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German populists to discipline member for Holocaust remarks

AfD (Alternative for Germany) chairwoman Frauke Petry delivers her speech at a meeting of European Nationalists in Koblenz, Germany, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017. (Thomas Frey/dpa via AP)BERLIN (AP) — The nationalist Alternative for Germany party says it will take "internal measures" against a prominent member for his comments suggesting ending the country's tradition of acknowledging and atoning for its Nazi past, but stopped short of expelling him from the party.


Iraq premier orders probe into violations by troops in Mosul

Iraq's special forces troops patrol in the eastern side of Mosul, Iraq, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017. 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 almost exactly three months since the major operation started. (AP Photo/ Khalid Mohammed)BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's prime minister on Monday ordered an investigation into violations of human rights and other abuses purportedly committed by government troops and paramilitary forces battling the Islamic State group to retake the city of Mosul.


Nadal, Williams into Australian Open quarter-finals

Rafael Nadal celebrates victory against Gael Monfils in the fourth round of the Australian Open in Melbourne on January 23, 2017Rafael Nadal struggled into his first Grand Slam quarter-final since 2015 at the Australian Open on Monday, as Serena Williams accelerated towards a record title and the number one ranking. Nadal, searching for a revival after injuries wrecked last season, was tested by France's Gael Monfils before winning 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 to book a last-eight clash with Milos Raonic. Nadal, 30, was also pushed to five sets by Alexander Zverev, 19, in round three, but he has survived to reach his first major quarter-final since the 2015 French Open.


Dairy farmers spray EU HQ to push demands for better prices

European dairy farmers spray the EU Council building with milk powder to protest the crisis in their sector, in Brussels on Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. The sector has been hit with sagging prices and production costs squeezing profits to the extent that has driven many farmers to the brink of bankruptcy. The EU's executive Commission has approved some support measures over the past year, but the farmers fear that releasing more milk powder on the market would further complicate their plight. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)BRUSSELS (AP) — Dairy farmers from across the European Union have sprayed the EU's headquarters with milk powder to protest the crisis in their sector.


Kenya fits lion with tracking device to stop it straying into town

Kenya Wildlife Services veterinarians monitor a tranquilised 5-year-old lioness named Nyala after setting up a radio collar on her neck to track her pride's movements at the Nairobi National Park near NairobiKenyan authorities have fitted a tracking device a onto one of the 36 lions that live in a wildlife park on the outskirts of the capital city, aiming to stop the animals coming into unwanted contact with people. Human settlements have long been encroaching on the Nairobi National Park which was established in 1946 and gives visitors a chance to see lions, giraffes, zebras and other wildlife against a backdrop of the city's high-rise buildings. Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) said the it now had six lions in the park fitted with satellite tracking devices inserted into special collars, in a project that began in 2014.


UK launches industry strategy to counter any Brexit turbulenceLONDON (Reuters) - Britain published the outline of its industrial strategy on Monday, putting forward proposals for a more hands-on approach to developing key industries as a way to protect the economy from any turbulence caused by leaving the European Union. Unveiling her long-awaited "Modern Industrial Strategy" on Monday, Prime Minister Theresa May demanded closer collaboration within key industries in exchange for government support on regulation, trade and research. ...Emirates to launch second US flight stopping in EuropeThe Middle East's biggest airline is launching a new daily service between Dubai and Newark that will stop in the Greek capital, Athens. Emirates' new route announced Monday is its second to include a ...The Latest: Syria rebel slams "terrorism" of Bashar Assad

Kazakhstan's officials prepare working space for delegations at a hotel lobby where Russia, Iran and Turkey will hold talks on Syrian peace, in Astana, Kazakhstan, Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. The talks are the latest attempt to forge a political settlement to end a war that has by most estimates killed more than 400,000 people since March 2011 and displaced more than half the country's population. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)BEIRUT (AP) — The latest on Syria talks that are being held in Kazakhstan and developments on the ground in the war-torn country (all times local):


Fight for the right: Dutch PM says integrate or leave

AfD (Alternative for Germany) chairwoman Frauke Petry, right, Far-right leader and candidate for next spring presidential elections Marine le Pen from France, center, and Dutch populist anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders stand together after their speechesat a meeting of European Nationalists in Koblenz, Germany, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte sought to lure voters away from anti-immigration lawmaker Geert Wilders, as campaigning for the March 15 national elections heated up on Monday.


McDonald's sales rise globally, but dip in US

McDonald's sales rise globally, but dip in USMcDonald's global sales rose 2.7 percent at established locations as growth overseas offset a drop in the U.S. The world's biggest burger chain attributed the decline at home to a tough comparison from ...


Fate of Polish WWII museum unclear amid battle over historyGDANSK, Poland (AP) — The Museum of the Second World War, an ambitious new museum under creation for nine years in Poland, has opened its doors for a day to historians, museums and reporters.Nadal beats Monfils, reaches 30th Grand Slam quarterfinal

Ball kids bring towels to Spain's Rafael Nadal during his fourth round match against France's Gael Monfils at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Rafael Nadal beat sixth-seeded Gael Monfils in four sets Monday to reach the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam tournament for the 30th time, prompting talk of a potential Australian Open final against Roger Federer.


Nadal subdues Monfils to break Grand Slam quarter-final drought

Rafael Nadal celebrates victory against Gael Monfils in the fourth round of the Australian Open in Melbourne on January 23, 2017Rafael Nadal fought back to deny mercurial Frenchman Gael Monfils over four sets and reach his first Grand Slam quarter-final since 2015 at the Australian Open on Monday. The 14-time Grand Slam champion defeated sixth-seeded Monfils 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 on Rod Laver Arena in almost three hours and will play Canada's world number three Milos Raonic in the quarters. It was a gutsy effort from the never-say-die Spaniard, who was down a service break with a fifth set looming before he broke sixth-seeded Monfils twice to clinch victory.


Xiaomi's Barra quits China for Silicon Valley

Hugo Barra caused a sensation in 2013 by leaving Google to become a vice president of Chinese smartphone maker XiaomiHugo Barra, who caused a sensation in 2013 by leaving Google to become a vice president of Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi, announced Monday he was returning to the United States for health reasons. Barra, under whom Xiaomi was for a time China's best-selling brand, described his experience as a "spectacular" journey but said it was time to return home for a "new adventure". Beijing and other Chinese cities are notorious for dangerous air pollution.


Former employee who took Vienna tram for joyride apprehendedVIENNA (AP) — Vienna public transit authorities have found the man who went for a joyride with a Vienna street car. But they still don't know why.19 die amid apparent winter tornadoes, other storms in South

19 die amid apparent winter tornadoes, other storms in SouthA vast storm system that kicked up apparent tornadoes, shredded mobile homes and left other destruction scattered around the Southeast has claimed at least 19 lives during its two-day assault on the region. ...


Wayne Brady hurts leg during 'Hamilton,' returns to stageCHICAGO (AP) — Wayne Brady says he had to abandon a performance of "Hamilton" in Chicago because he hurt his leg during the show.Expectations low as Syria's warring sides meet

A car is parked in front of Rixos President Hotel, the venue that hosts Syria peace talks, in Astana, KazakhstanBy Olzhas Auyezov and Suleiman Al-Khalidi ASTANA (Reuters) - Syria's warring sides met for talks for the first time in nine months on Monday, with frosty initial exchanges suggesting chances of a significant breakthrough were slim as the country's six-year-old conflict ground on. Both delegations said the focus was on the country's ceasefire, a fragile precursor to a wider political solution. A rebel source said opposition representatives planned to negotiate with the government side only via intermediaries.


Eq. Guinea opposition denounces arrival of Gambia's JammehABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — Equatorial Guinea's opposition denounced the government's decision to welcome exiled Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, who flew to the Central African nation over the weekend after 22 years in power.UK to actively help industry as country leaves EU

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May delivers a speech on leaving the European Union at Lancaster House in London, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, pool)LONDON (AP) — Britain's prime minister has pledged to help U.K. industry grow and compete as the country prepares to leave the European Union.


The Latest: Dutch skaters ignoring thin ice warnings

The Latest: Dutch skaters ignoring thin ice warningsThe Latest on severe weather in Europe (all times local): 12:55 p.m. Dutch ice skaters are ignoring warnings about thin ice and taking to canals and lakes across the country that have frozen over in a ...


European stocks fall, investors seek safety after Trump address

People walk through the lobby of the London Stock Exchange in LondonBy Abhinav Ramnarayan LONDON (Reuters) - European stocks and bond yields edged lower on Monday and the dollar briefly hit a six-week low after U.S. President Donald Trump began his term in office with a protectionist speech that drove a nervous market into safe-haven assets. Wall Street was set to open slightly lower, tracking stock markets in Europe and parts of Asia, having hit multi-year highs earlier this month on expectations Trump would boost growth and inflation with extraordinary fiscal spending measures. Trump also made it clear that he plans to hold talks with the leaders of Canada and Mexico to begin renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement.


Liberia: Charles Taylor's ex-wife named as VP candidateMONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Liberia's international soccer star turned presidential candidate has named the ex-wife of former President Charles Taylor as his running mate.Hungary's Orban praises Trump's 'end of multilateralism'

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban addresses Lamfalussy Lectures Conference organized by the Hungarian central bank, the National Bank of Hungary, in a hotel in Budapest, Hungary, Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. (Szilard Koszticsak/MTI via AP)BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — President Donald Trump's position that all countries have the right to put their own interests first was the key phrase of his inaugural address, the prime minister of Hungary said Monday.


May was told nuclear submarine successfully certified in tests - spokeswomanBritish Prime Minister Theresa May was told on taking office last year that a nuclear submarine and its crew had been successfully certified in tests, her spokeswoman said on Monday. The Sunday Times reported a test firing of an unarmed British nuclear Trident missile from a submarine malfunctioned last June, shortly before May asked parliament to spend 40 billion pounds on new Trident submarines. "On taking office, the current prime minister was briefed on a range of nuclear issues, including this," the spokeswoman told reporters referring to the outcome of the certification tests.Questions arise over Italy's response to snow-hit hotel

Italian Mountain Rescue Corps "Corpo Nazionale Soccorso Alpino e Speleologico" shows Soccorso Alpino volunteers and rescuers at work in the area of the avalanche-struck Hotel Rigopiano, near in Farindola, central Italy, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017. (Corpo Nazionale Soccorso Alpino e Speleologico/ANSA via AP)FARINDOLA, Italy (AP) — Questions intensified Monday into whether Italian authorities underestimated the risks facing a snowbound mountain hotel hours before an avalanche hit, as rescue crews weighed using heavy equipment to try to reach 23 people in the hotel who are still buried under the snow.


Syria talks may signal shift in conflict dynamics

Bashar Jaafari, Syrian Ambassador to the UN and head of the Syrian delegation, right, speaks to a member of Syrian delegation during the talks on Syrian peace in Astana, Kazakhstan, Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. Syria talks brokered by Russia, Turkey and Iran aimed at bolstering a shaky cease-fire in place since last month opened on Monday in Kazakhstan, marking the first face-to-face meeting between the Damascus government representatives and rebel factions trying to overthrow it. The gathering is also the start of a new effort to end six years of carnage that has killed hundreds of thousands, displaced half of Syria’s population and sent millions of refugees to neighboring countries and Europe. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)BEIRUT (AP) — Syria talks in the Kazakh capital Astana come at a time of significant changes to the conflict in its sixth year. Although promising to focus on reinforcing a cease-fire, the conference has raised expectations of a path toward a political settlement of the civil war.


Harsh exchanges on first day of Syria talks in Kazakhstan

Delegations of Russia, Iran and Turkey hold talks on Syrian peace at a hotel in Astana, Kazakhstan, Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. The talks are the latest attempt to forge a political settlement to end a war that has by most estimates killed more than 400,000 people since March 2011 and displaced more than half the country's population. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)ASTANA, Kazakhstan (AP) — Syria's government envoy and a rebel leader traded barbs as talks between the Mideast country's warring sides got underway in Kazakhstan on Monday in the first face-to-face meeting between the Damascus government and rebel factions fighting to overthrow it.


The Latest: Cardin opposes Tillerson for sec'y of stateWASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on activities in Congress (All times EST)Senate Democrat says he will oppose Tillerson for State Department

Tillerson testifies before a Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing in WashingtonThe most senior Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said on Monday he would not support President Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of state, Rex Tillerson. Senator Ben Cardin said he was not persuaded to support Tillerson's nomination even after the former Exxon Mobil chief executive spent an hours-long hearing earlier this month seeking to assure lawmakers that he was fit for the job. Cardin said Tillerson should have described recent Russian and Syrian military actions in the Middle East as "war crimes" when he was asked about those countries during his conformation hearing.


Maryland's Cardin won't support Tillerson for sec'y of stateWASHINGTON (AP) — The top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee says he can't support President Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of state.62 soldiers on trial in Istanbul for alleged part in coupISTANBUL (AP) — Dozens of officers and soldiers went on trial Monday in Istanbul for their alleged role in the failed military coup in July.Trump begins first week in office with outreach

Trump begins first week in office with outreachPresident Donald Trump is set to meet with congressional leaders from both parties to discuss his agenda, as he enters his first official week in the White House and works to begin delivering on his ambitious ...


Russian planes strike IS targets near Syria's Deir al-Zor -defminMOSCOW (Reuters) - Six Russian TU-22 strategic bombers carried out air strikes on Islamic State targets near the eastern Syrian city of Deir al-Zor on Monday, Russian news agencies reported, citing the defense ministry. (Reporting by Jack Stubbs; Writing by Maria Kiselyova; Editing by Alexander Winning)Prices soar, families use river water as Islamic State besieges Syrian cityFood prices have soared and families are drinking untreated river water in the Syrian city of Deir al-Zor, the U.N. children's agency UNICEF said on Monday, as a siege imposed by Islamic State threatens tens of thousands of civilians. Islamic State militants launched a fierce assault on Syrian government-held areas of Deir al-Zor earlier this month, capturing an area used to supply the city through air drops as the assault cut the state-controlled area in two.2 suspects in custody in deadly San Antonio mall shooting

A woman holds her child after San Antonio police helped her and other shoppers exit the Rolling Oaks Mall, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, in San Antonio, after a deadly shooting. Authorities say several were injured after a robbery at the shopping mall. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Two suspects are in custody Monday after a robbery in a San Antonio shopping mall ended in a shooting that left one man dead and several other people injured, police said.


Global stocks slip amid concern over Trump policies on trade

Global stocks slip amid concern over Trump policies on tradeMajor global stock markets mostly fell on Monday after U.S. President Donald Trump promised "America first" policies, adding to concern about possible trade protectionism. KEEPING SCORE: Germany's ...


Congo's Catholic church warns Kabila deal risks falling apart

Democratic Republic Congo's President Kabila attends the signing ceremony of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Great Lakes, at the African Union Headquarters in Addis AbabaA deal struck last month requiring Congo President Joseph Kabila to step down after elections this year risks unravelling if politicians do not quickly reach compromises on implementing the accord, Catholic bishops mediating the talks said on Monday. The Dec. 31 deal was greeted as a critical step towards averting a slide into anarchy and possibly civil war in Democratic Republic of Congo over Kabila's decision to remain in power when his mandate expired last month. The accord, signed by representatives of Kabila's ruling coalition and the main opposition bloc, bars Kabila from trying to change the constitution to stand for a third term in an election to be held by the end of this year.


SEC probing Yahoo over previously disclosed cyber breach: filing

A photo illustration shows a Yahoo logo on smartphone in front of a displayed cyber code and keyboardThe U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating a previously disclosed data breach at Yahoo Inc, the company said in a filing. Yahoo said in a November 2016 quarterly filing that it was “cooperating with federal, state and foreign” agencies, including the SEC, that were seeking information and documents about a "security incident and related matters." The SEC is investigating whether two massive data breaches at Yahoo should have been reported sooner to investors, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday, citing people familiar with the matter.


Syria peace talks off to rocky start

A Syrian woman and her children walk past the ruins of buildings in Aleppo on January 21, 2017Syrian rebels began peace talks with the war-torn country's government Monday in Kazakhstan's capital Astana, but refused to negotiate face-to-face in the first session. The talks had been billed as the first time armed rebel groups were due to negotiate with President Bashar al-Assad's regime since the conflict erupted in 2011 and come a month after Syrian forces delivered the rebels a crushing blow by retaking full control of Aleppo.


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