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Poland honors anti-communist fighters as founders of freedom

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 12:48pm

Poland owes its freedom to the anti-communist fighters who did not lay down arms after World War II, the nation's defense minister said Wednesday.

Macedonian president withholds mandate from opposition chief

Konstantin Testorides, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 12:45pm

Macedonia's president withheld the mandate to form a government Wednesday from the runner-up in December's elections, accusing left-wing leader Zoran Zaev of jeopardizing the country's sovereignty.

EU criticizes Russian law easing domestic violence penalties

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 12:45pm

A senior European Union official is criticizing new Russian legislation decriminalizing some forms of domestic violence and urging Moscow to reverse it.

House of Lords chides UK govt, backs EU citizens' rights

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 12:14pm

Britain's unelected House of Lords on Wednesday handed the government a stinging — though likely temporary — defeat on its plans to leave the European Union, resolving that EU citizens should be promised the right to stay in the U.K. after it quits the bloc.

UN panel alleges war crimes in last year's battle for Aleppo

Dominique Soguel, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 11:57am

A U.N. panel said Wednesday the evacuation of eastern Aleppo, after months of siege and aerial bombing by Russian and Syrian forces, was one of many war crimes committed by those fighting for control of Syria's largest city.

11 tortured bodies found in Veracruz, on Mexico's Gulf coast

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 11:40am

Police have found the tortured bodies of nine men and two women on the outskirts of Mexico's Gulf coast city of Veracruz, authorities said Wednesday, a day after increased state and federal security forces were deployed to parts of the state.

The Latest: Top French centrist candidate Macron hit by egg

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 11:32am

The Latest on the French presidential elections (all times local):

UN: Congo used excessive force against December protesters

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 11:30am

The United Nations says security forces in Congo used excessive and disproportionate force against people protesting President Joseph Kabila's stay in office and that more than 40 people were killed.

Dutch right-wing populist Wilders returns to campaign trail

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 11:30am

Dutch anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders is returning to the campaign trail, days after cancelling events ahead of the country's March 15 election amid security concerns.

Zimbabwe's Mugabe off to Singapore for medical checkup

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 11:24am

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has left for Singapore for a medical checkup just days after celebrating his 93rd birthday.

Taliban suicide attacks, shootout kill 16 in Afghan capital

Rahim Faiez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 11:09am

Near-simultaneous Taliban suicide bombings and an hours-long shootout with Afghan security forces left at least 16 people dead and over 100 wounded in Kabul on Wednesday — a stark reminder of the militants' ability to stage large-scale and complex attacks in the country's capital.

Madrid officials impound bus with anti-transgender message

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 11:00am

Madrid authorities said Wednesday they have impounded an orange-and-white bus used by a group campaigning against teaching schoolchildren about transgender people.

50 nations seek to counter US ban on family planning funds

Raf Casert, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 10:48am

Some 50 countries have signed up to attend a family planning conference in Brussels aimed at making up the gap left by President Donald Trump's ban on U.S. funding to groups linked to abortion, organizers said Wednesday.

'Time froze' at bloody house of missing French family

Lori Hinnant, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 10:38am

Forensics officers locked down a neighborhood in western France on Wednesday, searching for traces of a four-member family that disappeared, leaving behind a bloody cellphone, stripped beds and a home where a prosecutor said "time froze."

German Parliament goes offline but hacking not suspected

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 10:20am

German media say the country's Parliament has been offline for hours but that hacking is not suspected.

Egypt's main state daily in a spat with parliament speaker

Hamza Hendawi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 10:14am

Egypt's flagship state newspaper on Wednesday accused the parliament speaker of making "inappropriate" comments and borderline abuse of authority in a rare public spat between two of the country's leading institutions.

Afghan envoy appeals on Pakistan to reopen border crossings

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 10:14am

Afghanistan's envoy to Islamabad has appealed on Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to order the reopening of the border crossings between their two countries.

Poland criticized for returning asylum-seekers to Belarus

Vanessa Gera, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 10:06am

Human Rights Watch said Wednesday that Poland is endangering asylum-seekers fleeing persecution in the Russian province of Chechnya and elsewhere.

Fillon stays in French presidential race despite summons

Angela Charlton and Samuel Petrequin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 1st - 10:06am

Conservative candidate Francois Fillon refused to quit France's roller-coaster presidential race Wednesday despite receiving a summons to face charges of getting his wife and children taxpayer-funded jobs in which they allegedly did no work.