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Malaysian minister lobbied in Australia to search for MH370

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 01:40:38 GMT2017-01-22T01:40:38Z

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) -- Relatives of passengers and crew aboard the missing Malaysian airliner plan to present the Malaysian transport minister in Australia with letters urging that the search resume....



Mexico's Pena Nieto, Trump speak by phone, to meet Jan. 31

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 00:26:21 GMT2017-01-22T00:26:21Z

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and U.S. President Donald Trump spoke by phone Saturday and are scheduled to meet later this month, officials announced....



Pope: I'll judge Trump after we see what he does

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 00:23:00 GMT2017-01-22T00:23:00Z

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis has told an interviewer that he'll wait to see what U.S. President Donald Trump does before forming his opinion....



Gambia's defeated leader leaves country, ends standoff

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 00:07:50 GMT2017-01-22T00:07:50Z

BANJUL, Gambia (AP) -- Gambia's defeated leader Yahya Jammeh and his family headed into political exile Saturday night, ending a 22-year reign of fear and a post-election political standoff that threatened to provoke a regional military intervention when he clung to power....



Police enter Brazil prison after gang clash; control tenuous

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 23:42:30 GMT2017-01-21T23:42:30Z

NATAL, Brazil (AP) -- Military police entered a prison in northeastern Brazil on Saturday, establishing tenuous control after a week of chaos and fighting between rival gangs that left 26 inmates dead....



Search intensifies for 23 missing in Italian avalanche

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 23:13:34 GMT2017-01-21T23:13:34Z

FARINDOLA, Italy (AP) -- The strain showed on Fabio Salzetta's face....



Italy says its embassy staff is safe after Libya bombing

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 23:02:12 GMT2017-01-21T23:02:12Z

ROME (AP) -- Italy's foreign ministry says the staff at its embassy in Tripoli, Libya, are all safe after a car bombing "in the vicinity of the Italian and Egyptian embassies" in that city....



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

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 21:30:32 GMT2017-01-21T21:30:32Z

VERONA, Italy (AP) -- The Hungarian students had just finished a week of skiing in France when their bus swerved right, then left, then hit a highway barrier and burst into flames. Sixteen people were killed and over two dozen injured in a tragedy that sparked a national day of mourning in Hungary....



Gambia's defeated leader Yahya Jammeh now leaving the country, ending political standoff

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 21:13:52 GMT2017-01-21T21:13:52Z

BANJUL, Gambia (AP) -- Gambia's defeated leader Yahya Jammeh now leaving the country, ending political standoff....



Chapecoense survivors lift trophy 2 months after tragedy

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 21:06:14 GMT2017-01-21T21:06:14Z

CHAPECO, Brazil (AP) -- The three surviving players of the air crash two months ago that killed 19 members of Brazil's Chapecoense soccer club lifted the Copa Sudamericana trophy on Saturday in honor of their dead teammates....



Hackers claim to have shut down African Cup website

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 20:52:23 GMT2017-01-21T20:52:23Z

LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) -- A group of hackers claiming to be based in Russia said Saturday they had shut down the website of the African Cup of Nations soccer tournament in a protest at organizers holding it in the "dictatorship" of Gabon, where President Ali Bongo Ondimba retained power in disputed and violent elections last year....



2 terrorist suspects blow themselves up in Saudi police raid

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 20:07:27 GMT2017-01-21T20:07:27Z

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Saudi authorities say two men suspected of plotting terrorist attacks killed themselves using explosive belts during a police raid in the west of the kingdom....



Aleppo displaced finally getting official paperwork

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 20:05:12 GMT2017-01-21T20:05:12Z

JIBREEN, Syria (AP) -- Fatima Museitif got married three years ago and soon gave birth to two boys. Her husband died last year but since she was living in a rebel-held eastern neighborhood of Aleppo, she couldn't obtain a marriage certificate, a death certificate for her husband or birth certificates for her children....



Iraqi forces eye tougher fight in Mosul's west

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 19:58:47 GMT2017-01-21T19:58:47Z

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) -- A crowd of Iraqi officers looked out at the Tigris River Friday from a balcony of Mosul's Nineveh International hotel. Just over three months ago, the men were some 45 kilometers (28 miles) away in a cluster of desert villages on the edge of Nineveh plain....



Kosovo Albanians call for ex-premier's release in France

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 19:22:56 GMT2017-01-21T19:22:56Z

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) -- Thousands of people protested Saturday in the Kosovo capital of Pristina to urge France to release their former prime minister who was detained there on a Serbian arrest warrant....



Spanish hunter arrested after 2 agents killed during check

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 19:11:05 GMT2017-01-21T19:11:05Z

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Spanish police say they have arrested a 28-year-old man in relation to the deaths of two rural agents in a hunting area in the northern Catalan province of Lleida....



European nationalists flaunt strength, buoyed by Trump win

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 19:03:34 GMT2017-01-21T19:03:34Z

KOBLENZ, Germany (AP) -- European nationalist leaders came together Saturday in a show of strength at the start of a year of big election tests, celebrating Donald Trump's inauguration as U.S. president and declaring themselves a realistic alternative to the continent's governments....



Nigeria group: 20 die, many missing after pro-Trump rally

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 18:56:39 GMT2017-01-21T18:56:39Z

WARRI, Nigeria (AP) -- A Nigerian separatist group says the death toll has risen to 20 after a demonstration in support of U.S. President Donald Trump turned into clashes with police....



AP INTERVIEW: New Gambia leader to set up truth commission

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 18:44:42 GMT2017-01-21T18:44:42Z

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....



Israeli leader to Iran: "We are your friend, not your enemy"

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 18:31:53 GMT2017-01-21T18:31:53Z

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israel's leader has recorded a conciliatory message to the people of Iran, saying, "we are your friend, not your enemy."...



Blast in camp for displaced Syrians near Jordan kills 6

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 18:30:24 GMT2017-01-21T18:30:24Z

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



Libya's neighbors demand national dialogue to end crisis

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 18:01:41 GMT2017-01-21T18:01:41Z

CAIRO (AP) -- Representatives of Libya's neighbors meeting in Cairo on Saturday warned the North African nation's main rival factions against seeking to settle their differences through military force, as Egypt announced that efforts were underway to bring their leaders together to chart a "joint vision" for the country....



UKIP leader to fight February election in threat to Labour

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 17:58:05 GMT2017-01-21T17:58:05Z

LONDON (AP) -- The leader of the U.K. Independence Party has been chosen to contest a February election in the Labour Party stronghold of Stoke-on-Trent Central in northern England....



44 need hospital care after nightclub fire in Bucharest

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 17:17:13 GMT2017-01-21T17:17:13Z

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....



Government says High Peace Council chief dies

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 17:06:15 GMT2017-01-21T17:06:15Z

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- An Afghan official says that Pir Sayed Ahmed Gailani, chief of Afghanistan's High Peace Council, tasked with negotiating an end to the country's protracted conflict, has died at age 84....



Glance at Socialist Party primary candidates

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 16:48:33 GMT2017-01-21T16:48:33Z

PARIS (AP) -- A quick look at three main candidates and method of Sunday's vote for France's Socialist Party presidential candidate:...



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

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 16:04:47 GMT2017-01-21T16:04:47Z

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....



Who is departing Gambian ruler Yahya Jammeh?

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 15:45:52 GMT2017-01-21T15:45:52Z

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



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....



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...



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....



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....



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....



16 killed in fiery bus crash on Italian highway

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 07:29:08 GMT2017-01-21T07:29:08Z

ROME (AP) -- Italian police say 16 people died when a bus carrying Hungarian school students returning home from France crashed into the side of a highway near Verona. Thirty-nine people survived....



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....



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....



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....