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French diplomat thanks Polish mountaineer who saved climber

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 11:04am

France's ambassador to Poland greeted a group of Polish mountain climbers returning from a three-month expedition Monday, including one who helped rescue a French climber who was stranded with her Polish partner in the Himalayas.

Yemeni officials: UAE-backed force expanding reach in south

Ahmed Al-Haj, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 11:00am

Yemeni security officials say local forces backed by the United Arab Emirates are expanding their reach in the country's south, where they have clashed with forces loyal to the internationally recognized president.

Finnish FM: North, South Korean envoys in talks in Finland

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 10:56am

Finland's foreign minister says representatives from North and South Korea are holding diplomatic talks in the Nordic country and describes Finland's role as a "facilitator."

The Latest: Turkey's president congratulates Putin

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 10:52am

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

Police: 4 dead in road accident in southern Netherlands

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 10:47am

Dutch police say four people have been killed in a collision between a minibus and a truck in the southern town of Helmond.

Slovaks want joint team with Italy for slain reporter probe

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 10:42am

Slovakia's prosecutor general asked Italian authorities on Monday to create a joint team with Slovakia to investigate the slayings of a journalist and his fiancee that have triggered a serious political crisis.

Canada announces peacekeeping mission in Mali

Rob Gillies, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 10:32am

Canada has announced a peacekeeping effort in the West African country of Mali that includes six helicopters and some support troops.

The Latest: Videos show Assad driving to east Ghouta battle

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 10:29am

The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):

After huge win, will Putin try to stay in power for life?

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 10:16am

Now that President Vladimir Putin has overwhelmingly won re-election for another six years, some are wondering whether he will try to stay in power in Russia for life.

Israel arrests French Consulate driver for gun smuggling

Tia Goldenberg, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 10:10am

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.

Turkey vows to widen offensive to eastern Syria, Iraq

Sarah El Deeb and Suzan Fraser, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 9:59am

Turkey's president on Monday vowed to expand military operations across northern Syria and even into neighboring Iraq after his forces drove Syrian Kurdish fighters from the northern Syrian town of Afrin.

Trump candidate for UN migration agency: Judge my actions

Jamey Keaten, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 9:56am

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

Egypt, Sudan vow to cooperate as Ethiopia builds Nile dam

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 9:48am

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir met his Egyptian counterpart in Cairo on Monday, as the two countries look to repair ties that were recently frayed over an upstream Nile dam being built by Ethiopia.

Putin gains massive mandate for his nationalist policies

Angela Charlton and Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 9:38am

Russian President Vladimir Putin, boosted by a landslide re-election win, flexed his nationalist muscles Monday, declaring that he will defend Russia's interests for another six years without an arms race.

Dunford visits Afghanistan to review US military campaign

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 9:37am

The top U.S. military officer visited Afghanistan on Monday to evaluate the military campaign and ensure new American advisory teams and an upgraded Afghan Air Force are on target as the next fighting season with the Taliban looms.

UN aid chief: Humanitarian needs have doubled in Congo

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 9:30am

The U.N. aid chief says humanitarian needs have doubled in Congo over the last year as a result of conflict, with 13 million people needing aid and over 2 million children suffering from "severe acute malnutrition."

Austrian court to consider 3rd gender identity in records

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 9:26am

Austria's Constitutional Court says it will consider whether a third gender should be an option for official records, taking up the case of a person who unsuccessfully sought to have their entry changed to "inter" or a similar word.

UN mission on Lebanon-Israel border marks 40th anniversary

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 9:06am

The head of U.N. peacekeepers in Lebanon praised their contribution to peace efforts on Monday as the force marked 40 years since its establishment on the frontier with neighboring Israel.

Greek court convicts Syrian man of Islamic State membership

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 19th - 8:57am

A court in northern Greece has convicted a Syrian refugee of having been a fighter with the Islamic State group in Syria, and sentenced him to eight years' imprisonment.