Thomas Adamson, Associated Press | Posted
Apr 23rd - 5:22am
Amid heightened security, French voters began casting ballots for their next president Sunday in a first-round poll that's seen as a litmus test for the spread of populism around the world and a vote on the future of Europe.
Syrian government forces have captured a central town and adjacent villages, boosting security in nearby areas loyal to President Bashar Assad, and marched deeper into a rebel-held neighborhood of Damascus, Syrian state media and an opposition monitoring group said Sunday.
Abdullah Al-Shihri and Aya Batrawy, Associated Press | Posted
Apr 23rd - 4:51am
Saudi Arabia's King Salman issued a decree late Saturday naming one of his sons, an air force pilot who has taken part in coalition strikes against the Islamic State group, as the kingdom's new ambassador to the U.S.
A voting station in eastern France has reopened after being evacuated because of a suspicious vehicle parked nearby. Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet told The Associated Press that the voting station in Besancon was evacuated while explosives experts examined the car, but they deemed there to be no risk.
Tom Odula, Associated Press | Posted
Apr 23rd - 4:31am
The Italian-born author and conservationist Kuki Gallmann was shot at her Kenyan ranch and airlifted for treatment after herders invaded in search of pasture to save their animals from drought, officials said Sunday.
A report released by Israeli researchers says violent attacks on Jews dropped for a second straight year in 2016, while other forms of anti-Semitism are on the rise worldwide, particularly on U.S. campuses.
From far left to far right, young to old, 11 candidates are vying for France's presidency in an election that is being watched as an indicator of populism's global appeal. The traditional contenders are joined — and often have been overshadowed during the campaign — by rivals pledging to scrap long-held expectations, such as France's participation in the European Union and NATO.
Grant Peck, Associated Press | Posted
Apr 23rd - 1:56am
It's a whodunit worthy of a Dan Brown novel: a small bronze plaque commemorating Thailand's 1932 revolution is ripped out from a very public place by parties unknown and substituted by one praising the Chakri Dynasty, whose 10th king took the throne in December. A disinclination by the authorities to find those responsible adds another element of mystery.
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.