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Magnitude 5.2 quake strikes off Greek island of Karpathos

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 28th - 9:56am

An undersea earthquake with preliminary magnitude 5.2 occurred Tuesday off the Aegean Sea island of Karpathos, Greek authorities said. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

'Citizen of the world': Bryant promoted basketball globally

Andrew Dampf, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 28th - 8:39am

At a Lakers preseason game in Beijing in 2013, the arena rang out with chants of “Kobe! Kobe!” — despite the injured superstar not even having suited up.

Report alleges killings in Burundi as elections draw near

Rodney Muhumuza, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 28th - 5:55am

Repression has intensified in Burundi as the country prepares to hold elections, according to a human rights research group.

Moderate quake shakes western Turkey, no injuries reported

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 28th - 5:31am

A moderate earthquake shook buildings in western Turkey on Tuesday, sending people running into the streets for safety, Turkish media reports said. Authorities said there were no immediate reports of any injury or major damage.

Puerto Rico opens only 20% of schools amid ongoing quakes

Danica Coto, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 28th - 5:01am

Puerto Rico opened only 20% of its public schools on Tuesday following a strong earthquake that delayed the start of classes by nearly three weeks as fears linger over the safety of students.

The Latest: Hamas chief supports Abbas rejecting Trump plan

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 28th - 4:09am

The Latest on the Trump administration's release of its Mideast peace plan (all times local):

Hong Kong leader announces all rail connections to mainland China will be severed starting Friday as virus fears grow

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 28th - 3:28am

Hong Kong leader announces all rail connections to mainland China will be severed starting Friday as virus fears grow.

Market attack kills at least 30 in northern Burkina Faso

Arsene Kabore, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 28th - 3:15am

Suspected Islamic extremists attacked a busy market in Burkina Faso and killed more than 30 people over the weekend, authorities said, as the West African country's security situation deteriorates.

As US rescues some from virus in China, others left behind

Dake Kang, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 28th - 2:59am

As hundreds of Americans prepare to evacuate Wuhan, the central Chinese city at the heart of a new virus outbreak that has killed over 100, San Francisco native Doug Perez is staying behind.

Asian demand for face masks soars on fears of Chinese virus

Haruka Nuga and Grant Peck, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 28th - 2:31am

Panic and pollution drive the market for protective face masks, so business is booming in Asia, where fear of the virus from China is straining supplies and helping make mask-wearing the new normal.

Netanyahu pulls request for immunity on corruption charges

Ilan Ben Zion, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 28th - 2:05am

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu withdrew his request for immunity from prosecution on Tuesday, hours before parliamentary proceedings on the subject were set to begin.

Israel's Netanyahu pulls request for immunity from prosecution, hours before parliamentary proceedings set to begin.

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 28th - 12:59am

Israel's Netanyahu pulls request for immunity from prosecution, hours before parliamentary proceedings set to begin.

Germany confirms 1st case of new virus from China

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 27th - 11:35pm

A man confirmed as Germany's first case of the new virus that has emerged in central China is believed to have been infected by a Chinese colleague who visited his workplace, authorities said Tuesday.

The Latest: Fuss over Thai navy officers' return from China

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 27th - 11:14pm

The Latest on the outbreak of a new virus from China (all times local):

IS tries to stage comeback amid rising US-Iran tensions

Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 27th - 11:10pm

The Islamic State group's self-styled “caliphate” across parts of Iraq and Syria seemed largely defeated last year, with the loss of its territory, the killing of its founder in a U.S. raid and an unprecedented crackdown on its social media propaganda machine.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 12:40 p.m. EST

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 27th - 10:40pm

U.S. officials say President Donald Trump's long-awaited Middle East peace plan calls for the creation of a State of Palestine with its capital in portions of east Jerusalem. Presentation of the “two state solution” concept ends speculation that Trump might have abandoned consideration of an independent Palestine as he has adopted policies that bolster Israel at the expense of the Palestinians. The officials say the plan to be unveiled on Tuesday would more than double the territory currently under Palestinian control, but it would recognize Israeli sovereignty over major settlement blocs in the West Bank. It also calls for a four-year freeze in new Israeli settlement construction, during which time details of a comprehensive agreement would be negotiated.

China says another 1,771 cases of new virus have been confirmed, now counts more than 4,500

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 27th - 7:59pm

China says another 1,771 cases of new virus have been confirmed, now counts more than 4,500.

New Zealand's Ardern seeking reelection in Sept. 19 vote

Nick Perry, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 27th - 7:41pm

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern may be lauded around the world as a liberal icon but whether she can translate that into a reelection victory in September remains uncertain.

US, others prepare evacuations as virus spreads from China

Joe McDonald, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan 27th - 6:42pm

The United States and several other nations prepared Tuesday to airlift citizens out of a Chinese city at the center of a virus outbreak that has killed more than 100 people.