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No word from Jammeh as midnight deadline arrives in Gambia

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 01:22:59 GMT2017-01-19T01:22:59Z

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- After more than two decades in power, Gambian President Yahya Jammeh faced the prospect of a military intervention by regional forces, as the man who once pledged to rule the West African nation for a billion years clung to power....



AP Explains: The African leader who refuses to leave

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:41:00 GMT2017-01-18T19:41:00Z

JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- The tiny nation of Gambia has West Africa on the brink of a military intervention, and thousands, including cabinet ministers, are fleeing the country. Longtime President Yahya Jammeh is refusing to step down after losing elections and has declared a state of emergency, and parliament has voted to extend his term by three months. On Thursday, President-elect Adama Barrow intends to go through with his inauguration, with the support of the international community....



Anxious European leaders seek an early audience with Trump

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:53:00 GMT2017-01-18T18:53:00Z

WASHINGTON (AP) -- European leaders, anxious over Donald Trump's unpredictability and kind words for the Kremlin, are scrambling to get face time with the new American president before he can meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose provocations have set the continent on edge....



Iraq military: Troops have 'full control' of eastern Mosul

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 14:42:37 GMT2017-01-18T14:42:37Z

BAGHDAD (AP) -- U.S.-backed Iraqi government troops announced on Wednesday they were in "full control" of eastern Mosul after routing Islamic State militants from that part of the northern city, three months since the major operation started....



Colombia ELN rebels agree to free captive, start peace talks

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:19:51 GMT2017-01-19T00:19:51Z

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Colombia's second-largest rebel group has agreed to free a prominent politician held captive for almost a year, clearing the way for repeatedly postponed peace talks to begin next month....



Russia, Turkey conduct joint airstrikes on IS in Syria

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:45:33 GMT2017-01-18T18:45:33Z

MOSCOW (AP) -- 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....



Unending vigil for S. Koreans camped near sex-slave statue

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 03:26:27 GMT2017-01-19T03:26:27Z

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Every night they sleep above cold concrete, curled up in sleeping bags on rubber mattresses in a tent made of plastic sheets held together with tape. Their heads are inches away from cars zooming by - and from a bronze statue of a young girl that sits across from the Japanese Embassy in Seoul....



Death toll in Mali suicide blast rises to at least 60

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 20:56:03 GMT2017-01-18T20:56:03Z

GAO, Mali (AP) -- A suicide bomber in an explosives-laden vehicle penetrated a camp in northern Mali on Wednesday, killing at least 60 people and wounding 115 soldiers and former fighters who are trying to stabilize the region. The attack marked a significant setback for peace efforts....



Were opportunities for clues from MH370 debris missed?

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 04:42:44 GMT2017-01-19T04:42:44Z

SYDNEY (AP) -- Three nations shelled out around $160 million and years' worth of work on the underwater search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. The result: No plane. The only tangible - and arguably most important - clues into what happened to the aircraft have come courtesy of ordinary citizens, who bore the costs themselves....



4 quakes shake Italy, isolating towns blanketed under snow

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:53:33 GMT2017-01-18T15:53:33Z

ROME (AP) -- Four strong earthquakes on Wednesday shook the same region of central Italy that suffered deadly temblors last year, sending quake-rattled residents into panic and further isolating towns that have been buried under more than a meter (3 feet) of snow for days....