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Gambia`s new president Adama Barrow demands Army loyalty after swearing-in

The Gambia`s new president, Adama Barrow, took the oath of office in the country`s embassy in Senegal on Thursday and immediately called on the security forces to "demonstrate their loyalty" in his standoff with defeated leader Yahya Jammeh.

Tehran mayor says 20 firefighters dead in high-rise collapse

Tehran's mayor said more than 20 firefighters had been killed when the city's oldest high-rise collapsed following a fire on Friday.

Barack Obama's parting words - 'We're going to be OK'
Barack Obama's parting words - 'We're going to be OK'

In his parting message before Donald Trump takes over, President Barack Obama today assured Americans that "we're going to be OK" but vowed to protect US' "core values" and speak up against issues like discrimination, muzzling of press freedom and rounding up of young immigrants.

Avalanche destroys Italian hotel, at least 30 feared dead under snow

A huge avalanche swallowed up a luxury mountain hotel in central Italy after a series of strong earthquakes rocked the area, burying up to 30 people under tonnes of snow and debris, officials said on Thursday.

Donald Trump's speech to be personal, philosophical: Spokesman
Donald Trump's speech to be personal, philosophical: Spokesman

As per tradition, after taking the oath of office on Friday at noon, Trump will deliver his speech outdoors from a stage at the foot of the west side of the Capitol building.

Killer avalanche turns Italian hotel into `coffin`

Italy straddles the Eurasian and African tectonic plates, making it vulnerable to seismic activity when they move.

Donald Trump asks some 50 senior Obama appointees to stay on
Donald Trump asks some 50 senior Obama appointees to stay on

President-elect Donald Trump has asked roughly 50 senior Obama administration appointees to remain in their posts after his inauguration to ensure continuity in government, his incoming White House press secretary said today.

Belgium jails 14 people for making fake IDs for jihadists: Report

A Belgian court handed out prison sentences of up to eight years for a group of 14 people convicted of falsifying documents used by Islamist militants in attacks in Paris and Brussels, Belgian media reported on Thursday.

Most Islamic State commanders in Mosul already killed, Iraqi general says

Most Islamic State (IS) commanders in Mosul have been killed in battles with Iraqi government forces that raged over the past three months in the eastern side of the city, an Iraqi general said on Thursday.

This is what Donald Trump tweeted a day before his inauguration as US President
This is what Donald Trump tweeted a day before his inauguration as US President

Donald Trump will be sworn-in as the 45th president of the United States on Friday.

Nigerian Air Force dropped `two bombs` on town: Aid worker

The Nigerian Air Force dropped two bombs on the centre of a town where tens of thousands of people were seeking refuge from Boko Haram, according to an aid worker who witnessed the attack.

Pakistan top target for foreign espionage, Senate told

In light of revelations that Pakistan is a popular target for foreign espionage, members of the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs on Thursday advised the government to take immediate steps to ensure cyber security for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and its missions abroad.

Many Iran firefighters feared trapped in building collapse

Some 200 had been tackling the blaze at the Plasco building, which dated from the 1960s and included a shopping centre and clothing workshops.

Taiwan tells China to grow up over Donald Trump ceremony row

Ties with China have turned increasingly frosty since Tsai Ing-wen took office last year, with Beijing cutting off official communication with her government.

Pakistan opposition moves privilege against PM Nawaz Sharif for ''untruthful'' speech

The privilege motion referred to a plea by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif`s counsel in the Supreme Court in the ongoing Panamagate case.

NATO sees sharp rise in state-backed cyber attacks: Stoltenberg

NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg on Thursday said the alliance is coming under an increasing number of state-sponsored cyber attacks as he called on the bloc to boost its online defence capabilities.

Hope as Philippines communist peace talks open: Govt

The Philippines expressed hope Thursday of securing a permanent ceasefire deal with communist rebels waging one of Asia`s longest insurgencies, as peace talks resumed in Italy.

Syria's Bashar al-Assad hopes for "reconciliation" deals from Astana talks
Syria's Bashar al-Assad hopes for "reconciliation" deals from Astana talks

Russia, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad`s most powerful ally, has pushed the Astana talks with help from Iran and Turkey.

Italy earthquake: At least 30 feared dead in avalanche-hit hotel

Up to 30 people were feared to have died Thursday after an Italian mountain hotel was engulfed by a powerful avalanche in the earthquake-ravaged centre of the country.

Iraq forces battle last Islamic State pockets in east Mosul
Iraq forces battle last Islamic State pockets in east Mosul

Iraqi forces on Thursday battled jihadist holdouts in the last pockets of east Mosul still held by fighters from the Islamic State group, a top commander said.

Constructive ties with Russia is in interest of US, world: Barack Obama
Constructive ties with Russia is in interest of US, world: Barack Obama

Outgoing US President Barack Obama on Thursday said having a "constructive" relationship with Russia is in the interest of America and the world and admitted that bilateral ties had reverted to an "adversarial spirit" during Vladimir Putin's presidency.

North Korea preparing to launch new missiles: Report
North Korea preparing to launch new missiles: Report

Pyongyang's missile programme and its pursuit of nuclear arms have seen it repeatedly sanctioned by the UN Security Council.

Mali car bomb kills 50 in fresh blow to peace efforts

The group of Algerian jihadist and al Qaeda ally Mokhtar Belmokhtar claimed responsibility, in a statement, for the suicide bombing.

Status quo on Israeli-Palestinian issue unsustainable: Barack Obama
Status quo on Israeli-Palestinian issue unsustainable: Barack Obama

US President Barack Obama has said that he continues to be "significantly worried" about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

China urges US not to allow Taiwan delegation at Donald Trump's inauguration

China has urged the United States to not allow any Taiwanese delegation to attend the inauguration ceremony of US President-elect Donald Trump and also opposed any official contact between the two sides.Responding to former chief of Taiwan`s legislative body, You Xikun, attending the inauguration ceremony, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying yesterday said,

Guatemala President Jimmy Morales' brother, son held on suspicion of fraud

Guatemala on Wednesday arrested the brother and a son of the country`s president, who swept to victory with an anti-graft campaign, for their alleged involvement in corruption.

Donald Trump waxwork replaces Barack Obama at Madame Tussauds London
Donald Trump waxwork replaces Barack Obama at Madame Tussauds London

A Donald Trump waxwork has been unveiled at Madame Tussauds museum in London, complete with his signature suntan -- and yak hair.

Donald Trump nominee defends access to healthcare

US President-elect Donald Trump`s pick to head the Department of Health and Human Services has defended creating a system that allows "access" to health insurance for everyone.

Pentagon chief says he opposed cutting Chelsea Manning's prison term

Defense Secretary Ash Carter has said he had opposed commuting the prison sentence of convicted leaker Chelsea Manning, who was convicted in 2013 of espionage and other crimes for leaking classified information while deployed in Iraq.

North Korea may test-launch ICBM soon - South Korean media

North Korea may be preparing to test-launch a new, upgraded prototype of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), South Korean media reported on Thursday, citing military sources.