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FBI boss Comey arrives in New Zealand ahead of conference

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 3:38am

FBI Director James Comey has arrived in New Zealand ahead of a conference, although officials are being cagey about the exact nature of his visit.

French presidential election, by the numbers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 3:30am

A quick look at the logistics of France's presidential election, which sees voting for the first round Sunday:

Islamic State attacks Iraq police base, 1 killed

Salar Salim, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 3:20am

Iraqi officials say Islamic State militants have attacked a police base in a town that is being used as a staging ground for the Mosul offensive, killing at least one policeman.

Novelist and conservationist Kuki Gallman shot in Kenya

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 3:10am

A Kenyan police official says novelist and conservationist Kuki Gallman has been shot and injured at her ranch after herders invaded in search of pasture to save their animals from drought.

The Latest: Macron looks relaxed as he casts vote

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 3:10am

The Latest on the first round of France's presidential election (all times local):

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 4:50 a.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 2:51am

President Francois Hollande has cast his vote in the first round of the French election in his political fiefdom of Tulle in Correze, southwestern France. The incumbent Socialist president made the unusual move last year of pledging to not stand for re-election.

US carrier heading for Korea trains with Japanese destroyers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 2:30am

An American aircraft carrier heading toward the Korean Peninsula began joint exercises Sunday with Japanese naval ships in the Philippine Sea.

France begins voting in presidential poll amid high security

Thomas Adamson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 2:30am

French voters began casting ballots for the presidential election Sunday under heightened security in a tense first-round poll that's seen as a test for the spread of populism around the world.

N.Korea detains US citizen; at least 3rd American being held

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 2:20am

North Korea recently detained a U.S. citizen, officials said Sunday, in the latest case of an American being held in the country.

Stolen plaque in Thailand a sign of antidemocratic sentiment

Grant Peck, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 1:56am

It's a whodunit worthy of a Dan Brown novel: a small bronze plaque commemorating Thailand's 1932 revolution is ripped out from a very public place by parties unknown and substituted by one praising the Chakri Dynasty, whose 10th king took the throne in December. A disinclination by the authorities to find those responsible adds another element of mystery.

Plight of Palestinian refugees now spans 5 generations

Karin Laub, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 23rd - 12:40am

As a boy, Palestinian Abdullah Abu Massoud fled the war over the birth of Israel in 1948 and sought refuge in the nearby Gaza Strip.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 1:40 a.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 22nd - 11:52pm

The final hours of many election campaigns are frantic affairs, dominated by last-minute pitches, late-breaking polls and social media campaigns. Not so in France. Rules dating back more than half a century impose a 44-hour time out ahead of the polls' closure Sunday at 8 p.m. This first-round presidential ballot is the most nail-biting French election in generations, and the government has mobilized more than 50,000 police protect 70,000 polling stations.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 22nd - 9:42pm

The final hours of many election campaigns are frantic affairs, dominated by last-minute pitches, late-breaking polls and social media campaigns. Not so in France. Rules dating back more than half a century impose a 44-hour time out ahead of the polls' closure Sunday at 8 p.m. This first-round presidential ballot is the most nail-biting French election in generations, and the government has mobilized more than 50,000 police protect 70,000 polling stations.

Mexico says 2 top drug traffickers killed near US border

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 22nd - 8:41pm

Two top drug traffickers have been killed in pre-dawn shootouts Saturday with federal forces in the northern Mexico border state of Tamaulipas, authorities reported.

Security tight as France prepares for presidential vote

Thomas Adamson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 22nd - 7:21pm

Early voting began overseas Saturday in France's most nail-biting election in generations, and the 11 candidates seeking to become the country's next president silenced their campaigns as required to give voters a period of reflection.

Body of fire victim left on Greek street because he was poor

Costas Kantouris, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 22nd - 5:40pm

Greek officials say an 86-year-old man died in a single-home fire in the northern city of Thessaloniki and his body was then left on the street for two hours because undertakers refused to transport the destitute man's corpse to the morgue.

Venezuelans march in memory of those killed in unrest

Fabiola Sanchez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 22nd - 4:24pm

Thousands of Venezuelans dressed in white marched in the capital Saturday to pay homage to the at least 20 people killed in anti-government unrest in recent weeks.

The Latest: Venezuelan protesters cross into western Caracas

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 22nd - 4:10pm

The latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local):

Social media timeout as French election reaches final stage

Raphael Satter, Associated Press  |  Posted   Apr 22nd - 3:56pm

The final hours of many electoral campaigns are frantic affairs, dominated by last-minute pitches, late-breaking polls and massive social media campaigns aimed at drumming up turnout.