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Philippines, communist rebels resume peace talks in Rome

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 9:32am

Philippine negotiators and communist guerrillas resumed peace talks in Rome on Thursday, with the insurgents warning that alleged government violations of an accord on human rights might prompt them to terminate a monthslong cease-fire.

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Collapse of burning Tehran high-rise kills 30 firefighters

Amir Vahdat and Nasser Karimi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 9:20am

A high-rise building in Tehran engulfed by fire collapsed on Thursday, killing at least 30 firefighters and injuring some 75 people, state media reported.

Gambia president-elect set for inauguration in Senegal

Babacar Dione and Robbie Corey-Boulet, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 9:02am

Gambia's president-elect was set to be sworn into office at the Gambian embassy in neighboring Senegal on Thursday, while an official close to longtime leader Yahya Jammeh said loyalists would resist a West African regional force if it tried to arrest him.

A tale of 2 inaugurations: Trump vs. Gambia's chaos

Cara Anna, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 8:40am

One inauguration has been planned for months, with a global spotlight and a Washington setting. The other has been announced just hours ahead of time and is taking place outside the country after weeks of chaos.

Desalination plant brings relief to Gaza

Fares Akram, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 8:23am

International aid workers on Thursday opened a new desalination plant in the Gaza Strip, bringing some relief to a territory where 97 percent of the water is undrinkable.

German lawmakers back plan for cannabis prescriptions

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 8:21am

German lawmakers have approved legislation that would allow some patients to get cannabis as a prescription-only medication.

At least 24 children killed when bus, truck collide in India

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 8:15am

A truck loaded with sand collided with a school bus early Thursday, killing at least 24 young children in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, police said.

Kosovo sentences 7 for ties to terror groups in Syria

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 8:11am

A Kosovo court has sentenced seven Albanian citizens on charges of terror, participating in terror groups and recruiting for Islamic terror groups in Syria.

Albanian teacher arrested for pro-IS propaganda

Llazar Semini, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 8:11am

Albanian police said Thurday they had arrested a female teacher for making statements supportive of the Islamic State extremist group.

Mexican president, residents mourn school shooting

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 8:00am

Mexico's president has called for reflection after a 15-year-old student opened fire in a middle-school classroom, hitting a teacher and two other students in the head before killing himself.

Polish police release protesters' photos, seeking identities

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 7:52am

Poland's interior minister says the decision to post photos of some anti-government protesters shows there is "zero tolerance for breaches of the law," but opposition lawmakers see it as "political revenge" intended to intimidate government critics.

6 Britons on pilgrimage killed in Saudi Arabia road crash

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 7:30am

The British government says six U.K. citizens have been killed and others injured in a road crash in Saudi Arabia.

Shelling kills 2 in Aleppo as Assad supporters celebrate

Bassem Mroue and Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 7:22am

Shells slammed into the northern Syrian city of Aleppo Thursday, killing two people as thousands of government supporters gathered in a main square nearby to celebrate last month's capture of the city's eastern neighborhoods from rebels.

Greek president: Turkish troops, guarantees "unacceptable"

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 7:20am

Greece's president says an insistence by Turkey and Turkish Cypriots on keeping troops and military intervention rights on Cyprus even after the ethnically split island is reunified is "anachronistic" and unacceptable."

OIC indirectly condemns Trump plan to move Israel embassy

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 7:11am

Foreign ministers from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation on Thursday indirectly condemned plans by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

New Bulgarian president takes oath of office

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 6:40am

Bulgaria's new president, Rumen Radev, took his oath of office Thursday, preparing the way for him to formally take over the post from Rosen Plevneliev on Sunday.

Kosovo asks EU, US and others to denounce Serbia provocation

Florent Bajrami, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 6:40am

Kosovo's foreign minister has written to his counterparts in the European Union, U.S. and other countries denouncing "numerous acts of provocation and aggression" from Serbia, an official said Thursday.

Nigerian leader leaves for Britain until Feb. 6 for checkups

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 6:10am

Nigeria says President Muhammadu Buhari is taking leave for more than two weeks in Britain for medical checkups.

Botswana says it does not recognize Gambia's Jammeh

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 6:10am

African nations have begun stepping away from Gambia's longtime leader, who has refused to accept defeat in a December election.