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Police suspect mother strangled 3 kids in Pakistan

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 2:36am

Pakistani police say a woman was depressed when she allegedly strangled her three children in the eastern city of Lahore.

French hero officer who swapped himself for hostage dies

Lori Hinnant, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 2:03am

A French police officer who offered himself up to an Islamic extremist gunman in exchange for a hostage died of his injuries, raising the death toll in the attack to four, and the officer was honored Saturday as a national hero of "exceptional courage and selflessness."

2 Chinese rescued more than 50 hours after dredger capsized

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 1:53am

Two Chinese sailors have been rescued more than 50 hours after their sand dredger capsized off Malaysia's southern coast, a maritime official said Saturday.

In Egypt, wall-to-wall el-Sissi banners inspire satire

Hamza Hendawi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 12:17am

In a surreal scene from the 2001 film "Vanilla Sky," Tom Cruise runs through a deserted Times Square before screaming in despair. In a satirical version widely shared in Egypt, the square is filled with campaign billboards for President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.

Interior minister says French officer who swapped himself for hostage has died

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 11:24pm

Interior minister says French officer who swapped himself for hostage has died.

Joint Chiefs chair sees signs of progress in Afghan war

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 10:49pm

In fits and starts, for nearly a decade, the U.S. has talked about and struggled to make progress on building an Afghan military that can take control of its own nation's security and lay the groundwork for a stable government.

Koreas to hold high-level talks next week to set up summit

Tong-Hyung Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 9:42pm

The rival Koreas agreed to hold high-level talks next week to prepare for an April summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, South Korea said Saturday.

Lincoln to Thai king: Thanks but no thanks for the elephants

Kaweewit Kaewjinda, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 7:49pm

Elephants are Thailand's national animal, so it's only natural that King Mongkut in 1861 offered to send a pair to the United States as a gift of a friendship that has endured 200 years.

Peru's new president vows to tackle endemic corruption

Franklin Briceno and Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 6:53pm

New President Martin Vizcarra promised to fight Peru's corruption head on as he assumed the office Friday vowing to heal the wounds left by a vote-buying scandal that abruptly forced his predecessor from office.

Google to remove videos on slain Rio de Janeiro councilwoman

Peter Prengaman and Mauricio Savarese, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 4:05pm

Google said Friday it would comply with a Brazilian judge's order to remove 16 videos from YouTube that expressed "assumptions and opinions" about a Rio de Janeiro city councilwoman who was slain last week.

UN rights council scorecard: 5 Israel resolutions, Syria 2

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:33pm

Nine months ago, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley stormed the United Nations' top human rights body demanding an end to what she said is its bias against Israel and raising the prospect of a U.S. pullout if it didn't.

UN official: No aid for controversial Venezuela election

Edith M. Lederer and Scott Smith, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:25pm

A United Nations official said Friday the multilateral organization will not provide any electoral assistance for Venezuela's upcoming presidential vote, an election that has been denounced as rigged by opposition leaders and many foreign governments.

Extremist slain, 3 dead after rampage in southern France

Thomas Adamson, Samuel Petrequin and Renata Brito, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:15pm

A gun-wielding extremist went on a rampage Friday in a quiet corner of southern France, killing three people as he hijacked a car, opened fire on police and took hostages in a supermarket, where panicked shoppers hid in a meat locker or ran through the aisles.

EU nations to take more action against Russia over spy

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 2:41pm

Several European Union countries said Friday they may follow Britain in expelling Russian diplomats, as EU Council chief Donald Tusk predicted member states would introduce more measures against Moscow for the poisoning of an ex-spy in England.

The Latest: French fans hold minute of silence for victims

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 2:27pm

The Latest on a shooting and hostage-taking in southern France (all times local):

What's next for Peru after president's resignation

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 2:17pm

After months of political upheaval in Peru, congress has accepted the resignation of President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski and a heretofore-little-known former governor has been sworn in as president.

Albania Constitutional Court judge fired, not proving income

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 2:15pm

A judge on Albania's Constitutional Court has been released from duty after not being able to justify his income to a vetting commission checking his personal and professional background.

Spain charges 13 Catalan separatist leaders with rebellion

Aritz Parra and Barry Hatton, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 2:13pm

A Spanish Supreme Court judge charged 13 Catalan separatist politicians with rebellion Friday for their attempts to make the region independent of Spain, dealing a heavy blow to the secessionist movement with an indictment that could put its political elite behind bars for decades.

Bolivians demand access to sea at nationwide parades

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 2:11pm

Bolivians staged demonstrations across the country on Friday to demand sea access for their landlocked country.