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The Latest: Voter turnout in France so far similar to 2012

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 5:30am

The Latest on the first round of France's presidential election (all times local):

France begins presidential vote in test for populism

Thomas Adamson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 5:22am

Amid heightened security, French voters began casting ballots for their next president Sunday in a first-round poll that's seen as a litmus test for the spread of populism around the world and a vote on the future of Europe.

Roadside bomb in Somalia kills 8 soldiers, police say

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 5:10am

A Somali police official says a roadside bomb in a remote town in Somalia's semiautonomous state of Puntland has killed eight soldiers and injured three others.

Syrian troops capture central town after heavy clashes

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 5:01am

Syrian government forces have captured a central town and adjacent villages, boosting security in nearby areas loyal to President Bashar Assad, and marched deeper into a rebel-held neighborhood of Damascus, Syrian state media and an opposition monitoring group said Sunday.

Human rights advocate found stabbed to death in the Maldives

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 4:51am

Police in the Maldives said Sunday that they're investigating the stabbing death of a prominent blogger and human rights advocate.

Saudi king names son as US envoy as ties boosted with Trump

Abdullah Al-Shihri and Aya Batrawy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 4:51am

Saudi Arabia's King Salman issued a decree late Saturday naming one of his sons, an air force pilot who has taken part in coalition strikes against the Islamic State group, as the kingdom's new ambassador to the U.S.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 6:50 a.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 4:51am

A voting station in eastern France has reopened after being evacuated because of a suspicious vehicle parked nearby. Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet told The Associated Press that the voting station in Besancon was evacuated while explosives experts examined the car, but they deemed there to be no risk.

Author and conservationist Kuki Gallmann shot in Kenya

Tom Odula, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 4:31am

The Italian-born author and conservationist Kuki Gallmann was shot at her Kenyan ranch and airlifted for treatment after herders invaded in search of pasture to save their animals from drought, officials said Sunday.

FBI boss Comey arrives in New Zealand ahead of conference

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 4:21am

FBI Director James Comey arrived in New Zealand on Sunday ahead of a conference, although officials were being cagey about the exact nature of his visit.

British police arrest suspect in nightclub acid attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 4:20am

British police say they have arrested the boyfriend of a reality TV performer sought in connection to an acid attack at an east London nightclub.

Report: Anti-Semitism rises, but violence against Jews falls

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 3:40am

A report released by Israeli researchers says violent attacks on Jews dropped for a second straight year in 2016, while other forms of anti-Semitism are on the rise worldwide, particularly on U.S. campuses.

11 candidates vie for French presidency in high-stakes race

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 3:30am

From far left to far right, young to old, 11 candidates are vying for France's presidency in an election that is being watched as an indicator of populism's global appeal. The traditional contenders are joined — and often have been overshadowed during the campaign — by rivals pledging to scrap long-held expectations, such as France's participation in the European Union and NATO.

French presidential election, by the numbers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 3:30am

A quick look at the logistics of France's presidential election, which sees voting for the first round Sunday:

Islamic State attacks Iraq police base, 1 killed

Salar Salim, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 3:20am

Iraqi officials say Islamic State militants have attacked a police base in a town that is being used as a staging ground for the Mosul offensive, killing at least one policeman.

US carrier heading for Korea trains with Japanese destroyers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 2:30am

An American aircraft carrier heading toward the Korean Peninsula began joint exercises Sunday with Japanese naval ships in the Philippine Sea.

N.Korea detains US citizen; at least 3rd American being held

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 2:20am

North Korea recently detained a U.S. citizen, officials said Sunday, in the latest case of an American being held in the country.

Stolen plaque in Thailand a sign of antidemocratic sentiment

Grant Peck, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 1:56am

It's a whodunit worthy of a Dan Brown novel: a small bronze plaque commemorating Thailand's 1932 revolution is ripped out from a very public place by parties unknown and substituted by one praising the Chakri Dynasty, whose 10th king took the throne in December. A disinclination by the authorities to find those responsible adds another element of mystery.

Plight of Palestinian refugees now spans 5 generations

Karin Laub, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 12:40am

As a boy, Palestinian Abdullah Abu Massoud fled the war over the birth of Israel in 1948 and sought refuge in the nearby Gaza Strip.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 1:40 a.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 22nd - 11:52pm

The final hours of many election campaigns are frantic affairs, dominated by last-minute pitches, late-breaking polls and social media campaigns. Not so in France. Rules dating back more than half a century impose a 44-hour time out ahead of the polls' closure Sunday at 8 p.m. This first-round presidential ballot is the most nail-biting French election in generations, and the government has mobilized more than 50,000 police protect 70,000 polling stations.