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The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 7:44am

Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin says there likely will be an appeal of a ruling by a federal judge in Hawaii who extended his previous block of President Donald Trump's revised travel ban. Chin told The Associated Press on Thursday morning that the next move belongs to the Department of Justice.

5 bodies found after helicopter crashes in UK mountains

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 7:44am

British police say mountain rescuers have found five bodies with the wreckage of a helicopter that disappeared on a flight from England to Ireland.

Putin ready to meet Trump in Finland if it hosts summit

Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 7:08am

President Vladimir Putin on Thursday voiced readiness to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump if Finland hosts an Arctic summit, while reiterating rejections of allegations that Russian meddled in the U.S. presidential election.

Top German police official warns of extremist attacks

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 6:55am

A top police official says Germany needs to remain vigilant against the threat of extremist attacks.

Mosul shows difficulty of removing militants from urban area

Dan Perry and Susannah George, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 6:54am

As the fight for the Iraqi city of Mosul drags on, many might ask: Why has it taken the combined militaries of the United States and Iraq backed by an international coalition more than two years to dislodge a relatively small force of militants lacking heavy weaponry?

Malaysia says Kim Jong Nam's body released to North Korea

Eileen Ng, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 6:50am

Malaysia said Thursday it has agreed to release the body of Kim Jong Nam to North Korea in exchange for the return of nine Malaysians held in the North's capital.

Japan ruling party urges strike ability amid N. Korea threat

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 6:32am

Japan's ruling party urged the government Thursday to consider arming the country with more advanced and offensive military capabilities, such as striking enemy targets with cruise missiles, further loosening the self-defense-only posture Japan has maintained since the end of World War II.

Aide to warlord Kony surrenders as US pulls from mission

Rodney Muhumuza, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 6:22am

A key aide to warlord Joseph Kony has surrendered to Ugandan forces, the military said Thursday, shortly after the U.S. indicated it was pulling out of the international manhunt for one of Africa's most notorious fugitives.

Hacker attack on German Parliament may be linked to election

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 6:22am

A top police official says a recent hacking attack on the German Parliament may have led to a "significant drain of data" which may be used to try influence the outcome of the country's general election in September.

Israel extends arrest of teen suspected of US bomb threats

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 6:22am

Israeli police say a court has extended the arrest of a 19-year-old American-Israeli Jew suspected in recent bomb threats against U.S. Jewish community centers.

Malaysia says it has allowed body of North Korean leader's murdered half brother to be returned to North Korea

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 6:20am

Malaysia says it has allowed body of North Korean leader's murdered half brother to be returned to North Korea.

China's Xi to meet Trump in Mar-a-Lago on April 6-7

Louise Watt, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 6:12am

U.S. President Donald Trump will meet with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping for the first time on April 6-7 at Trump's Florida resort, China's Foreign Ministry announced Thursday, amid a range of pressing issues including trade, North Korea and territorial disputes in the South China Sea.

3 Kosovans arrested in Italy suspected of plotting attacks

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 6:12am

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

Scholars urge China to let academic return to Australia

Louise Watt, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 6:10am

Dozens of scholars in Australia, the U.S., Britain and Hong Kong are urging Beijing to let a Sydney-based academic return home, warning that continued barring of his departure is raising concerns about the risks of conducting research in China.

Israel prepares for next war with Hezbollah in mock village

Aron Heller, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 5:52am

Between a collection of concrete buildings with Arabic graffiti that are designed to simulate a typical Lebanese village, dozens of Israeli officers are gearing up for their next battle with Hezbollah guerrillas.

Putin ready to meet Trump in Finland if it hosts summit

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 5:40am

President Vladimir Putin says he is ready to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump if Finland hosts an Arctic summit.

Duterte threatens to humiliate news outlets for drug reports

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 5:40am

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

UN secretary-general starts official visit to Iraq

Sinan Salaheddin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 5:31am

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres arrived in Iraq on Thursday amid a growing humanitarian crisis due to months-long fighting against the Islamic State group in Mosul, as the extremist group claimed responsibility for an overnight suicide attack in Baghdad.

Famed lawyer says Trump 'clearly' endorsed Palestinian state

Daniel Estrin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 5:31am

Prominent U.S. lawyer Alan Dershowitz said in an interview Thursday that President Donald Trump spoke to him "clearly" about a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, suggesting a shift in Trump's stance.