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EU eyes June to begin membership talks with North Macedonia

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 19th - 9:02am

The European Union's top diplomat says the bloc aims to begin membership talks with North Macedonia in June, after the country lifted the biggest obstacle to joining by changing its name last month.

Ambush north of Baghdad kills 3 Iraqi soldiers, wounds 5

Murtada Faraj, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 19th - 8:55am

Iraqi security and hospital officials say three soldiers have been killed and five wounded in an ambush on an army patrol north of Baghdad.

Emergency ascent made in Indian Ocean as Nekton Mission's sub cockpit fills with smoke; 2-person crew is safe

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 19th - 8:06am

Emergency ascent made in Indian Ocean as Nekton Mission's sub cockpit fills with smoke; 2-person crew is safe.

Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano spews hot rock, ash

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 19th - 7:36am

An explosion at the crater of Mexico's Popocatepetl stratovolcano has hurled incandescent rock about 1 ½ mile (2.5 kilometers) down its slopes and sent ash into the night sky near the nation's capital.

Hungary's Orban to attend meeting on party's possible ouster

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 19th - 7:27am

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban is traveling to Brussels to attend a meeting of the main center-right alliance in the European Parliament, set to discuss the expulsion or suspension of Orban's Fidesz party from the group.

Japanese Olympic Committee head resigns amid bribery scandal

Stephen Wade, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 19th - 7:19am

Tsunekazu Takeda is stepping down as the president of the Japanese Olympic Committee amid a vote-buying scandal that French investigators suspect helped Tokyo land next year's Olympics.

Russian media say Kazakhstan's president, Nursultan Nazarbayev, has announced in a TV address that he is stepping down

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 19th - 7:15am

Russian media say Kazakhstan's president, Nursultan Nazarbayev, has announced in a TV address that he is stepping down.

Algerian protesters continue to demand Bouteflika stand down

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 19th - 7:09am

Organizers say 2,000 students, doctors, dentists and veterinarians have marched in the Algerian capital to demand that President Abdelaziz Bouteflika step down.

The Latest: Italian killed while fighting IS in Syria

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 19th - 6:43am

The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local):

Spokesman: US-backed forces capture group of suspects involved in January bombing that killed 4 Americans in Syrian town

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 19th - 6:31am

Spokesman: US-backed forces capture group of suspects involved in January bombing that killed 4 Americans in Syrian town.

US rapid-deployment troops arrive in Berlin for maneuvers

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 19th - 6:09am

Hundreds of U.S. soldiers have begun arriving in Germany in the first test of a rapid deployment strategy meant to bolster NATO's presence in eastern Europe in the event of Russian aggression or other emergencies.

US backs Venezuela opposition to take UN disarmament role

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 19th - 6:01am

A top U.S. diplomat says her country wants an envoy of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido to take up the rotating presidency of a key U.N. disarmament body in two months.

Court: Germany must press US over Yemen drone strikes

Frank Jordans, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 19th - 5:50am

A court in Germany ruled Tuesday that the government has partial responsibility to ensure U.S. drone strikes controlled with the help of an American base on German territory are in line with international law, but judges stopped short of ordering the ban that human rights activists had called for.

Poland seeks to prosecute communist-era judges, prosecutors

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 19th - 5:43am

Poland is seeking to prosecute seven communist-era judges and prosecutors who imprisoned pro-democracy fighters in the 1980s, justice officials said Tuesday.

Final verdict looms for ex-Bosnian Serb leader Karadzic

Mike Corder and Dusan Stojanovic, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 19th - 5:27am

Nearly a quarter of a century since Bosnia's devastating war ended, former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic is set to hear the final judgment on whether he can be held criminally responsible for unleashing a wave of murder and destruction.

Brussels area close to EU reopened after bomb alert

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 19th - 5:21am

Police in Brussels have reopened a street close to the European Union headquarters after a bomb threat was sent to a company linked to the EU.

The Latest: Wilders urges justice minister to resign

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 19th - 4:57am

The Latest on the tram attack in Utrecht, the Netherlands (all times local):

Dutch prosecutors: No indication yet that suspected Utrecht tram shooter knew any of the victims

The Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 19th - 4:38am

Dutch prosecutors: No indication yet that suspected Utrecht tram shooter knew any of the victims.

US-backed force says it captured IS camp in Syria

Philip Issa, Associated Press  |  Posted Mar 19th - 3:54am

U.S.-backed Syrian forces took control Tuesday of an encampment held by the Islamic State group in eastern Syria, after dozens of militants surrendered overnight, a spokesman said. A group of suspects involved in a January bombing that killed four Americans in northern Syria were among militants captured by the Kurdish-led forces.