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IS claims responsibility for London attack; UK's May defiant

Jill Lawless and Paisley Dodds, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 10:02am

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility Thursday for an attack by a man who plowed an SUV into pedestrians on one of London's famous bridges and then stabbed a police officer to death at Britain's Parliament. In a somber but defiant statement, Britain's prime minister declared that "we are not afraid."

The Latest: Car used in attack was rented in Birmingham

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 10:00am

The latest on the attack outside Britain's Parliament (all times local):

A look at attacks where vehicles have been used as weapons

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 9:42am

When an attacker plowed a vehicle into pedestrians on London's Westminster Bridge, killing two people and injuring scores of others, it was the latest in a string of incidents in which drivers used their vehicles as weapons.

Trump Jr. called a 'disgrace' for criticizing London mayor

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 9:41am

Donald Trump Jr. is facing criticism for a tweet sent in the hours after Wednesday's London attack that included a months-old comment from London Mayor Sadiq Khan that terror attacks are part of living in a big city, but left out that Khan was noting that residents need to "be prepared" for such attacks.

A look at victims of the attack outside London's Parliament

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 9:21am

Here's what's known about the victims of the attack in London where a man plowed a car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, killing two people and injuring scores of others. He then stabbed a policeman to death on the grounds of Britain's Parliament before other officers fatally shot him. Police have not yet released the attacker's identity.

South Korean ferry that sank 3 years ago lifted from sea

Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 9:21am

A 6,800-ton South Korean ferry was hoisted to the surface Thursday nearly three years after it capsized and sank in violent seas off the country's southwestern coast, an emotional moment for the country as it searches for closure to one of its deadliest disasters.

Belgium raises security in Antwerp after high speed car

Raf Casert, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 9:01am

Belgian authorities on Thursday tightened security in the port of Antwerp after a Frenchman drove his car at high speed through a busy shopping area, forcing pedestrians to jump out of the way.

Le Pen visits Russia weeks before French presidential vote

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 9:01am

French far right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen is headed to Moscow for meetings with lawmakers less than a month before the election, officials from her National Front party said Thursday.

Foreign ministry says French national kidnapped in Chad

Dany Padire, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 9:01am

A French citizen employed by a private company was kidnapped in Chad on Thursday by unidentified abductors, Chad's government and the French foreign ministry said.

Syrian troops besiege Islamic State stronghold

Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 9:01am

Syrian government forces are besieging the last Islamic State stronghold in the northern province of Aleppo, weeks after launching an offensive to retake the entire province, state media and an opposition monitoring group reported Thursday.

Japan PM Abe accused of giving cash to nationalistic school

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 9:00am

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe donated 1 million yen ($9,000) through his wife to a school run by a group of ultranationalist educators, the group's leader told Parliament on Thursday, while also suggesting there was "political influence" in a land-buying scandal involving the school.

Egypt suspends school lunches after mass food poisoning

Menna Zaki, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 8:50am

An outbreak of food poisoning has sickened thousands of Egyptian schoolchildren this month, figures showed Thursday, sending parents rushing to hospitals and leading the Education Ministry to temporarily suspend its school lunch program.

Uganda at 'breaking point' as South Sudan refugees pour in

Rodney Muhumuza and Justin Lynch, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 8:46am

Uganda is at a "breaking point" as almost 3,000 South Sudanese refugees pour into the country every day, the United Nations refugee chief and Uganda's government said Thursday, calling for international help to support over 800,000 people now sheltering there.

The Latest: Germany stresses importance of talking to Turkey

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 8:46am

The Latest on the diplomatic spat between some European countries and Turkey (all times local):

Former Russian lawmaker shot dead in Ukraine

Nataliya Vasilyeva, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 8:36am

Former Russian lawmaker Denis Voronenkov was shot and killed in Kiev Thursday in what the Ukrainian president described as an "act of state terrorism" by Russia, an accusation the Kremlin angrily rejected.

American gets life in prison for murdering Czech family of 4

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 8:09am

A Czech appeals court has upheld a lower court decision that convicted an American of killing four of his relatives and sentenced him to life in prison.

Poland's PM warns she may not sign EU declaration

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 7:59am

Poland's prime minister is warning she will not endorse the declaration from a European Union summit this weekend if it does not address issues of top concern for Warsaw.

Britain's Parliament: Rich in history, difficult to defend

Gregory Katz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 7:49am

It is one of the most famous buildings in the world, a proud symbol of Britain's heritage, yet events have shown it to be surprisingly vulnerable.

After election, 4 Dutch parties to begin coalition talks

Mike Corder, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 7:17am

The conservative party of Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and three other parties agreed Thursday to begin talks about forming the next ruling coalition, but warned that there are major differences to bridge before a deal can be struck.