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Russia votes but outcome is clear: 6 more years of Putin

Nataliya Vasilyeva and Angela Charlton, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 18th - 8:14am

Russia's presidential election was tainted Sunday by unprecedented pressure on voters to turn out and incidents of suspected ballot box stuffing — a barely democratic exercise that will grant Vladimir Putin another six years of power.

NKorean diplomat heads to Finland for talks with US, SKorea

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 18th - 8:02am

A senior North Korean diplomat who handles North American affairs was heading to Finland on Sunday for talks with the United States and South Korea.

Philippine leader urges nations to exit international court

Jim Gomez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 18th - 7:52am

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte urged other governments on Sunday to abandon the International Criminal Court, saying the world tribunal — where he's facing a possible complaint for the thousands of killings of drug suspects under his crackdown — is "rude."

The Latest: Syrian Kurds: 'New phase' of war with Turkey

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 18th - 7:39am

The Latest on the Syria conflict (all times local):

Amid spy row, UK accuses Russia of stockpiling a nerve agent

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 18th - 7:36am

Britain's foreign minister said Sunday that he has evidence Russia has been stockpiling a nerve agent in violation of international law "very likely for the purposes of assassination."

Syrian Kurdish official: War with Turkey enters "new phase" after its troops enter Afrin

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 18th - 7:18am

Syrian Kurdish official: War with Turkey enters "new phase" after its troops enter Afrin .

Turkey says its forces have seized the Syrian town of Afrin

Zeynep Bilginsoy and Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 18th - 7:09am

Turkey's president said Sunday the Turkish military and allied Syrian forces have taken "total" control of the town center of Afrin, the target of a nearly two-month-old offensive against a Syrian Kurdish militia, which said fighting was still underway.

Ethnic violence in Congo's northeast displaces 60,000

Al-Hadji Kudra Maliro, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 18th - 6:12am

The assailants attacked under cover of darkness, slaughtering Nguli Nzafi 's wife and three children with machetes and arrows.

In Africa, Trump's firing of Tillerson a new sign of neglect

Rodney Muhumuza, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 18th - 6:08am

Ask some Africans what they think of President Donald Trump and they just shake their heads. That sense of indifference appears to have deepened after Trump fired his secretary of state at the end of Rex Tillerson's first Africa tour last week.

Officials say 1 body found after Kenya building collapse

Tom Odula, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 18th - 5:57am

A female body has been recovered from the rubble of a building collapse in Kenya's capital as search and rescue work has been called off, an official said Sunday.

Bodies of 2 French skiers found after Swiss Alps avalanche

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 18th - 5:39am

Swiss authorities say they've recovered the bodies of two French skiers killed in an avalanche in the Swiss Alps but two other skiers remain missing.

Botched suicide attack wounds 5 students in Afghan capital

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 18th - 5:19am

An attacker dressed in a school uniform set off a grenade in a group of hundreds of university students in Afghanistan's capital on Sunday, killing himself and wounding five students, according to the district police chief.

At least 13 hurt after car rams into nightclub in Britain

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 18th - 5:14am

British police say a man who had been kicked out of a nightclub rammed his car into revelers on a dance floor, injuring at least 13.

Israel says it destroys new Hamas tunnel network in Gaza

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 18th - 3:48am

The Israeli military said Sunday it destroyed a tunnel built by the Hamas militant group.

Attack on polio vaccination team in Pakistan kills 3

Riaz Khan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 18th - 3:36am

Militants have ambushed a polio vaccination team in a remote tribal region in Pakistan, killing two of the medical workers and seriously wounding another two, officials said Sunday.

India: Pakistan shelling kills 5 family members in Kashmir

Aijaz Hussain, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 18th - 3:24am

Five members of a family were killed and at least eight other people injured Sunday in cross-border shelling between Indian and Pakistani soldiers in disputed Kashmir, officials said, as the two rivals traded blame for initiating the violence.

Iran's foreign minister briefly hospitalized

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 18th - 2:42am

Iranian state media says the country's foreign minister was briefly hospitalized due to severe illness.

Turkey's president says allied Syrian forces have taken control of town center of Afrin, driving out Kurdish militia

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 18th - 2:07am

Turkey's president says allied Syrian forces have taken control of town center of Afrin, driving out Kurdish militia.

Senegal closes schools linked to Turkish cleric in exile

Carley Petesch, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 18th - 2:02am

Senegal's government has closed more than a dozen schools linked to a man the Turkish government considers a terrorist, underlining Turkey's growing influence in predominantly Muslim West Africa.