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MOSCOW (AP) \u2014 Russia will accept an International Olympic Committee plan to retest all drug test samples given by its athletes at the 2012 and 2014 Olympics, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko said Saturday.

The IOC's declaration Friday followed the publication of a report by World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren. This alleged that more than 1,000 Russian athletes, including medal winners at the London and Sochi games, had benefited from a state-backed campaign of doping and drug test cover-ups.

\"The IOC has now decided to retest all the samples; let them retest,\" Mutko, who was sports minister at the time of the 2012 and 2014 Olympics, told Russian state agency R-Sport. He added that Russia will keep a careful eye on the process.

Mutko, whose brief as deputy prime minister covers sports policy, also suggested that he does not expect Russia to be barred from the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. He said the IOC set a precedent when it decided against a blanket ban for Russia from this summer's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

\"I think that the IOC has chosen its direction, that there should be no collective responsibility in this situation,\" he said. If a specific athlete is found to have committed an offense, \"then let's punish him\" rather than excluding the whole Russian team, Mutko said.

Mutko repeated the Russian government's claim that it has never given state support to doping and that there was no widespread doping of the Russian team at the Sochi Olympics.

Mutko did not address allegations in McLaren's report that he directed so-called washout testing \u2014 unofficial internal tests before major competitions to ensure banned substances would not be detectable when doped athletes later gave samples at the event.

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DAKAR, Senegal (AP) \u2014 Gambia's president-elect says the outgoing leader who now rejects his defeat has no constitutional authority to invalidate voting results or call for another election.

Adama Barrow is calling on President Yahya Jammeh to facilitate a smooth transition in the interest of the tiny West African country.

Jammeh made a surprise reversal late Friday, a week after conceding to Barrow.

The about-face is certain to spark outrage among the tens of thousands who took to the streets after Barrow was announced the president-elect in the Dec. 1 vote, shouting \"Freedom!\"

The African Union on Saturday called for security forces to remain neutral. Soldiers are in the streets of the capital, Banjul, amid the confusion.

Barrow says the Independent Electoral Commission is the only competent authority to declare a winner.

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) \u2014 The previous time South Korea's parliament voted to impeach a president, ruling party lawmakers bawled and hurled ballot boxes, a man set himself on fire in front of the National Assembly, and thousands glumly held candlelight vigils night after night to save late liberal President Roh Moo-hyun.

Twelve years later, the mood couldn't have been more different, with massive crowds returning to Seoul's streets on Saturday, a day after lawmakers voted in favor of removing disgraced President Park Geun-hye. The vote for impeachment left protesters basking in pride, believing they had repaired a damaged democracy with their weekly demonstrations.

Thousands of people marched near streets close to the presidential palace, where the notoriously aloof Park will remain mostly alone for up to six months until the Constitutional Court rules whether she must step down permanently.

Carrying signs, flags and yellow balloons, they gleefully shouted for her to quit immediately rather than weather the court process.

The demonstrators waved their arms to the beat of gongs and drums and followed an effigy of Park dressed in prison clothes and tied with rope into a narrow alley near the presidential offices and residence, known as the Blue House.

\"Park Geun-hye, get out of the house! Get out of the house now!\" the marchers chanted.

\"Come down and go to jail!\"

Seemingly, tens of thousands of demonstrators packed a large nearby boulevard that was the center of massive protests in recent weeks.

\"We got off to a good first step (on Friday). It was a day when we all realized how strong we can collectively be,\" said Kim Hye-in, 51, an out-of-towner who spent her sixth consecutive Saturday in Seoul protesting against Park. \"But we aren't there just yet. We need to keep gathering strength and protest until the court officially removes her from office.\"

Protest organizers said about 600,000 people turned out on Saturday.

On Friday, the opposition-controlled parliament passed an impeachment motion against Park, stripping her of her presidential duties and pushing Prime Minster Hwang Kyo-ahn into the role as government caretaker until the court rules on Park's fate.

The impeachment came after millions of people demonstrated for weeks demanding the removal of Park, who prosecutors accuse of colluding with a longtime friend to extort money and favors from South Korea's biggest companies and to give that confidante extraordinary sway over government decisions. Park has apologized for putting trust into her friend, Choi Soon-sil, but has denied any legal wrongdoing.

In 2004, the Constitutional Court reinstated Roh after two months, saying that minor election law violations and accusations of incompetence weren't enough to justify his unseating as president. The chances of the court restoring Park's powers are considered low because her charges are much graver, although some believe the court will need more than a couple of months to decide because her case is more complicated than Roh's.

Park will be formally removed from office if at least six of the court's nine justices support her impeachment, and the country would then hold a presidential election within 60 days.

While the historically large protests that helped push lawmakers to vote to impeach Park have been peaceful, the festive atmosphere kicked up a notch on Saturday as demonstrators let out relief that the president they so desperately want removed was finally halfway out the door.

\"We accomplished a peaceful revolution,\" said Park Seong-su, a frequent anti-Park protester who faces a court trial for throwing what he said was dog feces at a Seoul prosecution office on Oct. 31 as Choi, Park's now arrested longtime friend, arrived for questioning.

\"For long, people were told by politicians what to do, but on Friday, it was the will of people that forced politicians what to do,\" he said.

Others weren't as comfortable, saying that protesters should continue to rally every weekend to apply pressure on the court until it decides to formally remove the president.

Kim Hyeong-seok, another protester, said that the weekly rallies may turn violent if the court decides to reinstate Park. \"Then the candles will turn into torches,\" he said.

There was tension Saturday hours before the large demonstration started when thousands of Park supporters, most of them in their 60s or older, rallied in nearby streets, waving the South Korean flag and shouting for Park's \"demagoguery impeachment\" to be nullified.

Some of them exchanged bitter diatribes with anti-Park protesters.

Similar scenes played out on Friday, with scuffles breaking out between angry anti-Park farmers, some of whom had driven tractors to the National Assembly, and police. When impeachment happened, many of those gathered \u2014 some 10,000, according to organizers \u2014 raised their hands in the air and leapt, cheering and laughing.

On Saturday, Hwang, as the acting president, held a meeting with Cabinet ministers at a government building near the presidential Blue House to discuss issues related to national security, foreign relations and financial markets.

The handover of power prompted the prime minister on Friday to order South Korea's defense minister to put the military on a state of heightened readiness to brace for any potential provocation by North Korea. No suspicious movements by the North were reported.

The impeachment is a remarkable fall for Park, who convincingly beat her liberal opponent in the 2012 election. Park's single, five-year term was originally set to end Feb. 24, 2018.

The political turmoil around Park comes after years of frustration over a leadership style that inspired comparisons to her father, slain military dictator Park Chung-hee.

Critics saw in Park an unwillingness to tolerate dissent as her government cracked down on press freedom, pushed to dissolve a leftist party and allowed aggressive police suppression of anti-government protests, which saw the death of an activist in September.

She also was heavily criticized over her government's handling of a 2014 ferry sinking that killed more than 300 people, mostly school students, and which was partially blamed on official incompetence and corruption.

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DAKAR, Senegal (AP) \u2014 Gambia president-elect says outgoing leader has no authority to call new election.

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SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) \u2014 Macedonians will vote on Sunday in a general election called two years early in a bid to defuse a deep political crisis sparked by a wiretapping scandal.

The early election was agreed as part of a Western-brokered deal to address the crisis ignited last year after the leftist opposition accused the conservative government of large-scale illegal wiretapping and published audio recordings that indicated corruption at high government levels.

Conservative Nikola Gruevski, prime minister since 2006, stepped down earlier this year as part of the deal. Still, he is favored to finish ahead of left-wing rival Zoran Zaev and be positioned to lead a coalition.

Nearly 1.8 million are registered to vote Sunday. Polls open at 7 a.m. local time (0500 GMT) and close at 7 p.m. (1700 GMT).

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JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) \u2014 Indonesian police said they safely detonated a bomb in a neighborhood on the outskirts of the capital on Saturday after arresting a female would-be suicide bomber and other suspected Islamic militants who were planning to attack the presidential palace this weekend.

The thwarted plot is likely to cause particular concern in Indonesia because of the possibility that women with militant network associations are now being recruited into more active roles, including plotting and carrying out attacks.

\"This marks a new chapter of terrorism in Indonesia, where the suicide bombing was to be carried out by a woman,\" terrorism analyst Ridwan Habib said in an interview with Indonesian TV.

People living within a 300-meter (yard) radius of the boarding house where the pressure cooker bomb was found were evacuated during the police operation.

Two men and a woman were arrested in the neighborhood, said National Police spokesman Boy Rafli Amar. A fourth suspect, a man, was arrested in the central Java city of Solo, said Jakarta police spokesman Argo Yuwono.

The bomb potentially could have caused damage within a wide area, Yuwono said.

Umar Surya Fana, the police chief of Bekasi, a Jakarta satellite city where the neighborhood is located, said the militants were monitored by the police's counterterrorism squad as they traveled to Jakarta from Solo. The city is known for its radical mosques and Islamic boarding schools.

Police believe the militants were planning to bomb a presidential guard-changing ceremony on Sunday that is a tourist attraction in Jakarta, Fana said.

The woman's will, which was found during the counterterrorism operation, stated her desire to take part in \"amaliyah,\" an Arabic term used by extremist groups for attacks or suicide bombings.

\"They deliberately chose the target on a Sunday, when many families are hanging out around the national monument and near the palace, with the intention of causing a lot of casualties,\" said Habib, the analyst.

Police said those arrested are suspected to be part of a militant network responsible for a bomb-making lab raided last month in West Java province that was operating under the direction of Bahrun Naim, an Indonesian fighting with the Islamic State group in Syria.

Those arrested in last month's raid planned to bomb targets in Jakarta, including the parliament and the Myanmar Embassy.

Muslim-majority Indonesia has carried out a sustained crackdown on militants since the 2002 bombings on the tourist island of Bali by al-Qaida-affiliated radicals that killed 202 people. But a new threat has emerged in the past several years from IS sympathizers.

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PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) \u2014 Pakistani police say gunmen have shot and killed a counterterrorism police officer and wounded his young son in the northwestern city of Peshawar.

Senior police officer Tahir Khan says Riazul Islam was returning home with the son Saturday evening after prayers in a suburban mosque when gunmen fired several shots and escaped on a motorcycle.

Khan said the officer died on the way to the hospital while his son remains in critical condition.

Islam had survived two bomb attacks in the past three years, one of which severely wounded him.

Peshawar has been the scene of frequent militant bomb and gun attacks in recent years.

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MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) \u2014 Drawing the U.S. deeper into the Syria conflict, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Saturday he is sending 200 more troops to accelerate the push on the Islamic State's self-declared capital of Raqqa.

The 200, to include special operations troops, are in addition to 300 already authorized for the effort to recruit, organize, train and advise local Syrian Arab and Kurdish forces to fight IS. Carter said the expanded U.S. involvement was approved by President Barack Obama last week.

On his final tour of the Mideast as Pentagon chief, Carter cast the new troop commitment as evidence that the U.S. backs its anti-IS words with military muscle. He offered an extensive defense of the Obama administration's efforts to defeat the extremists, and he aimed sharp jabs at the region's Arab powers, saying they need to stop complaining of U.S. shortcomings and do more to protect their own neighborhoods.

\"They need to get in the game,\" he said.

Speaking at an international security conference known as the Manama Dialogues, Carter also blasted Russia for its role in Syria. He said Moscow had joined the fighting with the stated goals of smoothing the way for a political transition and to combatting the Islamic State group.

\"But then it did neither of those things,\" he said, \"and instead has only inflamed the civil war and prolonged suffering of the Syrian people.\"

Carter said U.S. partners in the Middle East who are serious about fighting extremism over the long term need to build up their ground and naval forces, special operations forces, and defenses against ballistic missiles and cyber threats.

\"Given the persistent challenges facing the region - and because the future is always uncertain - developing these core capabilities will be ever more crucial to your security,\" he said. \"You ignore them at your peril.\"

He did not criticize any Arab country by name, but it is well known that the key U.S. partners in the region are led by Saudi Arabia. Carter pointedly mentioned the United Arab Emirates as an example of how military capability should be developed and used.

\"The UAE not only acquires effective capabilities, it puts skin in the game,\" he said.

In unusually pointed terms, Carter suggested that some Mideast partner nations are disingenuous in their criticisms of U.S. policy.

\"I would ask you to imagine what U.S. military and defense leaders think when they have to listen to complaints sometimes that we should do more, when it's plain to see that all too often, the ones complaining aren't doing enough themselves,\" he said.

He said it is not unreasonable for Washington to expect regional powers who oppose extremism in the Middle East to do more to help fight it, \"particularly in the political and economic aspects of the campaign.\"

Carter said the 200 extra troops going to Syria will help local forces in their anticipated push to retake Raqqa, the de facto capital of the extremist group's self-styled caliphate, and to deny sanctuary to IS after Raqqa is captured.

\"These uniquely skilled operators will join the 300 U.S. special operations forces already in Syria, to continue organizing, training, equipping, and otherwise enabling capable, motivated, local forces to take the fight to ISIL,\" Carter said. \"By combining our capabilities with those of our local partners, we've been squeezing ISIL by applying simultaneous pressure from all sides and across domains, through a series of deliberate actions to continue to build momentum,\" he said.

The coalition of Syrian Arab and Kurdish fighters that has been working with U.S. trainers and advisers said Saturday it will expand operations against the Islamic State group in northern Syria. The predominantly-Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces, which control most of the frontier with Turkey, announced they were moving to the second phase of their \"Wrath of the Euphrates\" operations after recapturing dozens of villages from the extremists north of Raqqa.

The coalition said it would now isolate Raqqa from the west.

The military push is complicated by the predominance of local Kurdish fighters, who are the most effective U.S. partner against IS in Syria but are viewed by Turkey \u2014 a key U.S. ally \u2014 as a terrorist threat.

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