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The Latest: Dozens believed trapped during Somalia attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 23rd - 4:32am

The Latest on attack in Somalia's capital (all times local):

Gunmen storm Somalia govt building after suicide car bombing

Abdi Guled, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 23rd - 2:52am

Five gunmen stormed into a government building in the Somali capital following a suicide car bombing at the gates on Saturday, a police officer said, in the latest attack by Islamic extremist fighters in the Horn of Africa nation.

Explosion heard in Somali capital Mogadishu, scene of many deadly attacks by Islamic extremists

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 23rd - 2:47am

Explosion heard in Somali capital Mogadishu, scene of many deadly attacks by Islamic extremists.

AP PHOTOS: Romanian youth spin burning tires in Lent ritual

Vadim Ghirda, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 23rd - 1:49am

Romanian children and youth spin burning tires and light fires in the Transylvanian hills in a ritual that marks the beginning of Orthodox Lent.

Tens of thousands in southern Africa need help after cyclone

Cara Anna, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 23rd - 1:39am

A second week has begun of efforts to find and help tens of thousands of people after Cyclone Idai devastated parts of southern Africa.

Timeline: Key events since Thailand's last general election

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 23rd - 1:31am

Thailand will hold its first general election Sunday since the military ousted the elected government in a coup nearly five years ago.

Twin bombing at Afghan ceremony kills 4, including official

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 23rd - 1:17am

A twin bombing at a public ceremony in southern Afghanistan on Saturday killed at least four people, including a provincial official, and wounded more than 30, officials said.

US-backed Syrian force declares victory over Islamic State

Philip Issa, Andrea Rosa and Maya Alleruzzo, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 23rd - 12:29am

U.S.-backed forces declared military victory over the Islamic State group in Syria on Saturday after liberating the last pocket of territory held by the militants, marking the end of a brutal self-styled caliphate the group carved out in large parts of Iraq and Syria in 2014.

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.

Here is the latest news from The Associated Press at 6:40 a.m. EDT

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

The 22-month probe into Russian election interference by special counsel Robert Mueller ended without additional indictments by Mueller. And that was despite public speculation by congressional Democrats and others that members of President Donald Trump's family, including his oldest son, could themselves wind up facing charges. The next steps are up to Attorney General William Barr, to Congress and, in all likelihood, federal courts. The White House said it had not seen or been briefed.

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.