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5 Indian forces, 5 rebels killed in Kashmir fighting

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 9:58am

A fierce gunbattle has killed five Indian government forces and five suspected militants in disputed Kashmir, officials said Wednesday.

Witnesses: Boko Haram returns Nigerian kidnapped schoolgirls

Haruna Umar and Ismail Alfa Abdulrahim, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 9:54am

Boko Haram extremists returned almost all of the 110 girls abducted from their Nigeria boarding school a month ago with an ominous warning, witnesses said Wednesday.

Burgers outselling classic baguette sandwiches in France

Samuel Petrequin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 9:52am

Forget the baguette. The French are going crazy for burgers.

Teen Palestinian protester could serve 8 months under deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 9:52am

The lawyer for Palestinian teenage protest leader Ahed Tamimi says she has reached a plea bargain with Israeli military prosecutors that will have her client serve eight months in prison for slapping and kicking a pair of Israeli soldiers.

Pressure builds on Peru president to quit over secret videos

Franklin Briceno and Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 9:47am

Pressure built on Peru's President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski to resign Wednesday after several allies were caught in secretly-shot videos allegedly trying to buy the support of a lawmaker to block the conservative leader's impeachment.

Greece signs deal with charitable foundation for healthcare

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 9:23am

Greece's government has signed an agreement with a charitable foundation to build and equip hospitals in the cash-strapped country.

German swimming instructor accused of abusing 40 young girls

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 9:19am

A swimming instructor in southwestern Germany is suspected of sexually abusing 40 young girls, and using an underwater camera to film some of the abuse.

Pakistan arrests officer over killing that sparked protests

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 9:14am

Pakistani authorities on Wednesday arrested a police officer accused of killing a 27-year-old man in an allegedly "stage-managed" shootout.

China, Philippines discuss joint South China Sea projects

Yanan Wang, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 9:14am

Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano hailed a "golden period" in ties with China on Wednesday despite differences over the South China Sea as the countries discussed how they might conduct joint development projects in the disputed waters.

The Latest: Nerve agent scientist: Tests will show source

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 9:12am

The Latest on the poisoning of a Russian ex-spy (all times local):

Children to be evacuated after landfill leak outside Moscow

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 9:10am

The governor of the Moscow region says he's working to evacuate children from a town where dozens have been hospitalized because of gas poisoning linked to a toxic landfill.

Yemeni ministers resign in protest over Saudi Arabia's moves

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 9:06am

Two Yemeni government ministers have announced their resignations in a gesture of protest, claiming that Saudi Arabia has for months now prevented Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi from returning home.

Turkey: Dozens held during Kurdish spring festival

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 9:01am

Police in Turkey have detained dozens of people for chanting slogans or unfurling banners in support of outlawed Kurdish rebels during celebrations marking the start of spring.

Germany: Merkel seeks to heal divisions after migrant influx

Geir Moulson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 9:00am

Chancellor Angela Merkel acknowledged that the migrant influx of 2015 led to deep divisions in Germany and renewed a promise on Wednesday that it won't be repeated as she embarked on her fourth term.

The Latest: Koreas, US conclude 'constructive' talks

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 8:59am

The Latest on diplomatic efforts to ease tensions on the Korean Peninsula (all times local):

Egypt's alternative to el-Sissi says campaign 'very serious'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 8:58am

The little-known alternative candidate to Egypt's president in next week's election is insisting his campaign is serious, despite charges he entered the race at the last minute only to give it a veneer of legitimacy.

Senior US diplomat, Taiwan leader speak at Taipei event

Johnson Lai and Yanan Wang, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 8:42am

A senior U.S. diplomat said at an event in Taipei on Wednesday that the United States wishes to "bolster Taiwan's ability to defend its democracy" after President Donald Trump signed a new law promoting official exchanges between the two sides that has drawn protests from Beijing.

IS suicide bomber kills 31 as Afghans celebrate new year

Rahim Faiez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 8:29am

An Islamic State group suicide bomber struck on the road to a Shiite shrine in Afghanistan's capital on Wednesday, killing at least 31 people as Afghans celebrated the Persian new year, authorities said.

Late winter causes trouble for Romania's stork population

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 8:26am

The late wintry spell in eastern Europe isn't just causing problems for humans — bird experts say storks need a helping hand too.