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Lincoln to Thai king: Thanks but no thanks for the elephants

Kaweewit Kaewjinda, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 7:49pm

Elephants are Thailand's national animal, so it's only natural that King Mongkut in 1861 offered to send a pair to the United States as a gift of a friendship that has endured 200 years.

Peru's new president vows to tackle endemic corruption

Franklin Briceno and Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 6:53pm

New President Martin Vizcarra promised to fight Peru's corruption head on as he assumed the office Friday vowing to heal the wounds left by a vote-buying scandal that abruptly forced his predecessor from office.

Google to remove videos on slain Rio de Janeiro councilwoman

Peter Prengaman and Mauricio Savarese, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 4:05pm

Google said Friday it would comply with a Brazilian judge's order to remove 16 videos from YouTube that expressed "assumptions and opinions" about a Rio de Janeiro city councilwoman who was slain last week.

UN rights council scorecard: 5 Israel resolutions, Syria 2

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:33pm

Nine months ago, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley stormed the United Nations' top human rights body demanding an end to what she said is its bias against Israel and raising the prospect of a U.S. pullout if it didn't.

UN official: No aid for controversial Venezuela election

Edith M. Lederer and Scott Smith, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:25pm

A United Nations official said Friday the multilateral organization will not provide any electoral assistance for Venezuela's upcoming presidential vote, an election that has been denounced as rigged by opposition leaders and many foreign governments.

Extremist slain, 3 dead after rampage in southern France

Thomas Adamson, Samuel Petrequin and Renata Brito, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 3:15pm

A gun-wielding extremist went on a rampage Friday in a quiet corner of southern France, killing three people as he hijacked a car, opened fire on police and took hostages in a supermarket, where panicked shoppers hid in a meat locker or ran through the aisles.

EU nations to take more action against Russia over spy

Jill Lawless, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 2:41pm

Several European Union countries said Friday they may follow Britain in expelling Russian diplomats, as EU Council chief Donald Tusk predicted member states would introduce more measures against Moscow for the poisoning of an ex-spy in England.

The Latest: French fans hold minute of silence for victims

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 2:27pm

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What's next for Peru after president's resignation

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 2:17pm

After months of political upheaval in Peru, congress has accepted the resignation of President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski and a heretofore-little-known former governor has been sworn in as president.

Albania Constitutional Court judge fired, not proving income

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 2:15pm

A judge on Albania's Constitutional Court has been released from duty after not being able to justify his income to a vetting commission checking his personal and professional background.

Spain charges 13 Catalan separatist leaders with rebellion

Aritz Parra and Barry Hatton, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 2:13pm

A Spanish Supreme Court judge charged 13 Catalan separatist politicians with rebellion Friday for their attempts to make the region independent of Spain, dealing a heavy blow to the secessionist movement with an indictment that could put its political elite behind bars for decades.

Bolivians demand access to sea at nationwide parades

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 2:11pm

Bolivians staged demonstrations across the country on Friday to demand sea access for their landlocked country.

Protests erupt in Poland over plan to tighten abortion law

Monika Scislowska, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:53pm

Thousands of people protested in Warsaw and other cities across Poland on Friday against the conservative government's latest attempt to restrict abortion.

The Latest: US praises Peru political transition

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:44pm

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Slovaks hold new anti-govt protests in slain reporter case

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:25pm

Tens of thousands of Slovaks have taken to the streets in new anti-government protests amid a political crisis triggered by the slayings of an investigative reporter and his fiancee.

UN: Conflict key cause of 124 million hungry who could die

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:18pm

The number of people around the world in danger of dying unless they get food urgently surged to 124 million last year — mainly because "people won't stop shooting at each other," the head of the U.N. food agency said Friday.

The Latest: Europe arrest warrants for 6 Catalan separatists

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:17pm

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French prosecutor: Suspect in supermarket hostage-taking and shootings born in Morocco

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:12pm

French prosecutor: Suspect in supermarket hostage-taking and shootings born in Morocco.

French prosecutor says person who shared life with dead supermarket shooting suspect has been detained

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 23rd - 1:10pm

French prosecutor says person who shared life with dead supermarket shooting suspect has been detained.