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Syrian state media reports blast in coastal city of Latakia

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 6:44am

Syrian state TV is reporting that an explosion has occurred at an intersection in the coastal city of Latakia inflicting casualties.

Romania president: plan to invalidate graft cases not legal

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 6:40am

Romania's president says a government decree that could invalidate hundreds of corruption cases involving senior officials is "crassly unconstitutional."

Portuguese police intercept cocaine shipment to Spain

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 6:39am

Portuguese police say they have discovered 430 kilograms (950 pounds) of cocaine concealed inside a banana shipment from Latin America.

Indian police arrest 61 Rohingya Muslims this week

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 6:09am

Police in northeastern India say they have arrested 61 Rohingya Muslims this week amid reports that more than 1,300 have recently crossed the border into Bangladesh.

Italy arrests 7 more in bid to keep Sicilian Mafia down

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 6:08am

Italian police have arrested seven suspected members of the Mafia, as part of an ongoing operation to prevent the Sicilian Mafia from re-establishing a new hierarchy following the prison death 14 months ago of the last boss of bosses.

Denmark: Syrian charged with planning terror goes on trial

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 5:48am

A trial has started against a 31-year-old Syrian man who is charged with planning to explode one or more bombs in Copenhagen and stabbing random people with kitchen knives.

Spain probing if borehole that boy fell into was illegal

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 5:39am

Spain's Civil Guard says it is investigating whether a narrow, deep borehole that a 2-year-old boy fell into last week was built illegally, as authorities struggle to reach the spot where the toddler is believed trapped.

Russian plane bound for Moscow in suspected hijacking

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 5:29am

Russian authorities said on Tuesday that a passenger plane bound for Moscow has been forced to land shortly after take-off in a suspected hijacking.

Sudan's embattled president to travel to Qatar, seeking aid

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 5:21am

Sudan's embattled president is flying to Qatar, the tiny but wealthy Gulf state that has offered him help as he faces protests initially sparked by the country's economic woes but shifting to calling on him to step down.

Ukraine's ex-PM announces presidential bid

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 5:07am

Former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, one of Ukraine's most popular and resilient politicians, has announced her presidential bid.

Russian heavy bomber crash-lands in Arctic, killing 2

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 5:01am

A Russian long-range bomber crash-landed in the Arctic Tuesday, killing two of its crew of four, the military said.

Thai police says bodies from river were missing activists

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 4:48am

DNA tests show that two bodies found washed up on the shore of the Mekong River in Thailand's northeast are the corpses of anti-government activists, police said Tuesday, in what are feared to be political killings.

German prosecutors press terror charges against Syrian man

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 4:45am

Prosecutors say they've pressed charges against a 29-year-old Syrian man who allegedly was a member of a foreign terror group and violated the war weapons control law.

Ugandan troops enter South Sudan in possible violation

Sam Mednick, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 3:53am

Observers say a number of Ugandan forces briefly entered South Sudan's Central Equatoria region last week in a possible violation of a United Nations arms embargo.

Al Jazeera says Sudan withdraws journalists' work permits

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 3:23am

Sudanese authorities have cracked down on Arabic-language foreign media working inside the country, as protests against the autocratic rule of President Omar al-Bashir enter their second month, news channels said.

Egypt says clashes kill 7 troops, 59 militants in Sinai

Samy Magdy, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 3:08am

Egypt said Tuesday at least seven troops, including an officer, have been killed in clashes with militants in recent operations in restive northern Sinai Peninsula, where its security forces have been battling a long-running insurgency led by a local affiliate of the Islamic State group.

Turkey set for international probe into Khashoggi death

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 3:04am

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says Turkey is preparing to take steps to launch an international investigation into the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Russian and Japanese leaders talk about territorial dispute

Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 2:59am

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sat down for talks Tuesday with Russian President Vladimir Putin focusing on a decades-long territorial dispute between the two nations.

Germany, France renew friendship treaty, warn of nationalism

Martin Meissner and Frank Jordans, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 22nd - 2:32am

German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Tuesday against rising nationalism in Europe and called for a revival of cross-border cooperation as she and her French counterpart signed a pact renewing their countries' decades-long friendship.