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Dunford: Afghan combat operations key to safe elections

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 1:22pm

Afghan security forces have identified key areas of the country that must be secure for elections later this year and have planned a series of military operations to free them from Taliban control, the top U.S. military officer said Wednesday.

The Latest: Aide says Peru's president offers resignation

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 1:14pm

The Latest on political turmoil in Peru (all times local):

Presidential aide: Peru's Kuczynski offers resignation to congress ahead of impeachment vote

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 1:07pm

Presidential aide: Peru's Kuczynski offers resignation to congress ahead of impeachment vote.

Russia-UK war of words over ex-spy poisoning turns uglier

Vladimir Isachenkov and Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 1:06pm

The war of words between Russia and Britain over an ex-spy's poisoning turned 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."

The Latest: Palestinian teenage protester gets 8 months

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 12:56pm

The Latest on the sentencing of Palestinian teenage protester Ahed Tamimi (all times local):


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

Haruna Umar and Krista Larson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 12:48pm

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."

Teenage Palestinian protest icon Ahed Tamimi sentenced to 8 months in prison in plea deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 12:42pm

Teenage Palestinian protest icon Ahed Tamimi sentenced to 8 months in prison in plea deal .

Pressure builds on Peru president to quit over secret videos

Franklin Briceno and Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 12:40pm

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.

The Latest: Number of freed Nigerian schoolgirls up to 104

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 12:36pm

The Latest on the mass abduction of Nigerian schoolgirls (all times local):

3 Madrid policemen hurt in clashes in tense immigrant area

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 12:21pm

Authorities in Madrid say three city policemen have been injured when a crowd threw objects at them in a tense immigrant neighborhood of Spain's capital where violent protests followed the death last week of an African street vendor.

Syrian rebels to evacuate opposition-held town in Ghouta

Philip Issa and Sarah El Deeb, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 12:18pm

Hundreds of armed rebels and civilians will begin evacuating a besieged town in eastern Ghouta, a rebel spokesman and Syrian government media reported Wednesday, in the first instance of fighters leaving the opposition stronghold east of the capital following a deal reached with the government.

Koreas, US conclude 'constructive' talks in Finland

Jari Tanner, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 12:16pm

Finland's government said Wednesday that delegates from North Korea, South Korea and the United States concluded "constructive" unofficial diplomatic talks in the Nordic country that were widely believed to be laying the groundwork for an upcoming meeting between the Koreas and a planned U.S.-North Korea summit.

Officials attribute Ecuador attack to dissident FARC rebels

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 12:12pm

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.

Zimbabwe's president releases thousands from prison

Farai Mutsaka, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 11:58am

Zimbabwe's new president is commuting death sentences for some prisoners and releasing thousands of people from prison, including most women and everyone under age 18.

The Latest: Russia calls Boris Johnson 'unprofessional'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 11:42am

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

Turkey: Dozens held during Kurdish spring festival

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 11:38am

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.

UN extends work of experts monitoring North Korea sanctions

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 11:22am

The Security Council voted unanimously Wednesday to extend the mandate for U.N. experts monitoring sanctions against North Korea.

Slovak president agrees to name government despite qualms

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 11:14am

Slovakia's president agreed with some misgivings Wednesday to appoint a new government to replace the one that resigned amid a political crisis triggered by the killings of a journalist and his fiancee.

Polish firm sued over tricking homeless into vaccine test

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 11:12am

Prosecutors in Poland are suing a private firm accused of tricking homeless people into unwitting participation in bird flu vaccine tests in 2007.