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UN gives strong backing to Lebanon's political independence

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 6:17pm

The U.N. Security Council reaffirmed its strong support Tuesday for Lebanon's political independence following a report by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres who said "crises in the region continue to pose a risk to the stability" of the country.

Former President Obama arrives in New Zealand for 3-day trip

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 6:00pm

Former U.S. President Barack Obama has arrived in New Zealand for a three-day visit, where he will speak with community leaders, meet the nation's prime minister and play some golf.

Assailants cut Mexican students' hair; 13 evacuate drug zone

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 4:17pm

Officials in southern Mexico say assailants stormed into a middle school and cut students' hair by force near the resort of Acapulco.

Ex-French president Sarkozy held on Gadhafi claims

Samuel Petrequin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 4:10pm

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was taken into custody Tuesday in connection with allegations that he received millions of euros in illegal campaign financing from the regime of the late Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.

Brazil to vaccinate entire country against yellow fever

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 4:07pm

Brazil's health minister says the country is expanding its campaign to vaccinate people against yellow fever to cover the entire country.

Trump congratulates Putin, gets backtalk from Republicans

Jonathan Lemire and Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 3:56pm

President Donald Trump called Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday to congratulate him on his re-election, drawing bruising criticism from members of his own party, including a leading senator who scorned the election as a "sham." Trump also said he and Putin might meet "in the not too distant future" to discuss the arms race and other matters.

Balkans tour by Russian bikers loyal to Putin stirs unease

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 2:56pm

Members of a Russian motorcycle club known for its allegiance to President Vladimir Putin are touring the Balkans, the volatile European region where Moscow wants to expand its influence.

Greece: Woman wanted in Malta journalist's death surrenders

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 2:42pm

Greek police say a Russian woman wanted by Malta in connection with the car bomb slaying of an investigative journalist last year has surrendered voluntarily in Athens.

Guatemala removes investigators from anti-corruption panel

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 2:34pm

The United Nations' anti-corruption commission in Guatemala says the government has removed 11 police investigators working with the panel to uncover graft.

Chinese dissident, official trade barbs at UN rights body

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 2:24pm

A Chinese diplomat repeatedly interrupted a speech by a prominent Chinese dissident to block him from addressing the U.N. Human Rights Council, a failed attempt that bared China's sensitivity on human rights.

The Latest: UN condemns chemical weapons use in Syria

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 2:10pm

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Rocket attack on Syrian capital kills 35 people

Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 2:00pm

Rockets fired on a market in a government-controlled neighborhood of Damascus on Tuesday killed 35 people and wounded more than 20 others, Syrian state-run media said, marking one of the highest death tolls in a single attack targeting the capital.

Russian diplomats arrive home from Britain after spy attack

Angela Charlton and Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 1:58pm

Nearly two dozen Russian diplomats expelled by Britain over the poisoning of an ex-spy arrived home Tuesday, while a scientist involved in the creation of the nerve agent said it could be manufactured by other countries.

The Latest: Russian diplomats expelled by UK arrive home

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 1:56pm

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1 killed in British air force crash of Red Arrows jet

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 1:51pm

A jet belonging to the British military's Red Arrows aerobatic team crashed Tuesday at an air base in Wales, killing an engineer and injuring the pilot, the air force said.

The Latest: State Dept. says Putin re-election 'no surprise'

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 1:26pm

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Free-roaming hippo transported to zoo in southern Mexico

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 1:20pm

A hippopotamus that has been roaming loose in a swampy area of southern Mexico has been caught and transported to a zoo.

Ukrainian lawmakers must leave guns outside parliament

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 1:16pm

Ukraine's parliament on Tuesday approved a bill requiring lawmakers to lock up their guns before entering the chamber.

Maldives authorities charge the country's former dictator and two top judges with terrorism amid state of emergency

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 12:19pm

Maldives authorities charge the country's former dictator and two top judges with terrorism amid state of emergency.