Monday, March 30, 2015

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Its currency is wounded and its economy besieged by sanctions, yet Russia still has money to spare for potential allies overseas.
Warships shelled a column of Houthi fighters and troops loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh as they tried to advance on the southern port city of Aden on Monday, residents said, the first known report of naval forces taking part in the conflict.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday left intact New York City's ban on religious worship services inside school buildings after hours.
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) - The University of Mary Washington has suspended activities for its men's rugby team after officials there said an audio recording captured some team members chanting a song with violent and sexually explicit lyrics.
ROME (AP) - Amanda Knox's former Italian boyfriend said Monday he needs to heal wounds inside his heart and soul, now that he and the American have been definitively acquitted of her British roommate's 2007 murder in the Italian town where all three were then students.
ZAVIDOVICI, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) - Salem Hajdarovac says he didn't sleep for a week when he heard his workshop had been granted the honor of carving a special chair that Pope Francis will sit on during his visit to Bosnia.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Spence Jackson provided the official confirmation a month ago that his boss, Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich, was dead from what police described as a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
A blogger was hacked to death by machete-wielding assailants in the Bangladesh capital Dhaka on Monday, the second attack in five weeks on a critic of religious extremism in the Muslim-majority South Asian nation.
JERUSALEM (AP) - Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was convicted Monday of unlawfully accepting money from a U.S. supporter in a retrial on corruption charges, the latest chapter in the downfall of a man who only years earlier hoped to lead the country to a historic peace agreement with the Palestinians.
CASABLANCA, Morocco (AP) - It was just 7 a.m. and Hoda was walking alone to a clinic in the Moroccan coastal city of Agadir. She skipped breakfast: the Senegalese doctor had told her that the abortion would be better done on an empty stomach.
BRUSSELS (AP) - Thousands of demonstrators and trade union activists have protested against the Belgian government's austerity measures for a second day running.
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - Former Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso will form part of a team defending two jailed opposition leaders in Venezuela.
TORONTO (AP) - Canada's Parliament has approved a one-year extension of military mission against the Islamic State group that includes airstrikes on targets in Syria.
BEIJING (AP) - A groundbreaking solar-powered plane has successfully flown from Myanmar to central China as part of an historic round-the-world journey.
MEXICO CITY (AP) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has given a 90-day humanitarian pass to a 20-year-old Mexican man seeking a double heart and liver transplant.
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) - A trial of six Azerbaijani citizens accused of fighting alongside the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq has begun in Azerbaijan's capital.
TORONTO (AP) - An Air Canada passenger plane landed so significantly short of the runway in Halifax that it hit a power line and knocked out power at the airport, the lead investigator said Monday.
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) - Romanian anti-corruption prosecutors say they have searched the home of the son of a former Moldovan president on suspicion of corruption-related charges.
CAIRO (AP) - Egypt and Saudi Arabia are cooperating militarily to thwart a power grab in Yemen by Shiite rebels, but the agreement on how to deal with the region's complex and intertwined conflicts may stop there. The two countries' diverging interests were evident at the Arab summit over the weekend, particularly over the crises in Syria and Libya.
BAMAKO, Mali (AP) - The Red Cross says armed men attacked one of its trucks in northern Mali, killing the driver and wounding a passenger.
JERUSALEM (AP) - Palestinians and Arab citizens of Israel have marked "Land Day," an annual day of protest against what they say are discriminatory land policies by Israel.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran's state TV says two land mines left over from the 1908s Iraq-Iran war have killed five Iranian border guards and a female shepherd near the Iraqi border.
LONDON (AP) - One of the main suspects in the poisoning of ex-Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko can testify by video link at an inquiry into the death, the judge in charge said Monday.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran has confirmed that an Iranian journalist defected while covering nuclear negotiations underway in Switzerland between Tehran and world powers on the country's controversial atomic program.
HELSINKI (AP) - Swedish ferry operator Stena Line says it has converted one of its ships to enable it to run on methanol, testing the potential of the environmentally friendly fuel for the shipping industry.
FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) - Two men dressed as women smashed a stolen car into a police vehicle after they disobeyed commands at the closely guarded gates of the National Security Agency on Monday, prompting police to open fire.