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Kremlin hopes for rapport with US, but differences will stay

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 15:21:42 GMT2017-01-21T15:21:42Z

MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman voiced hope for a constructive dialogue with President Donald Trump's administration in comments broadcast Saturday, but warned that differences will remain....



Turkey: Erdogan buoyed by vote for powerful presidency

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 15:06:57 GMT2017-01-21T15:06:57Z

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday began campaigning for constitutional reforms that would greatly expand the powers of his office, only hours after a vote in parliament cleared the way for a national referendum on the issue....



Libya's neighbors demand national dialogue to end crisis

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 14:51:40 GMT2017-01-21T14:51:40Z

CAIRO (AP) -- Representatives of Libya's neighbors are warning rival factions in the North African nation against seeking to settle their differences through military force....



16 killed in fiery bus crash on Italian highway

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 14:50:22 GMT2017-01-21T14:50:22Z

ROME (AP) -- A bus carrying Hungarian school students home from a skiing trip to France slammed into a highway barrier in northern Italy and caught fire, killing at least 16 people, police said Saturday. Thirty-nine people survived, though some were seriously injured....



Europe's nationalist leaders kick off year of election hopes

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 14:39:15 GMT2017-01-21T14:39:15Z

KOBLENZ, Germany (AP) -- Declaring that 2017 will be the "year of the awakening of the people of continental Europe," French far-right presidential hopeful Marine Le Pen joined fellow nationalists Saturday at a conference in Germany to a show of populist confidence as Europe faces a series of high-stakes national elections....



AP Interview: New Gambia leader says Jammeh leaving in hours

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 14:26:16 GMT2017-01-21T14:26:16Z

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- Gambia's new president says defeated leader Yahya Jammeh is expected to leave for Guinea within hours, and he plans to return home to take power once the situation is "clear."...



A closer look at Turkey's proposed presidential system

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 14:25:04 GMT2017-01-21T14:25:04Z

ISTANBUL (AP) -- Turkey's parliament has signed off on a contentious constitutional reform package that would concentrate even more powers in the office of the president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and potentially extend his mandate till 2029. The reforms will come into effect if approved in a national referendum...



Blast in camp for displaced Syrians near Jordan kills 4

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 14:07:45 GMT2017-01-21T14:07:45Z

BEIRUT (AP) -- A large explosion rocked a camp for displaced Syrians along the Syrian-Jordanian border Saturday, killing at least four, and wounding many others, opposition activists and a resident said....



Spain sees 500 southern border crossing attempts in a month

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 13:35:39 GMT2017-01-21T13:35:39Z

MADRID (AP) -- Spanish police say migrants have attempted close to 500 illegal border crossings in just one month by trying to hide on passenger and cargo boats landing on its southern coast....



New Gambian president: Defeated leader Yahya Jammeh expected to leave for Guinea within ho...

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 13:22:35 GMT2017-01-21T13:22:35Z

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- New Gambian president: Defeated leader Yahya Jammeh expected to leave for Guinea within hours....



4 more survivors pulled out of Italy's avalanche-hit hotel

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 13:22:03 GMT2017-01-21T13:22:03Z

FARINDOLA, Italy (AP) -- Emergency crews pulled out four more survivors from the rubble of a hotel crushed by an avalanche and were searching Saturday for more who may still be alive as family members awaited word if their relatives were among the lucky ones....



Chinese express doubts about US relations under Trump

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 13:11:27 GMT2017-01-21T13:11:27Z

BEIJING (AP) -- People in Beijing expressed doubts Saturday about President Donald Trump's ability to steer the U.S. economy and manage China-American relations, underscoring concerns over trade, Taiwan and other issues....



Dutch military police detain 7 suspects in diamond heist

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 12:24:24 GMT2017-01-21T12:24:24Z

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- Dutch military police have detained seven people in Amsterdam and Valencia suspected of involvement in a multimillion-euro (dollar) diamond heist nearly 12 years ago....



S. Korean minister arrested over artist blacklist allegation

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 12:13:22 GMT2017-01-21T12:13:22Z

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korean prosecutors on Saturday arrested President Park Geun-hye's culture minister and her former top presidential adviser over allegations that they blacklisted artists critical of the government....



41 get hospital care after nightclub fire in Bucharest

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 12:07:46 GMT2017-01-21T12:07:46Z

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Fire engulfed a popular nightclub in the Romanian capital early Saturday, sending 41 people to hospitals for treatment including one who was seriously injured. No deaths were reported....



Who is departing Gambian ruler Yahya Jammeh?

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 12:01:44 GMT2017-01-21T12:01:44Z

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- Who is defeated Gambian ruler Yahya Jammeh, and how did he spark a political crisis?...



Russian police kills 2 suspected militants in North Caucasus

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 11:37:16 GMT2017-01-21T11:37:16Z

MAKHACHKALA, Russia (AP) -- Security forces in a volatile province in Russia's North Caucasus have tracked down and killed two suspected militants....



Bomb blast kill 20, wounds at least 50 in northwest Pakistan

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 09:07:34 GMT2017-01-21T09:07:34Z

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) -- A bomb exploded Saturday in a market in a northwest tribal region that borders Afghanistan, killing 20 people and wounding at least 50, officials said....



Humanitarian groups appeal for $550 million to aid poorest

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 08:09:10 GMT2017-01-21T08:09:10Z

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Humanitarian groups say they need $550 million in 2017 to aid the most vulnerable in Afghanistan warning anything less could mean death to many....



Rescue teams pull 2 bodies from Iran building rubble

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 07:27:21 GMT2017-01-21T07:27:21Z

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Rescuers found the bodies of two firefighters in the rubble of a commercial building that collapsed in Tehran after a blaze, leaving up to 30 dead, Iran's state TV reported Saturday....



Vietnam to allow locals in casinos under 3-year test project

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 07:25:05 GMT2017-01-21T07:25:05Z

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- Vietnamese gamblers will soon be allowed into local casinos under a three-year pilot project....



Italian police say 16 dead in bus crash of Hungarian students returning from school trip t...

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 07:05:28 GMT2017-01-21T07:05:28Z

ROME (AP) -- Italian police say 16 dead in bus crash of Hungarian students returning from school trip to France....



2 killed, 10 missing in central China landslide

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 06:35:44 GMT2017-01-21T06:35:44Z

BEIJING (AP) -- At least two people have been killed and 10 others are missing after a hotel in central China was buried in a landslide....



British foreign secretary 'positive and optimistic' on Trump

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 06:20:42 GMT2017-01-21T06:20:42Z

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson says he's "positive and optimistic" that the policies of newly inaugurated President Donald Trump would work in Britain's favor....



Pakistani officials say death toll from bomb blast in tribal region near Afghan border is ...

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 05:45:40 GMT2017-01-21T05:45:40Z

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) -- Pakistani officials say death toll from bomb blast in tribal region near Afghan border is now 18....



The Latest: Defeated Gambia leader says relinquishing power

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 01:40:17 GMT2017-01-21T01:40:17Z

BANJUL, Gambia (AP) -- The Latest on Gambia's political crisis, sparked by defeated leader Yahya Jammeh's refusal to leave office (all times local):...



Puerto Rico governor rejects federal control board orders

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 23:32:02 GMT2017-01-20T23:32:02Z

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Rico's new governor on Friday rejected orders from a federal control board in the first clash over how best to tackle the government's deep financial crisis after a decade-long economic slump in the U.S. territory....



Grown-up Paris Jackson hits her namesake city for Givenchy

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 23:16:10 GMT2017-01-20T23:16:10Z

PARIS (AP) -- Colorful fall-winter menswear shows in Paris mixed high culture, androgyny and streetwear, as Paris Jackson, the daughter of the late pop icon Michael Jackson, stepped out for the cameras at Givenchy's library show- fittingly in the City of Light....



Officials: Mexican activist had fled, shot when he returned

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 22:08:31 GMT2017-01-20T22:08:31Z

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Human rights officials said Friday an indigenous environmentalist leader shot to death over the weekend had fled his community almost 10 years ago and was killed when he returned to visit a sick relative....



Standoff at Brazil prison where 26 killed over weekend

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 21:46:12 GMT2017-01-20T21:46:12Z

NATAL, Brazil (AP) -- Inmates wielding knives, machetes and cellphones held their ground Friday at a prison in northeast Brazil where 26 were recently killed....



Brazil investigates crash that killed Car Wash probe judge

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:31:21 GMT2017-01-20T20:31:21Z

SAO PAULO (AP) -- Brazilian authorities on Friday were investigating a plane crash that killed the Supreme Court justice in charge of a major corruption case just weeks before he was scheduled to issue a ruling that could have revealed accusations against politicians in several Latin American countries....



Rockets hit Istanbul police station and ruling party office

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 20:01:13 GMT2017-01-20T20:01:13Z

ISTANBUL (AP) -- Suspected left-wing militants fired light anti-armor weapons Friday at an Istanbul police station and at the ruling party's local headquarters, officials said. No one was injured in the attacks....



Champagne corks pop in Moscow at Trump's inauguration

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:24:23 GMT2017-01-20T19:24:23Z

MOSCOW (AP) -- Champagne corks popped Friday in Moscow as Russians celebrated the start of Donald Trump's presidency, confident of better relations ahead between the two countries....



Austria arrests an attack suspect in Vienna

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 19:03:48 GMT2017-01-20T19:03:48Z

BERLIN (AP) -- Austrian authorities say they have arrested a man on suspicion he was planning an attack in Vienna....



Mexican police find dismembered body of toddler

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:20:16 GMT2017-01-20T18:20:16Z

ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) -- Police in southern Mexico said Friday have found the dismembered bodies of a 2-year-old toddler and a woman in plastic bags....



Mexico returns 91 Cubans who had hoped to reach US

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:17:05 GMT2017-01-20T18:17:05Z

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexico has returned to Cuba the first contingent of Cuban migrants since former U.S. president Barack Obama decided Thursday to end a U.S. policy of granting residency to Cubans who arrive on U.S. soil....



UN rights envoy slams Myanmar on military's actions

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:38:35 GMT2017-01-20T17:38:35Z

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- A U.N. human rights envoy on Friday ended a 12-day visit to Myanmar with a bleak evaluation of the government's ability to deal with the problems facing the country's ethnic minorities....



Will Trump end globalization? The doubt haunts Davos' elite

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:24:36 GMT2017-01-20T17:24:36Z

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) -- It's been impossible to escape the shadow of Donald Trump at this year's gathering of the business elites at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland....



Timing of Mexico drug lord's extradition seen as political

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:06:30 GMT2017-01-20T17:06:30Z

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's abrupt exit to face charges in the U.S. marks the probable end of the career of Mexico's most notorious drug cartel boss, and a delicately timed gesture by Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, who faces a new and hostile U.S. administration....



In time of troubles, Davos organizers send in the clown

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:04:02 GMT2017-01-20T17:04:02Z

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) -- With an ear-piercing whistle, a professional clown in the crowd startles to order a conference room full of some of the world's elite thinkers, writers and religious minds....



Ex-UK Treasury chief George Osborne joining BlackRock

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:00:41 GMT2017-01-20T17:00:41Z

LONDON (AP) -- Former British Treasury chief George Osborne is to join investment management firm BlackRock as an adviser....



Turkish army: IS attack kills 5 Turkish soldiers in Syria

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:36:52 GMT2017-01-20T16:36:52Z

ISTANBUL (AP) -- The Islamic State group on Friday killed five Turkish soldiers and wounded nine others in a car bomb attack in a northern Syrian town, Turkey's military said....



The Latest: Man reunites with wife, son after avalanche

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:31:20 GMT2017-01-20T16:31:20Z

FARINDOLA, Italy (AP) -- The Latest on the avalanche that buried a hotel in central Italy (all times local):...



Boko Haram attacks camp bombed by Nigeria's air force

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:18:19 GMT2017-01-20T16:18:19Z

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) -- Boko Haram extremists attacked a refugee camp in northeast Nigeria just days after Nigeria's air force bombed it, witnesses said Friday, as reports emerged that the death toll from the bombing could be as high as 170....



Melania Trump's hometown in Slovenia marks inauguration

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:03:40 GMT2017-01-20T16:03:40Z

SEVNICA, Slovenia (AP) -- The inauguration of Donald Trump is a big thing for a small town in Slovenia where the future U.S. first lady traces her roots....



Group: 11 killed at Nigeria pro-Trump rally; police deny it

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:58:27 GMT2017-01-20T15:58:27Z

WARRI, Nigeria (AP) -- Eleven people were killed when Nigerian security forces cracked down on a demonstration supporting the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, a separatist group said Friday, though police denied there were any deaths....



Merkel's spokesman condemns populist's Holocaust remarks

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:57:55 GMT2017-01-20T15:57:55Z

BERLIN (AP) -- Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman has criticized a prominent member of the nationalist Alternative for Germany party for suggesting that the country's decades-long tradition of acknowledging and atoning for its Nazi past should end....



Syria lets Russia expand its Mediterranean naval facility

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:31:13 GMT2017-01-20T15:31:13Z

MOSCOW (AP) -- Syria has allowed Russia to significantly expand its naval facility in the Mediterranean port of Tartus and keep using it for decades to come, according to an agreement released on Friday....



Ukrainian president's candy maker to shut Russian factory

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:12:05 GMT2017-01-20T15:12:05Z

MOSCOW (AP) -- A chocolate maker owned by Ukraine's president says it's planning to shut its factory in Russia for "economic and political reasons."...



Macedonia warns Serbia to keep out of the name game

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:49:30 GMT2017-01-20T14:49:30Z

SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) -- Macedonia's name, a source of friction with neighboring Greece, is now souring relations with Serbia....