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South African anti-apartheid leader Ahmed Kathrada dies, 87

FILE-- Ahmed Kathrada, the most prominent Asian South African in the movement to end apartheid, in his apartment in Cape Town, South Africa, July 5, 2013. Kathrada, who spent 26 years in prison, many of them alongside his close friend Nelson Mandela, for resisting the apartheid system of white minority rule in South Africa, died in Johannesburg on March 28, 2017. He was 87.

Anti-apartheid leader Ahmed Kathrada, who spent 26 years in prison for opposing South Africa's white minority government — much of that time alongside the country's first black president, Nelson Mandela — died Tuesday at age 87.

Scottish lawmakers back independence referendum call

Scottish lawmakers voted Tuesday to seek a new referendum on independence, presenting the British government with an unwelcome distraction as it prepares to push the European Union exit button.


Sports-for-peace group: Programs have reached 350K people

A group that promotes using sports to build peace says more than 350,000 people worldwide have been involved in its projects in the four years since the United Nations agreed to celebrate the idea every April.


Ivory Coast ex-president's wife acquitted of war crimes

An Ivory Coast court on Tuesday found former first lady Simone Gbagbo not guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity after a trial on her alleged role in postelection abuses that led to the deaths of thousands.


Police killing exposes anger, fear of Chinese in France

Chinese immigrants and China's government are protesting a police killing in Paris that prompted violent street clashes and exposed the fears and frustrations of France's large Asian community.


Lawyer: Art dealer accepts prized coffin's return to Turkey

Lawyers say a Roman Empire-era coffin depicting the 12 labors of Hercules is set to go home to Turkey, ending a legal battle over a prized artifact that had mysteriously turned up in Geneva's secretive customs-office warehouse years ago.


Grupo Mexico to buy Florida railroad for $2.1 billion

Mexican mining and rail conglomerate Grupo Mexico said Tuesday that it has reached an agreement to buy Florida East Coast Railway Holdings Corp. for $2.1 billion.


May vows Brexit deal for all in UK, including EU nationals

Prime Minister Theresa May says she will enter European Union exit talks representing everyone in Britain — including millions of EU nationals living in the U.K.


The Latest: Fillon's wife handed preliminary charges

The Latest on France's presidential campaign (all times local):


Samsung may bring back fire-plagued Galaxy Note 7

– The star-crossed Samsung Galaxy Note 7 — the ambitious new smartphone whose problems with fires prompted an unprecedented and costly…


Former Czech Academy of Sciences head to run for president

Jiri Drahos, the former president of the Czech Academy of Sciences says he wants to run for president of the Czech Republic next year's election.


Ministers heading to French Guiana to try to quell strike

The French government has decided to send a high-level ministerial mission to French Guiana as the region faced its second day of a general strike by some 27 labor unions over crime and economic difficulties.


CEO of airline association criticizes electronics device ban

The head of the International Air Transport Association said Tuesday it's difficult to understand how banning electronic devices in carry-on baggage will improve flight security.


Amnesty: US-led coalition not protecting Mosul civilians

A recent spike in civilian casualties in Mosul suggests the U.S.-led coalition is not taking adequate precautions as it helps Iraqi forces battle the Islamic State group, Amnesty International said Tuesday.


Britain's Daily Mail compares U.K. leaders' legs, not ideas

Many readers appalled that political meeting reduced to sexist terms.


Man suspected of killing 4 family members in Lithuania

Lithuanian police say a 26-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of shooting dead his parents, grandmother and uncle, and wounding his grandfather.


Greek debt activist, follower of ancient gods, faces arrest

A firebrand Greek debt activist whose followers take an oath of allegiance to the ancient gods has been charged with fraud and running a criminal organization.


Thousands of ultra-Orthodox Israelis protest military draft

Thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews demonstrated in Jerusalem on Tuesday over military service in one of several protests following the recent detention of a rabbi's son who refused to report to a draft office.


Serb leader attacks Kosovo over visit conditions

Serbian Prime Minister and presidential candidate Aleksandar Vucic on Tuesday abandoned plans to campaign among the minority Serbs in Kosovo, saying he was not prepared to abide by the conditions set by the Kosovo government.