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In midst of Aleppo wreckage, a Syrian family returns home

By BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press ALEPPO, Syria (AP) — The street looks as if it was hit by an earthquake and the bombed-out building in a former rebel-held northeastern neighborhood of Aleppo is deserted — except for the second-floor apartment where Abdul-Hamid Khatib and his family are ...

French voters choosing left-wing presidential nominee

By SYLVIE CORBET and ANGELA CHARLTON, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — French left-wing voters cast ballots Sunday in a nationwide presidential primary aimed at producing a candidate strong enough to confront formidable conservative and nationalist rivals in the April-May general ...

Gambia awaits new leader, but exiled one has right to return

By CARLEY PETESCH, Associated Press BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — Gambia's capital on Sunday was awaiting the arrival of the country's new leader and an era of democracy, hours after the authoritarian ruler of 22 years flew into exile with an extraordinary set of assurances from the international ...

Italy rescue crews hold out hope of more hotel survivors

FARINDOLA, Italy (AP) — Rescue crews digging through an Italian hotel buried in an avalanche say there could be additional survivors more than three days after tons of snow came barreling down a mountainside. Rescuers told reporters in the central Apennine mountains on Sunday morning there ...

Families lobby Malaysian minister to resume search for MH370

By ROD McGUIRK, Associated Press 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. Sheryl Keen, a supporter of the international victims' ...

Russia set to move closer to decriminalize domestic violence

By NATALIYA VASILYEVA, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — In Russia, giving one's spouse a slap is nothing extraordinary for many people. This week, the Russian parliament is expected to take a step closer toward decriminalizing it altogether. Battery is a criminal offense in Russia, but nearly ...

Europe’s nationalist leaders launch year of election hopes

By GEIR MOULSON, Associated Press KOBLENZ, Germany (AP) — French presidential hopeful Marine Le Pen declared Saturday that 2017 will be the "year of the awakening of the people of continental Europe" as she joined fellow nationalist leaders in Germany at the beginning of a year of ...

16 killed in fiery bus crash on Italian highway

By NICOLE WINFIELD and PABLO GORONDI, Associated Press 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, ...

Gambian activists urge justice as longtime leader steps down

By CARLEY PETESCH and ABDOULIE JOHN, Associated Press BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — As Gambia's defeated authoritarian ruler prepares to leave the country, human rights activists demand that he be held accountable for alleged abuses. Yahya Jammeh announced early Saturday he will cede power, after ...

World jittery about Trump’s ‘America first’ inaugural speech

By The Associated Press President Donald Trump's inaugural speech promised "America first" policy, but offered no specifics about America's place in the world. The billionaire businessman and reality television star — the first president who had never held political office or high military ...

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

By COLLEEN BARRY, PAOLO SANTALUCIA and GREGORIO BORGIA, Associated Press 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 as family members awaited word if their relatives were among ...

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

By RIAZ KHAN, Associated Press PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A bomb exploded Saturday in a market in a northwest tribal region that borders Afghanistan, killing 22 people and wounding at least 50, officials said. Dr. Sabir Hussain at the main hospital in Parachinar, the capital of Pakistan's ...

Many still missing at site of deadly Iran building collapse

By NASSER KARIMI, Associated Press TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Rescue teams in the Iranian capital worked through the night and into the day Friday to try and reach firefighters and other victims believed to be under the rubble of a commercial building that collapsed in Tehran the previous ...

Gambia defense chief won’t fight, supports Barrow

By CARLEY PETESCH and BABACAR DIONE, Associated Press BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — Gambia's chief of defense forces has pledged his allegiance to the country's new president, a major shift as mediation continues to persuade the defeated Yahya Jammeh to cede power. Ousmane Badjie says the country's ...

IS in Syria destroys part of Roman theater in Palmyra

By SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State militants have destroyed parts of the second-century Roman amphitheater and an iconic monument known as the Tetrapylon in Syria's historic town of Palmyra, the government and experts said Friday. It was the extremist group's ...

Joy erupts as Italian rescuers pull out avalanche survivors

By PAOLO SANTALUCIA and GREGORIO BORGIA, Associated Press FARINDOLA, Italy (AP) — With cheers of joy, rescue crews pulled survivors from the debris of an avalanche-crushed hotel in central Italy on Friday, an incredible discovery that boosted spirits two days after the massive snow slide ...

Briton falls to death at 2022 Qatar World Cup stadium site

By ROB HARRIS, AP Global Soccer Writer A British man fell to his death this week at a World Cup stadium building site in Qatar, where construction conditions have come under sharp scrutiny since the country was awarded the 2022 soccer tournament. The 40-year-old man has not been named by ...

Brazil investigates crash that killed Car Wash probe judge

By SARAH DiLORENZO, Associated Press 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 ...

Auschwitz museum asks Germans, Austrians to donate items

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial museum is asking Germans and Austrians to donate private letters, memoirs, photos or any other items that could help historians better understand the mentality of the Holocaust's perpetrators. The museum said Wednesday it seeks "to better ...

Turkey rounds up 27 with links to suspected nightclub gunman

By SUZAN FRASER AND DOMINIQUE SOGUEL, Associated Press ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish police rounded up 27 people linked to the suspected gunman in Istanbul's New Year's Eve nightclub attack and the justice minister said Wednesday that the capture of the suspect will lead to a better ...