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China networks merger seen as party bid to control message

Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 1:35am

China's merging of its major government-owned broadcast networks under the ruling Communist Party's propaganda arm aims to strengthen the party's control over messaging at a time when Beijing is struggling to sooth concerns about its rising global influence, analysts and state media said Wednesday.

13 holiday hikers rescued from snowy Tokyo mountain

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 12:22am

Thirteen holiday hikers, reportedly including Chinese citizens, have been rescued after getting trapped overnight on a snowy Tokyo mountain trail.

Palestinian leaders health scares spark succession talk

Mohammed Daraghmeh, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 22nd - 12:16am

A series of recent health scares have raised new concerns about octogenarian President Mahmoud Abbas, reviving anxiety about a potentially chaotic, and even bloody, succession battle that is bound to further weaken the Palestinian cause.

Malaysia police deny prejudice against Kim murder suspects

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 11:52pm

A Malaysian police investigator said Thursday the absence of four North Korean suspects believed to have orchestrated the killing of their leader's half brother didn't cause prejudice against the two women who are on trial.

Report: Turkmenistan border guards kill 2 Iranian fishermen

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 11:23pm

Iran's semi-official ILNA news agency has reported that Turkmenistan border guards opened fire, killing two Iranian fishermen and detaining another two for trespassing.

2 US tourists die in helicopter crash on Great Barrier Reef

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 11:11pm

A helicopter carrying American tourists crashed at a coral-viewing site on Australia's Great Barrier Reef, killing two passengers from Hawaii and injuring two others from Colorado, police said.

Pakistani troops foil suicide attack on convoy in southwest

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 11:02pm

A Pakistani official says security forces have shot and killed a would-be suicide bomber after he opened fire on a security convoy on the outskirts of the southwestern city of Quetta.

Dunford: Afghan combat operations key to safe elections

Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 8:48pm

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: Venezuelans revel at Peru president's woes

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 21st - 7:34pm

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

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.