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Putin on US election hack charge: 'Read my lips: No'

Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 9:55am

President Vladimir Putin on Thursday emphatically denied allegations of Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election and said Moscow would maintain hopes of improving relations while waiting for political infighting in Washington to stop.

Hundreds missing in Boko Haram's biggest abduction of kids

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 9:55am

Human Rights Watch says hundreds of children remain missing while officials refuse to acknowledge the largest-ever mass abduction of Nigerian schoolchildren by Boko Haram Islamic extremists.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 9:44am

Russia experts are telling the Senate intelligence committee that President Vladimir Putin hasn't stopped his alleged disinformation campaign in America. Clint Watts is with the Foreign Policy Research Institute Program on National Security. Watts testified Thursday that just this past week, social media campaigns were targeting House Speaker Paul Ryan.

Officials: Mysterious blast in east Lebanon kills 2 Syrians

Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 9:30am

Lebanese security officials say a mysterious explosion near the country's border with Syria has killed two Syrians and wounded three.

Germany: Turkish spy list may be deliberate provocation

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 9:30am

Germany's interior minister says Turkey's intelligence agency may have given its German counterpart a list of suspected supporters of a U.S.-based cleric to "provoke us in some way."

Turkish group says case against Booking.com is not political

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 9:30am

The head of a Turkish travel association says a court ruling in Turkey against Booking.com, a travel website based in the Netherlands, is not linked to political tension between the two countries.

Cambodia marks 20 years since deadly grenade attack

Sopheng Cheang, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 9:22am

Hundreds of members of Cambodia's opposition party held a ceremony Thursday marking the 20th anniversary of a grenade attack in the nation's capital that killed 16 people.

Pakistan: Suspected militant kills lawyer over blasphemy

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 9:22am

A suspected militant on Thursday shot and killed a lawyer from Pakistan's minority Ahmadi sect over blasphemy allegations in eastern Punjab province, police said.

Putin: Criticism of Russia protest arrests is 'interference'

Jim Heintz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 9:22am

In the wake of Russia's largest outbreak of anti-government demonstrations in years, President Vladimir Putin on Thursday indicated authorities won't be cowed by protesters or Western criticism.

UN sends 3.5M emergency yellow fever vaccines to Brazil

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 9:20am

The World Health Organization said it and partners have shipped 3.5 million doses of yellow fever vaccine to Brazil to help the country stamp out its worst outbreak in years.

UN chief in Iraq backs fight against Islamic State group

Sinan Salaheddin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 9:11am

The U.N. chief offered support for Iraq's fight against the Islamic State group during a visit to Baghdad on Thursday, even as the country faces a growing humanitarian crisis following the months-long battle for Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city.

3 Kosovans arrested in Italy suspected of plotting attacks

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 9:11am

Italian police on Thursday arrested three Kosovans in the lagoon city of Venice after one was caught on a phone intercept proposing they bomb the famed Rialto bridge while others lauded the recent attack in London. A minor was also detained.

The Latest: Greek police free 23 captive migrants

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 9:09am

The Latest on migrants and asylum-seekers in Europe (all times local):

UNHCR: Number of Syrian refugees tops 5 million mark

Jamey Keaten and Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 9:03am

The number of Syrians who have fled their country after six years of civil war has surpassed the 5-million mark, the U.N. refugee agency said on Thursday.

Duterte threatens to humiliate news outlets for drug reports

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 9:03am

The Philippine president unleashed an expletive-laden tirade Thursday against the country's leading newspaper and TV network and threatened to humiliate them and their owners, whom he accused of distorting news of his anti-drug crackdown.

Venezuela court says it can take over Congress' powers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 9:00am

Venezuela's Supreme Court has ruled that it can take over responsibilities assigned to Congress. Opponents of President Nicolas Maduro are saying it's part of an attempt to install a dictatorship in the South American nation.

Rescued Filipino says he survived on rain, fish for 2 months

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 8:41am

A young Filipino fisherman returned home Thursday after getting lost at sea in a storm and drifting for nearly two months, during which he said his uncle starved to death, before he was rescued by a passing ship near Papua New Guinea.

Army ranger, policeman shot dead in southern Thailand

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 8:32am

An army ranger and a policeman were shot dead in Thailand's deep south in the latest killings in a region troubled by violent Muslim separatism.

Germany charges Afghan over alleged Taliban membership

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 8:20am

German prosecutors have charged an Afghan man with membership in the Taliban and as an accessory to attempted murder for his role in fighting Afghan police and security forces.