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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.

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.

Slovaks vote to allow annulment of pardons in kidnapping

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

Slovakia's parliament has amended the constitution 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.

Kenya arrests 3 alleged human traffickers for Islamic State

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 10:00am

A Kenya police official says they have arrested three alleged international human traffickers who are suspected of smuggling recruits for the Islamic State and helping to finance the group.

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

Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 9:55am

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.

Hundreds missing in Boko Haram's biggest abduction of kids

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 9:55am

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

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 9:44am

Russia experts are telling the Senate intelligence committee that President Vladimir Putin hasn't stopped his alleged disinformation campaign in America. Clint Watts is with the Foreign Policy Research Institute Program on National Security. Watts testified Thursday that just this past week, social media campaigns were targeting House Speaker Paul Ryan.

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.

Germany: Turkish spy list may be deliberate provocation

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

Germany's interior minister says Turkey's intelligence agency may have given its German counterpart a list of suspected supporters of a U.S.-based cleric to "provoke us in some way."

Turkish group says case against Booking.com is not political

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

The head of a Turkish travel association says a court ruling in Turkey against Booking.com, a travel website based in the Netherlands, is not linked to political tension between the two countries.

Cambodia marks 20 years since deadly grenade attack

Sopheng Cheang, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 9:22am

Hundreds of members of Cambodia's opposition party held a ceremony Thursday marking the 20th anniversary of a grenade attack in the nation's capital that killed 16 people.

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):