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March 24, 2019

STAVANGER, Norway (AP) — The chairman of the company that operates a cruise ship that got stranded off Norway’s western coast in bad weather Saturday praised the rescue operation by Norwegian authorities and the actions of the vessel’s crew. Viking Ocean Cruises chairman Torstein Hagen told Norway’s VG newspaper that the events surrounding the Viking Sky were “some of the worst I have been involved in, but now it looks like it’s going well in the end and that we’ve been lucky.”

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee says Democrats won’t be willing to wait months for the Justice Department to release special counsel Robert Mueller’s full report. Rep. Jerrold Nadler says Congress and the public deserve to see the underlying evidence, not just a summary of conclusions, to make their own judgments. Attorney General William Barr says he’ll provide that summary as soon as this weekend.

DUNEDIN, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealanders are debating the limits of free speech after their chief censor banned a 74-page manifesto written by a man accused of massacring 50 people at two mosques. The ban means that anybody caught with the document on their computer could face up to 10 years in prison and anybody caught distributing it could face 14 years. Some say the ban goes too far and risks lending both the document and the gunman mystique.

BANGKOK (AP) — Figures from Thailand’s Election Commission show a military-backed party has taken the lead in the country’s first election since a 2014 coup. With 89 percent of votes counted, the Palang Pracharat party had 7 million votes and Pheu Thai, which was the governing party ousted by the coup, had 6.6 million. The vote counts suggest the coup leader and prime minister (Prayuth Chan-ocha) has a chance of staying in power by forming a coalition government with the help of a 250-member junta-appointed Senate.

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — An estimated 3.4 million Venezuelans living abroad are caught in the presidential power struggle in Venezuela. A diplomatic dispute is intensifying over who should control embassies and consular functions in countries that recognize opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s president. In most foreign countries, holdover consular employees from Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro’s administration still carry out tasks like registering births while Guaido-appointed ambassadors remain outside.