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US official, Taiwanese president to speak at Taipei event

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 10:12pm

A senior U.S. official will be speaking alongside Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen at an event Wednesday in Taipei just days after President Donald Trump signed a new law that promotes exchanges between American and the island's officials.

North Korean media say diplomacy is strength, not weakness

Eric Talmadge, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 10:11pm

North Korea's recent moves to ease tensions on the Korean Peninsula are evidence of its confidence and national strength, not a sign of weakness, according to its state-run media.

Israeli military confirms it hit Syrian nuclear site in 2007

Aron Heller, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 9:24pm

The Israeli military confirmed Wednesday it carried out the 2007 airstrike in Syria that destroyed what was believed to be a nuclear reactor, lifting the veil of secrecy over one of its most daring and mysterious operations in recent memory.

Clandestine videos roil Peru ahead of impeachment vote

Franklin Briceno and Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 9:18pm

The revelation of secretly shot videos allegedly showing attempts to buy a lawmaker's political support has roiled Peru's political establishment two days before a scheduled impeachment vote against President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski and amid a bitter feud between two powerful children of a former leader.

Ex-French president Sarkozy held on Gadhafi financing claims

Samuel Petrequin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 8:22pm

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 late Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.

From DMZ to ship at sea, Trump-Kim summit site rumors swirl

Eric Talmadge, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 7:24pm

With just weeks to go, there's still no official word on where President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will hold their unprecedented summit.

Obama in New Zealand for meetings, golf, but no public talks

Nick Perry, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 7:10pm

Former President Barack Obama arrived Wednesday for a three-day visit to New Zealand, where he will speak with community leaders, meet the prime minister and play golf.

Brazil to vaccinate entire country against yellow fever

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 6:46pm

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

Thousands in Rio demand answers about murder of councilwoman

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 20th - 6:44pm

Thousands of Brazilians are demanding answers about the assassination of a black councilwoman in Rio de Janeiro.

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.

Bolivia president wants dialogue with Chile over coastline

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

The president of land-locked Bolivia said Tuesday he is prepared to discuss options with neighboring Chile for gaining access to the Pacific, but said that powerful forces in Chile do not want talks.

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.

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

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

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.