German official, lawyers probed in bribes-for-asylum case

BERLIN (AP) — German authorities are investigating an official and three lawyers on suspicion of corruption in the granting of asylum to people who weren't eligible….

Large area of Berlin center evacuated for WWII bomb disposal

BERLIN (AP) — Berlin police were evacuating thousands of people from a central area of the German capital Friday and shutting down the main train station in preparation for the removal of an unexploded World War II bomb found during recent construction work….

Argentine women see legal abortion closer than ever

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Pushed by a wave of demonstrations by women's groups, the homeland of Pope Francis seems closer than ever to legalizing abortion….

Seoul: N. Korean leader removes major nuclear sticking point

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Thursday that his rival, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, isn't asking for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the Korean Peninsula as a precondition for abandoning his nuclear weapons. If true, this would seem to remove a major…

Seoul: N. Korean leader removes major nuclear sticking point

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Thursday that his rival, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, isn't asking for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the Korean Peninsula as a precondition for abandoning his nuclear weapons. If true, this would seem to remove a major…

Rebels in Syria’s south brace for onslaught, fear wider war

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Rebels in southern Syria who were once backed by the United States fear a new offensive by President Bashar Assad's forces, one that risks igniting a wider conflict….

FBI offers $1M for info on US reporter missing in Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal authorities for the first time are offering a reward of up to $1 million for information leading to an American journalist who has been missing in Syria for more than five years….

The Latest: Cuban-Americans in Miami expect little change

HAVANA (AP) — The Latest on Raul Castro's handover of Cuba's presidency (all times local):…

Quake, at least 5.5 in magnitude, strikes southern Iran

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An earthquake of at least magnitude 5.5 struck in southern Iran near the country's sole nuclear power plant on Thursday morning, shaking countries across the Persian Gulf. There was no immediate report of damage or injuries….

North Korea has a new budget and it’s full of fiscal hijinks

TOKYO (AP) — Imagine a national budget that reflects steady growth, gives a healthy boost to science and technology while reserving big slices of the overall pie to defense and social spending. It's generous with infrastructure improvements, and is certain of unquestioning, unanimous approval in parliament….

The Latest: AP source: Pompeo, Kim discussed held Americans

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the United States and North Korea (all times local):…

Pro-Putin youth group to form counter-protest squads

MOSCOW (AP) — The youth wing of Russia's dominant party says it will begin training groups of activists to mobilize quickly to conduct counterdemonstrations to opposition protests….

Croat officials halt Serbia visit over far-right incident

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — A Croatian parliamentary delegation on Wednesday cut short a visit to neighboring Serbia after a far-right leader convicted of war crimes reportedly stamped on the Croatian national flag and shouted insults….

Erdogan catches Turkey off guard by calling early elections

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan caught Turkey off guard on Wednesday by calling early elections for June, in a move that could cement his grip on power a year ahead of schedule….

Douma chemical attack puts OPCW back in spotlight

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has been thrust once again into the international limelight by a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in Britain and allegations of a chemical bombardment on the Syrian city of Douma….

AP Interview: Malaysia’s Mahathir says opposition could win

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia (AP) — Former Malaysian strongman Mahathir Mohamad said Wednesday that huge rallies indicate some of the ruling coalition's traditional Malay supporters are now favoring the opposition and a change of government is possible in next month's elections….

Kim Jong Un turns to his wife and sister to soften his image

TOKYO (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un appears to be trying out a new tactic to boost the image of his authoritarian regime – he's putting the spotlight on the women in his life….

First the chlorine, then chaos and death in Syria attack

BEIRUT (AP) — Residents of the Syrian town of Douma were packed into underground shelters amid bombardment when the gas began to spread. Suddenly, panic ensued….

AP PHOTOS: Cuba transition sparks hope for many generations

HAVANA (AP) — From a 93-year-old former intelligence agent to a 28-year-old economist working as a maintenance man, Cubans of every generation are watching this week as Raul Castro leaves the presidency as part of a broader handoff to a group of younger leaders….

Israel at 70: Satisfaction and grim disquiet share the stage

JERUSALEM (AP) — Is Israel a success as it turns 70? As Israelis commemorate the milestone this week, satisfaction and a grim disquiet share the stage….

Korean leaders can discuss peace, but can’t end Korean War

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — President Donald Trump has given his "blessing" for North and South Korea to discuss the end of the Korean War amid a diplomatic push to end the North Korean nuclear standoff. One problem: There can be no real talks without the involvement of the other…

Lawyers make final remarks in Australian cardinal’s sex case

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A lawyer for the most senior Vatican official to be charged in the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis told an Australian court on Tuesday that Cardinal George Pell could have been targeted with false accusations to punish him for the crimes of other clerics….

Israeli series exposes raw wounds from ethnic Jewish divide

JERUSALEM (AP) — An electrifying new documentary series on the problematic integration of Middle Eastern Jews by Israel's European founders in the 1950s has reopened old wounds of an ethnic divide within Judaism ahead of the country's 70th anniversary festivities….

A look at the old leadership of Cuba

HAVANA (AP) — Some of the main figures in the Cuban establishment as the government prepares to usher in new leadership:…

Young party official faces test as Cuba’s next president

SANTA CLARA, Cuba (AP) — Raul Castro travels in motorcades of gleaming imported sedans. Rings of grim-faced bodyguards protect him, pistols under crisp guayabera shirts. The 86-year-old president of Cuba arrives at official events moments before they begin, and the audience rises to applaud….

Allies vague on evidence linking Syria to chemical attack

The United States, France and Britain have said their airstrikes on Syria were a response to a reported chemical attack in a rebel-held Damascus suburb. However, none of the three nations have made public the evidence they might have proving a link between the Syrian government and the April 7…

Cuba to start historic transition a day earlier

HAVANA (AP) — A legislative session that will see a historic political transition in Cuba is going to start one day earlier than expected….

Bangladesh rejects Myanmar’s claim of repatriating Rohingya

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh on Monday rejected a claim by Myanmar that the Buddhist-majority nation had repatriated the first five among some 700,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees who fled to the neighboring country to escape military-led violence against the minority group….

AP Exclusive: Jailed Chinese pastor’s US family seeks mercy

BEIJING (AP) — The Rev. John Sanqiang Cao paid no more than three dollars for the trip that would end up costing him his freedom….

AP PHOTOS: Cuba’s Castro brothers through the years

HAVANA (AP) — The men who have run Cuba for nearly six decades began life in a remote, rural part of the island known as Biran, sons of a wealthy farmer….