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Japan PM pledges 'unchanging' allegiance to US under Trump

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 11:12pm

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday that he plans to visit the U.S. as soon as possible to meet with incoming U.S. President Donald Trump.

Farmers battered by Thailand floods find a golden upside

Kaweewit Kaewjinda, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 11:01pm

Nature regularly taunts the farmers of Thailand by flooding their fields, but this time she's tossed some of them a potential safety net: the chance to pan for gold.

Philippine protesters ask Duterte to stay away from Trump

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 10:40pm

Left-wing and Muslim activists have urged Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in a noisy protest to keep his promise of charting a foreign policy independent of America by staying away from Donald Trump when he becomes president.

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Italy crews work through night after avalanche hits hotel

Colleen Barry, Nicole Winfield and Paolo Santalucia, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 10:33pm

Rescue crews who reached the four-star mountain resort on skis found only eerie silence Thursday after a huge avalanche flattened the hotel, trapping more than 30 people inside. Two bodies were recovered, but the search for survivors was hampered by heavy snowfall and fears the buildings would collapse.

Timing of Mexico drug lord's extradition seen as political

Peter Orsi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 10:31pm

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's abrupt exit to face charges in the U.S. marks the end of an era in which he was Mexico's most notorious drug cartel boss and, for some, the stuff of folk legend.

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Mexican drug lord El Chapo lands in New York to face charges

Tom Hays, Peter Orsi and Bradley Klapper, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 10:25pm

Infamous Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, who twice escaped from maximum-security prisons in his country, was extradited at the request of the United States to face drug trafficking and other charges and arrived in New York late Thursday.

Brazil judge dies in crash ahead of corruption probe ruling

Peter Prengaman and Mauricio Savarese, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 10:21pm

Brazilian Supreme Court Justice Teori Zavascki's died in a small-plane crash just weeks before he was to rule on a major corruption case that could implicate high-ranking politicians in several Latin American countries.

Japan's leader Abe says he wants to meet new US President Donald Trump as soon as possible to deepen U.S.-Japan alliance

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 10:11pm

Japan's leader Abe says he wants to meet new US President Donald Trump as soon as possible to deepen U.S.-Japan alliance.

3 killed, 20 hurt after car strikes pedestrians in Melbourne

Kristen Gelineau, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 9:51pm

A man deliberately drove into a street crowded with pedestrians in Australia's second-largest city on Friday, killing at least three people and injuring 20 others, police said. Officials said the incident had no links to terrorism.

UN alarm that most of al-Shabab's force in Somalia are kids

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 8:21pm

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says he is alarmed at reports that children may constitute a large part of the force recruited and used by al-Shabab Islamic extremists in Somalia.

Man taken by crocodile while wading across Australian river

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 8:01pm

A 47-year-old man has been killed by crocodile while trying to cross a flooded river in northern Australian wilderness, police said Friday.

Captures, extraditions of Mexico drug chiefs in recent years

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 6:01pm

Top Mexican drug cartel bosses captured, killed or extradited in recent years:

Haiti president-elect dismisses money laundering allegations

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 5:30pm

Haiti's president-elect says money laundering accusations that have swirled around him for months are a smear campaign by political enemies.

A look at notable dates in Mexico's decade-old drug war

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 4:30pm

A look at key events in Mexico's war on drugs following the extradition of drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.

Mexico's government says it has extradited drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to the US

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 3:51pm

Mexico's government says it has extradited drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to the US.

Regional troops enter Gambia in effort to get Jammeh to go

Krista Larson and Babacar Dione, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 3:42pm

A West African regional force charged into neighboring Gambia late Thursday to support the country's newly inaugurated president, while longtime ruler Yahya Jammeh showed no sign of stepping down.

French military: Death toll in Mali base attack rises to 77

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 2:22pm

The death toll in a suicide attack on a Mali army camp in the African country's north has risen to 77, a French military spokesman said Thursday.

UN adopts resolution backing Gambia's new President Barrow

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 1:32pm

The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution Thursday expressing "full support" to Gambia's new President Adama Barrow and calling on ex-leader Yahya Jammeh to step down, condemning "in the strongest terms possible" his attempts to usurp power.

Teen had told classmates he would bring gun to Mexico school

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 1:20pm

A 15-year-old in Mexico who shot a teacher and two fellow students in the head before killing himself had told some classmates he was going to bring a gun to school the next day, an official said Thursday.