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The Latest: Czechs, Swedes, Slovaks reject nerve agent claim

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 17th - 12:55pm

The Latest on the poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal in Britain (all times local):

Advancing Syrian troops pile pressure on rebels in Ghouta

Bassem Mroue and Zeynep Bilginsoy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 17th - 12:54pm

Syrian troops captured a major rebel stronghold east of the capital Damascus Saturday and took large parts of another, squeezing insurgents and forcing thousands to flee to regions controlled by the government.

Iran detains close ally of former president Ahmadinejad

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 17th - 12:08pm

Iran's semi-official ILNA news agency is reporting that authorities have detained a close ally of former hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Russia boots 23 UK diplomats in spy-poisoning tit for tat

Angela Charlton and Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 17th - 11:58am

Russia on Saturday announced it is expelling 23 British diplomats and threatened further retaliatory measures in a growing diplomatic dispute over a nerve agent attack on a former spy in Britain.

The Latest: 16 migrants dead off the coast of Greek island

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 17th - 11:48am

The Latest on the sinking of a suspected migrant boat off Greece (all times local):

Greece: 16 migrants die as smuggling boat sinks in Aegean

Elena Becatoros and Demetris Nellas, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 17th - 11:44am

A smuggling boat sank Saturday off a Greek island, killing at least 16 migrants including children, and a search-and-rescue operation was underway to find two others believed missing.

Mauritius president resigns amid financial misconduct claims

Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 17th - 11:39am

The president of the Indian Ocean nation of Mauritius, Africa's only female head of state, has resigned amid a financial scandal.

Poles march to protest rising racism, anti-Semitism

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 17th - 11:10am

Hundreds of Poles have staged protests in Warsaw and other cities against racism and anti-Semitism to show they don't agree with the rising wave of hostility and intolerance in Poland.

Kurds protest in Germany against Turkish govt, 3 arrested

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 17th - 11:06am

German authorities say three people have been arrested in the northern city of Hannover when Kurdish demonstrators protesting Turkish military attacks in northern Syria clashed with police.

Half brother of Yemen's slain ex-president to head forces

Ahmed Al-Haj, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 17th - 10:52am

Yemen's president has appointed the half brother of the country's slain ex-president to head a military force.

Sweden, North Korea end 3 days of talks on security issues

Jan M. Olsen and David Keyton, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 17th - 10:26am

Sweden's foreign minister concluded three days of talks Saturday with her North Korean counterpart, saying they discussed the "opportunities and challenges for continued diplomatic efforts to reach a peaceful solution" to the Koreas' security dispute.

The Latest: Syrian troops capture major eastern Ghouta town

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 17th - 10:19am

The Latest on developments related to the war in Syria (all times local):

Albania arrests 39 in crackdown on immigration crime rings

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 17th - 9:52am

Albania police have arrested 39 people in a crackdown on crime rings illegally sending about 1,000 Albanians to Britain, the United States and Canada.

Bus falls into dry river bed in east India, killing 12

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 17th - 9:31am

A speeding bus plunged into a dry river bed in eastern India on Saturday, killing at least 12 people and injuring 35.

UK probing Facebook after Cambridge Analytica suspension

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 17th - 9:24am

Britain's information commissioner is investigating whether Facebook data was "illegally acquired and used," after the social network suspended Cambridge Analytica, a firm that worked for U.S. President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign.

600,000 clay figures to remember carnage in WWI

Virginia Mayo, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 17th - 8:44am

A special remembrance installation of 600,000 crouching clay figures is opening to the public soon in Ypres, Belgium, seeking to help visitors from around the world reflect on what happened during World War I a century ago.

The Latest: Russian employees come under pressure to vote

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 17th - 8:39am

The Latest on Russia's presidential election (all times local):

Xi reappointed as China's president with no term limits

Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 17th - 7:41am

China's rubber-stamp legislature on Saturday unanimously approved the reappointment of Xi Jinping as president with no limit on the number of terms he can serve.

Hamas shuts Qatari cell provider in Gaza after convoy attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 17th - 7:38am

Gaza's Hamas rulers have shut the offices of a Qatari-Palestinian cellular provider in connection with its investigation into an explosion that targeted the visiting Palestinian prime minister.