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Japan PM accused of giving cash for nationalistic school

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 12:53am

The head of an ultra-nationalistic Japanese school operator at the center of a land and political scandal testified in parliament Thursday that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe donated 1 million yen ($9,000) through his wife for an elementary school where she once was honorary principal.

As Japan suicides drop, survivor shares story to save others

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 12:42am

It's not that he wanted to die. Rather, Kazuo Sawato says, he couldn't bear his life anymore. The 31-year-old Japanese office worker ran to the roof's edge and jumped.

Armed groups occupy Central African Republic schools

Carley Petesch, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 12:42am

The armed group took over the school little by little. One day when a fighter came to collect and burn the students' desks, teacher Thiernd Ouronfei decided he'd had enough.

Take that! Pyongyang lambastes Trump as too much like Obama

Eric Talmadge, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 12:31am

North Korea has a criticism of U.S. President Donald Trump he probably wasn't expecting: He's too much like Barack Obama.

Australian found negligent in girlfriend's watercraft death

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 12:22am

A Thai court has given a suspended one-year prison sentence to an Australian man whose girlfriend died when their personal watercraft collided at high speed off the southern resort island of Phuket.

The Latest: Work resumes on raising sunken SKorean ferry

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 12:12am

The latest on the South Korean efforts to raise a sunken ferry (all times local):

Indonesia survey shows massive coral death from cruise ship

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 12:01am

Indonesia says nearly 19,000 square meters of coral reef was damaged by a foreign cruise ship that ran aground in the pristine waters of Raja Ampat in West Papua province earlier this month.

How do you lift 6,800-ton ferry from seafloor? Delicately

Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 12:01am

How do you lift a corroded, 6,800-ton ferry lying more than 40 meters (130 feet) undersea, keeping it in one piece? It's a massive, delicate operation.

Philippines: 2 Malaysians rescued from Abu Sayyaf militants

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 11:23pm

Two Malaysian sailors held captive for eight months by Muslim militants were rescued Thursday in the southern Philippines, military officials said.

5 dead in vehicle, knife attack at British Parliament

Jill Lawless, Paisley Dodds and Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 11:23pm

A knife-wielding man went on a deadly rampage in the heart of Britain's seat of power Wednesday, plowing a car into pedestrians on London's Westminster Bridge before stabbing a police officer to death inside the gates of Parliament. Five people were killed, including the assailant, and 40 others were injured in what Prime Minister Theresa May condemned as a "sick and depraved terrorist attack."

Aid group says millions of Afghan children are not in school

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 11:13pm

Nearly a third of all children in war-torn Afghanistan are unable to attend school, leaving them at increased risk of child labor, recruitment by armed groups, early marriage and other forms of exploitation, an aid group said Thursday.

5 dead in vehicle, knife attack at British parliament

Jill Lawless and Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 11:04pm

A knife-wielding man went on a deadly rampage in the heart of Britain's seat of power Wednesday, plowing a car into pedestrians on London's Westminster Bridge before stabbing a police officer to death inside the gates of Parliament. Five people were killed, including the assailant, and 40 others were injured in what Prime Minister Theresa May condemned as a "sick and depraved terrorist attack."

Accused killer of Cambodian political pundit found guilty

Sopheng Cheang, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 10:42pm

A Cambodian court on Thursday has sentenced a man to life in prison for killing prominent government critic Kem Ley last year.

The Latest: China, Australia leaders discuss London attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 10:14pm

The latest on the attack outside Britain's Parliament (all times local):

Argentina welcomes Syria migrants after Trump slams door

Almudena Calatrava, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 10:13pm

George S. walks on the dark tarmac holding his sleepy 7-year-old son Fadi in his arms.

South Korean ferry that sank 3 years ago lifted from sea

Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 10:02pm

A 6,800-ton South Korean ferry emerged from the water on Thursday, nearly three years after it capsized and sank into violent seas off the country's southwestern coast, an emotional moment for the country that continues to search for closure to one of its deadliest disasters ever.

A look at developments in the 2014 S. Korean ferry disaster

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 9:13pm

Salvage workers are slowly pulling the huge, corroded South Korean ferry above the sea surface Thursday, about three years after it sank on a routine voyage to a resort island, killing more than 300 people, mostly high school students.

Mexico seizes 4th drug flight this year in Baja California

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 8:10pm

Mexico's federal police and army have seized a small airplane carrying nearly 700 pounds (315 kilograms) of cocaine, about half that much meth and 93 pounds (42 kilograms) of heroin in Baja California state.

Take that! Pyongyang lambastes Trump as too much like Obama

Eric Talmadge, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 7:14pm

North Korea has a criticism of U.S. President Donald Trump he probably wasn't expecting: He's too much like Barack Obama.