Russia votes as Vladimir Putin eyes 4th presidential term

People cast their ballots at a polling station in Yelizovo, about 30 kilometers ( 19 miles) north-east from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, capital of Kamchatka Peninsula region, Russian Far East, Russia, on Sunday, March. 18, 2018. Polls have opened in Russia's Far East for the presidential election in which Vladimir Putin seeks a 4th term. (AP Photo/Alexander Petpov)

YEKATERINBURG, Russia (AP) — Vladimir Putin’s victory in Russia’s presidential election Sunday isn’t in doubt. The only real question is whether voters will turn out in big enough numbers to hand him a convincing mandate for his fourth term — and many Russian workers are facing intense pressure to do so.

Vatican bows to pressure, releases retired pope’s letter

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)

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.

Russia expels 23 UK envoys, blames others for spy poisoning

British ambassador to Russia, Laurie Bristow, arrives for a meeting at the Russian foreign ministry building in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, March 17, 2018. Russia's Foreign Ministry has summoned Bristow for talks in a heightening dispute over a nerve agent attack on a former spy in Britain. Russia is expected to announce the expulsion of some British diplomats in a retaliatory measure. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia announced Saturday it is expelling 23 British diplomats and threatened further retaliatory measures in a growing diplomatic dispute over a nerve agent attack on a former spy in Britain.

600,000 clay figures to remember carnage in WWI

A volunteer places clay figures in a field that was once a no man's land between the German and British lines of the First World War in Ypres, Belgium on Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. 600,000 clay figures, each one representing a civilian or military death in the First World War, will fill the field for an exhibition of remembrance beginning in the Spring. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

YPRES, Belgium (AP) — A special remembrance installation of 600,000 crouching clay figures is opening to the public soon in Ypres, Belgium, seeking to help visitors from around the world reflect on what happened during World War I a century ago.

Malaysia’s leader says Rohingya not just a Myanmar issue

Members of the Rohingya community gather in Hyde park to protest against Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who is attending the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, ASEAN, special summit, in Sydney, Saturday, March 17, 2018. Australia is hosting leaders from the 10-country Association of Southeast Asian Nations during the 3-day special summit. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

SYDNEY (AP) — Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said Saturday that the displacement of Rohingya Muslims was no longer solely a domestic issue for Myanmar, as Southeast Asian nations signed a counterterrorism cooperation agreement at a regional leaders’ conference.

Fishing for the future

Fish and Game employees LeAndra Smith (left) and Hannah English work together to scan for a coded-wire tag implanted in the head of a hatchery steelhead. Steve Hanks / Lewiston Tribune

STITES — The sun was shining along the South Fork of the Clearwater River Wednesday, temperatures where climbing into the low 50s and anglers were generally jovial even though the steelhead fishing hasn’t been very good there this winter.

Fred L. Overson

Fred L. Overson, of Firth and Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Pensacola, Flordia, died at his home Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. He was inurned with military honors at Barrancas National Cemetery, Pensacola, Flordia. He died despite a valiant battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife, Jan, of 14 years.


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