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French candidate Macron wins key backer: defense chief

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 3:30am

Independent French presidential hopeful Emmanuel Macron has won the backing of the defense minister, which could bolster voter confidence that the 39-year-old is presidential material despite having no party and minimal political experience.

British police reveal more details of Parliament attacker

Danica Kirka and Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 3:01am

Khalid Masood, who attacked Britain's Parliament, killing four people and wounding some 50, was born Adrian Russell Ajao, London's top counterterror officer said Friday.

Gambia to set up truth commission and offer reparations

Abdoulie John, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 3:01am

Gambia will set up a truth and reconciliation commission to look into crimes committed by the former regime, and it will offer to pay reparations to victims, Justice Minister Abubacarr Tambedou announced Thursday night.

AP Explains: Hong Kong's unusual system to pick its leader

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 2:41am

Hong Kong is poised to choose a new leader on Sunday when members of a committee dominated by elites favored by Beijing cast their ballots in the first such vote since 2014's huge pro-democracy protests.

The Latest: Westminster attacker born Adrian Russell Ajao

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 2:40am

The Latest on the attacks in London (all times local):

London's top counterterror office says the birth name of London attacker Khalid Masood is Adrian Russell Ajao

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 2:30am

London's top counterterror office says the birth name of London attacker Khalid Masood is Adrian Russell Ajao.

London counter-terror chief says two more 'significant' arrests made in regard to terror attack in London

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 2:20am

London counter-terror chief says two more 'significant' arrests made in regard to terror attack in London.

Russia: 6 militants, 6 soldiers killed in Chechen firefight

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 1:42am

Russian authorities say six suspected militants and six soldiers were killed during a firefight in the volatile North Caucasus region.

Photo gallery: New Hong Kong leader, as anointed by Beijing

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 12:40am

On Sunday morning, a select group of tycoons, business leaders, politicians and trade and industry group representatives will gather in a cavernous exhibition center to vote for the next leader of Hong Kong.

Sydney teenager pleads guilty to plotting terrorist attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 10:31pm

A Sydney teenager pleaded guilty on Friday to plotting a terrorist attack on an Australian Veteran's Day ceremony last year.

Sunken S.Korean ferry set to be loaded on transport vessel

Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 9:59pm

South Korean efforts to bring a sunken, 6,800-ton ferry back to land cleared an obstacle on Friday after divers cut off a vehicle ramp that had been dangling from the ship and hindering efforts to raise it.

UN report: Sanctions disrupt humanitarian aid to North Korea

Eric Talmadge, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 9:35pm

International sanctions on North Korea are taking a serious toll on humanitarian aid activities, according to a United Nations-led report.

UN chief accuses South Sudan's government of ignoring famine

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 8:05pm

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres accused South Sudan's government on Thursday of refusing to express "any meaningful concern" about the plight of 100,000 people suffering from famine, 7.5 million in need of humanitarian aid and thousands more fleeing fighting.

The Latest: Dozens of French teenagers return to homeland

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 5:08pm

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

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

John Leicester, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 4:34pm

The four victims killed and at least 30 wounded in the attack in Westminster were a cosmopolitan snapshot of one of the world's most cosmopolitan cities.

29 inmates tunnel out of northern Mexico prison

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 4:34pm

A group of 29 inmates have tunneled their way out of a prison in the northern Mexico border state of Tamaulipas, authorities said Thursday.

German parliament considers changing 'father of house' rules

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 4:34pm

The president of the German parliament is suggesting changing the rules on who can become 'father of the house' amid fears that a nationalist politician could be entitled to the job after the next election.

Canada's largest school board stops booking new US travel

Rob Gillies, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 4:25pm

Canada's largest school board will no longer book any trips to the U.S. because of fears students might have trouble at the border due to travel restrictions enacted by President Donald Trump.

London defiant as IS claims attack by British ex-con, 52

Jill Lawless and Paisley Dodds, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 4:15pm

Authorities on Thursday identified a 52-year-old Briton as the man who mowed down pedestrians and stabbed a policeman to death outside Parliament in London, saying he had a long criminal record and once was investigated for extremism — but was not currently on a terrorism watch list.