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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 ...

Gambia leader’s term extended as tourists are evacuated

By ABDOULIE JOHN, Associated Press DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Gambia said Wednesday its legislators have voted to extend President Yahya Jammeh's term by three months, just hours before his mandate was set to expire. But the president-elect has vowed to take office regardless of whether Jammeh ...

Malaysia says OIC will push Myanmar to halt Rohingya crisis

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's foreign minister said Wednesday that the Organization of Islamic Cooperation is expected to call for a halt to violence against Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim minority and for the safe return of refugees. Malaysia, which has urged Myanmar to stop what it ...

Death toll in Mali suicide blast rises to more than 50

By YACOUBA CISSE, Associated Press GAO, Mali (AP) — A suicide bomber in an explosives-laden vehicle attacked a camp in northern Mali on Wednesday, killing more than 50 people and wounding more than 100 soldiers and former fighters now trying to stabilize the region. While there was no ...

Iraq military: Troops have ‘full control’ of eastern Mosul

By SINAN SALAHEDDIN, Associated Press 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 almost exactly three months since the major operation ...

Istanbul gunman captured after more than 2 weeks on run

By MEHMET GUZEL, Associated Press ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkish police captured the gunman who carried out the deadly New Year's nightclub attack in Istanbul, with officials saying Tuesday that he's an Uzbekistan national who trained in Afghanistan and confessed to the massacre. The man was being ...

Forever a mystery? MH370 search ends after nearly 3 years

By KRISTEN GELINEAU, Associated Press SYDNEY (AP) — The nearly three-year search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 ended Tuesday, possibly forever — not because investigators have run out of leads, but because the countries involved in the expensive and vast deep-sea hunt have shown no ...

German supreme court rejects bid to outlaw far-right party

By KIRSTEN GRIESHABER, Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — Germany's supreme court on Tuesday rejected a bid by lawmakers to outlaw a fringe far-right party accused of pursuing a racist and anti-Semitic agenda. Andreas Vosskuhle, chief justice of the Federal Constitutional Court, said that while ...

Turkish leader faults delays in fight against Islamic State

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's president has criticized delays in the U.S.-led coalition's offensive against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq. Speaking in Ankara on Tuesday, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said "the operations that are constantly delayed are of no benefit for the well-being of ...

Amnesty: Europe’s anti-terror powers pose rights dangers

By LORI HINNANT, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — The French jihadi left prison to serve out his parole, landing a part-time job as required. Then came the deadly Nov. 13, 2015, attacks in Paris. Sofiane Ifren was placed under house arrest, where he has stayed ever since. Stuck at home, he ...

Lavrov: Russia invites Trump officials to Syria talks

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Moscow hopes for better relations with the United States based on respect for mutual interests once Donald Trump takes office, in contrast with the "messianic" approach of the outgoing administration that has ravaged ties, Russia's ...

Who are the 8 richest people? All men, mostly Americans

By CARLO PIOVANO, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — The eight individuals who own as much as half of the rest of the planet are all men, and have largely made their fortunes in technology. Most are American, with one European and one Mexican in the mix. Several have pledged to give it all to ...

Stark inequality: Oxfam says 8 men as rich as half the world

By PAN PYLAS, Associated Press DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — The gap between the super-rich and the poorest half of the global population is starker than previously thought, with just eight men, from Bill Gates to Michael Bloomberg, owning as much wealth as 3.6 billion people, according to an ...