A polling station official carries Russian national and Crimea flags in preparation for the 2018 Russian presidential election at a polling station in Simferopol, Crimea, Saturday, March 17, 2018. Russian voters, observers and eight presidential candidates are gearing up for an election that will undoubtedly hand Vladimir Putin another six-year term. (AP Photo)
March 17, 2018 - 4:17 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Russia's presidential election (all times local): 11:10 p.m. Polls have opened in Russia's Far East regions for the presidential election in which Vladimir Putin is seeking a fourth term in the Kremlin. Voting started at 8 a.m. Sunday (2000 GMT Saturday; 4 p.m. EDT...
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A coast guard vessel arrives with the bodies of migrants at the port of Pythagorio on the eastern Greek island of Samos, Saturday, March 17, 2018. Greece's coast guard said Saturday the bodies of fourteen people have been recovered from the sea off a Greek island in the eastern Aegean following the sinking of a suspected migrant smuggling boat. (AP Photo/Michael Svarnias)
March 17, 2018 - 3:54 pm
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A smuggling boat sank Saturday off a Greek island, killing at least 16 migrants including children, and a search-and-rescue operation was underway to find two others believed missing. The wooden boat was believed to have been carrying around 21 people when it sank for reasons...
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Pope Francis leaves after celebrating a mass at the St. Padre Pio Sanctuary in San Giovanni Rotondo, Southern Italy, Saturday, March 17, 2018. Pope Francis is making a pastoral visit to the places where Padre Pio was born and lived Saturday. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
March 17, 2018 - 3:37 pm
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's leading archbishop has deplored comments by a senior conservative priest who had wished Pope Francis a quick death if he does not open to "wisdom." Krakow Archbishop Marek Jedraszewski said Saturday he heard about the comments with "pain and regret" and has discussed...
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This photo shows a complete copy of a letter by Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI about Pope Francis that the Vatican released Saturday, March 17, 2018, after coming under blistering criticism for previously selectively citing it in a press release and digitally manipulating a photograph of it. The previously hidden part of the letter, the Vatican blurred the final two lines of the letter's first page, provides the real explanation why Benedict refused to provide commentary on a new Vatican-published compilation of books about Francis' theological and philosophical background that was released to mark his fifth anniversary as pope. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
March 17, 2018 - 3:32 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Stung by accusations of spreading "fake news," the Vatican on Saturday released the complete letter by Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI about Pope Francis after coming under blistering criticism for selectively citing it in a press release and digitally manipulating a photograph of it...
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FILE -- In this Nov. 29, 2016 file photo President of Mauritius Ameenah Gurib-Fakim speaks during a press conference in Budapest, Hungary. Gurib-Fakim faces allegations that she bought clothing and jewelry with a credit card provided by a non-governmental group whose Angolan founder has sought to do business in Mauritius and is under investigation for alleged corruption in Portugal. (Zoltan Mathe/MTI via AP, File)
March 17, 2018 - 1:35 pm
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The president of the Indian Ocean nation of Mauritius, Africa's only female head of state, has resigned amid a financial scandal. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim Gurib-Fakim submitted her resignation in the "national interest," her lawyer Yousouf Mohamed told reporters Saturday, according...
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Warsaw residents with anti-racism banners protests the rise of hostility and anti-Semitism amid some recent political decision in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, March 17, 2018. Similar protests were held in some other cities across Poland. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
March 17, 2018 - 1:09 pm
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Hundreds of Poles have staged protests in Warsaw and other cities against racism and anti-Semitism to show they don't agree with the rising wave of hostility and intolerance in Poland. Pounding drums, some 1,000 people walked in downtown Warsaw chanting "Freedom, equality,...
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March 17, 2018 - 12:51 pm
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's president has appointed the half brother of the country's slain ex-president to head a military force. Saturday's decision by President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi assigns Ali Saleh al-Ahmar, the half brother of ex-President Ali Abdullah Saleh, as commander of the country's...
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FILE - In this March 16, 2018 file photo. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, speaks during a joint press conference after a meeting with the Prime Minister of Sweden, Stefan Loefven, in Berlin. German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s defending the country’s trade surplus in her weekly video podcast Saturday, March 17, 2018, saying the government’s working to encourage domestic demand but that not all factors are in its control. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn,file)
March 17, 2018 - 12:31 pm
BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel defended the country's trade surplus Saturday, saying the government is working to encourage domestic demand but that not all factors are under its control. U.S. President Donald Trump's administration has been critical of Germany's trade surplus...
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North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, second right, leaves the Swedish government building Rosenbad in central Stockholm, Sweden, Friday, March 16, 2018. (Vilhelm Stokstad /TT via AP)
March 17, 2018 - 12:24 pm
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden's foreign minister concluded three days of talks Saturday with her North Korean counterpart, saying they discussed the "opportunities and challenges for continued diplomatic efforts to reach a peaceful solution" to the Koreas' security dispute. Minister Margot Wallstrom...
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US actor Mark Hamill and his wife Marilou York attend the St Patrick's day parade, in Dublin, Saturday March 17, 2018. (Brian Lawless/PA via AP)
March 17, 2018 - 12:21 pm
LONDON (AP) — Mark Hamill has tweeted that "today the whole galaxy is Irish" as he appeared as international guest of honor at Dublin's St. Patrick's Day parade. The "Star Wars" actor, whose great-grandmother was born in Ireland, was invited to represent the Irish diaspora at the celebration...
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