• January 24, 2017


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The Latest: Syria government says Astana talks boosted truce

BEIRUT (AP) — The latest developments on Syria following two-day talks in Kazakhstan between the Damascus government and rebel factions (all times local):

Egypt's el-Sissi says he is alarmed by high divorce rates

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's president says he is alarmed by his country's high divorce rates and is suggesting ground-breaking legislation to ban Muslim husbands from verbally declaring their spouses divorced.

Saudi Arabia warns destructive computer virus has returned

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia is warning that a computer virus that destroyed systems of its state-run oil company in 2012 has returned to the kingdom, with at least one major petrochemical company apparently affected by its spread.

The Latest: Reports of helicopter down near avalanche zone

FARINDOLA, Italy (AP) — The Latest on rescue efforts at Italian hotel struck by an avalanche (all times local):

Palestinian teen's case casts spotlight on Israel detentions

SILWAD, West Bank (AP) — High school student Hamza Hamad spent 10 months in an Israeli jail for alleged links to the Islamic militant Hamas group, but was never charged with a crime.

Iraqi forces battle Islamic State in pocket of eastern Mosul

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — Fierce fighting erupted in Mosul on Tuesday as Iraqi forces tried to drive Islamic State militants from one of their last bastions in the eastern half of the city, while aid groups expressed concern for the estimated 750,000 people still in the militant-held west.

UK government loses Brexit case, must consult Parliament

LONDON (AP) — Britain's government must get parliamentary approval before starting the process of leaving the European Union, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday, potentially delaying Prime Minister Theresa May's plans to trigger negotiations by the end of March.

Polanski abandons plan to preside over French Oscars

PARIS (AP) — Filmmaker Roman Polanski has abandoned plans to preside over the French equivalent of the Oscars, after protests from France's women's rights minister and feminist groups prompted by decades-old U.S. sex charges against him.

Romanian businessman jailed for bribing judges dies

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Dan Adamescu, one of Romania's richest businessmen who was serving a prison sentence for bribery, has died. He was 68.

Toll from Italy avalanche climbs to 15 as hopes diminish

FARINDOLA, Italy (AP) — Hopes began to fade Tuesday that any more survivors would be found from a devastating avalanche, as the death toll climbed to 15 and rescue crews were hit with another tragedy nearby: reports of a downed helicopter ferrying an injured skier off the slopes.

AP PHOTOS: Burned out migrants in Greece try to keep sane

THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Kawa Mohammed lives in a small tent with his wife and his three children in the Kalochori refugee camp on the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki's outskirts.

The Latest: UK to introduce Brexit legislation 'within days'

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the British Supreme Court ruling on Brexit (all times local):

Push to save Pacific Rim trade deal after US exits TPP pact

SYDNEY (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, as promised, is prompting other member countries to seek ways to salvage the trade pact.

Police in Sweden probe rape reportedly aired on Facebook

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Police in Sweden say three men have been arrested on suspicion of being part a group rape that was streamed live on a closed Facebook group.

French internet censorship rose sharply in 2016

LILLE, France (AP) — French authorities ordered the blockage or removal of more than 2,700 websites in 2016, Interior Minister Bruno Le Roux said Tuesday, a spike in censorship that some critics in the tech industry fear will do little to snuff out extremist content online.

NATO, Pentagon chiefs discuss military budgets, terrorism

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO's chief and new U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis have discussed military spending and combating terrorism, the source of criticism of the alliance by President Donald Trump.

After rocky start, second day of Syria talks in Kazakhstan

ASTANA, Kazakhstan (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Syria pressed on with efforts Tuesday to shore up a shaky cease-fire between the Damascus government and its allies and rebel factions, as he shuttled between delegates from the two sides on the second day of peace talks in Kazakhstan.

Trump in Asia: Region poised for change as new era dawns

BEIJING (AP) — People across Asia are poised for a potentially dramatic change in relations with Washington under President Donald Trump after decades with the United States as a major military and economic presence.

Germany deports 26 rejected Afghan asylum-seekers

BERLIN (AP) — Germany has deported 26 Afghan migrants as part of the government's efforts to increase the number of rejected asylum-seekers leaving the country after an influx of more than 1 million migrants in the last two years.

Kyrgyz court confirms life sentence for journalist

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan (AP) — A court in Kyrgyzstan on Tuesday upheld a life sentence for an ethnic Uzbek journalist in a case that has drawn international criticism.

Banned from boats in Myanmar, Rohingya fish on rafts of junk

THA PYAY TAW, Myanmar (AP) — Every day before sunrise, dozens of fishermen, shivering against the cold, shove out onto the Bay of Bengal on makeshift rafts made out of plastic jugs, bamboo and twine, just steps away from the sturdy and much safer wooden boats they had used for years.

How a Trump tariff could sideswipe US auto industry

DETROIT (AP) — The threat from President Donald Trump to tax Mexican-made cars sold in the U.S. would throw the industry into disarray, analysts say, forcing some uncomfortable choices: Raise car prices or swallow the cost. Stop selling Mexican-made cars in the U.S. but risk losing customers. Move production to the U.S. but make less money.

Trump overshadows young migrants' emotional trip to Mexico

MOLCAXAC, Mexico (AP) — Tamara Alcala Dominguez sobbed, barely able to speak, as she buried her face in the sweater of the woman who cared for her when she was a toddler.

Push to save Pacific Rim trade deal after US exits TPP pact

SYDNEY (AP) — Several countries expressed hope Tuesday that the Trans-Pacific Partnership could be salvaged, after President Donald Trump's decision on a U.S. withdrawal from the trade pact left its future in serious jeopardy.