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The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 6:45pm

The White House is refusing to say whether it secretly fed intelligence reports to a top Republican lawmaker, fueling concerns about political interference in the investigation into possible coordination between Russia and the 2016 Trump campaign. Meanwhile, an attorney for former national security adviser Michael Flynn says Flynn is in discussions with the House and Senate intelligence committees about speaking to them in exchange for immunity.

China's Xi to meet Trump, who predicts 'difficult' meeting

Louise Watt, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 6:33pm

U.S. President Donald Trump will meet with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping for the first time on April 6-7 at Trump's Florida resort, China's Foreign Ministry announced Thursday, amid a range of pressing issues including trade, North Korea and territorial disputes in the South China Sea.

Timeline: The rise and fall of South Korea's Park Geun-hye

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 6:23pm

The arrest of South Korea's first female president marks a stunning fall for the scion of a powerful general who himself ruled the country during her teenage years and into her 20s.

Raised South Korean ferry Sewol heading to port

Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 6:20pm

A corroding 6,800-ton ferry raised from the bottom of the sea off South Korea last week is now heading to port, where it will be searched for the remains of nine missing passengers from a 2014 sinking that killed 304.

The Latest: SKorean president hopeful praises Park's arrest

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 6:05pm

The Latest on legal problems of South Korea's disgraced ex-President Park Geun-hye (all times local):

2 bystanders killed in Puerto Rico armored car robbery

Danica Coto, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 5:33pm

Two bystanders were killed during a shootout Thursday after gunmen robbed an armored car outside a bank in western Puerto Rico, police said.

Israeli Cabinet approves new settlement, first in 2 decades

Josef Federman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 5:03pm

Israel's government approved the first West Bank settlement in two decades Thursday, creating the first serious test for U.S. President Donald Trump's new foray into Middle East peacemaking.

Malaysians return, Kim Jong Nam's body handed to North Korea

Eileen Ng, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 4:45pm

Nine Malaysians held in North Korea returned to Malaysia's capital early Friday after the government released the body of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half brother of North Korea's leader, to the North. The exchange ended a bitter diplomatic battle between the two countries more than a month after Kim's murder at Kuala Lumpur's airport.

S. Korean ex-president jailed over corruption allegations

Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 4:27pm

South Korea's disgraced former President Park Geun-hye was arrested and jailed Friday over high-profile corruption allegations that already ended her tumultuous four-year rule and prompted an election to find her successor.

US wants China to take action to stop North Korea nuke tests

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 4:15pm

The United States wants China to prove that it is really seeking to stop North Korea's nuclear testing with actions — and that's what President Donald Trump will be pressing China's President Xi Jinping to do when they meet in Florida next week, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said Thursday.

Germany: Turkish spy list may be deliberate provocation

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 3:26pm

Germany's interior minister said Thursday that Turkey's intelligence agency may have given its German counterpart a list of suspected supporters of a U.S.-based cleric to "provoke us in some way."

New tips back search at Mexico mass grave site

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 2:36pm

Volunteer searchers pounded metal probes into hard-packed earth at a clandestine grave site in Mexico's Veracruz state on Thursday, redoubling efforts after receiving a tip that hundreds more bodies may be buried there.

German far-right party urges supporters to infiltrate police

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 2:36pm

A far-right party in Germany is urging its supporters to join the police force in the eastern state of Saxony to obtain information about migrants accused of committing crimes.

Belgium warns against violence during Turkey referendum vote

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 2:05pm

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel warned that the government will not tolerate violence as Turks living abroad vote on a referendum that would give Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan more power.

South Korea's disgraced former president arrives at detention center after Seoul court approves her arrest

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 1:55pm

South Korea's disgraced former president arrives at detention center after Seoul court approves her arrest.

Prince Charles joins folk dance on European tour amid Brexit

Alison Mutler, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 1:27pm

Britain's Prince Charles joined in a traditional folk dance Thursday during a visit to Romania, the first stop in a three-nation trip seen as an effort to reassure European Union nations that Britain remains a close ally.

Ukraine gov't pledges to cease fire in the east on Saturday

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 1:03pm

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has ordered his country's troops to cease firing on Russia-backed separatists on Saturday.

A South Korean court approves the arrest of ex-President Park Geun-hye over corruption allegations

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 12:54pm

A South Korean court approves the arrest of ex-President Park Geun-hye over corruption allegations .

IS claims deadly mid-March suicide attack in Damascus

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 12:20pm

An online publication linked to the Islamic State group says two of its Syrian members carried out the deadly twin suicide attacks in mid-March in Syria's capital.