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Aid group says medical assistance needed in Iraq's Mosul

Sinan Salaheddin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 4:32am

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.

Egypt says fighting in central Sinai leaves 10 soldiers dead

Brian Rohan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 4:32am

Islamic extremists killed 10 Egyptian soldiers in fighting in a central part of the restive Sinai Peninsula during an army raid early Thursday on a militant hideout in the area, the military said.

20,000 evacuated after fire at military arsenal in Ukraine

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 4:32am

Around 20,000 people were evacuated Thursday in Ukraine's Kharkiv region near the border with Russia after a massive fire at a military arsenal.

The Latest: London mayor pays tribute to slain officer

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 4:32am

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

South Korean ferry that sank 3 years ago lifted from sea

Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 4:18am

A 6,800-ton South Korean ferry was hoisted to the surface Thursday nearly three years after it capsized and sank into 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.

Japan PM Abe accused of giving cash for nationalistic school

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 4:16am

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

Spain's Foreign Ministry identifies female victim of London attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 4:00am

Spain's Foreign Ministry identifies female victim of London attack.

French news agency says former staffer released in Bahrain

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:50am

Agence France-Presse says a former photographer for the French news agency has been released in Bahrain after being held for more than 24 hours.

Indonesia survey shows massive coral death from cruise ship

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:34am

Indonesia says nearly 19,000 square meters (204,000 square feet) of coral reef was damaged by a foreign cruise ship that ran aground in the pristine waters of Raja Ampat in West Papua province earlier this month.

Indonesia counterterror police kill militant, arrest 3

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:34am

Indonesian counterterrorism police have fatally shot a suspected Islamic militant and arrested three others near the capital, Jakarta.

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

Amir Shah, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:22am

The Taliban captured a key district 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.

Major raids conducted after London attack; 7 arrested

Frank Griffiths and Gregory Katz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:02am

British police conducted major raids and arrested seven people in connection with the attack outside Parliament that left four dead, including the man who mowed down pedestrians on a bridge and fatally stabbed an officer, a senior police official said Thursday.

Pakistan hosts Afghan Taliban leaders to talk peace talks

Kathy Gannon, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:00am

The Taliban say Pakistani officials have hosted a meeting with their leadership to try and press the insurgents into peace talks ahead of a multi-nation meeting in April in Moscow.

British police say they have searched 6 addresses, made 7 arrests in attack investigation

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:50am

British police say they have searched 6 addresses, made 7 arrests in attack investigation.

British police say they believe attacker acted alone, was 'inspired by international terrorism'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:50am

British police say they believe attacker acted alone, was 'inspired by international terrorism'

Armed groups occupy Central African Republic schools

Carley Petesch, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:21am

The armed group took over the school little by little. One day when a fighter came to collect and burn the students' desks, teacher Thiernd Ouronfei decided he'd had enough.

Australian found negligent in girlfriend's watercraft death

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:20am

A Thai court on Thursday gave a suspended one-year prison sentence to an Australian man whose girlfriend died when their personal watercraft collided at high speed off the southern resort island of Phuket.

As Japan suicides drop, survivor shares story to save others

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:04am

It's not that he wanted to die. Rather, Kazuo Sawato says, he couldn't bear his life anymore. The 31-year-old Japanese office worker ran to the roof's edge and jumped.

Accused killer of Cambodian political pundit found guilty

Sopheng Cheang, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 12:50am

A Cambodian court on Thursday has sentenced a man to life in prison for killing prominent government critic Kem Ley last year.