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US-backed Syrian force declares victory over Islamic State

Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 23rd - 12:29am

U.S.-backed forces in Syria announced Saturday they have liberated the last area held by the Islamic State in the eastern Syrian village of Baghouz, declaring victory over the extremist group and the end of its self-declared Islamic caliphate.

US-backed Syrian force says it has liberated last area held by the Islamic State group in Syria

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 23rd - 12:21am

US-backed Syrian force says it has liberated last area held by the Islamic State group in Syria.

Pakistan showcases military even as tensions with India ease

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 22nd - 11:51pm

Pakistan celebrated its national day on Saturday with a military parade showcasing its missiles, tanks and aircraft, even as the prime minister and his Indian counterpart exchanged goodwill messages in a sign of easing tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals.

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The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 22nd - 10:41pm

Special counsel Robert Mueller has closed his long and contentious Russia investigation with no new charges, ending the probe that has cast a dark shadow over Donald Trump's presidency. The Justice Department was expected to release the main findings as soon as Saturday. The end of the 22-month probe without additional indictments was welcome news to some in Trump's orbit who had feared more Trump associates, including members of the president's family, could be ensnared.

New Thai government may be unstable, short-lived

Stephen Wright, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 22nd - 9:33pm

Thailand's election Sunday is likely to produce a weak unstable government whether it's a civilian or military-backed party that cobbles together a coalition, setting off a new phase of uncertainty in a country that's a U.S. ally in Southeast Asia and one of the world's top tourist destinations.

Mexico accounts for final 'ghost' prisoners at penal colony

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 22nd - 8:39pm

As they closed down the last island penal colony in the hemisphere after more than a century, Mexican authorities faced a conundrum: they had lost track of 16 inmates registered at the Islas Marias prison.

Local officials say 26 killed, 28 injured in China bus fire

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 22nd - 6:44pm

A fire on a tour bus traveling along a highway in central China has left 26 people dead and as many as 30 injured, local authorities reported Saturday.

Local authorities report 26 killed, 28 injured after tour bus catches fire on highway in central China's Hunan province

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 22nd - 6:24pm

Local authorities report 26 killed, 28 injured after tour bus catches fire on highway in central China's Hunan province.

South American leaders launch new bloc to replace Unasur

Patricia Luna, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 22nd - 3:51pm

A group of South American presidents on Friday launched a new regional bloc to replace the Union of South American Nations that was promoted by late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to counter U.S. influence in the region.

Puerto Rico mayor, Trump critic announces run for governor

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 22nd - 12:51pm

The mayor of Puerto Rico's capital announced Friday that she is running for governor of the U.S. territory.

Q&A: Golan Heights an area of beauty, strategic value

Zeina Karam and Isabel Debre, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 22nd - 12:49pm

President Donald Trump's move to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights turns the tables on decades of U.S. diplomacy and international law and threatens to further inflame regional tensions.

Russia, Syria urge US to discuss evacuation of refugee camp

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 22nd - 12:34pm

Russia and Syria have invited the U.S. to have a joint discussion on evacuating a refugee camp in southern Syria.

Lebanese politician Joumblatt mourns canine 'comrade'

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 22nd - 11:43am

One of Lebanon's leading politicians, Walid Joumblatt, is mourning the death of his long time dog, Oscar.

Nicaragua opposition eyes imminent deal on prisoner releases

Gabriela Selser, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 22nd - 11:43am

Nicaragua's opposition signed a timetable Friday for reaching agreements to free a total of 802 people considered political prisoners but releases didn't start.

Brazilian ex-president remains silent under questioning

Diane Jeantet and Mauricio Savarese, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 22nd - 11:27am

Former Brazilian President Michel Temer remained silent when questioned by investigators Friday, a day after he was arrested as part of the country's sprawling Car Wash corruption probe.

India bans pro-independence group in Kashmir

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 22nd - 11:17am

India on Friday banned a pro-independence group in its portion of Kashmir as part of a crackdown on separatist organizations.

Palestinians say Israeli fire kills 2 at Gaza-Israel fence

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 22nd - 10:54am

Gaza's Health Ministry says two Palestinians have been killed by Israeli gunfire at protests along the Gaza-Israel border fence.

EU takes charge, forces Brexit deadlines on UK's May

Lorne Cook and Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 22nd - 10:34am

Isolated at home and abroad, British Prime Minister Theresa May will be laboring against the odds once again to win backers in Parliament for her unloved Brexit deal, this time to a timetable dictated by the European Union.

Islamic State driven from last Syria territory, Trump says

Deb Riechmann and Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 22nd - 10:17am

Islamic State militants no longer control any territory in Syria, President Donald Trump proudly announced Friday, though the U.S. was still launching airstrikes and sporadic fighting continued on the ground against the group's holdouts.