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Officials attribute Ecuador attack to dissident FARC rebels

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 10:12am

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.

Bloody day in Syria for women and children on Mother's Day

Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 10:08am

In one of the deadliest attacks in the Syrian capital in the country's seven-year civil war, at least 44 people, most of them women and children, were killed when insurgents fired mortar shells on a busy market in Damascus, state media said Wednesday.

The Latest: Deal reached to evacuate gunmen from Ghouta

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 10:06am

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

Gambia arrests 10 with possible links to activist's death

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 10:03am

Gambian police have arrested 10 officers of the State Intelligence Service with possible links to the murder of activist Ebrima Solo Sandeng.

Yemeni ministers resign in protest over Saudi Arabia's moves

Ahmed Al-Haj, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 10:01am

Two Yemeni government ministers announced their resignations on Wednesday in a gesture of protest, claiming that Saudi Arabia has for months now prevented Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi from returning home.

5 Indian forces, 5 rebels killed in Kashmir fighting

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 9:58am

A fierce gunbattle has killed five Indian government forces and five suspected militants in disputed Kashmir, officials said Wednesday.

Slovak president agrees to appoint new government

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 9:56am

Slovakia's president has agreed to appoint a new government amid a political crisis triggered by the killing of a journalist and his fiancee.

Witnesses: Boko Haram returns Nigerian kidnapped schoolgirls

Haruna Umar and Ismail Alfa Abdulrahim, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 9:54am

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."

Burgers outselling classic baguette sandwiches in France

Samuel Petrequin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 9:52am

Forget the baguette. The French are going crazy for burgers.

Teen Palestinian protester could serve 8 months under deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 9:52am

The lawyer for Palestinian teenage protest leader Ahed Tamimi says she has reached a plea bargain with Israeli military prosecutors that will have her client serve eight months in prison for slapping and kicking a pair of Israeli soldiers.

Pressure builds on Peru president to quit over secret videos

Franklin Briceno and Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 9:47am

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.

Greece signs deal with charitable foundation for healthcare

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 9:23am

Greece's government has signed an agreement with a charitable foundation to build and equip hospitals in the cash-strapped country.

German swimming instructor accused of abusing 40 young girls

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 9:19am

A swimming instructor in southwestern Germany is suspected of sexually abusing 40 young girls, and using an underwater camera to film some of the abuse.

Pakistan arrests officer over killing that sparked protests

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 9:14am

Pakistani authorities on Wednesday arrested a police officer accused of killing a 27-year-old man in an allegedly "stage-managed" shootout.

China, Philippines discuss joint South China Sea projects

Yanan Wang, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 9:14am

Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano hailed a "golden period" in ties with China on Wednesday despite differences over the South China Sea as the countries discussed how they might conduct joint development projects in the disputed waters.

Children to be evacuated after landfill leak outside Moscow

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 9:10am

The governor of the Moscow region says he's working to evacuate children from a town where dozens have been hospitalized because of gas poisoning linked to a toxic landfill.

Turkey: Dozens held during Kurdish spring festival

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 9:01am

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.

Germany: Merkel seeks to heal divisions after migrant influx

Geir Moulson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 9:00am

Chancellor Angela Merkel acknowledged that the migrant influx of 2015 led to deep divisions in Germany and renewed a promise on Wednesday that it won't be repeated as she embarked on her fourth term.

The Latest: Koreas, US conclude 'constructive' talks

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 8:59am

The Latest on diplomatic efforts to ease tensions on the Korean Peninsula (all times local):