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Italian firefighters search for survivors after an avalanche buried a hotel near Farindola, central Italy, Thursday. Rescue crews are continuing the painstaking search for some 30 people trapped inside a remote Italian mountain resort flattened by a huge avalanche.

Rescue crews find up to eight people alive after Italy avalanche

FARINDOLA, Italy (AP) — Rescue crews located up to eight people alive in the kitchen of an avalanche-crushed hotel on Friday, an incredible discovery that boosted spirits two days after the massive snow slide buried around 30 people in the resort. Video released by rescuers showed a boy, ...

In this PHOTO released by Mexico's federal government, Mexico's drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman stands for his prison mug shot with the inmate number 3870 at the Altiplano maximum security federal prison in Almoloya, Mexico.

Timing of Mexico drug lord’s extradition seen as political

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's abrupt exit to face charges in the U.S. marks the end of an era in which he was Mexico's most notorious drug cartel boss and, for some, the stuff of folk legend. It's also seen by many in Mexico as a delicately timed maneuver aimed at limiting ...

Syria: IS destroys part of Roman theater in Palmyra

BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State group militants destroyed a landmark ancient Roman monument and parts of the theater in Syria's historic town of Palmyra, the government and opposition monitoring groups said Friday. Maamoun Abdulkarim, the head of Syria's antiquities department, said the ...

Brazil judge dies in crash weeks before corruption ruling

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian Supreme Court Justice Teori Zavascki has died in a small-plane crash just weeks before he was to rule in a major corruption case that could implicate high-ranking politicians in several Latin American countries. While the cause of the Thursday's crash off a ...

A visitor arrives for a party to mark the upcoming inauguration of Trump at a nightclub in Moscow, Russia, on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017.  Twenty-four hours before Donald Trump is to be sworn in as president of the United States, people gathered at a Moscow nightclub to celebrate his inauguration. (AP Photo)

Russian political elites revel in Trump’s inauguration

MOSCOW (AP) — Champagne corks popped in Moscow as Russians celebrated the start of Donald Trump's presidency, confident of better relations ahead between the two countries. "It's weird, but it's great, and for the first time ever Russians are applauding the victory of a U.S. presidential ...

In this undated file photo provided by the U.S. Army, Pfc. Chelsea Manning poses for a photo wearing a wig and lipstick. On Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, President Barack Obama commuted the sentence of Chelsea Manning, who leaked Army documents and is serving 35 years. (U.S. Army via AP, File)

Manning to be freed

WASHINGTON (AP) — Embracing his clemency powers like never before, President Barack Obama is planning more commutations in his final days in office after a dramatic move to cut short convicted leaker Chelsea Manning’s sentence. Obama became the president to have granted more commutations ...

Earth sets hottest year record again

WASHINGTON (AP) — Government scientists say the Earth sizzled to a third straight heat record last year. They mostly blame man-made global warming with help from a natural El Nino, which has since disappeared. The figures announced Wednesday come from NASA and the National Oceanic and ...

Mom charged in girl’s death

MASSILLON, Ohio (AP) — A Chinese woman charged with murder in the death of her 5-year-old daughter in Oahio isn’t a naturalized U.S. citizen and therefore might face deportation, authorities said. Ashley Zhao’s parents reported her missing Monday; the child’s body was found hidden ...

Suicide bomber kills 36 in Baghdad market

BAGHDAD (AP) — A suicide bomber driving a pickup loaded with explosives struck a bustling market in Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 36 people in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group hours after French President Francois Hollande arrived in the Iraqi capital. The bomb went off in ...

39 die in New Year’s attack on Istanbul nightclub

ISTANBUL (AP) — The Islamic State group on Monday claimed responsibility for the New Year’s attack at a popular Istanbul nightclub that killed 39 people and wounded scores of others. Turkish police meanwhile detained eight people in connection to the attack but were still hunting for the ...

US slaps sanctions on Russia for election hacking

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has imposed sanctions on Russian officials and intelligence services in retaliation for Russia's interference in the U.S. presidential election by hacking American political sites and email accounts. The State Department also has kicked out 35 ...

In this Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016 file photo, a member of the Iraqi Special Forces shoots his machine gun against an Islamic State militant drone n the al-Barid district in Mosul, Iraq. Iraqi forces sitting for weeks on the edges of Mosul have been bolstered by reinforcements and are now ready, along with the elite special forces, to launch a stepped up, three-pronged assault against Islamic State group militants in the city’s eastern sector, ending a two-week lull in the fighting, a top Iraqi general told The Associated Press on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Manu Brabo, File)

Iraqi troops resume Mosul fight

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — Iraqi troops backed by U.S.-led airstrikes pushed deeper into eastern Mosul on Thursday in a multi-pronged assault after a two-week lull in the operation to retake the Islamic State-held city. Elite special forces pushed into the Karama and Quds neighborhoods, while army ...

UN condemns Israeli settlements

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — In a striking rupture with past practice, the United States allowed the U.N. Security Council on Friday to condemn Israeli settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem as a “flagrant violation” of international law. In doing so, the outgoing Obama administration ...

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Italian police collect evidence after a shootout between police and a man near a train station in Milan's Sesto San Giovanni neighborhood, Italy, early Friday. Italy's interior minister Marco Minniti says the man killed in an early-hours shootout in Milan is "without a shadow of doubt" the Berlin Christmas market attacker Anis Amri.

Berlin truck attack suspect killed in Milan police shootout

MILAN (AP) — The Tunisian man suspected in a deadly attack on a Christmas market in Berlin was killed early Friday in a shootout with police in Milan during a routine patrol, ending a Europe-wide manhunt. Italian police said Anis Amri traveled from Germany through France and into Italy ...

Plane hijacking in Malta ends peacefully; 2 men surrender

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — After hours of tense negotiations, two Libyans who hijacked a plane from Libya to Malta and threatened to blow it up surrendered peacefully Friday, allowing 118 passengers and crew to leave the plane before walking out themselves with the last of the crew. The ...

Aleppo confronts vast destruction left by war

BEIRUT (AP) — After more than four years of brutal street fighting and punishing aerial bombardments, the staggering extent of destruction in Aleppo begins to emerge: Tens of thousands of homes and apartments are uninhabitable, most factories have been looted or destroyed and some ancient ...

Slain Russian ambassador honored in ceremony

BEIRUT (AP) — A ceremony is being held at Ankara airport for assassinated Russian Ambassador Andrei Karlov, whose body was being flown home to Russia Tuesday. Karlov’s wife Marina stood in the front row, holding two red carnations. She wept as her husband’s flag-draped coffin was ...

Evacuations to resume

BEIRUT (AP) — Dozens of buses and ambulances were poised to enter east Aleppo to resume evacuating rebel fighters and civilians from the opposition’s remaining districts in the city, pro-Syrian government media said Sunday. As part of a wider deal, convoys were also preparing to evacuate ...

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In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, shows Syrian troops march through the streets of east Aleppo, Syria, Monday. Syria's military said Monday it has regained control of 98 percent of eastern Aleppo, as government forces close in the last remaining sliver of a rebel enclave packed with fighters as well as tens of thousands of civilians.

Mass killings reported in Aleppo

BEIRUT (AP) — Pro-government forces reportedly killed 82 civilians “on the spot” as they closed in on the last rebel enclave in Syria’s Aleppo Tuesday, the U.N. human rights office said, while world leaders and aid agencies issued dramatic appeals on behalf of trapped residents. That ...

South Korean president impeached in stunning fall

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean lawmakers on Friday impeached President Park Geun-hye, a stunning and swift fall for the country's first female leader amid protests that drew millions into the streets in united fury. After the vote, parliamentary officials hand-delivered formal ...