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UN secretary-general starts official visit to Iraq

Sinan Salaheddin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 8:12am

The U.N. chief visited Iraq on Thursday amid a growing humanitarian crisis due to months-long fighting against the Islamic State group in Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city.

Army ranger, policeman shot dead in southern Thailand

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 8:10am

An army ranger and a policeman have been shot dead in Thailand's deep south in the latest killings in a region troubled by violent Muslim separatism.

Original 1918 Lithuanian independence act found in Germany

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 8:10am

A Lithuanian university says a scholar has discovered a missing copy of the Baltic country's 1918 Independence Act in the archives of Germany's foreign ministry in Berlin.

Putin: Criticism of Russia protest arrests is 'interference'

Jim Heintz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 8:02am

In the wake of Russia's largest outbreak of anti-government demonstrations in years, President Vladimir Putin on Thursday indicated authorities won't be cowed by protesters or Western criticism.

Duterte threatens to humiliate news outlets for drug reports

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 8:02am

The Philippine president unleashed an expletive-laden tirade Thursday against the country's leading newspaper and TV network and threatened to humiliate them and their owners, whom he accused of distorting his anti-drug crackdown.

Nigeria summons Indian diplomat over attacks on students

Michelle Faul, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 8:02am

Nigeria's foreign ministry has called in India's top diplomat to protest attacks on African students and demand arrests and prosecutions of perpetrators, Nigeria's official news agency said Thursday.

German president calls for stronger French-German leadership

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 8:00am

New German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has called for stronger French-German leadership to ensure the European Union's future one day after Britain triggered its exit from the bloc.

Hacker attack on German Parliament may be linked to election

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 7:50am

A top German police official says a recent hacking attack on Parliament may have led to a "significant drain of data" which may be used to try influence the outcome of the country's general election in September.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 7:44am

Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin says there likely will be an appeal of a ruling by a federal judge in Hawaii who extended his previous block of President Donald Trump's revised travel ban. Chin told The Associated Press on Thursday morning that the next move belongs to the Department of Justice.

5 bodies found after helicopter crashes in UK mountains

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 7:44am

British police say mountain rescuers have found five bodies with the wreckage of a helicopter that disappeared on a flight from England to Ireland.

Prince Charles joins folk dance on European tour amid Brexit

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 7:33am

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

Putin ready to meet Trump in Finland if it hosts summit

Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 7:08am

President Vladimir Putin on Thursday voiced readiness to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump if Finland hosts an Arctic summit, while reiterating rejections of allegations that Russian meddled in the U.S. presidential election.

Top German police official warns of extremist attacks

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 6:55am

A top police official says Germany needs to remain vigilant against the threat of extremist attacks.

Mosul shows difficulty of removing militants from urban area

Dan Perry and Susannah George, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 6:54am

As the fight for the Iraqi city of Mosul drags on, many might ask: Why has it taken the combined militaries of the United States and Iraq backed by an international coalition more than two years to dislodge a relatively small force of militants lacking heavy weaponry?

Japan ruling party urges strike ability amid N. Korea threat

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 6:32am

Japan's ruling party urged the government Thursday to consider arming the country with more advanced and offensive military capabilities, such as striking enemy targets with cruise missiles, further loosening the self-defense-only posture Japan has maintained since the end of World War II.

Aide to warlord Kony surrenders as US pulls from mission

Rodney Muhumuza, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 6:22am

A key aide to warlord Joseph Kony has surrendered to Ugandan forces, the military said Thursday, shortly after the U.S. indicated it was pulling out of the international manhunt for one of Africa's most notorious fugitives.

Israel extends arrest of teen suspected of US bomb threats

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 6:22am

Israeli police say a court has extended the arrest of a 19-year-old American-Israeli Jew suspected in recent bomb threats against U.S. Jewish community centers.

Malaysia says it has allowed body of North Korean leader's murdered half brother to be returned to North Korea

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 6:20am

Malaysia says it has allowed body of North Korean leader's murdered half brother to be returned to North Korea.

China's Xi to meet Trump in Mar-a-Lago on April 6-7

Louise Watt, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 6:12am

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.