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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.

Collapse of burning Tehran high-rise kills 30 firefighters

Amir Vahdat and Nasser Karimi, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 6:40am

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.

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.

Gambia president-elect plans inauguration in Senegal

Babacar Dione and Robbie Corey-Boulet, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 6:30am

Gambia's president-elect said Thursday he will be sworn into office at the Gambian embassy in neighboring Senegal, while there was no word from longtime leader Yahya Jammeh on the day that his mandate expired.

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.

Obama makes farewell call to Afghan leaders

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

The Afghan government says President Barak Obama made a farewell phone call to President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah congratulating them on progress fighting corruption and offering his condolences for recent attacks.

Iran says not worried, has options if Trump axes nuke deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 5:51am

Iran's foreign minister said Thursday his country isn't worried and has options if U.S. President-elect Donald Trump ditches a nuclear agreement reached between Iran and six world powers.

OIC indirectly protests Trump plan to move Israel embassy

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 5:40am

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.

Rights group: 2016 was deadliest year for Afghan reporters

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 5:40am

A monitoring group says 2016 was the deadliest year yet for journalists in Afghanistan.

The Latest: Italian premier urges redoubling of efforts

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

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

Syrian activists say IS has killed 12 captives in Palmyra

Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 5:30am

The Islamic State group has killed 12 people it held captive in Syria's ancient Palmyra by shooting and beheading them, with some of the slayings carried out in the city's second-century Roman amphitheater, activists said on Thursday.

Albanian teacher arrested for pro-IS propaganda

Llazar Semini, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 5:00am

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

Uganda confirms hundreds of Congolese M23 rebels missing

Rodney Muhumuza, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 4:50am

Hundreds of members of a Congolese rebel group have fled a military camp where they had been awaiting amnesty since the signing of a peace deal with Congo's government in 2013, Uganda's government said Thursday.

From IS to government control, Syrians left with few choices

Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 4:40am

Carrying her four-year-old son, Elham Saleh walked all night behind a smuggler, navigating land mines through Islamic State group- and rebel-held territory in northern Syria.

Philippine police chief apologizes to South Korea in killing

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 4:31am

The Philippine national police chief apologized to South Korea on Thursday over the death of a Korean man who was arrested illegally and then slain by members of an anti-drug task force at the main police camp in Manila.

Former war correspondent on trial in Indonesia for hashish

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 4:20am

A former Reuters war correspondent on trial in Indonesia on charges of possessing hashish faces up to four years in prison, a prosecutor said Thursday.

Jordan boosts border forces amid IS threat from Iraq, Syria

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 4:10am

A senior Jordanian military commander says the kingdom faces a growing threat to its border as Islamic State extremists in neighboring Iraq and Syria are being dislodged from their strongholds by military offensives.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 19th - 3:20am

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.