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Center-right party tops Bulgaria election; Socialists yield

UPDATED: SUNDAY, MARCH 26, 2017, 10:19 P.M.

Bulgarian ex-Premier Boiko Borisov, leader of the center-right GERB party, speaks to media after voting, in Sofia, Bulgaria, Sunday. Bulgarians are heading to the polls for the third time in four years in a snap vote that could tilt the European Union's poorest member country closer to Russia as surveys put the center-right GERB party neck-and-neck with the Socialist Party. (Vadim Ghirda / Associated Press)
The center-right GERB party of former Prime Minister Boiko Borisov took the lead in Bulgaria’s parliamentary election on Sunday, a pair of exit polls showed, a result that if confirmed by official returns indicates support for the country keeping its European identity.

Drought-stricken Somalia battles hunger and cholera

SUNDAY, MARCH 26, 2017, 12:54 P.M.

A Somali policeman walks past as newly displaced Somali children stand outside their makeshift shelter at a camp in Baidoa, Somalia. Somalia's drought is threatening 3 million lives according to the U.N. and in recent months aid agencies have been scaling up their efforts but say more support is urgently needed to prevent the crisis from worsening. (Farah Abdi Warsameh / Associated Press)
The cholera epidemic is most prevalent among women and children. Cholera outbreaks often occur in refugee camps due to overcrowding and poor sanitation. Water scarcity also remains a major problem among the new arrivals in the refugee camps. In recent weeks, aid agencies have started a cholera vaccination campaign across Somalia.

With eye toward Trump, Arab leaders to seek consensus

SUNDAY, MARCH 26, 2017, 12:51 P.M.

In this Tuesday, March 14, 2017  photo, President Donald Trump stands with Saudi Defense Minister and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman before lunch in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington. With an eye toward Washington, leaders of a fractured and conflict-ridden Arab world hold their annual summit Wednesday, seeking common ground as President Donald Trump weighs his approach toward the region. The stalled Palestinian quest for statehood, is an issue that host Jordan says will take center stage. (Evan Vucci / Associated Press)
With an eye toward Washington, leaders of a fractured and conflict-ridden Arab world hold their annual summit this week, seeking common positions and possible leverage as President Donald Trump weighs his approach toward the region.

U.S.-backed forces battling for IS-held air base in Syria

UPDATED: SUNDAY, MARCH 26, 2017, 9:17 P.M.

U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish forces began their assault on an Islamic State-held air base in northern Syria on Sunday, activists said, as reports circulated that residents were evacuating the nearby city of Raqqa, the militants’ de facto capital.

Merkel party wins state vote as election year starts


Saarland governor Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer of the Christian Democratic party is congratulated after the election in the German state of Saarland in Saarbruecken, Sunday, March 26, 2017. Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative party has emerged easily as the strongest party from an election in Germany's western Saarland state an unexpectedly strong performance and a disappointment for her center-left rivals. (Boris Roessler / AP)
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative party easily won an election in Germany’s western Saarland state on Sunday, an unexpectedly strong performance as Merkel prepares to seek a fourth term in a national vote later this year, projections showed.

Nationwide protests bring thousands to Russia’s streets

UPDATED: SUNDAY, MARCH 26, 2017, 7:09 P.M.

Protesters hold a cardboard cutout poster depicting Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev at Marsivo Field in St.Petersburg, Russia, Sunday. Thousands of people crowded in St.Petersburg on Sunday for an unsanctioned protest against the Russian government, the biggest gathering in a wave of nationwide protests that were the most extensive show of defiance in years. (Dmitri Lovetsky / Associated Press)
Russia’s opposition, often written off by critics as a small and irrelevant coterie of privileged urbanites, put on an impressive nationwide show of strength Sunday with scores of protest rallies spanning the vast country. Hundreds were arrested, including Alexei Navalny, the anti-corruption campaigner who is President Vladimir Putin’s most prominent critic.

London attacker had worked in Saudi Arabia teaching English

SATURDAY, MARCH 25, 2017, 12:54 P.M.

A police officer places flowers as a man gestures beside floral tributes to victims of Wednesday's attack, on Parliament Square outside the Houses of Parliament in London, Friday. On Thursday authorities 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. (Matt Dunham / Associated Press)
The British man who killed four people during a London rampage had made three trips to Saudi Arabia: He taught English there twice on a work visa and returned on a visa usually granted to those going on a religious pilgrimage.

Erdogan: Turkey might hold referendum on EU membership

UPDATED: SATURDAY, MARCH 25, 2017, 8:08 P.M.

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses his supporters in Antalya, Turkey, Saturday. Erdogan on Friday has hit out at the head of Germany’s intelligence service for comments suggesting that Berlin was not convinced over U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen’s role in Turkey’s failed coup. Erdogan accused  BND foreign intelligence chief Bruno Kahl of making the remarks on behalf of Germany’s leaders, whom he said backed Gulen’s movement. (Kayhan Ozer / Associated Press)
Turkey’s president said Saturday the country might pursue a Brexit-like referendum on whether to pursue European Union membership and also lashed out at a critical protest in Switzerland.

Congolese militia decapitates more than 40 police

SATURDAY, MARCH 25, 2017, 12:15 P.M.

In this Monday Aug. 21, 2006  photo, UN troops in armored vehicles drive through the streets of Kinshasa, Congo. Congo's government must cooperate with United Nations efforts to locate experts who have been missing in the violent Kasai region for nearly two weeks, Human Rights Watch said Saturday. (John Bompeng / Associated Press)
A Congolese militia group has decapitated 42 policemen after ambushing them in an increasingly violent region where the U.N. is searching for missing American and Swedish investigators, a local official said Saturday.

Airstrikes across rebel-held Syria kill and wound scores

SATURDAY, MARCH 25, 2017, 12:07 P.M.

Civil Defense workers help their teammate after airstrikes hit a main street, killing many people, activists said, in the Damascus suburb of Hamouriyeh, Syria, Saturday. The airstrikes, of which some activists said included Russian air raids, concentrated on the rebel-held northwestern province of Idlib, the central province of Hama and suburbs of the capital Damascus that has come under attack by insurgent groups over the past week. (Uncredited / Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets via Associated Press)
Airstrikes hit a women’s prison and a clinic in rebel-held parts of Syria on Saturday, killing and wounding scores of people amid clashes on multiple fronts between government forces and insurgent groups in some of the country’s worst violence in weeks, opposition activists said.

Japan sees major step in comeback of albatross

UPDATED: SATURDAY, MARCH 25, 2017, 1:33 P.M.

An endangered short-tailed albatross flying over the Pacific. (Rob Suryan / File/Associated Press)
A wild short-tailed albatross born to an artificially reared mother on the Ogasawara Islands was confirmed to have returned to the chain – the first time a wild member of the species has returned to the islands from migration in about 80 years.

U.S. acknowledges its forces were behind airstrike on Mosul

UPDATED: SATURDAY, MARCH 25, 2017, 5:34 P.M.

Relatives and friends on Saturday bury the body of Khadeer Hassan, who was killed during fighting between Iraqi security forces and Islamic State militants on the western side of Mosul, Iraq. (Felipe Dana / Associated Press)
An airstrike targeting Islamic State militants in the Iraqi city of Mosul that witnesses say killed at least 100 people was in fact launched by the U.S. military, American officials said Saturday.

Trump son-in-law’s ties to Israel raise questions of bias

SATURDAY, MARCH 25, 2017, 10:45 A.M.

In this Jan. 24, 2017  photo, White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner arrives for a meeting between President Donald Trump and automobile leaders in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais / Associated Press)
Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, has deep business and personal ties to Israel that could raise questions about his ability to serve as an honest broker as he oversees the White House’s Mideast peace efforts.

Rape reaches ‘epic proportions’ in South Sudan’s civil war

UPDATED: SATURDAY, MARCH 25, 2017, 8:08 P.M.

After months of being raped by her rebel captors, the young woman became pregnant. Amid her suffering, the child was a spark of life. So she named him Barack Obama, she explains, now free. The slender 23-year-old is one of thousands of rape victims in South Sudan’s civil war, where the U.N. says sexual violence has reached “epic proportions.”

Egypt’s Mubarak free, acquitted after years-long detention

FRIDAY, MARCH 24, 2017, 3:41 P.M.

In this Oct. 16, 2016, file photo, ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak waves to his supporters from his room at the Maadi Military Hospital as they celebrate the 43rd anniversary of the Oct. 6, 1973 war. (Amr Nabil / Associated Press)
Far from the cameras that followed him closely over six years of legal wrangling, Egypt’s ousted President Hosni Mubarak quietly returned home to his family on Friday after winning acquittals and release from a Cairo hospital where he has been detained for years.

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