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Syrian fighters clear explosives in area retaken from IS

Mar. 24, 2019 8:06 AM EDT

BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — U.S-backed Syrian fighters on Sunday were clearing explosives in the last area retaken from the Islamic State group a day after declaring military victory over the extremists and the end of their self-styled caliphate. A spokesman for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces who goes...

Thais vote in long-delayed poll pitting junta versus critics

Mar. 24, 2019 7:52 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Nearly five years after a coup, Thailand voted Sunday in a long-delayed election pitting a military-backed party against the populist political force the generals overthrew. An opinion survey taken in the days before the election, and released after voting closed, indicated that the...

Kurds rally ahead of local elections testing Turkish leader

Mar. 24, 2019 7:46 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Thousands of supporters of a pro-Kurdish party gathered Sunday in Istanbul to celebrate the Kurdish New Year and to attend a campaign rally for local elections that will test the Turkish president's popularity. The Peoples' Democratic Party, or HDP, held the event amid the municipal office...

The Latest: Poll: Thaksin-allied party to win most seats

Mar. 24, 2019 7:30 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — The Latest on Thailand's general election (all times local): 6:25 p.m. A poll for Thailand's first election since a 2014 coup predicts the Thaksin Shinawatra-allied Pheu Thai party will win the most parliamentary seats by a large margin but not enough to choose the country's next prime...

Is it terrorism? Post NZ attack, Muslims see double standard

Mar. 24, 2019 7:11 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has been hailed on social media by Muslims around the world for her response to two mosque shootings by a white nationalist who killed 50 worshippers. She wore a headscarf at the funerals in line with Islamic custom and swiftly...

Palestinian dies of wounds from Israeli fire at Gaza protest

Mar. 24, 2019 6:15 AM EDT

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza's Health Ministry says a Palestinian has died of wounds sustained from Israeli gunfire at protests along the perimeter fence. The ministry says Sunday that 24-year-old Habib al-Masri was shot in the chest at protests near Beit Hanoun the previous night, and that two others...

Voting ends in Thailand's first election since 2014 military coup; some results expected within several hours

Mar. 24, 2019 6:03 AM EDT
BANGKOK (AP) — Voting ends in Thailand's first election since 2014 military coup; some results expected within several hours.

Thousands attend New Zealand vigil to honor 50 mosque dead

Mar. 24, 2019 3:31 AM EDT

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Thousands of people gathered in the New Zealand city of Christchurch on Sunday to listen to prayers, songs and speeches at a vigil to remember the 50 people killed in a terrorist attack on two mosques. One of those watching from a wheelchair was 21-year-old Mustafa Boztas,...

Today in History

Mar. 24, 2019 12:02 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Sunday, March 24, the 83rd day of 2019. There are 282 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On March 24, 2015, Germanwings Flight 9525, an Airbus A320, crashed into the French Alps, killing all 150 people on board; investigators said the jetliner was deliberately downed by...

Timeline: Key events since Thailand's last general election

Mar. 23, 2019 11:45 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand on Sunday held its first general election since the military ousted the elected government in a coup nearly five years ago. Thailand has a long history of cycling through elected governments that are then ousted by the army, which in time allows fresh elections. Here's a look the...