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Pakistan: Suspected militant kills lawyer over blasphemy

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 9:22am

A suspected militant on Thursday shot and killed a lawyer from Pakistan's minority Ahmadi sect over blasphemy allegations in eastern Punjab province, police said.

Putin: Criticism of Russia protest arrests is 'interference'

Jim Heintz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 9:22am

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.

UN sends 3.5M emergency yellow fever vaccines to Brazil

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 9:20am

The World Health Organization said it and partners have shipped 3.5 million doses of yellow fever vaccine to Brazil to help the country stamp out its worst outbreak in years.

UN chief in Iraq backs fight against Islamic State group

Sinan Salaheddin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 9:11am

The U.N. chief offered support for Iraq's fight against the Islamic State group during a visit to Baghdad on Thursday, even as the country faces a growing humanitarian crisis following the months-long battle for Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city.

3 Kosovans arrested in Italy suspected of plotting attacks

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 9:11am

Italian police on Thursday arrested three Kosovans in the lagoon city of Venice after one was caught on a phone intercept proposing they bomb the famed Rialto bridge while others lauded the recent attack in London. A minor was also detained.

The Latest: Greek police free 23 captive migrants

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 9:09am

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

UNHCR: Number of Syrian refugees tops 5 million mark

Jamey Keaten and Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 9:03am

The number of Syrians who have fled their country after six years of civil war has surpassed the 5-million mark, the U.N. refugee agency said on Thursday.

Duterte threatens to humiliate news outlets for drug reports

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 9:03am

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 news of his anti-drug crackdown.

Venezuela court says it can take over Congress' powers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 9:00am

Venezuela's Supreme Court has ruled that it can take over responsibilities assigned to Congress. Opponents of President Nicolas Maduro are saying it's part of an attempt to install a dictatorship in the South American nation.

Rescued Filipino says he survived on rain, fish for 2 months

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 8:41am

A young Filipino fisherman returned home Thursday after getting lost at sea in a storm and drifting for nearly two months, during which he said his uncle starved to death, before he was rescued by a passing ship near Papua New Guinea.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 8:41am

A compromise to end North Carolina's "bathroom bill" has crossed an early hurdle when it was approved by the state Senate rules committee. After the committee vote, it will face a full vote Thursday morning by the Senate. Then the House will vote on it.

Army ranger, policeman shot dead in southern Thailand

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 8:32am

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

Germany charges Afghan over alleged Taliban membership

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 8:20am

German prosecutors have charged an Afghan man with membership in the Taliban and as an accessory to attempted murder for his role in fighting Afghan police and security forces.

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

Eileen Ng, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 8:12am

Malaysia said Thursday it has agreed to release the body of Kim Jong Nam to North Korea in exchange for the return of nine Malaysians held in the North's capital.

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.

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.

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.