Rescue workers search around the Hotel Rigopiano in Farindola, central Italy, hit by an avalanche, in this undated picture released Jan. 22, 2017, provided by Alpine and Speleological Rescue Team.

Dozens still missing after avalanche flattens hotel in central Italy

By Reuters on Jan. 22, 2017, at 9:39 a.m.
The luxury Hotel Rigopiano was obliterated Wednesday after an avalanche caused by an earthquake smashed into its spa and demolished the four-story building.
An Adelie penguin stands atop a block of melting ice near the French station at Dumont d'Urville in East Antarctica, Jan. 23, 2010.

US scientists declare 2016 the hottest year on record. That makes three in a row.

By Chris Mooney, Washington Post on Jan. 18, 2017, at 1:18 p.m.
In a powerful testament to the warming of the planet, two leading U.S. science agencies Wednesday jointly declared 2016 the hottest year on record, surpassing the previous record set just last year — which itself topped a record set in 2014.

Reports: Istanbul New Year’s nightclub attacker caught

By Daren Butler, Reuters on Jan. 16, 2017, at 6:09 p.m.
The gunman suspected of killing 39 people in an Istanbul nightclub on New Year’s Day has been caught by police in the city’s Esenyurt district, the Hurriyet newspaper website and other media reports said Tuesday.

Europeans look past Trump remarks to keep NATO alive

By Robin Emmott and Gabriela Baczynska, Reuters on Jan. 16, 2017, at 5:52 p.m.
If Washington’s European allies had any hope that Donald Trump would sound less like Donald Trump now that he is days from the presidency, his first European newspaper interview quickly buried it.
French Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean-Marc Ayrault welcomes U.S.  Secretary of State John Kerry as he arrives for the Middle East peace conference in Paris.

Israel, Palestinians warned against taking unilateral measures harmful to peace

By John Irish, Lesley Wroughton and Marine Pennetier, Reuters on Jan. 15, 2017, at 2:37 p.m.
Some 70 countries on Sunday reaffirmed that only a two-state solution could resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and warned they would not recognize any unilateral steps by either side that could prejudge negotiations.
Prime Minister Theresa May leaves after giving a speech on mental health in central London on Jan. 9, 2017.

Prime Minister May urges Britons to unite amid reports of ‘hard Brexit’

By William James and Estelle Shirbon, Reuters on Jan. 15, 2017, at 12:49 p.m.
The United Kingdom will by the end of March begin the formal process of negotiating the terms of its exit from the European Union.
Princess Margaret (right) waves to her newly married daughter Lady Sarah Armstrong Jones and husband Daniel Chatto as they leave St Stephen Walbrook church in London July 14, 1994. Princess Margeret is flanked by her former husband Lady Sarah's father Lord Snowdon (center), their son Viscount Linley, and Linley's wife Serena.

Lord Snowdon, husband of Britain’s late Princess Margaret, dies aged 86

By Reuters on Jan. 13, 2017, at 11:29 a.m.
Lord Snowdon, the photographer former husband of Queen Elizabeth’s late younger sister Princess Margaret has died aged 86, Buckingham Palace confirmed Friday.

US troops’ move to Poland unnerves Kremlin

By Anna Koper and Andrew Osborn, Reuters on Jan. 13, 2017, at 6:45 a.m.
The largest U.S.military reinforcement of Europe in decades of around 2,700 troops, out of 3,500 planned, arrived as part of operation Atlantic Resolve, aimed at showing Moscow Washington’s commitment to its allies.

German politicians demand new deportation centers, more police powers and re-vetting of migrants

By Anthony Faiola, The Washington Post on Jan. 10, 2017, at 5:41 p.m.
Germany became an asylum seeker’s utopia, a beacon of hope for the war-torn and desperate. But after a string of terrorist attacks including last month’s strike on a Christmas market, the nation is weighing tough changes to an asylum system that critics say has exposed millions of Germans to risk.

Giant telescope in Chile to seek habitable planets in Alpha Centauri

By Reuters on Jan. 10, 2017, at 3:40 p.m.
The European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope in Chile will be modified in order to allow it to search more effectively for potentially habitable planets in Alpha Centauri, the nearest star system to Earth.

Iran decides not to upset nuclear deal over U.S. sanctions extension

By Shadia Nasralla, Reuters on Jan. 10, 2017, at 3:39 p.m.
Iran decided not to escalate a standoff over the extension of U.S. sanctions at a meeting of diplomats overseeing the nuclear deal it reached with world powers in 2015, senior Russian and Iranian diplomats said after the session Tuesday.

Taliban attack near Afghan parliament kills more than 30

By Hamid Shalizi, Reuters on Jan. 10, 2017, at 3:24 p.m.
A Taliban suicide attack in the Afghan capital Kabul on Tuesday killed more than 30 people and wounded some 70 others, as twin blasts hit a crowded area of the city during the afternoon rush hour.

Iraqi forces advance in Mosul but civilian toll mounts

By Stephen Kalin and John Davison, Reuters on Jan. 10, 2017, at 3:19 p.m.
Iraqi forces pushed Islamic State fighters back farther in Mosul on Tuesday in a renewed effort to seize the northern city and deal a decisive blow to the militant group, though progress was slow in some districts, the army said.

Migrants battle freezing weather, cold shoulder at Hungarian border

By Marton Dunai, Reuters on Jan. 10, 2017, at 7:58 a.m.

Mexican agents arrest American in shooting of U.S. official

on Jan. 08, 2017, at 3:03 p.m.
The wounded consular official in Guadalajara is Christopher Ashcraft, who is in his first posting with the State Department. He was shot after leaving a local gym on Saturday evening.

N. Korea says it can test-launch ICBM at any time

By Reuters on Jan. 08, 2017, at 1:36 p.m.
North Korea declared Sunday it can test-launch an intercontinental ballistic missile at any time from any location set by leader Kim Jong Un.
Members of the Iraqi rapid response forces inspect a hospital damaged by clashes during a battle between Iraqi forces and Islamic State militants in the Wahda district of eastern Mosul.

Iraqi forces reach Tigris in Mosul as battle to unseat Islamic State drags on

By Stephen Kalin and Ahmed Rasheed, Reuters on Jan. 08, 2017, at 12:39 p.m.
It was the first time Iraqi forces in the city itself have reached the river, which bisects Mosul, since the offensive to drive out Islamic State was launched in October.
Former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani votes during the 2013 Iranian presidential election. State-run media reported Sunday that Rafsanjani, who was a leading figure among moderates and reformists in Iran, died of a heart attack at a hospital in Tehran.

Former Iranian President Rafsanjani dies of heart attack at age 82

By Carol Morello, The Washington Post on Jan. 08, 2017, at 12:19 p.m.
His death is a big blow to moderates and reformists, depriving them of their most influential supporter in the Islamic establishment.

US to deploy 300 Marines to Afghanistan’s Helmand province

By Reuters on Jan. 08, 2017, at 9:16 a.m.
The deployment to Helmand will be the Marines’ first to the southern province since they left in 2014 as the U.S. declared an end to its combat mission.
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a reception at the State Kremlin Palace on Dec. 28, 2016, in Moscow.

US intel report: Putin directed cyber campaign to help Trump

By Yara Bayoumy and Warren Strobel, Reuters on Jan. 07, 2017, at 8:28 a.m.
“We assess Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign in 2016 aimed at the U.S. presidential election,” the report said.