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World News: U.S. carries out strikes near Syria's al-Bab after Turkish criticism

The U.S. military said on Tuesday it carried out air strikes in Syria against Islamic State targets of interest to both Washington and Ankara near the town of al-Bab, following Turkish criticism of insufficient U.S. support for its ground offensive. U.S. Air Force Colonel John Dorrian, a Baghdad-based spokesman for the U.S.-led military coalition battling Islamic State, counted four strikes in recent days against Islamic State targets that he said were in both countries' "mutual interest." "We saw a window of opportunity where it was in our mutual interest to get those targets destroyed," Dorrian said, adding the targets were identified by working with Turkey.

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World News: At least two soldiers killed in fresh Ivory Coast unrest

Mutinous soldiers arrive to speak with Ivory Coast's Minister of Defense Alain-Richard Donwahi in Bouake, Ivory CoastBy Ange Aboa ABIDJAN (Reuters) - At least two soldiers were killed in fresh unrest in Ivory Coast's capital and gunfire erupted in other cities on Tuesday, signaling further upheaval inside the security forces just as it seemed the government had settled a mutiny in the army. Ivory Coast has emerged from a 2002-2011 crisis marked by two civil wars as one of the world's fastest-growing economies, but over the past two weeks it has struggled to cope with a public sector strike and growing tensions in the military. Tuesday's unrest appeared to have started in the capital Yamoussoukro, just hours after the government began paying bonuses to former rebel fighters now serving in the army in line with a deal to end their mutiny earlier this month.


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World News: Sporting Gijon says coach Abelardo Fernandez leaving club

FILE - In this file photo dated Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016, Sporting de Gijon's head coach Abelardo Fernandez, gives instructions during their Spanish La Liga soccer match between Sporting de Gijon and FC Barcelona, at El Molinon stadium, in Gijon, northern Spain. Struggling Spanish club Sporting Gijon has announced Tuesday Jan. 17, 2017, that Abelardo Fernandez will not continue as its coach. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos, FILE)MADRID (AP) — Spanish club Sporting Gijon says Abelardo Fernandez will not continue as its coach.


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World News: Italy convicts 8 South Americans in deaths from 1970s-80s

ROME (AP) — A Rome court on Tuesday convicted eight former South American political and military leaders in the disappearance and deaths of 23 people of Italian origin during the crackdown on leftists and intellectuals by the region's military dictatorships.

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World News: Brazil struggles to curb prison violence that has killed 125

FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2017 file photo, inmates stand surrounded by police after a deadly prison riot at the Alcacuz prison in Nisia Floresta, Rio Grande do Norte state, Brazil. Brazilian authorities are scrambling to find ways to stop a wave of prison violence that has killed at least 125 inmates in two weeks, many decapitated and with their hearts and intestines ripped out. (Frankie Marcone/Futura Press via AP, File) NAO PUBLICAR NO BRASILRIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian authorities are scrambling to stop a wave of prison violence that has killed at least 125 inmates in two weeks, many with their heads cut off or their hearts and intestines ripped out.


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World News: U.S. imposes sanctions on Bosnian Serb nationalist leader Dodik

Milorad Dodik, President of Republika Srpska, speaks after the results of a referendum over a disputed national holiday during an election rally in PaleThe United States imposed sanctions on Bosnian Serb nationalist leader Milorad Dodik on Tuesday for actively obstructing efforts to implement the 1995 Dayton Accords that ended the more than three-year war in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Dodik is the president of Republika Srpska, the autonomous Bosnian Serb half of the country established by the agreements. Once praised as a democratic reformer, Dodik oversaw the holding of a referendum in September on celebrating “The Day of Republika Srpska” on January 9 in defiance of a Constitutional Court ruling banning the vote for discriminating against non-Serbs.


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