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U.S. ponders cutting military forces in Africa; allies worry

Carley Petesch, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 29th - 2:00am

As extremist violence grows across Africa, the United States is considering reducing its military presence on the continent, a move that worries its international partners who are working to strengthen the fight in the tumultuous Sahel region.

Syrian troops capture key town in rebel-held Idlib province

Albert Aji, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 29th - 1:32am

Syrian troops are in full control of a key rebel-held town in the country's northwest after days of intense fighting and airstrikes that displaced tens of thousands of people, the Syrian army said Wednesday.

Giraffe still missing after 2 escape from truck in Thailand

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 29th - 1:20am

Has anyone seen a giraffe running on a highway in Thailand?

Virus in China affects sports events, Olympic qualifiers

Graham Dunbar, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 29th - 1:18am

Amid growing concern at the spread of a new virus outbreak in China, international sports have been postponed and Olympic qualifying tournaments are being taken elsewhere.

Israel headed for clash with ICC over West Bank settlements

Josef Federman, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 28th - 11:26pm

Emboldened by a supportive White House, Israel appears to be barreling toward a showdown with the international community over its half-century-old settlement enterprise in the West Bank.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 4:40 a.m. EST

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 28th - 10:40pm

An airplane that a federal official said was evacuating as many as 240 Americans from a Chinese city at the center of a virus outbreak departed Wednesday has landed in the U.S. Wuhan is the epicenter of a new virus that has sickened thousands and killed more than 100. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to speak publicly. The plane left before dawn Wednesday, China time. It’s first stop is Anchorage, where travelers will be re-screened for the virus. Hospitals are prepared to treat or quarantine people who may be infected. Then the plane heads to California.

UAE confirms first cases of new Chinese virus in Mideast

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 28th - 10:34pm

The United Arab Emirates on Wednesday confirmed the first cases in the Mideast of the new Chinese virus that causes flu-like symptoms, saying doctors now were treating a family that had just come from a city at the epicenter of the outbreak.

United Arab Emirates announces first confirmed case of Chinese coronavirus in the Middle East

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 28th - 10:30pm

United Arab Emirates announces first confirmed case of Chinese coronavirus in the Middle East.

Japanese evacuation flight brings back workers from Wuhan

Kaori Hitomi and Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 28th - 9:01pm

The first group of Japanese evacuees from a virus-hit Chinese city arrived in Tokyo on Wednesday, wearing masks but showing a sense of relief.

Japanese officials say 4 evacuees on flight from Chinese city of Wuhan have cough and fever and were taken to hospital

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 28th - 8:38pm

Japanese officials say 4 evacuees on flight from Chinese city of Wuhan have cough and fever and were taken to hospital.

The Latest: Chinese soccer team quarantined in Australia

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 28th - 7:36pm

The Latest on the outbreak of a new virus from China:

Deaths rise to 132 in China outbreak as foreigners leave

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 28th - 5:34pm

Countries began evacuating their citizens Wednesday from the Chinese city hardest-hit by an outbreak of a new virus that has killed 132 people and infected more than 6,000 on the mainland and abroad.

A Japanese chartered flight carrying 206 evacuees from Wuhan, China, has landed at Tokyo's Haneda international airport

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 28th - 5:15pm

A Japanese chartered flight carrying 206 evacuees from Wuhan, China, has landed at Tokyo's Haneda international airport.

Death toll in new China virus outbreak in mainland China rises to 132, cases increase to 5,974

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 28th - 5:12pm

Death toll in new China virus outbreak in mainland China rises to 132, cases increase to 5,974.

UN discussing resolution to endorse plan for peace in Libya

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 28th - 3:37pm

The U.N. Security Council is discussing a resolution that would endorse a plan for restoring peace in Libya and urge progress toward a cease-fire, amid new clashes between the country’s two rival governments.

Egypt urges Israelis, Palestinians to 'carefully study' Trump plan

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 28th - 12:56pm

Egypt urges Israelis, Palestinians to 'carefully study' Trump plan.

Mag 7.7 quake hits between Cuba and Jamaica, but no injuries

Michael Weissenstein, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 28th - 12:32pm

A powerful magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck in the Caribbean Sea between Jamaica and eastern Cuba on Tuesday, shaking a vast area from Mexico to Florida and beyond, but there were no reports of casualties or heavy damage.

Powerful earthquake strikes between Cuba and Jamaica

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 28th - 12:27pm

Powerful earthquake strikes between Cuba and Jamaica.

Netanyahu to ask Cabinet on Sunday to endorse plan to annex parts of West Bank

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 28th - 12:09pm

Netanyahu to ask Cabinet on Sunday to endorse plan to annex parts of West Bank.