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Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives Tuesday in Jodhpur, India.

U.S. didn't deserve Trump, Clinton says

MUMBAI, India -- Hillary Clinton told an audience in India that the United States did not "deserve" Donald Trump's presidency and these are "perilous times."

The 2016 Democratic presidential candidate spoke over the weekend at India Today Conclave 2018, in Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay.

Clinton said the Republican president has "quite an affinity for dictators" and said Trump "really likes their authoritarian posturing and behavior." But she said she thinks it's "more than that" when it comes to Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russia.

Clinton was critical of what she described as Trump's reality-television-style campaign tactics and questioned whether she should have provided more entertainment to voters who responded to Trump's brash methods.

She also said she believes that former FBI Director James Comey's Oct. 28, 2016, letter to Congress about her private email server cost her support from white female voters.

Rebels say vehicle is from Niger ambush

BAMAKO, Mali -- A Tuareg rebel leader said Tuesday that members of his group have recovered an American vehicle that was stolen in the ambush in Niger in which four U.S. servicemen were killed in October.

The vehicle taken during the attack in Tongo Tongo, Niger, was found on the Malian side of the border in the desert, said Fahad Ag Al Mahmoud, secretary-general of the rebel group known by its French acronym GATIA.

"Our men are in the middle of digging out the vehicle to get it back in working order," he said.

He said it was not immediately possible to send a photo to confirm they had retrieved the vehicle, because of the lack of Internet in the remote border area.

A coalition of armed Tuareg rebels has been operating against jihadi groups active in the area between Mali and Niger for several weeks.

Four U.S. soldiers and four Nigerien troops were killed Oct. 4 about 120 miles north of Niamey, Niger's capital, when they were attacked by as many as 100 Islamic State-linked extremists traveling by vehicle and carrying small arms and rocket-propelled grenade launchers. Two other American soldiers and eight Nigerien troops were wounded.

A U.S. military investigation into the Niger attack concluded that the team didn't get required senior command approval for a risky mission to capture a high-level Islamic State militant, though it did not point to that failure as a cause of the deadly ambush, several U.S. officials familiar with the report said.

After killings, Ethiopians flee to Kenya

NAIROBI -- Thousands of members of Ethiopia's largest ethnic group fled to neighboring Kenya after the military said it "mistakenly" killed nine civilians and injured 12 others in a market town that straddles their border.

The ethnic Oromo refugees, mostly women and children, began arriving in northern Kenya on Saturday, Halkano Halake, spokesman for the governor of Marsabit county, said by phone. Nine corpses were received at Moyale Hospital, while 12 people were treated for bullet wounds on the same day and two others on Sunday, said Arero Bikicha, the facility's chief executive officer.

"There have been gunshots, there are killings," Halake said. Refugees "are spread in schools, churches, mosques, private residences and three camps." State-owned Oromia Broadcasting Network put the number of people who fled to Kenya at 50,000, citing Moyale Mayor Aschalaw Yohannes.

More than two years of protests in Ethiopia's Oromia and Amhara regions have left hundreds of people dead, while recent conflict between the Oromia and Somali regions has forced more than 900,000 people to flee their homes.

In prison for abortion, Salvadoran freed

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador -- El Salvador's Supreme Court has commuted the sentence of a second woman serving a prison sentence for what she said was a miscarriage.

Mayra Veronica Figueroa Marroquin left prison Tuesday after the court commuted her 30-year sentence to the 15 years she had already served.

Figueroa Marroquin, 34, said she suffered a miscarriage in 2003 while working as a housekeeper. But a court convicted her under El Salvador's total abortion ban.

In February, the court commuted the 30-year sentence of Teodora del Carmen Vasquez for what she says was a stillbirth.

El Salvador is one of four Latin American countries with total bans on abortion.

A Section on 03/14/2018

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