After slavery ordeal, fisherman finds self without a country

AP Photo/Robin McDowell AMBON, Indonesia (AP) — Like more than 2,000 other fishermen rescued following reporting by The Associated Press and a subsequent Indonesian investigation, a 18-year-old named Bing was forced to work on a fishing boat with no way to return to his...

Q&A: A look at Japan’s contentious security legislation

AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s parliament is moving to approve to legislation that would loosen post-World War II constraints placed on its military, an issue that has sparked sizeable protests and debate about whether the nation should shift away from...

In Rwanda, dogs and handlers train to track poachers

AP Photo/Ben Curtis AKAGERA NATIONAL PARK, Rwanda (AP) — One dog being trained to track poachers in a Rwandan national park is nicknamed “Machine” because of his reputed stamina on a trail. Another dog is known as “Professor” because of his seemingly...

AP PHOTOS: For newest arrivals to Europe lots of emotion

AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris MYTILENE, Greece (AP) — It’s a small step in a long and uncertain escape from civil war and the Islamic State in Syria and difficult circumstances in other nations – but perhaps one of the most emotional. The beaches of Sikamia...

Police: Qatari sheikh linked to speeding car likely left US

AP Photo BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — A Middle Eastern sheikh who allegedly said he owned a Ferrari caught on film speeding through a Beverly Hills neighborhood apparently has raced out of town, police said Thursday. Khalid bin Hamad Al Thani of Qatar has left the country...

Myanmar ex-slave: Those with sympathy would not eat our fish

AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim AMBON, Indonesia (AP) — Kyaw Zayar is among more than 2,000 fishermen rescued this year from forced labor under brutal conditions, mainly in remote Indonesian islands. The 30-year-old from Myawaddy, Myanmar, was forced to work on a fishing boat for...

Migrants face less welcome, more danger than past waves did

AP Photo/Neal Ulevich The people streaming into Europe are the faces of a world on the move, more so now than at any other time in recent history. Last year, the United Nations announced that the number of displaced people worldwide had surpassed 50 million for the first time...

Pope plans to duck dissidents in Cuba, spawning criticism

AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia HAVANA (AP) — Pope Francis plans to meet with Cuba’s president and its priests, its young and its sick, its churchgoers and its seminarians as he travels around the island starting Saturday. But not its dissidents. The absence on...

Cubans hope pope will accelerate warming with US

AP Photo/Desmond Boylan HAVANA (AP) — Seventeen years ago, a newly named Argentine archbishop laid out his thoughts on the meaning of a papal visit to Cuba. “Through the presence, the voice and the prophetic mission of the pope, the church offers a path forward to...

Jerusalem’s holiest site, a raw nerve in Mideast conflict

AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean JERUSALEM (AP) — A rectangular hilltop compound in Jerusalem is ground zero of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary, it is Islam’s third holiest spot and is home to an iconic golden-domed shrine. But to Jews...