 12:30am

Oman said Monday it accepted 10 inmates 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.

Correction: Jordan-New Cabinet story

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 16th - 12:00am

Jordan's interior and foreign ministers have been replaced in a Cabinet reshuffle, at a time of public discontent with perceived security lapses and rising unemployment.

Oman says it has accepted 10 inmates from U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay ahead of Obama leaving office

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 15th - 11:40pm

Oman says it has accepted 10 inmates from U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay ahead of Obama leaving office.

Kyrgyzstan Health Ministry says a cargo plane crashed near the country's main international airport, killing 32 people

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 15th - 10:40pm

Kyrgyzstan Health Ministry says a cargo plane crashed near the country's main international airport, killing 32 people.

China state media call Trump's Taiwan strategy 'despicable'

Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 15th - 10:04pm

President-elect Donald Trump "speaks like a rookie," China's state-run media said Monday, describing his suggested use of America's position on Taiwan as a bargaining chip as "despicable."

Gambia president says country must wait for court decision

Carley Petesch, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 15th - 5:22pm

Gambia's president said late Sunday that he has filed an injunction to restrict president-elect Adama Barrow from taking office Thursday and to bar other parties from swearing the opposition coalition leader in, telling Gambians they must wait for a Supreme Court hearing before he considers stepping down after more than 22 years in power.

Death toll at 26 inmates from latest Brazil prison violence

Renata Brito, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 15th - 5:00pm

Twenty-six inmates were killed in eruptions of violence inside two prisons in northern Brazil, officials said Sunday as they quelled the latest in a string of jail disturbances across the country in which more than 100 people died within two weeks.

Turkey parliament moves country toward presidential system

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 15th - 4:11pm

Turkey's parliament moved a step closer late Sunday to approving a constitutional reform package that would pave the way for a presidential system.

World diplomats tell Trump, Israel: Mideast needs peace

Angela Charlton and Matthew Lee, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 15th - 2:11pm

Sending a forceful message to Israel's prime minister and the incoming Trump administration, dozens of countries called Sunday on Israel and the Palestinians to revive work toward long-elusive peace — including an independent Palestinian state.

Pro-Tibet protesters detained as China's Xi arrives in Bern

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 15th - 2:01pm

Police in the Swiss capital of Bern prevented a pro-Tibet protester from setting himself on fire Sunday on the sidelines of a demonstration against the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping, officials said.

The Latest: Envoy warns Trump govt: Don't move embassy

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 15th - 1:20pm

The Latest on a Paris conference on Mideast peace (all times local):