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Russian political elites revel in Trump's inauguration

Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 5:20am

Russian officials and lawmakers lauded Donald Trump's inauguration Friday, hoping it will herald a period of better ties with the United States, while revelers in Moscow and elsewhere gathered for celebrations as bar and club owners sought to cash in on public excitement.

Danes can also fight militants with Iraqi troops

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 5:20am

Denmark has extended the mandate of an undisclosed number of special Danish troops training Iraqi troops fighting Islamic State group, to also fight militants.

Syria: IS destroys part of Roman theater in Palmyra

Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 5:10am

Islamic State group militants destroyed the landmark ancient Tetrapylon and parts of the 2nd century Roman theater in Syria's historic town of Palmyra, the government and opposition monitoring groups said Friday.

Gambian leader told to cede power or be forced out

Carley Petesch and Babacar Dione, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 5:10am

The leaders of Guinea and Mauritania arrived in Gambia's capital Friday in a last-ditch diplomatic effort to get defeated President Yahya Jammeh to cede power, while a regional military force was awaiting orders to act.

5 reported alive in rubble of Italian hotel hit by avalanche

Paolo Santalucia and Gregorio Borgia, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 5:00am

Five people were found alive in the rubble of an Italian hotel Friday, two days after an avalanche tore through the mountain resort and trapped an estimated 30 people inside, rescue crews reported.

Man with knife attacks in Paris rail system, flees

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 4:50am

Police say a man armed with a knife attacked passengers in the Paris rail system seemingly at random, before fleeing into the night.

UNESCO: 30 percent of Aleppo's ancient city destroyed

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 4:50am

UNESCO says about a third of the ancient city of Aleppo has been destroyed during the war in Syria.

The Latest: 5 believed alive in Italy avalanche hotel

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 4:00am

The Latest on the avalanche that buried a hotel in central Italy (all times local):

Police radio that 5 people believed alive in avalanche hotel, request rescue helicopters

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 3:51am

Police radio that 5 people believed alive in avalanche hotel, request rescue helicopters.

Call for Nigeria military chief to stop intimidating press

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 3:40am

Nigeria's army chief must stop intimidating a news website and drop defamation charges, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Friday.

Boko Haram attacks camp bombed by Nigeria's air force

Haruna Umar and Ismail Alfa Abdulrahim, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 3:40am

Boko Haram extremists attacked a refugee camp in northeast Nigeria just days after Nigeria's air force bombed it, witnesses said Friday, as reports emerged that the death toll from the bombing could be as high as 170.

Royal Navy removes WWII bomb from River Thames in London

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 3:10am

Britain's Royal Navy has removed a suspected World War II bomb whose discovery in the River Thames shut down a chunk of central London.

Spain: 2,000 trapped overnight as snow cuts off highways

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 2:30am

Authorities say some 2,000 people were trapped overnight in vehicles as heavy snowfall cut off several roads in eastern Spain.

Afghan official says 2 foreign insurgents arrested in raid

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

An Afghan official says four Taliban have been killed and two insurgents, with suspected ties to the jihadist group the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, arrested in a raid in northern Afghanistan.

Rescuers searching for victims of Iran building collapse

Nasser Karimi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 1:30am

Rescue teams worked through the night to try and reach trapped firefighters and other victims after a commercial building collapsed in Iran's capital and killed at least 30 firefighters.

Japan PM pledges 'unchanging' allegiance to US under Trump

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 12:42am

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.

Timing of Mexico drug lord's extradition seen as political

Peter Orsi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 12:11am

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.

Farmers battered by Thailand floods find a golden upside

Kaweewit Kaewjinda, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 12:10am

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.

Defeated Gambian leader ordered to cede power by midday Friday or be forced out by regional troops already in country

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 12:00am

Defeated Gambian leader ordered to cede power by midday Friday or be forced out by regional troops already in country.