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AP Interview: US pilot describes challenges of bombing IS

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 12:50pm

The crowded skies over Islamic State-held territory have complicated U.S.-led airstrikes targeting the extremists, though military planners are working to keep fliers safe, an American pilot involved in the bombing campaign has told The Associated Press.

Portugal quizzes Moroccan IS suspect extradited from Germany

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 12:10pm

Portuguese investigators said Thursday they were preparing to question a 63-year-old Moroccan man extradited from Germany who is suspected of providing financing and recruitment assistance to the Islamic State group.

Mexican journalist shot dead in northern state of Chihuahua

Peter Orsi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 12:00pm

A Mexican reporter was gunned down in the northern state of Chihuahua on Thursday, becoming the third journalist to be killed this month in one of the most dangerous countries for media workers.

IS claims responsibility for London attack; UK PM defiant

Jill Lawless and Paisley Dodds, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 11:43am

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility Thursday for an attack by a man who plowed an SUV into pedestrians on one of London's famous bridges and then stabbed a police officer to death at Britain's Parliament. In a somber but defiant statement, Britain's prime minister declared that "we are not afraid."

Car tries to ram Antwerp shopping area; security tightened

Raf Casert, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 11:43am

Belgian authorities tightened security Thursday in the port city of Antwerp after a Frenchman drove his car at high speed through a busy shopping area, forcing pedestrians to jump out of the way.

Egypt says Sinai fighting kills 12 security forces

Brian Rohan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 11:43am

Militants killed 10 Egyptian soldiers and two policemen in the Sinai Peninsula on Thursday, underscoring the challenge security forces face in combatting an Islamic State affiliate in the restive area bordering Israel and the Gaza Strip.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 11:09am

The three people killed and at least 30 injured in the attack in Westminster were a cosmopolitan snapshot of one of the world's most cosmopolitan cities.

Car tries to ram Antwerp shopping area, security tightened

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 11:09am

Belgium authorities have tightened security in the port city of Antwerp. This, after a Frenchman drove his car at high speed through a busy shopping area, forcing pedestrians to jump out of the way.

Somali leader urges help to avert famine

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 10:30am

Somalia's president Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed is urging the world to help avert a massive famine saying almost half the population is facing acute food shortages and 15 percent are facing famine now.

Former Russian lawmaker shot dead in Ukraine

Nataliya Vasilyeva, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 10:19am

A former Russian lawmaker who became a vociferous critic of Moscow following his recent move to Ukraine was shot and killed in Kiev Thursday, prompting another war of words between the two countries.

Accused killer of Cambodian political pundit found guilty

Sopheng Cheang, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 10:10am

A Cambodian court sentenced a man to life in prison on Thursday in the death last year of prominent government critic Kem Ley, though many believe the real reason for the killing remains hidden.

A look at attacks where vehicles have been used as weapons

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 9:42am

When an attacker plowed a vehicle into pedestrians on London's Westminster Bridge, killing two people and injuring scores of others, it was the latest in a string of incidents in which drivers used their vehicles as weapons.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 9:41am

Donald Trump Jr. is facing criticism for a tweet sent in the hours after Wednesday's London attack that included a months-old comment from London Mayor Sadiq Khan that terror attacks are part of living in a big city, but left out that Khan was noting that residents need to "be prepared" for such attacks.

South Korean ferry that sank 3 years ago lifted from sea

Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 9:21am

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

Le Pen visits Russia weeks before French presidential vote

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 9:01am

French far right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen is headed to Moscow for meetings with lawmakers less than a month before the election, officials from her National Front party said Thursday.

Foreign ministry says French national kidnapped in Chad

Dany Padire, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 9:01am

A French citizen employed by a private company was kidnapped in Chad on Thursday by unidentified abductors, Chad's government and the French foreign ministry said.

Syrian troops besiege Islamic State stronghold

Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 9:01am

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.

Japan PM Abe accused of giving cash to nationalistic school

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 9:00am

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

Egypt suspends school lunches after mass food poisoning

Menna Zaki, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 8:50am

An outbreak of food poisoning has sickened thousands of Egyptian schoolchildren this month, figures showed Thursday, sending parents rushing to hospitals and leading the Education Ministry to temporarily suspend its school lunch program.