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Europe's nationalist leaders kick off year of election hopes

2017-01-21T14:39:15Z

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....



Rescuers listen for signs of life in avalanche-struck hotel

2017-01-21T15:35:21Z

FARINDOLA, Italy (AP) -- Rescuers listened for signs Saturday of any more survivors, three days after an avalanche slammed into a resort hotel in Italy's central Apennines mountains. Using saws, shovels and just gloved hands, they advanced slowly through the wreckage in hopes of locating some 23 guests and hotel workers still missing....



New Gambia leader says Jammeh leaving soon for Guinea

2017-01-21T16:47:29Z

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



AP INTERVIEW: New Gambia leader to set up truth commission

2017-01-21T16:11:28Z

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- Gambia's new president Adama Barrow said Saturday that he will launch a truth and reconciliation commission to investigate the alleged human rights abuses of Yahya Jammeh's 22-year regime....



Blast in camp for displaced Syrians near Jordan kills 4

2017-01-21T16:22:20Z

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....



Turkey: Erdogan buoyed by vote for powerful presidency

2017-01-21T15:06:57Z

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....



Budapest mourns as 16 die in fiery bus crash on Italian road

2017-01-21T16:43:44Z

VERONA, Italy (AP) -- A bus carrying Hungarian students home from a school ski trip to France slammed into a highway barrier in northern Italy and burst into flames, killing at least 16 people, police said Saturday. Thirty nine others survived, but some were seriously injured....



France's ex-PM Valls fights for spot in presidential primary

2017-01-21T16:04:47Z

PARIS (AP) -- As France's prime minister when terrorists killed 130 people in Paris in 2015, Manuel Valls was on the front line of the government's response, calling the attack an act of war and successfully lobbying parliament for emergency powers....



Bomb blast kill 22, wounds at least 50 in northwest Pakistan

2017-01-21T16:14:20Z

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) -- A bomb exploded Saturday in a market in a northwest tribal region bordering Afghanistan, killing 22 people and wounding at least 50, officials said....



44 need hospital care after nightclub fire in Bucharest

2017-01-21T17:17:13Z

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Fire engulfed a popular nightclub in Bucharest, the Romanian capital, early Saturday, sending 44 people to the hospital, including one who was seriously injured, officials said....