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5 dead in vehicle, knife attack at British Parliament

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:23:55 GMT2017-03-23T00:23:55Z

LONDON (AP) -- A knife-wielding man went on a deadly rampage in the heart of Britain's seat of power Wednesday, plowing a car into pedestrians on London's Westminster Bridge before stabbing a police officer to death inside the gates of Parliament. Five people were killed, including the assailant, and 40 others were injured in what Prime Minister Theresa May condemned as a "sick and depraved terrorist attack."...



The Latest: South Korea says 5 citizens injured in London

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 00:16:46 GMT2017-03-23T00:16:46Z

LONDON (AP) -- The latest on the attack outside Britain's Parliament (all times local):...



UN: $864 million appeal for Somalia only 31 percent funded

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 23:51:18 GMT2017-03-22T23:51:18Z

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The United Nations says the $864 million U.N. humanitarian appeal for Somalia where a worsening drought threatens millions of people with famine is only 31 percent funded....



Striking Argentine teachers stage protest march in capital

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 23:08:37 GMT2017-03-22T23:08:37Z

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Tens of thousands of Argentine teachers marched in the capital Wednesday as part of a nationwide strike challenging the administration of President Mauricio Macri....



Arabs protest UN's withdrawal of Israel 'apartheid' report

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 22:58:27 GMT2017-03-22T22:58:27Z

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- An Arab delegation met with the U.N. secretary-general Wednesday to protest what Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour called the "bullying tactics and intimidation" that led to U.N. withdrawal of a report that accused Israel of establishing an "apartheid regime."...



Puerto Rico's sole deal with bondholders in jeopardy

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 22:50:09 GMT2017-03-22T22:50:09Z

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- The sole tentative debt restructuring deal that Puerto Rico reached after two years of negotiations is in jeopardy after federal control board officials said Wednesday that they would support the U.S. territory's push to amend the agreement....



UK police say extra armed officers to be on the streets in the next few days

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 22:29:52 GMT2017-03-22T22:29:52Z

LONDON (AP) -- UK police say extra armed officers to be on the streets in the next few days....



Brazil meat exports collapse in wake of inspection scandal

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 21:52:26 GMT2017-03-22T21:52:26Z

SAO PAULO (AP) -- Brazil's meat exports effectively collapsed this week, the agricultural minister said Wednesday, as several countries halted imports from the South American country in the wake of a meat inspection scandal....



British lawmakers tweet about parliament attack

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:28:17 GMT2017-03-22T20:28:17Z

LONDON (AP) -- British lawmakers were the first to tell the nation, and the world, about a deadly terror attack Wednesday, with members of Parliament tweeting about events unfolding on their doorstep while huddling inside the Palace of Westminster after armed police locked down the area....



Norway grants political asylum to Turkish officers

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:08:21 GMT2017-03-22T20:08:21Z

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) -- A group of Turkish military officers based in Norway who had refused to return home after the failed July 15 coup attempt, were granted political asylum Wednesday....



Aid group says millions of Afghan children are not in school

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:44:59 GMT2017-03-22T19:44:59Z

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- An aid group says nearly a third of all children in war-torn Afghanistan are unable to attend school, leaving them at increased risk of child labor, recruitment by armed groups, early marriage and other forms of exploitation....



Cyprus president: Turkey vote prevents peace talks progress

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:43:43 GMT2017-03-22T19:43:43Z

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) -- Cyprus' president says he and United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres share the view that progress in efforts to reunify the ethnically divided island is unlikely before next month's referendum in Turkey on expanding presidential powers....



AP Interview: Emirates defends security as laptop ban looms

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:13:19 GMT2017-03-22T19:13:19Z

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- The president of Emirates, the Middle East's biggest airline, defended security measures at the carrier's Dubai hub on Wednesday and said the ban on personal electronics onboard U.S.-bound flights came without warning....



First US aircraft carrier of Trump presidency enters Gulf

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 19:09:12 GMT2017-03-22T19:09:12Z

ABOARD THE USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH (AP) -- American sailors watched as the first Revolutionary Guard vessels appeared on the horizon of the Strait of Hormuz, beginning a daylong face-off that has become familiar to both Iranian paramilitary and U.S. naval forces that pass through the narrow mouth of the Persian Gulf....



Italy's anti-establishment 5-Stars pull ahead of Democrats

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:44:10 GMT2017-03-22T18:44:10Z

ROME (AP) -- Like elsewhere in Europe and in the U.S., Italy has seen a rising tide of anti-establishment sentiment - and an eclectic grassroots movement is aiming for early elections and 40 percent of the vote now that polls have placed it well ahead of the ruling but fractured Democratic Party....



US forces ferry Syrian-Kurdish fighters behind IS lines

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:28:49 GMT2017-03-22T18:28:49Z

BEIRUT (AP) -- U.S. aircraft ferried Syrian Kurdish fighters and allied forces behind Islamic State lines on Wednesday to spearhead a major ground assault on a strategic town held by the extremist group outside its self-declared capital, Raqqa, the Pentagon said, marking the first time U.S. forces have provided airlift for local forces on a combat operation in Syria....



London attack is latest in which vehicles are used as weapon

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:14:36 GMT2017-03-22T18:14:36Z

LONDON (AP) -- When an attacker plowed a vehicle into pedestrians on London's Westminster Bridge on Wednesday, it was the latest in a string of incidents in which drivers used their vehicles as weapons....



German media watchdog OKs change to reporting migrant crimes

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:05:35 GMT2017-03-22T18:05:35Z

BERLIN (AP) -- Germany's media regulator has revised its code of conduct on reporting whether crime suspects belong to an ethnic or religious minority after complaints the previous guidance was unclear....



African governments urged to spend more on clean water

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:00:19 GMT2017-03-22T18:00:19Z

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- Nearly a third of people in sub-Saharan Africa do not have access to safe drinking water, the World Water Council said Wednesday, urging governments to contribute adequate amounts of their budgets toward projects aimed at making safe water widely available....



Italian train derails in Switzerland, 7 people injured

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:34:39 GMT2017-03-22T17:34:39Z

GENEVA (AP) -- An Italian train derailed in the central Swiss city of Lucerne on Wednesday and one carriage tipped over, injuring seven people on board....



Before Parliament violence, other attacks on Britain

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:33:32 GMT2017-03-22T17:33:32Z

LONDON (AP) -- Britain has been targeted anew by what authorities are calling a terrorist incident. A look at other attacks on the country in recent years:...



EU warns of 'serious consequences' if no Brexit deal

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:25:51 GMT2017-03-22T17:25:51Z

BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union's chief Brexit negotiator warned Wednesday of "serious consequences for everyone" if Britain walks away without agreement from negotiations on leaving the 28-nation bloc....



Pope says migrant crisis "biggest tragedy" since WWII

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:16:58 GMT2017-03-22T17:16:58Z

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis has described Europe's refugee and migrant crisis as the biggest tragedy since World War II....



Ex-Nagorno-Karabakh official accused of smuggling missile

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:14:17 GMT2017-03-22T17:14:17Z

YEREVAN, Armenia (AP) -- Armenian authorities have arrested a former top Nagorno-Karabakh military official on charges of smuggling an air defense missile into the country....



Eurozone chief urged to quit for 'liquor and women' quip

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:06:42 GMT2017-03-22T17:06:42Z

BRUSSELS (AP) -- Portugal led calls on Wednesday for the eurozone's top official to resign for what many saw as derogatory comments about debt-ridden southern nations spending foolishly and relying on their northern partners to bail them out....



French news agency says former staffer detained in Bahrain

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:57:48 GMT2017-03-22T16:57:48Z

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Agence France-Presse says a former photographer for the French news agency has been arrested upon his return home to Bahrain....



Mobster linked to feud fueling German massacre is caught

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:46:21 GMT2017-03-22T16:46:21Z

ROME (AP) -- Police in southern Italy arrested a convicted fugitive who authorities say is the boss of an 'ndrangheta crime clan involved in a feud that culminated in a 2007 gangland-style massacre in Germany....



Over 400 students fall ill of Egypt army's school meals

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:36:48 GMT2017-03-22T16:36:48Z

CAIRO (AP) -- At least 435 students fell ill of suspected food poisoning in public schools across Egypt on Tuesday and Wednesday after consuming government-issued school meals, health officials said....



Ukraine bans Russia's entry to Eurovision song contest

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:33:12 GMT2017-03-22T16:33:12Z

MOSCOW (AP) -- The Eurovision song contest, nominally an apolitical festival of pop music confections and cheerfully tacky costumes, erupted into a political dispute Wednesday after Ukraine banned Russia's contestant from entering the country....



Religious TV station in Senegal accidentally airs porn

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:13:28 GMT2017-03-22T16:13:28Z

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- An Islamic television station in Senegal says it has filed a formal complaint against unknown saboteur "X'' for taking over the network and airing pornography instead of its regularly scheduled religious programming....



More Palestinians in Jerusalem seek Israeli citizenship

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:55:19 GMT2017-03-22T15:55:19Z

JERUSALEM (AP) -- More Palestinians in east Jerusalem are applying for Israeli citizenship in hopes of swapping their vulnerable status as mere city residents for the rights and ease of travel that come with an Israeli passport....



Putin boasts about rising Russian arms sales abroad

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:52:52 GMT2017-03-22T15:52:52Z

MOSCOW (AP) -- President Vladimir Putin says Russia's arms sales abroad last year have topped $15 billion....



The Latest: China envoy hails Syria peace talks 'momentum'

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:50:43 GMT2017-03-22T15:50:43Z

BEIRUT (AP) -- The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):...



Catalonia approves funds to hold secession vote from Spain

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:43:33 GMT2017-03-22T15:43:33Z

MADRID (AP) -- Pro-independence lawmakers in Spain's powerful northeastern Catalonia region have approved a 2017 budget that guarantees funds for a referendum on secession despite warnings from legal advisers that such a vote would be unconstitutional....



Death toll in Hungarian bus crash in Italy rises to 17

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:38:19 GMT2017-03-22T15:38:19Z

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- The director of Hungary's Military Hospital says a survivor of a January bus crash in Verona, Italy, has died, raising the death toll to 17....



In Europe spat, Turkish president warns Westerners on safety

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:36:55 GMT2017-03-22T15:36:55Z

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ramped up his anti-European rhetoric on Wednesday, warning that the safety of Western citizens could be in peril if European nations persist in what he described as arrogant conduct....



The next Messi may be training at this youth soccer academy

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:25:55 GMT2017-03-22T15:25:55Z

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Benjamin Palandella dribbles around a bigger boy who comes charging at him and shoots to the goal with shocking force for a 7-year-old player. Nearby, children jump to head a ball tethered on a rope, tip-toe over hoops and dribble around orange cones....



Father of Germanwings pilot doubts crash investigation

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:20:38 GMT2017-03-22T15:20:38Z

BERLIN (AP) -- The father of the Germanwings pilot believed to have intentionally crashed his aircraft in France two years ago says his son couldn't have committed such an act....



UK says cabin ban on lap

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:36:42 GMT2017-03-22T14:36:42Z

LONDON (AP) -- The British Department of Transport says a ban on laptops and tablets being brought into airline cabins on certain flights must be put in place by Saturday....



Puerto Rico in scarce supply of hair dye amid baseball fever

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:29:39 GMT2017-03-22T14:29:39Z

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Pharmacies and beauty stores across Puerto Rico are running out of hair dye with even a top economist joining men going blond in support of the island's baseball players who bleached their hair ahead of the World Baseball Classic....



Int'l court sentences Congo ex-vice president to extra year

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:10:24 GMT2017-03-22T14:10:24Z

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) -- A former Congolese vice president was sentenced Wednesday to an extra year in prison and fined 300,000 euros ($324,000) for interfering with witnesses in his trial at the International Criminal Court....



Austria doubles migrants' repatriation payment to 1,000 euro

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:02:27 GMT2017-03-22T14:02:27Z

VIENNA (AP) -- Austria's interior minister is doubling the payment for some migrants who voluntarily return to their home countries to 1,000 euros ($1,080.)...



Thai leader uses special powers to order seat belt use

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:02:27 GMT2017-03-22T14:02:27Z

BANGKOK (AP) -- Thailand's military government is cracking down on traffic carnage, invoking special executive powers accorded by an interim constitution to force automobile drivers and all their passengers to wear seatbelts....



Zimbabwe opposition groups protest over 2018 election

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:47:41 GMT2017-03-22T13:47:41Z

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- Opposition politicians, activists and outspoken church leaders in Zimbabwe have gathered to protest what they call attempts to rig next year's presidential election....



German president tells Turkey: Don't cut ties with partners

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:46:52 GMT2017-03-22T13:46:52Z

BERLIN (AP) -- Germany's new president on Wednesday urged Turkey not to cut ties with its partners and endanger the country's recent achievements, amid a diplomatic standoff that has severely strained relations between Berlin and Ankara....



Lawyer for Russian whistle-blower's family injured in fall

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:37:41 GMT2017-03-22T13:37:41Z

MOSCOW (AP) -- A lawyer hired by the family of Sergei Magnitsky, a Russian whistleblower who died in jail, has been seriously injured in a fall from his Moscow apartment....



4 UK men on trial over alleged attack plan

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:30:25 GMT2017-03-22T13:30:25Z

LONDON (AP) -- Four men have gone on trial in London accused of trying to make a pipe bomb and planning an attack inspired by Islamic extremism....



Foreign minister: Germany could pay more into the EU

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:26:26 GMT2017-03-22T13:26:26Z

BERLIN (AP) -- Germany's foreign minister is suggesting his country could offer to pay more money into the European Union, arguing that investing in Europe is "an investment in our own future."...



Liverpool plans extravaganza for 50 years of 'Sgt. Pepper'

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:21:10 GMT2017-03-22T13:21:10Z

LONDON (AP) -- It was 50 years ago today - almost - that Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play....



Kremlin dismisses new claims against French candidate Fillon

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 13:16:21 GMT2017-03-22T13:16:21Z

PARIS (AP) -- The Kremlin is dismissing a report that French presidential candidate Francois Fillon was paid 50,000 euros ($54,000) to arrange a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and a Lebanese magnate....