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Dunford: Afghan combat operations key to safe elections

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 12:52pm

The top military officer for the U.S. says 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.


Boko Haram returns Nigeria girls, warns not to put in school

Haruna Umar and Krista Larson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 12:48pm

Boko Haram Islamic extremists brought back nearly all of the 110 girls they had kidnapped from a boarding school last month, dropping them off in the middle of the night Wednesday with a warning: "Don't ever put your daughters in school again."

Teenage Palestinian protest icon Ahed Tamimi sentenced to 8 months in prison in plea deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 12:42pm

Teenage Palestinian protest icon Ahed Tamimi sentenced to 8 months in prison in plea deal .

Pressure builds on Peru president to quit over secret videos

Franklin Briceno and Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 12:40pm

Pressure built on Peru's President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski to resign Wednesday after several allies were caught in secretly-shot videos allegedly trying to buy the support of a lawmaker to block the conservative leader's impeachment.

The Latest: Number of freed Nigerian schoolgirls up to 104

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 12:36pm

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The Latest: Attention turns to Peru's VP in Canada

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 12:31pm

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3 Madrid policemen hurt in clashes in tense immigrant area

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 12:21pm

Authorities in Madrid say three city policemen have been injured when a crowd threw objects at them in a tense immigrant neighborhood of Spain's capital where violent protests followed the death last week of an African street vendor.

Syrian rebels to evacuate opposition-held town in Ghouta

Philip Issa and Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 12:18pm

Hundreds of armed rebels and civilians will begin evacuating a besieged town in eastern Ghouta, a rebel spokesman and Syrian government media reported Wednesday, in the first instance of fighters leaving the opposition stronghold east of the capital following a deal reached with the government.

Koreas, US conclude 'constructive' talks in Finland

Jari Tanner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 12:16pm

Finland's government said Wednesday that delegates from North Korea, South Korea and the United States concluded "constructive" unofficial diplomatic talks in the Nordic country that were widely believed to be laying the groundwork for an upcoming meeting between the Koreas and a planned U.S.-North Korea summit.

Officials attribute Ecuador attack to dissident FARC rebels

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 12:12pm

Ecuadorean authorities say a guerrilla faction that was once linked to Colombia's largest rebel group is responsible for an attack that left three soldiers dead.

Zimbabwe's president releases thousands from prison

Farai Mutsaka, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 11:58am

Zimbabwe's new president is commuting death sentences for some prisoners and releasing thousands of people from prison, including most women and everyone under age 18.

The Latest: Russia calls Boris Johnson 'unprofessional'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 11:42am

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Turkey: Dozens held during Kurdish spring festival

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 11:38am

Police in Turkey have detained dozens of people for chanting slogans or unfurling banners in support of outlawed Kurdish rebels during celebrations marking the start of spring.

UN extends work of experts monitoring North Korea sanctions

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 11:22am

The Security Council voted unanimously Wednesday to extend the mandate for U.N. experts monitoring sanctions against North Korea.

Slovak president agrees to name government despite qualms

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 11:14am

Slovakia's president agreed with some misgivings Wednesday to appoint a new government to replace the one that resigned amid a political crisis triggered by the killings of a journalist and his fiancee.

Polish firm sued over tricking homeless into vaccine test

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 11:12am

Prosecutors in Poland are suing a private firm accused of tricking homeless people into unwitting participation in bird flu vaccine tests in 2007.

Dutch prosecutors investigate assisted suicide group

Mike Corder, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 11:07am

Dutch prosecutors opened a criminal investigation Wednesday into an organization that supports members' efforts to buy a deadly powder to take their own lives.

IS suicide bomber kills 33 as Afghans celebrate new year

Rahim Faiez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 10:56am

An Islamic State group suicide bomber struck on the road to a Shiite shrine in Afghanistan's capital on Wednesday, killing at least 33 people as Afghans celebrated the Persian new year, authorities said.

Macedonian justice minister resigns over 4-year-old's death

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 10:36am

Macedonia's justice minister has resigned following public outcry over the case of a 4-year-old boy killed nearly two years ago, after a prosecutor reduced the charges against the driver of the car that hit the child.