Iraq’s premier says more support needed to ‘finish’ IS

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s prime minister said Monday his country needs greater support from the international coalition so it can “finish” the Islamic State group. Haider al-Abadi said the “marked increase” in airstrikes, weapons deliveries and...

AP Interview: Hezbollah’s No. 2 criticizes Yemen airstrikes

BEIRUT (AP) — Hezbollah’s deputy chief says Saudi Arabia is committing “genocide” in Yemen and will pay a heavy price for its airstrikes campaign on the Arabian Peninsula country. Sheikh Naim Kassem says the kingdom made a “strategic mistake”...
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Report: Iran suspends hajj trips to Saudi Arabia amid spat

A group of Iranian protesters chant slogans in front of the Saudi Embassy in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, April 11, 2015. Defying a government ban, hundreds of Iranians protested over two male Iranian pilgrims who alleged abuse after Saudi officers at Jeddah’s international...
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800,000 children forced from homes in Boko Haram violence

In this photo taken Wednesday, April 8, 2015, a woman walks past Nigerian Soldiers at a checkpoint in Gwoza, Nigeria, a town newly liberated from Boko Haram. Each day brings new reports of atrocities, with mass graves being discovered in towns seized back from the militants who...

Taliban attack kills 18 Afghan soldiers; some beheaded

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Taliban fighters swarmed over Afghan army posts in the country’s northeast, killing at least 18 soldiers and beheading some in a major attack to mark the start of the country’s summer fighting season, authorities said Monday. The...
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German Nobel laureate Guenter Grass dies at age 87

FILE – The Oct. 27, 2007 file photo shows German novelist Guenter Grass prior to his official 80th birthday celebration in Luebeck, northern Germany. Nobel laureate Grass has died his publishing house confirmed Monday, April 13, 2015. He was 87. (AP Photo/Heribert Proepper,...

Embattled Yemen leader names new vice president

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen’s President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, who fled the country in the face of a rebel advance last month, has tapped his former Prime Minister Khaled Bahah to be vice president in a move aimed at strengthening the embattled executive branch, an...
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Malaysia revives indefinite jail raising fears of repression

In this Feb 10, 2015 photo, Malaysian police stands guard during a protest for the Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim outside the Palace of Justice in Putrajaya, Malaysia. Malaysian government says a new law “Prevention of Terrorism Act,” which also allows...

Embattled Yemen leader names new vice president

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen’s President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, who fled the country in the face of a rebel advance last month, has tapped his former Prime Minister Khaled Bahah to be vice president in a move aimed at strengthening the embattled executive branch, an...

Arms spending up globally, except in US, Western Europe

HELSINKI (AP) — World military spending was largely unchanged in 2014 as lower spending in the United States and Western Europe was matched by increases elsewhere, prompted by conflicts in the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Africa, an arms watchdog said Monday. The...