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No word from Jammeh as midnight deadline arrives in Gambia
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- After more than two decades in power, Gambian President Yahya Jammeh faced the prospect of a military intervention by regional forces, as the man who once pledged to rule the West African nation for a billion years clung to power....

AP Explains: The African leader who refuses to leave
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- The tiny nation of Gambia has West Africa on the brink of a military intervention, and thousands, including cabinet ministers, are fleeing the country. Longtime President Yahya Jammeh is refusing to step down after losing elections and has declared a state of emergency, and parliament has voted to extend his term by three months. On Thursday, President-elect Adama Barrow intends to go through with his inauguration, with the support of the international community. Here's a look at the crisis....

Anxious European leaders seek an early audience with Trump
WASHINGTON (AP) -- European leaders, anxious over Donald Trump's unpredictability and kind words for the Kremlin, are scrambling to get face time with the new American president before he can meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose provocations have set the continent on edge....

Iraq military: Troops have 'full control' of eastern Mosul
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, three months since the major operation started....

Colombia ELN rebels agree to free captive, start peace talks
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Colombia's second-largest rebel group has agreed to free a prominent politician held captive for almost a year, clearing the way for repeatedly postponed peace talks to begin next month....

Russia, Turkey conduct joint airstrikes on IS in Syria
MOSCOW (AP) -- The Russian military said Wednesday it has teamed up with Turkey to conduct joint airstrikes, coordinated with Damascus, against an Islamic State group's stronghold in northern Syria. It is the first acknowledgement of Russian cooperation in support of Turkey's offensive in the area....

Unending vigil for S. Koreans camped near sex-slave statue
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Every night they sleep above cold concrete, curled up in sleeping bags on rubber mattresses in a tent made of plastic sheets held together with tape. Their heads are inches away from cars zooming by - and from a bronze statue of a young girl that sits across from the Japanese Embassy in Seoul....

Death toll in Mali suicide blast rises to at least 60
GAO, Mali (AP) -- A suicide bomber in an explosives-laden vehicle penetrated a camp in northern Mali on Wednesday, killing at least 60 people and wounding 115 soldiers and former fighters who are trying to stabilize the region. The attack marked a significant setback for peace efforts....

4 quakes shake Italy, isolating towns blanketed under snow
ROME (AP) -- Four strong earthquakes on Wednesday shook the same region of central Italy that suffered deadly temblors last year, sending quake-rattled residents into panic and further isolating towns that have been buried under more than a meter (3 feet) of snow for days....

Mexico youth shoots teacher, classmates, then kills himself
MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) -- A 15-year-old student opened fire with a gun at a private school in this northern Mexico city Wednesday, hitting a teacher and two other students in the head before killing himself. Another student suffered lesser injuries in the shooting, which was captured on a video posted to social media....

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No word from Jammeh as midnight deadline arrives in Gambia

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Mexico youth shoots teacher, classmates, then kills himself

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