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The Latest: Russia: West just angry over advances in Syria

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 17th - 7:48am

The Latest on the poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal in Britain (all times local):

Xi reappointed as China's president with no term limits

Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 17th - 7:41am

China's rubber-stamp legislature on Saturday unanimously approved the reappointment of Xi Jinping as president with no limit on the number of terms he can serve.

Hamas shuts Qatari cell provider in Gaza after convoy attack

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 17th - 7:38am

Gaza's Hamas rulers have shut the offices of a Qatari-Palestinian cellular provider in connection with its investigation into an explosion that targeted the visiting Palestinian prime minister.

Bali's Day of Silence shuts airport, clears beaches, streets

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 17th - 7:12am

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

Vladimir Putin's power: From mean streets to Kremlin

Jim Heintz, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 17th - 6:50am

As a kid in a dismal Soviet communal apartment, Vladimir Putin was a scrapper who dreamed of being an operator — diligently training in martial arts and boldly walking into a KGB office to inquire about how to become a spy.

'Mr. Fix-It': China's new VP has tackled thorniest of crises

Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 17th - 6:50am

Wang Qishan is known as China's "Mr. Fix-It," a trustworthy official deployed to tackle the thorniest of crises — from crumbling banks to deadly illness to high-level corruption. Those who've met him describe him as bold and probing, a problem solver who enjoys philosophical debates and has a wicked sense of humor.

The Latest: 2 dead in Greek car crash involving migrants

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 17th - 6:28am

The Latest on the sinking of a suspected migrant boat off Greece (all times local):

How SKorea leader took the reins in NKorea nuclear diplomacy

Hyung-Jin Kim, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 17th - 6:26am

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.

The Latest: Russia says 30,000 flea besieged east Ghouta

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 17th - 6:22am

The Latest on developments related to the war in Syria (all times local):

Russia readies to hand Putin new term in presidential vote

Nataliya Vasilyeva and Angela Charlton, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 17th - 6:20am

Russian voters are gearing up for a presidential election Sunday that Vladimir Putin is guaranteed to win. They are facing unusually intense pressure to vote, to grant him a convincing new mandate to pursue his nationalist strategy.

Key moments in the case of former spy Sergei Skripal

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 17th - 6:06am

Key developments in the nerve-agent poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia:

WHO says diphtheria infected over 1,300 people in Yemen

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 17th - 6:03am

The World Health Organization says a diphtheria outbreak in war-torn Yemen has spread rapidly nationwide and infected more than 1,300 people.

Veteran Turkish journalist released from prison

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 17th - 6:00am

A prominent journalist accused of supporting Turkey's failed coup was released from prison Saturday after a court ruling, according to the country's official news agency on Saturday.

Violence claims more lives in Syria as thousands flee Ghouta

Bassem Mroue and Zeynep Bilginsoy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 17th - 5:58am

Government airstrikes on a rebel-held town east of the capital Damascus killed dozens and wounded scores on Friday, opposition activists said, as thousands of people left the besieged areas known as eastern Ghouta.

The Latest: Russian election monitor fears vote day pressure

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 17th - 5:52am

The Latest on Russia's presidential election (all times local):

1 skier dead, 3 missing in Switzerland avalanche

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 17th - 5:13am

Swiss authorities say they've recovered the body of one skier and are still searching for three others after they were hit by an avalanche in the Alps.

Greece: 14 dead from suspected migrant boat sinking

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 17th - 4:53am

A boat that sank off a Greek island while smuggling migrants or refugees left at least 14 people dead Saturday, while a search and rescue operation was ongoing to locate more people believed missing.

North Korean minister meets again with Swedish counterpart

Jan M. Olsen and David Keyton, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 17th - 4:48am

North Korea's foreign minister met again Saturday with his Swedish counterpart amid growing speculation about a possible meeting in the Scandinavian country between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Russia expels 23 British diplomats in spy-poisoning response

Angela Charlton and Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 17th - 4:39am

Russia on Saturday announced it is expelling 23 British diplomats and threatened further measures in retaliation in a growing diplomatic dispute over a nerve agent attack on a former spy in Britain.