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Israel arrests French Consulate employee for Gaza smuggling

Tia Goldenberg, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 6:56am

A French employee of France's Consulate in Jerusalem is under arrest for allegedly smuggling dozens of weapons from the Gaza Strip to the West Bank, Israel's domestic security agency said Monday.

Snow, high winds hit Europe; Croatia faces swollen river

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 6:24am

Croatian emergency crews and soldiers are struggling to contain the swollen Sava River that has reached record levels southeast of the capital, Zagreb.

The Latest: Russian presidential vote "lacked competition"

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 6:18am

The Latest on Russian President Vladimir Putin's re-election victory (all times local):

OSCE observers: Russia's presidential election conducted openly but in an 'overly controlled' environment

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 6:06am

OSCE observers: Russia's presidential election conducted openly but in an 'overly controlled' environment.

Bolivia takes sea access dispute with Chile to world court

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 5:40am

Land-locked Bolivia is calling on the International Court of Justice to order Chile to enter negotiations over granting Bolivia access to the Pacific Ocean.

Trump candidate for UN migration agency: Judge my actions

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 5:38am

U.S. President Donald Trump's nominee to head the U.N. migration agency acknowledges a controversy over his social media posts about Muslims and other topics, but insists "retweets are not endorsements" and says he wants to be judged on his actions as a humanitarian.

Italy seizes Spanish rescue boat that defied Libyan threats

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 5:20am

A Spanish aid group says Italy has seized one of its migrant rescue boats because it refused to cave in to death threats by the Libya coast guard and hand over the migrants.

Afghan officials: Bombs attached to motorbikes kill 4 people

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 5:20am

Afghan officials say bombs attached to motorcycles have killed four people in separate attacks.

US, South Korea, Japan discuss denuclearization, summits

Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 5:02am

Top U.S., South Korean and Japanese officials discussed how to achieve the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula during weekend talks ahead of upcoming inter-Korean and U.S.-North Korean summits, Seoul said Monday.

S Korea prosecutors seek arrest warrant for ex-President Lee

Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 4:52am

South Korean prosecutors have requested an arrest warrant for ex-President Lee Myung-bak over allegations of bribery, embezzlement and other charges, officials said Monday.

What to expect from Putin and a resurgent Russia

Angela Charlton, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 4:48am

Vladimir Putin now has a stronger hold on Russia — and stronger place in the world — thanks to an overwhelming mandate for yet another term as president.

AP PHOTOS: Curtains to carpets, red rules Chinese politics

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 4:46am

Come to any event at the Great Hall of the People in the heart of Beijing, and you're bound to see red.

Putin gains massive mandate for nationalist policies

Angela Charlton and Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 4:08am

Russian President Vladimir Putin won a fourth presidential term with nearly 77 percent of the vote — his highest score ever and a massive mandate to pursue his nationalist, assertive policies for another six years in power.

EU criticizes Turkey's offensive in Syrian town of Afrin

Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 4:06am

The European Union's top diplomat criticized Turkey on Monday over its military offensive in a northern Syrian town, calling on Ankara to ensure that fighting eases in the conflict-torn country.

AP Interview: Zimbabwe's new opposition leader faces vote

Farai Mutsaka, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 4:02am

Ahead of Zimbabwe's crucial elections this year, the biggest opposition party has selected a charismatic lawyer and pastor to challenge the military-backed president in the first vote without former leader Robert Mugabe in decades.

France's government to fight racism and anti-Semitism online

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 3:45am

France's government has presented a plan to better fight against racism and anti-Semitism, focusing on social media and prevention in schools.

Japan PM's approval ratings dive over land sale scandal

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 3:41am

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was grilled by opposition lawmakers in parliament on Monday over a widening school land sale scandal linked to his wife, as his Cabinet's approval ratings plunged to their lowest levels.

Turkish embassy in Denmark attacked with firebombs

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 3:28am

Danish police say they are searching at least two people suspected of attacking the Turkish embassy in Copenhagen with firebombs.

Fake Hepatitis B vaccines found at Ugandan health facilities

Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 3:19am

Ugandan authorities say they have found fake Hepatitis B vaccines at some health facilities, including in the capital, Kampala.