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France retools anti-extremism efforts after public failures

Lori Hinnant, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 3:09am

France's attempts to counter the radicalization of its young people are in turmoil, with a group home intended to turn them away from Islamic extremism empty, the head of a highly publicized nonprofit convicted of misuse of public funds, and plans to segregate prison inmates suspected of harboring jihadi ideas abandoned.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 2:41am

The British pound is facing some selling pressure before the formal triggering of the country's two-year process to leave the European Union. With just hours to go before the start of the Brexit process, the pound is 0.4 percent lower at $1.2398. Since the country voted to leave the EU in a referendum last June, the currency has suffered a steep decline, losing around 20 percent of its value.

China confirms detention of Taiwanese pro-democracy activist

Christopher Bodeen and Ralph Jennings, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 2:22am

China's government confirmed Wednesday it is holding a Taiwanese pro-democracy activist and is investigating him on suspicion of "pursuing activities harmful to national security," the latest detention in an ongoing crackdown on civil society.

Arab summit to endorse Palestinian positions with eye on US

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 2:20am

Arab leaders are gathering for an annual summit where the call for Palestinian statehood is to take center stage.

Bizarre stunt at Auschwitz carried out by anti-war activists

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 2:00am

A Polish prosecutor says that 11 people who slaughtered a sheep at Auschwitz last week, stripped naked and chained themselves together were peace activists protesting wars across the world.

Reports: Kurdish militant dies as bomb explodes prematurely

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 1:50am

Turkish media reports say a suspected Kurdish militant was killed when a bomb he was preparing inside a car exploded prematurely. A second suspected militant inside the vehicle was wounded.

Expeditions to send huge trash bags to help clean Mt Everest

Binaj Guruacharya, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 12:45am

Mountaineering expedition organizers in Nepal are sending huge trash bags with climbers on Mount Everest during the spring climbing season to collect trash that then can be winched by helicopters back to the base camp.

Chinese military conducts training drill near Myanmar border

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 29th - 12:00am

China has conducted military exercises near its border with Myanmar, where fighting between the Myanmar army and ethnic rebels has flared in recent months.

Salvador gang arranged 'black widow' killing for insurance

Marcos Aleman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 10:12pm

El Salvador's brutal street gangs have been involved in every kind of criminal activity imaginable: drugs, extortion, prostitution, murder, kidnapping.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 9:41pm

The top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee says White House meddling in Congress' Russia investigations is not helping to lift the cloud of suspicion that hangs over the Trump administration. Virginia Sen. Mark Warner says that if the White House has nothing to hide about its relationship with Russia, there should be no problem with government officials answering questions in public testimony.

Cyclone rips off roofs, flings boats onto land in Australia

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 9:12pm

Residents of Australia's cyclone-battered tropical northeast emerged from their homes on Wednesday to find roofs lying in their yards, boats flung onto rocks and roads blocked by tangles of fallen trees and power lines, as emergency officials tried to reach communities cut off by the powerful storm.

China confirms detention of Taiwan pro-democracy activist

Christopher Bodeen and Ralph Jennings, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 9:02pm

China's government said Wednesday it has detained a Taiwanese pro-democracy activist and is investigating him on suspicion of "pursuing activities harmful to national security."

Mexico: Ex-gov. flees to Texas to evade graft allegations

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 8:12pm

The former governor of a northern Mexico state has fled to Texas to evade accusations of corruption, his successor said Tuesday.

Australian probe yet to explain plane crash that killed 5

Rod McGuirk, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 8:03pm

A cockpit voice recorder failed to capture audio of the doomed flight of a light plane that crashed into the roof of an Australian shopping mall last month killing a pilot and four Americana tourists, accident investigators said Wednesday.

Chinese anger, fears exposed in France after police killing

Thomas Adamson and Chris Den Hond, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 7:24pm

Chinese immigrants and China's government are protesting a police killing in Paris that prompted violent street clashes and exposed the fears and frustrations of France's large Asian community.

Bodies of American, Swedish UN experts found in Congo

Al-Hadji Kudra Maliro and Saleh Mwanamilongo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 6:23pm

The bodies of an American and a Swedish investigator with the United Nations and their Congolese interpreter were found in Central Kasai province, authorities said Tuesday, more than two weeks after they disappeared while looking into recent violence there.

The Latest: UN to conduct inquiry into experts' deaths

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 5:52pm

The latest on the discovery of the bodies of an American and a Swedish U.N. expert and their interpreter in Congo (all times local):

US denies loosening rules for avoiding civilian casualties

Sinan Salaheddin and Robert Burns, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 5:24pm

U.S. airstrikes probably played a role in the deaths of dozens of civilians in Mosul earlier this month, U.S. and Iraqi military officials acknowledged Tuesday, but they denied the rules for avoiding civilian casualties have been loosened despite a recent spike in civilian casualties.

University founded by Soros says targeted by new Hungary law

Pablo Gorondi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 4:50pm

Central European University said Tuesday that government-proposed amendments to Hungary's law on higher education "would make it impossible to continue its operations" in Budapest, its home for over 25 years.