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Syrian opposition calls on US to spare civilians in Raqqa

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 26th - 5:00am

A leading Syrian opposition group is calling on the U.S.-led coalition to stop targeting residential areas in and around Raqqa, the Islamic State group's de facto capital.

Bulgarians vote in ballot that may tilt nation toward Russia

Veselin Toshkov, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 26th - 4:32am

Bulgarians headed to the polls Sunday for the third time in four years in an early vote that could tilt the European Union's poorest member closer to Russia.

UK minister: WhatsApp must make itself accessible to police

Gregory Katz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 26th - 4:21am

Encrypted messaging services like WhatsApp must make their platforms accessible to intelligence agencies, a top British security official declared Sunday amid reports that the Westminster attacker used the service minutes before his assault on Parliament.

4 dead, 23 wounded in grenade attack in southern Philippines

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 26th - 4:11am

At least four people were killed and 23 others wounded in a grenade attack in the southern Philippines that appears to be unrelated to terrorism, officials said Sunday.

Corruption protests held across Russia; arrests reported

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 26th - 3:40am

Russian protesters denouncing government corruption have gathered in cities across Russia and some have scuffled with police.

Blasts kill 6 as troops battle militants in Bangladesh

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 26th - 3:01am

At least six people, including two policemen, have died in explosions in eastern Bangladesh as troops battle suspected militants holed up with an ammunitions cache, police said Sunday.

Pakistan to build fence along disputed Afghan border

Zarar Khan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 26th - 2:50am

Pakistan says it has started building a fence along the Afghan border in areas where it says militants have launched cross-border attacks, a move that could worsen tensions with Afghanistan, which has never accepted the colonial-era frontier.

Hamas closes Gaza crossing with Israel after shadowy killing

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 26th - 2:11am

Gaza's Hamas rulers shut down the territory's main border crossing with Israel Sunday in a rare measure following the mysterious killing of a senior militant.

Medical relief group: Syria hospitals need 'fortification'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 26th - 12:10am

A medical relief advocacy groups says over 100 hospitals in Syria were hit by Syrian or Russian airstrikes last year, urging the "fortification" of medical facilities such as by adding reinforced concrete or blast-resistant windows.

In no surprise, Hong Kong election panel picks Carrie Lam, Beijing's favored candidate, to be city's next leader

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 25th - 11:22pm

In no surprise, Hong Kong election panel picks Carrie Lam, Beijing's favored candidate, to be city's next leader.

Hong Kong set to get new leader as anointed by Beijing

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 25th - 9:43pm

A committee dominated by pro-Beijing elites cast ballots Sunday to choose Hong Kong's next leader in the first such vote since 2014's huge pro-democracy protests.

Moroccan premier forms government, ending 5-month crisis

Reda Zaireg, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 25th - 4:58pm

Morocco's Prime Minister Saadeddine El Othmani succeeded in building a governing coalition Saturday, ending a damaging five-month political deadlock just eight days after taking office.

Greek police nab 2 truck drivers smuggling in 20 migrants

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 25th - 2:20pm

Greek police say they have arrested a Turkish truck driver and a Bulgarian truck driver who were carrying a total of 20 migrants near Greece's northeastern land border with Turkey.

The Latest: Madrid protest backs citizens' rights in Brexit

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 25th - 1:50pm

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Erdogan: Turkey might hold referendum on EU membership

Cinar Kiper, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 25th - 1:41pm

Turkey's president said Saturday the country might pursue a Brexit-like referendum on whether to pursue European Union membership and also lashed out at a critical protest in Switzerland.

Thousands march to protest abortion in Romanian capital

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 25th - 1:10pm

Several thousand people including Orthodox priests have marched through the Romanian capital and other cities to express their opposition to abortion and their support for family life.

Push to recapture Syrian stronghold from ISIS to start in 'days,' French official says

Saskya Vandoorne, Natalie Gallon and Joe Sterling, CNN  |  Posted   Mar 25th - 1:07pm

The battle to recapture the ISIS de facto capital of Raqqa in Syria will begin in "days," France's defense minister said on Friday.

Dozens arrested in Kyrgyzstan protest over jailed dissident

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 25th - 1:04pm

Supporters of a jailed former lawmaker tried to break through a police cordon outside the national security agency's headquarters in Kyrgyzstan's capital, but police turned them back with flash grenades. Dozens were arrested.

East African bloc: Members to allow Somali refugees to work

Tom Odula, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 25th - 1:02pm

East Africa's regional bloc said Saturday it gradually will allow the hundreds of thousands of Somali refugees sheltering in its countries to work and will include them in planning efforts.