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China's new vice president has reputation as 'Mr Fix-it'

Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 16th - 10:05pm

China's rubber-stamp legislature has appointed a close ally of President Xi Jinping to the formerly ceremonial post of vice president.

Streets deserted, airport closes for Bali's Day of Silence

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 16th - 9:30pm

Indonesia's normally bustling Bali has shut down social media, turned away flights and shuttered all shops for a Day of Silence that marks New Year on the predominantly Hindu island.

How SKorea's Moon took the lead in NKorea nuclear diplomacy

Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 16th - 9:14pm

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has always wanted to lead the diplomacy aimed at ending the North Korean nuclear crisis, even as he was overshadowed in his first year in office by a belligerent standoff between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un.

Xi Jinping has been reappointed as China's president with no limit on the number of terms he can serve

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 16th - 8:41pm

Xi Jinping has been reappointed as China's president with no limit on the number of terms he can serve.

Brazil's ex-president says he's 'ready' for jail in new book

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 16th - 7:22pm

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva launched a book Friday in which he says he is "ready" to go to jail and serve a 12-year and one-month sentence on a corruption charge conviction.

Only 1 independent candidate appears to make Mexico ballot

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 16th - 6:52pm

Mexico's electoral authorities say only one of three independent candidates for president who initially seemed to have gathered the necessary number of signatures to make the ballot appears to have actually qualified after a detailed review.

My Lai ceremony highlights peace, but dark memories recalled

Tran Van Minh and Grant Peck, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 16th - 6:46pm

Talk of peace dominated the 50th anniversary commemoration of the My Lai massacre in Vietnam, but among the hundreds in the audience were survivors and a former U.S. Army photographer whose gruesome images galvanized anti-war opinion.

In Syria, at least 100 killed in attacks as more people flee

Philip Issa and Bassem Mroue, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 16th - 5:54pm

Airstrikes in Syria killed more than 100 people on Friday as civilians, weary and many wounded, fled besieged areas for the second straight day.

84 human rights leaders were killed in Colombia last year

Manuel Rueda, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 16th - 5:01pm

The United Nations said Friday that 84 human rights activists were killed in Colombia last year as the country struggles to contain violence following a 2016 peace deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.

Police given OK to hold suspects in Nairobi courthouse plot

Tom Odula, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 16th - 4:53pm

A court ruled Friday that Kenyan police can continue detaining five people who allegedly planned to attack a Nairobi courthouse so a Muslim cleric facing terror charges could escape.

Pentagon: No survivors in American helicopter crash in Iraq

Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 16th - 4:34pm

All seven service members aboard a U.S. helicopter that crashed in Iraq were killed, the Pentagon said Friday in a written statement.

UN seeks nearly $1 billion for Rohingyas who fled Myanmar

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 16th - 4:12pm

The United Nations is appealing for nearly $1 billion for the humanitarian crisis sparked by the flight of about 700,000 Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar to Bangladesh since August.

Mexico advances on extraditing former governor to US

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 16th - 3:39pm

Mexican authorities have informed the former governor of a state bordering Texas that they have accepted a U.S. request to extradite him to the United States to face money laundering charges.

15 killed in Kenya floods, scores of families displaced

Tom Odula, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 16th - 2:44pm

Kenyan officials said Friday that at least 15 people have drowned and scores of families have been displaced across the East African nation during two days of heavy rainfall that caused flooding in urban and rural areas.

Spain migrant ship heads to Italy after threats by Libya

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 16th - 2:30pm

A Spanish rescue ship carrying 216 migrants was heading Friday to a Sicilian port after having a high-seas run-in with Libya's armed coast guard during the rescue.

North Korean minister in 'constructive' talks in Sweden

Jan M. Olsen and David Keyton, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 16th - 2:08pm

Sweden's foreign minister held what she called "good and constructive" talks with her North Korean counterpart on Friday amid growing speculation about a possible meeting in the Scandinavian country between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

US seeks to raise pressure on Europe over Iran nuclear deal

Anthony Mills, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 16th - 1:44pm

Washington wants its European allies to agree on further measures against Iran in return for keeping a landmark nuclear deal with Tehran alive, U.S. officials said Friday.

Germany's new FM visits Poland, talks about EU unity, Brexit

Monika Scislowska, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 16th - 1:18pm

Germany's new foreign minister stressed the need for preserving European unity Friday during his visit to Poland, a recalcitrant European Union member that has been following its own path on some issues.

Palestinian kills 2 Israeli soldiers in car-ramming attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 16th - 12:59pm

A Palestinian killed two Israeli soldiers and badly wounded two others when he rammed his vehicle into them in the West Bank on Friday, the military said.