- US declares Aleppo cease-fire, Syria says only for 48 hours Updated: May-04-16 5:17 pm
DAMASCUS, Syria - Sporadic violence persisted in Aleppo on Wednesday as U.S. officials announced an agreement had been reached with Russia to extend Syria's fragile cease-fire to the deeply contested northern city. The Syrian military said the truce would last only 48 hours.
- US announces extension of Syria truce to Aleppo Updated: May-04-16 4:16 pm
WASHINGTON - The United States and Russia have persuaded Syria's government and moderate rebels to extend the country's fragile truce to the northern city of Aleppo, the State Department said Wednesday, although sporadic clashes continue.
- The Latest: UN: Bombing of Aleppo among worst of Syrian war Updated: May-04-16 3:08 pm
DAMASCUS, Syria - The Latest on Syria's civil war (all times local):
- The Latest: 16 Syrians detained in Albania Updated: May-04-16 3:05 pm
BRUSSELS - The Latest on Europe's response to the wave of migration from the Middle East and elsewhere (all times local):
- UN-brokered talks resume in Kuwait on ending Yemen war Updated: May-04-16 1:47 pm
KUWAIT CITY - U.N.-brokered talks aimed at ending Yemen's civil war resumed in Kuwait on Wednesday.
- Canadian PM Trudeau to host Obama, Pena Nieto in June Updated: May-04-16 1:42 pm
WASHINGTON - The White House says President Barack Obama will take a daytrip to Ottawa next month to meet with his Canadian and Mexican counterparts.
- Western countries urge Kenya to take steps for smooth polls Updated: May-04-16 1:32 pm
NAIROBI, Kenya - Kenyan voters must have confidence that the electoral commission and judiciary are impartial and efficient ahead of polls next year, 11 diplomats from western countries said Wednesday.
- EU moves on visa offer to win Turkey's help with migrants Updated: May-04-16 1:11 pm
BRUSSELS - The European Union pressed ahead Wednesday with efforts to persuade Turkey to stop asylum seekers from reaching Europe and take back thousands more by offering Turkish citizens the prospect of visa-free travel within the bloc.
- Massachusetts delegation questions Swedish lobster ban push Updated: May-04-16 12:34 pm
BOSTON - The Massachusetts congressional delegation is joining its Maine counterparts in questioning a push by the Swedish government to declare American lobsters an invasive species.
- AP names Fernando Gonzalez deputy news director for LatAm Updated: May-04-16 12:33 pm
MEXICO CITY - Fernando Gonzalez, a veteran video journalist who has spent more than 30 years covering Latin America and the Caribbean, has been named to a new role as The Associated Press' deputy news director for the region.
- A waiting game for companies hoping to do business in Cuba Updated: May-04-16 11:53 am
NEW YORK - The thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations has many small and medium-sized companies thinking about doing business with the nation that has largely been off-limits for more than half a century. Most companies, however, will have to wait.
- Malta's premier visits Libya to discuss migration, security Updated: May-04-16 9:55 am
VALLETTA, Malta - Malta's prime minister became the first head of government to visit Libya since the formation of a unity government following a U.N.-brokered agreement, meeting the Libyan prime minister-designate at a naval base near Tripoli's international airport.
- Swiss defense chief says hackers targeted his ministry Updated: May-04-16 7:10 am
BERLIN - Switzerland's defense minister says his department was targeted by hackers in January and is indicating that the motive was industrial espionage.
- No end in sight to election mess in struggling Haiti Updated: May-04-16 12:09 am
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Senate leader Jocelerme Privert took office as Haiti's caretaker president with one real task: Quickly untangle a political stalemate blocking presidential and legislative runoff elections.
- The Latest: Sanders gets delegate boost; challenge remains Updated: May-03-16 10:47 pm
WASHINGTON - The Latest on campaign 2016 as voters in Indiana head to the polls for the state primary (all times Eastern):
- The Latest: UN Security Council to hold meeting on Aleppo Updated: May-03-16 10:02 pm
BEIRUT - The Latest on Syria's civil war and the escalating violence in the contested northern city of Aleppo (all times local):
- El Salvador arresting negotiators of now defunct gang treaty Updated: May-03-16 9:03 pm
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador - The Attorney General's Office said Tuesday that arrest warrants have been issued for 21 people tied to a 2012 gang treaty that temporarily lowered El Salvador's homicide rate.
- UN chief names choices for top UN environments posts Updated: May-03-16 7:58 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The newly-appointed head of the U.N. environment agency said Tuesday he wants to change the organization to relate more to the average person and plans to further engage the private sector to achieve global environmental goals.
- Bangladesh blogger seeks US help as threats escalate Updated: May-03-16 5:25 pm
WASHINGTON - When Bangladeshi blogger and social activist Ashif Entaz Rabi hosted a TV talk show about a slaying of a publisher by Islamic extremists, he faced a torrent of threatening phone calls. He says young men with earpieces started loitering outside his workplace, and a militant website urged followers to "send this Ashif to Allah."
- Kerry warns Assad to start transition by Aug. 1 - or else Updated: May-03-16 4:08 pm
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John Kerry warned Syria's government and its backers in Moscow and Tehran on Tuesday that they face an August deadline for starting a political transition to move President Bashar Assad out, or they risk the consequences of a new U.S. approach toward ending the 5-year-old civil war.
- US defense secretary says Russia is 'nuclear saber-rattling' Updated: May-03-16 2:20 pm
STUTTGART, Germany - U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter blasted what the U.S. and its allies see as Russian aggression in Europe, saying Tuesday that Moscow is "going backward in time" with warlike actions that compel an American military buildup on NATO's eastern flank.
- France threatens 'no' to US-EU trade zone, amid new tensions Updated: May-03-16 2:14 pm
PARIS - France is threatening to reject a huge free-trade deal between the U.S. and the European Union, saying it's too friendly to U.S. business and probably doomed.
- UN demands protection for hospitals in conflicts Updated: May-03-16 1:14 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The U.N. Security Council responded to an upsurge in deadly attacks on hospitals and medical personnel, unanimously adopting a resolution Tuesday demanding that all parties to conflicts protect staff and facilities treating the wounded and sick.
- Colorado summit recognizes art has economic role Updated: May-03-16 12:00 pm
CARBONDALE, Colorado - Carbondale is using a gathering of creative Coloradoans to show off its artists and performers.
- Violence in Syria's Aleppo kills more than a dozen people Updated: May-03-16 11:35 am
BEIRUT - Syrian opposition fighters on Tuesday shelled government-held parts of Aleppo, killing at least 12 people, as the army claimed it was repelling a wide offensive by the rebels in the country's largest city. Activists, meanwhile, said government forces were also shelling rebel-held parts of the city, killing two people and wounding several.