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Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 27th - 2:12am

A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential oil and gas reserves:

Activists: Hong Kong to arrest democracy protest leaders

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 27th - 1:50am

Hong Kong activists say police are planning to arrest student leaders and other prominent figures involved with the huge 2014 "Umbrella Movement" pro-democracy protests, a day after the city picked a new leader.

The Latest: EU calls on Russia to release demonstrators

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 27th - 1:30am

The Latest on Russian opposition protests (all times local):

More Syrian rebels, families leave city of Homs under deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 27th - 1:00am

Syrian state TV says another group of rebels with their families are leaving the last opposition-held neighborhood in the central city of Homs under a Russia-brokered deal with the Damascus government.

Merkel ally sees 'tail wind' from German state election

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 27th - 12:40am

A senior member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's party says the conservatives' unexpectedly strong win in a state vote gives them "tail wind" for bigger upcoming elections.

South Korea prosecutors push to arrest ex-leader

Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 26th - 11:41pm

South Korean prosecutors said Monday they want to arrest former President Park Geun-hye for the corruption allegations that triggered a huge political scandal and toppled her from power.

Avalanche leaves 6 students unconscious in Japan

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 26th - 10:12pm

Authorities say six Japanese high school students have been found unconscious after they were caught in an avalanche at a ski resort Monday morning.

South Korean media say prosecutors have decided to request an arrest warrant for ex-President Park Geun-hye

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 26th - 8:32pm

South Korean media say prosecutors have decided to request an arrest warrant for ex-President Park Geun-hye.

Brother seeks retrial for China ex-police chief facing death

Gillian Wong, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 26th - 8:13pm

At first blush, the plight of former Chinese police official Zhao Liping might not win much sympathy.

Australian residents begin evacuating ahead of cyclone

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 26th - 7:41pm

Thousands of people began evacuating low-lying areas of Australia's tropical northeast on Monday as a powerful cyclone bore down on the coast.

Nationwide protests bring thousands to Russia's streets

Howard Amos and Jim Heintz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 26th - 7:24pm

Russia's opposition, often written off by critics as a small and irrelevant coterie of privileged urbanites, put on an impressive nationwide show of strength Sunday with dozens of protest across the vast country. Hundreds were arrested, including Alexei Navalny, the anti-corruption campaigner who is President Vladimir Putin's most prominent critic.

Center-right party tops Bulgaria election; Socialists yield

Veselin Toshkov, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 26th - 2:52pm

The center-right GERB party of former Prime Minister Boiko Borisov took the lead in Bulgaria's parliamentary election on Sunday, a pair of exit polls showed, a result that if confirmed by official returns indicates support for the country keeping its European identity.

The Latest: US claims Tabqa dam is not in danger of bursting

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 26th - 2:35pm

The Latest on the Syrian conflict (all times local):

US-backed forces capture Syrian air base from IS

Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 26th - 2:35pm

U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish forces captured a strategically important air base from Islamic State militants in north Syria on Sunday in the first major victory for the group since the U.S. airlifted the forces behind enemy lines four days ago.

Settler leader: Population growth is end of 2-state solution

Josef Federman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 26th - 2:14pm

The number of Israeli settlers living in the West Bank has soared by nearly one-quarter over the past five years to over 420,000 people, a prominent settler leader said Sunday, presenting new population figures that he said put to rest the internationally backed idea of a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians.

The Latest: Bulgaria's Socialist leader concedes election

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 26th - 2:06pm

The Latest on Bulgaria's election Sunday: (all times local):

Egypt sentences 56 in migrant boat disaster case to prison

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 26th - 1:34pm

An Egyptian court sentenced 56 defendants Sunday in the case of a boat carrying migrants that capsized off the coastal city of Rosetta in September, killing more than 200 people.

UK: Attacker used WhatsApp, firm must help police get access

Gregory Katz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 26th - 11:45am

Westminster Bridge attacker Khalid Masood sent a WhatsApp message that cannot be accessed because it was encrypted by the popular messaging service, a top British security official said Sunday.

6 aid workers killed in South Sudan

Justin Lynch, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 26th - 11:43am

Six aid workers were ambushed and killed in South Sudan, the deadliest attack on humanitarian workers since the East African nation's civil war began in 2013.