Spread of Zika virus appears to be slowing in parts of Latin America

March 31, 2016

Experts say that in other areas Zika epidemic still hasn’t peaked.


Family: American held in the Emirates over faked loans freed

March 31, 2016

A U.S. citizen detained in the United Arab Emirates over faked loans totaling nearly $90,000 drawn in his name has been freed and left the country for his teaching job in Egypt, his family said early Friday.


Mexico says probe into army slayings continues

March 31, 2016

Mexican prosecutors said Thursday that they continue to investigate and to press charges in the 2014 army killings of 22 suspected criminals, including between 12 and 15 who allegedly were executed after surrendering.


Moqtada al-Sadr is back, proving that he’s still a force in Iraqi politics

March 31, 2016

The impetuous cleric whose militia once battled U.S. troops is challenging Iraq’s powerful political elites.


Turkey’s Erdogan came to Washington, and things got a bit crazy

March 31, 2016

Violent scuffles broke outside a venue where the Turkish president delivered a speech.


Brazil Supreme Court takes over probe into ex-president

March 31, 2016

Brazil’s Supreme Court handed former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva a victory on Thursday, ruling against returning a corruption investigation involving the ex-leader back to a judge he accuses of unfairly targeting him.


Just about the only way to escape North Korea is if a relative has already escaped

March 31, 2016

Kim Jong Un has tightened security so dramatically that the only way to leave is by “chain defection.”


Monaco, UK probe ‘vast corruption scandal’ in oil business

March 31, 2016

Monaco’s government says it is helping British authorities investigate a “vast corruption scandal” implicating an unspecified number of international oil companies, the tiny European principality said in a statement released late Thursday.


Italy’s economic minister resigns amid oil probe

March 31, 2016

Italy’s economic development minister has resigned amid allegations that she passed along confidential information to her boyfriend that helped his business interests.


Why are Nairobi’s lions suddenly being killed?

March 31, 2016

The growing populations of humans and lions is creating a deadly situation for the big cats in Kenya.


Palestinian president reaches out to Israel, backs talks

March 31, 2016

Palestinian president reached out to Israel on Thursday saying he opposes near-daily Palestinian attacks on Israelis and suggesting the violence would stop if the defunct peace process resumes again.


Greek lawmakers get ready to OK refugee deportations

March 31, 2016

Lawmakers in Greece were ready to support legislation to deport refugees back to Turkey as clashes between migrants persisted Thursday at overcrowded detention camps.


Egypt’s abuses, crackdown on critics draw world attention

March 31, 2016

Nearly three years into a crackdown overseen by President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, allegations of human rights abuses including killings, torture and secret detentions are starting to bring an international backlash from the Egyptian leader’s allies.


Israeli transgender activist asks to go to women’s prison

March 31, 2016

A transgender Israeli teenager, jailed for refusing to join the military as a conscientious objector, petitioned the army on Thursday to be moved to a women’s prison.


Man threatens to set Brazilian judge on fire

March 31, 2016

Officials say a Brazilian man barged into a judge’s office, pinned her to the ground, doused her with a flammable liquid and threatened to set her on fire if she didn’t declare he was innocent of beating his wife.


Sex-assault videos stir anger in violent Mexican state

March 31, 2016

A private university in the violence-plagued Mexican state of Veracruz has suspended a student who allegedly helped tape sex scenes that the victim claims were a rape, an incident that had fed complaints the government is ignoring sexual abuses by the offspring of the rich and powerful.


Rwanda: Court sentences former Kagame bodyguard to 21 years

March 31, 2016

A military court in Rwanda has sentenced President Paul Kagame’s former bodyguard to 21 years in prison for inciting rebellion against the government and tarnishing the image of the country.


18 go blind after cataract surgery in Brazil

March 31, 2016

Eighteen Brazilians were left blind after surgeons apparently used unsterilized instruments during a cataract treatment campaign in an industrial suburb of Sao Paulo, officials said Thursday.


Violent times encourage a step to the right in some nations

March 31, 2016

The Brussels attacks have given a boost to the far right in Belgium and beyond, and their anti-Islam language is finding a special resonance after another bloodbath by Islamic State extremists.


Iraqi PM moves to reshuffle Cabinet amid fight against IS

March 31, 2016

Iraq’s prime minister proposed a new Cabinet lineup to the country’s lawmakers on Thursday, after weeks of pressure from supporters of a radical Shiite cleric who have staged rallies in the Iraqi capital and a sit-in next to the government headquarters to demand reforms.


Rights group: Mexico not advising child migrants of rights

March 31, 2016

Mexico does not comply with its own laws on handling unaccompanied child migrants who arrive in the country fleeing violence in Central America, a Human Rights Watch report said Thursday.


Probe of 2 ex-officials confirmed at Vatican-owned hospital

March 31, 2016

The Vatican said Thursday that its prosecutor is investigating two former officials of a Vatican-owned children’s hospital over renovations at the penthouse apartment of the city-state’s former secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone.


Turkish officials: Bomb in Diyarbakir kills 7 policemen

March 31, 2016

Seven police officers were killed Thursday in an explosion caused by bomb-laden car in the mainly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir, the local governor’s office and police force said in a joint statement.


Libya unity gov’t threatens to report rivals to Interpol

March 31, 2016

Libya’s U.N.-brokered unity government threatened on Thursday to send the names of 17 of the country’s rival politicians, militia leaders and religious figures to the international police organization Interpol and the U.N. Security Council for “supporting terrorism” if they continue to “impede democratic transition.”


Swedish airport partially evacuated due to threat

March 31, 2016

Police have given the all-clear at Landvetter Airport in southwestern Sweden after a suspicious package was found to be harmless.


Prime Paris Nov. 13 suspect can be sent to France

March 31, 2016

Belgian authorities agreed on Thurday that Salah Abdeslam, a prime suspect in the Nov. 13 Paris attacks, can be extradited to France where he has promised to cooperate in the investigation into the attacks that killed 130 people.


Canadian man faces new child-pornography related charges

March 31, 2016

A man accused of luring over 2,000 young boys worldwide into removing their clothing and performing sexual acts in online videos faces new charges, Canadian police said Thursday.


The Latest: Turkish PM: EU refugee deal to begin Monday

March 31, 2016

The Latest on the flow of refugees and other migrants into Europe (all times local):


The EgyptAir hijacker isn’t as funny as the Internet makes him sound

March 31, 2016

The Egyptian hijacker’s ex-wife says he is “dangerous and unpredictable.”


Kenya Airways to retrench hundreds in turnaround plan

March 31, 2016

Kenya’s flagship airline, Kenya airways has announced it will retrench or redeploy 600 staff members in a cost cutting measure after the company experienced massive losses in the last couple of years.


Polish party leaders seek way out of political crisis

March 31, 2016

Leaders of Poland’s ruling and opposition parties have made little progress in a new effort to end a standoff over the ruling party’s position regarding the composition of the top court and other measures.


Turkey’s prime minister says migrant deal with European Union going into effect on Monday

March 31, 2016

Turkey’s prime minister says migrant deal with European Union going into effect on Monday .


Deadly blast targets security forces in Turkey’s Kurdish region

March 31, 2016

At least six killed, more than 20 injured in the latest violence to hit the country.


Belgian authorities OK transfer to France of Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam in principle

March 31, 2016

Belgian authorities OK transfer to France of Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam in principle.


Foundation defends award to Palestinian teacher

March 31, 2016

The U.K.-based foundation that awarded a Palestinian schoolteacher a $1 million prize for preaching nonviolence is sticking by its choice following revelations that the woman’s husband participated in an attack that killed at least six Israelis three decades ago.


Cypriot ex-wife says Egyptian hijacker ‘abusive, dangerous’

March 31, 2016

The Cypriot ex-wife of an Egyptian man who hijacked a domestic EgyptAir flight and forced it land in Cyprus, threatening to blow it up with a fake suicide belt, said her former husband is an “extremely dangerous man” who used drugs, terrorized his family and beat her and their children.


The Latest: Extradition approved for Paris suspect Abdeslam

March 31, 2016

The Latest on the extremist attacks in Brussels and Paris (all times local):


Aide to former Polish PM Tusk on trial over 2010 plane crash

March 31, 2016

An aide to Poland’s former prime minister went on trial with four others Thursday on charges connected to the 2010 plane crash that killed President Lech Kaczynski and 95 others.


Hungary law shielding central bank from scrutiny struck down

March 31, 2016

Hungary’s Constitutional Court on Thursday struck down a law meant to shield the central bank from scrutiny over the use of public funds while letting through similar amendments regarding the state-owned postal services.


Maasai tribesmen spear 2 lions in Kenya

March 31, 2016

Maasai tribesmen on Thursday speared two lions that strayed out of Nairobi National Park in Kenya, killing at least one, said a conservationist with contacts in the community where the incident happened.


South Africa’s top court rules against president in scandal

March 31, 2016

For two years, South Africa’s president brushed off a scandal over state spending on his private home, even when critics scoffed at the notion that a swimming pool and a chicken run were necessary security features. It took the country’s highest court to bring him to account.


Thousands take to streets in France to protest labor reform

March 31, 2016

Tens of thousands of workers and youths took to the streets of France to protest, sometimes violently, a government reform meant to make it easier to hire and fire employees and to relax the country’s strict 35-hour workweek.


Mali special forces arrest jihadi leader

March 31, 2016

A Mali intelligence spokesman says special forces have arrested a jihadi leader close to Islamic extremist group Ansar Dine in southern Mali.


Overpass collapse kills 21, leaves others trapped in India

March 31, 2016

A long section of an overpass under construction collapsed Thursday in a crowded Kolkata neighborhood and sent tons of concrete and steel slamming onto midday traffic, killing at least 21 people and leaving scores of others injured, police said.


Poland’s top political leaders support total ban on abortion

March 31, 2016

Poland’s prime minister and the powerful leader of its conservative ruling party both said Thursday they support a total ban on abortion.


Muslims in veils are like ‘American negroes’ who supported slavery, French minister says

March 31, 2016

She described one offensive aspect of the remarks as an error in judgment but refused to retract the other.


Lebanon’s military receives 3 helicopters from the US

March 31, 2016

The United States and Great Britain expressed strong support for Lebanon’s army on Thursday, delivering three military helicopters and providing training for its armed forces to help the country’s troops battle extremists near the border with Syria.


Wife of Czech ex-PM to face again abuse of power trial

March 31, 2016

An appeals court has canceled the acquittal of the wife of former Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas of abuse of power charges in a case that brought down his government.


Syrian activists: Airstrikes hit east of Damascus, kill 23

March 31, 2016

Airstrikes hit near a school and a hospital east of the Syrian capital of Damascus on Wednesday, killing at least 23 people in one of the deadliest incidents involving civilians since a partial cease-fire came into effect in the war-torn country more than a month ago, pro-opposition activists said Thursday.


What it’s like to be an American held in North Korea

March 31, 2016

Americans sentenced in North Korea generally get released after a ritual visit by a U.S. official. But the wait is not an easy one.


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