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AP Interview: Zimbabwe's new opposition leader faces vote

Farai Mutsaka, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 2:56am

Ahead of Zimbabwe's crucial elections this year, the biggest opposition party has selected a charismatic lawyer and pastor to challenge the military-backed president in the first vote without former leader Robert Mugabe in decades.

Japan PM's approval ratings dive over land sale scandal

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 2:50am

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was grilled by opposition lawmakers in parliament on Monday over a widening school land sale scandal linked to his wife, as his Cabinet's approval ratings plunged to their lowest levels.

The Latest: Germany seeks constructive dialogue with Russia

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 2:42am

The Latest on Russian President Vladimir Putin's re-election victory (all times local):

What to expect from Putin and a resurgent Russia

Angela Charlton, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 2:36am

Vladimir Putin now has a stronger hold on Russia — and stronger place in the world — thanks to an overwhelming mandate for yet another term as president.

Putin gains massive mandate for nationalist policies

Angela Charlton and Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 2:34am

Russian President Vladimir Putin won a fourth presidential term with nearly 77 percent of the vote — his highest score ever and a massive mandate to pursue his nationalist, assertive policies for another six years in power.

Israel arrests French Consulate employee for Gaza smuggling

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 2:13am

Israel's internal security agency says a French employee of France's Consulate in Jerusalem has been arrested on charges of smuggling dozens of guns from the Gaza Strip to the West Bank.

Egypt: 4 troops, 36 Islamic militants killed in Sinai battle

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 1:43am

Egypt's military says four troops and 36 Islamic militants have died in the past five days of fighting in the restive Sinai Peninsula.

Syria monitors: Turkish-allied militiamen looting in Afrin

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 1:18am

A Syria war monitoring group says Turkish-allied militiamen are looting the northern Syrian town of Afrin after the Turkish military and allied Syrian fighters seized control of it.

Israeli man stabbed in Jerusalem attack dies in hospital

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 12:28am

Israeli police say an Israeli man has died of his wounds after a Palestinian attacker stabbed him in Jerusalem's Old City.

China names former missile force commander defense minister

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 18th - 10:46pm

China on Monday appointed a former missile force commander as its new defense minister amid lingering concerns over the goals of its rapid military modernization.

US, South Korea, Japan discuss denuclearization, summits

Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 18th - 10:28pm

Top U.S., South Korean and Japanese officials discussed how to achieve the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula during weekend talks ahead of upcoming inter-Korean and U.S.-North Korean summits, Seoul said Monday.

6 months after Mexico quake some still camp outside homes

Christopher Sherman and Rebecca Blackwell, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 18th - 10:08pm

Under a patchwork shelter of overlapping tarps and repurposed vinyl advertisements, several dozen residents of 18 Independence Street pack cheek by jowl into donated tents in the street near their building, which was damaged in the Sept. 19 earthquake.

Australian wildfires raze dozens of homes, kill livestock

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 18th - 9:40pm

Wildfires razed dozens of homes in southeast Australia, cut power to thousands more and killed livestock, but most of the weekend blazes had been contained by Monday. There have been no reports of serious injury, officials said.

Putin claims crushing victory in Russian presidential vote

Jim Heintz and Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 18th - 8:38pm

Vladimir Putin rolled to a crushing re-election victory Sunday for six more years as Russia's president, and he told cheering supporters in a triumphant but brief speech that "we are bound for success."

Survivors of school shooting take gun control message abroad

Aya Batrawy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 18th - 6:30pm

Student survivors of the worst high school shooting in U.S. history took their message abroad for the first time on Saturday, calling for greater gun safety measures and sharing with educational professionals from around the world their frightening experience.

Report: Italians seize NGO migrant rescue ship in Sicily

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 18th - 4:52pm

The Italian news agency ANSA says a Spanish non-governmental organization's migrant rescue ship has been sequestered in Sicily by prosecutors' orders.

Hundreds of Brazilians protest murder of councilwoman

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 18th - 3:54pm

At least 1,000 people marched in Brazil's second largest city Sunday to protest the murder of councilwoman and human rights activist Marielle Franco.

Putin calls UK accusations over ex-spy poisoning 'nonsense'

Vladimir Isachenkov and Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 18th - 3:38pm

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday dismissed British accusations of Russia's involvement in an ex-spy's poisoning as "nonsense," but added that Moscow is ready to cooperate with London in the investigation.

The Latest: Putin dodges question about future elections

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 18th - 3:10pm

The Latest on Russia's presidential election (all times local):