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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 ...

Kyrgyzstan: Cargo plane crash kills 37, destroys village

By LEILA SARALAYEVA, Associated Press BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan (AP) — A Turkish cargo plane crashed Monday in a residential area just outside the main airport in Kyrgyzstan, destroying half of a village and killing at least 37 people in the plane and on the ground, the Emergency Situations ...

EU nations react with surprise, defiance to Trump remarks

By KIRSTEN GRIESHABER and RAF CASERT, Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — European Union nations reacted with surprise and defiance Monday to comments by President-elect Donald Trump, who said in an interview that he believed NATO was "obsolete" and that more member states would leave the ...

‘One China principle’ not negotiable, China tells Trump

By NOMAAN MERCHANT, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — Responding to remarks by Donald Trump, China's Foreign Ministry on Monday said the country's "one-China principle" regarding Taiwan is not negotiable and any attempt to reconsider the issue would be self-defeating. Ministry spokeswoman Hua ...

Police: 5 killed in shooting at nightclub at Mexican resort

By GABRIEL ALCOCER, Associated Press CANCUN, Mexico (AP) — A shooting attack at an electronic music festival resulted in the deaths of at least five people and left 15 injured Monday at a nightclub at Mexico's Caribbean coast resort of Playa del Carmen, authorities said. The shooting ...

In long-shot Mideast peace bid, France sees nothing to lose

By ANGELA CHARLTON, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — It sounds far-fetched at best: holding a Mideast peace conference without Israelis, Palestinians or the incoming U.S. government. But the French organizers say that's the whole point. They want Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and ...

In talks with Palestinians, Vatican cites sacred Jerusalem

By NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican stressed the sacred nature of Jerusalem on Saturday as the Palestinian leader warned that peace could suffer if the incoming Trump administration goes ahead with plans to move the U.S. embassy to Israel from Tel Aviv to ...