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Afghan Taliban releases video of U.S., Australian hostages

KABUL — The Afghan Taliban released a video on Wednesday showing an Australian and an American hostage pleading with the U.S. government to negotiate with their captors and saying that unless a prisoner exchange was agreed they would be killed.

Thirty billion tons of carbon deposit found in Congo swamp

JOHANNESBURG — Scientists say a recently discovered area of peatland straddling the two Congos contains 30 billion tons of carbon dioxide, equivalent to 20 years of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, and must be protected to prevent major environmental damage.

More bird flu outbreaks can be expected in Europe

PARIS — More bird flu outbreaks caused by migrating birds are likely to hit Europe after a second outbreak in as many years on the continent, said the head of the world animal health body.

Cyprus leaders seek ‘historic opportunity’ for peace

GENEVA — The leaders of both sides of ethnically divided Cyprus began new unification talks on Monday but sought to temper hopes of a swift breakthrough, though its U.N. envoy said a deal to resolve one of Europe’s most enduring conflicts was within reach.

Police arrest 17 in France over Kardashian robbery

PARIS — Police in France arrested 17 people on Monday over a robbery in which reality TV star Kim Kardashian was held at gunpoint in a Paris apartment by gangsters who made off on bicycles with jewelery worth $9.5 million.

British prime minister: Hard Brexit not inevitable

LONDON — A clean break with the EU’s single market is not inevitable, British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Monday, seeking to clarify comments that pushed down the pound on the possibility of a hard Brexit from the European Union.

Islamic State kills 24 with Baghdad car bomb

BAGHDAD/TIKRIT, Iraq — An Islamic State car bomb killed 24 people in a busy square in Baghdad’s sprawling Sadr City district on Monday and the militants also temporarily cut a key road north from the Iraqi capital to Mosul, their last major stronghold in Iraq.

Shooter kills 11, himself in Brazil New Year’s party rampage

RIO DE JANEIRO — A gunman stormed a house party and killed 11 people, including his former wife and 8-year-old son, before shooting himself in the head during a New Year’s party in the southeastern Brazilian city of Campinas late on Saturday.

Child refugees learn to release stress

BEIRUT — The screams of a dozen Syrian and Palestinian children pierce the air of a community center in Lebanon’s Shatila refugee camp.

Brazil drug gangs spark prison riot, at least 56 people dead

BRASILIA, Brazil — A prison riot has left at least 56 dead, with decapitated bodies thrown over prison walls in the bloodiest violence in more than two decades in Brazil’s overcrowded penitentiary system, officials in the Amazon city of Manaus said on Monday.

Syria ceasefire begins, but is shaky with early clashes

BEIRUT — A nationwide ceasefire in Syria, brokered by Russia and Turkey which back opposing sides in the conflict, got off to a shaky start after midnight Friday in the latest attempt to end nearly six years of bloodshed.

Somalia swears in federal lawmakers

MOGADISHU, D.C. — Almost 300 members of Somalia’s federal parliament were sworn in on Tuesday, although parliament’s election of a new president to head the government was postponed.

Fresh U.S. advance in Iraq to begin this week

EAST OF MOSUL, Iraq — Iraqi forces will resume their push against Islamic State inside Mosul in the coming days, a U.S. battlefield commander said, in a new phase of the two-month-old operation that will see American troops deployed closer to the front line in the city.

Malta plane hijack ends peacefully

VALLETTA — Hijackers armed with what were probably replica weapons forced an airliner to land in Malta on Friday before freeing all their hostages unharmed and surrendering, having declared loyalty to Libya's late leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Berlin truck attack suspect shot dead by police in Italy

MILAN — Italian police shot dead the man believed responsible for this week’s Berlin Christmas market truck attack, killing him after he pulled a gun on them during a routine check in the early hours of Friday.

Germany says fingerprints found in market crash truck

BERLIN — Fingerprints from a Tunisian suspect have been found inside the truck that smashed through a Berlin Christmas market on Monday in an attack that killed 12 people, and investigators assume the migrant was at the wheel, officials said.