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The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is over, assigned, for now, to the same corner of history as the hunt for Amelia Earhart: a cold case. An unsolved mystery. The nearly three-year-long effort to find the missing jet cost $160 million, the largest and most expensive search in aviation history. For the investigators who scoured 46,000 square miles the Indian Ocean seabed, there will be no answers. For the families of the 239 victims, there will be no closure.
Yahya Jammeh, Gambia's autocratic ruler, has refused to relinquish power to the country’s new president, Adama Barrow. Barrow was sworn in at the Gambian embassy in Senegal on Thursday amid political crisis.
A Nigerian fighter jet searching for members of Boko Haram accidentally bombed a camp for people who had fled the militants, killing dozens of people and at least six humanitarian workers.
Russia on Wednesday extended the residency permit for former U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden until 2020, when he would be eligible to apply for residency. Snowden is under indictment in the U.S. for leaking secret documents with evidence of the NSA's controversial bulk data collection program.
An avalanche buried the mountainside Hotel Rigopiano in central Italy after a series of four earthquakes struck the region on Wednesday. Authorities said Thursday that up to 30 people remained missing. At least one person was reportedly killed, although more deaths are feared.
Iran's government and entities close to the elite Revolutionary Guards have signed major economic contracts with Syria, reaping what appear to be lucrative rewards for helping President Bashar al-Assad regain control of parts of his country from rebels.
The Taliban released a video showing two American University of Afghanistan professors who were abducted at gunpoint in August. The video marked the first public confirmation that the Islamist extremist group was holding the professors, Australian Timothy Weeks and American Kevin King. The video's release came months after Navy SEALs tried to rescue the men in a raid in eastern Afghanistan.
- With his hand on the Bible, Donald J. Trump has pledged to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States," taking the formal oath of office and completing an unlikely trajectory from real-estate mogul to the nation's 45th president. A crowd that stretched along the National Mall assembled under gray, Washington skies to witness the ceremony. So did nearly every living former president, from Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush to Bill Clinton and his wife, Hillary, who was defeated by Trump last November after a costly and divisive campaign.
Newly released documents have revealed a former CIA torture program, which included confining suspects in coffin like boxes and throwing them into walls.
The infamous Mexican drug lord “El Chapo” has been extradited to America. The drug cartel boss, real name Joaquin Guzman and known for his prison escapes, will appear before a federal hearing on Friday, where he faces indictments on allegations of bringing billions of dollars of drugs into the U.S.
Online fraud is now the most common crime in Britain with almost one in ten people falling victim, the latest figures have revealed. More than five and a half million cyber offences are now thought to take place each year accounting for almost half of all crime in the country.