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Turkey vows to bring terrorism ‘to its knees’: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was speaking after a bombing in Ankara killed at least 36 people.  Although no group has claimed responsibility, Kurdish rebels are being blamed, and Turkish warplanes bombed the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in Iraq. Turkey has been the target of several deadly attacks in recent months that have been blamed on the Kurds as well as militants of the Islamic State.

Tourists targeted in Ivory Coast: Gunmen from al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb fired on tourists in  Grand Bassam, a beach resort in the south of the country. At least 16 people have been killed, including four Westerners. The gunmen have been killed, officials said.

A setback for Angela Merkel: AfD, a party that campaigned against the German chancellor’s liberal refugee policy, made gains in three states in elections held over the weekend. Merkel’s Christian Democrats also failed to wrest two states from the center-left coalition that governs them, and which supports Merkel’s policy.  Update: More here

Amtrak train derails in Kansas: The Southwest Chief, which was traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago with 128 passengers and 14 crew on board, derailed in Gray County, about 20 miles west of Dodge City.  Eleven people were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

It’s pi day:

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