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Harsh exchanges on first day of Syria talks in Kazakhstan

By PHILIP ISSA, Associated Press ASTANA, Kazakhstan (AP) — Syria's government envoy and a rebel leader traded barbs as talks between the Mideast country's warring sides got underway in Kazakhstan on Monday in the first face-to-face meeting between the Damascus government and rebel factions ...

Questions arise over Italy’s response to snow-hit hotel

By PAOLO SANTALUCIA and COLLEEN BARRY, Associated Press FARINDOLA, Italy (AP) — Questions intensified Monday into whether Italian authorities underestimated the risks facing a snowbound mountain hotel hours before an avalanche hit, as rescue crews weighed using heavy equipment to try to ...

US lawmakers call for action on Venezuela food corruption

By HANNAH DREIER and JOSHUA GOODMAN, Associated Press CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan officials may face U.S. sanctions for profiting from food shortages that have exacerbated hunger in the South American country. The calls by members of Congress on both sides of the aisle come in ...

Fans of bull-taming sport attack police station in India

NEW DELHI (AP) — Fans of a traditional bull-taming ritual in southern India attacked a police station with stones and set some vehicles on fire Monday in anger at being forcibly evicted from the beach where they been protesting for the past week in support of the sport. Jallikattu involves ...

Hungary’s Orban praises Trump’s ‘end of multilateralism’

By PABLO GORONDI, Associated Press BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — President Donald Trump's position that all countries have the right to put their own interests first was the key phrase of his inaugural address, the prime minister of Hungary said Monday. Prime Minister Viktor Orban interpreted ...

UK’s Theresa May was briefed on nuclear missile system test

LONDON (AP) — Officials say British Prime Minister Theresa May was told about the June test of Britain's nuclear deterrent system when she took office last year. Downing Street did not confirm or deny a newspaper report that one of the unarmed missiles fired during the test of the ...

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 ...