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Foreign ministry says French national kidnapped in Chad

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 7:25am

The French foreign ministry says a French national has been kidnapped in Chad.

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.

Syrian troops besiege Islamic State stronghold

Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 7:17am

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.

Former Russian lawmaker shot dead in Ukraine

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 7:17am

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 quickly rejected.

Pakistani president at military parade offers talks to India

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 7:07am

Pakistan held a military parade on Thursday to mark its national day, with Chinese, Saudi and Turkish troops for the first time participating in the event in a show of deepening ties with the world's only declared Islamic nuclear power.

Bahrain sentences 3 to death on terror charges

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 7:07am

A Bahrain court sentenced three people to death and 14 others to lengthy prison terms on charges they established a terrorist cell with the intent of killing policemen, al-Wasat, an independent Bahraini news website, reported Thursday.

IS group claims responsibility for London car, knife attack

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 7:07am

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility Thursday for an attack by a man who plowed an SUV into pedestrians on a crowded London bridge and then stabbed a police officer to death on the grounds of Britain's Parliament.

Le Pen visits Russia weeks before French presidential vote

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 7:07am

French far right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen is headed to Moscow for meetings with lawmakers less than a month before the election.

Taliban take key Afghan district in south; 9 killed in north

Amir Shah and Kathy Gannon, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 7:00am

The Taliban captured a key district center in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province on Thursday while in the country's north, an officer turned his rifle on sleeping colleagues, killing nine policemen, officials said.

Duterte wants impeachment bids against Philippine VP stopped

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 6:55am

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte told proponents Thursday to stop trying to impeach the vice president because she hasn't committed any "overt acts" that could be grounds for her ouster.

Islamic State group says through its Aamaq news agency that the London attacker was a 'soldier of the Islamic State'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 6:41am

Islamic State group says through its Aamaq news agency that the London attacker was a 'soldier of the Islamic State'

Israeli police arrest 19-year-old Jewish Israeli suspected of making bomb threats against Jewish community centers in US

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 6:37am

Israeli police arrest 19-year-old Jewish Israeli suspected of making bomb threats against Jewish community centers in US.

Egypt says fighting in central Sinai leaves 10 soldiers dead

Brian Rohan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 6:29am

Islamic extremists killed 10 Egyptian soldiers in fighting in a central part of the restive Sinai Peninsula during an army raid on a militant hideout early Thursday, the military said, a toll that underscored its continuing challenges to rein in insurgents in the area.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 6:24am

Donald Trump Jr. is facing criticism for tweeting in the hours after Wednesday's London attack a months-old comment from London Mayor Sadiq Khan that terror attacks are part of living in a big city.

Pakistan hosts Afghan Taliban leaders to talk peace talks

Kathy Gannon, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 6:06am

Pakistani officials have hosted seven Taliban leaders in Islamabad to try and press the insurgents into peace talks ahead of a multi-nation meeting in April in Moscow, according to two Taliban officials.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 5:45am

Uganda is at a "breaking point" as almost 3,000 South Sudanese refugees pour into the country every day, the United Nations refugee chief said Thursday. The U.N. has called it the world's fastest-growing refugee crisis.

How do you lift 6,800-ton ferry from seafloor? Delicately

Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 5:26am

How do you lift a corroded, 6,800-ton ferry lying more than 40 meters (130 feet) undersea, keeping it in one piece? It's a massive, delicate operation.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 5:26am

Here's what's known about the victims of an 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.

Aid group says medical assistance needed in Iraq's Mosul

Sinan Salaheddin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 5:14am

A leading international relief organization has appealed for more medical assistance to cope with the increasing numbers of civilians fleeing the intensified fighting between Iraqi government forces and the Islamic State group in western Mosul.