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In no surprise, Hong Kong election panel picks Carrie Lam, Beijing's favored candidate, to be city's next leader

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 25th - 11:22pm

In no surprise, Hong Kong election panel picks Carrie Lam, Beijing's favored candidate, to be city's next leader.

Hong Kong set to get new leader as anointed by Beijing

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 25th - 9:43pm

A committee dominated by pro-Beijing elites cast ballots Sunday to choose Hong Kong's next leader in the first such vote since 2014's huge pro-democracy protests.

Moroccan premier forms government, ending 5-month crisis

Reda Zaireg, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 25th - 4:58pm

Morocco's Prime Minister Saadeddine El Othmani succeeded in building a governing coalition Saturday, ending a damaging five-month political deadlock just eight days after taking office.

Greek police nab 2 truck drivers smuggling in 20 migrants

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 25th - 2:20pm

Greek police say they have arrested a Turkish truck driver and a Bulgarian truck driver who were carrying a total of 20 migrants near Greece's northeastern land border with Turkey.

The Latest: Madrid protest backs citizens' rights in Brexit

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 25th - 1:50pm

The Latest on the European Union summit (all times local):

Erdogan: Turkey might hold referendum on EU membership

Cinar Kiper, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 25th - 1:41pm

Turkey's president said Saturday the country might pursue a Brexit-like referendum on whether to pursue European Union membership and also lashed out at a critical protest in Switzerland.

Thousands march to protest abortion in Romanian capital

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 25th - 1:10pm

Several thousand people including Orthodox priests have marched through the Romanian capital and other cities to express their opposition to abortion and their support for family life.

Push to recapture Syrian stronghold from ISIS to start in 'days,' French official says

Saskya Vandoorne, Natalie Gallon and Joe Sterling, CNN  |  Posted   Mar 25th - 1:07pm

The battle to recapture the ISIS de facto capital of Raqqa in Syria will begin in "days," France's defense minister said on Friday.

Dozens arrested in Kyrgyzstan protest over jailed dissident

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 25th - 1:04pm

Supporters of a jailed former lawmaker tried to break through a police cordon outside the national security agency's headquarters in Kyrgyzstan's capital, but police turned them back with flash grenades. Dozens were arrested.

East African bloc: Members to allow Somali refugees to work

Tom Odula, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 25th - 1:02pm

East Africa's regional bloc said Saturday it gradually will allow the hundreds of thousands of Somali refugees sheltering in its countries to work and will include them in planning efforts.

Serbian PM to visit Putin ahead of April 2 presidential vote

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 25th - 12:53pm

Serbia's populist prime minister said Saturday he will pay an official visit to Russian President Vladimir Putin, a trip apparently designed to boost his bid for the Serbian presidency.

Vehicle attacks: Easy success for IS, a challenge for police

Dominique Soguel, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 25th - 12:40pm

In the battlefields of Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State group became infamous for its spectacular variations on explosive vehicles. For attacks in the West, it has suggested a simpler method, encouraging followers to use regular vehicles to kill people on foot.

Airstrikes across rebel-held Syria kill and wound scores

Bassem Mroue and Jamey Keaten, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 25th - 12:29pm

Airstrikes hit a women's prison and a clinic in rebel-held parts of Syria on Saturday, killing and wounding scores of people amid clashes on multiple fronts between government forces and insurgent groups in some of the country's worst violence in weeks, opposition activists said.

Congolese militia decapitates more than 40 police: Officials

Al-Hadji Kudra Maliro and Carley Petesch, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 25th - 12:02pm

A Congolese militia group has decapitated 42 policemen after ambushing them in an increasingly violent region where the U.N. is searching for missing American and Swedish investigators, a local official said Saturday.

Belarus police arrest over 400 protesters; many are beaten

Yuras Karmanau, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 25th - 11:45am

Police in Belarus cracked down hard Saturday on opposition protesters who tried to hold a forbidden demonstration in the capital — a human rights group said more than 400 people were arrested and many were beaten.

Only UKIP lawmaker in British Parliament quits anti-EU party

Gregory Katz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 25th - 11:38am

The UK Independence Party is losing its only member of the British Parliament in a blow to the upstart anti-Europe party, which has seen bitter feuding between its top figures.

Hamas vows revenge at slain militant's funeral in Gaza

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 25th - 11:33am

Thousands of Hamas supporters waving the movement's green flag marched through the streets of Gaza Saturday for the funeral of a militant leader and high-profile former prisoner who was mysteriously shot dead, as the group's leaders pledged retribution.

Turkish president says country may hold Brexit-like referendum on pursuing European Union membership

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 25th - 11:22am

Turkish president says country may hold Brexit-like referendum on pursuing European Union membership.

Roadside bomb, sniper kill 4 policemen in Egypt's Sinai

Ashraf Sweillam, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 25th - 10:37am

A pair of attacks by suspected Islamic militants on Saturday killed four policemen and injured six others in the turbulent north of Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, according to security officials, bringing to 16 the number of policemen and soldiers known to have been slain in the area in three days.