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Toll from Italy avalanche climbs to 15 as hopes diminish

Pietro Decristofaro and Paolo Santalucia, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 5:40am

Hopes began to fade Tuesday that any more survivors would be found from a devastating avalanche, as the death toll climbed to 14 and rescue crews were hit with another tragedy nearby: reports of a downed helicopter ferrying an injured skier off the slopes.

The Latest: Syria talks in Astana pledge to safeguard truce

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 5:40am

The latest on Syria talks underway for a second day in Kazakhstan and developments on the ground in the war-torn country (all times local):

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The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 5:10am

Russia, Turkey and Iran call on Syrian rebels at the talks in Kazakhstan to break away from al-Qaida's affiliate.

Kyrgyzstan hikes fines for public drinking, swearing

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 5:10am

Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev has signed a decree increasing fines for swearing and drinking in public.

Hopes fade for justice for dead, lost Sri Lankan journalists

Krishan Francis, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 5:00am

Hope is fading fast that Sri Lanka's government will take action against those responsible for the deaths and disappearances of dozens of journalists during and after the country's long civil war, activists and relatives said Tuesday.

Official: Taliban launch nearly 19,000 attacks in 10 months

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 5:00am

An Afghan Defense Ministry official says the Taliban have launched nearly 19,000 attacks throughout the country in the last 10 months. By comparison the Afghan National Security Forces carried out roughly 700 counter-insurgency operations during the same period.

Palestinian teen's case casts spotlight on Israel detentions

Karin Laub and Mohammed Daraghmeh, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 4:50am

High school student Hamza Hamad spent 10 months in an Israeli jail for alleged links to the Islamic militant Hamas group, but was never charged with a crime.

Italy's civil protection says it's checking reports of a helicopter incident in avalanche area

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 4:50am

Italy's civil protection says it's checking reports of a helicopter incident in avalanche area.

AP PHOTOS: Burned out migrants in Greece try to keep sane

Muhammed Muheisen, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 4:00am

Kawa Mohammed lives in a small tent with his wife and his three children in the Kalochori refugee camp on the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki's outskirts.

Hopes fade for justice for dead, lost Sri Lankan journalists

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 3:40am

Activists and relatives say hope is fading fast for the new Sri Lankan government to act against the perpetrators in the killings and disappearances of journalists during the long civil war or the country's previous administration.

Czechs help secure release of Polish national in Syria

Karel Janicek, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 3:31am

Czech and Polish authorities said on Tuesday that a Polish national who went missing in Syria has been released.

Police in Sweden probe rape reportedly aired on Facebook

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 3:21am

Police in Sweden say three men have been arrested on suspicion of being part a group rape that was streamed live on a closed Facebook group.

British Supreme Court unanimously rules there's no need to consult Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland on Brexit

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 2:50am

British Supreme Court unanimously rules there's no need to consult Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland on Brexit.

Japan's military launches first communications satellite

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 2:50am

Japan's Defense Ministry has launched its first communications satellite.

NATO, Pentagon chiefs discuss military budgets, terrorism

Lorne Cook, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 2:32am

NATO's chief and new U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis have discussed military spending and combating terrorism, the source of criticism of the alliance by President Donald Trump.

Indian army: 3 suspected rebels killed in Kashmir fighting

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 2:21am

Three militants were killed Tuesday in two gunbattles with government forces in the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir, the Indian army said.

Rights group faults Egypt for listing 1,500 on terror list

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 2:20am

An international rights group says an Egyptian court's decision to place more than 1,500 citizens on a terrorism watch list without trial or even prior notification is a "mockery of due process."

After rocky start, second day of Syria talks in Kazakhstan

Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 2:00am

The U.N. envoy for Syria pressed on with efforts Tuesday to shore up a shaky cease-fire between the Damascus government and its allies and rebel factions, as he shuttled between delegates from the two sides on the second day of peace talks in Kazakhstan.

Germany deports 26 rejected Afghan asylum-seekers

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 24th - 1:50am

Germany has deported 26 Afghan migrants as part of the government's efforts to increase the number of rejected asylum-seekers leaving the country after an influx of more than 1 million migrants in the last two years.