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Trump and Putin make counter-terror top priority in first call

<b>Donald Trump held a series of phone calls with world leaders on Saturday - including one with Vladimir Putin.</b><p>The Kremlin said both sides had agreed to make fighting "international terrorism" - including so-called Islamic State and "other terrorist groups" in Syria - a top priority.<p>The White House …

Gambia leader, pressured to go, declares state of emergency

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh declared a state of emergency on Tuesday, just two days before he is supposed to cede power …

Parties, protests to take over DC for Trump's inauguration

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to clog the nation's capital for Donald Trump's inauguration and a major demonstration …

South African photojournalist Shiraaz Mohamed kidnapped

A South African photojournalist has been kidnapped in northern Syria while working for aid group Gift of the Givers, the charity said.<p>Shiraaz Mohamed, from Johannesburg, was taken by unidentified armed men on Tuesday as he tried to leave the country with other members of the group through the …

Muted reaction in Russia to Trump's talk of nuclear arms cut

MOSCOW (AP) — Suggestions by President-elect Donald Trump that sanctions against Russia could be lifted in exchange for a nuclear arms cut attracted …

Turkish cargo jet crash kills at least 37 in Kyrgyzstan village

A Turkish cargo plane crashed Monday in a residential area just outside the main airport in Kyrgyzstan, killing 37 people on the ground and in the plane, the Emergency Situations Ministry said.<p>The Boeing 747 crashed on approach to the Manas airport, south of the capital, Bishkek.<p>Reports of the …

The Latest: Lewis leads Pats over Texans 34-16 in playoffs

The Latest on the NFL's divisional playoff games Saturday (all times Eastern):<p>11:30 p.m.<p>Dion Lewis became the first player in NFL postseason history …

Jacob Zuma says South Africa's ruling ANC is ready for female leader

South Africa’s president, Jacob Zuma, has said the ruling ANC party is ready for its first female leader, days after his former wife was named by the party’s influential women’s league as its choice to succeed him.<p>Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who has four children with President Zuma, is the head of the …

South Africa

Four arrested in Facebook Live torture video now charged with hate crimes

Criminal hate crime, aggravated kidnapping and other felony charges were filed against four young men and women who allegedly tortured and beat a bound and gagged man in Chicago, which they broadcast live on Facebook.<p>The suspects — identified as Jordan Hill, 18; Tesfaye Cooper, 18; Brittany …

Crime

Amazon, Forever 21 Vying for Bankrupt American Apparel

Online retailer Amazon.com and teen apparel store chain Forever 21 are among the companies weighing offers to acquire bankrupt American Apparel, people familiar with the talks said on Wednesday.<p>The bankruptcy auction of Los Angeles-based American Apparel, which made its branding theme "Made in the …

Clothing

The Ugly Unethical Underside of Silicon Valley

<b>By Erin Griffith</b><p>Illustration by Alconic for Fortune<p>December 28, 2016, 6:30 AM EDT<p>As the list of startup scandals grows, it’s time to ask whether …

Daughter of South Korea's 'Rasputin' in presidential corruption scandal arrested in Denmark

The daughter of Choi Soon-Sil, the woman at the centre of a corruption scandal that led to the impeachment of South Korea's President, has been arrested in Denmark after months in hiding, Seoul prosecutors said on Monday.<p>Chung Yoo-Ra, the 20-year-old daughter of the woman dubbed South Korea's …

South Korea

The Latest: Delaware businessman wounded in Turkey attack

ISTANBUL (AP) — The Latest on a deadly attack on an Istanbul nightclub. (all times local):<p>7:30 a.m.<p>The State Department has confirmed that a Delaware …

Japan’s defense minister visits Yasukuni after Pearl Harbor

TOKYO — Defense Minister Tomomi Inada, just back from a visit to Pearl Harbor, visited a Tokyo shrine that honors Japan’s war dead, including convicted war criminals.<p>The visit Thursday, and one by another cabinet minister the day before, drew rebukes from neighboring South Korea and China.<p>Earlier …

Trump Tower lobby briefly evacuated over suspicious package

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Police briefly evacuated the lobby of Trump Tower in New York City, home to U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, on Tuesday after a suspicious package was discovered, authorities said.<p>FILE PHOTO: Trump Tower is seen in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., November 27, 2016. …

51 amazing things to do in NYC in January

<b>Dynamite things to do</b><p><b>Coney Island Polar Bear Club New Year’s Day Swim Coney Island Boardwalk; Jan 1; $40 suggested donation</b><br>Would you believe us if we …

Mall fights send post-holiday shoppers scrambling for exits

BEACHWOOD, Ohio (AP) — Fights broke out at malls around the country Monday night sending shoppers, who were looking for post-holiday deals, …

Islamic State arrests reveal jihadi threat near seat of U.S. government

Law enforcement agencies have arrested nine Northern Virginia residents on charges of aiding the Islamic State since the terrorist group rose to …

Uganda: 30 drown after boat carrying football team capsizes on Lake Albert

<b>At least 30 people have drowned after a boat carrying a football team and their fans capsized on Lake Albert in Uganda, police say.</b><p>The overcrowded vessel was carrying some 45 people. Police say the boat became unbalanced when too many passengers moved to one side.<p>Nine bodies have been recovered, …

AWS catapulted Amazon into a breakout 2016 on Wall Street

You could argue that 2016 was the breakout year for Amazon’s cloud computing service, AWS — and Wall Street knows that an even bigger wave is coming next year.<p>Amazon’s retail business continues to grow, and chug along, and gobble up share from offline commerce and other companies desperately trying …

Australian PM 'confident' Trump will keep refugee deal

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said he is confident a refugee resettlement deal with the United States will go ahead, despite White House comments which seemed to cast doubt about its future under a Trump administration.<p>White House deputy spokesman Eric Schultz told reporters the …

‘Sketchy’ Brooklyn shop may be a brothel open for business

When a mysterious new storefront opened last month in the heart of brownstone Brooklyn, residents buzzed and blogged about what was behind the black …

Accountant admits stealing $3 million from grain shipper

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A corporate accountant in New York admitted Monday to stealing at least $3.1 million from agribusiness giant Cargill, Inc., and …

Mosul completely surrounded by Iraqi-led troops, paramilitary forces say

<b>Irbil, Iraq (CNN) —</b> Mosul is now entirely surrounded by Iraqi-led forces, an alliance of paramilitary groups said Wednesday, more than a month since the operation was launched to seize control of the key city from ISIS militants.<p>The Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) made the announcement in a …

Supermoon to light up sky beginning Monday morning

BEIJING (AP) — The brightest moon in almost 69 years will be lighting up the sky this week in a treat for star watchers around the globe.The …

Trump, Clinton target trade deals at a time when globalization is stalling

The steady march of globalization that powered the world economy for the past 30 years is stalling out at a time when leading political figures in the United States and elsewhere have become increasingly hostile to international trade.<p>The World Trade Organization said Tuesday that growth in global …

Washington mall shooting suspect to be arraigned Monday

<b>(CNN) —</b> The lone suspect held in the killing of five people at a Washington state mall will be arraigned Monday and authorities are working steadily to nail down a motive, a state patrol spokesman said Sunday.<p>Arcan Cetin, 20, is facing five counts of first-degree murder, according to Skagit County …

Assad’s troops tighten grip on Aleppo as 2 million left without water

President Bashar al-Assad’s troops have tightened their siege of Aleppo, after another 24 hours of intense bombardment that left dozens dead and nearly 2 million without water.<p>The United Nations security council is due to meet at 11am on Sunday to discuss the escalation of fighting in Aleppo, …

Middle East

A ‘game-changer in the search for aliens’: China switches on world’s biggest telescope

If the truth is out there, then China is determined to find it with a radio telescope launched on Sunday that astronomers have branded a “game changer” in the search for alien life forms.<p>The world's largest star gazer will allow China to look further into space than any nation has before, viewing …