- The Latest: Saudi minister: Assad must go to allow IS defeat Updated: Feb-12-16 11:27 am
BEIRUT - The Latest on the conflict in Syria and international diplomatic efforts to end the violence (all times local):
- Philippines, rebels fortify truce amid stalled peace pact Updated: Feb-12-16 8:31 am
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine government and Muslim rebels have extended the stay of international cease-fire monitors at their first meeting since their peace pact stalled amid fears of fresh fighting.
- Bosnian Serb Tolimir died of natural causes in UN detention Updated: Feb-12-16 8:18 am
THE HAGUE, Netherlands - A former Bosnian Serb general who was found dead at the detention unit of the United Nations court that convicted him of genocide died of natural causes.
- Jordan king, Iraqi, Saudi officials expected at Munich meet Updated: Feb-12-16 7:40 am
MUNICH - Jordan's King Abdullah, Iraq's prime minister and Saudi Arabia's foreign minister are among those expected at a conference opening in southern Germany, after diplomats agreed to work toward a temporary "cessation of hostilities" in Syria's civil war.
- Pakistani intelligence arrests nearly 100 militants Updated: Feb-12-16 6:43 am
KARACHI, Pakistan - Pakistan's intelligence agencies arrested a collective of 97 "hardcore terrorists" from three banned groups involved in a string of major terrorist attacks and seized weapons, explosives and communications gear intended for future attacks, a Pakistani official said Friday.
- Several people killed in attack on UN base in Mali Updated: Feb-12-16 6:42 am
BAMAKO, Mali - An official says militants have attacked a United Nations base in northern Mali, killing at least three people and injuring 30 others.
- Carter says UAE will put special forces in Syria Updated: Feb-12-16 6:32 am
BRUSSELS - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter says a key Persian Gulf ally has agreed to send special forces soldiers to Syria to assist in the development of local Sunni Arab fighters focused on recapturing Raqqa, the Islamic State group's capital.
- Candidates promise unity in Central African Republic vote Updated: Feb-12-16 6:17 am
BANGUI, Central African Republic - For more than two years, even going to the cemetery to bury a loved one could get a mourner killed too. The threat of attack from Christian militia fighters was once so high that Muslims here began burying their dead at home.
- Russian PM warns against foreign ground action in Syria Updated: Feb-12-16 5:43 am
MUNICH - Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has warned other nations against committing their troops to a ground action in Syria, saying it would only exacerbate the conflict.
- South Sudan president appoints rebel leader his deputy Updated: Feb-12-16 2:51 am
KAMPALA, Uganda - South Sudan's president has appointed his rival, rebel leader Riek Machar, as first vice president in a possible government of national unity, a presidential spokesman said Friday.
- Diplomats aim for temporary Syria truce in a week Updated: Feb-12-16 1:37 am
MUNICH - Diplomats trying to secure a cease-fire for the civil war in Syria fell short early Friday in organizing a truce but agreed to try to work out details and implement a temporary "cessation of hostilities" in a week's time. The deal appeared to be the result of a compromise between the United States, which had wanted an immediate cease-fire, and Russia, which had proposed one to start on March 1.
- Adams isolated as Irish leaders debate ahead of Feb. 26 vote Updated: Feb-11-16 9:38 pm
DUBLIN - The leaders of Ireland's other major parties accused Sinn Fein chief Gerry Adams of directing IRA violence in the past and seeking to endanger jurors today as they waged their first head-to-head debate ahead of Ireland's Feb. 26 election.
- Bishop: First Syrian refugees arrive in Rhode Island Updated: Feb-11-16 8:16 pm
WARWICK, Rhode Island - Members of a Syrian family who traveled to Rhode Island on Thursday night are believed to be the first refugees from the war-torn country to arrive in the state, religious leaders said.
- Nigerian suicide bomber gets cold feet, refuses to kill Updated: Feb-11-16 7:36 pm
ABUJA, Nigeria - Strapped with a booby-trapped vest and sent by the extremist Boko Haram group to kill as many people as possible, the young teenage girl tore off the explosives and fled as soon as she was out of sight of her handlers.
- Man found dead in California van was apparent gas suicide Updated: Feb-11-16 7:13 pm
CORONA, California - Riverside County authorities say a man who was found dead in a van apparently killed himself by mixing up a toxic brew, leaving a note warning the vehicle contained deadly gas and a bomb.
- Deportation for man who concealed Bosnian war-era crimes Updated: Feb-11-16 6:53 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - A man who came to the U.S. as a refugee from war-torn Bosnia almost two decades ago will be deported for concealing a long criminal past in his home country, including the killing of an elderly Serbian neighbor, a federal judge said Thursday.
- US airstrikes target Islamic State in Afghanistan Updated: Feb-11-16 4:36 pm
WASHINGTON - The United States has expanded its fight against the Islamic State group in Afghanistan, launching 20 airstrikes in the eastern part of the country in the last three weeks, U.S. officials said Thursday.
- Final arguments wrapped in Habre trial; verdict in May Updated: Feb-11-16 4:28 pm
DAKAR, Senegal - The lawyers for former Chad dictator Hissene Habre closed their final statements Thursday by dismissing the credibility of testimony and reports that placed direct blame on the leader for the deaths of thousands during his rule.
- Ireland slams threats to reporters covering Dublin gang war Updated: Feb-11-16 4:23 pm
DUBLIN - Two reporters covering the Dublin gang war have received death threats from criminals because of their work, but they won't be deterred from exposing Ireland's underworld, the country's largest newspaper group said Thursday.
- US urges China-Taiwan talks amid uncertainty after election Updated: Feb-11-16 3:40 pm
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration said Thursday it is urging China and Taiwan to maintain dialogue amid concern that the election of an independence-leaning party on the island could heighten tensions in one of Asia's security hotspots.
- AP appoints Zeina Karam news director for Lebanon and Syria Updated: Feb-11-16 1:39 pm
CAIRO - The Associated Press has named Zeina Karam as its news director for Lebanon and Syria, a new position that consolidates leadership in video, text and photo coverage.
- Pentagon chief predicting 'tangible gains' in Iraq, Syria Updated: Feb-11-16 1:26 pm
BRUSSELS - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter predicted on Thursday that recent U.S.-led efforts to accelerate the fight against the Islamic State group would produce "tangible gains" in Iraq and Syria by March, even as coalition partners pledged to expand and deepen their military contributions.
- A look at what's next for the major players in Syria's war Updated: Feb-11-16 11:58 am
The U.S., Russia and more than a dozen other countries are meeting Thursday in Munich to discuss ways of ending the civil war in Syria, while forces of President Bashar Assad are making some of their biggest gains against the opposition.
- State TV: Teacher shoots dead 6 colleagues in Saudi Arabia Updated: Feb-11-16 9:12 am
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - A teacher in southern Saudi Arabia opened fire on colleagues Thursday, killing at least six people and wounding two, state television reported.
- The Latest: S. Koreans still at joint factory after deadline Updated: Feb-11-16 8:08 am
PAJU, South Korea - The latest on tensions between North and South Korea following North Korea's rocket launch (all times local):