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Gambians Await Jammeh's Exit after Pledge to Go

Gambians on Saturday anxiously awaited the departure of strongman Yahya Jammeh after he agreed to stand down following 11th-hour talks with west African leaders to head off a regional military intervention.

Announced in the early hours of Saturday morning, Jammeh's decision to leave appears to end a protracted political crisis in this former British colony, allowing newly-elected president Adama Barrow to take over. 

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UN Launches $550 Million Afghan Aid Appeal

The United Nations on Saturday launched a $550 million humanitarian appeal for Afghanistan, where about a third of the population is in need of assistance. 

Around 9.3 million people will be in need of help this year, a 13 per cent jump from last year, according to the UN.

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Raids in Austria as 'Terror' Suspect Grilled

Austrian police raided several addresses early Saturday as they grilled a suspected Islamic extremist thought to have been planning an attack, authorities said.

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Police, Ruling Party Hit by Attacks in Istanbul

An assailant opened fire on a police car Saturday in Istanbul, just hours after two other attacks against the police and Turkey's ruling party offices, media reports said.

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Chinese Express Doubts about US Relations under Trump

People in Beijing expressed doubts Saturday about President Donald Trump's ability to steer the U.S. economy and manage China-American relations, underscoring concerns over trade, Taiwan and other issues.

While Trump didn't mention China in his inaugural address Friday, he referred often to the country during the campaign and upended diplomatic protocol after the election by speaking on the phone with the president of self-governing Taiwan, the island China considers its own territory.

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Four More Survivors Pulled from Italy Avalanche Hotel

Emergency workers on Saturday pulled four more survivors from the ruins of an Italian hotel buried under an avalanche three days ago, after the "miracle" rescue of a woman and four children on Friday.

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3 Indonesian Fishermen Missing off Philippines

Three Indonesian fishermen have gone missing in waters off the southern Philippines, Manila said Saturday, an area that has seen repeated kidnappings for ransom by Islamist militants. 

Authorities said the three Indonesians went missing on Wednesday in waters bordering the Philippines and Malaysia but the circumstances of their disappearance were still unknown. 

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Rescue Teams Pull 2 Bodies from Iran Building Rubble

Iran's state TV is reporting that rescuers have found the bodies of two firefighters in the rubble of a commercial building that collapsed in Tehran after a blaze, leaving dozens dead.

Footage on Saturday showed rescuers carrying the body of one of the victims. The two are the first to be found in the large pile of debris.

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2 Killed, 10 Missing in Central China Landslide

At least two people have been killed and 10 others are missing after a hotel in central China was buried in a landslide.

The government of Nanzhang county in Hunan province says crews are working to dig out those trapped in the Mirage Hotel that was struck by the disaster around 7:30 p.m. Friday.

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Thousands of Australians Kick off Anti-Trump Women's March Day

Thousands of Australians and New Zealanders on Saturday took to the streets in reaction to Donald Trump's inauguration, kicking off the Women's March day of global protest against the new US president.

Several thousand women and men joined the movement in central Sydney and a similar number turned out in Melbourne, AFP reporters said.

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