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The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 12:43pm

A bill rolling back North Carolina's contentious LGBT "bathroom bill" has passed the General Assembly and is now headed to the governor's desk. Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper has said he supports the measure.

IS claims deadly mid-March suicide attack in Damascus

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 12:20pm

An online publication linked to the Islamic State group says two of its Syrian members carried out the deadly twin suicide attacks in mid-March in Syria's capital.

Kenya arrests 3 alleged human traffickers for IS group

Tom Odula, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 12:15pm

Three alleged international human traffickers who are suspected of smuggling recruits for the Islamic State and helping to finance the group have been arrested in a town on Kenya's coast, police said Thursday.

UN criticizes Hamas for closing crossing on Israel border

Fares Akram, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 12:15pm

The United Nations and human rights groups have accused Gaza's Hamas rulers of endangering their own people by closing the territory's main crossing with Israel.

Major newspapers in Serbia hit stands with same front pages

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 11:40am

Only days before Serbia's presidential election, seven major newspapers have hit the stands with the same front pages: the ruling candidate's campaign poster.

South African opposition parties aim at President Jacob Zuma

Stuart Graham, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 11:05am

South Africa's two main opposition parties took aim at President Jacob Zuma with one appealing to the highest court to order impeachment proceedings and the other announcing it will launch a vote of no confidence in the president.

5 bodies found after helicopter crashes in UK mountains

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 11:03am

Mountain rescuers have found five bodies with the wreckage of a helicopter that disappeared on a flight from England to Ireland, British police said Thursday.

Aide to warlord Kony surrenders as US pulls from mission

Rodney Muhumuza, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 10:54am

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.

The Latest: Syrian refugee sets self on fire at Greek camp

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 10:54am

The Latest on migrants and asylum-seekers in Europe (all times local):

Hundreds missing in Boko Haram's biggest abduction of kids

Michelle Faul, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 10:34am

Hundreds of children remain missing while officials refuse to acknowledge the largest-ever mass abduction of Nigerian schoolchildren by Boko Haram Islamic extremists, Human Rights Watch said Thursday.

Slovaks vote to allow annulment of pardons in kidnapping

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 10:34am

Slovakia's parliament amended the constitution on Thursday to make it possible for lawmakers to annul pardons granted by former Prime Minister Vladimir Meciar that barred investigations into the kidnapping of the son of late President Michal Kovac.

Putin on US election hack charge: 'Read my lips: No'

Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 10:34am

President Vladimir Putin on Thursday emphatically denied allegations of Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election and said Moscow would maintain hopes of improving relations while waiting for political infighting in Washington to stop.

Coroner: London attacker killed by gunshot wound to chest

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

A British coroner's officer says that the man who attacked Parliament last week before being killed by police died from a single gunshot wound to the chest.

UN: Syrians trapped in besieged areas face horrific threat

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 10:20am

The U.N. humanitarian chief says hundreds of thousands of Syrians trapped in besieged areas are facing "severe and horrific threats" and the last months have been some of the worst for civilians.

NATO, Russia, share troop information, at odds over Ukraine

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 10:20am

NATO's chief says the allies and Russia remain at loggerheads over the conflict in Ukraine but have exchanged briefings on their troop movements elsewhere in Europe to help ease tensions.

Malaysia says Kim Jong Nam's body released to North Korea

Eileen Ng, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 10:14am

The body of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half brother of North Korea's leader, was released to the North on Thursday, more than a month after his murder at Kuala Lumpur's airport unleashed a fierce diplomatic battle between the two countries.

Japanese media release video reportedly showing Kim Jong Nam's body, 2 North Korean suspects on plane leaving Malaysia

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 10:04am

Japanese media release video reportedly showing Kim Jong Nam's body, 2 North Korean suspects on plane leaving Malaysia.

Germany: radicalized teen charged over attempted mall attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 9:40am

German prosecutors have charged a radicalized man with attempted murder for throwing two Molotov cocktails into the entrance of a shopping mall in an effort to kill "infidels."

Officials: Mysterious blast in east Lebanon kills 2 Syrians

Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 9:30am

Lebanese security officials say a mysterious explosion near the country's border with Syria has killed two Syrians and wounded three.