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Taliban take key Afghan district in south; 9 killed in north

Amir Shah and Kathy Gannon, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 6:45am

The Taliban captured a key district in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province on Thursday while in the country's north, an officer turned his rifle on sleeping colleagues, killing nine policemen, officials said.

Islamic State group says through its Aamaq news agency that the London attacker was a 'soldier of the Islamic State'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 6:41am

Islamic State group says through its Aamaq news agency that the London attacker was a 'soldier of the Islamic State'

Former Russian lawmaker shot dead in Ukraine

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 6:41am

A former Russian lawmaker Denis Voronenkov was shot and killed in Kiev Thursday in what the Ukrainian president described as an "act of state terrorism" by Russia, an accusation that has been quickly rejected by the Kremlin.

After election, 4 Dutch parties to begin coalition talks

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 6:37am

The conservative party of Prime Minister Mark Rutte and three other parties have agreed to begin talks about forming the next ruling coalition, but are warning that there are major differences to bridge before a deal can be struck.

Israeli police arrest 19-year-old Jewish Israeli suspected of making bomb threats against Jewish community centers in US

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 6:37am

Israeli police arrest 19-year-old Jewish Israeli suspected of making bomb threats against Jewish community centers in US.

Egypt says fighting in central Sinai leaves 10 soldiers dead

Brian Rohan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 6:29am

Islamic extremists killed 10 Egyptian soldiers in fighting in a central part of the restive Sinai Peninsula during an army raid on a militant hideout early Thursday, the military said, a toll that underscored its continuing challenges to rein in insurgents in the area.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 6:24am

Donald Trump Jr. is facing criticism for tweeting in the hours after Wednesday's London attack a months-old comment from London Mayor Sadiq Khan that terror attacks are part of living in a big city.

London attacker born in Britain, previously investigated

Jill Lawless and Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 6:06am

The man who mowed down pedestrians on a London bridge and fatally stabbed a police officer on Parliament's grounds was born in Britain and was known to intelligence services, the prime minister said Thursday.

Pakistan hosts Afghan Taliban leaders to talk peace talks

Kathy Gannon, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 6:06am

Pakistani officials have hosted seven Taliban leaders in Islamabad to try and press the insurgents into peace talks ahead of a multi-nation meeting in April in Moscow, according to two Taliban officials.

Uganda at 'breaking point' as South Sudan refugees pour in

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 5:45am

Uganda is at a "breaking point" as almost 3,000 South Sudanese refugees pour into the country every day, the United Nations refugee chief said Thursday. The U.N. has called it the world's fastest-growing refugee crisis.

How do you lift 6,800-ton ferry from seafloor? Delicately

Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 5:26am

How do you lift a corroded, 6,800-ton ferry lying more than 40 meters (130 feet) undersea, keeping it in one piece? It's a massive, delicate operation.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 5:26am

Here's what's known about the victims of an attack in London where a man plowed a car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, killing two people and injuring scores of others. He then stabbed a policeman to death on the grounds of Britain's Parliament before other officers fatally shot him. Police have not yet released the attacker's identity.

Aid group says medical assistance needed in Iraq's Mosul

Sinan Salaheddin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 5:14am

A leading international relief organization has appealed for more medical assistance to cope with the increasing numbers of civilians fleeing the intensified fighting between Iraqi government forces and the Islamic State group in western Mosul.

UN-mediated Syria talks resume in Geneva

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 5:13am

The top deputy for the U.N. Syria envoy is shuttling between Geneva hotels to meet with envoys from the government delegation and opposition groups ahead of the formal start of a fifth round of U.N.-mediated peace talks.

Duterte wants impeachment bids against Philippine VP stopped

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 5:10am

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte told proponents Thursday to stop trying to impeach the vice president because she hasn't committed any "overt acts" that could be grounds for her ouster.

Armed groups occupy Central African Republic schools

Carley Petesch, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 5:02am

The armed group took over the school little by little. One day when a fighter came to collect and burn the students' desks, teacher Thiernd Ouronfei decided he'd had enough.

Indonesia counterterror police kill militant, arrest 3

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 4:56am

Indonesia's counterterrorism squad fatally shot a suspected Islamic militant and wounded another Thursday as they tried to escape a police ambush, police said. Two other men were arrested.

Ukrainian police say former Russian lawmaker Denis Voronenkov has been shot and killed in Kiev

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 4:56am

Ukrainian police say former Russian lawmaker Denis Voronenkov has been shot and killed in Kiev.

Prime Minister Theresa May says the attacker was British-born, and was known to authorities

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 4:45am

Prime Minister Theresa May says the attacker was British-born, and was known to authorities.