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The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 2:45pm

McDonald's has served billions and for decades, and everyone knew what they were getting: a quick burger that had been pulled from a freezer, with some ketchup and pickles. Now, after running a number of pilot tests, McDonald's is trying something completely different. At some point next year, the restaurant chain will begin serving its Quarter Pounder burger with fresh beef.

New tips back search at Mexico mass grave site

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 2:36pm

Volunteer searchers pounded metal probes into hard-packed earth at a clandestine grave site in Mexico's Veracruz state on Thursday, redoubling efforts after receiving a tip that hundreds more bodies may be buried there.

German far-right party urges supporters to infiltrate police

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 2:36pm

A far-right party in Germany is urging its supporters to join the police force in the eastern state of Saxony to obtain information about migrants accused of committing crimes.

The Latest: S. Korea ex-leader arrives at detention center

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 2:07pm

The Latest on legal problems of South Korea's disgraced ex-President Park Geun-hye (all times local):

Belgium warns against violence during Turkey referendum vote

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 2:05pm

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel warned that the government will not tolerate violence as Turks living abroad vote on a referendum that would give Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan more power.

South Korea's disgraced former president arrives at detention center after Seoul court approves her arrest

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 1:55pm

South Korea's disgraced former president arrives at detention center after Seoul court approves her arrest.

Prince Charles joins folk dance on European tour amid Brexit

Alison Mutler, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 1:27pm

Britain's Prince Charles joined in a traditional folk dance Thursday during a visit to Romania, the first stop in a three-nation trip seen as an effort to reassure European Union nations that Britain remains a close ally.

Ukraine gov't pledges to cease fire in the east on Saturday

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 1:03pm

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has ordered his country's troops to cease firing on Russia-backed separatists on Saturday.

A South Korean court approves the arrest of ex-President Park Geun-hye over corruption allegations

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 12:54pm

A South Korean court approves the arrest of ex-President Park Geun-hye over corruption allegations .

Venezuela court says it can take over Congress' powers

Jorge Rueda, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 12:43pm

Venezuela's Supreme Court has ruled that it can take over responsibilities assigned to congress in what opponents of President Nicolas Maduro are decrying as the latest attempt to install a dictatorship in the South American nation.

IS claims deadly mid-March suicide attack in Damascus

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 12:20pm

An online publication linked to the Islamic State group says two of its Syrian members carried out the deadly twin suicide attacks in mid-March in Syria's capital.

Kenya arrests 3 alleged human traffickers for IS group

Tom Odula, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 12:15pm

Three alleged international human traffickers who are suspected of smuggling recruits for the Islamic State and helping to finance the group have been arrested in a town on Kenya's coast, police said Thursday.

UN criticizes Hamas for closing crossing on Israel border

Fares Akram, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 12:15pm

The United Nations and human rights groups have accused Gaza's Hamas rulers of endangering their own people by closing the territory's main crossing with Israel.

Major newspapers in Serbia hit stands with same front pages

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 11:40am

Only days before Serbia's presidential election, seven major newspapers have hit the stands with the same front pages: the ruling candidate's campaign poster.

South African opposition parties aim at President Jacob Zuma

Stuart Graham, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 11:05am

South Africa's two main opposition parties took aim at President Jacob Zuma with one appealing to the highest court to order impeachment proceedings and the other announcing it will launch a vote of no confidence in the president.

5 bodies found after helicopter crashes in UK mountains

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 11:03am

Mountain rescuers have found five bodies with the wreckage of a helicopter that disappeared on a flight from England to Ireland, British police said Thursday.

Aide to warlord Kony surrenders as US pulls from mission

Rodney Muhumuza, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 10:54am

A key aide to warlord Joseph Kony has surrendered to Ugandan forces, the military said Thursday, shortly after the U.S. indicated it was pulling out of the international manhunt for one of Africa's most notorious fugitives.

The Latest: Syrian refugee sets self on fire at Greek camp

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 10:54am

The Latest on migrants and asylum-seekers in Europe (all times local):

Hundreds missing in Boko Haram's biggest abduction of kids

Michelle Faul, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 30th - 10:34am

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