Obama: Syria debate is diplomacy lesson for Iran

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says his administration’s approach to Syria’s chemical weapons should show Iran that there’s the potential for diplomatic solutions to arms standoffs. But he says Iran shouldn’t assume that his preference for diplomacy…

Malawi official who fought graft shot, wounded

BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) — The office of Malawi’s president says the country’s budget director was shot and severely wounded Friday in an attack that appears to be related to his efforts to fight official corruption. President Joyce Banda’s…

British, Iranian foreign ministers to meet at UN

LONDON (AP) — British Foreign Secretary William Hague will meet his Iranian counterpart in New York later this month, in what the British government calls “a positive step” toward restoring full diplomatic ties between the two countries. The…

Iran and UN discuss getting more aid to Syria

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A news agency in Iran reports that Iran and United Nations have signed an agreement about providing humanitarian assistance in the Middle East, including Syria. A report Sunday by the semi-official ISNA news agency…

UK deputy leader opposed to visitor bond plan

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s deputy prime minister says he will try to block any attempt to make foreign visitors routinely pay a security deposit to come to the U.K., an idea that has spurred outrage in countries such…

Kerry warns Syria: ‘Threat of force is real’

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli leaders expressed cautious hope Sunday about a U.S.-Russia agreement that would require Syria to identify and eliminate its chemical weapons by mid-2014, as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in the region to…

Bombings kill 35 in south and central Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) — Officials say Shiite-dominated cities in central and southern Iraq have been hit with yet another new wave of insurgent attacks that have killed at least 35 people. Today’s attacks, mostly car bombs, continue a surge…

Correction: Turkey-Protests story

ISTANBUL (AP) — In a story Sept. 11 about Turkish protests, The Associated Press reported erroneously that demonstrator Ahmet Atakan, died on a Sunday. Atakan took part in a protest on the night of Monday, Sept. 9. He…

Passengers start leaving detained Chinese ship

BEIJING (AP) — Passengers on Sunday began leaving a Chinese luxury cruise liner that has been stuck in South Korea for the past two days because of a legal dispute. More than 2,300 passengers and crew members were…

India retests missile able to reach Chinese cities

NEW DELHI (AP) — India has for the second time successfully test-fired a nuclear-capable missile that can strike the major Chinese cities of Beijing and Shanghai. Ravi Gupta, a spokesman for the Defence Research and Development Organisation, said…
Police investigators examine the scene of an explosion as renewed fighting between Government forces and Muslim rebels, who have taken scores of hostages, enters its second week Monday Sept. 16, 2013 in Zamboanga city in the southern Philippines. The standoff, which began last Monday when about 200 Moro National Liberation Front guerrillas stormed several coastal communities in the city and seized several residents, has displaced more than 60,000, hundreds of homes razed to the ground, forced the closure of businesses and resulted in more than 50 deaths so far. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Nearly 100 Philippine rebels killed or captured

Nearly 100 Muslim guerrillas who have held scores of people hostage for a week in a southern Philippine city have been killed or captured in an offensive to retake rebel-held coastal communities.…

Pakistani Taliban make demands before peace talks

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — The Pakistani Taliban demanded Sunday that the government release militant prisoners and begin withdrawing troops from the group’s tribal sanctuary before they will participate in peace talks, raising doubts about prospects for negotiations. The…

In Iowa, Biden touts diplomatic progress in Syria

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden is heading into the belly of Democrats’ anti-war opposition, venturing into a politically influential heartland state for the first time since President Barack Obama publicly endorsed a possible military…
People inspect the aftermath of Sunday's car bomb explosion at a commercial street in Baghdad's eastern neighborhood of Mashtal, Iraq, Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. A wave of insurgent attacks, mostly car bombs targeting Shiite-dominated cities in central and southern Iraq on Sunday, killed and wounded scores of people, officials said. (AP Photo)

Bombings kill 58 in south and central Iraq

A wave of car bombings and other attacks in Iraq killed at least 58 people in mostly Shiite-majority cities on Sunday, another bloody reminder of the government’s failure to stem the surge of violence that is feeding sectarian tensions.…

Lawmakers debate whether US was outfoxed on Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says an agreement between the U.S. and Russia offers a chance to destroy Syria’s huge stockpile of chemical weapons and promises to end the threat the weapons pose to the region and…