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Belgium raises security in Antwerp after high speed car

Raf Casert, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 9:01am

Belgian authorities on Thursday tightened security in the port of Antwerp after a Frenchman drove his car at high speed through a busy shopping area, forcing pedestrians to jump out of the way.

Le Pen visits Russia weeks before French presidential vote

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 9:01am

French far right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen is headed to Moscow for meetings with lawmakers less than a month before the election, officials from her National Front party said Thursday.

Foreign ministry says French national kidnapped in Chad

Dany Padire, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 9:01am

A French citizen employed by a private company was kidnapped in Chad on Thursday by unidentified abductors, Chad's government and the French foreign ministry said.

Syrian troops besiege Islamic State stronghold

Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 9:01am

Syrian government forces are besieging the last Islamic State stronghold in the northern province of Aleppo, weeks after launching an offensive to retake the entire province, state media and an opposition monitoring group reported Thursday.

Japan PM Abe accused of giving cash to nationalistic school

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 9:00am

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe donated 1 million yen ($9,000) through his wife to a school run by a group of ultranationalist educators, the group's leader told Parliament on Thursday, while also suggesting there was "political influence" in a land-buying scandal involving the school.

Egypt suspends school lunches after mass food poisoning

Menna Zaki, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 8:50am

An outbreak of food poisoning has sickened thousands of Egyptian schoolchildren this month, figures showed Thursday, sending parents rushing to hospitals and leading the Education Ministry to temporarily suspend its school lunch program.

Uganda at 'breaking point' as South Sudan refugees pour in

Rodney Muhumuza and Justin Lynch, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 8:46am

Uganda is at a "breaking point" as almost 3,000 South Sudanese refugees pour into the country every day, the United Nations refugee chief and Uganda's government said Thursday, calling for international help to support over 800,000 people now sheltering there.

The Latest: Germany stresses importance of talking to Turkey

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 8:46am

The Latest on the diplomatic spat between some European countries and Turkey (all times local):

Former Russian lawmaker shot dead in Ukraine

Nataliya Vasilyeva, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 8:36am

Former Russian lawmaker Denis Voronenkov was shot and killed in Kiev Thursday in what the Ukrainian president described as an "act of state terrorism" by Russia, an accusation the Kremlin angrily rejected.

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IS group claims responsibility for London car, knife attack

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 8:19am

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for an attack by a man who plowed an SUV into pedestrians on London's Westminster Bridge before stabbing a police officer to death on the grounds of Parliament, and the investigation shifted Thursday to a city in central England long known as an incubator for radicalism.

American gets life in prison for murdering Czech family of 4

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 8:09am

A Czech appeals court has upheld a lower court decision that convicted an American of killing four of his relatives and sentenced him to life in prison.

Poland's PM warns she may not sign EU declaration

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 7:59am

Poland's prime minister is warning she will not endorse the declaration from a European Union summit this weekend if it does not address issues of top concern for Warsaw.

Trump Jr. called a 'disgrace' for criticizing London mayor

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 7:49am

Donald Trump Jr. is facing criticism for a tweet sent in the hours after Wednesday's London attack that included a months-old comment from London Mayor Sadiq Khan that terror attacks are part of living in a big city, but left out that Khan was asking Londoners to "be prepared" for such attacks.

Britain's Parliament: Rich in history, difficult to defend

Gregory Katz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 7:49am

It is one of the most famous buildings in the world, a proud symbol of Britain's heritage, yet events have shown it to be surprisingly vulnerable.

A look at victims of the attack outside London's Parliament

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 7:36am

Here's what's known about the victims of the attack in London where a man plowed a car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, killing two people and injuring scores of others. He then stabbed a policeman to death on the grounds of Britain's Parliament before other officers fatally shot him. Police have not yet released the attacker's identity.

After election, 4 Dutch parties to begin coalition talks

Mike Corder, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 7:17am

The conservative party of Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and three other parties agreed Thursday to begin talks about forming the next ruling coalition, but warned that there are major differences to bridge before a deal can be struck.

Pakistani president at military parade offers talks to India

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 7:07am

Pakistan held a military parade on Thursday to mark its national day, with Chinese, Saudi and Turkish troops for the first time participating in the event in a show of deepening ties with the world's only declared Islamic nuclear power.

Bahrain sentences 3 to death on terror charges

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 7:07am

A Bahrain court sentenced three people to death and 14 others to lengthy prison terms on charges they established a terrorist cell with the intent of killing policemen, al-Wasat, an independent Bahraini news website, reported Thursday.

Taliban take key Afghan district in south; 9 killed in north

Amir Shah and Kathy Gannon, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 7:00am

The Taliban captured a key district center in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province on Thursday while in the country's north, an officer turned his rifle on sleeping colleagues, killing nine policemen, officials said.