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China's Communist Party seeks to control media messages

Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 3:49am

The Chinese Communist Party's move to exert direct control over state broadcasters and regulators of everything from movies and TV to books and radio programs shows the party's drive to use the media for ideological efforts at home and to improve its image overseas, analysts say.

President appoints new government amid slain reporter crisis

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 3:44am

Slovakia's president has appointed a new government to replace the one that resigned amid a political crisis triggered by the slayings of an investigative journalist and his fiancee.

Terror charges against German-Algerian man over IS links

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 3:40am

German prosecutors say they've charged a German-Algerian dual national with supporting a terrorist organization over allegations that he aided Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq.

May to seek stand against Russia at EU summit

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 3:34am

British Prime Minister Theresa May will urge European Union leaders to unite and condemn Russia as leaders of the bloc's 28 nations meet in Brussels.

Malaysia police deny prejudice against Kim murder suspects

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 3:32am

A Malaysian police investigator said Thursday the absence of four North Korean suspects believed to have orchestrated the killing of their leader's half brother didn't cause prejudice against the two women who are on trial.

2 US tourists die in helicopter crash on Great Barrier Reef

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 3:30am

A helicopter carrying American tourists crashed at a coral-viewing site on Australia's Great Barrier Reef, killing two passengers from Hawaii and injuring two others from Colorado, police said.

Philippine police kill 13 drug suspects in daylong raids

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 3:16am

A Philippine police official says law enforcers have killed 13 drug suspects and arrested more than 100 suspected dealers and criminals in 24 hours of raids in a province with a record of bloody crackdowns.

UN: Conflict, drought bring 'acute' hunger to 124 million

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 3:11am

A U.N.-led report says 124 million people last year suffered such acute hunger that their lives were at risk, up from 108 million in 2016.

Afghan migrant convicted of killing German medical student

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 2:59am

An Afghan migrant to Germany has been found guilty of raping and murdering a 19-year-old medical student and sentenced to life in prison in a case that fueled a debate about the country's immigration policies.

13 holiday hikers rescued from snowy Tokyo mountain

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 2:58am

Thirteen holiday hikers, reportedly including Chinese citizens, were rescued Thursday after getting trapped overnight by a late-season snowfall on a Tokyo mountain trail.

Ghetto claim of Polish leader's father not official position

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 2:58am

Poland's government is distancing itself from comments made by the prime minister's father, who claimed Jews willingly entered ghettos during the German occupation of Poland to escape their non-Jewish neighbors.

The Latest: Russia: 1,000 civilians left Syria rebel enclave

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 2:56am

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Russian media mount boycott of parliament amid sex scandal

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 2:46am

Russian media outlets say they will stop sending reporters to cover the lower chamber of the Russian parliament after it exonerated an influential lawmaker who has faced multiple allegations of sexual harassment.

18 dead as Thai tour bus loses control, crashes off road

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 2:04am

A chartered tour bus lost control on a downhill curve in Thailand's northeast and slid off the side of the road, killing at least 18 people and injuring dozens more, reports said.

Palestinian leaders health scares spark succession talk

Mohammed Daraghmeh, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 12:16am

A series of recent health scares have raised new concerns about octogenarian President Mahmoud Abbas, reviving anxiety about a potentially chaotic, and even bloody, succession battle that is bound to further weaken the Palestinian cause.

Report: Turkmenistan border guards kill 2 Iranian fishermen

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 11:23pm

Iran's semi-official ILNA news agency has reported that Turkmenistan border guards opened fire, killing two Iranian fishermen and detaining another two for trespassing.

Pakistani troops foil suicide attack on convoy in southwest

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 11:02pm

A Pakistani official says security forces have shot and killed a would-be suicide bomber after he opened fire on a security convoy on the outskirts of the southwestern city of Quetta.

Dunford: Afghan combat operations key to safe elections

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 8:48pm

Afghan security forces have identified key areas of the country that must be secure for elections later this year and have planned a series of military operations to free them from Taliban control, the top U.S. military officer said Wednesday.

The Latest: Venezuelans revel at Peru president's woes

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 7:34pm

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