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Ethiopia extends national state of emergency by 4 months

Elias Meseret, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 4:32am

Ethiopian lawmakers on Thursday extended the country's six-month state of emergency for an additional four months. The widely expected move came amid reports of continued violence and anti-government activities in some remote, restive areas.

UNHCR: Number of Syrian refugees tops 5 million mark

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 4:31am

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

Germany agrees new rules to combat child marriages

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 4:30am

Germany's governing parties have agreed on new rules to ensure that most marriages involving under-18s aren't legally recognized in the country.

Malaysian police stop guarding morgue that held Kim's body

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 4:20am

Malaysian police have stopped guarding the morgue that held the body of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's murdered half brother, after a van departed amid reports his remains may soon leave the country.

IS claims responsibility for Baghdad Wednesday attack

Sinan Salaheddin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 4:20am

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for an overnight suicide attack Baghdad that left 17 people dead and 48 wounded.

Japan ruling party urges strike ability amid NKorea threat

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 3:51am

Japan's ruling party urged the government Thursday to consider arming the country with more advanced and offensive capability, such as striking enemy targets with cruise missiles, further loosening the self-defense-only military posture Japan has had since the end of World War II.

Philippines says China wants to survey seas to its east

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 3:51am

The Philippines said Thursday that China wants to survey potentially resource-rich seas off the country's northeast coast but Manila will agree only if a Filipino scientist is allowed to observe.

Italy: Police detain 4 suspected of being part of jihad cell

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 3:50am

Italian police have detained three Kosovars and a minor in Venice on suspicion of being part of a jihadist cell.

Thai prosecutors postpone appearance for Red Bull heir

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 3:41am

An heir to the Red Bull fortune won another delay Thursday in facing charges over an alleged hit-and-run that killed a police officer almost five years ago.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 5:40 a.m. EDT

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 3:41am

Top members of the Senate intelligence committee are promising to steer clear of politics as they open a hearing on Russian interference in America's presidential election. Ranking Democrat Mark Warner of Virginia says that if the public knew the full extent of the problem, it would be a chilling experience. Warner and committee Chairman Richard Burr, a North Carolina Republican, are ready for a hearing on disinformation tactics.

Dane urges people to report illegal pizza bakers

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 3:40am

Denmark's integration minister is urging people to turn in pizza bakers if they suspect they are employing illegal immigrants.

China's Xi to meet Trump in Mar-a-Lago on April 6-7

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 3:11am

President Donald Trump will meet with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping for the first time on April 6-7 at Trump's Florida resort, China's foreign ministry announced Thursday, amid a range of pressing issues from trade, to North Korea and territorial claims in the South China Sea.

Police investigate explosion outside courthouse in Saskatoon

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 3:00am

Police in the Canadian city of Saskatoon are investigating the detonation of an improvised explosive device at the provincial courthouse.

Famed lawyer says Trump 'clearly' endorsed Palestinian state

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 3:00am

Prominent U.S. lawyer Alan Dershowitz says President Trump spoke to him "clearly" about a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that would lead to an independent Palestinian state.

Poles face post-Brexit Europe with confusion and fear

Vanessa Gera, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 2:04am

Poles, who have settled in large numbers in Britain in recent years, expressed confusion and apprehension as Britain formally triggered the process to leave the European Union.

New protests in Paris after police killing of Chinese man

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 1:50am

A late-night protest broke out in central Paris over the police killing of a Chinese man in a raid at his home.

Emirati academic gets 10 years in prison over tweets

Jon Gambrell, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 1:42am

An Emirati academic held since August 2015 over his tweets has been sentenced to 10 years in prison, activists and state-run media reported, just days after another activist was detained by authorities in the Western ally nation.

Mosul lays bare the challenge of asymmetric warfare

Dan Perry and Susannah George, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 1:28am

As the fight for the Iraqi city of Mosul drags on, many might ask: Why has it taken the combined militaries of the United States and Iraq backed by an international coalition more than two years to dislodge a relatively small force of militants lacking heavy weaponry?

Cambodia marks 20 years since deadly grenade attack

Sopheng Cheang, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 1:01am

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.