- Russia, Turkish in joint airstrikes on IS in northern Syria
MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military says it has teamed up with Turkey to conduct joint airstrikes against an Islamic State group's stronghold in northern Syria.
- 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.
- West African bloc vows Gambia intervention at midnight
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A military commander with West Africa's regional bloc says its forces will "take action" at midnight unless a solution is found to Gambia's political crisis before then.
- 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. 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.
- Colombia leader says peace talks to start with rebel group
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos says rebels belonging to the National Liberation Army have agreed to free a captive politician, clearing the way for formal peace talks with the country's second-largest rebel group to begin next month.
- EU, UK take contrasting messages from May's Brexit speech
LONDON (AP) — European Union leaders on Wednesday punctured U.K. optimism about a smooth and mutually beneficial divorce between Britain and the EU, declaring that, no matter what British Prime Theresa May thinks, Britain can't dictate the terms of the separation.
- 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.
- Gunfire erupts at Mexican private school, 5 wounded
MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) — A 15-year-old student opened fire with a gun at a private school in the northern Mexican city of Monterrey on Wednesday, seriously wounding himself, a teacher and three other students —shootings captured on a chilling video posted to social media.
- Death toll in Mali suicide blast rises to more than 50
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.
- Israeli Arab, policeman killed amid clashes over demolitions
JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli Arab rammed his vehicle into a group of police officers on Wednesday, killing one of them before he was shot dead during clashes in southern Israel, police said. Local residents, however, accused the police of using excessive force and said the man lost control of his vehicle after he was shot.
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