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Huge explosion in oil tanker in central Syria, no casualties

Syrian state media is reporting an explosion in an oil tanker outside a state fuel distribution company in the country's center that caused a massive fire
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UK: 'Genocide' clause to China trade deals narrowly defeated

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has narrowly avoided a defeat in Parliament after lawmakers voted against a controversial proposal seeking to bar trade deals with any country deemed by the U.K. High Court to be committing genocide
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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a media briefing on COVID-19, in Downing Street, London, Friday Jan. 15, 2021. (Dominic Lipinski/Pool via AP)
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Kremlin brushes off Western calls to release Navalny

The Kremlin has brushed aside calls from the West to release opposition leader Alexei Navalny
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In this image taken from video released by Navalny Life youtube channel, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny speaks as he waits for a court hearing in a police station in Khimki, outside in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. A judge has ordered to remand Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny in custody for 30 days, his spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh said on Twitter. The ruling Monday concluded an hours-long court hearing set up at a police precinct where the politician has been held since his arrest at a Moscow airport Sunday. (Navalny Life youtube channel via AP)
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National Guard called, Epiphany celebrated, northern lights: World in Photos, Jan. 19

A look at the top photos from around the globe.
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VIDEO: National Guard called, Epiphany celebrated, northern lights: World in Photos, Jan. 19
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Trump in final parting shot hits Venezuela with sanctions

The Trump administration is issuing a final parting shot to Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro with a fresh round of sanctions
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Colombia says it's ready to distribute coronavirus vaccines

Colombian officials say that they are ready to distribute millions of COVID-19 vaccines, once the shots arrive in the South American country
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Boxes of vaccines, unrelated to COVID-19, are stored in a large refrigerator, during a media tour of the ministry warehouse where the vaccine for the new coronavirus will also be stored in freezers in Bogota, Colombia, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. (AP Photo/Ivan Valencia)
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Macron calls on Biden for greater US military involvement

French President Emmanuel Macron hoped on Tuesday that President-elect Joe Biden will show a greater military commitment to fight against Islamic extremists in several theaters of conflicts and especially in the Middle-East
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French President Emmanuel Macron review the troops prior to his New Year's speech to the French Armed Forces at Brest naval training center, western France, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. (Stephane Mahe/Pool Photo via AP)
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Large migrant caravan dissolves in Guatemala

A once large caravan of Honduran migrants that pushed its way into Guatemala last week has dissipated in the face of Guatemalan security forces
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Honduran migrants raise white flags as they are blocked by Guatemalan soldiers and police from advancing toward the US border, on the highway in Vado Hondo, Guatemala, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. Some migrants threw rocks while authorities launched tear gas and pushed the migrants with their riot shields back down the highway. (AP Photo/Sandra Sebastian)
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Ontario asks Biden for a million vaccines amid shortage

The leader of Canada’s most populous province is asking U.S. President-elect Joe Biden to share a million doses of COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer’s Michigan plant
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More endangered right whale calves spotted off Florida coast

Just 22 calves were born in the previous four seasons.
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Eleven calves of the critically endangered North Atlantic right whales have been spotted off the East Coast this calving season.
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Rebels amass on outskirts of Central African Republic town

Residents say rebels are now on the outskirts of Bangassou in Central African Republic, not far from where two U.N. peacekeepers were killed this week
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Swiss attorney general investigates Lebanon's central bank

The office of Switzerland’s attorney general’ says it has requested legal assistance from Lebanese authorities for an investigation into possible money laundering and embezzlement tied to Lebanon’s central bank
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Oxygen-starved city in Brazil’s Amazon starts immunization

The Amazonian city of Manaus in Brazil began administering vaccines against the coronavirus, providing a ray of hope for the rainforest’s biggest city whose health system is collapsing amid an increase in infections and dwindling oxygen supplies
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Health worker Vanda Ortega, from the Witoto Indigenous group and dressed in traditional clothing, is the first woman to receive the COVID-19 vaccine produced by China's Sinovac Biotech Ltd, during the start of the vaccination program in Manaus, Amazonas state, Brazil, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Edmar Barros)
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South Africa's trailblazing Black food writer dies of virus

South Africa’s pioneer Black food writer Dora Sitole, who quietly defied apartheid to win respect and a readership for African cuisine, died this month of COVID-19
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Book store worker, Dikeledi Nhlapo, holds a copy of Dorah Sitole's "40 Years of Iconic Food" cook book in Exclusive Books in Hyde Park Corner, Johannesburg, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. South Africa's pioneer Black food writer Sitole, portrait on cover, who quietly defied apartheid to win respect and a wide readership for African cuisine, died January 2021, of COVID-19. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)
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Italian PM Conte seeks to stay in power with Senate vote

Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte was back in Parliament on Tuesday, pitching for a second straight day for crucial support to keep his government afloat
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Luigi Di Maio, right, celebrates with Alfonso Bonafede and Roberto Speranza after the confidence vote for Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte at the lower chamber of Parliament, in Rome, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. Conte fights for his political life and shoring up support for his government, which has come under fire over plans to relaunch the pandemic-ravaged economy. (Ettore Ferrari/Pool via AP)
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Canada in touch with incoming Biden admin about oil pipeline

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his officials are in frequent contact with U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s incoming administration about a long disputed oil pipeline that reports say Biden will cancel on his first day in office
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Death toll from clashes in Sudan's West Darfur rises to 160

Doctors in Sudan’s West Darfur province say the death toll from clashes between Arab and non-Arab tribes has risen to some 160 after hospitals received at least 29 more bodies
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Iran imposes symbolic sanctions on President Trump

Iran says it has imposed sanctions on President Donald Trump and a number of members of his administration over their alleged role in support of terrorism
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021 file photo, President Donald Trump gestures as he boards Air Force One upon arrival at Valley International Airport, in Harlingen, Texas. Iran on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, imposed sanctions on President Donald Trump and a number of members of his administration over their alleged role in support of “terrorism," according to the foreign ministry website. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
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Survey: Major European allies optimistic about Biden admin

A new survey suggests that U.S. President-elect Joe Biden will assume office amid a surge in optimism among major European allies, and at home, about the future of trans-Atlantic relations and American foreign policy in general
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File---File picture taken Friday, Feb. 1, 2013 shows German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, and United States' Vice President Joe Biden at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber,file)
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Swiss gov't urges rejection of ban on full-face coverings

Switzerland’s executive branch is urging voters to reject in an upcoming referendum a proposal that would ban full-face coverings like Muslim niqabs and burqas and ski masks worn by some protesters
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US puts visa restrictions on Tanzanian officials over vote

The United States says it has placed visa restrictions on unnamed Tanzanian officials who it says were “responsible or complicit in undermining” the country’s election last year
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Russia: Gas pipeline to Germany at risk after US sanctions

Russian state gas company Gazprom has acknowledged there is a risk that its undersea pipeline to Germany could be suspended or canceled after the U.S. on Tuesday imposing sanctions on a Russian ship involved in its construction
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Tugboats get into position on the Russian pipe-laying vessel "Fortuna" in the port of Wismar, Germany, Thursday, Jan 14, 2021. The special vessel is being used for construction work on the German-Russian Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in the Baltic Sea. ( Jens Buettner/dpa via AP)
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Iraq postpones date for early elections by four months

Iraq’s Cabinet has voted to postpone early elections for four months based on a recommendation by the country’s electoral commission, which proposed the change citing technical reasons
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January 19

Libya rivals meet in Egyptian resort for talks on elections

The U.N. says officials from Libya's rival administrations have begun talks in Egypt's Red Sea resort of Hurghada on constitutional arrangements laying the legal groundwork for presidential and parliamentary elections late this year
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Despite election loss, Uganda's Bobi Wine wins growing power

Ugandan presidential challenger Bobi Wine has emerged from last week’s disputed election as the country’s most powerful opposition leader after his party won the most seats of any opposition group in the national assembly
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FILE- in this Jan. 15, 2021 file photo, Uganda's leading opposition challenger Bobi Wine walks back to his residence after giving a press conference outside Kampala, Uganda. Despite failing to dislodge the long-time leader President Yoweri Museveni, Wine has emerged from Jan. 14, 2021 disputed polls as the country's most powerful opposition leader after his party won the most seats of any opposition group in the national assembly. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)
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French culinary 1st: Vegan restaurant earns Michelin star

Chef Claire Vallée’s plant-based fusion cuisine is inspired by her traveling.
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The vegan restaurant ONA in Arles, in southwest France, was recently awarded a coveted Michelin star.
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Massive car pileup on Japan highway kills one, injures 17

One person has been killed and at least 17 injured in a massive pileup of at least 134 vehicles in blizzard conditions on a highway in northern Japan
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Damaged cars are covered with snow after a multiple accident on the Tohoku Expressway in Osaki city, Miyagi prefecture, northern Japan, Tuesday, Jan. 19. 2021. (Yusuke Ogata/Kyodo News via AP)
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Man climbs 33-story, 768-step tower on his bike

This French mountain bike champion carried out the challenge for a charity that cares for children with serious illnesses.
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This French mountain bike champion carried out the challenge for a charity that cares for children with serious illnesses.
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Earthquake injures 3 in Argentina; tremor also felt in Chile

Authorities say a 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck in northwestern Argentina near the border with central Chile, injuring at least three people
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Bolivians scramble for safety amid floods

Bolivians struggle to save possessions and get to safety after rivers burst their banks, flooding thousands of family homes across the country.
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Bolivians struggle to save possessions and get to safety after rivers burst their banks, flooding thousands of family homes across the country.
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Turkey slaps advertising ban on Twitter, Pinterest

Turkey has slapped advertising bans on Twitter, Periscope and Pinterest over their non-compliance with a controversial new law that requires social media platforms to appoint legal representatives in the country
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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to the media after Friday prayers, in Istanbul, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. Turkey’s president has criticized the United States for kicking his country out of the F-35 fighter jet program after Ankara purchased a Russian missile defense system. Speaking after Friday prayers in Istanbul, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey paid “very serious money” for the F-35 stealth jets and that America had committed “a very serious mistake” with its NATO ally. (Turkish Presidency via AP, Pool)
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12 Kosovo officials acquitted of paying phony war veterans

A court in Kosovo has acquitted a dozen former government officials of misusing public money in benefits payments to people who had not fought during the 1998-1999 war
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WHO experts tweet from Wuhan quarantine ahead of mission into virus origins

The virus has now killed more than two million people worldwide.
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Women wearing face masks look at their mobile phones on the banks of the Yangtze River in Wuhan, China's central Hubei province on January 19, 2021.
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Germany's 2020 borrowing comes in well short of forecast

Germany's Finance Ministry says the country borrowed 130.5 billion euros ($157.5 billion) last year as it loosened budget rules to help finance pandemic-related rescue and stimulus packages
January 19
German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, left, and German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, right, talk as they arrive for a meeting of the German federal parliament, Bundestag, at the Reichstag building in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. One topic of the meeting are the current developments of the new coronavirus pandemic in Germany. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
January 19

Unions strike over job cuts at French vaccine maker Sanofi

Unions at French drug maker Sanofi held a one-day strike at the lab where it is developing a COVID-19 vaccine
January 19
Striking workers gather outside the French pharmaceutical company Sanofi headquarters in Marcy l'Etoile, central France, Tuesday, Jan.19, 2021. Employees of pharmaceutical company Sanofi stage a protest against planned redundancies that they say could slow the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic . Sanofi had been developing Covid vaccines but will not be ready to roll out until late 2021. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
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Migrants scale border fences to enter Spanish enclave

More than 80 migrants have managed to scale the double frontier fence to enter Spain’s North African enclave of Melilla from Morocco
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Meghan seeks court ruling over 'serious breach' of privacy

Lawyers for the Duchess of Sussex are asking a British judge to settle her lawsuit against a newspaper before it goes to trial
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Pedestrian pass by The Royal Courts Of Justice, in London, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex will ask a High Court judge to rule in her favour in her privacy action against the Mail on Sunday over the publication of a handwritten letter to her estranged father. The case will be heard remotely due to the pandemic. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
January 19

EU lashes Bosnia for failing to properly care for migrants

The European Union’s top migration official is criticizing Bosnian authorities for failing to properly care for hundreds of migrants living in sub-zero temperatures on its territory
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Migrants eat in a makeshift camp in a forest outside Velika Kladusa, Bosnia, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. Temperatures have plummeted way below zero with a spate of extremely cold weather in Bosnia where hundreds of migrants and refugees _ including entire families with small children _ have been sleeping rough while trying to reach Western Europe. (AP Photo/Kemal Softic)
January 19

Group: Billion in aid needed to help Afghan kids in 2021

A humanitarian organization says some 10 million children in war-ravaged Afghanistan are at risk of not having enough food to eat in 2021, and is calling for more than a billion in new funds for aid
January 19
Internally displaced boys warm themselves near a fire outside of their temporary home in the city of Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020. Save the Children has warned that more than 300,000 Afghan children face freezing winter conditions that could lead to illness, in the worst cases death, without proper winter clothing and heating. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
January 19

Afghan officials: Taliban attacks, violence kills dozens

Afghan officials say a new wave of Taliban attacks and violence across the country has killed dozens, even as talks are underway between the government and the insurgents in Qatar
January 19
Afghan firefighters work at the site of a bombingh attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021. A roadside bomb exploded in Afghanistan's capital Sunday, killing at least a few people in a vehicle, the latest attack to take place even as government negotiators are in Qatar to resume peace talks with the Taliban. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
January 19

1 dead, 27 migrants found on Greek island of Lesbos

Greece’s coast guard says three men reported missing after a group of migrants were recovered from a difficult to access part of the Aegean island of Lesbos have been found alive and well
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Profit at Chinese state industry rises with virus recovery

The Chinese government says profit at state-owned companies that dominate its banking, oil and most other industries rose by as much as 25% last year as the country recovered from the coronavirus pandemic
January 19
FILE - In this March 26, 2012, file photo, workers operate the pumps at a PetroChina gas station in Suining in southwestern China's Sichuan province. Profit at state-owned companies that dominate China's banking, oil and most other industries rose by as much as 25% in 2020 as the country recovered from the coronavirus pandemic, according to the. State-Owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission which oversees 97 companies directly under the Cabinet including PetroChina Ltd., Asia's biggest oil producer; China Mobile Ltd., the world's biggest phone carrier by number of subscribers, and Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Ltd., the world's biggest bank by assets. (AP Photo, File)
January 19

How COVID-19 vaccinations are going, on a global scale

Mass vaccination programs are being rolled out, but problems persist.
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Chinese workers, including security guards, wait to receive a COVID-19 vaccine jab at a mass vaccination center for Chaoyang District on Jan. 15, 2021, in Beijing.
January 19

After seeing floods, Indonesian leader visits quake zone

Relief workers are struggling to clear the rubble of collapsed buildings on an Indonesian island where a strong earthquake killed at least 90 people and left thousands homeless
January 19
A woman walks outside a tent at a soccer field that is turned into temporary shelter for those displaced by an earthquake Mamuju, West Sulawesi, Indonesia, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. Aid was reaching the thousands of people left homeless and struggling after the earthquake that killed a number of people in the province where rescuers intensified their work Monday to find those buried in the rubble. (AP Photo/Bamu Saseno)
January 19

Thai court gives record 43-year sentence for insulting king

A court in Thailand has sentenced a former civil servant to a record record prison term of 43 years and six months for breaching the country’s strict law on insulting or defaming the monarchy
January 19
A woman identified only by her first name Anchan, right, talks to her friend as she arrives at the Bangkok Criminal Court in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. A court in Thailand on Tuesday sentenced the retired civil servant to a record 43.5 years in prison for insulting the monarchy by posting audio clips online of comments critical of the royal institution. (AP Photo)
January 19

Group: Angry mob targets radio station in north Afghanistan

An international journalists group says an angry mob ransacked a local radio station in northern Afghanistan last week after a mosque imam incited the attackers, claiming loud music played by the station had interfered with his prayer service
January 19
January 19

Workers trapped week in China mine ask for pickles, porridge

Workers trapped for more than a week in a Chinese gold mine have asked rescuers to send pickles and porridge
January 19
In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, rescuers drill a new channel at the explosion site of a gold mine in Qixia City, east China's Shandong Province, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. Chinese state media say 12 out of 22 workers trapped for a week by an explosion in the gold mine are alive, as hundreds of rescuers seek to bring them to safety. (Wang Kai/Xinhua via AP)
January 18

12 slain, dumped on road in rural dispute in southern Mexico

Authorities in Mexico's Gulf coast state of Veracruz say 12 men were killed and their bodies dumped on a roadside in what may have been a dispute between cattle ranchers
January 18
January 18

Strong quake shakes Argentina, Chile; no reports of injuries

A powerful earthquake has struck in northwestern Argentina near the border with Chile, shaking people in parts of both countries,
January 18
January 18

Taiwan military stages drill aimed at repelling China attack

Taiwanese troops using tanks, mortars and small arms staged a drill aimed at repelling an attack from China, which has increased its threats to reclaim the island and its own displays of military might
January 18
Soldiers take part in a military exercise in Hsinchu County, northern Taiwan, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. Taiwanese troops using tanks, mortars and small arms staged a drill Tuesday aimed at repelling an attack from China, which has increased its threats to reclaim the island and its own displays of military might. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)