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Avalanche buries hotel in central Italy, reports of dead

THE WASHINGTON POST - 14 min 44 sec ago
An Italian official says a hotel in an earthquake-hit zone of central Italy has been buried by an avalanche, with reports of dead.

Italy civil protection agency says 30 people missing in avalanche that buried mountain hotel in central Italy

THE WASHINGTON POST - 14 min 44 sec ago
Italy civil protection agency says 30 people missing in avalanche that buried mountain hotel in central Italy.

Has the Obama White House been 'historically free of scandal'?

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - 43 min 33 sec ago
Obama and his aides claim they've had a scandal-free White House compared to other presidents. Is that really the case?

Scores of Iran firefighters battle blaze in Tehran building

THE WASHINGTON POST - 43 min 33 sec ago
Scores of Iranian firefighters are battling a blaze at an iconic building in Tehran housing a major shopping center. No injuries have been immediately reported.

Watchdog urges Pakistan to free 2 convicted journalists

THE WASHINGTON POST - 54 min 47 sec ago
The Committee to Protect Journalists has urged Pakistan to free two local journalists who were convicted on defamation charges.

Report: 2 men imprisoned over UAE beach bar attack plot

THE WASHINGTON POST - 54 min 47 sec ago
A state-owned newspaper in the United Arab Emirates is reporting that an Emirati and a Palestinian man have been sentenced to prison for planning an attack on a beach bar.

Despite expired term, Gambia’s president refuses to leave office, even as troops close in

THE WASHINGTON POST - 1 hour 44 min ago
Yahya Jammeh’s term officially ended Wednesday, but he appeared unwilling to hand over power, in spite of international efforts.

From IS to government control, Syrians left with few choices

THE WASHINGTON POST - 1 hour 44 min ago
Carrying her four-year-old son, Elham Saleh walked all night behind a smuggler, navigating land mines through Islamic State group- and rebel-held territory in northern Syria.

Malaysian PM urges Muslim world to help oppressed Rohingya

THE WASHINGTON POST - 1 hour 53 min ago
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has urged the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to help end the persecution of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim minority, as OIC foreign ministers open a special meeting to discuss the crisis.

Philippines, communist rebels resume peace talks in Rome

THE WASHINGTON POST - 2 hours 4 min ago
Philippine negotiators and communist guerrillas are set to resume peace talks in Rome, with the Maoist insurgents warning that alleged government violations of an accord on human rights may prompt them to end a monthslong ceasefire.

Mideast expects big changes under Trump

THE WASHINGTON POST - 2 hours 4 min ago
Donald Trump’s all-but-dismissal of human rights as a foreign policy principle could land like an earthquake across a Middle East landscape beset by warring factions and beleaguered governments, with some players eyeing the prospect of once unimaginable new alliances.

At least 15 children killed when bus, truck collide in India

THE WASHINGTON POST - 2 hours 42 min ago
Police say at least 15 young children were killed after a school bus collided with a truck loaded with sand in northern India.

Already reeling, Mexico fears it has much to lose with Trump

THE WASHINGTON POST - 3 hours 34 min ago
Donald Trump’s assumption of the U.S. presidency couldn’t come at a worse time for Mexico.

Were opportunities for clues from MH370 debris missed?

THE WASHINGTON POST - 3 hours 44 min ago
Three nations shelled out around $160 million and years’ worth of work on the underwater search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. The result: No plane. The only tangible — and arguably most important — clues into what happened to the aircraft have come courtesy of ordinary citizens, who bore the costs themselves.

Leader of Australia’s most populous state quits

THE WASHINGTON POST - 4 hours 3 min ago
The leader of Australia’s most populous state resigned Thursday after his popularity plummeted over a series of decisions during 2016.

At DNC debate, Ellison says he'll ask Sanders to share his donor list

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - 4 hours 23 min ago
"We’re gonna call on everybody to give all the resources they have," Ellison said during a Huffington Post-hosted debate at George Washington University. "We're in an emergency situation."

For the first time since Ronald Reagan, the Cabinet won't include a Latino

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - 4 hours 30 min ago
Trump passes over the nation's largest minority group, ending a three-decade streak of at least one Latino at the table in the Cabinet Room.

Trump's Transition: Who is Sonny Perdue?

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - 4 hours 50 min ago
President-elect Donald Trump has tapped Sonny Perdue as Agriculture Secretary, rounding out his Cabinet-level picks.

Vegemite goes home: Oreo maker sells to Australia’s Bega

THE WASHINGTON POST - 4 hours 50 min ago
Vegemite, the salty, brown spread beloved in Australia, is going home, purchased by an Australian dairy company from the maker of Oreos.

Drug deaths reach record high in British Columbia last year

THE WASHINGTON POST - 5 hours 20 min ago
Canada’s Pacific coast province of British Columbia reached a new peak of 914 illicit drug overdose deaths last year with the arrival of the deadly opioid fentanyl.

Mexico youth shoots teacher, classmates, then kills himself

THE WASHINGTON POST - 5 hours 30 min ago
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.

Trump picks Sonny Perdue for agriculture secretary

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - 6 hours 16 min ago
The former Georgia governor grew up on a farm and has a doctorate in veterinary medicine.

Unending vigil for S. Koreans camped near sex-slave statue

THE WASHINGTON POST - 6 hours 30 min ago
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.

Aide to Md. lawmaker fabricated article on Hillary Clinton rigging the election

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - 7 hours 23 min ago
Del. David Vogt says he (R-Frederick County) fired Cameron Harris “on the spot” Wednesday after learning what his aide had done.

WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange retreats from extradition pledge

THE WASHINGTON POST - 7 hours 28 min ago
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange retreated from his pledge to accept extradition to the U.S. if Chelsea Manning was granted clemency, arguing Wednesday via his lawyers that what he was really asking for was an immediate pardon for the ex-Army analyst.

Guatemalan president’s brother, son detained in graft probe

THE WASHINGTON POST - 8 hours 3 min ago
Guatemalan prosecutors detained the brother and son of President Jimmy Morales on Wednesday in a case of alleged corruption.

46 ‘severely injured’ people remain at Nigeria bombing scene

THE WASHINGTON POST - 8 hours 3 min ago
At least 46 severely injured people remain in a refugee camp that Nigeria’s military says it mistakenly bombed, the International Committee for the Red Cross said Wednesday, raising the possibility that the death toll could significantly rise.

Key players in Iran nuke deal aim message at Trump: It works

THE WASHINGTON POST - 8 hours 3 min ago
The United Nations, the European Union and key players in the Iran nuclear agreement delivered a united message Wednesday aimed at U.S. President-elect Donald Trump: The deal is working and must be maintained to keep Tehran from developing a nuclear weapon.

Trump is trying to put the bully back into the bully pulpit

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - 8 hours 13 min ago
President-elect pressures major companies to add U.S. jobs and claims credit for growth.

Colombia ELN rebels agree to free captive, start peace talks

THE WASHINGTON POST - 8 hours 13 min ago
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.

No word from Jammeh as midnight deadline arrives in Gambia

THE WASHINGTON POST - 8 hours 13 min ago
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.

Leader of Australia’s most populous state quits

THE WASHINGTON POST - 8 hours 22 min ago
The leader of Australia’s most popular state resigned Thursday after his popularity plummeted over a series of decisions during 2016.

As Europe braces for the Trump era, a showdown looms over values 

THE WASHINGTON POST - 8 hours 54 min ago
Iran, Russia and climate change are among the potential flash points in transatlantic ties.

Key players in Iran nuke deal aim message at Trump: It works

THE WASHINGTON POST - 9 hours 3 min ago
The United Nations, the European Union and key players in the Iran nuclear agreement are delivering a united message aimed at U.S. President-elect Donald Trump: The deal is working and must be maintained to keep Tehran from developing a nuclear weapon.

Ethics chief to meet with top House Republican after rebuke of Trump, but won't get public exchange he wanted

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - 9 hours 6 min ago
Federal ethics watchdog Walter Shaub Jr. will meet with top House lawmakers Monday but won't get the public hearing he wanted after criticizing Trump.

Obama’s final message sounded remarkably like his first

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - 9 hours 18 min ago
Obama’s final news conference channels his earliest optimism and 2004 convention speech

Haiti leader promises IDs for migrants in Dominican Republic

THE WASHINGTON POST - 9 hours 22 min ago
Haiti’s president-elect is pledging to provide national ID cards to migrants in the neighboring Dominican Republic so they can apply for a legal residency program.

Key moments from Scott Pruitt's confirmation hearing

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - 9 hours 30 min ago
At his confirmation hearing, President-elect Trump's Environmental Protection Agency administrator nominee Scott Pruitt outlined his plan for the agency.

NATO secretary general hits back at Trump, saying organization is not ‘obsolete.’

THE WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 23:55
The pushback comes as he and others warn Europe faces same hacking risks as U.S.

Decorated activist slain in northern Mexico

THE WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 23:46
A Mexican indigenous leader who was awarded the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize in 2005 has been shot dead, less than a year after another winner of the award was slain in Honduras.

Rep. Tom Price's financial dealings repeatedly questioned in Senate hearing

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 23:40
Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), President-elect Trump's nominee for secretary of health and human services, repeatedly came under fire from Democrats questioning his financial dealings, during a hearing on Jan. 18 at the Capitol.

Michelle Obama strolls through White House with dogs

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 23:30
In what is being described as her last walk through the "People's House," first lady Michelle Obama takes a stroll through the White House with first dogs, Bo and Sunny.

Key moments from Wilbur Ross's confirmation hearing

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 23:22
President-elect Trump's commerce secretary nominee Wilbur Ross testified before the Senate commerce committee Jan. 18. Here are highlights from that confirmation hearing.

For Va. Rep. Beyer, skipping Trump's inauguration is a 'small symbol'

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 23:15
Although Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) is choosing not to attend President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration, he still plans to work with him on future legislation.

Mexico arrests ex-governor sent home after US prison term

THE WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 23:08
Mexican prosecutors say a former state governor has been taken into custody by Mexican agents after serving a prison sentence for money laundering in the United States.

South Africans call for abducted photographer’s release

THE WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 23:08
South Africans have gathered at a community center to call for the release of a South African freelance photographer who was abducted in Syria.

Key moments from Obama’s final news conference

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 22:48
At the last new conference of his presidency, Jan. 18, President Obama touched on issues including the U.S. relationship with Russia, the incoming president, voting rights and immigration.

At EPA nominee hearing, money becomes a weapon for both parties

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 22:20
Democratic senators tried to put Scott Pruitt on the defensive, bringing up past campaign donations by energy companies, which he would have to regulate. But Republicans turned that line of questioning into their own line of attack.

The full transcript from Obama's final news conference

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 22:10
After eight years, his last moments with reporters in the Brady Press Briefing Room.

6 civilians killed in rebel strike in Yemen’s Taiz

THE WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 22:04
Yemeni security officials say a rocket fired by Shiite rebels has killed six civilians in the war-torn city of Taiz.

First TV ads of Va. governor’s race to air during inauguration

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 21:50
Corey Stewart, who led Trump’s commonwealth bid until his ouster, will run ads on Fox News.

Obama: We need ‘a constructive relationship with Russia’

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 21:50
At his final news conference Jan. 18, President Obama said that “it is in America’s interest and the world’s interest that we have a constructive relationship with Russia.”

Presidents will come from diverse backgrounds in the future, Obama predicts

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 21:50
President Obama said American presidents of the future will come from diverse backgrounds and include both men and women, at his final press conference on Jan. 18 at the White House.

What to expect from Donald Trump’s inaugural address

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 21:20
The Post’s Robert Costa recently spoke with President-elect Donald Trump about his upcoming inaugural address. Here’s what Trump said to expect from the speech.

Rep. Tom Price's first hearing, in less than 3 minutes

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 21:20
Rep. Tom Price, President-elect Trump's nominee for secretary of health and human services, attended a hearing of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, on Jan. 18 at the Capitol. Price will attend a second hearing, in front of the Senate Finance Committee, which will formally vote on his nomination.

As one whistle-blower’s sentence is commuted, Snowden gets more time in Russia

THE WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 21:20
A former acting head of the CIA says Snowden would make a perfect “inauguration gift” from Putin to Trump.

Classical fuses with punk to kick off Paris menswear shows

THE WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 21:08
Subzero temperatures were an apt backdrop for fashionistas who arrived in Paris for the first day of warmly-wrapped fall/winter 2017 menswear fashion shows.

Trump budget nominee failed to pay $15,000 in taxes related to household employee

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 21:01
Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) calls on Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) to withdraw from the confirmation process after revelation.

Obama says press has made White House 'work better'

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 21:01
President Obama, in his final news conference, told members of the news media that the press has made the White House "work better" and "work harder."

Watch Pruitt's full exchange with Sen. Sanders

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 21:01
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Scott Pruitt, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Environmental Protection Agency administrator, clash at Pruitt’s confirmation hearing.

Prosecutors question Guatemalan president’s brother, son

THE WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 21:01
Guatemalan prosecutors say they’ve detained the brother and are questioning the son of President Jimmy Morales in a case of alleged corruption.

Lawyers: Assange’s conditions for extradition to US not met

THE WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 20:08
Lawyers for Julian Assange say U.S. officials still haven’t met the WikiLeaks founder’s conditions for agreeing to be extradited to the United States.

Officials say school shooter in northern Mexico has died of wounds

THE WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 20:08
Officials say school shooter in northern Mexico has died of wounds.

Supporters insist Gambia president-elect will be sworn in Thursday on Gambian soil

THE WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 19:55
Supporters insist Gambia president-elect will be sworn in Thursday on Gambian soil.

Obama to hold final news conference

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 19:50
The president will meet with reporters in the waning hours of his presidency.

Israel opts to extend military chief of staff’s term

THE WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 19:50
Israel’s defense minister has decided to extend the term of Israel’s military chief of staff by a year.

London chief says Brexit won’t hurt fight against crime

THE WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 19:50
Britain’s exit from the European Union is not likely to hurt international cooperation against crime and terrorism, London’s police chief said Wednesday.

Senegal asks UN to support regional bloc action in Gambia

THE WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 19:50
Senegal is circulating a draft U.N. resolution calling on the Security Council to support the West African regional group’s military action if Gambian President Yahya Jammeh doesn’t step down when his term ends at midnight.

Finally, China manufactures a ballpoint pen all by itself

THE WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 19:40
As Xi touts globalization at Davos, a more complicated picture is drawn at home.

China’s Xi extols multilateral approach, climate accord

THE WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 19:35
Chinese President Xi Jinping extolled the merits of multilateral cooperation during a visit to the United Nations’ office in Geneva on Wednesday and said major powers should “keep their differences under control.”

Post-Sept. 11 profiling case tests government officials’ broad immunity from civil suits

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 19:25
Acting solicitor general tells Supreme Court that allowing Muslim plaintiffs’ case would constitute a “massive extension” of individuals’ right to sue members of government.

‘Insane!’ EU legislature bristles at Trump’s Brexit comments

THE WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 19:14
European Union legislators lashed out at U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday for saying the British decision to leave the bloc would turn out great and predicting more countries would follow.

Colombia leader says peace talks to start with rebel group

THE WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 19:14
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.

Colombia president says accord reached with ELN rebels to free captive, start peace negotiations

THE WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 19:04
Colombia president says accord reached with ELN rebels to free captive, start peace negotiations.

Donald Trump wax figure unveiled in London museum

THE WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 19:04
London’s Madame Tussauds museum has unveiled a wax figure of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump days ahead of his inauguration.

Candidates registration over for Turkmenistan’s vote

THE WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 19:04
Election officials in Turkmenistan have registered the Central Asian nation’s president to run in next month’s vote against eight other candidates, all of whom have voiced support for his policies.

Military commander says regional forces will “take action” at midnight unless a solution found in Gambia

THE WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 19:04
Military commander says regional forces will “take action” at midnight unless a solution found in Gambia.

In Afghanistan, Trump will inherit a costly stalemate and few solutions

THE WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 19:00
He has said he would stay in the country, but ‘hate doing it. . . . I hate doing it so much.’

Video posted of sexual assault sparks outrage in Somalia

THE WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 18:46
A video showing four men sexually assaulting a young woman has sparked outrage across Somalia.

Can Bernie Sanders backers launch a Democratic tea party? They're failing in one very important area.

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 18:35
The tea party changed the GOP by fighting hard in congressional primaries. Progressives aren't doing it yet.

Witnesses confirm Senegal troops moving toward Gambian border as pressure mounts for Gambian president to step down

THE WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 18:35
Witnesses confirm Senegal troops moving toward Gambian border as pressure mounts for Gambian president to step down.

Macedonia says its capital is most polluted city in Europe

THE WASHINGTON POST - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 18:24
Health authorities in Macedonia say Skopje is now Europe’s most polluted capital, with poor air quality blamed for the premature death of 1,300 people each year.

In Scott Pruitt hearing, Flint water crisis emerges as GOP wedge against Obama EPA

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 18:16
At EPA nominee Pruitt's confirmation hearing, Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) seemed to blame the Flint, Mich., water crisis on EPA delay.

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