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The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 1:42pm

Declaring "the start of a new era" in energy production, President Donald Trump has signed an executive order Tuesday that he says would revive the coal industry and create jobs. The move makes good on his campaign pledge to unravel former President Barack Obama's plan to curb global warming. Environmental activists including former Vice President Al Gore denounced the plan. But Trump says the effort is about "bringing back our jobs, bringing back our dreams and making America wealthy again."

Scottish lawmakers back independence referendum call

David Keyton and Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 1:05pm

Scottish lawmakers voted Tuesday to seek a new referendum on independence, presenting the British government with an unwelcome distraction as it prepares to push the European Union exit button.

Man suspected of killing 4 family members in Lithuania

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 12:40pm

Lithuanian police say a 26-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of shooting dead his parents, grandmother and uncle, and wounding his grandfather.

South African anti-apartheid leader Ahmed Kathrada dies, 87

Stuart Graham, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 12:33pm

Anti-apartheid leader Ahmed Kathrada, who spent 26 years in prison for opposing South Africa's white minority government — much of that time alongside the country's first black president, Nelson Mandela — died Tuesday at age 87.

Serb leader attacks Kosovo over visit conditions

Sylejman Kllokoqi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 12:23pm

Serbian Prime Minister and presidential candidate Aleksandar Vucic on Tuesday abandoned plans to campaign among the minority Serbs in Kosovo, saying he was not prepared to abide by the conditions set by the Kosovo government.

Serbia: Putin agrees large weapons delivery to Balkans

Dusan Stojanovic, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 12:13pm

Russian President Vladimir Putin has promised to sign off on a delivery of fighter jets, battle tanks and armored vehicles to Serbia, the Balkan country's defense minister said Tuesday, in what could worsen tensions with neighboring states and trigger an arms race in the war-weary region.

Grupo Mexico to buy Florida rail line for $2.1 billion

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 12:10pm

Mexican mining and rail conglomerate Grupo Mexico says it has reached an agreement to buy the Florida East Coast Railway Holdings Corporation for $2.1 billion.

German state warns Gulen followers of Turkish spy efforts

Frank Jordans, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 11:53am

German officials on Tuesday warned Turkey against spying on its territory, after Ankara allegedly sought Berlin's help in eavesdropping on hundreds of Turks in Germany thought to be supporters of U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen.

Russia general claims US-led coalition hit dam in Syria

Howard Amos, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 11:36am

A senior Russian general on Tuesday accused the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State of targeting Syria's infrastructure — including a key dam — in territory held by the Sunni extremist group.

Puerto Rico man bit off head of girlfriend's dog

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 11:10am

A man in Puerto Rico has been sentenced to seven years in prison for biting off the head of a Chihuahua and punching his girlfriend.

Congo finds 2 Caucasian bodies in area where UN experts lost

Carley Petesch and Saleh Mwanamilongo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 10:55am

Three bodies, including those of a male and female Caucasian, have been found in Congo's Central Kasai province, the government said Tuesday, and are suspected to be those of U.N. experts who disappeared there two weeks ago with colleagues.

South Korea officials: Bones found near ferry not of victims

Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 10:35am

The first government announcement Tuesday was startling: Salvage crews had found bones near the wreckage of the Sewol ferry, which sank in 2014 and killed 304 people.

French hopeful Macron's risky move: Campaigning for Europe

Sylvie Corbet, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 10:35am

Embracing the European Union could be seen as a risky move for politicians given Britain's decision to abandon the bloc and the renewed popularity of nationalist parties. But French presidential front-runner Emmanuel Macron is doing just that.

The Latest: Macron promises places for new ministers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 10:34am

The Latest on France's presidential campaign (all times local):

Pakistani sentenced to prison in Germany for spying for Iran

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 10:30am

A German court has sentenced a 31-year-old Pakistani to four years and three months in prison for spying for Iran by seeking out possible Jewish and Israeli-related targets for attacks in Germany and France.

Police killing exposes anger, fear of Chinese in France

Thomas Adamson and Chris Den Hond, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 10:24am

Chinese immigrants and China's government are protesting a police killing in Paris that prompted violent street clashes and exposed the fears and frustrations of France's large Asian community.

Ethiopia sends 16 to prison for trying to create new state

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 10:15am

An Ethiopian court has sentenced 16 people to prison after finding them guilty of trying to create a separate state in the tense Oromia region.

Lawyer: Art dealer accepts prized coffin's return to Turkey

Jamey Keaten, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 10:04am

Lawyers say a Roman Empire-era coffin depicting the 12 labors of Hercules is set to go home to Turkey, ending a legal battle over a prized artifact that had mysteriously turned up in Geneva's secretive customs-office warehouse years ago.

German police: Thieves stole huge gold coin with wheelbarrow

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 28th - 9:50am

Berlin police say suspects used a wheelbarrow to make off with a 100-kilogram (221-pound) gold coin worth millions.