AP Interview: Top UN official says Europe must open borders

SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) — The head of the U.N.’s refugee agency says borders must be “open to Syrians everywhere,” including in Europe, and that the world must do more to support Middle Eastern countries hosting Syrian refugees. Antonio Guterres spoke...

Report: German woman, 65, gives birth to quadruplets

BERLIN (AP) — German media report that a 65-year-old teacher from Berlin has given birth to quadruplets. Television station RTL says the three boys and a girl were born by cesarean section at a Berlin hospital Tuesday. RTL said in a statement that the four newborns stood a...
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Thai year-old coup imposes superficial calm but little else

AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit BANGKOK (AP) — Shortly after seizing power in a coup that followed months of debilitating street protests, Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha vowed to end Thailand’s decade of political upheaval once and for all. In his words, “to bring everything out...
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Syrians try to build case against Assad in chlorine attacks

AP Photo/Uncredited BEIRUT (AP) — With only a cloth mask for protection, Firas Kayali rushed to try to rescue the residents of a house in a village in rebel-held northern Syria after a barrel bomb, suspected to be filled with chlorine gas, hit nearby. Once a house painter...
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Boat by boat, how 3,000 stranded migrants reached land

AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana More than 3,000 migrants abandoned by human traffickers have been rescued or washed ashore this month in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. Some are Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar, while others are Bangladeshis seeking better economic...

Mexican official: About 40 dead in shootout in cartel area

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Mexican official says about 40 people have been killed in large-scale firefight between law enforcement and criminal suspects in western Mexico. The official said almost all the dead were suspected criminals. He spoke on condition of anonymity because...
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Analysis: At Mideast forum, hoping for future amid chaos

AP Photo/Nasser Nasser SOUTHERN SHUNEH, Jordan (AP) — Against a backdrop of Iraq and Syria in flames, Middle Eastern political and business leaders sought to focus on a future of growth and investment for a region that for long has lagged behind. But present-day reality...

Dutch govt eyes limited ban on face-covering clothing

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch government announced plans Friday to introduce a limited ban on “face-covering clothing,” widely interpreted as a new attempt to outlaw burqas, the head-to-toe Islamic robe worn by only a few hundred women in this European...
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Colombia rebels cancel unilateral cease-fire after army raid

AP Photo/Fernando Vergara BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia’s largest rebel group on Friday called off a unilateral cease-fire in reaction to a military raid on a guerrilla camp that killed 26 of its fighters, further straining negotiations to end the country’s...

Nigerian Muslims set court ablaze over ‘insult’ to Muhammad

KANO, Nigeria (AP) — Hundreds of rioting Muslims set a Shariah court ablaze Friday in Nigeria’s northern Kano city, protesting its decision to free a cleric accused of insulting the prophet Mohammed. An AP reporter watched protesters throw blazing, fuel-filled tires...