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IS suicide bomber kills 33 as Afghans celebrate new year

Rahim Faiez, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 7:22pm

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.

What's next for Peru after president's resignation offer?

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 7:00pm

With Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski's resignation signed, the embattled leader's departure seems all but guaranteed.

Iraq holding more than 19,000 because of IS, militant ties

Qassim Abdul-Zahra and Susannah George, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 6:44pm

Iraq has detained or imprisoned at least 19,000 people accused of connections to the Islamic State group or other terror-related offenses, and sentenced more than 3,000 of them to death, according to an analysis by The Associated Press.

UN urges Libya rivals to end political crisis

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 5:12pm

The U.N. Security Council urged rival leaders in Libya on Wednesday to engage in talks and put an end to the political crisis in the oil-rich country.

Peru's president offers resignation amid political turmoil

Franklin Briceno and Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 5:06pm

Embattled President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski offered his resignation Wednesday ahead of an impeachment vote, seeking to put an end to a fast-moving political drama playing out just three weeks before the Andean nation is set to host U.S. President Donald Trump for a regional summit.

Catalonia lawmakers to vote on leader facing rebellion probe

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 4:58pm

The parliament in Catalonia has scheduled a Thursday vote to elect as the Spanish region's next president a former separatist minister who could be indicted on rebellion charges hours later.

France: Ex-leader Sarkozy charged over Libyan money claims

Samuel Petrequin and Philippe Sotto, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 4:40pm

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was handed preliminary charges Wednesday over allegations he accepted millions of euros in illegal campaign funding from the late Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.

CORRECTS: Peru's congress accepts president's resignation letter; to debate it Thursday

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 4:33pm

CORRECTS: Peru's congress accepts president's resignation letter; to debate it Thursday. (Corrects APNewsAlert saying congress approved resignation itself)

AP Explains: Why is Peru's president offering to resign?

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 4:04pm

Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has offered his resignation to the country's congress after several of the conservative leader's allies were caught on secretly shot videos allegedly trying to buy the support of an opposition lawmaker. The political drama, coming three weeks before U.S. President Donald Trump is set to visit Peru for a regional summit, threatens to thrust the country into a period of political instability.

Exit polls: Dutch vote on spying law too close to call

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 4:03pm

A left-wing environmentalist party scored strongly in key Dutch municipal elections Wednesday, exit polls suggest, while a referendum on a law granting intelligence agencies far-reaching powers to tap electronics communications was too close to call.

Pope appoints archbishop to replace arrested Brazil bishop l

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 3:20pm

Pope Francis has appointed a high-ranking clergyman to temporary replace a bishop who was arrested on suspicion of diverting the equivalent of more than $600,000 from the coffers of churches in three cities near Brazil's capital.

The Latest: Thursday vote set on picking Catalonia's leader

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 3:18pm

The Latest on the struggle to form a new government in Spain's secession-minded Catalonia region (all times local):

Catalan Parliament speaker sets Thursday vote on electing former separatist minister as next regional president

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 3:00pm

Catalan Parliament speaker sets Thursday vote on electing former separatist minister as next regional president .

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

Haruna Umar and Krista Larson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 2:42pm

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."

The Latest: France: Sarkozy given initial corruption charges

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 2:32pm

The Latest on the investigation of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy (all times local):

Pope Francis calls mother of assassinated Rio councilwoman

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 2:20pm

A nonprofit organization says the mother of a councilwoman shot dead in Rio de Janeiro has received a call from Pope Francis.

Russia-UK war of words over ex-spy's poisoning gets uglier

Vladimir Isachenkov and Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 2:00pm

The war of words between Russia and Britain over an ex-spy's poisoning got uglier Wednesday as the U.K. foreign secretary called it vomit-inducing that Russian President Vladimir Putin is rejoicing over hosting the World Cup. Russia shot back that Boris Johnson is "poisoned with venom of malice and hate."

Russian lawmaker cleared of sexual harassment accusations

Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 1:56pm

The Russian parliament's commission on ethics on Wednesday cleared a senior member of the lower house, who has been accused of sexual harassment in a case that has drawn nationwide attention.

The Latest: Russia: UK treatment in ex-spy case 'barbaric'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 1:48pm

The Latest on the poisoning of a Russian ex-spy (all times local):