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The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 22nd - 9:42pm

The final hours of many election campaigns are frantic affairs, dominated by last-minute pitches, late-breaking polls and social media campaigns. Not so in France. Rules dating back more than half a century impose a 44-hour time out ahead of the polls' closure Sunday at 8 p.m. This first-round presidential ballot is the most nail-biting French election in generations, and the government has mobilized more than 50,000 police protect 70,000 polling stations.

Mexico says 2 top drug traffickers killed near US border

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 22nd - 8:41pm

Two top drug traffickers have been killed in pre-dawn shootouts Saturday with federal forces in the northern Mexico border state of Tamaulipas, authorities reported.

Security tight as France prepares for presidential vote

Thomas Adamson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 22nd - 7:21pm

Early voting began overseas Saturday in France's most nail-biting election in generations, and the 11 candidates seeking to become the country's next president silenced their campaigns as required to give voters a period of reflection.

Body of fire victim left on Greek street because he was poor

Costas Kantouris, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 22nd - 5:40pm

Greek officials say an 86-year-old man died in a single-home fire in the northern city of Thessaloniki and his body was then left on the street for two hours because undertakers refused to transport the destitute man's corpse to the morgue.

Venezuelans march in memory of those killed in unrest

Fabiola Sanchez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 22nd - 4:24pm

Thousands of Venezuelans dressed in white marched in the capital Saturday to pay homage to the at least 20 people killed in anti-government unrest in recent weeks.

The Latest: Venezuelan protesters cross into western Caracas

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 22nd - 4:10pm

The latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local):

Social media timeout as French election reaches final stage

Raphael Satter, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 22nd - 3:56pm

The final hours of many electoral campaigns are frantic affairs, dominated by last-minute pitches, late-breaking polls and massive social media campaigns aimed at drumming up turnout.

The Latest: French campaigns halt prior to presidential vote

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 22nd - 2:00pm

The Latest on France's presidential race (all times local):

Croatia anti-fascists, Serbs gather at WWII death camp site

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 22nd - 1:35pm

Croatian anti-fascists and Serb minority groups on Saturday held a commemoration ceremony at the site of a notorious World War II death camp, boycotting the official event over alleged government inaction in curbing the surge of neo-Nazi sentiment in the Balkan country.

UN Gaza staffer out after allegations of Hamas ties

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 22nd - 11:44am

The United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees says a Gaza staffer suspected of being elected to the Islamic militant Hamas group's leadership no longer works for the agency.

Russian soldier killed by knife attack in Armenian city

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 22nd - 11:30am

A Russian soldier serving at a base in Armenia has been killed in a knife attack.

Opposition: Missiles knock out hospital in Syria's north

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 22nd - 10:52am

Missiles struck a medical center in Syria's northern rebel-held province, putting the facility built underground for protection out of service and killing a number of its staff, opposition activists said Saturday.

Ryan: Russian election meddling probe will help US allies

Jari Tanner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 22nd - 10:33am

One of the reasons the U.S. Congress has launched an investigation into Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 U.S. election is to "prevent the same kind of thing happening" to its NATO and other allies, U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan said Saturday.

Filipino troops kill 4 suspected militants on resort island

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 22nd - 9:33am

After a massive manhunt, Philippine forces killed at least four suspected Muslim militants Saturday in a central resort province where troops had foiled possible kidnapping and bombing plots by extremists earlier this month, officials said.

Humor, sarcasm at Hungarian anti-govt protest in Budapest

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 22nd - 9:33am

Thousands of Hungarians are attending a "peace march for the government, for Russia and against everything else" organized by the satiric Hungarian Two-Tailed Dog Party.

Turkey's justice minister: Time to contest vote results over

Zeynep Bilginsoy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 22nd - 9:10am

Turkey's ruling party and the main opposition party kept up their fight Saturday over the results of the referendum on expanding the president's powers.

Spanish police arrest suspect from Egypt with German help

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 22nd - 8:33am

Spanish police say they have arrested a 43-year-old Egyptian man for allegedly belonging to an international terror organization.

Afghan officials: 100 casualties in Afghanistan attack

Rahim Faiez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 22nd - 8:21am

Authorities on Saturday raised the casualty toll to 100 in an attack on a military compound in northern Afghanistan a day earlier by gunmen and suicide bombers wearing army uniforms.

Lebanon army kills wanted IS militant in raid

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 22nd - 7:50am

Lebanon's army says it has killed a Syrian Islamic militant fighter during a raid in the country's east.