January 21st, 2017

World News

Tornado rips through parts of south Mississippi, killing 4

By The Associated Press on January 21st, 2017

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Four people were killed early Saturday when a tornado ripped through the Hattiesburg area, officials in Mississippi said. The city of Hattiesburg said via its Twitter account that four people had died after a tornado blew through the city and surrounding area. Mayor Johnny DuPress has signed an emergency declaration for Hattiesburg. ... Read More »

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Gambia’s new leader: Jammeh leaving for Guinea within hours

By Krista Larson, The Associated Press on January 21st, 2017

DAKAR, Senegal – Gambia’s new president says defeated leader Yahya Jammeh is expected to leave for Guinea within hours. Adama Barrow told The Associated Press in an interview Saturday that he will return home to Gambia once it’s “clear” and a security sweep has been completed. A visibly tired Barrow spoke just hours after Jammeh ... Read More »

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Tornado rips through parts of south Mississippi, killing 3

By The Associated Press on January 21st, 2017

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Officials in Mississippi say three people were killed early Saturday when a tornado ripped through the Hattiesburg area. Greg Flynn of the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency said rescuers are still searching the stricken area for more possible victims. Flynn said “massive damage” was reported in a three-county area that was struck by ... Read More »

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Blast in camp for displaced Syrians near Jordan kills 4

By The Associated Press on January 21st, 2017

BEIRUT – A resident and an opposition monitoring group say an explosion has rocked a camp for displaced Syrians on the border with Jordan, killing at least four. Badr Abu Sultan, a resident of the Rukban camp, says a suspected car bomb in a local market caused the powerful explosion Saturday. Abu Sultan said two ... Read More »

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Europe’s nationalist leaders launch year of election hopes

By Geir Moulson, The Associated Press on January 21st, 2017

KOBLENZ, Germany – French presidential hopeful Marine Le Pen declared Saturday that 2017 will be the “year of the awakening of the people of continental Europe” as she joined fellow nationalist leaders in Germany at the beginning of a year of high-stakes national elections. Populist parties have been surging in polls in Europe and the ... Read More »

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Le Pen sees year of ‘awakening’ as Europe nationalists meet

By Geir Moulson, The Associated Press on January 21st, 2017

KOBLENZ, Germany – French presidential hopeful Marine Le Pen declared Saturday that 2017 will be the “year of the awakening of the people of continental Europe” as she joined fellow nationalist leaders in Germany at the beginning of a year of high-stakes national elections. The mood was celebratory a day after Donald Trump was sworn ... Read More »

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Bomb blast kill 22, wounds at least 50 in northwest Pakistan

By Riaz Khan, The Associated Press on January 21st, 2017

PESHAWAR, Pakistan – A bomb exploded Saturday in a market in a northwest tribal region that borders Afghanistan, killing 22 people and wounding at least 50, officials said. Dr. Sabir Hussain at the main hospital in Parachinar, the capital of Pakistan’s Kurram tribal region, said two more wounded victims died in the hospital, increasing the ... Read More »

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Gambian activists urge justice as longtime leader steps down

By Carley Petesch And Abdoulie John, The Associated Press on January 21st, 2017

BANJUL, Gambia – As Gambia’s defeated authoritarian ruler prepares to leave the country, human rights activists demand that he be held accountable for alleged abuses. Yahya Jammeh announced early Saturday he will cede power, after hours of last-ditch talks with regional leaders and the threat that a regional military force would forcibly remove him. No ... Read More »

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Scuba diver mauled by shark, takes boat to Australian island

By The Associated Press on January 21st, 2017

CANBERRA, Australia – A scuba diver mauled by a shark in the Torres Strait has been transported four hours by boat to an island off the Australian coast for medical treatment. Queensland Ambulance Service spokesman Mike Augusta says the 55-year-old man is in stable condition with injuries to his left arm. After being attacked Saturday, ... Read More »

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California flood sweeps cabins, cars down coastal canyon

By John Antczak, The Associated Press on January 21st, 2017

LOS ANGELES – More than 20 people escaped injury when a flood swept cabins and vehicles down a coastal canyon as the second in a trio of storms drenched California with heavy rain and brought more snow to the mountains. The dramatic scene about 115 miles northwest of Los Angeles came during a day of ... Read More »

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