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US-backed forces battling for IS-held air base in Syria

Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 26th - 11:45am

U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish forces began their assault on an Islamic State-held air base in northern Syria on Sunday, activists said, as reports circulated that residents were evacuating the nearby city of Raqqa, the militants' de facto capital.

6 aid workers killed in South Sudan

Justin Lynch, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 26th - 11:43am

Six aid workers were ambushed and killed in South Sudan, the deadliest attack on humanitarian workers since the East African nation's civil war began in 2013.

The Latest: Exit polls put center-right ahead in Bulgaria

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 26th - 11:23am

The Latest on Bulgaria's election Sunday: (all times local):

Exit polls show party of Bulgaria's former PM leading

Veselin Toshkov, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 26th - 11:20am

A pair of exit polls from Bulgaria's parliamentary election shows the center-right GERB party of former Prime Minister Boiko Borisov taking the lead.

The Latest: Syrian Kurdish forces battle IS over air base

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 26th - 11:10am

The Latest on the Syrian conflict (all times local):

Exit polls show Bulgaria's center-right party leading in results from the country's parliamentary election

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 26th - 11:10am

Exit polls show Bulgaria's center-right party leading in results from the country's parliamentary election.

Drought-stricken Somalia battles hunger and cholera

Mohamed Sheikh Nor, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 26th - 10:10am

An emaciated woman writhes on her hospital bed, weakly waving her bony hand to create a current of air.

Yemenis protest on 2nd anniversary of Saudi intervention

Ahmed Al-Haj, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 26th - 9:20am

Tens of thousands of Yemenis protested Sunday in the capital Sanaa against the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen as it marked its second anniversary.

Official: Attacker's encrypted WhatsApp message cannot be accessed

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 26th - 8:52am

A top British official says London attacker Khalid Masood sent a WhatsApp message that cannot be accessed because it was encrypted by the popular messaging service.

Corruption protests sweep Russia; opposition leader arrested

Howard Amos and Jim Heintz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 26th - 8:34am

Thousands of people crowded into Moscow's Pushkin Square on Sunday for an unsanctioned protest against the Russian government, the biggest gathering in a wave of nationwide protests that were the most extensive show of defiance in years.

Dozens detained seeking answers about Belarus mass arrests

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 26th - 7:50am

Police in Belarus' capital have arrested demonstrators who were demanding to know the whereabouts of friends and relatives detained in the breakup of a mass protest.

Diaz launches bid to be 1st woman to lead Spain's Socialists

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 26th - 7:41am

Susana Diaz, the regional president of Andalusia, has launched her bid to become the first woman to lead Spain's Socialist party.

Family of missing ex-FBI agent files lawsuit against Iran

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 26th - 7:12am

The family of a former FBI agent who went missing in Iran a decade ago on an unauthorized CIA assignment has filed a lawsuit against the Islamic Republic, accusing it of using "cold, cynical and false denials" to torture his loved ones.

2 militants killed in Bangladesh raid; death toll now 8

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 26th - 6:23am

Two suspected militants were killed Sunday in an ongoing military raid on a building where armed militants were holed up in eastern Bangladesh, police and army officials said. Six people, including two policemen, were killed in explosions near that building a day earlier.

No surprise: Beijing's pick Lam chosen as Hong Kong's leader

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 26th - 5:02am

The candidate favored by China's Communist leadership was chosen as Hong Kong's new leader on Sunday, in the first such vote since huge pro-democracy protests erupted over the semiautonomous Chinese city's election system in 2014.

4 dead, 23 wounded in grenade attack in southern Philippines

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 26th - 4:11am

At least four people were killed and 23 others wounded in a grenade attack in the southern Philippines that appears to be unrelated to terrorism, officials said Sunday.

Pakistan to build fence along disputed Afghan border

Zarar Khan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 26th - 2:50am

Pakistan says it has started building a fence along the Afghan border in areas where it says militants have launched cross-border attacks, a move that could worsen tensions with Afghanistan, which has never accepted the colonial-era frontier.

Hamas closes Gaza crossing with Israel after shadowy killing

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 26th - 2:11am

Gaza's Hamas rulers shut down the territory's main border crossing with Israel Sunday in a rare measure following the mysterious killing of a senior militant.

Medical relief group: Syria hospitals need 'fortification'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 26th - 12:10am

A medical relief advocacy groups says over 100 hospitals in Syria were hit by Syrian or Russian airstrikes last year, urging the "fortification" of medical facilities such as by adding reinforced concrete or blast-resistant windows.