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Macedonian president withholds mandate from opposition chief

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 10:48am

Macedonia's president is withholding the mandate to form a government from the runner-up in December's elections, accusing left-wing leader Zoran Zaev of jeopardizing the country's sovereignty.

'Time froze' at bloody house of missing French family

Lori Hinnant, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 10:38am

Forensics officers locked down a neighborhood in western France on Wednesday, searching for traces of a four-member family that disappeared, leaving behind a bloody cellphone, stripped beds and a home where a prosecutor said "time froze."

Dutch right-wing populist Wilders returns to campaign trail

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 10:38am

Dutch anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders is returning to the campaign trail, days after cancelling events ahead of the country's March 15 election amid security concerns.

German Parliament goes offline but hacking not suspected

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 10:20am

German media say the country's Parliament has been offline for hours but that hacking is not suspected.

Egypt's main state daily in a spat with parliament speaker

Hamza Hendawi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 10:14am

Egypt's flagship state newspaper on Wednesday accused the parliament speaker of making "inappropriate" comments and borderline abuse of authority in a rare public spat between two of the country's leading institutions.

Afghan envoy appeals on Pakistan to reopen border crossings

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 10:14am

Afghanistan's envoy to Islamabad has appealed on Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to order the reopening of the border crossings between their two countries.

UN: Congo used excessive force against December protesters

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 10:10am

The United Nations says security forces in Congo used excessive and disproportionate force against people protesting President Joseph Kabila's stay in office and that more than 40 people were killed.

Poland criticized for returning asylum-seekers to Belarus

Vanessa Gera, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 10:06am

Human Rights Watch said Wednesday that Poland is endangering asylum-seekers fleeing persecution in the Russian province of Chechnya and elsewhere.

Fillon stays in French presidential race despite summons

Angela Charlton and Samuel Petrequin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 10:06am

Conservative candidate Francois Fillon refused to quit France's roller-coaster presidential race Wednesday despite receiving a summons to face charges of getting his wife and children taxpayer-funded jobs in which they allegedly did no work.

UN panel alleges war crimes in last year's battle for Aleppo

Dominique Soguel, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 9:57am

A U.N. panel said Wednesday the evacuation of eastern Aleppo, after months of siege and aerial bombing by Russian and Syrian forces, was one of many war crimes committed by those fighting for control of Syria's largest city.

UK government facing defeat on EU citizens' Brexit rights

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 9:37am

The British government was expected to suffer a parliamentary defeat Wednesday over the right of European Union citizens to stay in the U.K. after Brexit.

Key aid provider says it can't operate in rebel-held Ukraine

Nataliya Vasilyeva, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 9:26am

Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine said Wednesday they are taking over scores of factories and mines in the region, many of them belonging to a tycoon whose foundation has been the largest provider of humanitarian aid to a war-battered population.

Court: Norway didn't violate rights of mass murderer Breivik

Jan M. Olsen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 9:26am

Norway did not violate the human rights of mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik by isolating him in jail, an appeals court ruled Wednesday, overturning a lower court ruling from last year.

Merkel visits Egypt, Tunisia to talk about migration

Kirsten Grieshaber, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 9:26am

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is heading to Egypt and Tunisia this week to discuss migration and development in the North Africa nations.

EU unveils new ideas to ensure unity as UK prepares to leave

Lorne Cook, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 9:11am

The European Union's executive arm unveiled new ideas Wednesday to keep the bloc unified as Britain prepares to leave and far-right extremism casts a shadow over the EU project.

Taliban suicide attacks, shootout kill 16 in Afghan capital

Rahim Faiez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 9:11am

A pair of near-simultaneous Taliban suicide bombings struck the Afghan capital on Wednesday, targeting a sprawling police compound and offices of the country's intelligence agency and killing 16 people in all, officials said.

The Latest: Hollande defends police, judges in Fillon probe

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 8:48am

The Latest on the French presidential elections (all times local):

Suspects charged with murder in airport nerve agent attack

Eileen Ng, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 8:18am

Their eyes red and heads bowed, two young women accused of smearing VX nerve agent on the estranged half brother of North Korea's leader were charged with murder Wednesday in a Malaysian court.

Israeli army: Palestinian shot dead after stabbing Israeli

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 8:18am

Israel's military says a Palestinian broke into a home in a West Bank settlement and stabbed an Israeli, who then shot and killed the intruder.