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Death toll in Mali suicide blast rises to more than 50

Yacouba Cisse, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 12:51pm

A suicide bomber in an explosives-laden vehicle attacked a camp in northern Mali on Wednesday, killing more than 50 people and wounding more than 100 soldiers and former fighters now trying to stabilize the region.

Regional troops move toward Gambia amid political standoff

Abdoulie John, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 12:34pm

Gambia headed late Wednesday toward a midnight showdown between a president who refuses to leave office and a president-elect who insists he will take power, while a regional force moved toward the country's borders in a threat to intervene.

Mexico youth shoots teacher, classmates, then kills himself

Porfirio Ibarra, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 12:15pm

A 15-year-old student opened fire with a gun at a private school in the northern Mexican city of Monterrey on Wednesday, hitting a teacher and two other students in the head before killing himself. Another student suffered lesser injuries in the shootings, which were captured on a chilling video posted to social media.

Officials say school shooter in northern Mexico has died of wounds

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 11:50am

Officials say school shooter in northern Mexico has died of wounds.

Russia, Turkey conduct joint airstrikes on IS in Syria

Vladimir Isachenkov and Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 11:50am

The Russian military said Wednesday it has teamed up with Turkey to conduct joint airstrikes, coordinated with Damascus, against an Islamic State group's stronghold in northern Syria. It is the first acknowledgement of Russian cooperation in support of Turkey's offensive in the area.

Supporters insist Gambia president-elect will be sworn in Thursday on Gambian soil

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 11:41am

Supporters insist Gambia president-elect will be sworn in Thursday on Gambian soil.

Senegal asks UN to support regional bloc action in Gambia

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 11:22am

Senegal is circulating a draft U.N. resolution calling on the Security Council to support the West African regional group's military action if Gambian President Yahya Jammeh doesn't step down when his term ends at midnight.

Donald Trump wax figure unveiled in London museum

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 10:51am

London's Madame Tussauds museum has unveiled a wax figure of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump days ahead of his inauguration.

Candidates registration over for Turkmenistan's vote

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 10:51am

Election officials in Turkmenistan have registered the Central Asian nation's president to run in next month's vote against eight other candidates, all of whom have voiced support for his policies.

Video posted of sexual assault sparks outrage in Somalia

Abdi Guled, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 10:41am

A video showing four men sexually assaulting a young woman has sparked outrage across Somalia.

Israeli Arab, policeman killed amid clashes over demolitions

Aron Heller, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 9:42am

An Israeli Arab rammed his vehicle into a group of police officers on Wednesday, killing one of them before he was shot dead during clashes in southern Israel, police said. Local residents, however, accused the police of using excessive force and said the man lost control of his vehicle after he was shot.

Romanian government wants to pardon thousands of prisoners

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 9:42am

Romania's government is proposing to pardon thousands of prisoners, saying the move is needed to reduce overcrowding in prisons. The surprise move, which would not require the approval of parliament or the president, provoked sharp criticism from the opposition.

Turkish parliament resumes voting on Erdogan's powers

Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 9:31am

Turkey's parliament on Wednesday embarked on a second round of voting on a contentious package of constitutional amendments that would give President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's office new executive powers.

46 'severely injured' people remain at Nigeria bombing scene

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 9:04am

At least 46 severely injured people remain in a refugee camp that Nigeria's military says it mistakenly bombed, the International Committee for the Red Cross said Wednesday, raising the possibility that the death toll could significantly rise.

Gun used by Berlin attacker imported to Switzerland in 1990s

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 9:00am

The gun used by Berlin attacker Anis Amri was imported to Switzerland in the early 1990s, but it remains unclear what then happened to the weapon, Swiss authorities said Wednesday.

Kennedy leaves post as ambassador to Japan

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 8:11am

Caroline Kennedy is stepping down after three years as U.S. ambassador to Japan.

In Africa, Obama's presidency couldn't help but be personal

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 8:10am

Africa was electrified by the rise of Barack Obama, the first U.S. president of African descent. It was in Africa that he signaled a historic opening toward Cuba, took aim at the twin scourges of corruption and dictatorship and sent thousands of troops to fight one of the most terrifying disease outbreaks in decades.

Ivory Coast seeks end to unrest as gunfire cuts off port

Alexis Adele, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 8:01am

Gunfire cut off access to Ivory Coast's largest commercial port on Wednesday as officials pleaded with security forces to end the unrest that has shaken Africa's fastest-growing economy and threatened a return to instability.

German vice chancellor condemns populist's Holocaust remarks

Kirsten Grieshaber, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jan 18th - 8:01am

Germany's vice chancellor on Wednesday harshly condemned remarks by a prominent member of the nationalist Alternative for Germany party, who suggested ending the country's decades-long tradition of acknowledging and atoning for its Nazi past.