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London defiant as IS claims attack by British ex-con, 52
LONDON (AP) -- Authorities on Thursday identified a 52-year-old Briton as the man who mowed down pedestrians and stabbed a policeman to death outside Parliament in London, saying he had a long criminal record and once was investigated for extremism - but was not currently on a terrorism watch list....

A look at victims of the attack outside London's Parliament
LONDON (AP) -- The four victims killed and at least 30 wounded in the attack in Westminster were a cosmopolitan snapshot of one of the world's most cosmopolitan cities....

Ex-Russian lawmaker shot dead in Kiev; Ukraine blames Russia
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- A former Russian lawmaker who became a vociferous critic of Moscow following his recent move to Ukraine was shot and killed Thursday in Kiev, prompting harsh words between the two neighboring countries....

Northern Ireland bids farewell to ex-IRA chief McGuinness
DUBLIN (AP) -- Martin McGuinness, the Irish Republican Army chieftain who turned away from violence to forge bonds with Northern Ireland's Protestants, was laid to rest Thursday in a cross-community service that illustrated the new alliances forged by the region's slow-blooming peace process....

British ex-con, 52, carried out Westminster attack
BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) -- The 52-year-old Briton identified as the Westminster Bridge attacker had a raft of convictions - including assault, weapons possession and public order offenses - spanning two decades, London police said....

UN report: Sanctions disrupt humanitarian aid to North Korea
TOKYO (AP) -- International sanctions on North Korea are taking a serious toll on humanitarian aid activities, according to a United Nations-led report....

Israel arrests hacker linked to threats on US Jewish centers
JERUSALEM (AP) -- A 19-year-old American-Israeli Jew was arrested Thursday as the prime suspect in a wave of bomb threats against U.S. Jewish community centers, a startling turn in a case that had stoked fears of rising anti-Semitism in the United States....

Russia, Ukraine at odds over singer's Eurovision performance
GENEVA (AP) -- Eurovision song contest organizers say they have taken the unprecedented step of offering to let Russia's contestant perform via satellite after authorities in host Ukraine banned her from entering the country - a proposal that was immediately rejected by a Russian state broadcaster....

Sunken S.Korean ferry set to be loaded on transport vessel
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korean efforts to bring a sunken, 6,800-ton ferry back to land cleared an obstacle on Friday after divers cut off a vehicle ramp that had been dangling from the ship and hindering efforts to raise it....

Poland's WWII museum opens amid an uncertain future
WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- A major World War II museum opened in northern Poland on Thursday amid plans by the conservative government to change its content to fit the government's nationalist views....

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