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The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 21st - 10:41pm

Thousands of people have gathered for a mass funeral to bury 26 of the victims of the mosque attacks in New Zealand. The funeral is taking place at a Muslim cemetery where more than a dozen already have been laid to rest. People earlier in the day attended Friday prayers in a Christchurch park, including Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Friday's burials include the youngest victim, 3-year-old Mucaad Ibrahim.

American skier, 20, dies in fall from cliff in Swiss Alps

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 21st - 4:18pm

Police in southwestern Switzerland say a 20-year-old American who was skiing off-piste has died after falling dozens of meters off a rocky cliff.

Nicaragua government, opposition to discuss prisoner release

Gabriela Selser, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 21st - 2:23pm

Nicaragua's government and opposition began negotiating Thursday how to carry out the release of hundreds of political prisoners arrested in the past year of unrest.

Steve Bannon says Europe's populists 'don't need me'

Karl Ritter, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 21st - 2:14pm

Former White House strategist Steve Bannon on Thursday predicted a "stunning victory" for populists and nationalists in the European Parliament elections in May and said they can achieve it without his help.

Facing arrest warrant, candidate delays return to Guatemala

Sonia Perez D., Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 21st - 1:21pm

Presidential hopeful and former chief prosecutor Thelma Aldana will not immediately return to Guatemala after a warrant was issued for her arrest, she said in interviews with local media Thursday.

Iraqi health official says death toll from river ferry disaster has climbed to 83

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 21st - 12:31pm

Iraqi health official says death toll from river ferry disaster has climbed to 83.

UN food agency cites progress in Yemen

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 21st - 11:46am

The head of the U.N.'s World Food Program says progress has been made in Yemen, months after he accused Houthi rebels of stealing food from the hungry by diverting aid.

Italian citizenship urged for boy whose SOS call saved lives

Colleen Barry, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 21st - 11:13am

The leader of Italy's 5-Star Movement called Thursday to award speedy citizenship to a 13-year-old Egyptian boy hailed as a hero for being the first to alert police that he and scores of his middle school classmates had been abducted by their bus driver.

The Latest: Trump tweets abrupt shift on Golan Heights

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 21st - 11:09am

The Latest on the United States and Israel (all times local):

Ukraine, US bicker over corruption fight ahead of election

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 21st - 11:09am

Ukraine and the United States are having a diplomatic spat after Washington criticized the Ukrainian government's anti-corruption efforts ahead of the nation's March 31 presidential election.

Swiss police arrest woman, 75, over fatal stabbing of child

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

Police in the northwestern Swiss city of Basel say they have arrested a 75-year-old woman on suspicion of killing a 7-year-old boy in the street.

North Macedonia jails 7 IS fighters captured in Syria

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 21st - 10:02am

A court in North Macedonia has jailed seven citizens, accusing them of fighting with the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq.

The Latest: UN calls on Venezuelan parties to lower tensions

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 21st - 9:51am

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

The Latest: Death toll from Iraq ferry sinking rises to 83

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 21st - 9:39am

The Latest on a ferry that sank in northern Iraq near Mosul, killing dozens of people (all times local):

NGOs urge France to ban arm sales to Saudi Arabia

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 21st - 9:35am

Twelve Yemeni and international human rights organizations have urged France to stop selling arms to Saudi Arabia and do more to end the war in Yemen.

Iraqi official says death toll from ferry sinking in Tigris River near Mosul has risen to 71

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 21st - 9:32am

Iraqi official says death toll from ferry sinking in Tigris River near Mosul has risen to 71.

Cyprus seeks EU intelligence access for migrant screening

Menelaos Hadjicostis, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 21st - 8:56am

Cyprus wants access to the European Union's security intelligence network so it can screen arriving migrants more thoroughly for signs of radicalization by extremist groups, the Mediterranean island nation's interior minister said Thursday.

Ex-President Temer arrested in Brazil on corruption charges

Peter Prengaman and Mauricio Savarese, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 21st - 8:54am

Former Brazilian President Michel Temer was arrested Thursday on corruption charges, a dramatic development in a sprawling graft probe that has roiled Latin America's largest nation and shows no sign of slowing.

Rio prosecutors: Arrest warrant issued for former Brazilian President Michel Temer on corruption chargers

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 21st - 8:42am

Rio prosecutors: Arrest warrant issued for former Brazilian President Michel Temer on corruption chargers.