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Europe's nationalist leaders launch year of election hopes

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 21st - 1:40am

Nationalist leaders from major European countries are gathering in Germany to kick off a year in which some hope to achieve Donald Trump-style upsets in national elections.

Bomb blast kill 20, wounds at least 50 in northwest Pakistan

Riaz Khan, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 21st - 1:40am

A bomb exploded Saturday in a market in a northwest tribal region that borders Afghanistan, killing 20 people and wounding at least 50, officials said.

16 killed in fiery bus crash on Italian highway

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 21st - 1:20am

A bus carrying Hungarian school students home from a trip to France slammed into a highway barrier in northern Italy and caught fire, killing at least 16 people, police said Saturday. Thirty-nine people survived, though some were seriously injured.

Humanitarian groups appeal for $550 million to aid poorest

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 21st - 1:11am

Humanitarian groups say they need $550 million in 2017 to aid the most vulnerable in Afghanistan warning anything less could mean death to many.

38 hospitalized after nightclub fire in Romanian capital

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 21st - 1:11am

Fire engulfed a popular nightclub in the Romanian capital Saturday, sending 38 people to hospitals for treatment including one who was seriously injured. No deaths were reported.

Rescue teams pull 2 bodies from Iran building rubble

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 21st - 12:30am

Rescuers found the bodies of two firefighters in the rubble of a commercial building that collapsed in Tehran after a blaze, leaving up to 30 dead, Iran's state TV reported Saturday.

Italian police say 16 dead in bus crash of Hungarian students returning from school trip to France

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 21st - 12:11am

Italian police say 16 dead in bus crash of Hungarian students returning from school trip to France.

2 killed, 10 missing in central China landslide

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 21st - 12:11am

At least two people were killed and 10 others are missing after a hotel in central China was buried in a landslide, the local government reported Saturday.

Pakistani officials say death toll from bomb blast in tribal region near Afghan border is now 18

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 10:50pm

Pakistani officials say death toll from bomb blast in tribal region near Afghan border is now 18.

Turkish assembly passes polemic bill to boost Erdogan powers

Suzan Fraser and Dominique Soguel, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 8:23pm

Turkey's parliament on Saturday approved a contentious constitutional reform package, paving the way for a referendum on a presidential system that would greatly expand the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's office.

Gambia's defeated leader agrees to cede power, leave

Carley Petesch, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 7:31pm

Gambia's defeated leader Yahya Jammeh announced early Saturday he has decided to relinquish power, after hours of last-ditch talks with regional leaders and the threat by a regional military force to make him leave.

Gambia's defeated leader Yahya Jammeh announces he has decided to relinquish power

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 6:41pm

Gambia's defeated leader Yahya Jammeh announces he has decided to relinquish power.

'Miracle underway': Rescuers pull out avalanche survivors

Paolo Santalucia, Gregorio Borgia and Colleen Barry, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 4:53pm

After two days huddled in freezing cold, tons of snow surrounding them in the wreckage of the avalanche-demolished hotel, survivors greeted their rescuers Friday as "angels." Among the 10 people pulled out alive was a plucky 6-year-old who just wanted her favorite cookies.

IS in Syria destroys part of Roman theater in Palmyra

Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 4:11pm

Islamic State militants have destroyed parts of the second-century Roman amphitheater and an iconic monument known as the Tetrapylon in Syria's historic town of Palmyra, the government and experts said Friday.

UN Security Council looks forward to upcoming Syria talks

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 3:53pm

The U.N. Security Council said Friday it looks forward to upcoming talks on Syria in Kazakhstan as "an important step" ahead of the resumption of U.N.-led talks between the Syrian government and opposition in Geneva next month.

Officials: Mexican activist had fled, shot when he returned

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 3:11pm

Human rights officials said Friday an indigenous environmentalist leader shot to death over the weekend had fled his community almost 10 years ago and was killed when he returned to visit a sick relative.

Standoff at Brazil prison where 26 killed over weekend

Renata Brito, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 2:51pm

Inmates wielding knives, machetes and cellphones held their ground Friday at a prison in northeast Brazil where 26 were recently killed.

The Latest: Girl pulled from avalanche hotel, wants cookie

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 1:53pm

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

Brazil investigates crash that killed Car Wash probe judge

Sarah Dilorenzo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 20th - 1:33pm

Brazilian authorities on Friday were investigating a plane crash that killed the Supreme Court justice in charge of a major corruption case just weeks before he was scheduled to issue a ruling that could have revealed accusations against politicians in several Latin American countries.