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The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 12:44pm

Donald Trump is approaching the 100-day mark in what he calls "a different kind of presidency." He describes the milestone as an "artificial barrier," though he himself offered a 100-day plan with great fanfare in the campaign's closing days. He now suggests that the "Contract with the American Voter" wasn't really his idea to begin with. Trump campaigned on a promise of instant disruption. But in an AP interview, he indirectly acknowledged that change doesn't come quickly to Washington.

US general in Afghanistan suggests Russia arming the Taliban

Robert Burns, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 12:44pm

The United States must confront Russia for providing weapons to the Taliban for use against American-backed forces in Afghanistan, top U.S. military officials said Monday.

Nigeria shows off new air assets for Boko Haram fight

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 12:24pm

Nigeria's air force has shown off new assets it says will be used to combat the Boko Haram insurgency in its north and oil militants in its south.

Some questions and answers about Maria Sharapova's return

Eric Willemsen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 11:55am

Even with eight of the world's top 10 women in the Porsche Grand Prix, an unranked rival is grabbing all the headlines this week.

1 killed, 11 hurt in grenade explosion near school in Russia

Arsen Mollayev, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 11:46am

A grenade exploded Monday in a computer club near a school in the Russian republic of Dagestan, killing one pupil and injuring 11 others, officials said.

Researchers find unique US Declaration of Independence copy

Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 11:35am

A unique copy of the U.S. Declaration of Independence has been discovered in an unexpected place - England.

Airstrike kills 8 family members in northern Syria

Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 11:30am

An airstrike killed eight family members, five of them children, as they fled fighting between U.S.-allied Syrian forces and Islamic State militants on Monday, according to local activists, who said the strike appeared to have been launched by the U.S.-led coalition.

Macron vs. Le Pen: Opposing styles and visions for France

Sylvie Corbet, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 11:24am

They could hardly be more different: Pro-European centrist Emmanuel Macron is facing anti-immigration, anti-EU Marine Le Pen in France's presidential runoff May 7.

France's steely Le Pen gets far-right in presidential runoff

Elaine Ganley, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 11:17am

Marine Le Pen's steely resolve, helped by a cutting tongue, propelled her political career, but it was her masterful use of a soft touch that has brought her one step away from the French presidency.

UK police seize Ferrari, Lamborghini and McLaren for racing

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 11:08am

British police have seized three high end supercars that were racing on a major motorway.

Guatemalan land activist wins prestigious Goldman prize

Sonia Perez D., Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 10:58am

Rodrigo Tot, a 60-year-old farmer and activist, was awarded the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize on Monday for work in his Guatemala homeland, an honor that comes after two previous Latin American winners were murdered in the last year.

Analysis: A Le Pen wins more acceptance than ever in France

John Leicester, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 10:54am

When France last put a Le Pen onto the threshold of the presidential Elysee Palace, one step from power, it could write off the 2002 election shock as a mere accident.

Thousands at Auschwitz for yearly Holocaust memorial event

Vanessa Gera, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 10:44am

Thousands of people from around the world, many of them young Israelis, paid homage Monday to the millions who perished in the Holocaust at the former Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz.

Venezuelans shut down roads and highways in protest

Fabiola Sanchez and Hannah Dreier, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 10:44am

Protesters sprawled in lawn chairs, completed math homework and lined up motorcycles on main roads around Venezuela Monday as part of a sit-in against the government.

Albania grants citizenship to Kosovo's ex-premier Haradinaj

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 10:32am

Albania's president has granted citizenship to the former prime minister of Kosovo, Ramush Haradinaj.

The Latest: Migrant dies in Greece after smugglers chased

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 10:30am

The Latest on the influx of refugees and migrants to Europe (all times local):

Putin criticizes opponents' corruption fight in Russia

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 10:16am

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday tacitly criticized a popular opposition leader whose efforts to expose official corruption fueled nationwide protests last month.

Maoist rebels kill at least 25 Indian paramilitary soldiers

Indrajit Singh, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 10:07am

Maoist rebels killed at least 25 Indian paramilitary soldiers and injured six others in their stronghold in central India on Monday in one of the worst attacks on the country's security forces in recent years, police said.

Boat carrying migrants from Turkey to Greece sinks; 16 dead

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 24th - 10:07am

A migrant boat sinking in the eastern Aegean between Greece and Turkey left at least 16 people dead, including two children, Greek authorities said Monday, while two people were rescued. Patrol boats and helicopters were searching for several more people believed missing.