Q&A: The end of the Islamic State group's "caliphate"
BEIRUT (AP) — The announcement of victory over the Islamic State group in Syria marks the end of the extremists' self-styled caliphate, a proto-state in which they held millions hostage to their dark and brutal vision.
French yellow vest protests staged amid enhanced security
PARIS (AP) — The French government vowed to strengthen security as yellow vest protesters stage a 19th round of demonstrations, in an effort to avoid a repeat of last week's riots in Paris.
US-backed Syrian force declares victory over Islamic State
BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — U.S.-backed forces declared military victory over the Islamic State group in Syria on Saturday after liberating the last pocket of territory held by the militants in the country's east, marking the end of a brutal self-styled caliphate the group carved out in large parts of Iraq and Syria in 2014.
Timeline of the rise and fall of the Islamic State group
BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group erupted from the chaos of Syria and Iraq's conflicts and swiftly did what no Islamic militant group had done before, conquering a giant stretch of territory and declaring itself a "caliphate."
Tens of thousands in southern Africa need help after cyclone
BEIRA, Mozambique (AP) — A second week has begun of efforts to find and help tens of thousands of people after Cyclone Idai devastated parts of southern Africa.
AP PHOTOS: Romanian youth spin burning tires in Lent ritual
POPLACA, Romania (AP) — Romanian children and youth spin burning tires and light fires in the Transylvanian hills in a ritual that marks the beginning of Orthodox Lent.
UK prime minister may not seek vote on Brexit deal this week
LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May has told lawmakers she may not seek passage of her troubled Brexit withdrawal plan in Parliament next week.
Family of slain boy visits Christchurch mosque as it reopens
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — A Jordanian prince and the family of a slain 3-year-old boy and were among those who visited a New Zealand mosque Saturday when it reopened for the first time since a terrorist killed dozens of people there.
New Thai government may be unstable, short-lived
BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's election Sunday is likely to produce a weak unstable government whether it's a civilian or military-backed party that cobbles together a coalition, setting off a new phase of uncertainty in a country that's a U.S.
'My heart fell' says New Zealand surgeon who treated girl, 4
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — As soon as vascular surgeon Adib Khanafer received the call March 15, he started running toward the operating theater at Christchurch Hospital.
Death toll rises to 62 in China chemical plant blast
BEIJING (AP) — A massive explosion at a chemical plant in eastern China with a long record of safety violations has killed at least 62 people and injured hundreds of others, 90 of them seriously.
China stops purchase of Canadian canola seeds
TORONTO (AP) — China has stopped all new purchases of Canadian canola seeds in what some see as retaliation for Canada's arrest of a top executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei.
Indonesian airline wants to cancel Boeing order after crash
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — In a blow for Boeing, Indonesia's flag carrier is seeking the cancellation of a multibillion dollar order for 49 of the manufacturer's 737 Max 8 jets, citing a loss of confidence after two crashes within five months.
'Brace ourselves': Cyclone death toll tops 600 in Africa
BEIRA, Mozambique (AP) — With the flooding easing in parts of cyclone-stricken Mozambique on Friday, fears are rising that the waters could yield up many more bodies.
A look at Russians who became mixed up in Trump probe
MOSCOW (AP) — An investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller into an elaborate Russian operation that sought to meddle in the 2016 U.S.
UN chief visits mosque, stresses sanctity of religious sites
NEW YORK (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres went to the first mosque built in New York City on Friday to show solidarity with the Muslim community, urging people everywhere "to reaffirm the sanctity of all places of worship and the safety of all worshippers."
EU leaders postpone decision on 2050 climate goal
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders on Friday pushed back a decision on the bloc's long-term efforts to fight climate change, with some countries opposing a pledge to end most emissions of greenhouse gases by 2050.
EU takes charge, forces Brexit deadlines on UK's May
BRUSSELS (AP) — Isolated at home and abroad, British Prime Minister Theresa May will be laboring against the odds once again to win backers in Parliament for her unloved Brexit deal, this time to a timetable dictated by the European Union.
Mourners walk silently to honor Utrecht shooting victims
UTRECHT, Netherlands (AP) — The main suspect in a deadly tram shooting in Utrecht confessed to the attack and said he acted alone, prosecutors announced Friday, hours before mourners walked in silence through the central Dutch city to honor the victims.
The Latest: UN chief visits mosque and urges global safety
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The Latest on the mosque attacks in New Zealand (all times local): 7:45 a.m. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has gone to the first mosque built in New York City to urge people "to reaffirm the sanctity of all places of worship" a week after a gunman killed 50 Muslim worshippers in New Zealand.
Q&A: Golan Heights an area of beauty, strategic value
BEIRUT (AP) — President Donald Trump's move to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights turns the tables on decades of U.S.
The Latest: Key Northern Ireland ally still opposes May deal
BRUSSELS (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local): 5:40 p.m. A key figure in the Democratic Unionist Party has suggested the Northern Ireland party is still opposed to Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit withdrawal deal.
Italy, China deepen ties under wary gaze of US, EU
MILAN (AP) — Italy's head of state told visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday that China's new "Silk Road" linking Europe and Asia must be a "two-way street," addressing concerns among Western allies that the colossal infrastructure project is meant merely to amplify Beijing's global influence.
AP Interview: Ukraine minister claims Russia on its knees
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — With President Petro Poroshenko slipping in the polls a week ahead of elections, Ukraine's government is trying to put a brave face on his achievements, insisting it is well on its way to delivering on the demands of the Maidan protest movement that drove the previous Russia-backed president from power in 2014.
Russian court convicts Ukrainian teen of plotting bombing
MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian court on Friday sentenced a Ukrainian teenager to six years in prison for plotting a bombing in a Russian school.