US promising help to keep Iran in check in Middle East

AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is greeting King Salman of Saudi Arabia with assurances that a nuclear deal with Iran also comes with the necessary resources to help check its regional ambitions. The king is making his first visit to the...

In India, bail demands keep the poor imprisoned for years

AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh LUCKNOW, India (AP) — Sixteen-year-old Suraj Chaudhry has been waiting for most of his life: for lawyers, for justice, for his father’s eventual release from the prison after 14 years. His father should have been let out in 2003, but the...

At a Berlin church, Muslim refugees converting in droves

BERLIN (AP) — Mohammed Ali Zonoobi bends his head as the priest pours holy water over his black hair. “Will you break away from Satan and his evil deeds?” pastor Gottfried Martens asks the Iranian refugee. “Will you break away from Islam?”...

Bodies of drowned Syrian boys returned home for burial

AP Photo/ KUCUK KENDIRLI, Turkey (AP) — The Syrian man who survived a capsizing during a desperate voyage from Turkey to Greece has taken the bodies of his wife and two sons back to the Syrian Kurdish region they fled, to bury them in their hometown of Kobani. The haunting...

Benghazi panel to interview more of Clinton’s inner circle

AP Photo/Susan Walsh WASHINGTON (AP) — A day after questioning a former top aide to presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton behind closed doors, the House committee investigating the deadly Benghazi attacks expects to question another member of Clinton’s inner...

Officials wrench control of schools from Mexico unions

AP Photo/Luis Alberto Cruz Hernandez OAXACA, Mexico (AP) — It looked like a normal first day of school at Patria Libre elementary. Uniformed kids sporting brand-new backpacks with their favorite cartoon characters – Dora the Explorer, Hello Kitty, the...

AP PHOTOS: Searing images of past crises

AP Photo/Bill Hudson The photo of a dead 3-year-old Syrian boy on a Turkish beach captures everything we don’t want to see when we tap our phones or open our newspapers: a vicious civil war, a surge of refugees, the death of an innocent. The disturbing image taken this week...

Official: 9,500 Nigerian refugees return from Cameroon

YOLA, Nigeria (AP) — At least 9,500 people have returned to Nigeria since the Cameroonian government said last month it will expel unregistered Nigerian refugees as part of the fight against Boko Haram, a Nigerian official said. Some of those who have returned claimed they...

Image of dead child on beach haunts and frustrates the world

AP Photo The photo of the dead 3-year-old Syrian boy on a Turkish beach is haunting. It captures everything we don’t want to see when we tap our phones or open our newspapers: a vicious civil war, a refugee crisis, the death of an innocent. Largely because of social media,...

At Venice fest, ‘Spotlight’ exposes sex abuse by priests

AP Photo/Joel Ryan VENICE, Italy (AP) — Thomas McCarthy wants Pope Francis to go to the movies. Specifically, the American director would like the pontiff to see his new film “Spotlight,” a fact-based expose of sexual abuse by priests and its cover-up by the...