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Syria, opposition make wobbly truce-talk start

Each side calls the other ‘terrorist’

Subscriber onlyASTANA, Kazakhstan -- Talks between the Syrian government and representatives of rebel factions got off to a rocky start Monday after their first face-to-face meeting in Kazakhstan that marked a shift in the war's dynamics and confirmed Russia's role as regional heavyweight. Continue reading...

Panel report favors Japan abdication

Emperor’s wish closer; only he could go

Subscriber onlyTOKYO -- A government panel studying a possible abdication of Japanese Emperor Akihito released an interim report Monday in favor of enacting legislation that would apply to him but not to future monarchs. Continue reading...

Yemen troops seize port held by rebels

Subscriber onlySANAA, Yemen — Forces allied with the internationally recognized government of Yemen seized control of a strategic Red Sea port Monday after attacking Shiite rebels, a top military commander said. Continue reading...

Avalanche rescuers find 3 puppies

Fatalities at Italy hotel climb to 9; search continues for 20

Subscriber onlyFARINDOLA, Italy -- Italian emergency crews on Monday pulled three wiggling, white sheepdog puppies out from under tons of snow and rubble at an avalanche-struck hotel, lifting spirits even as the search for 20 people still missing dragged on five days after the disaster. Continue reading...

Top U.K. court to rule on EU exit case

Subscriber onlyLONDON -- Britain's Supreme Court will rule today on whether the prime minister or Parliament has the right to trigger the process of taking Britain out of the European Union. Continue reading...

Gambian chooses opposition leader for VP

Subscriber onlyBANJUL, Gambia -- Gambia's new vice president will be a female leader of the opposition coalition that helped put new President Adama Barrow in power, a presidential spokesman announced Monday, as regional troops continued security sweeps to prepare for Barrow's return to the country he now rules. Continue reading...

The world in brief

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PHOTOS: 3 puppies found alive in Italy avalanche; survivors go home

FARINDOLA, Italy — Emergency crews digging into an avalanche-slammed hotel were cheered Monday by the discovery of three puppies who had survived for days under tons of snow — giving them new hope for the 23 people still missing in the disaster. Continue reading...

Sides set for talks on Syria

Shoring up truce noted as key goal

Subscriber onlyASTANA, Kazakhstan -- Delegates from Russia, Turkey and Iran held hourslong talks in Kazakhstan on Sunday on the eve of negotiations between Syrian rebels and President Bashar Assad's government. Continue reading...

Free jailed student, U.S. urges N. Korea

Subscriber onlyCINCINNATI -- There's been little public word about what has happened to an American college student detained in North Korea a year ago this month. Continue reading...

Oil-output cuts seen near target

Goal: 1.8 million barrels a day

Subscriber onlyVIENNA -- OPEC and key non-OPEC oil producers are near their target of taking 1.8 million barrels of crude a day off global markets less than two months after agreeing to do so in efforts to push up the price of crude, Russia's energy minister said Sunday. Continue reading...

Israel delays annexation vote

Cabinet says to hold off till Netanyahu meets with Trump

Subscriber onlyJERUSALEM -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday delayed a vote on a proposal to annex one of the West Bank's largest settlements, a move that gives him time to coordinate his policy toward the Palestinians with the new administration of U.S. President Donald Trump. Continue reading...

Ex-leader leaves Gambia coffers empty

Subscriber onlyBANJUL, Gambia -- Exiled Gambian ruler Yahya Jammeh stole millions of dollars in his final weeks in power, plundering the country's state coffers and shipping luxury vehicles by cargo plane, a special adviser for the new president said Sunday. Continue reading...

The world in brief

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New U.S. leader draws range of world reactions

Subscriber onlyThere was dismay in Britain, applause in Russia and silence in Japan. French populists found hope, Mexican leaders expressed concern and Germany's vice chancellor offered an allusion to his country's dark past. Continue reading...

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