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In Mosul battle, Iraq forces face fewer IS-planted bombs

Mosul - Iraqi forces used to facing deserted, explosives-rigged streets and booby-trapped buildings have not encountered as many bombs planted by jihadists in Mosul as they did in earlier battles against them.

Trump to receive Mexican president on January 31: White House

Washington - President Donald Trump will receive his Mexican counterpart Enrique Pena Nieto on January 31, the White House said Saturday.

Trump, spokesman slam US media over inaugural crowd coverage

Washington - Donald Trump and his chief spokesman launched an unprecedented assault on the media Saturday for a US president's first full day in office, accusing reporters of downplaying the turnout at his inauguration.

7.9 quake shakes PNG, tsunami alert rescinded

Sydney - A major 7.9-magnitude earthquake struck Papua New Guinea Sunday, but a tsunami alert intially issued for the Pacific island nation and its neighbours was later cancelled.

Op-Ed: Libya's neighbors warn competing factions against military action

Meeting in Cairo on Saturday representatives from all of Libya's neighbors including Libya itself plus Tunisia, Niger, Chad, Algeria, Sudan, and Egypt warned Libya's factions not to settle their differences through military force.

Op-Ed: Trump attacks news media for not saying his crowds were largest

I think I have figured out what Mr. Trump's problem is. He has a dislike for anyone telling him he may not be right about something, and he needs to feel like he is doing everything better than anyone else.

FEC confirms Trump hired actors to attend campaign launch

Washington - The Federal Election Commission (FEC) has dismissed a case alleging Donald Trump's presidential campaign broke the law by hiring actors to cheer the announcement of his presidential candidacy, while admitting Trump's team paid for their services.

Women and men around the world march in protest against President

From Washington, D.C., Denver, Los Angeles, and cities across the world, what started as a Facebook post to get a few thousand women to join in a march for women's rights has turned into a global march in protest of Trump's rhetoric and policies.

Lice, lung troubles plague migrants in freezing Serbia

Belgrade - They cough, suffer from frostbite and are infested with body lice: hundreds of young migrants remain in appalling conditions in derelict Belgrade warehouses in the middle of Serbia's freezing winter.

Top French jihadist held after return from Syria

Paris - A high-profile French jihadist was charged with terrorist offences and remanded in custody on Saturday, a day after being transferred to France from Turkey, where he had turned himself in to authorities.

14 members of pro-govt militia killed in Mali attack

Bamako - A pro-government militia in Mali said that it had lost 14 fighters in an attack blamed on former rebels, three days after a suicide car bomber left more than 70 dead.

Women's marches draw millions in resistance to Trump

Washington - More than two million people flooded US cities as women opposed to Donald Trump led a peaceful, stunning rebuke against the new US president that was echoed in sister protests around the world.

Gambia's Jammeh leaves power after 22 years

Banjul - Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh flew out from the country he ruled for 22 years to cede power to President Adama Barrow and end a political crisis.

May braces for new Brexit battle over court ruling

London - British Prime Minister Theresa May faces a landmark court ruling on Tuesday that could put a dent in her Brexit plans by handing control of the process to restive lawmakers.

Migrants pitch in on Italy avalanche relief effort

Penne - A group of asylum-seeking African migrants on Saturday joined volunteers helping the relief effort at an avalanche-hit hotel in earthquake-ravaged central Italy..

French Socialists seek relevance in Socialist primary

Paris - France's Socialists hold the first round of voting in their presidential primary Sunday, with candidates including former prime minister Manuel Valls fighting for relevance as the country veers to the right.

Op-Ed: 5 superb cover songs by Lisa Polizzi: Long Island singer

Long Island songstress Lisa Polizzi has covered five songs that do justice to the original recordings. Here are five exceptional covers.

Fury, concern over Trump presidency

Washington - Women poured into Washington to express concern, anger and outrage over Donald Trump's taking over as the 45th US president, in the "Women's March on Washington.

Amazon is going to train veterans for jobs in tech

As part of the Joining Forces initiative, Amazon will go through with its plans to train thousands of veterans for jobs in the tech industry.

Police use shipping containers to separate Brazil prison gangs

Natal - Brazilian police used shipping containers on Saturday to try to separate rival gangs in a prison where clashes a week ago left at least 26 people dead.
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