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Philippine official praises China's ruling Communist Party

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 20th - 3:29am

The Philippine foreign secretary has heaped praise on China's ruling Communist Party during a visit to Beijing, underscoring the growing distance between the Philippines and the United States.

Wild animals get care at private Russian center

Irina Titova, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 20th - 3:23am

Gena the crocodile was left in a trash can. Elza the lion was roaming free in the cargo hold of a plane. As Tonya the bear grew up, the chain she wore dug so tightly into her skin that it started to cut through bone.

Turkish, Australian ministers speak amid Gallipoli spat

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 20th - 3:04am

Turkish officials say Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has held a telephone conversation with his Australian counterpart, Marise Payne.

3 years on, what's become of the EU-Turkey migration deal?

Elena Becatoros, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 20th - 3:03am

In March 2016, European governments breathed a sigh of relief as the European Union reached a deal with Turkey designed to stop hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants heading into the heart of Europe. For many of those who had fled war, hunger and poverty hoping for a bright future on the continent, the deal shattered their dreams.

Mozambique mourns, Zimbabwe buries dead from Cyclone Idai

Farai Mutsaka, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 20th - 2:51am

Zimbabwe is retrieving and burying bodies Wednesday as Mozambique begins three days of national mourning for victims of Cyclone Idai, one of the most destructive storms southern African has experienced in decades.

Dutch vote in provincial elections days after tram attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 20th - 2:14am

Dutch voters are casting ballots in regional elections that are seen as passing a midterm judgment on the ruling national coalition of Prime Minister Mark Rutte and could indirectly eliminate his majority in Parliament's upper house.

Dutch police continue investigation in deadly tram shooting

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 20th - 2:03am

Dutch police and prosecutors are questioning two suspects as they investigate whether a deadly shooting on a tram in the central city of Utrecht was an act of terror.

AP PHOTOS: City that voted for Brexit is still waiting

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 20th - 1:29am

Sunderland voted for Brexit to make itself heard, and in hope of a brighter future. Almost three years later, residents are still waiting.

Moderate earthquake hits Turkey; 3 people injured

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 20th - 1:13am

A moderately-strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.5 hit southwestern Turkey on Wednesday, Turkish authorities said. At least three people sustained minor injuries but there were no reports of any deaths.

Taliban kill 6 paramilitary troops in southwestern Pakistan

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 20th - 1:13am

Pakistani authorities say militants overran a remote security outpost in southwestern Baluchistan province, killing six members of the paramilitary forces.

Israeli army: 2 Palestinians killed in clashes with troops

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 20th - 1:11am

The Israeli military says it has shot and killed two Palestinians who attacked troops in a West Bank city.

New Kazakh president sworn in after longtime leader resigns

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 20th - 12:59am

The speaker of Kazakhstan's parliament was sworn in as interim president on Wednesday, a day after longtime leader Nursultan Nazarbayev abruptly resigned.

UN says 122,600 Afghans in need of aid after severe floods

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 20th - 12:41am

A U.N. humanitarian agency says recent flooding in Afghanistan has left more than 122,600 people in need of assistance.

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

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 19th - 10:41pm

New Zealand's deputy prime minister has expressed condolences for Indonesian victims of the Christchurch mosque attacks and thanked its government for its support in a difficult time. Winston Peters is visiting Jakarta for a meeting with other leaders on Indo-Pacific cooperation. Saying "our country changed forever," Peters also vowed the government would not detour from its promises on gun reforms.

Philippines seizes drugs in upscale area, arrests 4 Chinese

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 19th - 9:40pm

Philippine authorities said Wednesday that they have seized methamphetamine concealed in tea wrappers and biscuit cans in their second-largest drug haul this year in a sign of how the problem has persisted despite the president's bloody anti-drug crackdown.

Press groups condemn killing of Honduras journalist

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 19th - 8:55pm

Press groups are condemning the weekend slaying of a Honduran television journalist.

Guatemala confirms warrant for presidential candidate

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 19th - 6:00pm

A Guatemalan court said Tuesday that an arrest warrant has been issued for a former Guatemalan prosecutor who is running for president.

Smoking strong pot daily raises psychosis risk, study finds

Maria Cheng, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 19th - 5:34pm

Smoking high-potency marijuana every day could increase the chances of developing psychosis by nearly five times, according to the biggest-ever study to examine the impact of pot on psychotic disorder rates.

The first funeral for one of 50 victims of the New Zealand mosque massacre has begun

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 19th - 5:31pm

The first funeral for one of 50 victims of the New Zealand mosque massacre has begun.